Friday, April 6, 2012

A New Way to Spaghetti

I would just like to state again how much love I have for TVP. I have used it to make three meals for our family of seven (keep in mind that the teenager eats more than us all) and I still have not used the entire bag!! The other night, we made some up and added it to spaghetti sauce and served it over whole grain pasta penne. Now, I have to admit that I was a little worried about how it looks. After all, how it looks has a lot to do with whether or not the kids will touch it (oh and hubby too, lol). It was a huge hit and I didn't even miss the cheese!!

I also made bread. Yummy, delicious, not vegan bread. I know. I know. I am just having some issues finding a vegan bread recipe that even sounds good. So, for those of you wanting yummy bread and don't mind the butter and eggs, here's what I did....

Delicious NOT Vegan Bread (but I'm working on it)

In your bread machine pan, add 1 1/4 warm soy milk, 1 egg at room temperature, 2 T softened butter. Now go ahead and dump some chai seeds and some flaxseed meal on that. Now add 2 3/4 cup all purpose flour and 1 cup whole wheat flour. Finally, at 1 1/4 teaspoon yeast. Place in bread maker and set to dough setting and let it do it's thing for an hour and a half. From here you can roll them into rolls, buns or make bread. I made bread. Prepare a bread pan and put the dough in. Let rise until double about an hourish. Bake at 350 until done. It was so delicious. The chai seeds give it this wonderful and delicious, dainty crunch. I guess that would be how I would describe it. It was awesome!

In other news, I am still planning my garden. I know. I should be done planning and doing more work by now. Sometimes I feel like a girl of little action. LOL Anyhow, I have to go up to my plots this weekend and get some seeds planted. I'm thinking about sectioning it off into 1' sections just so that I can have a better visual for the planting bit. I really do need to get it done. Perhaps I'll have pictures to share soon. Until then, here's my plot on SmartGardener.

That's not a wonderful picture, but you get the jist. The link goes to my garden and feel free to wander around. I need to get up there and plant spinach and carrots this weekend. I'll have to see what else needs my attention. Have a wonderful weekend!

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