Friday, November 8, 2013

Coconut Curry Eggplant and Squash

I want to like eggplant. It's healthy and stuff. There aren't all that many purple foods, and I do believe in eating as many colors as possible. But it's just so... seedy. And mushy. I cannot with this.

Because I had an eggplant and some butternut squash to use up, I searched for recipes that used both in the same dish to save time. I settled on a coconut curry with chickpeas based on components of several similar recipes I found online.

It turned out pretty tasty, quite healthy, and nice served over brown rice.

I used chopped fresh onion, butternut squash, and eggplant. I cooked them in a little oil to start.

Then I drained the tomatoes and chickpeas below, and dumped these three cans into the mix.

Then I added red curry paste to taste. Coconut curry dishes are really that simple!

I love that this dish ended up accidentally vegan and gluten-free!

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Banana Gingerbread Mini-Muffins

I had one overripe banana. What do you even do with one overripe banana? It's too squishy to eat plain or put in yogurt. But my favorite banana bread recipes have a banana-to-egg ratio of at least 1.5:1. This is usually the point at which I look for a vegan recipe to avoid eggs altogether, but instead I poked around for a 1:1 ratio. And I'm glad I did because I found this:

The full blog post is here, but I didn't even really read it.

The recipe is halved from the original and made as follows:

3/4 cup flour
1/6 cup sugar
2/3 tsp ground ginger
1/3 tsp baking powder
1/6 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 banana (very ripe, mashed)
1/3 stick butter (softened)
1/6 cup molasses
1 egg

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
2. Line mini muffin pans.
3. Melt butter in a plastic bowl in the microwave. Add other ingredients to the same bowl and mix well.
4. Divide into approximately 24 mini muffins and bake until cooked through.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

My Little Pony Makeup Look

I picked up this dress from Hot Topic and wore it to my Halloween party. Then I did my eyes to match. What do you think?