With bonus plant-based chocolate chip cookie recipe. A family favorite in our house!
My mother-in-law gave me a book a while back, “Twelve Months of Monastery Soups.”
She also gave me a January/February 2017 Food Network Magazine with recipes for cupcakes for each month of the year.
These two books were part of the inspiration behind my “Fifty-two soups, breads, and treats” idea. The bread idea came about when my brother-in-law gave me a bread machine for Christmas. Although I often make our own homemade bread, this machine makes it possible to have a nice fresh loaf ready right at dinnertime.
We love soups around here. I love that they can be hearty and healthy at the same time. I also appreciate their versatility and how easily they can come together just with leftovers from the fridge or odds and ends from the pantry.
So with the inspirations mentioned above and the ongoing effort to do more with less, I thought it would be fun to have one night a week for a whole year with soup, bread, and a simple treat for supper.
I often look at the ingredients I have on hand and then peruse Pinterest for ideas. Since I’m usually working from scratch without having shopped for a specific recipe, I supplement and interchange ingredients as needed.
This week I made my own version of this chicken and wild rice soup, using leftover BBQ chicken from a fundraiser. I didn’t have all the exact ingredients on hand, but the substitutes were still delicious and the children loved it!
I also made this vegan Irish Stout Vegetable Stew, from my emeals menu.
I had made basic white bread a few days before and didn’t make any fresh bread on soup day.
I did, however, whip up a batch of our favorite “healthy” chocolate chip cookies.
I have served these cookies to many adults and children who had no idea they were considered “Whole Foods/plant based” and they raved and raved about them. Let me know if you try them and what you think.
Lunchbox Chocolate Chip Cookies
Recipe by Isa Chandra Moskowitz
Forks Over Knives Cookbook
1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/3 cup almond butter
1/2 cup dry sweetener (Sucanat or raw sugar)
1 Tablespoon ground flax seed
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1&1/3 cups oat flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup sorghum flour or whole wheat pastry flour
1/2 cup grain sweetened chocolate chips
Method: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper. Mix together applesauce almond butter, dry sweetener, and ground flaxseed. Once smooth, mix in vanilla. Add in the oat flour, baking soda, and salt and mix well. Add the sorghum or whole wheat pastry flour and chocolate chips and mix well.
Drop spoonfuls into prepared baking sheets and flatten a bit so they resemble thick discs. Bake for 8-10 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool.