homeade naan bread.

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I made some indian food (cauliflower tiki masala from Isa’s new cookbook…YUM), and I couldnt find any naan at the grocery store, SO I made my own! It was pretty easy. I started the dough right before I started prepping the rest of dinner. It takes 40 minutes to rise, so I was able to get everything prepped and in the oven, just in time to start making the naan while everything baked. I was pretty impressed at how these turned out too. Totally made the meal!

Found the recipe here.

  1. Combine warm water and yeast in a bowl. Let stand for 5 minutes until foamy.
  2. Add salt and flour. Mix thoroughly. Knead dough on a floured workspace about 20 times and form into a tight ball. Put dough in a well oiled bowl and cover with a damp towel.
  3. Put in a warm place to rise for 30-45 minutes. Dough won’t rise much, but it doesn’t need to.
  4. Turn dough out onto a floured workspace. Divide dough into 8 pieces and roll out with a rolling pin to about 1/8″ thick.
  5. Grill naan pieces on a grill or electric griddle. In a pinch, a frying pan sprayed with some nonstick cooking spray will work. Grill for 1-2 minutes on each side.
  6. This recipe yields a very soft, chewy naan.

sazon tomato soup.

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A few years ago my friend served me a bowl of this soup and I have been dreaming of it ever since. This past holiday break, he showed me how to make it! Its so so easy and my family goes crazy for it, so we plan to keep it in rotation. we made it with sazon goya, which I learned contains MSG, so im going to experiment with making my own sazon seasoning and give it a try, so I’ll be sure to report back.

Olive oil
3 Tomatoes
1 packet sazon goya
1 small onion
3 cloves garlic
1 box pasta noodles (shells or orichette work great, but honestly you can use anything)
Salt and pepper to taste

Put a little bit of olive oil in a large soup pot and warm. Once warmed, add dry pasta noodles and continually mix until they get toasted and blistery.

Meanwhile, Puree tomatoes, onion, garlic and sazon with a little bit of water ( to get it going) in a blender and blend until smooth. Add this mixture to the pasta and once it boils fill the blender with water about two times (with my size pot and vitamix I fill it one and half times). You basically want to fill the pot almost to the top with water. The amount of water will have to do with the consistency of your broth. If you want it thinner, add more water, if you want it thicker, add less.  Season with salt and pepper.

Once broth boils, cover pot, lower heat and let simmer about 40 minutes.

Serve with warm tortillas. Soup is good in fridge for about three days.

blueberry peach scones.

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This that time of year in the midwest: blueberry season. peach season. Nothing beats fresh picked blueberries or fresh picked peaches. Im on my way to the farmers market after this post to get more peaches because we ate the last batch so fast! These scones were awesome. Ill be making more this afternoon!

I found the original recipe here.

  • 1 1/3 cup flour
  • 3 T coconut palm sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ stick (4 tablespoons) earth balance, cold and cut into small pieces
  • ⅓ cup chopped fresh peach, in ½” pieces (about half a medium peach)
  • ⅓ cup blueberries (cut in half if they’re large)
  • 1 egg replacer, prepped (or 1 egg if not vegan)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ⅓ cup unsweetened applesauce
For the topping
  • 2 tablespoons sliced almonds

    1. Whisk together the flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, and cinnamon until combined. Add the earth balance and using a pastry cutter or a fork, cut it in until the mixture is crumbly. Some chunks of earth balance should remain. Add in the peaches and blueberries.
    2.In a separate mixing bowl, whisk together the egg/egg replacer, vanilla, and applesauce. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir until just combined.
    3. Prep your baking pan
    4. Scrape the dough onto the floured surface. Pat the dough into a 5″ to 5½” circle about ¾” thick.
    5. To make the topping, stir together the coarse sugar and cinnamon. Brush the dough with milk, and sprinkle with the cinnamon sugar. Sprinkle the sliced almonds on top.
    6. Using a knife or bench knife that you’ve run under cold water, slice the circle into 6 wedges.
    7. Carefully pull the wedges away from the center to separate them, about 1 inch between them at the edges. Place the pan of scones in the freezer for 30 minutes, uncovered. While the scones are chilling, preheat the oven to 425°F.
    8. Bake for 18 to 22 minutes, or until golden brown.

spaghetti with kale and garlic.

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We grew some kale in the garden and it did really well. So now i have lots of kale to work with. I whipped up some quick spaghetti one night and it was delicious. The leftovers were even better b/c it was so garlicky!

Dry spaghetti (about half the package)
2 tablespoons good extra virgin olive oil
8 sprigs lacinato kale – very finely chopped
Pinch red pepper flakes
Salt and freshly ground pepper
3-4 large garlic cloves, finely chopped
Juice of 1 lemon wedge
fresh basil
lemon garlic seasoning
2 tablespoons vegan Parmesan

Cook the pasta al dente according to package directions.

When the pasta is almost done, heat the oil over medium heat in a large skillet. Add the kale, red pepper flakes to taste, and season with salt and pepper. Cook and stir for 3 or 4 minutes, until the kale starts to get a bit crisp. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, for another minute. Add drained pasta, lemon juice, and vegan parm, and stir to combine.

stawberry rhubarb bars.

STRAWBERRYRHUBARBI’m still working like a mad-woman to use up all this rhubarb in my garden. I froze a whole bunch, gave some away, and I still have a bit more to harvest. I found this recipe, and since it was pretty low on the sugar side, I gave it a go. I love the crust. Would think this recipe would be great with just about any fruit that is in season. I ate this all week for breakfast, and maybe for dessert too…but who’s counting?!

CRUST
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup  raw almonds
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 3 Tbsp (24 g) coconut sugar*
  • 4 1/2 Tbsp (68 g) coconut oil, melted
FILLING
  • 2 cups rhubarb, chopped into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 1 cup straweberries
  • 1/4 cup orange or lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp coconut sugar
  • 1 Tbsp cornstarch
CRUMBLE TOPPING
  • 3 Tbsp coconut sugar
  • 2 Tbsp flour
  • 1/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1 1/4 Tbsp coconut oil

    recipe/instructions found here

berry kombucha smoothie.

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I havent made a new smoothie in a while, but that changed recently when I discovered using kombucha as my base. I can only imagine the different kinds you can make using all the different kombucha flavors that is out there. I had a blueberry ginger on on hand, so I thought a berry smoothie would be in order.  Heres what I did:

3/4 cup berry ginger kombucha
1/2 banana, frozen
handful of strawberries, frozen
handful of blueberries, frozen
2 handfuls spinach
1 tablespoon hemp seeds

Mix and enjoy!

vegan quiche.

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I whipped these quiche up for lunch when I was having some ladies over for a clothing swap. I figured if there was any leftover I could eat it for lunch for the week.  Wishful thinking- these got almost all eaten up! they were a huge hit and there was only one vegan there! I will be making these regularly and need to remember this recipe for any upcoming potlucks.  You can customize the veggies any way you prefer. I made one with brocolli and cheddar daiya and another with tomato, cilantro and cheddar daiya.

I found the recipe over on kittee’s blog.

14 oz extra firm or firm tofu, crumbled (if you use firm, squeeze out any excess water)
1/2 rounded cup un-roasted cashews
Several dashes hot sauce
2-4 tablespoons vegan milk,
1/4 cup nutritional yeast
1 tablespoon white or mild miso
1 teaspoon granulated onion
1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 tablespoons cornstarch, arrowroot, or tapioca starch

2-3 cups of chopped or shredded add-ins such as: steamed broccoli, artichoke hearts, onion, tomato, julienned greens, scallions or vegan cheese (I usually add ’bout 2 cups of chopped steamed broccoli and 1/2 cup shredded Follow Your Heart cheese)

A single pie crust (recipe below)

Preheat the oven to 400F.

Put the tofu, cashews, and hot sauce in a blender and process until smooth. This will take a bit of time, so go slowly. If your blender is having a hard time, add a few tablespoons of the non dairy milk to help get things going.

Add in the nutritional yeast, miso, granulated onion, garlic, paprika, salt, baking powder and starch. Blend until completely smooth, then transfer to a bowl and stir in your chosen chopped vegetables and/or cheese shreds.

Scrape the tofu mixture into your pie crust and smooth the top with a spoon or spatula. Cover the pie edges with foil and bake for 40 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for 10 more minutes until the crust is golden.

Let cool for at least 30 minutes before slicing.

PIE CRUST
This is the pie crust I used.  Somehow I got two pie crusts out of it too!

  •  1 3/4 cups whole wheat flour or whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 cup)unbleached all purpose flour
  •  3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 2 teaspoons red wine vinegar or strained lemon juice

    1. In a large bowl or in the bowl of a standing mixer fitted with the paddle or a food processor fitted with the steel blade, combine the flours and salt and mix together. If using a bowl, make a well in the center, add the olive oil and mix in with a fork. If using a mixer or food processor, turn on and add the olive oil. When it is evenly distributed through the flour combine the water and vinegar or lemon juice and add it to the flour mixture with the machine running. The dough should come together in a ball.
    2. Turn out the dough onto a lightly floured work surface, flour your hands and work the dough just until smooth and easy to shape into a ball. Do not overwork it or you will develop the gluten in the flour and the dough will be tough. Divide the dough in half, shape each half into a ball and press into a 1/2-inch thick circle. Wrap in plastic and let rest for 1 hour.
    3. Roll out the dough as needed for savory tarts, dusting your work surface and the top of the dough with flour to prevent it from sticking. Pre-bake and bake as directed in recipes calling for the crust.

      ( I did not prebake my crust)

scary eyeball cookies.

eyeballI found this recipe on pinterest forever ago, and i knew one of these days I was going to get around to making it. I made it this year for halloween, and Im happy to report, these were a hit! Not only do they look great – they taste really great too! They taste like cake batter, they were very soft and kind of cakelike and super fun to make and to eat. The kids loved to eat the candy eyeball in the center!

I found the original recipe here.

I had to do some searching to find a vegan yellow or white cake mix, but I was able to find one. Just check the ingredeints – its out there!

  • 1 Yellow Cake Mix Box
  • ½ cup earth balance, softened
  • ½ tsp. vanilla
  • 1 8 oz. containter vegan cream cheese softened
  • 1 vegan egg replacer
  • green food coloring
  • powdered sugar
  • candy eyeballs
Instructions
  1. Beat earth balance vanilla, egg replacer and vegan cream cheese until fluffy.
  2. Mix in cake mix. Add green food coloring until it’s the color you want. I used neon green. Chill for 30 minutes.
  3. Roll into balls and dip in a bowl of powdered sugar.
  4. Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes. While warm push eye balls into the center or all over the cookie. ENJOY!

halloween cupcakes.

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The last of the halloween posts!
Just wanted to share these fun cupcakes I made.

I used the chocolate recipe from vegan cupcakes take over the world, but can also be found here, along with some vegan creme cheese frosting. I decorated with gummy worms, oreos and skittles! (you can uses m&ms or reeses if you arent vegan)

Since you need the filling on the both sides for the owl eyes, thats where the dirt cupcakes came in.
On the left over side that didnt have the filling, i put these in a blender and made “dirt” then dipped the tops of the frosted cupcakes into the oreos – then crammed some gummy worms in there. These were of course, the first cupcakes the kids went to! They love their gummies.

The owl cupcakes, i just split the oreos, placed some skittles for the beak and eyes, (I used frosting to “glue” the eyes down) and spiked up the frosting at the top for ears.

trail mix cookies.

trailmixcookiesI saw this recipe for trail mix cookies, and they seemed healthy and contained a pretty killer combination: bananas + chocolate + peanut butter.  Couldn’t resist. And bonus: no refined sugar AND gluten free. You would never tell – These cookies are very satisfying, so go ahead, eat one for breakfast and dont feel too guilty about it.

1 extra ripe banana, mashed
1/2 cup natural peanut butter
2 tablespoons coconut oil
, melted (but not hot)
1/4 cups pure maple syrup
1/4 cup almond milk
1 1/4 cups oat flour
1 Tablespoon ground flax
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup thick rolled oats

1/4 cup unsweetened banana chip meal (blend banana chips in blender/vitamix)
1/4 cup dry roasted peanuts
, roughly chopped
2 ounces chocolate chips

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the mashed banana, peanut butter, coconut oil, and maple syrup, followed by the almond milk. Add the oat flour, flax, sea salt, and baking soda, and stir with a wooden spoon until combined. Stir in the oats, banana meal, peanuts, and dark chocolate until evenly distributed.

Preheat oven to 325˚F. Prepare a baking sheet and set aside. Using a 1/4 cup cookie scoop, drop the dough onto the prepared sheet then flatten with the palm of your hand. Sprinkle with finely chopped peanuts, if desired. Bake at 325˚F for 14-15 minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool.

Yield: 10-11 cookies
original recipe found here