Day 25 of Pending-Vegetarian Diary

I am so sorry! Eek! I have been so behind on my P-V Diary and recipes. I have a lot of pictures already prepared with “Basically A Baker” written on them so that makes posting easier. I hope you can forgive me.

I am trying to cut high fructose corn syrup from my diet but it is so frustratingly hard. The stuff is in practically everything in America! No wonder we are struggling with obesity.
I told my Mom two times two weeks apart that I was a vegetarian (not correct, I am trying to be one) and she didn’t believe me at all. When she makes stir-fry (from a bag) it usually has a meat product in it. I had to say “no thank you” yesterday and she looked at me funny. She had said the stereotype words I dreaded. “Jessica, honey, vegetarians don’t get enough protein.” I cringe as I type this. I know she is just not educated enough about vegetarians and vegans, so when I am officially a vegetarian I will educate her. Yup. I am postponing it.
Since I love to talk about health related things in this Diary, I am going to tell you about my favorite Wii games. My family has a collection of about 40 games. We got addicted. I never bought one personally, but I am really grateful for 3 of those 40. They are:
Gold’s Gym: Cardio Workout
The Biggest Loser
Wii Fit Plus
Clearing something up: I am thin but I am not toned so these help so much. I recommend them to anyone trying to tone up, has a Wii system, and has some extra cash.
Thanks for reading! It means a lot to me.
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Mother’s Day 2012 – Lemon Sugar Sticky Rolls

As I was letting the dough rise (the recipe uses yeast) my mother came over and said, “Oh, I hate lemons you know.” She failed to mention that when I was buying 6 lemons Friday. I was really nervous because if anything, the rolls would taste lemony. It turned out fine because she ate four, proclaiming that these are “soooo delicious” while grabbing for another. They do taste really good. They are tart with all the lemon, but not overpoweringly sweet. The lemon cream cheese glaze was something I could live without because for me it seemed to take away from the dough. Here is my slightly adapted recipe:

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Banana Overnight Oats

I suggest 2 bananas since, as you see above, the ratio of overnight oats to blended banana is not even. It still tasted good though!

Adapted Slightly from: Oh She Glows

You will need:

  • 1/3 cup regular oats
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1-2 peeled frozen bananas
In a small bowl, put all of the ingredients except the banana(s). 

Whisk and cover with plastic wrap. Put in the fridge OVERNIGHT. 

Take out of the fridge and give a quick stir to combine.

Blend the banana(s) in a food processor. Take out a small cup. Layer the overnight oats and the banana. Eat!

Chocolate-Banana Baked Oatmeal

It is so thick and chewy. It tastes like banana bread! The replacement of flour with oats make it a wonderful breakfast meal.

Slightly Adapted From: Chocolate-Covered Katie

Servings: One

  • 1/2 cup oats
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 tablespoons mashed, very-ripe banana
  • 3 tablespoons non-dairy milk or water
  • 1 tablespoon unrefined coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon (or more) chocolate chips
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 380 degrees. Combine dry, than mix in wet. Pour into a small loaf pan or as I did, a bake-able circular container. Cook for 15-20 minutes (until firm) and than high broil for 5 minutes extra.
 Pour into a small loaf pan or as I did, a bake-able circular container.

Cook for 15-20 minutes (until firm) and than high broil for 5 minutes extra.

Day 4 of Pending-Vegetarian Diary

Well I ran out of Silk Almond Vanilla Milk so this sucks. And I was craving it too! I poured myself a regular glass of milk and it tasted really…. weird. I am used to be one of those people that can down a glass of milk at every meal. I try to avoid it now and drink Almond Milk instead. I am going grocery shopping later.

I am cutting coffee temporarily from my diet. And when I say diet, I mean what I eat. I had been drinking bottled light Starbucks coffee for the past two weeks because testing at school has been crazy. It gave me a boost. But yesterday I drank more than I usually do, and my body was acting up. I had to pee constantly and I wanted to go to sleep but my brain wouldn’t shut off. This made me act like a zombie all day. People were asking me “Jessica. What is wrong with you? You aren’t acting normal…. Maybe you should see the nurse.” And I told them I was fine. Obviously I was freaking out and knew it was the caffeine. So temporarily, I am cutting coffee from my diet.

Things to remember (doesn’t apply to you necessarily):

Candy/Chocolate(as in Reeses) will make me lose energy (it may be just me)

Cow Milk makes me want to throw up

Coffee messes up how my body works

(recipe tomorrow)

Strawberry and Rhubarb Crumpets

Today’s recipe is also a challenge. If you name this dish, you could win $500 if they choose it. You can do that here. It ends May 1st. This is a amazing breakfast since I used crumpets instead of pound cake. WARNING: It doesn’t keep very well depending on how much strawberry preserves you put on. It also tastes pretty sweet.

You will need:

  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 cups chopped fresh or frozen rhubarb, thawed if frozen
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 3 tablespoons mascarpone cheese or clotted cream, at room temperature
  • 4 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar
  • 8 slices pound cake or 8 crumpets
  • Strawberry preserves, for spreading

Bring (2 tablespoons) confectioners’ sugar, honey, salt, a teaspoon granulated sugar, and 2 tablespoons water to a gentle shimmer in a small saucepan over medium-heat. Stir repeatedly until the sugar dissolves. Transfer 1 1/2 tablespoons of the syrup to a small bowl; set aside. Add the rhubarb to the remaining syrup; cook, stirring occasionally, until the rhubarb breaks down and the mixture thickens, 15 to 20 minutes. Let cool slightly, then transfer to a blender and puree until smooth. Transfer to a bowl and refrigerate until cold, at least 1 hour.

Beat the heavy cream, mascarpone and (2 tablespoons) confectioners’ sugar with a mixer on medium-high speed until stiff peaks form. Fold one-third of the cream mixture into the rhubarb mixture until just combined, and then fold in the rest. Cover and refrigerate until cold, about 1 hour.

Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Use a cookie cutter to cut circles from the pound cake slices or crumpets. Transfer to a baking sheet and bake until lightly toasted, about 5 minutes. Remove from the oven and immediately brush the cake rounds with the reserved honey syrup; let cool completely on the baking sheet.

Spread a layer of strawberry preserves on the cake rounds/crumpets. Transfer the rhubarb cream to a piping bag fitted with a large shaped tip. Pipe the cream onto the cakes/crumpets.