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Veganized & Banan-ized BRM GF Vanilla Yellow Cake Mix

Yesterday afternoon, my 4-year old, Todd, said, “Let’s bake”!

He promptly pulled open the pantry door, and the first thing I spotted was our recently purchased BRM GF Vanilla Yellow Cake Mix. Todd likes to gather ingredients, so I instructed him to take the cake mix bag to the kitchen…

We read the ingredient list on the bag…

1 package BRM GF Vanilla Yellow Cake Mix
3 eggs
1/2 C melted butter or vegetable oil
1/2 C water

My veganized & “banan-ized” recipe looks is this:

1 package BRM GF Vanilla Yellow Cake Mix
(+add 1/2 t cinnamon)
3 ripe bananas
1/2 C Earth Balance
1/2 C organic soy milk (EdenSoy Extra Original)

BRM GF Vanilla Yellow Cake Mix package

Standing on a chair at the counter, Todd helped peel the bananas. He “Hulk-smashed” them with a potato masher. Next, he “Hulk-smashed” the (not melted) Earth Balance (EB) into the bashed bananas. He spooned the banana-EB mash into one mixing bowl, and he helped pour the soy milk into the same bowl. Meanwhile, I added cinnamon to another mixing bowl containing the dry cake mix. Finally, Todd helped stir the batter as I gradually added the dry mixture to the wet mixture.

I greased 2 glass loaf pans with coconut oil, and baked the cakes at 325 degrees for 40 minutes. The cakes sat in their pans for ~5 minutes, then I flipped them out onto a wire rack to finish cooling.

Cakes out of the oven

The resulting “banan-ized” cake had a subtle caramelized outer coating, and a spongy, dense inside. 3 bananas = excellent binding!

Frequently, Todd won’t even try the baked goods he makes, but this time he ate most of a slice!

 

Curried Rice & Red Lentils

This vegan curried rice and red lentils dish can be considered either a very thick soup or a hearty, soupy rice. I didn’t know just how good it was going to be when I was preparing this meal (I had a craving for curry!), so I didn’t keep track of the exact ingredient amounts as I was making it. However, I’m reasonably sure that I accurately listed the ingredients and amounts here.

I added raisins and toasted pumpkin seeds to my bowl at the end. This would be off-the-charts good with some cubed, fried tofu on top! I love tofu!

CURRIED RICE & RED LENTILS

INGREDIENTS

2 carrots, chopped
~1/2 of a small onion, chopped
~2/3 of a yellow pepper, chopped
~1/3 of a very small cabbage, chopped
a little bit of cauliflower, chopped (I’d put more in if I had more!)
1 large garlic clove, minced

~5 cups water

~3/4 cup red lentils, rinsed
~3/4 cup short grain brown rice, rinsed
1 can (15 oz) organic garbanzo beans, rinsed
~3/4 cup freeze-dried peas, rehydrated with water in the 1/2 pint jar

~2 T coconut oil

~2 t Savory Spice brand Vindaloo seasoning blend**
1/2 t turmeric
1/2 t ground ginger
~5 t Instant VegeBase broth powder* (use 1 t powder per cup of water used)

Suggested toppings: organic raisins, toasted organic pumpkin seeds, toasted unsweetened fine shredded coconut, fried cubed tofu.

Spices used in this recipe

**Vindaloo contains turmeric, cinnamon, garlic, fenugreek, salt, brown mustard, coriander, cumin, ginger, cayenne, cardamom, black pepper, and cloves.

*Instant VegeBase contains non-GMO organic soy grits & soy flour, organic potato flour, pea powder, onion powder, expeller-pressed soy oil, sea salt, ground carrot, alfalfa, minced onion, turmeric, celery seed, parsley, spinach powder, kale powder, and white pepper.

Freeze-dried peas in a 1/2 pint jar

DIRECTIONS

  1. In a soup pot, heat the coconut oil over medium heat. Saute the vegetables (carrot, onion, yellow pepper, cabbage, and garlic) with the Vindaloo, turmeric, and ginger for several minutes.
  2. Add the ~5 cups of water and the broth powder to the pot, and turn up the heat to high.
  3. When the water starts to bubble, add the red lentils, rice, garbanzo beans, and peas (include soaking water).
  4. Lower the heat to a simmer and cover the pot with a lid.
  5. Simmer, covered for ~40 minutes.
  6. Remove pot from the heat, remove the lid, and let sit for about 15 minutes before serving.
  7. Serve in a bowl with any of the suggested toppings.

After Eric and I each had some lunch, I portioned the rest in mason jars: 3 pints and 1 half pint. I’m looking forward to the leftovers!

[Things got a little silly during prep…]

My cabbage patch kid – August 19, 2018

 

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