Oct 28, 2011

Embracing Your Veggies

You've heard of Hug A Veg*n day, right? Well, what about hugging a vegetable?

No, but seriously. What about it?

And I don't mean literally hugging a vegetable (see above), because then your next of kin might cart you off to a mental hospital.

And that doesn't sound like fun.

No, I mean embracing your veggies. With veggies, there's a lot of either this or that: either the person loves eating salads and salads and salads and salads (or so they claim) or they try and "sneak" them into stuff.

'Ooh, watch me sneak cauliflower into my mashed potatoes!' 'I snuck zucchini into my chocolate chip muffins!' 'Could you tell that I snuck beets into my homemade ketchup? Could you? Could you?'


But what about embracing your veggies instead? Think about it: carrot cake. Zucchini bread. Pumpkin pie. Rhubarb torte. None of them try to hide their veggies - the veggies are the stars! And they're all the better for it!

So I decided that, since two people died at work today and I needed something fun and light-hearted to do, I'm going to set out* on a mission to make the next Star Veggie Dessert! *Set out, because chances are slim that it'll be awesome on the first go. How many tries did the lightbulb take? Case in point.

After all, I like baking for breakfast, baking with veggies, baking murfins, baking with beans, baking with tofu, and baking quick-and-easy. Maybe I just like baking. :)

Try #1: Chocolate Chip Lettuce Pie

1 c. lettuce, rinsed and torn

1/3 c. canola oil (or other oil of choice)

100g. sliced almonds

1 tsp. baking powder

1/4 tsp. baking soda

250 grams canned/jarred white beans, rinsed

1 tsp. vanilla extract

3/4 c. quick oats

2 c. honey

100 grams sliced almonds

150 grams high quality dark chocolate (I like the Lindt 70% truffle bar), chopped

2 Tbsp. flaxseeds

1.) Make lettuce mush- blend together the lettuce and the oil:

2) Add remaining ingredients (except chocolate and half of the sliced almonds!), blend until smooth.

3) Stir in chocolate.

4) Pour into a lined or greased skillet pan (or other baking form):

5) Sprinkle on remaining 50g of sliced almonds, as well as 2Tbsp of flaxseeds, for prettiness.

6) Bake at 350F for about 35 to 45 minutes (until it passes the toothpick test).

Of course, I baked in my geriatric oven again, though I said that I wouldn't. But, quite frankly, I'm a poor college student and am not about to buy a new oven for the 6 weeks that I'm still here. Especially as I currently have no income (full time unpaid internship, remember?). So it's either (a) suck it up and deal with burnt/unevenly baked baked goods or (b) don't bake. I'm more of an (a) kind of person. :P

And is it just me, or does my this look a little bit less burnt than last time? Maybe the oven just needs to be brought back into gear. We'll see...:P

Have you ever seen a dead person?

What's your favorite baked good?

What do you want me to try baking veggies into?


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