April was a weird month around here. Ditching the processed and trying to eat fresh food only has been a challenge...that is for sure. But I'm starting to get the hang of it. I'm amazed at how much kale we are going through. I've figured out that dates are little miracle workers for replacing sugar. Eating things like those brownie bites above are actually good for you so that is a bonus. Larry is on-board which makes cooking a heck of a lot easier too. He went for a really long hike last Saturday and called me on the way home and asked what's for dinner. When I told him lentil loaf, I could feel the disappointment on the silent line but guess what? He loved it. It's really good and here is the recipe I used. It makes a great sandwich too. Everything she makes is so beautiful.
We are spending about $10 more a week on food but that might be because I'm replacing things in my pantry with new staples. I'm buying more nuts and different flours. I think it will all balance out in the end.
I'd also like to mention that I'm not trying to eat like this to be some sort of saint. To me it seems like the natural progression of my diet. I love food and I love to cook. I'm really not into deprivation or self punishment. One of my biggest motivators has been watching my dear friend Melinda battle her stage 4 ovarian cancer. The first thing the doctor did was put her on a vegan diet. When she had a recurrence last year she went to a special nutritionist and they tweaked that diet to what I'm now doing. The results have been nothing short of a miracle for her. I mean truly, she is a walking miracle and daily inspiration to me. We've been trading recipes and encouraging each other and it's been great fun.
So if you are interested, here is the recipe for those brownie bites. I got the recipe from Melinda's cancer cookbook. I made them twice their way and changed things up a little and now I'm really, really happy with them. They require a bit of extra work, or maybe just getting the hang of using different ingredients but I think they are worth it.
2 flax eggs
1/4 - 1/2 unsweetened soy milk
1/4 cup avocado
1 Tablespoon orange zest
1 1/4 cup almond meal
1/4 cup spelt
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1 Tablespoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon sea salt
1/3 cup carob chips or nuts (optional)
In a blender combine the first 6 ingredients. Start with 1/4 cup soy milk, you may have to add more.
Batter will be thick.
Assemble next 5 ingredients into a bowl and then add the blender mixture. Stir together. Add carob chips or nuts.
Batter will be thick and similar to muffin mix. You can either make muffins but I prefer to put the batter in a 8" square lightly oiled pan.
Bake at 400 degrees for 25 minutes. Let cool and cut into squares.
*Flax egg - 1 Tablespoon flaxseed meal mixed with 3 Tablespoons water