Zucchini Carob Loaf

In the words of my mother, I wanted “something nice to eat.”  So I searched my cookbooks for that “something nice” and baked this:

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It was super yummy and was a great way to get more veggies in my diet.  Here’s the recipe (taken from the God’s Plan Natural Foods Cookbook by M.E.E.T. Ministry):

2 ½ cup whole wheat pastry flour

2/3 cup honey

½ tsp coriander

½ cup and 2 tbsp oil

½ cup soy margarine

2 cup zucchini shredded

2 tsp non-aluminum baking powder

1/3 cup carob powder

¼ tsp salt

½ cup soy milk

1 tsp vanilla

¼ cup coffee substitute (optional)

Grease and flour 13 x 9 x 2 inch pan.  Mix together flour, honey, carob, baking powder, coriander and salt.  Add oil, milk, honey, margarine and vanilla.  Beat with electric mixer on low speed until combined.  Add zucchini and beat on high 2 minutes.  Spread batter into lightly oiled “Pammed” pan.  Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes or till cake tests done.

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Green Smoothies!

Since I’ve been trying to get more fresh fruits and veggies into my diet, I have been blending and drinking more and more green smoothies.  Apparently they are good for you, and for me, it’s a way to get green leafy vegetables that I don’t like (like kale) into my diet.  The good thing about the smoothie is that you don’t even taste the vegetables that you put in it.  The smoothie takes on the taste of the fruits that you use.  You can also substitute spinach for kale or use both.  I drink this about once a week.  The recipes below typically make about three glass-fulls.

Green Smoothie Recipe

1 glass filtered water

4 cups fruits of your choice (mango and/or pineapple and/or grapes and/or bananas).  I like to use frozen fruits

4 cups of green leafy veggies (kale, spinach, romaine lettuce)

1/2 cup agave (optional)

1 cup ice (if not using frozen fruits)

Blend until desired consistency is obtained.

Et voila!

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Restaurant Hot-Spot(light): Yuan Végétarien

Yesterday afternoon a friend and I went to Yuan Restaurant Végétarien (vegetarian restaurant) for dinner.  It’s a vegetarian restaurant that specializes in Thai and Vietnamese food — and let me tell you: the food is good. If you go, you must try their “pizza sushi.”  You can also ask to have your sushi made with brown rice instead of white.

They have an extensive all-you-can-eat dinner buffet for $17.99 and an all-you-can-eat lunch buffet for $12.99, in addition to regularly prepared meals.  The ambiance of the restaurant is peaceful and quiet and you really feel like you are in an Asian oasis.  So many of my Montreal memories have been celebrated in this restaurant.  This is where my friends and I go for Sunday lunch or for dinner after church.  I’ve even celebrated a birthday here.  The manager pretty much knows me.  Yuan Vegetarien and I have a long-standing relationship — a relationship that will continue to be nurtured by future visits.

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