Wk 33 (Jan 21 – 27)

Week 33 of my US National Food Day Challenge is now completed – 4 out of 7 done again this week, so again keeping to the objective of my challenge.

Leave a comment to let me know what you think of my quest!

January 21 – New England Clam Chowder Day

Just wasn’t going to happen – not if I didn’t want to be the only one eating it for the rest of the week.  I would have loved to have made a single serving of it, but that also didn’t fit in with my whole foods, plant based month of eating, so a rest day for me – yippee!

January 22 – National Blonde Brownie Day

2015-01-22 Blondie brownie Ahh, this was a great day.  I took the recipe for chocolate peanut butter blondies (recipe here) and omitted the cocoa to make it a blondie brownie.  I used almond butter, and added white chocolate chips to enforce the blonde-ness (is that a word?).  And then I made a pecan/date topping that was absolutely divine.  The guys at work ate these up very quickly!

 January 23 – National Rhubarb Pie Day

Yeah, this didn’t happen.  Rhubarb is not really one of the foods that my family will eat …

 January 24 – National Peanut Butter Day

My favorite day of the year – Peanut Butter!!  What to make, what to make?  So many peanut butter cookie recipes … but I went with my good ol’ quinoa & peanut butter granola bar (recipe here) but substituted oats for for the quinoa, just to see if it worked so I didn’t always had to have cooked quinoa on hand.  Gotta say, it was really good! Oats & peanut butter bars

January 25– National Irish Coffee Day

As most of you who know my family well, you are well aware of our aversion to coffee – of any variety – so  rest day for me again.

January 26 – National Pistachio Day

2014-01-26 Pistachio mushroom & veggies This was another day that I chose to go savory, when there were so many possibilities for cookies/cakes etc.  I found a recipe for pistachio curried chicken, and adapted to my current food restrictions – and used a Portabello mushroom instead of the chicken.  It was ok – the rest of the family had the pistachio on chicken and they enjoyed it.  Not dazzling, though, but still managed to get the challenge done!

January 27 – Chocolate Cake Day

Originally I was going to make my chocolate cake recipe (from my mother-in-law, recipe here) and try to make it gluten-free, since I haven’t had a huge success with gluten-free flour in it.  But I found another recipe that was grain-free, sugar-free (it had maple syrup) and dairy-free.  Strangely enough it actually tasted good … especially with my pecan/date frosting on top.  I’ll try it again and if it works again, I’ll put the recipe up on this website for you all to try! 2015-01-27 Chocolate cake

Coming up next week:

  • January 28: National Blueberry Pancake Day 
  • January 29: National Corn Chip Day
  • January 30: National Croissant Day
  • January 31: Brandy Alexander Day
  • February 1: National Baked Alaska Day
  • February 2: Crepes Day / Heavenly Hash Day
  • February 3: National Carrot Cake Day

Stay tuned to see which ones I choose to make/eat and how successful (or not) I am! 

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