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It’s Wednesday. What’s For Dinner?

Hubs is in LA today. I decided since it’d be just me and the girls for dinner I could try a meat-free meal. I saw this last night and it looked mighty good! Does anyone else troll Pinterest at night for tomorrow’s dinner ideas? I didn’t think it was just me.

I followed Jules’ recipe, but added two peeled and chopped carrots. I think noodles and or cabbage would be really good in this, too. I can see why she says it is addictive. So simple to make (15-20 minutes max) and really easy to combine new flavors into a soup that is totally your own.

Knowing my girls would be resistant to a new dish I also baked this up. See the “Going Bananas” sign? That was me trying to frost this banana cake while also holding a crying/cranky Q and coaxing PZ to practice piano when all she wanted to do was watch TV.

The cake was also super easy to make. If you’ve been looking to add a vegan banana chocolate chip cake to your recipe file, this is a good one!

Cake:

  • 2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp aluminum free baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 medium sized ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup semi-sweet vegan chocolate chips (I use Ghiradelli)
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 9-inch round baking pan.In a small bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. In a separate large bowl, whisk together the sugar and oil, then add the mashed bananas. Add water and vanilla, stirring to combine.Add the flour mixture, stirring just until wet. Use a wooden spoon to stir in the chocolate chips.

Bake for 50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let cool for 30 minutes before removing from pan.

Frosting:

  • ½ cup Earth Balance butter
  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 Tbsp almond milk

Whip Earth Balance until creamy. Add sugar and cinnamon and beat for a couple of minutes. Add vanilla and almond milk. Beat until light and fluffy on high speed, about 5 more minutes. Frost cooled cake. Add more chocolate chips and/or banana slices as decoration if you want. Enjoy!

So that’s what’s for dinner at my house. What’s for dinner at yours?

Tuesday Thinking

Every new year I start off, like so many others, with a lot of big goals and plans in mind. I’m much more motivated in winter. Progressive, too, if I can keep it up! This year, I’m working to remember to keep it simple. My focus narrowed, I want to make it easier on myself. Slow and steady. Simple and small. Project by project.

I want to start this way. And here, in my Tuesday Thinking posts, I’m going to reign myself in and realign to each new week. From my Pinterest boards, Be Mine, smoothies!, and MAD Scientist, I’m whittling down a few broad topics into manageable projects.

I’d love to see what you’re working on! Big or small. We can help keep each other motivated!

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