Breakfast: So Good’s Chocolate Milk with gluten-free, flax based pancakes topped with honey
Lunch: Couscous with Mushrooms à la  The Deen Brothers (substitute chicken for vegetable broth)
Snack: Popcorn (with butter – oh no she didn’t!)
Dinner: Last of yesterday’s rotini mixed with a bit of today’s couscous

As a first timer with couscous, the results were surprisingly not so bad!

Mushroom Couscous

My experience with quinoa helped a little bit; both ingredients have similar cooking processes and look alike when prepared, and both can be served either hot or cold. Quinoa has a lighter, more airy feel to it, whereas couscous has a more rice-like texture & consistency. I played around with the ingredients a bit: replaced butter with Earth Balance’s buttery spread and added in a few herbs, spices and lemon juice. Vegetable broth added in just the right amount of salt, so didn’t need to put in any extra. All things considered, veganizing recipes isn’t all that difficult once you’ve researched the purpose of each ingredient. Experiment, experiment, experiment :)

On another note, by some miracle of God, or technical glitch by our service providers, we’ve been able to watch the Food Network absolutely free :D (dang, I know I’ve cursed it now!) Chef at Home’s Michael Smith has the most awesome *and* most relate-able recipes to offer. I’m very eager to try his no-knead Country Bread and City Bread, one of which he actually baked in a pot placed in his oven *gasp* – genius or madness, call it whatever you may, but it turned out beautifully! It’s been a while since I made Dorie Greenspan’s Brioche Loaves (recipe here) which are an absolute family favourite, but in hindsight, the butter content in that bread couldn’t be good for even the healthiest of us. Hoping them no-knead breads will help out in the health department, without compromising on taste.

Today, I’ll be leaving you with a quote from Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax in 3D (yes, I will forever watch animated movies and not be ashamed). The movie itself had its highs & lows – would I recommend it? Probably not. (even heard some kids yell out ‘boooring’ more than once) But the ominous grave marked “Unless”, I certainly wouldn’t ignore. Also, just learnt there was a 1971 TV adaptation of the same, must watch. Anyhow, here’s your food for thought for today :)

Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot,
nothing is going to get better. It’s not.
Dr. Seuss

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