Special Anniversary Dinner (aka random stuff I found in the kitchen)

Today, the hubby and I celebrated 2 years of marriage.  Love you, Iain.  Here’s to many many happy years.

Us two years ago today:

To celebrate, I was planning on making these.  But, after having a long day at work, I had to come up with something pretty quickly when I was walking home.  I thought about Betsy Life’s current Pantry Challenge and thought that I have some pretty good stuff to work with, I’ll just figure something out when I get home.  And it turned out pretty great.  Good thing, because we have enough leftovers for the next 3 days!

Cheezy Orzo with fresh herbs

Recipe at the bottom of the page.

But, the real winner was dessert.  Gwyneth Paltrow’s Brownies topped with Chocolate Chip Banana Softserve.

And it was goooooood.  I mean, it was no White Chocolate Raspberry Wedding Cake.

But it was fast and Vegan – Vegan – Vegan.  (Don’t tell Iain).

Scroll down even further for the recipe.

Cheers!

Cheezy Orzo

  • 1/4 cup Olive Oil
  • 2 cups uncooked Orzo (one small box)
  • 3-4 garlic cloves
  • 2 Tablespoons tomato paste
  • 4 cups vegetable stock
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 2 oz vegan cheddar
  • Can of whatever beans you have in the pantry (kidney beans for us)
  • 2 cups of whatever frozen veggies (lima & green beans)
  • Handful of fresh herbs (parsley and basil)
  • Vegan mozzarella

In a large crockpot, heat the olive oil on medium high and stir in the garlic.  Cook for 2-3 minutes.  Add the orzo and tomato paste and cook another 2-3 minutes.  Add the broth and white wine.  Bring to a boil then reduce to low.  Cover and let simmer 10-15 minutes.  Stir every few minutes to ensure orzo isn’t sticking to the bottom of the pot.

Once most of the liquid is absorbed, grate cheddar and stir in.  Add in frozen veggies and beans.  Stir until veggies are heated through.  Toss in herbs.

Dish it up, and top with a bit of shaved Vegan Mozzarella.

Chocolate-Chip Banana Soft Serve

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 2 Tablespoons almond milk
  • 1/2 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 Tablespoons Trader Joe’s Chocolate chips

Chop frozen banana into medium chunks and put in a food processor.

Blend until soft serve consistency.  Add in milk, syrup and extract.  Blend.

Toss in Chocolate chips and process until blended.

Spoon on top of Gwyneth Paltrow’s Delicious Fudgy Chocolate Brownies.



Cinnamon Banana Breakfast Scramble

Warning.  I am going to eat A LOT today.  9 mile run this morning and bikram yoga this evening, I know I need to fuel up.  This is one of my favorite ways to get a good start in the morning.  Gooey, banana-y, peanut butter-y, warm, crunchy, messy.  Delicious.

(And my husband’s finger)

Cinnamon Banana Breakfast Scramble

Adapted from The Edible Perspective

  • 1 Tablespoon Chia Seeds (I’ll need to write an ode to Chia seeds later)
  • 2 Tablespoons Oats
  • 2 Tablespoons Milk (I Used Almond Milk)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1/2 Banana
  • 1 English Muffin
  • 1 Tablespoon Nut Butter
  • 1 Tablespoon Strawberry Jam
  1. In a small bowl, mix together the Chia seeds, oats, milk, vanilla extract, cinnamon and mash the banana.  Once the mixture is combined flip into a nonstick skillet and cook on that side for 3 minutes.
  2. While scramble is cooking, toast the English Muffin.
  3. After the 3 minutes, flip the scramble to the other side.  This may be a little messy.  And cook 3 minutes on the other side.
  4. Top one 1/2 of the English Muffin with peanut butter and the other 1/2 with jam and then add the Banana scramble.
Mmmmm.  Good morning to you!!