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Latest Kitchen Creations: Soup, Chocolate, "Cheese and Cookies

Latest Kitchen Creations: Soup, Brownies, “Cheese” and Pink Bread!

Welcome to my latest showing of what I’ve recently made, and what I am currently mange-ing on.

Recent Makes

Before Christmas, I finally made Alexis’ Baked Spaghetti with Kale, Mushrooms and Tofu. I had made her tofu “ricotta” a few times before and really really love it, so was excited to try it in more of a casserole form. This meal was easy, creative and fun to make! It’s been storing super well in the freezer for late night re-heats. Vegan and can be made gluten free with a gluten free pasta swap. 

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Vegan “Cheeeeeze” Sauce

Okay so there are officially 1034099.084 recipes for vegan “cheese” sauces out there. I wanted to try making one for curiosity and experimentation purposes, but the options are overwhelming. Do I go the soaked cashew route? The butternut squash route? Or the really cool but more labour intensive potato/carrot/veggie route? I want to try them all! So, for a starter, and because I have serious FOMO and zero ability to just choose one thing, I chose a recipe that used both cashews and butternut squash. Next time I really want to give the potato/carrot version a try. 

Do you have a go-to vegan cheese sauce?

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On its own its not exactly what I would call “cheese,” but mixed in with pasta to make Mac & Cheese?… DELICIOUS! So good!! Kid comfort food at its best. 

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I made yet another batch of my favorite no bake fudge brownies, and thus my favorite lunch as of late has been some faux Mac & Cheese mixed with sautéed kale and peas and a big ol’ square of brownie. 

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SOUP

As soon as my Mac & Cheese ran out, I went on what you may call a SOUP. KICK. Soup every day. I finished off the rest of my smokey chicken chowder and wild rice chicken chowder I had put away in the freezer, and then demolished a batch of a zucchini/spinach/ginger puree I threw together. 

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Smokey Chicken Chowder + Sourdough baguette

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My attempt at a “winter salad”

I ran out of bread, so instead of going to the bakery I’ve been serving my bowls of soup with sides of cookies and baking. Either with or soon after. Like this one day, when I served my zucchini soup with two chocolate chip banana muffins because grumpy mood = chocolate. Strange but good combo here. Strangely good

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Spinach Zucchini soup + muffins

Granola

I’ve been craving granola. So I threw some together with oats, chia seeds, pumpkin seeds, rice puffs, raw buckwheat, coconut oil and maple syrup. 

Why can I not make granola? It’s like my food version of plants. I always end up killing burning it. Sigh. It tastes alright but I need to tweak my “recipe.” Or just get used to our gas stove…

BEET EVERYTHING

What do you do when you are offered a 32 oz bottle of freshly squeezed, organic beet juice from work? You take it and try to think of all the ways possible to use it. 

Back at the farmers market I used to frequent, I would splurge on this gorgeous, round loaf of “beet bread.” It attracted me with its color, but I simply lovvvvvved the taste. I thought there was no way I would be able to recreate a loaf that actually tasted the same, but holy smokes guys, I did!! I made a loaf of bread – meaning a real activate the yeast, knead, rise, knead, second rise, bake kind of bread – but used beet juice in place of the liquid/water and it worked PERFECTLY. The beet gives the bread this subtle, yet unique sweetness, but ultimately it is still a regular loaf of bread you can use any way you’d like. I’ve been simply loving it toasted with ghee or cheese as a snack or side to soup. 

look at that color!

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Rising ontop of my radiator… the only warm-ish place in my house I could find

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…and… you make beet pancakes

I think I may have nailed my pancake recipe. I still have yet to confirm whether it was actually my new combination of flour/baking powder, or the use of the beet juice, but this batch of pancakes was the most fluffy, thick, perfect stack of cakes I’ve ever made. I kind of hope it wasn’t the magic of beet juice because I want to recreate these all the time. Let me give it a try sans beet juice and if it’s a winner I’ll share the recipe with you. 

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 with chocolate chips and blueberries, topped with cream cheese and banana 

Other Recent Eats

Vegan Reuben sandwich with soup from work

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Tempeh, mushrooms, beet sauerkraut, dill pickles, vegan russian dressing 

And this interesting combination which I’ve been having near daily: different variations of salad with roasted sweet potato, avocado and grilled tempeh drizzled with an ACV house vinaigrette and then dipped in a vegan garlic mayo. I’m currently addicted to this combo.

And of course… lots of hot oats. With chocolate and warm fuzzy slippers. 

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Linking up with Laura for What I Ate Wednesdayand Amanda for TOL

Tell me, 

What have you made lately?

What’s your favorite version of vegan “cheese” sauce?

What’s your favorite, fail proof granola recipe?

 

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23 COMMENTS

  1. Sarah @ Bucket List Tummy | 10th Jan 18

    Oh my gosh, this whole post has me DROOLING. I did not know beet bread existed but now I want some! I have been on such a soup kick recently too with this cold weather spell we had. I’m coming over to eat meals with you!

    • Cora | 14th Jan 18

      I think you of all people would love this bread. I so wish I could send you over a loaf!!

  2. danielle | 10th Jan 18

    cheeeeeeeeeese!!!! yes!!! i love vegan cheese sauce!!! i actually prefer it to dairy cheese sauce because i think it tastes so much better and has so many flavor possibilities. i love the cashew cheese versions but also have tried the recipes from mimalist baker. my brother, the vegan, loves making them all and has tried every single version i think! my new favorite vegan thins is coconut bacon. OMG flavor town. i love coconut bacon! have you tried it? so easy!
    i had my day off on monday and dedicated it to joy: i cooked an irish style beef stew with so much love and spent all day, literally, making it, and even finished it by reducing the broth down and turned it into a lovely rich gravy. i swear you’d love it. i wanted to share it with the world! so good. so much love. i also made little mini meatloaves in muffin tins… flavored with lots of italian flavors but also used some vegan caesar for a fun flavor profile.
    i love to cook but like having time, so i’m going to try to make monday’s my day or mornings to cook from my heart. the challenge will be to entertain a tiny human while doing so!!!
    i wish we could cook together in your cozy kitchen! for now i’ll just enjoy the idea and think about it when i’m cooking and wearing fuzzy slippers 🙂

    • Cora | 14th Jan 18

      Aggghhh swoon!! Cooking something with love, slowly, as it is supposed to be done….. no taste will EVER compare. You can tell when something is made with love.

      Your Monday morning plan sounds perfect. I think you should write this in your phone/planner and make it like any other appointment. Danielle’s cooking time. Bring your own slippers and wine.

  3. chasetheredgrape | 10th Jan 18

    Mmmm beet juice. I love it’s earthy taste and drink it as it is! Ha! That bread looks so inviting though. I can just imagine it hot out of the oven, covered in butter…. Mmmmmm.
    And both Meg and Juli have great granola recipes on their blogs… easy and tasty!

    • Cora | 14th Jan 18

      So much butter. How i wish I could send you over a fresh loaf!!

      See…. I know juli and meg have the best granola recipes. My problem is being lazy and not following a recipe! Lesson learned. Next time….over to the masters.

  4. Amy | 11th Jan 18

    That soup looks amazing! =) Everything really…but the soup really caught my eye 😉

    • Cora | 14th Jan 18

      Im glad! Soup isnt always the most photo pleasing thing to capture, but in this weather, ANY soup looks good to me.

  5. Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets | 11th Jan 18

    Faux cheese or not, you mac & cheese lunch looks on point. I’ll take the brownie too. 🙂

    Question: how are you making your granola? What temp and how long? Also, do you always spread it out on the cookie sheet as shown in your picture?
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    • Cora | 14th Jan 18

      How do I make my granola? By not following your recipes, as I should be.

      I think I baked mine at 350 for… 20 minutes? Or maybe 20, flipped it over, then another 15? I try to sort of bunch it up so that it will makes clusters… but it never does. It always just burns. Basically I need to go to yours or Juli’s recipes and actually follow the master’s guidance.

  6. Hannah | 11th Jan 18

    Oh, I have Opinions on vegan cheese sauce. I think I miiiight like it better than “real” cheese sauces…
    My favorite of the ones I’ve tried is this one: http://sweetpotatosoul.com/2017/04/loaded-vegan-nachos.html
    And for quick (no cooking/chopping veg) and cheaper (no cashews) I like this one: https://www.veganricha.com/2014/11/vegan-nachos-nut-free-nacho-cheese.html
    And I have a cookbook recipe that uses yellow split peas as the base, which I like for mac & cheese sauce.

    • Cora | 14th Jan 18

      Ooooooo you’re the best!! Thank you!!

  7. Joyce @ The Hungry Caterpillar | 11th Jan 18

    I want to bake beet bread now, too. I’m the same; I love the color *and* the flavor.
    When anyone offers me free food, even if I have no idea what to do with it, I’m always like “of course!”
    Soup and spaghetti and mac & cheese and brownies all sound perfect for this time of year. Is it getting any warmer there?
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    • Cora | 14th Jan 18

      Oh Joyce. It WAS getting warmer. One morning it was even plus 10 (C)… but thennnnnnn within the same day we had a massive snow fall and it returned back to -23. So, no. Winter is still here.

      How about where you are? How are you adjusting to being back from your hiking trip? When are you back to work?

  8. Susie @ Suzlyfe | 12th Jan 18

    I literally have no words for this post. GOOD GRIEF WOMAN.
    Like, mind. blown. You are a triumph in the kitchen. And at picking amazing things. That beet bread and reuben especially. Hot freaking damn.
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    • Cora | 14th Jan 18

      I want to go out for Reubens and sweet potato fries with you, me and yoshi. 2018 = the year this happens….?

  9. Emily Swanson | 12th Jan 18

    Wow there is so much good food going on here; I LOVE HOW pink and beautiful that bread is; isn’t it so amazing making yeasted dense moist delicious bread and slathering it with butter or jam and honey? What a gift from God!!! 🙂 And that cheese sauce looks yummy; I love mac n’ cheese so much. Also aren’t hot oats so good? My favorite granola recipe ever is from http://www.joyfoodsunshine.com. It’s a peanut butter granola, and it is THE BOMB. 🙂
    Emily Swanson recently posted…Comment on Why Relationships are So Important for Recovery (Episode 47) by Julie @ Running in a SkirtMy Profile

    • Cora | 14th Jan 18

      Homenade baked bread I think is hands down the MOST soul filling, beautiful, wonderful thing to come from your own kitchen. Soft, warm, moist. The SMELL. The butter!!!

      I know you understand <3

  10. Kaylee | 13th Jan 18

    Since it’s winter time, I’ve been enjoying all the soups and hot oats too! Another cold weather food I enjoy is freshly baked bread, which is the plan for dinner tonight. Speaking of bread, that beet bread looks fabulous. The pinkness in that in unbelievable. What recipe did you use??

    • Cora | 13th Jan 18

      A very basic bread recipe from an old bread cookbook! Nothing fancy. I think it had an egg in it. Dan is having to go gluten free right now so I’m needing to sneak in all the REAL bread when I can! Mmm buttterrrrr.

  11. Kristy from Southern In Law | 14th Jan 18

    Girl, I just want to follow you around and eat what you eat because this all looks so good!

    My favourite vegan cheese sauce has to be from my vegan Mac and cheese recipe. It’s so good!
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    • Cora | 14th Jan 18

      Oh how I would love a Kristy shadow following me around. As long as that shadow brought her own goodies to show me how it’s done…

      Of course you have a cheese sauce! Goin over to book mark it for next time – thank you!

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