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Thinking Out Loud Thursday : 11/20/2014

by Chelsea @ Make Real Food on November 20, 2014, 2 comments

Each week Amanda [Running with Spoons] hosts Thinking Out Loud Thursday. A chance for us to do some brain-dump blogging. And to hang out with fun people.

thursdaysI’m back in town! Well.  Kind of.  We’re jet-setting off again around-about the time you see this.  I had not planned on visiting all of the time zones in the continental US between November 1st and the week before Thanksgiving, but it’s happening.  Oy. 

Last weekend my trip to my Grandma’s for my Grandpa’s funeral was lovely and sad and joyful and painful all wrapped up with a neat little bow.  We enjoyed spending time together, and remembered the happy times more than the sad.  IMG_20141117_103827It was fun to hear stories of a Grandpa flying planes and running a business, and to not think of a Grandpa loosing his brain, bit by bit.  

I am exhausted.  And happy to be home, for a few days – at least.  

Traveling did afford a good bit of knitting time.  IMG_20141112_134135And…I finished the Christmas socks!

IMG_20141116_162516(Better pictures coming…this was in the car Sunday night)

Now I just need to decide what yarn to take with me on my trip this weekend…I added some more to the collection last week before I left town – Michael’s was having a 50% off sale, plus 25% off your entire purchase.  Danger, danger. IMG_20141111_211254

Despite it being bitter cold (*clears throat* – negative 8 (F) windchill) I have been loving fall clothes.  IMG_20141107_081426(Did I share this picture already?  Geez I hope not.  I’m losing my brain…)

Also.  These booties.  IMG_20141110_153756I had never worn short boots before – but these are so awesome.  And – mega comfy.  I did have to consult my fashion-experts on my youtube channel to ensure I was wearing them correctly.  #FirstWorldProblems

Speaking of things I am loving – this Etsy card reader.  IMG_20141106_083007In person sales?  Whoa.  That makes me feel awesome.  

Alright guys.  I’m going to go spend some time with these two loves…20141114_211529(That’s what happens when you ask the Husband to send you a picture of the cat – who – apparently – did not want his picture taken!) 

See you next week! …Oh…Still need ideas for Thanksgiving dinner? Check out my recipe roundup! 2014 Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup [All Vegan/Gluten Free]

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What I Ate Wednesday : 11/19/2014

by Chelsea @ Make Real Food on November 19, 2014, 6 comments

Oh food.  These pictures were taken last weekend when I was at my Grandma’s for my Grandpa’s Funeral.  It certainly wasn’t the most stellar display of awesome food choices.  But.  Life goes on.  

Breakfast: IMG_20141113_072401Before I arrived my Uncle asked if there was anything at the store he could pick up for me to eat.  I requested gluten free bread and hummus – figuring I could make a meal out of it about any time of the day.  He obliged – with gluten free English muffins and hummus – which I delightfully enjoyed each morning of my trip. 

Lunch: Was veggie fajitas at the local Mexican joint.  They were either delicious, or I was starving.  

Afternoon snack: IMG_20141114_082920(I’ll spare you the pictures of the 100 thousand pounds of candy and sweet I consumed during the day).  I made a MAJOR packing failure.  I didn’t pack any tea.  For real?! I picked up some peppermint tea when we returned the rental car in the next town over and sipped it every day I was there because 1 – it was freezing and 2 – my stomach was hating the sugar + junk food binge.  

Dinner: IMG_20141114_175106My Grandma owns a fried catfish restaurant.  This is my typical meal there – french fries, homemade slaw, and sweet onions.  Yeah.  My mouth is watering as a type.  In love.  Afterwards?  Candy.  Lots of Candy. 

Okay.  Yeah.  I wasn’t the best food-traveler this trip.  I can usually really rock the packing-my-own-food thing.  This trip was so unexpected (learned Tuesday night we’d be leaving Wednesday morning) that I just went with it.  Yep.  See you tomorrow for some random thoughts on Thinking Out Loud Thursday!

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Coconut Bacon [Vegan/Gluten Free]

by Chelsea @ Make Real Food on November 18, 2014, 3 comments

Ever since I fell in love with Baked Potato Soup back in the Fall, I have also been In Love with Coconut Bacon.  I started simple, using this recipe, but as my love grew so did my sense of adventure – and soon I was making tweaks here and there to make the Coconut Bacon my own.  Coconut Bacon [Vegan/Gluten Free]There is just something about the salty crunch of coconut bacon that I can’t get enough of.  It started making its way onto everything I ate.  Baked Potato Soup.  Pizza.  Uhm.  By the handful.  Everywhere. 

 After I had mentioned it in a number of Vlogs, some of my friends asked me to make a video on how to make the coconut bacon.  So…I figured I’d give them one.  :) 

Coconut Bacon [Vegan/Gluten Free]

So … Sit back and enjoy a Coconut Bacon – Making – Vlog.  

Coconut Bacon [Vegan/Gluten Free]

And now…go make it for yourself!Coconut Bacon [Vegan/Gluten Free]

One thing that’s mega-important while making coconut bacon is to stir it every five minutes.  I know this seems excessive.  Trust me, it’s not.  Below (left to right) are pictures of the coconut bacon at each 5 minute interval (5 minutes, 10 minutes, 15 minutes, 20 minutes, 25 minutes, 30 minutes) – notice how quickly it browns!Coconut Bacon

So…heed my warnings! < Trust me, I learned the hard way the first time! :) 

Coconut Bacon [Vegan/Gluten Free]
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Prep Time
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Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
35 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
35 min
Ingredients
  1. 3 cups coconut flakes
  2. 1 tablespoon liquid smoke
  3. 2 tablespoons braggs liquid aminos or gluten-free soy sauce
  4. 1 tablespoon gluten free soy sauce
  5. 2 tablespoons water
  6. To taste: Paprika and Garlic Powder
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Prepare a baking sheet with a silicon mat or with cooking spray.
  2. Put the coconut flakes in a container that has a lid. Add the liquid smoke, liquid aminos, soy sauce and water to the container and close the lid. Gently toss until coconut is coated in mixture. Do not shake vigoursly or the coconut flakes will break apart.
  3. Pour coconut and sauce mixture onto prepared tray
  4. Add paprika and garlic powder as desired
  5. Spread the coconut as evenly as possible on the tray
  6. Bake for 20 – 30 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes and watching carefully as to not burn
  7. Allow to cool completely before storing in an airtight container
Notes
  1. Awesome served on soup, potatoes, pizza or eaten by the handful!
Adapted from Fettle Vegan Recipes
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Thinking Out Loud Thursday : 11/13/2014

by Chelsea @ Make Real Food on November 13, 2014, 6 comments

Each week Amanda [Running with Spoons] hosts Thinking Out Loud Thursday. A chance for us to do some brain-dump blogging. And to hang out with fun people.

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I used to think that caring for a family member with Alzheimer’s was like learning to dance.  Every second you learned a new move – and hoped, somehow, it would all fit together in a song by the end of the day.  (I was never a dancer, so bear with me on that metaphor).  The truth is, it’s nothing like a dance.  It’s more like someone is taking a chain saw and lopping off different parts of your loved one’s personality – one day at a time.  

When you read this, I’ll actually be at my Grandparents.  Well.  At my Grandma’s.  Because, I guess, my Grandpa doesn’t live there anymore.  The truth is, my real Grandpa hasn’t live there for a long time.  Since 15 years ago when he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.  Since 15 years ago when parts of his personality were removed daily at random.  

This is my Grandpa. CaptureAt 91 years old his biggest fault was that his body was completely healthy.  He did not have a single medical problem.  Except for his brain.  Yeah.  That.  So for years, his heart has kept beating, and his lungs have kept breathing.  And his brain did little else. Until Sunday.  On Sunday my Grandpa lost the 15 year battle.  The disease finally chopped of the part of his brain that tells his body to be alive.  

Yes, I miss my Grandpa.  But, I’ve been missing him for a long time, since the last time he recognized my face, the last time I heard him sing or laugh.  For 15 years we’ve been saying goodbye.  Now we’re ready to say it for real.  

We have donated my Grandpa’s body to Alzheimer’s research.  Maybe, one day, families won’t have to say goodbye – piece by piece – for 15 years.

…Death isn’t always the worst thing that can happen.  

Hug the ones you love.  I’ll see you next week…

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What I Ate Wednesday : 11/12/2014

by Chelsea @ Make Real Food on November 12, 2014, 6 comments

I really really tried hard to take pictures of every meal.  Then lunch happened.  And it all went down hill from there. 

Pre workout snack: IMG_20141017_110751It was peanuts.  Yeah.  I know.  This is an old picture.  I decided to include it this week because we’re kinda really lacking in the picture department for today’s post.  #Truth.

Breakfast:IMG_20141105_071553It was a waffle with peanut butter.  Such a go to as of late.  #Addicted

Tea of the morning:chaiDecaf chai.  Also a borrowed/old picture.  I’m digging deep here. 

30 minutes before lunch because day light savings messed you up and your body had no clue it was actually almost lunch time snack:IMG_20141105_111507Pistachios.  A lot of pistachios.  Ohhhh and that’s my new work laptop. Isn’t it pretty :) 

Lunch: The downward spiral of picture taking begins (err..gets worse?) here.  Lunch was some homemade chili.  With tofutti and avocado.  And jalapeno chips.  And no picture was taken.

Afternoon because your body still hates daylight savings snack:IMG_20141105_153621This was the moment that I realized I’d failed to take a picture of lunch.  Oy.  Also.  Heeeey handknit socks :)

Dinner: Oh.  Epic. Failure.  I mean…dinner wasn’t a failure.  Photographing it was.  We did homemade pizza.  I topped mine with some tomato sauce, dried parsley, onion, peppers and mushrooms.  Then some nutritional yeast.  Here’s how we make gluten free pizza crust :) 

Okay.  I love doing What I Ate Wednesday posts…but seriously need to get better at remembering to take pictures!! I’ll see you guys tomorrow :) 

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2014 Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup [All Vegan/Gluten Free]

by Chelsea @ Make Real Food on November 11, 2014, no comments

Last year I did a huge post on Thanksgiving menu suggestions.  I figured I’d do another one this year.  Some recipes are new to the list, some are awesome favorites from last year.  I hope to do a post the week of Thanksgiving as to what our menu will look like – but I am so not that far along yet!  If you’re new around here, my husband and I eat a mainly vegan, almost completely gluten free diet.  All of the recipes here will be vegan and gluten free.  Following an alternative diet or lifestyle is especially hard around the Holidays – but with these awesome recipes – you won’t miss a thing!

You can click here to see last year’s round up, and here to see last year’s menu.  

Alright…let’s get going! 2014 Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup [All Vegan/Gluten Free]

Appetizers

Main Dishes

Vegetables

Fruit

  • Cranberry Sauce
  • Fruit Salad

Bread/Stuffing/Gravy

Dessert

 So – What are your Thanksgiving day plans?! Did I miss any of your favorites?! :) 

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Thinking Out Loud Thursday : 11/6/2014

by Chelsea @ Make Real Food on November 6, 2014, 6 comments

Each week Amanda [Running with Spoons] hosts Thinking Out Loud Thursday. A chance for us to do some brain-dump blogging. And to hang out with fun people.

thursdaysSome weeks you just have to take a deep breath.  And then scream really really loudly.  Same theme as last week #IsItOverYet

Hey! Happy November! Is there a November dance?  Or is it just a zombie-day-light-savings-ridden-confusion walk?  NOVEMBER! You know who loves daylight savings the most? This guy. IMG_20141103_073031And by loves it I mean he loves to MEOOOOOWWWW at all hours of the night and day since the 2am moment that the clocks turned back.  Being a cat is hard work.  Especially if you must protest general things in life so heavily.  #FirstWorldCatProblems

If you follow me on Instagram this is totally old news but…guys…THIS happened over the weekend. IMG_20141101_093154Ohhhh it would be funny if it wasn’t so so true.  We got about 4 inches in town, and about 14 at my parents house.  Yeah.  November.  Showing your teeth! 

I protested the early onset of Winter by not leaving my house the entire weekend.  Except to take that picture.  Although, technically, I just opened the back door to take it.  #DoesNotCount … The entire weekend was me+fleece leggings+knitting.  In my defense, I’ll be gone all of this coming weekend.  So – much deserved.  Oh.  And these fleece leggings?  Yeah…you need some in your life.  (I found them at the dreaded Wal-Mart).  

Knitting?! Yes.  Also.  First picture on the left?  Fleece leggings.  Totally couldn’t have been bothered to take them off or move them out of the way for the picture.  #WinterIsScaryIMG_20141102_090305I finished the striped socks! I adore them.  Especially that heel.  Geez it’s so so cute.  Also.  Indy didn’t care about me at all this day, until I started snapping pictures. Then he turned into MUST NUZZLE YOUR LEGS kitty.  

I also started some Christmas socks… Because, November and Because, Snow.  IMG_20141105_071357I plan to do the toes, heels and top cuff in the green..and then the foot and the leg in the maroon.  I also have enough yarn to do the opposite, too.  #ChristmasSocksForTheWin

Speaking of socks…We discussed last Winter that it’s perfectly acceptable to wear pants that are too short if they’re hidden by snow boots.  What if, instead, you just wear cute knitted socks with a cable up the back?! :) IMG_20141105_071727#ProblemSolved 

Oh.  Did you see these Banana Pecan muffins yesterday?! You totally need them in your life.  :) IMG_20141104_063219Alright…I’m off to a weekend of Ski Patrol – I’ll catch you guys next week where we’re going to talk about some AWESOME gluten free and vegan Thanksgiving recipe ideas (yeah – sorry to the Canadians – why don’t you just celebrate again with us in a few weeks?!) 

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What I Ate Wednesday : 11/5/2014

by Chelsea @ Make Real Food on November 5, 2014, no comments

UHM! It’s November.  WHOA.  As I type this there is heavy snow falling, so you don’t have to convince me that it’s getting later in the year…but it is still hard to believe! Last week was unbelievably busy and stressful.  But…here are eats! 

Pre-Workout Snack…peanuts as usual.  I’m not going to bombard you with a picture again.  It’s the same picture I’ve uploaded before :) 

Breakfast:breakfstA gluten free apple cinnamon waffle with peanut butter and yogurt with cinnamon and coconut sugar.  You may wonder why my waffle is on a napkin.  I hateee soggy waffles.  The napkin helps it get less-soggy on the plate. 

Lunch: Okay.  Last Wednesday we had an education fair at work – so I presented the entire day.  I ate snacks at the fair (veggies, nuts, ..uhm…candy!) and was certainly not-satisfied.  

Dinner:IMG_20141101_160534

I was freaking overwhelmingly hungry. This is gluten free noodles and marinara sauce and quinoa.  Oh.  And you’ll notice I still have my jacket on.  Because I was so hungry that I didn’t take it off.  Oy food.  You’re soo important! 

Do you feel terrible when you don’t eat?! Yeah.  I DO!! 

Alright guys – on to tomorrow…I’ll see you back for Thinking Out Loud Thursday!

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Banana Pecan Muffins [Vegan/Gluten Free]

by Chelsea @ Make Real Food on November 4, 2014, 2 comments

Oh…Hey There November.

What is November like in your neck of the woods?  Here it means the weather begins to dip towards winter.  And by dip, I mean – night time feels like early Winter, and day time feels like …Winter as well.  

Late Fall is my absolute favorite – mainly because of things like muffins.  And spices.  And a reason to run the oven without seeming like a crazy person.  

But mainly – food. 

There is something hiding in these muffins. Banana Pecan Muffins [Vegan/Gluten Free]They’re sweet, tasty banana and pecans baked into awesome goodness, but they have a secret.  And that secret is called chickpeas.  They give the muffins an awesomely moist consistency.  

Banana Pecan Muffins [Vegan/Gluten Free]I decided to give these muffins a shot after making Dana (from Minimalist Baker’s) Black Bean Brownies.  < Which are simply fudgy and amazing.  No bean taste.  It inspired me to make some breakfast – worthy Banana Pecan Muffins.  Packed with protein, this will make your breakfast tummy delicious.  

Banana Pecan Muffins [Vegan/Gluten Free]Let’s make them, okay? 

Banana Pecan Muffins
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Cook Time
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Ingredients
  1. 1 + ½ cups pecans + some extra for topping the muffins (topping optional)
  2. 2.5 tablespoons flax meal with 6 tablespoons water (or 2 large eggs)
  3. 1 can chickpeas – rinsed very very well
  4. 3 ripe bananas
  5. ¼ cup sugar of choice (I used coconut sugar)
  6. ¼ cup cornmeal
  7. 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  8. ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  9. ¼ teaspoon allspice
  10. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  11. 1 + ½ teaspoon baking powder
  12. ¼ teaspoon salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease 12 muffin tins.
  2. Add the pecans to the food processor and grind until ground well (but not so far that they’re walnut-butter-ish)
  3. Add the flax meal/water or eggs to the food processor with the walnuts and pulse a few times. Then, let sit while rinsing your chickpeas as well as you can possibly imagine washing them.
  4. Add all of the ingredients (except the extra pecans for topping) to the food processor and process for what seems like forever until it is super duper mixed and smooth
  5. Divide into 12 muffin tins. Top with some crushed pecans (optional)
  6. Bake for 45 minutes – 1 hour < This seems like forever but it takes a long time for the middle to get done! …Just watch the pecans on the top and make sure they don’t start burning. You can put tinfoil loosely on top if they do start burning before it’s done on the inside.
  7. Then…let cool completely before removing gingerly from muffin tins.
  8. Eat.
Notes
  1. Note - if these aren't going to be eaten within a few days I'd refrigerate them for longevity.
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Thinking Out Loud Thursday : 10/30/2014

by Chelsea @ Make Real Food on October 30, 2014, 4 comments

Each week Amanda [Running with Spoons] hosts Thinking Out Loud Thursday. A chance for us to do some brain-dump blogging. And to hang out with fun people.

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Hey.  You know what?  Tomorrow is the LAST day of October.  Tomorrow is also Friday.  And I couldn’t be MORE ready. IMG_20141024_123338For real.  This week has drop kicked me in every direction.  

Tuesday night this conversation happened: 

Nathan: What should we have for dinner?

Me: We have freezer pizza.

Nathan: What will we have with it?

Me: Wine.

^ Yeah.  Let’s bring on Saturday and Sunday.

Except for this.  

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But.  I can handle it.  Because this week we had two days in the 70s.  The HIGH 70s.  Monday night I sat on the back porch and just put my face out to the sun. IMG_20141028_173106

Tuesday morning I celebrated another beautiful day with a walk to work.  Uhm.  Yeah.  The walk in was a bit chilly – but the walk home – totally perfect.  IMG_20141028_172934I even had my blinky light to keep me safe :) 

Okay.  Uhm.  That’s a lot about the weather.  What else do I have to talk about?  <Insert Cute Cat Picture Here>IMG_20141027_173007Indy isn’t completely sure why I won’t let him eat all of the crunchy leaves.  Trust me, Little Man, your tummy will thank me!

Oh! Speaking of ^ Him…This week is Halloween…which means…2 years ago he became ours! Looking at his pictures from each year below reminds me of how much healthier he is now!IMG_20141029_210118

…oh…and…That we’re all three still alive ;) Happy 2 years ours, Littleman … We love you!

Oh.  Yeah.  SOCKS! These are so stinkin adorable! I just love the coloration on the heels!IMG_20141027_172555

In closing…eat these cookies, now. Pumpkin Spice Chocolate Chip Cookies [Vegan/Gluten Free]

:) I’ll see you guys next week.  IN NOVEMBER :) 

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