Monday Musings + Noodle Kugel

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Adenike Eketunde
Adenike Eketunde
I am a health enthusiast with a degree in medicine and public health. I have over 5 years of experience working in the clinical and non-clinical setting. I have experience in medical writing and review with published articles on PubMed. Favorite Quote “No thief, however skillful, can rob one of knowledge, and that is why knowledge is the best and safest treasure to acquire.” ― L. Frank Baum, The Lost Princess of Oz

1. SO Delicious has – in my opinion – stolen the show in terms of vegan holiday beverages this year. Both their ‘Nog & Mint Chocolate coconut milk beverages are super tasty.

The latter actually almost tastes to me like it has been spiked with liquor… but that’s probably due to over-consumption of peppermint schnapps hot chocolate during my college years. Whenever I taste chocolate and mint together I think of that drink. Anyone who attended a certain Lafayette fraternity’s annual holiday party can attest to this.

2. John and my weekly Friday night homemade pizza date was pushed back until Saturday, when I made a caramelized onion and goat cheese pie. Delicious!

Speaking of delicious, the reason pizza night was held off until Saturday is that the hubs and I went out to dinner with Shannon and her boyfriend on Friday. We enjoyed a Latin American meal at Orinoco in Brookline. If you’ve never had an arepa before, I highly suggest giving it a try!

3. On Sunday, I opted for Christmas flavor overload with an awesome bowl of stovetop eggnog oats topped with – of course – TJ’s Cookie Butter & my Gingerbread Cookie Dough Cheesecake Dip.

How To: combine 1/3 cup each old-fashioned rolled oats, vegan or light eggnog, and water + ground cinnamon and nutmeg to taste in a small saucepan. Add in a sliced banana if desired. Turn the heat on to medium and stir mixture with a rubber spatula until desired consistency is reached. I tossed in about a tablespoon of ground flax after removing the cooked oatmeal from the heat. Serve h-o-t with a generous dollop of the aforementioned toppings.

4. For today’s Back Burner post, I’m embracing my (half) Jewish heritage to bring you a healthier version of Noodle Kugel.

If you’re unfamiliar with the sweet noodle pudding, (or you’re looking for a lighter version of the classic dish), be sure to check out my recipe!

I’m posting it just time for Hanukkah, which starts tomorrow at sundown. I haven’t celebrated the holiday in quite some time – and my family never made traditional Jewish food to accompany the celebration – but I do have fond memories of lighting the menorah each of the eight nights.

I made another classic Jewish treat over the weekend as well, the photos of which I will be sharing with you tomorrow!

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