Sunday, October 7, 2012

Dinner of Just Cauliflower, Revisiting Black Bean Brownies (VEGAN MOFO: DAY 7)

You guys know I read all your blogs, right?  It's true.  I love me some vegan blogs, and I browse them relentlessly, Vegan Mofo or no Vegan Mofo.  You may not know me, but I know you.  I'M A CREEPY STALKER.  No, I'm not, I'm just joking.  But Karen from Karen's Vegan Kitchen posted a link to a recipe for Almond-Roasted Cauliflower, as made by Dreena Burton.  Besides cauliflower, I always have all the ingredients on hand, so I picked up some c-flower (I just made that up, you like it?) and had a go.
If it's wrong to eat just a head of cauliflower for dinner, then I don't want to be right, because that's what I did.  I ate that whole head of c-flower, because I couldn't stop.  And then I didn't want any more to eat, so that was dinner.
Roasting.  It's Bob's gift to veggie-eaters.  Praise Bob.

A couple years ago, The Happy Herbivore's Black Bean Brownies was pretty much the most popular thing ever (see the recipe here).  I tried them back then, but I wasn't trying to eat healthier at the time, so the point of eating lower-fat and without wheat and without conventional sugar was lost on me.  But now that I've been having far less dessert than I used to, it seemed like it was time to try the Black Bean Brownies once again.
If you're used to eating high-fat, high-sugar, wheat-filled dessert, as I was, this is going to seem just, you know, less-good to you.  Not bad, just less-good.  But if you've been denying your cravings for sweets as of late, this will be a terrific treat!  That's how I feel about it.  TYPE 1 DIABETES TALK: It takes far less insulin than a standard brownie (for me personally, a "normal" brownie this size would require about 3 units of insulin, but this brownie takes only about 1 unit).  I didn't use any sugar in the recipe because I had some completely brown-ass, super-sweet bananas on hand with which to make these.

Vegan Mofo, I made it a full week!


  1. Hahaha.... I'm reading YOUR blog ever since my daughter moved to Pittsburgh. I love it! I haven't blogged much myself lately, so not much to read. I didn't sign up for Vegan MOFO this year because I felt too busy. However, enjoying reading others.

    1. Yup, I just read your blog all the way back to January of 2011. Great blog!! Seriously, it's very interesting, and pretty darn witty. I email subscribed.

      I'm dying to know what brought your daughter to Pittsburgh, and where she is on your family's Venn diagram of eating! Reading through, it seemed like your daughters are out of college, so unless she came for grad school (totally possible), I wouldn't think it was for school.

    2. She moved there for love! But she is taking one class at the moment, too, and working at that temple of food goodness, Whole Foods. In the Venn Diagram, she's one of those who went over to the meat side after being raised vegetarian. I blame the boyfriend.... but honestly, 21 years of vegetarianism is nothing to sneeze at, and she can always go back.

      I'm actually planning to visit Pittsburgh over winter break so I'll be reading your blog for dining options!

    3. Love is a good reason to do things. Working at Whole Foods in Pittsburgh, she might have seen me raid the olive bar a couple dozen times.

      I'm not judgy. It's like, when I was a kid, because of type 1 diabetes, I wasn't allowed to have sugar. Of course, I'd tasted sugar before I got diabetes, but when they finally figured out that YES, type 1 diabetics can eat sugar (or anything else) as long as we give ourselves the right amount of insulin, I went NUTS on sugar! I mean, I think I ate so much freaking ice cream... All I ever got was crappy sugar free, for years! The point is that feeling "free" after relative restriction, I was all too happy to eat plenty of sugar.

      Now, it's, like, 10 years later and I'm finally coming back to a point where I limit sugar again. But now I'm doing it for my own reasons, and because of what I've learned on my own about sugar and health for both diabetics and non-diabetics, I finally am voluntarily going down the road I rejected at age, like, 16.

      The point of this lengthy story is that who knows what the future will bring for your daughter (and other kids)? At least you set a really good framework for them.

    4. I'm so glad you're feeling better! (And I love the olives at WFM too.)


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