Vegan Spiced Potato Stuffed Naan (and I need an intervention)

Can someone please get me out of the kitchen?! I'm nesting big time (and feeding my cravings..) and I cannot stop cooking. My freezer is full. In fact I had a meltdown trying to get something out of it the other day. 

Vegan Spiced Potato Stuffed Naan

ALSO - Still haven't taken a good non-instagram picture of this but that's because we keep eating them too fast. But the demand for a recipe NOW is at an all time high so I'm posting what I did. The method for stuffing the naan makes just enough sense to me but if it doesn't to you I wrote an alternate method. Also, don't freak - it does contain some oil. If you don't do oil at all please feel free to leave it out. Oh and if you do eat earth balance please feel free to slather some on top when they are done because it's kind of out of this world. But whatever floats your boat! (I'm not following any food rules right now other than eating vegan [which as you read before won't change] so don't flip on me. Just do what you do and i'll do what I do, okay?) 

 

Vegan Spiced Potato Stuffed Naan

  • 3/4 cups hot water, 110-115˚F
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons granulated yeast (1 packet)
  • 1/2 cup soy yogurt (at room temp or heated slightly)
  • 1/2 tablespoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 & 3/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 & 1/2 cups whole wheat flour

 

Mix everything together for the dough, knead for a couple of minutes then cover with a towel. Let it rise for at least an hour but it can be left several hours without a problem! Punch down the dough and wrap up with plastic wrap if you aren't going to use it right away. You can refrigerate it for several days if you like. 

 

Filling 

  • 2-3 large russet potatoes, baked
  • handful of cilantro, minced 
  • 2 large cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 green onions, minced
  • 2 tablespoons basil, minced (optional)
  • 2 teaspoons cumin seeds, lightly toasted
  • 1 jalapeño or serrano pepper, seeded and minced (optional or add more if you love spicy!!!) 
  • salt to taste 
  • sesame seeds, optional 

 

Peel the potatoes if you want (or chop up the potatoes so the skin isn’t in big pieces.) Mash it with all of the ingredients and add salt to taste. 

Tear off a piece of dough (about the size of a large lemon) and slightly flatten on a floured countertop. 

Add some of the potato mixture to the middle and fold up all of the edges of the dough up to the top like you’re making a little present. Close the dough around the filling and let sit for a few minutes while you make the others. Then gently flatten the dough until it’s pretty thin but the filling is not popping through. Sprinkle with sesame seeds if desired. 
(If that made no sense do this - roll it out into a circle and add some filling to half the dough. Fold it over like a calzone and seal the edges. Flatten slightly. Sprinkle with seeds and bing, bang, boom, ya done! Well done shaping.) 

Cook on a heated lightly oiled pan (over medium/high heat) on each side until it's really dark brown in spots and cooked all of the way through. 

Brush with melted earth balance if you’re feeling decadent!

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In my kitchen

Vegan Fig Frangipane Mini Galettes

Vegan Fig Frangipane Mini Galettes 

 

I love figs. The season is so short though and most fig trees in our local area were fully destroyed by snow storms this winter. I haven't been able to get my hands on any local ones so far so these are from California. And I'm sure you can tell that I would REALLY love my own fig tree one day! 

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Orange Vanilla Pistachio Butter (with my Blendtec Twister Jar!)

(note: this is a lost recipe - I can't believe it never got posted! This stuff is ultra delicious and fun to make in your blender! If you don't have a high speed blender (and even if you have one you kind of need this Twister Jar on the Blendtec to move the butter around...) you can use a food processor. It will take longer but the results will still be wonderful.) 

Orange Vanilla Pistachio Butter

I made this using my wonderful Twister Jar from Blendtec! I love this thing because I can make super thick things like hummus and nut butters easily. It has a special lid that you use to stir the mixture while blending. I also use the Twister Jar for making smaller batches of stuff (okay or when my bigger jar is dirty!) 

Orange Vanilla Pistachio Butter

And of course you can make all sorts of nut butters. I really wanted to try to make something I COULDN'T get at the store though so pistachio butter it was! While I was at it I added some orange zest because it seems like they just go together perfectly. It was a delightful match, for sure! 

Orange Vanilla Pistachio Butter

Here's the picture of my Twister Jar - super easy to use!! Of course this is where I tell you that I have an affiliate account with Blendtec  (because I truly love these blenders!) so if you click on one of the ads and buy one then I get a small commission. Those little commissions help keep Fo' Reals Life going (I pay for this website!) so thank you!! Seriously. You're awesome if you buy one. Hahha! No regrets over here! (Oh there customer service is the flippin' best! I had a light go out on my blender - purely cosmetic - but they replaced it within a couple of days of me calling and sent me the shipping label to send the one I had back to them! Easiest return EVER!!! No hassle at all!!) 

Orange Vanilla Pistachio Butter in Blendtec Twister Jar

Orange Vanilla Pistachio Butter

  • 2 cups roasted shelled pistachios
  • 1 teaspoon (packed) orange zest
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 - 2 Tablespoons of agave or maple syrup, optional

Blend up until nice and smooth in a high speed blender (like a Blendtec!) or a food processor! It may take a couple of minutes total depending on your nuts. Just let it rest every 50 seconds or so as to not heat up your blender or your nut butter!

Eat on crackers, stirred into oatmeal, on a piece of toast, in cookies, or whatever else you can dream of!! 

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Picking Pears

Our yearly tradition of picking fruit together as a family. This year there were 4 of us (one still hasn't been born yet!) 

Our yearly tradition of picking fruit together as a family. This year there were 4 of us (one still hasn't been born yet!) 

Just as the Mr. reached for the pear he saw a dragon fly just sitting there. You see such amazing things when you slow down. 

Just as the Mr. reached for the pear he saw a dragon fly just sitting there. You see such amazing things when you slow down. 

My growing up little four year old. We have gone every year since she was born to pick fruit in the late summer/fall and she always has a great time. I love sharing this time with her and showing her where the food grows. It's also delightful to see her stomping around in orchards munching on fresh picked fruit.

My growing up little four year old. We have gone every year since she was born to pick fruit in the late summer/fall and she always has a great time. I love sharing this time with her and showing her where the food grows. It's also delightful to see her stomping around in orchards munching on fresh picked fruit.

Sweet babies! It made me want a little farm sanctuary so badly (these boys are not on a farm sanctuary, unfortunately.) 

Sweet babies! It made me want a little farm sanctuary so badly (these boys are not on a farm sanctuary, unfortunately.) 

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Yes, I am still vegan (and will always be)

Let's start this out by saying that I am, and always will be a vegan. I eat vegan foods because I believe in the preciousness of life and our planet. I don't care why you eat the way you eat or about what YOU eat, honestly. I just care about what my family and I eat. I don't judge everyone else. I don't look in your grocery cart to see what you're buying. I don't complain about your health problems with an "if only you ate my way" kind of attitude. I don't think I am better than you. I am not. We are all on our own magnificent journeys and that is what matters. Are you happy? Are you doing your best to make the world a better place? If so, it doesn't matter what you eat (unless it's people - we just don't do that, y'all.) 

NOW that all of that is out there I am going to be one of those food bloggers that comes out with a food issue. But I swear I'm not going to start eating meat, eggs and cheese all justified under the pretense of an eating disorder. My issues with food are separate from my moral compass. That's not judgment of others, that's just me telling you a bit about who I am so we can all understand each other a little more. This is my story, not yours (and I don't expect it to be yours! I'm so thankful we are all so different. Life would be so boring if we were all the same.)

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My food issues are long standing and may not be different from yours. I've "dieted" in some way or another for much of my life. I've been anywhere in my adult life from 125 pounds to 220 pounds. I've measured, counted, calculated, weighed, abstained from, binged on and craved all manner of foods for years. I am not diagnosing myself with any certain disorder (I'll let a therapist do that, thank you) but I know that for certain whatever I am doing is not healthy.

To add to this - I'm oh so incredibly tired of people saying to me (and others) "if you just eat like me you will be fine. You will lose weight. You will have tons of energy. You won't have issues with food. You will this and you will that. Just do exactly like I do." Except the thing is, that really doesn't work for everyone because we all have our own problems. We have our own relationships with food and what works for one person does not work for others. Some people take this food advice and turn it into their own personal religion. I don't want to be part of that any longer. 

This attitude of "if you just eat like me you can do whatever you want and lose weight/be healthy/maintain your weight/be happy/beat addictions/etc" makes those of us that try and fail feel like we must be broken in some way. It leads to worse feelings. More issues with food. It feels crazy. I want those of you that are like me to know that you are not alone. You are not crazy. You are not broken. We are all just DIFFERENT. That is what makes us human. 

So here is the real problem: I have made my life about food. 

For some people, this wouldn't be a problem at all. You could happily think about food all day and still have a positive relationship with it. And by the way, it really does take a lot of thinking, planning and eating food to blog about food. You try to come up with the next best recipe for your website. You consider all of the foods you could eat or make. What will look good? What do people want? How often can I produce a recipe that is great without filling up my refrigerator with food that will only be thrown away unless I eat it all? Then after thinking about it I have to cook it (eat it), revise it, cook it again (eat it), photograph it (eat it), write about it, post it and then talk about it with you. 

I'm not saying this wasn't great. And that it didn't work for quite some time for me. It did. Now, it doesn't. 

Food and I sort of need to break up. It's a weird thing to say, for certain. You have to eat food to live. A lot of people, myself especially, eat food for other reasons too though. I always say that it is my drug of choice and it is. I eat when I'm anxious, cranky, tired, freaked out, depressed or even happy. I eat to the point of pain at times. Then I try to not eat very much to counteract those binges. In short, I have a food addiction. 

I have a food addiction and I'm sitting here with my biggest problem and trying to wrap my life around it.

It has taken me MONTHS to write this. The first revision of this was in the beginning of April. Not long after I wrote the first draft, I found out that I am pregnant with our second child! (yay!!!) With such a huge change as that, I find that I am ready to change other areas of my life as well. I am willing to seek help for my food issues, I am opening my life up to new experiences with new people, I am immersing myself back into creativity and I am reconnecting with a more natural state of just... being.    

Why yes I am tired and huge already! Haha!!

(By the way I just made this dress! I can't wait to share more things I'm making with you!)

So NOW you are probably wondering - what does this mean for the blog? Are you quitting? Never posting again?! 

For Fo' Reals Life it means this - 

#1.) I am not quitting. I am not leaving. Things will be changing though... for a more rounded encompassing "Fo Reals Life" that I am desperately in need of.

#2.) I am still going to post about food but not every post. I will still share my moments of inspiration but I am not going to try to force it or make it like a job anymore. If I make recipes from other websites, books or other sources that are wonderful I am going to share those with you because I think we ALL love getting as many different options as possible. 

#3.) I am going to start writing about the things that inspire me, the creative things that I'm involving myself in, things I make, the beauty around me, books/movies/products that are exciting to me and with that I will try to update you on what foods I am nourishing myself with.

I hope that you stay along for the ride because I really believe it's only going to get a heck of a lot more interesting around here. I want to thank every single reader, new and long term, for your support and encouragement. You are the ones that make this worth doing! Every kind email that I have received I have saved in a folder in my inbox marked "Appreciation" - for me to look back and appreciate the wonderful readers I have for those times that anonymity makes it possible for people to be total jerks to someone they don't know. I really do love connecting with people through this medium and I'm happy to continue doing so - on my terms. 

Now that was a Fo Reals post - am I right? (And Fo Reals long - but I had to say it all. If you read it, I'm ultra impressed!) 

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