June 12, 2013

Crunchy Cashew Thai Quinoa Salad with Ginger Peanut Dressing

Crunchy Cashew Thai Quinoa Salad with Ginger Peanut Dressing

As you’ve come to expect, this is another quick & easy dinner.  The scents of the dressing are heavenly and the flavors come together perfectly.  There just isn’t much more that needs to be said about this gorgeous and delish-dish from Ambitious Kitchen (say that three times fast!) except that it makes a lot (serves the five of us {with seconds} plus a couple small lunches the next day).

Ingredients

  • ¾ cup uncooked quinoa
  • 2 cups shredded red cabbage
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • ½ red onion, diced
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • ½ cup cilantro, roughly chopped
  • 1 cup chickpeas
  • ¼ cup green onions, diced
  • ½ cup cashew halves or peanuts (honey-roasted is good)
  • Fresh lime, for a bit of tang

Dressing

  • ¼ cup all natural peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 teaspoons freshly grated ginger
  • 3 tablespoon soy sauce, gluten-free if desired
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • Water to thin, if necessary

Instructions

  1. Rinse quinoa with cold water in mesh strainer. In a medium saucepan, bring 1 ½ cups of water to a boil. Add in quinoa and bring mixture to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to low and let simmer for 15 minutes or until quinoa has absorbed all of the water. Remove from heat and fluff quinoa with fork; place in large bowl and set aside to cool for about 10 minutes. You should have a little over 2 cups of quinoa.
  2. To make dressing: Add peanut butter and honey to a medium microwave safe bowl; heat in microwave for 20 seconds. Add in ginger, soy sauce, vinegar, sesame and olive oil then stir until mixture is smooth and creamy. If you want a thinner dressing, simply stir in a teaspoon or two of water or olive oil.
  3. Add the dressing to the quinoa.
  4. Fold in cabbage, red pepper, onion, carrots, cilantro & chickpeas into the quinoa. Garnish with cashews or peanuts & green onions. Serve chilled or at room temperature with lime wedges if desired.

May 7, 2013

Indian Lentil Sauté with Kale and Asparagus

Indian Lentil Sauté with Kale and Asparagus

I’d intended to prepare something different for dinner tonight but couldn’t find the recipe where I thought it was saved.  This dish from, Bev Cooks, was the last thing on my menu for the week and it looked simple enough so I tossed everything together in less than 30 minutes.  My daughter had a friend over for dinner and her family is Indian, so I was secretly pleased when she announced, “this looks exactly like what we eat at home.” – and then proceeded to gobble up every last bite.  Yay me!  I doubled what’s shown below and it made enough for three adults, three teens and a very cute, eight year old.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup green lentils
  • 2 Tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 medium yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Tablespoons freshly minced fresh ginger
  • 1 Tablespoons(or more!) Indian curry powder
  • 1/2 bunch asparagus, sliced into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 bunch kale, chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 lemon
  • coarse salt and freshly ground pepper

Directions

  1. Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Add the lentils and cook until tender, about 25 minutes.
  2. Heat the oil in a medium skillet over medium high. Add the onion and sauté until it starts to soften, 5 minutes. Add the garlic and ginger and bloom 30 seconds. Add the curry powder and a pinch of salt and pepper. Continue to bloom the spices for another 30 seconds, or until fragrant.
  3. Add the asparagus and sauté until bright green, 2 minutes. Add the kale and continue to sauté until wilted, another 2 minutes.
  4. Drain the lentils and add them to the kale mixture. Toss to combine. Sprinkle with lots of cilantro and a good squeeze of the lemon juice.

Serve with more cilantro and lemon juice!

April 15, 2013

Baked Blueberry French Toast

Baked Blueberry French ToastClean eating is the theme of this recipe & originally, that is what the blogger over at The Gracious Pantry titled it but, seriously, that’s just way too much of a title for something so simple.  Do not, however, let its simplicity fool you into thinking this breakfast-for-dinner is anything except phenomenal.  Not to sound like an advertisement, and only to remind myself, but I used Oroweat Health Nut Bread; it has walnuts and sunflower seeds that seriously put this over the top in my mouth.

Lastly, next time I make this, I’m going full-vegan and omitting the eggs altogether, using 8 bananas (the original recipe calls for 8 egg whites).

Ingredients

  • 6 cups cubed, whole grain bread (I used the entire loaf)
  • 3/4 cup applesauce
  • 5 bananas
  • 1 1/2 cups unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons almond extract
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 cups fresh blueberries

Directions

  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the applesauce, almond milk, honey, extracts and cinnamon. Using an immersion blender mix until thoroughly combined (you could also mash with something…but mash it well so it coats the bread evenly when poured over top).
  2. Oil a baking dish (about 9 x 13), and fill it with the bread.
  3. Pour the liquid mixture over the bread and allow it to sit for at least 30 minutes, mixing once or twice to be sure all parts of the bread are moistened.
  4. Mix in the blueberries.
  5. Bake the casserole at 350 F. for about 30-45 minutes or until there is no longer any liquid between the bread.  {I baked it (convection oven) for 30 minutes.}
  6. Allow to cool a bit and serve.

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Vegan Enchiladas with Cilantro Avocado Cream Sauce

Vegan Enchiladas with Cilantro Avocado Cream Sauce

Just good food, from Oh She Glows.  That is all.

The recipe below says it’ll make 4 enchiladas, so I doubled it and came out with a full 9x13 dish of enchiladas.

Ingredients:

  • 1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup sweet potato, chopped (or zucchini)
  • 1 bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 handfuls spinach, chopped
  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • Enchilada sauce (about 2.5 cups)
  • 1 Tablespoon nutritional yeast (optional)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh lime juice, to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder, or to taste
  • 4 whole grain tortilla wraps (I used Food for Life Ezekiel)
  • Cilantro Avocado Cream Sauce, to pour on top (recipe below)
  • Green onion & chopped cilantro, to garnish
Cilantro Avocado Cream Sauce

Ingredients:

  • 1 & 1/4 cup avocado flesh
  • 2 Tablespoon water, or more as needed to thin out
  • 2-3 Tablespoon lime juice, to taste
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar (optional)
  • 1 cup packed fresh cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Black pepper, to taste
  • Red pepper flakes or cayenne pepper, to taste

Directions for Sauce:

1. In a food processor, process the avocado flesh and water until creamy. Now add in the rest of the ingredients and process until smooth and well blended. Use immediately for best results.

Directions for Enchiladas:

Pre-heat oven to 350*

  1. Pre-cook the sweet potato, by simmering it in a small pot of water for about 5-10 minutes until just tender. Do not overcook. Drain and set aside.
  2. In a large skillet or pot, add 1 Tablespoon oil and bring to medium to low heat. Add in the chopped onion and cook for about 5 minutes, stirring often, until translucent. Add in garlic and reduce heat to low and cook for a couple more minutes. Add the chopped pepper, pre-cooked sweet potato, drained black beans, and chopped spinach. Cook for about 5-7 more minutes on medium-low heat.
  3. Add in your enchilada or pasta sauce. Stir well, and add in your seasonings: nutritional yeast, cumin, fresh lime juice, salt, garlic powder, chili powder - all to taste. Adjust seasonings if necessary. Stir well.
  4. Scoop about 3/4-1 cup of the mixture onto the bottom of your casserole dish and spread out in a thin layer. Scoop about 1/2-3/4 cup of the mixture onto each tortilla and wrap, placing the fold down on the casserole dish. Repeat for the remaining tortillas and leave a bit of filling left to spread over the top.
  5. Bake for 18-20 minutes. Meanwhile, make your Cilantro cream sauce. When enchiladas are cooked, remove from oven and pour the sauce over top. Garnish with chopped cilantro and green onion.

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Savory Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

In case you haven’t noticed Maynard has stopped eating meat.  Yep.  All meat.  There are many reasons, and factors that went into the decision but I’ll spare you the agonizing details and just continue posting yummy food for you to enjoy.  One day, we may go all-out vegan, but for now we’re still working out the kinks (baking vegan is a challenge when you’re used to using butter and eggs in abundance!)

This recipe comes from Zoe Dawn – it’s simple, filling and somehow, amazingly enough, my kids ate it.  And then?  Went for seconds.  It’s a win win.

Ingredients

  • 1 medium head cabbage
  • 1 cup dry quinoa
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 3 T uncooked brown rice
  • 2 T chopped fresh parsley (2 t dried)
  • 2 t salt
  • 1/2 t pepper
  • 1 banana, mashed 
  • 1 3/4 cups plain tomato sauce
  • 1 cup canned tomato chunks
  • 2 T honey

Directions

  1. Put the head of cabbage in a pot. Cover with water. Remove the cabbage and bring the water to a boil. Turn off the heat. Submerge the whole head of cabbage in the boiling water and cover. Let sit for 15-20 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, cook the quinoa according to package directions.
  3. In a small skillet, sauté the onion, then turn off heat and add the rice, parsley, salt, pepper, and banana.
  4. When the cabbage is done “cooking”, remove it from the water onto a cookie sheet with sides (to catch any remaining water). Very carefully, remove 12 leaves. Cut the thickest part of center rib out of each leaf, about 1 or 2 inches. There will be a little V in the middle of each leave. Divide the meat filling between the leaves and roll up jelly roll fashion, but tucking in the ends so the filling stays put. Place the rolls in a deep casserole dish.
  5. Pour the tomato sauce, tomato chunks, and honey over the rolls. Cover and bake at 350 for about an hour and a half. Let the rolls set a few minutes before serving.

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Vegan Smoky Sweet Potato Burgers

Smoky Sweet Potato Burgers

I made these last week and therefore do not have a story or quip to go along with the recipe.  I do, however, highly recommend you make these today because they’re just that good.  Credit goes to How Sweet Eats.

Ingredients:
  • 2 cups coarsely mashed sweet potatoes (or yams), about 2 large potatoes
  • 2 bulbs of roasted garlic
  • 1 cup cannellini beans (rinsed and drained if canned)
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/3 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1/3 cup oat flour (or all-purpose, wheat, etc)
  • 1 banana, mashed
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon cumin
  • 2-3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 avocados, sliced
  • 2/3 cup plain coconut Greek yogurt
  • handful of kale
  • 4 whole wheat buns
  1. Pierce potatoes all over with a fork and place on a paper towel, in the microwave. Microwave for 5 minutes, then flip and cook for 5 minutes more. Remove, slice in half and let cool until you can scoop out the flesh.
  2. In a large bowl, coarsely mash beans with a fork. Add in sweet potato and mash together, then add in spices, salt and pepper, minced garlic, banana, panko and flour. Mix together until combined, then place bowl in the fridge for 15-20 minutes. This helps form them into patties
  3. While mixture is chilling, combine yogurt with 2 bulbs (squeezed out) of roasted garlic cloves, and a sprinkle of salt and pepper in a blender or food processor. Process until smooth then set aside until ready to use.
  4. Heat a large skillet over medium heat and add 2 tablespoons olive oil. Remove mixture from fridge and form into 4-5 equal “dough” balls, then place in the skillet and flatten with the back of a spatula. Allow them to brown, before flipping - about 5-6 minutes.  Flip burgers & cook for another 5-6 minutes until browned.
  5. Assemble by topping burgers with roasted garlic cream, kale and avocados!

To roast garlic, see this tutorial.

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March 10, 2013

Vegan Tacos with Jicama & Cilantro

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We were invited to a friend’s house for a Mardi Gras party this weekend and were asked to bring something to share.  After digging through Google for a few minutes, I found these two recipes found at Lunch Box Bunch & Babble and combined them to make something amazing!  Jicama, cilantro and lime combined with the black beans and salsa make magic on a tortilla.  No, seriously.  Magic.  These can be served warm, but since I was taking to share, I just loaded up two bowls (one with beans and salsa, the other with the salad), took the bag of tortillas and called it pot-luck.  This will make a perfect hot-summer-day option because no cooking is involved and could make a great go-to lunch for the week.

Makes enough to stuff 20 tortillas (and then some!)

Ingredients

  • 20 pack flour tortillas, warmed
  • 2 cups fresh chopped tomato salsa (I used my favorite jar of salsa)
  • 2 cans black beans, drained and rinsed

Combine salsa, beans in a medium bowl then refrigerate until ready to eat.

Jicama and Cilantro Mexican Salad

  • 1 large jicama, peeled, thinly diced
  • 1/4 cup cilantro leaves and stems, finely chopped
  • 1 cup red seedless grapes, halved
  • 2 avocados, diced
  • pepper, to taste
  • salt, to taste
  • 2 limes, juiced
  • dash of cayenne

Directions for Salad:

1. Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl.
2. Toss well.
3. Chill for at least a half hour to allow flavors to marinate and mix.
Serve cold with beans and salsa mixture over top of tortillas.

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February 28, 2013

Tiramisu Cupcakes

Tiramisu Cupcakes
Firstly, I want to say that this recipe is long.  And time consuming.  And, because of that, it’s not something I usually post to Maynard. However, I needed something special to show gratitude to a friend of mine who did something extra sweet for me and these cupcakes seemed like they’d fit the bill. 
They did not disappoint!  They’re light, and the coffee & liquor flavor sends them over the top.  The mascarpone frosting adds a sweet beginning, end and finish.  My point is, if you have a few hours, make these, but have someone to share with because you’ll be tempted to eat them all on your own!  I didn’t change one single thing about the recipe, from Annie’s Eats.
Ingredients

For the cupcakes:

  • 1¾ cups plus 2 tbsp. cake flour, sifted
  • 1¼ tsp. baking powder
  • ¾ tsp. coarse salt
  • 6 tbsp. milk
  • 1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise
  • 6 tbsp. unsalted butter, at room temperature, cut into pieces
  • 5 large whole eggs plus 4 large egg yolks
  • 1½ cup sugar

For the soaking syrup:

  • ½ cup freshly brewed very strong coffee (or espresso)
  • 3 tbsp. Kahlua
  • 6 tbsp. sugar

For the frosting:

  • 1½ cups heavy cream
  • 12 oz. mascarpone cheese, at room temperature
  • ¾ cup confectioners’ sugar, sifted

To finish:

  • Unsweetened cocoa powder, for dusting
Directions
  1. Line cupcake pans with paper liners.  Combine the cake flour, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl.  Whisk to blend; set aside.  Add the milk to a small saucepan.  Scrape the seeds from the vanilla bean pod into the pan, and add the scraped pod to the pan as well.  Heat over medium-high heat just until bubbles appear around the edge of the pan.  Remove from the heat and whisk in the butter until melted.  Let stand 15 minutes.  Remove the vanilla bean pod and discard (or rinse and save for another use).
  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine the eggs, egg yolks, and sugar.  Whisk lightly to blend.  Set the bowl over an inch or two of simmering water and heat, whisking occasionally, until the mixture is warm and the sugar is dissolved, about 6 minutes.  Return the bowl to the mixer base.  Whisk on high speed until the mixture is pale yellow and fluffy, and able to hold a ribbon when the whisk is lifted.
  3. Pre-Heat Oven to 325F
  4. Gently fold the dry ingredients into the egg mixture in three additions.  Stir ¾ cup of the batter into the milk mixture to thicken, then fold the milk mixture into the batter just until evenly incorporated.  Divide the batter between the prepared liners, filling them about three-quarters full.  Bake, rotating the pans halfway through baking, until the cakes are set and light golden, about 20 minutes.  Transfer pans to wire racks to cool slightly before removing from the pans.
  5. To make the soaking syrup, combine the hot coffee, Kahlua, and sugar, and stir until the sugar is dissolved.  Place the warm cupcakes on a wire rack and place a baking sheet underneath to catch dripping liquid.  Use a pastry brush to brush the soaking liquid onto the tops of the cupcakes, repeating until the syrup is used up.  (This took me about four or five cycles of brushing).  If necessary, poke each cupcake a few times with a wooden skewer to help the syrup soak in.  Let the cupcakes cool completely before frosting.
  6. To make the frosting, add the heavy cream to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment.  Whip on medium-high speed until stiff peaks form.  Transfer to a separate bowl and return the mixer bowl to its base.  In the mixer bowl, combine the mascarpone and confectioners’ sugar and beat with the paddle attachment on medium-high speed until smooth and fluffy, about 2 minutes.  Fold about a third of the whipped cream into the mascarpone mixture with a spatula to lighten.  Gently fold in the remaining whipped cream until evenly incorporated.
  7. Transfer the frosting to a pastry bag (I used a Ziplock bag with the corner cut off) fitted with a plain round tip.  Pipe a large dollop of frosting on top of each cupcake.  Refrigerate until ready to serve.  Just before serving, dust the cupcakes with unsweetened cocoa powder.

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February 26, 2013

Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirl Cookies

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Pure delight, would be how I’d describe these cookies and not just because I ate them on an empty stomach, before eating lunch.  Sally’s Baking Addiction had something fabulous going on when she created these cookies.  The original recipe is adamant about chilling the dough before you roll them together but I’ll tell you first hand, you’re going to get sticky whether you do this step or not and since chilling dough is my very least favorite thing about any cookie recipe, I didn’t.  It’ll save you a couple hours time and get cookies in your belly so much faster!

Ingredients

    Chocolate Cookie Dough

  • 1/2 cup white bean puree
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar (or dark brown)
  • 1/4 cup plain, unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup + 2 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 Tablespoons coconut milk (almond or soy work well too)
  • 1 cup chocolate chips

    Peanut Butter Cookie Dough

  • 1/2 cup white bean puree
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar (or dark brown)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup applesauce 
  • 3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 and 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Make the chocolate dough: Cream the bean puree and sugars together. Beat in the applesauce and vanilla until combined. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Slowly mix it into the wet ingredients. The dough will be very thick. With a spoon or rubber spatula, mix in the milk and then fold in the chocolate chips.
  2. Make the peanut butter dough: Cream the bean puree and sugars together. Mix in the peanut butter, and vanilla. Slowly mix in the baking soda, baking powder and flour. Do not over mix. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  3. (OPTIONAL) Chill the dough for at least 1-2 hours. 2 hours is preferred.
  4. Preheat oven to 350F degrees.  Get a small, round spoonful of each dough and roll them together in the palm of your hand.   Roll into a ball. Repeat for each cookie.
  5. Bake the cookies for 11-12 minutes. The cookies will look very soft, puffy, and almost undone. Allow the cookies to cool on the cookie sheet and they will continue to "bake" and set up. As they cool, the cookies will firm up. Store in a freezer bag, in the freezer until they’re gone.  Trust me, it won’t take long.

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February 21, 2013

Fennel Leek Soup

Fennel Leek Soup

My good friend, Kelli, told me about this soup that her dad, Paul, made for her family and how much they all loved it!  Yesterday was a perfect, soup-kind-of-day so I pulled up the e-mail she sent to me and set to work vegan’izing it.  See the original recipe uses chicken & chicken broth but I wanted to keep it plant based so I took a couple liberties with substitutions, adding barley and wild rice to it (whereas the barley is optional in the original).

I was blown away with how good it turned out.  It’s easy to pull together, cooks up fast, and unlike my first attempt at a plant-based soup (that smelled like something died in it) this smelled amazing and it was so easy to go back for a second helping.  I’d never had leeks before and am still a fennel noob, so I was a little apprehensive, once again turning to You-tube to figure out how to cut the leeks (easy peasy) – so that’s my tip for this recipe.  Trust me, try it, you won’t regret it!

I had some leftover cornbread from a batch of vegan chili we had the other night so I broke it into chunks and tossed that on top for lunch today – perfection!

Ingredients

  • 2-3 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cups shredded carrots
  • 5-6 leeks cleaned and sliced
  • 3-4 cloves of garlic, diced
  • 2 fennel plants, (each plant has 2 bulbs) bulbs cleaned and sliced
  • 8 large mushrooms, sliced
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 Tablespoons ground thyme
  • 68 oz. vegetable stock
  • 1 cup of rice
  • 1 cup wild barley
  • 2 handfuls of fresh cleaned spinach, roughly chopped

Directions

  1. In a large stock pot add the olive oil, carrots, leeks, garlic, sliced fennel bulbs & mushrooms.  Sauté for 5 – 10 minutes.  Add salt, pepper & thyme.
  2. Add vegetable stock, thyme, rice and barley to the mixture then bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 30-45 minutes.
  3. Near the end of the simmer, add the fresh spinach leaves.

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February 19, 2013

Quinoa-Veggie Sushi Rolls

Quinoa Veggie Sushi

I’ve made this twice now and the first time was somewhat of a disaster, taking me far too long to make on my own and it didn’t make nearly enough to feed the whole family.  I made them too tiny and they just weren’t perfect, like I wanted them to be.  This time, I added more veggies, more quinoa and had the girls layer the rolls while I rolled and cut them.  Wholesome Cook has several variations on these rolls but I wanted something simple without meat.  The recipe below made a LOT of rolls.  There was enough to fill up the five of us at dinner, plus a lunch for each of the girls and myself the next day.  I had to search for a tutorial on how to roll sushi because I’d never done it before so if you’re a sushi-rolling virgin, I suggest you do the same.  I’d also recommend buying more than one sushi mat and encourage someone to help you layer and roll the rolls because it’ll go much faster!

For the Quinoa Sushi Rolls:

  • 2 cups quinoa
  • 4 cups vegetable stock
  • 1 package nori (sushi roll seaweed)
  • 2 cucumbers, sliced thin
  • 1 cup carrot shreds
  • 1 red pepper, diced small
  • 2 avocados, diced into small pieces
  • 1 cup almonds, chopped roughly
  • 3 Tablespoons chia seeds

To Cook Quinoa

  1. Place quinoa into a sieve and rinse well under cold water.
  2. Transfer quinoa into a saucepan, add vegetable stock and cook over medium heat. Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer and cook for about 15 minutes, stirring, until tender.
  3. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly.
  4. Add chopped almonds & chia seeds.
  5. Place a nori sheet on the sushi mat, then spread a couple spoonsful of quinoa mix on half of the nori sheet, working from the edge closest to you and right to the sides.
  6. Layer your favorite toppings across the middle of the quinoa and, using your mat, tightly wrap the rolls all the way to the end.

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February 6, 2013

Baked Glazed Doughnuts

Baked Glazed Doughnuts

Yes, this is the second doughnut recipe this week, but I just bought the pan and they’re so easy to make, I can’t help myself.  The Village Cook was one of the few recipes that spelled the word “doughnut” that way versus “donut” and since the first way seems far less Homer Simpson to me, I choose to spell it that way.  You’ll get 12 doughnuts with the recipe that follows.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup raw sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted 
  • 1 teaspoons vanilla

Glaze

  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 2 cups powdered sugar

Instructions

  1. In a large, mix flour,sugar, baking powder, salt
  2. In a medium bowl, mix the milk, egg, butter and vanilla
  3. Combine the wet into the dry and mix together until moistened.
  4. Cut the corner of a gallon-size bag and spoon batter in.  Squeeze batter into the doughnut pan.
  5. Bake at 350 for 8-12 minutes.

For glaze:

  1. Mix together 1/4 cup melted butter with 2 cups powdered sugar, add enough milk to thin, and dip each cooled doughnut or muffin into it.

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February 4, 2013

Banana Chocolate Chip Doughnuts

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It was Sunday afternoon, the kids and I had just come home from a morning run/bike ride and an afternoon of playing at the park, and we were in the mood for something sweet.  These doughnuts from Janie’s Kitchen were just what we needed!  Not over sweet, these are a great treat to indulge in without feeling like you’ve cheated on your healthy side.

 

Ingredients

  • 1 cup mashed ripe banana (roughly 2 small bananas)
  • 1/2 cup raw cane sugar
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
Topping (Optional)
  • 1/4 cup raw cane sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon cinnamon

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 325F

  1. Using your electric mixer with the whisk attachment, add the mashed banana, sugar and Greek yogurt. Mix until incorporated.
  2. Add melted butter & vanilla.  Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition to avoid re-solidifying the butter (or use room temperature eggs) and mix.
  3. Add flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt to the batter and mix until just incorporated. Do not over mix!
  4. Using a spatula, fold in the chocolate chips.
  5. Scoop the batter into a zip lock bag and seal shut. Using scissors, snip the bottom corner of one side of the zip lock bag to create your homemade piping bag.
  6. Grease your doughnut baking pan and pipe 3/4 full the batter into each doughnut mold.
  7. Optional: Sprinkle cinnamon and sugar mixture on top of each doughnut batter before baking. Or you can dip the doughnuts once baked in the cinnamon sugar mixture. You may need to paint melted butter on top of each doughnut before dipping the doughnuts in the sugar mixture to allow them to stick. Both options work perfectly.
  8. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes. Remove from the pan and allow to cool before eating.

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January 22, 2013

Rice Salad with Fennel, Orange and Chickpeas

Rice Salad with Fennel, Orange and Chickpeas

This recipe is straight from the website Forks Over Knives.  We watched the DVD a few weeks ago and it was very influential.  We’re trying some new things, cooking a little differently and have taken out a few things from our diets.  I won’t go into all of that here, since you’re just here for the food, not a lecture. 

What I can tell you is that this recipe is really good!  The kids liked it and even though I was convinced, until my first bite, that it was going to be a FAIL, it wasn’t!  I thought the vinegar would be far too strong and overpower the rest of the dish, but it didn’t.  It lent a nice flavor to all the rice and the red pepper added just enough of a kick.  I’d never had fennel before so I was also nervous about that but, again, it was really very good.  We had this as our main dish and it was more than enough for the five of us with 3 lunches the next few days.

Ingredients

  • 1½ cups brown basmati rice
  • 2 cups cooked chickpeas, or one 15-ounce can, drained and rinsed
  • 1 fennel bulb, trimmed and diced
  • 2 oranges, zested, peeled, and segmented (zest and segments reserved)
  • ¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • ¼ cup finely chopped parsley

Directions

  1. Rinse the rice under cold water and drain. Add it to a pot with 3 cups of cold water. Bring it to a boil over high heat, reduce the heat to medium, and cook, covered, for 45 to 50 minutes, or until the rice is tender.
  2. While the rice cooks, combine the chickpeas, fennel, orange zest and segments, white wine vinegar, crushed red pepper flakes, and parsley in a large bowl and mix well. When the rice is finished, add the rice to the bowl and mix well.

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January 15, 2013

Triple Berry Kale Salad

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This salad found at How Sweet is filling, crispy, savory and a perfect way to start a new year!  It made enough for 4 adults with two smaller lunch portions the next day.

Ingredients

  • 2 heads of curly kale, leaves removed from stem and torn
  • 1 cup fresh tart cherries, pitted and sliced
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1 cup fresh blackberries
  • 1 cup sliced fresh strawberries
  • 2 avocados, chopped
  • 2/3 cup chopped toasted almonds
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • Fresh Strawberry Vinaigrette

  • 3/4 cup sliced fresh strawberries
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 pinch pepper
  • 1 pinch cinnamon

Combine all ingredients together in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth.

Directions for Salad

  1. Place kale in a large bowl, and add about 1/4 cup of the strawberry vinaigrette. Massage and rub dressing into kale with your hands, then let the kale sit for 5-10 minutes.
  2. Add in salt, pepper, cherries, berries & almonds.  Mix until kale is coated with the dressing then add avocado and gently toss.

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