Cooking Delights

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Muffins, a great salad and pad thai


First up, these muffins were blogged by Carrie over at the house of Simon. I made these muffins super healthy by changing the recipe slightly. I put 1/2 of the sugar they called for. I replaced 1/2 cup of oil with 1/2 cup of apple sauce. I also changed the 1 1/2 cups of white flour to half a cup each of whole wheat, spelt and white flour. They were so delicious. I loved the crumb topping made of pecans, sugar, oil and cinnamon. My hubby thought they were tasted too good to be good for him.


Next was a creative salad from yesterday. I put diced pears and walnuts on top of baby greens. Yummy! I also added some umph to that store bought pizza by piling on my own toppings!



For lunch today I made pad thai. This is an old favourite recipe from 125 best vegan. I don't think I have tried a recipe that tops this one.

12 Comments:

  • At Wednesday, 30 August, 2006, Anonymous Aurora's Mom said…

    Hey Melissa!

    I found your blog! -- your pictures are awesome! I knew it was you when I saw that pad thai -- mmmmm good. See you at gymnastics in September.

     
  • At Wednesday, 30 August, 2006, Blogger Melissa West said…

    Aurora's Mom - That's hilarious! Do you know the start date for gymnastics? Is it next week? I'll e-mail you!

     
  • At Wednesday, 30 August, 2006, Blogger fusion boutique said…

    Hey Melissa
    It all looks so good how easy was the pad thai to make. I have really not been in the mood to cook lately but I would love to try it for Todd and I.

     
  • At Wednesday, 30 August, 2006, Blogger Megan the Vegan said…

    pears and walnuts....perfect combination

     
  • At Wednesday, 30 August, 2006, Blogger Dori said…

    Your blog has really changed, looks good. I just connected your change with the dragonslayer name... now I know who youare.... great food like always.

     
  • At Wednesday, 30 August, 2006, Blogger Vicki said…

    125 best vegan sounds like a cookbook to get. i love spelt flour.

     
  • At Thursday, 31 August, 2006, Blogger Carrieā„¢ said…

    I used part whole wheat flour when I made the muffins and cut the oil to 1/3 cup and they turned out fine. The crumb topping is divine. I could eat a plate of just that! Well, maybe not. :o)

    Salad and pizza are favorites. Yours look delicious. And I'm a big fan of pad thai. Hmmm, haven't had any in a while. I like your bowls too.

     
  • At Thursday, 31 August, 2006, Blogger KleoPatra said…

    Woah, those muffins. Love how you made them healthier w/out losing flavor or texture. Way to go! You Canadian ladies never cease to amaze me with your creativity and success in the kitchen!

    PIZZA! Way to add your own toppings there, Melissa. I am a huge fan of pad thai, and i daresay if you say it's the best, i believe you and i hope to try to make it someday... That recipe book sounds like something i need to find!

     
  • At Thursday, 31 August, 2006, Blogger Judy said…

    I love pad thai, of course mine always has fish sauce so it isn't vegan...

    Everything looks great.

     
  • At Friday, 01 September, 2006, Blogger Melissa West said…

    Hi Jewell - this pad thai is easy. I can bring the recipe on Sun.

    Megan - pears and walnuts are a good combination!

    Hi dori - thanks for the comments on the change of the look!

    Hi Vicki - I do use my 125 Vegan every so often. I like a lot of the recipes - however in a lot of ways I find it a cheat vegan book - it uses a lot of fake meat and cheese in some of its recipes. I don't like using processed foods so that is why I prefer cookbooks like Everyday Vegan and Vive. BUt it does still have some good whole food recipes in it... it is just not the focus of the book.

    Hi Carrie- I thought you changed your muffins too - they looked healthier than the recipe. That is what inspired to health mine up too! I'm going to try pizza dough in my new bread maker today - so watch out for pizza and salad again later on my blog!

    Hi kleo - thanks for the compliments. Making things low fat is actually pretty easy! Just replace the oil with something wet! LOL!

    hokepokee - looking forward to some posts on your blog, the space looks great so far!

     
  • At Friday, 01 September, 2006, Blogger laura jesser said…

    I've never had pad thai but would love to make it someday...

    Everything you make looks so delicious and healthy. That's awesome!

     
  • At Friday, 01 September, 2006, Blogger Melissa West said…

    Hi Laura

    I've book marked your blog so I can check it out. Great food on your blog too!

     

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