I finally made a batch of homemade vanilla soy milk. It’s been on my to do list for a few months, but I’ve been lazy. Seriously, I have no good excuses…I have a soy milk maker for crying out loud!
I have honestly gotten complacent about making my own dairy-free milks and was mainly subsisting on Silk Soy Milks (their Very Vanilla is amazing) for quite awhile. Unfortunately, now that they’re making Almond Milk, I can’t buy their brand for risk of cross contamination (with R’s allergies, I just won’t take the risk – and if you read their food label, they can’t guarantee nut-allergy safety). I haven’t found another soy milk brand I like, so have really just been using So Delicious Coconut Milk (which I like for most things). But I really wanted a very vanilla-type milk, so decided it was time to make my own.
I used to buy my soybeans in bulk because of my milk making, but since it’s been so long, I didn’t want to use beans that are too old and sitting in my garage! This last Sunday, I picked up some fresher beans, and went to town. No real recipe to post because I followed ideas from others. Soak the beans, peel them (easiest to as they’re submerged, and just rub the skins off – it reduces the beany-taste), put them in the Soy Milk maker with 2 tbsp of gluten-free oats (it makes it nice and creamy!), strain, then add a small amount of salt and any other ingredients you want. I used some raw sugar, vanilla extract, and vanilla bean (to make it VERY vanilla).
Most my other eats this week were typical. Green smoothie breakfasts, leftover Sunday bulk cooking lunches (hello Cream of Broccoli Soup!), and a holiday party lunch at the Yardhouse where they have a Gardein menu!
For dinner tonight, I really wanted something light. I love cooking my rice with a tea bag thrown in. It imparts a different flavor profile, and can really change a dish. Tonight was green tea, but I’ve done chai or spicy teas for a more Indian feel. Green tea for an Asian feel. You get the idea…just play with the teas and make what sounds good!
Green Tea Rice
- 1/2 cup basmati rice
- 3/4 cup water
- 1 green tea bag (and play with flavors for different meals…I’ve used Pumpkin Spice tea to flavor rice I was serving with maple and cinnamon roasted squash!)
- pinch salt
- I use my fuzzy logic rice cooker (everyone should have one…it does everything), but you can cook the rice based on the package directions – just throw the tea bag in at the beginning).
- Add your choice of veggies and toppings. Tonight I did steamed carrots, Mirin (a sweet Japanese vinegar) and Tamari (gluten-free soy sauce). If I wanted a heartier meal, I’d throw in Chickpeas and black sesame seeds too.
The bottom line is to play with it. Earth balance + brown sugar = a sweeter dish. In these dishes, I let the tea drive the flavors. There’s no need for your food to be boring (it’s sort of my life’s motto….life is too short for boring food!)
And lastly…my friends at the FoodDuo have posted one of my favorite recipes in their 12 Days and 8 Nights of holiday dishes for compassion! It’s an easy Balsamic Brussel Sprout recipe that’s sure to sway the ardent brussel-sprout hater! I made them for my family in WI at Thanksgiving, and am pleased to report they were a hit. They’re doing an amazing series of vegan food bloggers, their favorite holiday recipes, their holiday wishes, and their charities of choice, so definitely check them out. I’m so honored to be part of their blog series, and there are some incredible recipes to be had….like jello pie. Really?! I’m making that….
You want to know the difference between winter and summer in Virginia? It’s the workout bag….
Seriously, if you keep a workout bag in your car, you can definitely tell the season. In the summer, my clothes are hot when I show up at the gym (or yoga studio) in the winter…they’re freezing. This is how I know that winter has begun…
I threw my yoga clothes into my car on the way to the office on Wednesday. My hot yoga studio has four locations (two in the area), and knew I could hit one up at the end of the day. I always keep my Manduka yoga mat in my vehicle, so it was just a matter of shorts, a tank, and some shoes/flip flops (that aren’t work heels) to wear home.
Yeah…I forgot this isn’t summer and it’s not that easy….
I got to the yoga studio…wearing my work skirt, tights, high heels, and sweater…but no jacket because it was a little warmer than the previous weeks.
So not only did I have to put on clothes that were chilly….I had to leave in shorts, a tank, and sweaty as hell after an hour in a 100+ degree room…with no coat. I go back to that sweatsicle blog post….let’s just say the drive home was uncomfortable…
Oh well, it was nice going into the hotter-than-hell room after putting on freezing clothes.
I’ve mentioned before that I hate winter, right?? Ugh…hard to believe I’m from a cold weather state!
The past few days have been busy, but not in an “I-wanna-pull-my-hair-out” way. I’m used to early mornings and late nights, but in the end…I completely love what I do. I realize that I’m in the lucky minority who gets to say they love what they do every single day. And sometimes it’s more challenging than others, but I’d not change it for anything!
My eldest, A, is home from University, and that’s been a trip. She has a tendency to spread out where the rest of us don’t (her pillow and blanket are on the couch, her food and cups are left lying around), and while I’m glad she’s home, it’s making me nuts. I keep walking around the house and finding her crap everywhere. She must be making her roommate crazy….
D is still doing his daily #morningpicture with R! I can’t believe it’s been almost 5 years of him taking a daily selfie with the young one!
Other than that, not much to report. D is feeling much better, and we’re still focus on healthy (no fiber) weight gain. He has a few more procedures to make sure we’re on the right treatment path, but the fact that he’s feeling better and doesn’t need surgery is enough for me. We can work the rest out!
So for now, I will leave you with a few pics…..