Disappointment Kitchen 2: Vegan Basketti & Puttanesca

After a painfully long, six-month hiatus, the long-awaited second episode of Disappointment Kitchen has arrived. Join me as I prepare a delicious meal of whole wheat pasta, vegan “meatballs” and puttanesca sauce.

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Lazy Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies (Recipe)

Veganuary is going great so far. I’m definitely noticing changes in my body: my skin is clearer, I’m sleeping better and my stubborn midsection is thinning out.  I poop four times a day and sometimes I crave deep dish pizza so badly that I want to cry, but generally things are great.

I’m fortunate (?) enough to be funemployed right now so I’ve been spending my endless spare time using my parents’ money to experiment with a ton of exciting new vegan recipes. The last time that I went vegan for an extended period of time, I subsisted mainly on fruit, steamed vegetables, Greek salads from Panera (hold the feta!) and Amy’s canned soups with frozen brown rice. This time around, I’m trying to better myself and improve my (frequently contentious) relationship with food by actually cooking it.

One of my  recent late-night hallucinatory episodes revolved around chocolate chip cookies. Like a meth addict in withdrawal, I sat in bed shaking and dreaming of gooey chocolate chip cookies straight out of the oven as my stomach growled and demanded the sugar and butter of which I have been depriving it all year. In that moment, I decided that I needed to make some vegan cookies to keep myself from going completely insane.

These cookies definitely did the trick, although take note: they aren’t like regular chocolate chip cookies. This batch didn’t come out super sweet (which I appreciate, I haven’t been eating a lot of sugar lately so “normal” cookies would have sent me into diabetic shock) and they are more scone-like in their consistency than a gooey, buttery cookie. Ultimately, they did the trick for my sugar cravings and I can’t wait to make them again. Continue reading “Lazy Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies (Recipe)”

A Healthier Take on Comfort Food: Banana Bread


“Danny, it’s 80 degrees outside. Why are you baking a hearty loaf of banana bread? Shouldn’t this sort of thing be made in September or October when the weather turns cooler? This recipe has no place being published in late May!”

Don’t rain on my parade. I eat bananas like a monkey and this recipe combines two of my favorite foods: bananas and bread. Upon realizing that there were three full bunches of bananas scattered around my kitchen the other day and one of those bunches was on its last leg, I decided to do some baking.

My recipe is based off of The Best Banana Bread from allrecipes.com and some of the user reviews of the recipe. I tried to pull out most of the bad ingredients and added in a few kicks of flavor and I think that, unlike most of my cooking endeavors, this one turned out really well.

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