Tuesday, January 16, 2007

TRASH and Exercise (all in the same entry)

It's a cold out! Time for some soup and Texas Trash (thanks so much ATxVegn) The family LOVED it!. Here's the recipe as posted in the original blog entry. I used whole wheat pretzel rods instead of the tortilla chips, air popped popcorn, with pecans and almond slices instead of mixed peanuts. Matthew was pulling out the pretzel rods to eat and I asked if he liked those the best, he said no that he liked the pecans best which he already picked out.

Texas Trash

4 c. tortilla chips
3 c. Crispix
1 bag microwave plain popcorn, popped
1 can (12 oz.) mixed nuts
1/2 c. corn syrup
1/2 c. margarine
1/2 c. brown sugar
1 T. chili powder
1/4 t. cinnamon
1/4 t. cayenne

Heat oven to 250. Combine chips, cereal, popcorn, and nuts in a large roasting pan.
Combine corn syrup, margarine, sugar, and spices in a small saucepan; heat to boiling, then pour over cereal mixture. Stir to coat. Bake one hour, stirring every 20 minutes. Cool on waxed paper. Keeps in an airtight container for two weeks.

I asked Dave what soup he liked the best expecting him to say chili. He said broccoli cheese which was news to me. This soup is my own. I was aiming for a comforting cheesy like texture, the family liked it well enough but I am curious if anyone else tries this how they might adjust the spices and seasoning.

(link to recipe)

Several years when I first started using a grain mill I started milling my own legumes for quick cooking easy soups. I liked the way white beans thickened the soup and gave body similar to heavy cream dairy soups. This soup recipe is similar to what I used to make with white bean flour, but I decided to try it with besan (chickpea flour) and split red lentils.... the color was spectacular with these choices and add great nutrition that is easier to digest that the freshly milled white bean flour. Although this would not end up on my top five list it was comforting and well liked by everyone else in the family.

Black bean soup, cooked and cut up sweet potato, cabbage sprout craisin apple salad, and pineapple. I was so excited I have actually put forward a good effort of thought into my next lunch box to and making food that would look nice in this.

Using my sprouts salad with broiled seasoned tofu, apple slices, radish, and carrot shreds on a bed of romaine lettuce.


My oldest sister has been checking out my blog. I think she is interested in healthier eating because she bought a sweet potato and a variety of fresh fruits (she told me this, why would she tell me this and ask for my blog address within a 24 hour period) .... for her this is an accomplishment because she lives in a hotel for weeks at a time coming home for a weekend a month. Also, the water aerobics is to start on the 15th (Monday), but now that I accepted the extra work after school Monday is one of the days I work so I would not be home in time (drats!). I have purchased a few fitness tools below though so that I can meet some personal fitness goals, they are three Pilates workouts from Amazon. Pasta Queen influenced my decision. I had a Pilates workout video several years ago when I was a beginner and the video wasn't ummm, try I may and try I might but me body only got mean (not lean). It is also 13-17 degrees here during the warmest part of the day, so I'm not to disappointed not to be able to do water aerobics other than the fact I wanted to have time with the friend.

1 "Pilates - Beginning Mat Workout"
Ana Caban; DVD; $12.99

1 "10 Minute Solution: Pilates"
Lara Hudson; DVD; $10.99

1 "10 Minute Solution: Rapid Results Pilates"
Lara Hudson; DVD; $7.47



Melissa said...

Awesome lunch! I know you'll love using your new bento lunch box...I know I love mine!

bazu said...

Oh it's freezing here too. Ice storm yesterday, snow today... time for hearty food!
I love your sprout/apple salad! It sounds like exactly the kind of salad I would eat. What is a cabbage sprout exactly? How do you make it?

VegTeen for Christ said...

Pilates is wonderful, but definately a challege when you first start at it. Ive been taking a class at the local gym for quite a while now, and i remember it being really tough at the beginning but once you keep at it, it becomes something that is really relaxing! so don't give up, it will get easier the more you do it, i hope you enjoy your new dvds!

madeinalaska said...

Hey Dori-
Great salad, I am not a big salad maker- besides your run of the mill garden salad.. yours sounds like a real winner that even the little ones would eat..

My absolute fav cream of whatever recipe is in vegan vittles. .. pg.83 /cheddary cheeze soup. I have used white beans in place of the tofu. I must say your recipe looks pretty awesome-LOVE the crock pot idea!
I hope you enjoy your new tapes- I use to do Pilates (should really start again) I agree w/ the last commenter that its kinda hard in the beginning but, after you do it awhile you will be surprised at how strong and proficient you will become!

Anonymous said...

I've been eyeing that Texas Trash recipe. I was thinking about halving it because it seems to make A LOT (which for just the 2 of us is unecessary). Glad to hear another great review.

Your soup sound so delicious. I had completely forgotten about broccoli cheese soups.

I hope your pilates workouts go well. I am interested in hearing how you like the videos. I've been thinking about picking one up but I don't want to get one and not like it.

Dori said...

Thanks for the pilates encouragement, I'll let you know if I like them or not. Probably won't like them at first it sounds like :)

Bazu, my salad was a combination of cabbage that I chopped up into fine pieces, salad sprouts, apples, and craisins. I didn't use cabbage sprouts. I also use a vegan mayo, add some cider vinegar and stevia to taste as a dressing.

Jackie said...

Great soups. I have soup even in summer in Africa. I suppose it came from growing up with British colonials ex India who always had soup as a starter.

Thanks for the visit. I thought Tags were the only way I could ever possibly index my blog after trying to think of other ways and failing. Hope it doesn't dumbfound too many people LOL.

Melissa West said...

Texas Trash! Ha! Ha! What a funny name! We have something similar here that we call nuts and bolts... no popcorn though... gotta have the crispix. This really makes it. Your soup sounds amazing. Your lunchbox looks great. I am getting a hankering to have me one of those too! No reason though since I eat all my meals in house! LOL!

Mikaela said...

I just picked up a Pilates class at my Y - I can pretend we're doing it together :) I'm interested in hearing how you progress, so keep posting us updates!

erica said...

Ha - I was wondering what "cabbage sprouts" were. Cabbage, sprouts make much more sense.

I think I will have to try your broccoli cheese soup recipe, I just mentioned it and my boyfriend went "HMMM!!" (It was a positive hmmm). I've tried using lentils as a pasta sauce which works OK, and as soup base, but never as a cheezy soup base. I love how the red ones just dissolve into the soup, you don't even have to puree them.

aTxVegn said...

Hooray for another hit with the Trash! It's so funny how people seem to get addicted to it.

Your soup looks so good! I can't wait to try it.

Good luck with Pilates. I've got to start doing that or yoga.

Valery said...

I've never tried to do Pilates exercise, but still I want to start cause I've heard a lot of it's benefits! So good luck to you, good luck to me:)