I had put off working on this recipe for a few months up until last week. Previously when I had made them, they had turned out dry, and flat, and although they were still pretty good, I wanted them to be perfect. Mother’s Day approached and while thinking about what to make my mom I had come up with an idea. She likes apples, and well you can’t have apples without caramel, right? [At least in my mind] .. so I got to work. I took my time, did the math and what I ended up with blew my vegan mind, it was exactly what I was looking for. Not only did they taste like an actual caramel apple, they were the fluffiest rolls I think I have ever eaten, vegan or not.
When it comes to hummus I’m not a star vegan child. I honestly don’t like plain ol’ hummus and my mom doesn’t either, so maybe she gave me the trait. I once stumbled upon this group of wild vegans (I’m looking at you, Reddit) and apparently they eat hummus daily, for a pleasurable snack. I felt like I was an outcast for not liking it. For a snack I go for some pecans, peanuts or a chunk of dark chocolate, granola, cranberries, pumpkin seeds, flax muffins, natural fig bars you know, toothy foods. So I got butt-hurt and decided I needed to at least try and be a better vegan example. I actually decided upon a hummus I like. Its got a typical hummus base, hit with a spike of smoky peppers. I enjoy it with carrot sticks, bell pepper slices and cauliflower.
I made this on a whim, for a fresh dinner last week. I fell in love and ate the same thing the next day for lunch. Give it a try and add things that you love, there is a ton of room to play with this recipe.
Like I have mentioned before, I get so sick of oatmeal. Even though I recently discovered an awesome and flavorful brand, I still get bored with it. I figured I would try and brew up some brown rice in my crock pot with a random apple I had lying around. It came together to form a super soft, fluffy satisfying breakfast dish. You can add anything else you’d like, too. I plan on adding some pecans and bananas next time. This brown rice is super nutritious, and it keeps you completely full until lunch time rolls around. I apologize for forgetting to take a picture, so you’ll just have to look at my cat’s instead :
I have made this rice pilaf several times, and every time I have paired it with something different. It is great by itself, with beans on top, or even along side some BBQ seitan. I love it because 1) it automatically stretches any meal to save some money and 2) it has vegetables scattered throughout.