Saturday, September 30, 2006

A Very Chile Day

I woke up this saturday morning to find that the temperature must have forgotten the inbetween warm and freezing weather, and went straight for absolutely frigid. I had prepped some granola the night before that was now ready to bake. I love having the oven on when it gets really cold, it feels amazing. On cold nights, soup is almost mandatory. I made this awesome chile with TVP (textured vegetable protein). I also baked some corn bread to have on the side.

Granola
I changed my original recipe because I had the cooking time wrong.

3 cups rolled oats
1/3 cup slivered almonds
1/3 cup sunflower seeds
1/3 cup peanuts
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, or more to taste
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 cup maple syrup

Combine dry ingredience in a plastic container. Pour the maple syrup on top until everything is lightly saturated. (You can use more if you think you need it, but if you use to much your granola will be a hunk). Cover the container and let it dry in the refrigerator overnight. This allows the flavors to seep in. (If you must have granola you can just cook it now, but the drying overnight really enhances the flavors).

The next day:Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Put parchment paper on a cookie sheet and spred the granola out in a single layer. Bake for 20 minutes (depending on the oven). The granola should be completly dry and crunchy when cool. Enjoy with your favorite vegan milk of choice (I like vanilla soy), add it to a trail mix, or just take along plain.

I always change the amount and type of nuts and seeds I use. You can do anything you want, as long is it equals a cup. You could also add raisins after cooking.
















Chile
I found the recipe here: http://vegweb.com/index.php?topic=12858.0. I think it tasted very good. I have never used TVP before, so it was a good experience. I like the texture the TVP gives it, and the added protein.































Cornbread
This was also a vegweb.com recipe: http://vegweb.com/index.php?topic=5729.0. It tasted like the real thing! Nice and moist and perfect.






















6 comments:

laura jesser said...

Yum! Chili and cornbread--great cold-weather food.

Looking forward to making another batch of that granola, as soon as I can get to the store for some more almonds...

Midwest Vegan said...

I'll have to try your granola recipe. The one I use is loaded with oil, which I'm trying to limit.

We love cornbread with anything but it's especially good with chili.

Midwest Vegan said...

I'll have to try your granola recipe. The one I use is loaded with oil, which I'm trying to limit.

We love cornbread with anything but it's especially good with chili.

Kaji's Mom said...

Your granola sounds great, I'm going to have to try making it soon. Now that the weather is cooling off, I like using my oven alot more.

Brandie

Urban Vegan said...

These are 3 of my favorite things--perfect for "chile" weather.

Kate said...

Laura- I am so glade you like the granola. Thanks for alerting me to the typo in my recipe. I think I am going to try less time because 20 minutes was jsut a little too long.

Midwest- I hate the original idea of granola being loaded with fat to taste good. I actually used a raw fod granola recipe and decided to bake it to create my recipe.

Kaji's Mom- I love using the oven in the winter. It warms up the whole house nad brings people to the kitchen. I hope you like the recipe.

Urban Vegan- Glade you spotted me play on words. I have to admit it was a little corny, but not too corny.