Time to Get Saucy

Today was another beautiful day πŸ™‚ I slept in (until 8 – what a rebel, I know) and decided to take a rest day from 5K training and go to yoga instead. As usual, yoga was a perfect start to my day, stretching out my running muscles that have been working so hard! I’m proud of them.

My morning fuel was a plum, a papaya, and a champagne-strawberry apple (that’s actually what it’s called! so sweet and delicious πŸ™‚ ) paired with my favorite creamy buckwheat cereal con blackberries and some strawbs:

After yoga, I was starvin’! I came home to my Happiest, Healthiest Vegan Mac and Cheese, Beet Still My Heart Farmer’s Market Salad, sauteed broccoli, daikon, and carrots, and a farmer’s market dill pickle πŸ™‚ Happy tummy? Oh, yes.

After lunch, Rebecca and I baked some of what I like to call Lemon Poppyn Lock it Seed Bread (recipe to follow) and watched some of The Little Mermaid 2. Awe, don’t you love Disney movies? Reminds me of being a little kid again πŸ™‚

And, I enjoyed some of my homemade kombucha during the baking process…

Lemon Poppyn Lock it Seed Bread


  • 1 cup natural, unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 cup NuStevia Baking Blend (or other sugar substitute)
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened vanilla non-dairy milk (I roll with Tempt hempmilk πŸ™‚ )
  • 4 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. lemon extract (I didn’t have any, but would definitely use next time – or lemon zest)
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour andΒ 1 cup spelt flour (or any kind of flour, totaling 2 cups)
  • 1.5 tbsp. poppy seeds
  • 3/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp. sea salt


  1. Preheat oven to 375F and grease a standard loaf pan.
  2. In a large bowl, combine applesauce, stevia (or other sugar), non-dairy milk, and lemon juice/extract.
  3. In a smaller bowl, combine flour, poppy seeds, baking soda, nutmeg, and sea salt.
  4. Mix dry into the large bowl, adding more non-dairy milk for moisture if necessary.
  5. Pour into your loaf pan and pop in the oven for 30-40 minutes, or until a knife inserted into the center comes out clean.
  6. Slice and enjoy! πŸ™‚

This was great on its own, but would be even better with…

  • A lemon glaze – combine 1/2 cup NuStevia Baking Blend (or other sugar) with enough lemon juice to moisten (3 or 4 tbsp.) and heat in a saucepan over medium-low heat, stirring continuously. Drizzle over warm bread just before serving πŸ™‚
  • Some Earth Balance – is this stuff ever not good?
  • Some homemade lemonade! (that rhymes)
  • Your favorite jam or fresh fruit

For dinner, I felt like gettin’ saucy – Italian style! After having the Spinach and Chickpea Delight last night, I realized my true love for all things marinara-sauced – so it was time to get saucy.

I whipped up some Italian Mushroom Savory Buckwheat, roasted asparagus and zucchini topped with marinara sauce, Spinach and Chickpea Delight, and salads con avocado (mmm πŸ™‚ ). It was certainly savory, if I ever tasted it.

Italian Mushroom Savory Buckwheat


  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup uncooked buckwheat (hulled)
  • EVOO (about 3 tbsp.)
  • 1/2 red onion, diced
  • 1 cup baby bella mushrooms, sliced
  • 3/4 cup diced/pureed/crushed tomatoes
  • thyme and oregano
  • sea salt and pepper, to taste


  1. In a medium saucepan, bring water to a boil and then add buckwheat. Reduce to a simmer, cover, and let cook for 15-20 minutes or until all the water is absorbed.
  2. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, heat EVOO over medium heat and sauté onion until translucent and fragrant. Add mushrooms and continue to saute until reduced.
  3. Add tomatoes and heat until hot.
  4. Add sauce to buckwheat, stir well, and serve! πŸ™‚

This was to die for! The entire meal was a huge hit in my books, and received many happy smiles from the fam πŸ™‚ I will definitely be making this combo again soon!

Note: Add marinara to just about anything and it instantly becomes a million times better – try it out!

For dessert, of course, was the Lemon Poppyn Lock It Seed Bread. No meal is complete without some dessert! πŸ™‚

Question of the day: What’s your favorite savory meal? Favorite variety of bread?

Lasagna, Spinach Pie, and tonight’s meal would have to be at the top of my “savory” list – and for breads? Chocolate-chip banana bread all the way πŸ™‚ Tonight’s is definitely close, but no bread can beat banana in my books.

I’m out to go read some Chi Running and Beowulf (thanks, AP Lit!), then I’m hittin’ the sack early – time to get back to 5K training! Goodnight lovlies πŸ™‚



Filed under Recipes, Tips and Tricks, Vegan

13 responses to “Time to Get Saucy

  1. Hi Doll! What I wouldn’t give to live in your household and get to taste test all your wonderful creations!! My favourite savoury meal is definitely savoury oats – I love having savoury breakfast for dinner πŸ™‚ xoxo

    • Awe thank you!! You’re so sweet πŸ™‚ I have never tried savory oats before – that’s next on my list! Having savory buckwheat was so fun because I usually have Bob’s Red Mill Creamy Buckwheat cereal every morning for brekkie, so while it was cooking it was like the smell of my kitchen in the morning πŸ™‚

  2. hey girl! i just found your blog and am lovin the cookin’ and recipes!! i liked reading your about me page. i went back a couple entries and was reading your “on facing judgment” entry and really identified with that… i dont think it’s fair that people can judge your looks/eating habits if youre thin but it’s considered rude to do so if people have larger frames… i totally get ya on that girl!

    your lemon poppy seed bread looks delish, btw!

    • Yay I’m so glad you like it! πŸ™‚ Thank you so much for your comment, it truly made my morning – it’s so hard sometimes, because saying someone is skinny is so often used as a complement that people have no problem at all using it as an insult.

      And thank you!! Let me know if you try it πŸ™‚

  3. I just found your blog and I am bookmarking SOOO many of these amazing recipes! So excited to try your “Katebars” I’ve been experimenting with making my own Larabars too, so It’ll be fun!

    Thanks girlie!

    • Awe thank you!! You’re so sweet πŸ™‚ Let me know how the recipes work out for you, as well as any fun “Katebar” concoctions you come up with! I’d love to hear about them πŸ™‚

  4. i have to say…every meal photo you post is just so lovely and colourful…i love your little blog!! you’re very inspiring…

    and what i wouldn’t give for one of your pickles right now…hehe!


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  6. Buckwheat looks great. I have not had it in so long!!

    And yay for homemade kombucha.

    • Buckwheat is truly the best! Yum yum πŸ™‚ And I’ll be brewing some more this afternoon – I’ve never tried the adding dried fruit trick, but maybe today!

  7. That bread looks delicious!

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