Monday, August 25, 2014

Cheezy, Tomato-y Pasta with Corn, Peppers, and Black Beans + our 300th post!

HellOOooo to everyone on this bright Monday morning/afternoon (sorry if it isn't bright where you are)! I can hardly believe it, but this post marks our 300th post on Kitchen Grrrls! Wow!!! Thank you to everyone who has read our blog and contributed positively to it! It feels pretty good to have 300 posts. 

Food blogging has been a really fun and even rewarding experience. While we may not always post as regularly as we'd like, I hope to continue blogging as long as we can. We've come a long way I'd say and I hope that we can keep improving and creating a positive, chill place where you can find yummy vegan recipes. We don't take ourselves too seriously and I hope that's something that adds to the experience of reading our blog. I sure appreciate this space for the opportunity it has provided me to share quality time with my sister baking, cooking, and eating together. I'm so glad that we started way back in 2010! You rock Caitlin!!!

Thanks again to everyone! You're all Kitchen Grrrls!

Now to the food!

This right here is one pot magic! With the use of a single pot you can create a delicious, satisfying meal for all to enjoy. Only thing is, it's not a never-ending pot of pasta.

I really loved this pasta and it was super simple to make. It's got great flavour and lots of goodies plus the cheezy, tomato goodness puts it over the top! You'll thank yourself for making this dish! There's nothing better than a pasta dish you feel good about and that didn't take you forever to make, not that pasta dishes generally take that long. Let's put it this way, I don't think there are many that would turn this dish down. 

Cheezy, Tomato-y Pasta with Corn, Peppers, and Black Beans
Adapted from The Wholesome Dish

One box/bag of pasta; ww, gf, reg – I think rotini is best, though, because the cheezy, saucy goodness gets caught in the grooves
1 medium or large bell pepper, thinly sliced
1 medium sweet onion, thinly sliced
2 cups frozen or fresh corn
¼ - ½ cup of your favourite salsa
1 tbsp Spanish paprika
1 ½ tsp cumin
½ tsp dried oregano
1 tsp chili powder
¼ tsp chipotle chili powder
¼ tsp ground cayenne pepper
½ tsp garlic powder
½ tsp salt
½ tsp ground black pepper
4 cups vegetable broth – 2 tsp Better than Bouillon + 4 cups boiling water
1 can of black beans, rinsed and drained
½ bag pepper jack Daiya cheese, or favourite flavour

Add everything except the black beans and cheese to a large pot. Stir it around, put a lid on it, and bring to a boil.

Reduce the heat to medium-low and cover, stirring occasionally. You want some liquid at the bottom.

Remove from the heat and add the beans and cheeze. Give a nice stir to everything and make sure the cheese has melted. Put the pot back on the stove but don’t turn the element on, and stir until the beans are heated through.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Vegan Banana Split Sundaes

Goodness gracious me! How this summer has just flown by!!! Has it also flown for you, too?

We've barely had any time to upload posts to Kitchen Grrrls and I must admit I've been missing it quite a bit!

We made Banana Split Sundaes at the beginning of Summer and I thought it was high time we got the pictures on here before Summer is over!

Gee, I sure do love ice cream when it's dressed to the nines and this sundae definitely was! Crumbled oreos, chopped strawberries, chopped Dandies, sprinkles, and don't forget that split banana! So delish!! I used chocolate So Delicious non-dairy frozen dessert (the soy milk kind).

I like to think of Caitlin's sundae as a modern banana split. It's got that subtle base with added pops of colour. And it's very much about the clean lines. Caitlin touts Tofutti ice cream as the creamiest of the vegan ice creams we've tried, especially the vanilla flavour. I, however, am undecided.

During a recent trip to Wegman's we picked up a Turtle Trails and Mocha Almond Fudge from So Delicious (also the soy milk variety) and they are indeed so delicious!

Possible Toppings:
Oreo/Newman O Crumbles
Seasonal Fresh Fruit - like peaches!!
Chopped Nuts
Sprinkles - multi-coloured or chocolate
Chopped Dandies
Chocolate or Caramel Sauce
Shredded Coconut
Graham Cracker Crumbles
Melted Peanut Butter
anything that makes your heart content!!!

Do you like making sundaes or do you prefer cones? You could always dip the top of the cone in a bowl full of toppings and hope something sticks, haha!

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