October 5, 2011
Yikes! It’s been awhile since my last post. Life happens and it lasted for a couple of months for me. Well, I have a great recipe to share! If you are looking for a healthy snack you can toss in your bag to eat on the go or pack in lunch boxes…I am with you and I may have what you are looking for.
August 6, 2011
I am finding more and more alternates to cow’s cheese. By this, I do not mean fake cheese made from soy or rice products. We tried this when we discovered our family was allergic to Casein, which is a protein found in cow’s products (cheese, sour cream, yogurt…). We did not care at all for these ‘fake’ products. We just did without cheese and cheese products.
A few months ago, I found sheep cheese at an International Food Shop. It was quite pricey, but I thought I’d give it a try. Then I found goat cheese at the same shop. I tried that. It was different at first, with each cheese having it’s own distinct flavor. Then, it kinda grew on us. I liked the way it melted and I was able to use it in dishes I had not been able to make such as real lasagna or paninis or pizza with cheese that melts. Read more
July 5, 2011
This summer we had our finest crop of tomatoes. Read more
May 17, 2011
For those of us who are making our own loaf bread, it’s a great challenge to find a whole wheat bread recipe that can stand up to a loaf of store-bought bread in texture and taste. This recipe and baking method accomplishes both and the technique is easy to learn.
Feel free to skip to the video below.
In my two or three years of making bread I have tried several whole wheat recipes and eaten lots of hard, stiff, crumbly, bread. In bread making…persistence pays. I know I am very fortunate to have found a great bread recipe early in my bread making career. Read more
May 13, 2011
Once again it’s approaching 5:00 and I have no clue what’s for supper.
I looked around my kitchen, hmmm.
Earlier today I covered some raw cashews with water. I did not have a special plan for the cashews, I just knew I needed to use them. I had seen a video earlier this week of an Alfredo sauce using cashews as a base. Cashews make a wonderful creamy base for soups and sauces, that I do know!
So now I have a plan. A creamy sauce using the cashews that were soaking. Read more
April 4, 2011
I don’t know what it is about baking potatoes twice, but it just seems to spruce them up quite a bit. It’s not much more effort to make this recipe because the blender does most of the work for you.
I used my blender to make the potatoes smooth and creamy. Every time I have blended potatoes they have an interesting ‘sticky’ consistency, but after cooking you can’t really tell. And this certainly does not effect the taste. Maybe it’s the fact that I am not using dairy milk or butter…not sure.
The roasted garlic adds an excellent flavor to these potatoes as well. No one will be able to tell it’s a vegan version of the high fatty twice baked potatoes with butter and whole milk.
January 30, 2011
I would call this month a successful sprouting month. I have successfully used my sprouts in creative ways. Some of which my family did not even realize, and others in a way that I really need to work on (according to the food critics at my house).
January 17, 2011
When I say Eggs, I do, mean real chicken eggs. Nearly all of this site’s recipes are Vegan or Vegetarian, but I do use eggs, sometimes.
Throughout my recipes I give alternatives for eggs, but I, personally, have never used an egg substitute for scrambled eggs or omelets. If you have, and it’s good, please let me know what has worked for you.
Back to real eggs… We have access to country chickens “aka yard eggs” and love to take advantage of this luxury.
From time to time we even get the privilege of taking care of the chickens and get to keep the eggs. We love that! There is just something about peaking into the nest and finding several eggs laid and ready to be taken. I guess it’s like a hide-and-seek game — fun for the whole family. Read more
January 15, 2011
This month I am working on being creative with sprouts. Today I used Alfalfa Sprouts in my guacamole. We love Guacamole at our house. It does not last long and this recipe with the added sprouts was no exception.
Guacamole alone is a great, kid-friendly dip and an easy appetizer for a crowd (or small family). It can also be a healthy and nutritional lunch for those of all ages. Read more
January 11, 2011
I have begun this New Year by learning how to incorporate more sprouts to our diets. So far I have sprouted Broccoli Seeds, Alfalfa Seeds and am now working on Mung Beans.
The following is just a few transformations Mung Beans undergo after sprouting:
• Protein availability — increases 30 percent
• Calcium content — increases 34 percent
• Iron content — increases 40 percent
• Vitamin A content — increases 285 percent
• Ascorbic acid or Vit C content — An infinite increase
This change was posted at healthlibrary.com. I found this list with lots more content on sprouting from GreenSmoothieGirl’s 12 Steps to Whole Foods. Fantastic book! I highly recommend it! I love looking through it to see what I could be working on to better the nutrition of me and my family. This month…sprouts!
For those who are new to sprouts (as I really am), it is super easy to sprout. The only tools I use are:
• Pint or Quart Jar with rings
• Cheese cloth big enough to fit around the opening of the jar
• Sprouting Seeds or nuts (look for them at a Health Food Store)
So far I have blended most of my sprouts in smoothies, but I am trying to get creative now.
Tonight it’s Vegetable Chili – with Sprouts!
January 1, 2011
This winter we have lots of sweet, easy-peel tangerines. The problem is they have so many seeds that we do not care to bother with them. I put my littlest cook to work juicing the small pile of tangerines I cut in half.
My Google search on an Orange Oil-Free salad dressing lead me to this post on Green Lemonade’s site. The original recipe called for avocado, which I did not have. The other ingredients were honey, apple cider vinegar and a bit of water (as well as orange juice). I made it without the avocado or water and it turned out wonderful. It was light (due to no oil) and sweet and very tasty.
I am not a big salad eater, but this dressing is a winner and helps makes salads easier for us to eat. It was simple to make and the proportions are easy to work with. Her idea for the salad to accompany this delicious salad dressing is winner as well.
Check out her recipe here.
You can adjust the quantity of the Salad Dressing by tasting it to decide if it has too much vinegar and not enough oranges or honey to suit your taste. This also makes quite a bit, but it’s a wonderfully light dressing.
You can add a bit of water to the Orange Juice too.
Add this to a mixture of Romain, spinach leaves, mixed salad greens, walnuts, grapes and grated carrots. If you have a weakness for croutons (like me), add some of them too. Read more
October 3, 2010
This vegan hummus pizza is a quick meal that, like any pizza, can hold an unlimited amount of toppings. The sky (or fridge) is the limit for this versatile vegan pizza.
September 30, 2010
One of the perks of owning a high powered blender the ability to make raw soup on demand. This vegan soup recipe can be made raw if you exclude the last two ingredients.
For a great blender cookbook, checkout a few top picks at Amazon.
Before purchasing my Blendtec Blender I watched many videos and read many reviews and so on. But, it was while seeing a live demo and tasting the soup made from the Blendtec did I decide to buy it.
August 30, 2010
I found this recipe in Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease by Caldwell B. Esselstyn. The last half of his book is recipes. I have found the spices in some of his recipes are rather bland, but they are written for those with heart disease. I add salt and different seasonings.
This book has great ideas for lunches/dinners and desserts. I recommend this book to be on every cooks recipe book shelf.
I found this recipe to have great flavor. I served the Sloppy Lentil Joes on homemade buns with steamed asparagus or over brown rice.
August 25, 2010
Peanut Butter Dip for Apples Kids Love
I whipped up this Peanut Butter Dip one afternoon as a quick snack and served it with apple sticks (an apple I sliced into sticks). Now it has become a common snack at our house when the kids get the munchies between meals.
The next morning I spread it on toast for breakfast. This peanut butter dip is an excellent substitution for peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. The dates make the dip sweet and it’s all natural ingredients.
If you don’t have dates you can use maple syrup or honey for sweetener.
This is also a great way to incorporate flax seed into your diet. Flax is high in Omega-3 essential fatty acids which are good fats shown to have heart healthy effects. Flax is also high in fiber. In order to absorb these nutrients, the seed must be broken apart such as in a blender or grinder. Otherwise the seed just ‘”passes through”.
Any nut butter can replace the peanut butter. This dip does not need to be measured exactly, just throw the ingredients in your blender and blend away. If you need a bit more milk to get it to blend, add some. If you need more maple syrup or another date to sweeten it, add it. Experiment. It really is hard to mess up this mixture of ingredients. They just go together and come out great. Read more
August 11, 2010
After much searching and trying different recipes, I have finally have found a hummus recipe my family likes. I have tried to make hummus without tahini and oil and used water or lemon juice instead and did not really care for it. It was never eaten. I found I was buying the heavily oiled versions from the store instead of trying to make it. Not necessarily a habit I wanted to create.
My concern was the oil in hummus, but it’s not that great without it. Sesame seeds are high in calcium,magnesium, copper, iron, fiber among many other minerals. It is also thought to be an anti-cancer food too, according to Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s Disease-Proof Your Child. He does not nesissarily mention it in the form of tahini, so if anyone knows anything about tahini, please inform me. Read more