The Seated Cook

Simple, healthy, vegetarian food




We went apple picking this weekend, and already had a tote bag of apples from the supermarket at home.  So to use up the supermarket apples, I decided to make applesauce.  I know it’s pretty simple, but it was my first time doing it, and now I want to try to make compotes with other fruits.
For the applesauce, I peeled and sliced about 10 apples, and put them in a pot with 1/4 cup water, 1/2 cup low sugar apple juice, 1/4 cup coconut sugar.  I sprinkled cinnamon all over the top of the apples.  I covered the pot and let it boil for about 20 minutes on medium heat.  Once the apples cooled down, I mashed them with a potato masher.

We ended up eating the first serving on a toaster waffle, it was delicious!



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Homemade Pizza


I recently visited my parents, and my mom made this delicious pizza.  For some reason, baking pizza is something I haven’t been doing.  But after I saw how quick & easy it is (using frozen whole wheat dough), I’ll definitely be making some of my own creations.  This one by my mom was topped by pizza sauce, mozzarella and asiago cheeses, broccoli, mushrooms, and fresh herbs.


Quinoa Black Bean Burgers


Well, I’m not afraid to post something when the recipe doesn’t turn out perfectly.  In this case, the quinoa black bean burgers tasted delicious, but they kind of fell apart in the pan.

I followed this recipe here:

Only changes I made were using a red pepper instead of yellow, melting cheese on top of the burger, and using spray oil in the pan instead of tablespoons of olive oil.

Perhaps next time I will add another egg to help with binding, or blend the ingredients in a food processer instead of by hand.

Still, I had only made black bean burgers before, so am glad to have tried my first burger recipe with quinoa in it.  It won’t be the last!



Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

My father recently emailed me a cookie recipe:
I thought the recipe looked good, and maybe one day I’ll make the cookies using the proper ingredients and following the baking instructions. But as I often do, I made some substitutions so I wouldn’t have to go shopping for ingredients, and also took some shortcuts in the baking steps.  Despite veering from the recipe, I was happy with the final product!

1/2 cup coconut oil
3/4 cup liquid egg whites
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 ¼ cups oats
1 teaspoon corn starch
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1 tablespoon flax meal
1 teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon sea salt
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. In a large mixing bowl, stir together the coconut oil, egg whites, sugar, and vanilla extract.  Add in the oats, corn starch, chia seeds, flax meal, baking soda, and sea salt. Stir to combine the ingredients well. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, and use a tablespoon to help scoop out the dough (it will be quite runny, but still possible to shape on the baking sheet). Bake for 15 minutes.