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I didn’t make dessert!

On Sunday evening, we headed over to an Easter party with family friends. My contribution to the party was a savory dish, chosen to ensure there’d be something I could eat for dinner while everyone else gobbled up their ham.


And so I brought my favorite Bug-a-Boo Pilaf.

Most people ate it as a side dish, but I took an extra-large portion for my main course. (I also ate hummus, steamed veggies, and salad brought by others.)


I must remember to use sesame oil more, as I said on Twitter.

Bug-A-Boo Bulgur Pilaf
(Makes four Katie-sized servings… in other words, “Four large servings”)

1 cup vegetable stock (I used Imagine No-Chicken Stock)
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon sesame oil
2 1/2 teaspoons fresh, grated ginger
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 zucchini, chopped
5 green onions, cut into about 1-inch pieces (don’t use the roots)
2 medium carrots, finely diced
3 cups bok choy or spinach (I’ve made this recipe twice now, once each way. Both work well.)
1 1/2 tablespoons minced garlic
4 cups cooked bulgur (it works best if you chill this in the fridge for a few hours before using)

In a bowl, combine the first 5 ingredients. Set aside. Preheat a pan or wok over medium-high heat and sauté the carrots and zucchini in your sauté-liquid of choice. Add in about 1/4 of the stock mixture. Stir-fry for 3-5 minutes.

Add the green onions, bok choy (or spinach), garlic, and another 1/4 of the stock mixture, and stir-fry for another 3 minutes. Add the bulgur and the rest of the stock mixture. Stir constantly for about 5 minutes.


Time for dessert!

Normally I don’t buy any of the prepared desserts from my local Whole Foods. In the past, they only offered three vegan items: chocolate chip cookies, chocolate pudding, and chocolate cake. None were made with whole grains, and the chocolate cake tasted dry and boring when I once tried it.

But I always look, just in case something fun and new decides to surprise me. And on my most-recent trip to the store, an item did just that!

Please excuse the ugly photo. It does not do the date-nut bread (or cake, for it tasted more like cake) justice at all. Not only is this loaf made with only whole-grain flour, it’s also completely free of added sugar in any form (even agave). Its sweetness comes from bananas and dates. Check out the ingredients.

It tastes delicious—so soft and moist and sweet. I definitely had more than one slice. Now I’m going to have to try and figure out how to replicate this bread… a google search yielded no results. Dear Whole Foods, please share your secret recipe!


I transported my contributions to the feast—the loaf and pilaf—in an Easter basket.

Speaking of which…

As usual, I’m overwhelmed by all the kind words on yesterday’s photos!

I’ve said it many times before, but I’ll say it again: You all are incredible, and you make a girl feel like a million bucks!  (For one thing, you certainly make me feel braver about posting photos of myself on my blog; that’s so nerve-wracking for me!) And for those of you with discerning eyes… yes, in yesterday’s photo, that is what you think it is, sitting in my basket. Get excited… I know I am! Winking smile

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Katie is the baker, photographer, and author of the popular blog Chocolate-Covered Katie. Her favorite food is chocolate, and she believes in eating a balanced diet that includes dessert every single day. More about Katie—> 

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  1. Jennifer JCD says:

    Banana + dates = win win every time. I’ve made banana bread with dates instead of sugar before. If you have Veganomicon you can find a recipe in there and blend up some dates for the sugar and use whole grain flour instead of white. It turns out really yummy! I got the idea from the banana date scone recipe from the same book (I think). Yummy!!

    We usually steer clear of the prepared foods section, but sometimes it is nice to buy a treat once in a while. It’s pretty rare though, as I love cooking and baking too much.

    1. I might be the only vegan who DOESN’T have the book, but I’m sure I can find a copy at the library or bookstore. Do you know how much date “paste” you use in place of the sugar? And do you scale back on any other ingredients to make up for the volume the dates take up?
      No worries if you don’t remember how you made it… I can always experiment! 🙂

  2. Aaah Chocolate Covered Katie you are TOO DARN BEAUTIFUL you know that? Can I please have your face+hair, with a slice of that cake on the side? 😉

    YAAY a cookie recipe tomorrow?! I can’t WAIT! And I’m intrigued about what’s in this basket…I’m gonna go back and have a closer look! 😛

    1. Oh Emma, we have been over this: you give me your fun and curly hair, and I will be happy to send off my straight, boring hair ;). But no returns! hehehe love u!

  3. mmm date bread sounds amazing!

  4. I love Whole Foods, love love love! Bread does look amazing and I can’t get enough of dates lately. They are super a good sweet treat packed with so much good nutrition! You look cute in your easter dress!

  5. Molly says:

    Mmm I wish I would have thought of a quinoa pilaf to take for Easter lunch. My cousin is so sweet and, knowing that i don’t eat meat, she made a delicious salad with romaine, strawberries and almonds. Then I brought a huge bowl of cantaloupe and my Moll-teser cookies that I had just invented that morning. It was great!

  6. I don’t ususally go to the hot bars in places.. but I did use to AWLAYS buy things like weight watchers and lean cuisine. Now I take one look at those things.and itm akes my stomach churn! So much sodium too! ugh

  7. McKella says:

    Banana date bread does sound good…so does pilaf…ok, so I’m hungry.
    I don’t usually buy prepared foods, but every time I go to Good Earth or Real Foods I’m tempted to buy a wrap or some soup. Yesterday I was out running errands and hunger hit, and the little snacky I always carry didn’t cut it. I still had a few errands to run and I managed not to buy out the deli section of Good Earth. I did eventually get a salad at Costco though.

  8. Gen says:

    That cake looks really good! One more thing on my US grocery list! hahahaha
    Can’t wait for tomorrow’s recipe!

  9. I need sesame oil too! I love it and I ran out last time I used it…thanks for the reminder! The salad and the loaf sound amazing. I need to know about that loaf too. I don’t buy prepared stuff normally. I’m just too cheap and I like baking. I’m glad you had a great Easter!

  10. that date cake SURE SOUNDS GOOD!! I saw something like that at my health foods store but when i picked it up it was MOLDY-EW EWEEWEWEEWEW!!.. now i better find one that is actually FRESH!

    1. Eww, that’s the worst! This summer, I was so excited to find Ricemellow Cream… but when I opened it and went to put it on top of a pizzert, it was green!!!

  11. The only thing I buy for myself in the prepackagaed aisles are hummus and crackers. Otherwise, I’m strictly a make it on my own kind of girl!

  12. Happy late Easter, Katie! I got plenty of chocolate in my basket and certainly thought of you 🙂

    Love your Easter dress, too!! So pretty.

  13. Angela says:

    Mmmmmmm…the bread sounds delicious. I can’t wait until you figure out the recipe. I think that should be your next project.

    I never buy prepared foods because usually I can make it better myself. Plus, we have little in healthy prepared foods where I live.

    Looking forward to the cookie recipe too.

  14. Holly @ The Runny Egg says:

    I love dates/nuts in a cake type dessert so I would have loved this dessert. I’m sure you’ll figure out the recipe at some point!

  15. Alex@Spoonful of Sugar Free says:

    OooOooOO Sugar free?! Yay! That caught my eye 😉 I gotta look for that gorgeous bread-or make some!

  16. Stephanie says:

    I don’t have a Whole Foods in my hometown but we do have a Planet Organic, and they have the best kale salad ever. Actually all their vegan stuff is really delicious, like their vegan potato salad and moroccan couscous salad, and they even have stuff that I can’t ever find at Whole Foods, which is weird because it’s totally a bigger company than PO (or at least that’s what I think. I could be wrong, though). Other than that I usually just make all my own stuff. It’s cheaper, often healthier and more soothing and calming. Cooking/baking keeps me sane.

  17. Faith @ lovelyascharged says:

    I HAVE SESAME OIL! I got sooo excited when I realize that my poor, almost-empty pantry has an ingredient that gets raved about on a blog…maybe I should bust it out for a stir-fry this week?

    1. Yes! Do it! But warning: sesame oil is more for drizzling/adding at the last-minute. Don’t try to cook with it, as it has a very low heat tolerance!

  18. I don’t normally buy processed sweets. When I do, though I have to recognize the ingredients in the list. Looks like you had a lovely Easter!!

  19. Mary @ Bites and Bliss says:

    I hardly ever buy prepared foods as they’re generally loaded with unecessary stuff. Plus it’s more fun making it on our own!

  20. J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) says:

    Your salad and that date nut bread look delicious! I love date nut bread, it’s so sweet and tasty. Yum!

    I buy things from the prepared section now and then, depending on what it is. I love veggie sushi rolls!

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