Monday, March 29, 2010

Weekend Recap

I did quite a bit this weekend and none of it involved writing a blog. But in lieu of not posting a day's recap, I hope you checked out Friday's guest post by Michelle and Lori from Pure2Raw.com. They shared an awesome recipe using some fermented coconut kefir, Pure2Raw Recipe: Lime Creamy Sauce. Mmmmmmm.

But, since I did not blog this weekend, what did I get done? 
Well, I had a pancake Saturday. While searching aimlessly amongst my favorite blogs for a breakfast item, I remembered a fantastic looking pancake recipe that Heather featured last week. Straight from Heather's blog to mine, or actually my stomach, Spice Coconut Macaroon Pancakes.
And I think that my pictures are Heather worthy. Kinda similar? Topped with tahini, coconut butter, and maple syrup. Decadent, I know.

Apparently I was not the only one craving some raw cookie dough, raw chocolate chip cookie dough by Miss Averie, that is. Averie's recipe is simple, quick, and tastes amazingly good. I however, having to always change something in a recipe, probably put her recipe to shame.

Her recipe calls for a blend of a few key ingredients, one of which is cashews. Don't get me wrong, I have nothing against cashews but I was looking for a low fat, lower cal dessert. All I had in the fridge for a "filler" was boiled chickpeas. I know, I know. You're probably thinking to yourself right now, Chickpeas? That sounds disgusting. And I'm not going to lie to you and tell you they were fantastic. I don't recommend using chickpeas in replace of cashews for a sweet creation.
In my defense, my reasoning for swapping ingredients: I figured they kind of have the same texture if ground up and maybe the other ingredients will mask the flavor. Not so much. Although they weren't horrible in the "dough" form, I decided to bake them as you would a cookie. Let's just say, dough form is much better.
They looked so pretty... but, the lesson learned here: Sometimes you just have to stick to the original. Haha! Who am I kidding? That's just silly talk. (although then I would have had some amazing raw cookies...)

More things I made included filling in the raised garden bed with top soil. We're just waiting on the little sprouts to get a bit stronger and then we're planting those bad boys.

I also made lunch for the boyfriend and I after working hard all morning with the garden.

Hers.
(Pure2Raw flatbread, avocado, kim chi, zucchini slices, tomatoes with pepper, and feta cheese topped spicy mustard)

His.
Manwich of avocadoes, lettuce, tomatoes, feta cheese, spicy mustard, and lots of deli meat)
That's my man...

What did you do this weekend?

Did you enjoy the sun?

Bye, bye for now!

8 running thoughts:

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) said...

Aww thanks for the recipe link backs and the sweet words you said...and yeah, lowfat is an "option" and i am not a huge cashew or nut lover, really, I dont eat that many b/c they mess with my digestion but really in this application, the scant amount of them really just "makes it" authentic, i.e. they replace the fatty butter taste that you're missing.

All in all...awesome eats and awesome job making something outta what u had in the fridge!
xoxo

Lori said...

Thanks Averie. I tried. Next time they'll be your exact recipe... cause, damn, they look so good... and if my chickpea dough can taste ok, I can just imagine your recipe- the real deal! Yum!

Pure2Raw Twins said...

I remember Heather posting about those pancakes, they look amazing :) Michelle loves good pancakes, maybe soon we will make these too. All the eats look amazing. Sorry about your cookie dough, though it does look good.

Katie said...

I'm with Averie here. I actually don't like nuts period, but you really can't taste the cashew flavor, and they do taste "buttery".

Oh and I put the recipe into my software that calculates the nutrition facts, and each ball has: 60 cal and 3 g of fat and 1.4 g protein. That is for the 17 balls that Averie's recipe says.

Lori said...

Katie- I like nuts but I avoid them because I just don't do well with them- maybe it's a mental thing... either way, they taste great though! But 3 grams of fat is nothing! Although, I wouldn't have just one ball...
;)

Sarah said...

Hi Lori,

I saw you had posted on Terces blog about the Juice club. I did it last month and most people will do seven days of juice, smoothie, and blended raw soups... but whatever works for you. I will be starting again tomorrow... are you going to be doing it?

Those pancakes look AMAZING by the way... perfect Sunday breakfast!

Sarah

http://sarahslast10.blogspot.com/

Sarah said...

One more thing... I am always trying to fins low fat, "lighter" desserts too... so many raw desserts are filled with nuts and I LOVE nuts so it is way too easy for me to over do it on nuts. If you find anything good, please do share. Otherwise I'll be sticking to banana soft serve.

:)

Sarah said...

I am training for a half marathon right now and do yoga and lift weights, so with the juice club I do juice, smoothies and soups so I can add protien powder or coconut oil or avacado... just too make sure I am getting enough calories... which is not usually a problem for me! :)

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