Today I was thinking about that I’m a “spontaneous cook”. I don’t really plan my daily meals, and what I’m used to do is first consulting to myself: “what I would like to have as breakfast?” and then get into the kitchen looking what’s on the fridge, if my cravings match with my available resources is a good start.
Sometimes that ideal situation does not happen and I have to play with the creativity. Here is when all sort of “not a recipes” randomly are born, because my cravings are claiming for a specific meal, but I lack of one main ingredient so I try to replace it, or mimic a original non vegan recipe, or I just start to put thing together. The results usually are a surprise.
The thing is: I never get notes of this “not recipes” and now I see a good opportunity to start this online “notes” and share them it with you. I’m pretty sure that everybody have had one of these cooking moments, and after a good time enjoying your “not a recipe” you think “how it was that I’ve made this?” “Why I did not took a note?”.
So with that being said, here is my first day of “Random Eatings”. I’m going to show you what I’ve made, make a brief “not a recipe” and add the nutritional information at the end, just to have an idea of what an average vegan person like me eat.
Today was a very cold morning, and I wanted warm oats with fruits and spices, so I cooked this bowl of oats with a mug of “chai masala latte”. Here is how I did it:
1 medium apple
1 medium pear
1/2 old fashioned oats
1 cup of water
1 tsp cinnamon
a hint of cloves
a hint of nutmeg
2 cardamom seed
1 Tbsp chia seeds
1 Tbsp walnuts
- Peel the apple and pear, and cut them in 4, the slice every piece.
- In a sauce pan at medium high heat, add the water and spices. Bring it to boil.
- Once is boiling add the apples and low the heat to medium, cook for about 2 minutes.
- Add the oats, and stir well, cook for 2 more minutes, and remove from the stove.
- pour into a bowl and garnish with slices of banana and pear, sprinkle with chia seeds and walnuts.
Chai “masala” latte:
1 Tsp “chai masala” blend
1/2 Tsp cinnamon
1 cup soy milk
1/2 cup boiling water
1 bag of “ceylan” or any dark tea
1 Tsp agave
- Soak you tea as usual while you prepare the milk.
- In a little pot put the milk and the spices on the heat, stir occasionally.
- once start to boil, pour the tea over the mixture.
- add the agave and stir. Remove from the heat.
Here in Florida, the day did not get warmer, and we were freezing for our standards, so it was a perfect day to make a fast and simple version of “Chilean lentils” soup in the instant pot, which only takes 1/2 hour to prepare. I have pair this soup with just plain bread:
“Fast and simple lentil soup”
2 cups of brown lentils
3 cloves of garlic
1 small carrot
2 celery stacks
1 cup of frozen sweet peas
1 Tbsp olive oil
3 bay leaves
1 Tbsp cumin
2 Tsp Paprika
1 Tsp Oregano
1/2 Tsp black pepper
1/4 marinara sauce
2 Tsp salt
1 Tbsp Corn starch
5 Cups of water
In the instant pot:
- Choose the “sautee” mode and add the oil with vegetables, stir fry for about 3 minutes
- Add the spices, keep stir frying for about 2 minutes
- After rinsing the lentils, add them to the pot. Keep mixing.
- Add the marinara, and water, change the mode to manual and set it to 15 minutes, with pressure
- While your pot is working, make a Corn starch slurry dissolving 1 Tbsp in a 1/4 of cup of water and reserve.
- After your pot finish the cycle, release the pressure. With the help of a submersion blender pulse a couple of times and add the corn starch slurry.
- Close the lid and the corn starch slowly cook for about 5 minutes, after that you can add the salt and serve.
This soup keeps me very satisfied to skip the diner and only have a snack as a last “munch” of the day.
I had a portion of guacamole and some chips with a cup tea. I’ve made a express guacamole in a food processor:
1/4 of onion
1/2 of pickled jalapeno
2 cloves of garlic
Salt and lemon to taste
- On a food processor place the onion, garlic, the inner part of tomatoes and jalapeno. Pulse until gets finely chopped.
- Add the avocado, the rest of tomatoes, salt to taste and drops of lemon (you can add any of your spices o cilantro also, I like it simple). Pulse until the avocado is crushed, leaving some tomatoes pieces.
This was my Monday, December 11, 2017 in 3 Random meals, without any plans.