Boy do I have a lot of things to tell you today. I've had THE most intense 2 weeks since starting Brownble. Why? It all started innocently enough with filming some great little surprises we have in store for you, and it then ended up in a complete tech crisis with the biggest silver lining EVER. It got me thinking about the way we approach problems. They arrive and we try so hard to put everything back the way it was. We almost go crazy with all that resistance to change, and we knock our heads against the wall wondering how we can quickly fix it, completely skipping over the beauty of challenges and pebbles in the road. They are there for a reason, and they are powerful catalysts for change. I'm going to quote one of my idols and my business mentor Marie Forleo and her motto: "Everything is figure-outable". This has become our mantra lately, since starting this blog and our online program has made us into techs, programmers, video editing and sound geeks, entrepreneurs, tax and business lunatics, when in reality we're a vegan cook and a doctor with a very big dream to help people. Boy have we had to channel this feeling that, yes, sometimes we just need to head down into what we like to call "The Brownble Bunker" (more a state of mind than an actual bunker), and figure things out.
Why am I telling you this? Because after realizing there was a limit to what we could do in one of the tech platforms we use, lots of amazing things and changes are going to start happening around here. That's what I mean about a new way of looking at challenges. We lived in total overwhelm central for 24 hours, and then, as soon as we realized this was an opportunity for change, all these amazing ideas started coming to us, and all I can say for now, is Brownble will get bigger and better. We have so many plans and ideas, and all of these changes are for all of you, you are the reason we do what we do.
So what else can I tell you about this weekend? It involved round the clock work, lots of coffee, hair pulling, but lots of amazing vegan goodies too and we're sharing them below as we do every single Monday. One of those little changes I mentioned actually starts today, and it's the fact that our Monday posts will continue as usual, but we're changing their name! They won't all be called "From our Kitchen Table" as they were before, but all the content will still be there for your meal inspiration. We decided to give each of them a more personal name depending on what was going on in our lives that week, and that includes of course our yummy food as always, plus a more personal look behind what we do, so you really get to know us. Ready for some food?
Our favorite breakfasts
I found this amazing artisanal whole wheat bread the other day, and now all I want is avocado toast! I always add a little turmeric for its health benefits and because it just makes the toast pop with color. I made the lattes for this one. Not as great as hubby's because he is the soy latte king!
This delicious oat porridge had coconut, pineapple chunks, strawberries and hazelnuts. It was a total treat. If you still haven't added pineapple and coconut as a topping for oatmeal yet, what are you waiting for?
Our favorite lunches
The person who invented gnocchi deserves a medal in my book. I made them with a carbonara sauce (recipe coming soon!) and added peas and artichoke hearts. Let me just say this, peas and vegan carbonara, boy oh boy!
This was the most amazing kale salad and I named "The South Pacific Salad". It had kale massaged with some soy sauce, tahini, lemon and coconut flakes, some smoky maple tofu, tomatoes, carrots and pineapple. I can't even tell you. I love keeping kale in the house because I easily get tired of lettuce based salads if I have them too frequently but this doesn't happen to me with kale! I could literally have a kale salad every single day and not get bored. For this reason kale is like nutritional yeast for me, a.k.a: always keep it in the house.
Our favorite dinners
Another one of my favorites this week was this Thai vegetable noodle dish. Zucchini and carrot noodles tossed with a simple peanut sauce (like this one), sprinkled with some crunchy raw scallions and served with some cooked quinoa.
This dish also hit the mark this week and it was so simple! I sautéed onions, mushrooms, broccoli and quinoa and then topped the sauté with avocado, cilantro and a squeeze of lime juice.
This week's "oh so sweet" treat
Although this cake doesn't look like anything special, it was AMAZING! It was an olive oil and pear cake (I know right?!) and with a soy latte on the side it was the perfect end to my week.