Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Easy Spinach Chana Masala, and 2-minute chocolate candies

My absolute fave dinners are ones that can A)be whipped up using only pantry/freezer ingredients and B)one pot/pan meals!  If you want a quick, easy meal that meets both of the above requirements, you've got to try this!

Easy Vegan Spinach Chana Masala
2 tsp EVOO
1 box frozen spinach (about 10 ounces, although I actually used a 16 ounce bag) thawed and drained
1 can chickpeas rinsed and drained
1 10 ounce can diced tomatoes
half onion, chopped
1 tsp minced garlic
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp coriander
1/2 tsp curry
1/2 tsp garam masala
S&P to taste

Saute onions until they are starting to brown, seasoning with a bit of kosher salt to help release their moisture.  Add in garlic and saute a moment more until fragrant.  Pour in tomatoes and juice, then adding in spices.  I did not have any coriander, so simply used a bit more of all the other spices.  Cook for a few minutes until sauce comes together.  At this point, add in drained chickpeas and cook for a few more minutes, finally adding in thawed spinach.  You'll want to taste everything and see if it needs more spices.  The whole dish only takes about 15 min. from start to finish.  It's so easy and super delish.  So S could eat it more easily, I blended some up in the cuisi for her and she ate every bite. Makes about 4 servings.

Did you ever have only unsweetened baking chocolate in the house and had a craving for a few bites, but aren't too keen on plain unsweetened chocolate?  Try this- melt a square of bakers chocolate in the microwave with two tablespoons of milk.  It only needs about 30 seconds, followed by some stirring.  Add in a packet of stevia and continue mixing.  With a teaspoon, drop small spoonfuls of chocolate onto a parchment lined baking sheet and stick in the fridge.  A few hours later you'll have yummy chocolate candies with no artificial sugars!  They aren't very pretty- but who cares?!

Big week for S.  She has started saying her name, and now she says it constantly and for no reason, which cracks me up.  Also, my little pumpkin has officially started walking!  She has been taking steps for awhile already, but this is actual honest to god walking!  She is still crawling, I don't think she quite understands what she's capable of yet, but my little peanut can walk!  Yay!  It is so incredible watching her develop and learn more about her world.  Her favorite show is Super Why and the kid can't get enough of it.  I know TV is the devil I'm a horrible parent I'm rotting her brain etc etc.  But it's actually a pretty great show and very educational.  Do you let your kids watch TV or am I truly the worst mom?

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