Thursday, February 25, 2010

raw spicy corn chips

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My "go to" dinner when I'm feeling particularly not like cooking is tortilla chips and salsa. Personally, I've always felt that this was a great meal choice because it's got veggies! However, my friend Shannon has informed me that salsa and chips does not actually qualify as a meal, lacking as it is in protein and full as it is in fats and empty calories from the chips. My argument is: well, it's healthier than when I eat popcorn for dinner! Her response to that is often along the lines of "oh my god! that's NOT okay!" or "popcorn's not a meal either!"

Well, I think, Ms. Shannon, I have found a loophole! I have created a healthy tortilla chip, that with salsa and cashew sour cream or walnut meat, DOES qualify as not only a delicious, but also a nutritious meal! And assuming that the chips are made ahead of time and stored on hand for lazy nights, still falls under my "whiiiine but I'm too lazy/tired/unmotivated/rather be watching tv to cook" meal category!

These chips have an amazing combination of flavours, with the spicy kick from the jalapeno and cayenne, and the hit of subtle sweetness from the corn. And to add that extra "look at me I'm super healthy"-ness to them, they even have flax!! They were a huge hit with all the non-vegans at the office who chowed the batch down pretty quickly. I had originally brought them to share with Shannon, but Ms. Fancy Pants went out for a real lunch with real people (unlike my "lunches" I share with my crossword puzzles), and our other co-workers got to them a little too fast.

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Monday, February 22, 2010

Grilled veggie yumminess

I know, I know, I haven't posted in forever. It's not that I didn't have anything to post, it's just that I fell out of the habit. It's like the gym - I love going, but if I miss a couple of days, it's impossible to hop back on that treadmill/yoga mat. But, I did collect a bunch of fun and easy recipes to post, so you'll be seeing a lot more of me in the next regular while.

I discovered something the other day when making another noodle bowl (with rice - though not a rice bowl, because that's something different...) that helped me along on my path to become the laziest chef EVER. I always think it's so funny when I mention one of my dishes or desserts to a non-vegan and their first comment is almost always "that must be a lot of work." HA! As IF I'd spend more that 10 minutes prep time for anything! Mostly it's true everything in a food processor, push button, voila! Well, the one thing that does tend to take a while, and thus is my least fave part about cooking, is chopping veggies. Sometimes I can convince the boy to do that part of it. But now, with my newest cooking discovery, I can do it too! What's my secret? The different blades on the food processor!!! Which brings us back to the noodle-less bowl (with rice). I put everything through the food processor! Used the grating disc for the carrots, the slicing disc for the cabbage (that was the funnest one) and bok choy, the serrated blade for the ginger. Only thing that really did not work was the snow peas...I kind of knew it wouldn't, but I was feeling optimistic. I hope this little discovery of mine helps you to become a lazier chef too!

(recipes after the jump)

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