Vegan Zucchini and Chocolate Cake

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This morning I baked a cake with the ”help” of my son Auguste, hehe.

He’s so funny, he love to watch me cook/bake and while I cook I explain everything to him, all the steps, the ingredients…and for all the time it takes, he don’t say a word… He’s maybe a future chef ;)

Servings

1 cake (8 servings)

Ingredients

* 1 cup whole wheat flour

* 1 teaspoon baking soda

* 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

* 1/4 teaspoon salt

* 1/2 cup pure unsweetened cocoa powder

* 1/2 cup sugar

* 1/2 cup unsweetened pear puree

(you can use apple puree too, I used the pear puree my mom made)

* 1 large very ripe banana, mashed

* 2 small zucchinis, grated ( 1 1/2 cups)

* 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

* 1/4 cup chocolate chips

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Directions

* Preheat oven to 350′F

* In a bowl combine flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder, sugar and cocoa powder.

* In another bowl combine the mashed banana, grated zucchini, vanilla and pear puree.

* Add the dry mixture to the wet mixture. Mix well. Then fold in the chocolate chips.

*  Pour mixture into a loaf pan and bake. (I’m always using silicone)

* Bake for about 50 minutes. If a toothpick comes out clean, the cake is ready.

* Remove from the oven, let it cool.

*Frost your cake (optional). I used this recipe : VEGAN CHOCOLATE FROSTING

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Vegan Oatmeal Cookies

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I’m a BIGGGGGGGGGG fan of oats.. The taste.. the texture..the health benefits.. everything is good about it!! :)

Is there something better than oatmeal cookies? Hummm… more oatmeal cookies! hahaha!!!

Servings

20-24 small cookies

Ingredients

* 1/4 cup margarine

* 1/4 cup sugar

* 6 tablespoons brown sugar

* 1 egg replacer

* 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

* 1/2 cup all-purposed flour

* 1/4 cup whole wheat flour

* 1/4 teaspoon salt

* 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

* 1 1/2 cups old fashioned oats

* 1/3 cup chocolate chips

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Directions

* Preheat oven to 350′F.

* Prepare the egg replacer.

* In a bowl or with a stand mixer, cream the margarine and the sugar (sugar and brown sugar) all together.

* Add the egg replacer and the vanilla to the margarine mixture.

* In a bowl combine the two kinds of flour, baking soda, salt and oats.

* Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients. Mix well.

* Fold in the chocolate chips.

* With your hands (or a spoon) roll small balls of the preparation. Press gently on them.

* Cook for 8-9 minutes. (First batch took 9 minutes, the second one 8 minutes)

* Remove from the oven, let cool on a cooling rack and Enjoy!

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35 WEEKS

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35 WEEKS

(Tuesday October 28 , 2014 to Monday November 3 , 2014)

5 to go..  :)

Baby is :

Baby is the size of  an honeydew melon

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During week 35, Axel doesn’t have much room to maneuver now that she’s about the size of a honeydew melon.

Her kidneys are fully developed now, and her liver can process some waste products. Most of his basic physical development is now complete. She’ll spend the next few weeks putting on weight.

How I’m Feeling:

I’m feeling fine, I’m glad Halloween is behind us, not that I don’t enjoy it, hehe, it’s more because I didn’t wanted to ruined Halloween for my kids, well I know I will not deliver my baby at 35 weeks.. but I was stressed anyway.

It’s soooooooooooooo longggggggggg!!! If only I could be at 39 weeks already, hahahaha!! The time isnt going fast enough. Well until then, I’m trying to enjoy every second of this last pregnancy, every kick, every everything.. and I’m trying to enjoy the time with my 2 other kids that I love more than anything.

This week I found a super cute plush for Axel.. I bought it so it will be her birth present :)

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How I’m Changing:

The weird pain continued at the beginning of the week. I called the hospital but they were not worried about it.. my brain was hurting so much, it was like the worst headache of the century! Thank life it’s over now, well for now. At the end of the week (today) I feel like if my belly was about to drop on the floor… I feel axel’s head sooooooooooo low, it’s crazy. I feel a lot of pressure on the cervix. But I’m happy to be turning 36 weeks tomorrow because it’s the mark where the lungs are done, so even if she was about to be born, she would be fine, yay! Can’t wait to see my doctor tomorrow to talk to him about all that and to see if ”labor” started (by that I mean dilating and stuff, not the actual real intense birth labor)

What I’m Eating/What I’m NOT Eating:

The usual.. fruits, veggies, water, tea..

Chocolate give me the worst heartburn ever!!! -_-

All week long I was thinking about eating date squares.. so I baked a batch today, hahahahaha!

Total Weight Gained:

At the beginning of week 35, I was still at +15,5 pounds.


Workouts: 

A lot of exterior house work (painting an whole balcony) , walking (haha 2 days in a row I did a 2 hours walk.. pfff) and going to the park with the kids

Prenatal Care :

Still taking vitamins, calcium supplements and eating healthy too.

My next appointment is on November 4, 2014 (36 weeks).

Sleep:

I sleep… ok… hahaha! and by ok I mean having to drink water every hour and having to go to the bathroom all the time, hahahaha!

See you next week!

34 WEEKS

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34 WEEKS

(Tuesday October 21 , 2014 to Monday October 27 , 2014)

6 to go..  :)

Baby is :

Baby is the size of  a cantaloupe

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During week 34, Axel now weighs about the weight of a cantaloupe.

Her fat layers, which will help regulate her body temperature once she’s born are filling her out, making her rounder. Her skin is also smoother than ever. Her central nervous system is maturing and her lungs are continuing to mature as well.

How I’m Feeling:

Feeling fine (except for the physical part, huuu). I had my 34 weeks appointment at my doctor’s office. He tried for like 10 minutes to catch Axel’s face in 3D.. but now that she’s upside down, she have the face (no longer squish on my placenta) squish on the uterine wall… so the pictures were not perfect. In 2D (regular black and white), we saw her breathe! It was so magical!!!!! I never saw any of my kids do that (in fact it’s the first time I have that many ultrasounds), she was also sucking. I almost cried, hehe. On the last picture you can see her open mouth! To see her makes me forget all the downsides of being pregnant ;) she totally worth everything.

She’s getting bigger and bigger so there is less room for her inside.. each time she move I feel like an alien, haha

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How I’m Changing:

Not changing much. In my body everything is acting crazy. At the end of the week I was so in pain… it was so weird. I had massive pain behind my lungs, major lower back pain too, it was like contractions but in my lungs.. still don’t know what it is. I have more and more pressure on the cervix..

What I’m Eating/What I’m NOT Eating:

The usual.. I just have MASSIVE heartburn this week.. damn it’s so crazy! It’s so intense that it’s making me vomit.. vomit acid! How fun is that!?! I don’t have a lot of appetite too.

I’m still drinking tons of water and still drinking my raspberry leaf tea.

Total Weight Gained:

To this date I’m at +15,5 pounds.


Workouts: 

A lot of exterior house work.. we have so many leaves to clean.. awwwwwwww! Everything must be ready for winter (cleaning, storing…) , walking and going to the park with the kids each time that it’s not raining or super cold outside.


Prenatal Care :

Still taking vitamins, calcium supplements and eating healthy too.

My next appointment is on November 4, 2014 (36 weeks).

Sleep:

I sleep… ok… hahaha! and by ok I mean having to drink water every hour and having to go to the bathroom all the time, hahahaha!

See you next week!

33 WEEKS

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33 WEEKS

(Tuesday October 14 , 2014 to Monday October 20 , 2014)

7 to go..  :)

Baby is :

Baby is the size of  a pineapple

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During week 33, Axel is about 17-17 1/2 inches long. (Like a pineapple)
She’s rapidly losing that wrinkled, alien look and her skeleton is hardening.

How I’m Feeling:

I’m feeling fine. This week I had a big ultrasound, not the kind I have at every appointment, but a big 30 minutes one where they calculate the weight and stuff like that.

Axel is doing great! They told me she was 5 pounds already. She’s in the 73rd percentile. they estimate that she will be around or a little over 8 pounds if she’s born at 40 weeks.  I was glad to hear that everything was perfect. I’m always happy to see her funny chubby face, hehe. She was in a weird position with her foot in front of her face, haha, silly Axel! (Like in the last picture.. you can see an eye with legs in front of her, on the top of the picture you can see toes!)

Other that that, my husband and I went for a little romantic dinner just the two of us. My mom checked our kids for 2 hours.. aww it’s always so much fun to be able just to be between adults, hahaha! And in my life it doesn’t happen a lot, hahaha!

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How I’m Changing:

I don’t think I change that much, I have the smallest baby  bump of all my 3 kids..

the only thing is that my hands are always itching like crazy..

What I’m Eating/What I’m NOT Eating:

Still eating the same. Plenty of fruits and veggies.. drinking water like CRAZY! still drinking my raspberry leaf tea..

Total Weight Gained:

Don’t know, haha! :D


Workouts: 

Walking a lot, going to the park with the kids each time that we can (so every day except when it’s raining)


Prenatal Care :

Still taking vitamins, calcium supplements and eating healthy too.

My next appointment is on October 21, 2014 (34 weeks).

Sleep:

Damn I’m dreaming about weird and crazy stuff, hahahaha!!!

See you next week!

Vegan Root Vegetable Stew

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-This is a recipe for SLOW COOKERS-

A super easy, fast and cheap dish for a cold November day. I love stews… in fact I’m a fan of all kinds of stews and chili. I love these warm dishes.

Servings

6 bowls

Ingredients

* 3 potatoes, diced

(I kept the skin on)

* 1 sweet potato. peeled and diced

* 3 large carrots, peeled and sliced

* 4 medium beets, peeled and diced

* 1 large onion, cut in wedges

* 4-5 cloves garlic, minced

* 8 dates, pitted

* 1/4 cup water

* 3 cups diced tomatoes

* 4 cups vegetable broth

* 1 teaspoon ground cumin

* 1 teaspoon ground Mexican chilies

* 1 teaspoon turmeric

* Salt and pepper, to taste

* cornstarch

* cold water

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Directions

* Wash and cut vegetables.

* In your slow cooker, place all the veggies.

* In a food processor blend the dates and the water together.

* In a bowl, combine the tomatoes, vegetable broth, date mixtures, spices, salt and pepper. Pour over the veggies in the slow cooker.

* Close the lid and cook for 6-7 hours on LOW.

* In a bowl, mix cornstarch and cold water the amount you want depending on how thick you love your sauces. Pour into the slow cooker. Mix well and let rest few minutes. It will thicken.

* Serve and Enjoy!

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Vegan Date Squares

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Don’t ask me why but for the past week I’m always thinking about date squares.. I guess it’s the pregnancy, hahahaha!

So finally I stop procrastinating about that idea and did a batch this morning. My big girl Dalie helped me :)

Good old date squares… awwww it’s always so comforting and delicious!

Servings

Around 16 squares (depend on the size you cut them)

Ingredients

* 1 1/2 cups old fashioned oats

* 1 1/3 cup all-purposed flour

* 1 cup brown sugar

* 1 cup margarine

* 1/2 teaspoon salt

* 1 teaspoon baking soda

* 1 1/2 cups dates, pitted and chopped

* 1/3 cup sugar

* 2/3 cup water

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Directions

* Preheat oven to 350′F.

* In a large bowl, combine the oats, flour, salt, baking soda, brown sugar and margarine. Mix until your mixture is all crumbly. Divide the batch in two. The first half will be use for the ”crust” the other half for the topping. In a baking dish (mine is 8 1/2 inch and in silicone) press half of the mixture. Set aside.

* In a saucepan combine the water, sugar and the chopped dates. Over medium heat bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and let simmer for 5-6 minutes or until the dates are all mushy, almost like a paste. Remove from the heat.

* Spread the date filling evenly over the crust in the baking dish.

* Sprinkle the remaining half of the crumble mixture over the date layer. Press gently but firmly.

* Bake for 30 minutes, the topping will be golden brown.

* Let cool before slicing and eating them.

* Enjoy!!

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32 WEEKS

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32 WEEKS

(Tuesday October 7 , 2014 to Monday October 13  , 2014)

8 to go..  :)

Baby is :

Baby is the size of a napa cabbage

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During week 32, Axel weighs around 4 pounds (about the size of a Napa cabbage ) and is about 17 inches long, taking a lot of space in the uterus.

She now has toenails, fingernails, and real hair. Her skin is becoming soft and smooth as she plumps up in preparation for birth.

How I’m Feeling:

I’m feeling fine. I would love to see the time go a little faster, haha! Damn it’s so long during the last weeks. Everything is done, her room is done, the paintings for her room are done (I made two for her), her suitcase for the hospital is done.. oh wait I still need to finish mine too! but she could arrive and everything would be super ready for her.

I try to cherish every single moment of that pregnancy since it’s the last one.. every kick remind me of how magical carrying life is.

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How I’m Changing:

Not changing much.. I just find this pregnancy harder (in the end) that the two other pregnancies.. Maybe it’s because it’s the third one in less than 4 years.. Some times I have contractions, but not the braxton hicks type that are painless.. they come with pain.. not super intense, but enough to be super annoying. I’m still bleeding randomly..

What I’m Eating/What I’m NOT Eating:

Yeah! Less heartburn this week! But for how long, hahahahaha!

Still eating the same, I just don’t have a big appetite.

I have to stop myself sometimes otherwise I would eat tons of sugar. What kind of pregnant lady am I.. craving just at the end of the pregnancy?!?!

Total Weight Gained:

At the beginning of the week it was +11.5 pounds.


Workouts: 

The usual, walking, playing with the kids, going to the park..


Prenatal Care :

Still taking vitamins, calcium supplements and eating healthy too.

I saw my doctor on October 7. Everything is doing fine. The bleeding are still caused by a very sensible cervix.. We had an hard time listening to her heart.. she was moving like crazy, hahaha!

I saw her once again during an ultrasound (my doctor does one every single time).

My next appointment is on October 21, 2014 (34 weeks). I will also have a big ultrasound on October 15, 2014 (33 weeks).

Sleep:

My nights are crappy.. I get up every 1h30.. each night!! -_-

See you next week!

Vegan Banana Bread

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I have a vegan cookbook called EVERYTHING VEGAN BAKING COOKBOOK. Yesterday I decided to try the banana bread recipe that was in it. Usually I don’t do banana breads without either margarine or non dairy milk.. I was a little skeptic at first, but the result was very impressive and delicious!!!! My husband was shocked to learn that there was no oil, margarine or non dairy milk in it.. he liked it a lot! In fact we all liked it a lot, haha!

Servings

1 loaf

Ingredients

* 3 medium very ripe bananas, mashed

* 1/4 cup brown sugar, packed

* 1/2 cup sugar

* Egg replacement (for 2 eggs) ,so 2 teaspoons of powder (egg replacer)

* 4 tablespoons water

* 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

* 1/2 cup whole wheat flour

* 1 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour

*  teaspoon salt

* 1 teaspoon baking soda

* 1/2 cup chocolate chips (or any other ingredients you love)

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Directions

* Preheat oven to 350′F

* In a small bowl combine the egg replacer powder with the water. Set aside for 1-2 minutes to thicken.

* In a bowl or a stand mixer bowl, combine the mashed bananas, vanilla, sugar, brown sugar and the egg replacer.

* In another bowl combine the two kinds of flour, salt and baking soda.

* Add the dry mixture to the wet mixture. Mix well. Then fold in the chocolate chips (or any other ingredients you want.. another nuts, seeds, raisins, carob..).

*  Pour mixture into a loaf pan and bake. (I’m always using silicone)

* Bake for about 50-55 minutes. If a toothpick comes out clean, the bread is ready.

* Remove from the oven, let it cool for few minutes, serve and Enjoy!

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Vegan Spinach Soup

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Nothing too fancy.. but soups even if they are super easy and cheap.. are ALWAYS so good and comforting.

Yesterday I did a spinach soup since we had a lot of fresh baby spinach in our refrigerator :)

Spinach is very good for pregnant women (well it’s good for everyone even while not pregnant or for men too). Spinach provides vitamins C and E.Those vitamins help reduce the risk of eclampsia and contain high levels of folate, calcium, and iron.

Servings

4 bowls

Ingredients

* Olive Oil

* 1 large onion, chopped

* 3 garlic cloves, minced

* 5 cups vegetable broth

* 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric

* 1 teaspoon ground cumin

* Salt and pepper, to taste

* 3 cups diced and peeled potatoes

(3 medium size potatoes)

* 5 cups fresh spinach

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Directions

* In a large pot, heat (medium-high) oil, onion, garlic, salt, pepper, turmeric and cumin for 2-3 minutes or until the onions are softening.

* Add the potatoes and the vegetable broth. Stir and when the mixture is boiling, reduce heat and and simmer for  about 15 minutes or until the potatoes are cooked.

* When the potatoes are tender, add the spinach and cook for another 1-2 minutes.

* Remove from heat and with a blender, puree until smooth.

*Enjoy!

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