Monday, February 17, 2014

vegan Chees-y sauce/spread

  2  cups  water
  1/2 cup nutritional yeast
  2 Tablespoons   potato starch (tapioca makes this slimy, corn works well as a substitute)
  1-2 Tablespoons GF flour
  2 teaspoon lemon juice
  1 teaspoon salt
  1 clove garlic (or a teaspoon of chopped garlic, or a 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder) 

Place all the ingredients in a blender, and blend until smooth. Pour the mixture into a small sauce pan, and whisk over medium heat until it starts to thicken, then let it bubble for 30 seconds after it begins to thicken - remove from heat. Whisk vigorously. If you stop whisking or overcook it will become lumpy (still tastes fine though)

This makes about 2 cups of cheese sauce that keeps in the fridge for about a week - makes great pizza cheese with a bit of Italian seasoning or oregano. 

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Mexican lasagna casserole

"Mexican Lasagna" - dairy (and gluten) free! 

2lbs ground beef 
4 cups cooked beans 
1 jar salsa 
Corn tortillas 
Vegan cheese sauce (optional)
Vegan sour cream (optional) 

Layers - bottom to top 
Salsa (blended in the food processor cause my kids don't like chunky tomatoes) 
corn tortillas
Beans ("refried" pinto in this case) 
Vegan cheese sauce (optional, recipe
Taco Seasoned ground beef
Corn tortillas
Corn tortillas 
More vegan cheese added after cooking 

Bake for 30-40 mins, covered at 350 

I love the cross section .. 
On my plate ... 
For the freezer... 

Saturday, October 5, 2013

chocolate graham cookies and double chocolate muffins

These recipes should have been here a LONG time ago and I'm tired of coming back looking for them only to realize that i didn't post them! 

Gluten/Dairy/Egg free Chocolate Graham Cookies (Like teddy grahams without the teddy)

1/2 cup millet flour
1/2 cup buckwheat flour
2 Tbs cocoa powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
2.5 Tbs coconut sugar (works better if you grind it into a powder)
1 Tbs molasses (or maple syrup)
2 Tbs coconut oil, melted
1/2 tsp vanilla
3-6 Tbs almond milk(start with 3 add more as needed)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. 

Mix together the dry ingredients (including coconut sugar). Mix together the wet ingredients in a separate bowl. Combine wet & dry. Add more milk a little at a time until the dough becomes easier to work with. roll out the dough and cut into whatever shape you want - I have done these as simple squares and also as little 'men' with a cookie cutter - to roll out the dough it is usually necessary to put it on parchment paper and cover with plastic wrap or another piece of parchment paper.. it is tricky rolling out GF dough - dusting with extra buckwheat flour can help.  Oh and you want them about 1/8" thick. Move to baking sheet (on parchment paper). These will keep in the pantry for a couple weeks in a airtight container. (if you don't eat them first, which, believe me, you will want to, I am not a teddy graham eater but i would eat the entire batch of these)

Double Chocolate Muffins (Vegan, GF, DF)

1/2 cup millet flour
1/2 cup sourghum flour  
1/2 cup + 4 tbs tapioca starch
1/2 cup teff flour  
1/2 cup cocoa powder  
1 teaspoon baking powder  
1/2 teaspoon baking soda  
1/2 teaspoon salt 
1 and 1/3 cup coconut sugar  
2 teaspoon chia seeds (mixed with 6 teaspoons cold water + set aside for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally until thick)
2 tablespoons coconut oil
1.5 cup non-dairy milk, I used rice milk
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 1 cup chocolate chips/chunks extra chopped dark chocolate or nuts to sprinkle (optional)

Preheat oven to 350F. 

Combine dry ingredients in a bowl, Combine wet ingredients in another bowl - Add Chia seed mixture and combine thoroughly. Add wet to dry.  Add chocolate. As with all muffins, do not over mix.  

Line muffin tins (this recipe is weird, and makes about 20 muffins, not 24), spray liners lightly with cooking spray.  Bake 25mins 

Freeze if not consumed the same day - I freeze on a rack and then put them in a ziplock bag, results = amazing.

YUM :)

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Gluten Free Vegan Zuchinni Cake/Brownies

  • 1 cup coconut sugar (or other sugar) 
  • ⅓ cup melted coconut oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ½ cup millet
  • ½ cup tapioca flour
  • ½ cup sorghum
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1½ teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon xantham gum
  • 2 cups shredded zucchini, packed (I usually puree the zucchini, i like the texture of the cake better that way)
  • chocolate chips (optional)
Preheat oven to 350 
Combine dry ingredients in a medium mixing bowl, Combine wet ingredients in another container  (I use a blender, or stick blender and puree the zucchini to mix) -  add wet to dry, combine (don't over stir) add 1/2 to 1 cup chocolate chips if desired -- pour in a 9x13 greased pan and sprinkle chocolate chips on top.  

Bake at 350 for 25 mins 

allow to cool before slicing - cake may taste under done before it cools

Monday, May 27, 2013

Flats & handwashing challenge 2013 day 7(+)- What did we learn?

 The 3rd annual Flats and Handwashing Challenge is over already! This challenge was hosted by Dirty Diaper Laundry.  The challenge focused on using flat cloth diapers and handwashing them for one week.  I can't believe how fast it went! Yesterday was the last day, and I washed my last load of diapers this morning. 

 over night flat (2 flats) and thirsties duo size 2 cover
In the past, (I've taken this challenge twice before) I have felt that hand washing was do-able, but hard.  Wringing was hard, I always ended up getting sore arms or blisters from wringing diapers - or a sore back from bending over the tub.  This time I washed in my kitchen sink and oh the difference it made!! I was right in the middle of the action, I could start the diapers washing, and let them soak here and there, while making the kids breakfast, or cleaning, or bugging the kids to get dressed.  I didn't have to go hide away in the bathroom and worry that some one would go for  a swim in the diapers while i let them soak - or that i would forget to actually finish washing.  My diapers seemed to get much cleaner this way (than with previous challenges) 

I thought the challenge would be harder with a younger baby (3.5 mo, vs. 8mo, 20 mo, and 4 yrs) It was harder in that there were more diapers per day but easier because this little guy holds still for diaper changes.  The challenge has gotten easier every year, this year it seemed to take a leap in the direction of helpful, and better than my normal routine.  Hand washing diapers cut down on the amount of time i spent on laundry this week significantly - It also cut hours and hours of running time off my washer and dryer, with a family of 6 and several loads of laundry a day, that really adds up!

I should also add, there are things about my normal diapering routine that are a direct result of past flats & handwashing challenges.  I was already using flats on my new little man while at home.  I donated ALL of my microfiber inserts to a cloth diaper bank before this baby was born.  When I do use pockets, I stuff them with homemade hemp flats or hemp 'prefolds' (2 pieces of hemp sewn together.  Though i am seriously considering switching over to exclusively using flour sac towel flats in my pockets, at least for the summer.  Honestly, I don't know if I'll use many pockets at all.  I prefer them for the diaper bag, but I also have 3 all -in-ones that are nice for the diaper bag, So i might just use those.  I will admit I forgot to pack a wetbag for my flats several times while we were out this week and having a self contained all-in-one is easier in that situation.  Though i would have wanted NO PART of hand washing even those 3 diapers. 

Well, I am trying to get all this out with a sleeping baby on my chest, and i'm already a day late.  I must say that blogging about the challenge every day was SO much harder than actually doing the challenge! time to type, on a computer?! no. my kids (I have 4 - ages 3.5 mo-7yrs) will hardly allow that. I did at least one blog entry from my phone.  So, with that said, I give up.  Not on the challenge, but on blogging every day -- I'm going back to posting recipes so that i can easily remember them and share them with friends.  I'll think about this blogging thing again when i don't have a baby who sleeps on my chest every night. 

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Meat balls & fudge-pops.. yeah..

yeah,  two things that do not and should not go together - these are just the recipes i need to get down before i forget what I did.. 

 Sorry, no pictures today.. 

(Gluten, Dairy and egg free) Meatballs

3lbs of ground beef (grass fed, if possible)
Italian seasoning & garlic salt to taste
1/4 cup gluten free flour
1 8oz can tomato sauce
2-3 tbs ground flax
1-2 tsp chia seeds 

Combine ingredients (with your hands, meatloaf style) and then roll into balls about an inch across - put on parchment paper on a baking pan (something with sides, so the grease doesn't drip off the pan) - bake at 375 for about 20 mins or until they are cooked, and browned :)  - These freeze well, I put them on a cooling rack (after blotting off the grease) and freeze them and then put them in a gallon ziplock bag 


I've tried a banana based fudge-pop type recipe  - my kids LOVE it, but I HATE bananas .. 

So, for me, I made these

1 cup full fat coconut milk
1/2 box of silken tofu
2 tbs pnut butter
2-3 tablespoons cocoa powder (or to taste)
1 tsp vanilla 
pinch of salt 
1/4 cup sugar (or to taste)

Pour into ice pop molds and freeze :)

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Flats Challenge 2013 day 6: not much to say

Today is day 6 of the 3rd annual Flats and Handwashing Challenge! This challenge is hosted by Dirty Diaper Laundry.  

I talked at the beginning of the challenge about how not excited I was feeling. Well, I'm still not excited and I'm not overly happy or sad that the challenge is ending! Its just slipped right into my normal routine and life in a way it hasn't in the past - I think washing diapers in the kitchen sink (vs the bathtub) has made a big difference for us! 

As summer comes, I'm excited to line dry more diapers - I just wish I could come up with a good solution to line dry our cloth napkins - we use SO MANY cloth wipes and napkins that it would take forever to hang them up - and it seems silly to line dry flats
and machine dry napkins.  the flats challenge has led to me doing what would be diaper laundry ("napkin laundry") a lot less often - so in theory I could keep hand washing the flats and it would save me several loads of diapers/napkins a week (4-5 loads, to be exact).  Another possibility would be to keep the diaper and wipes in separate wet bags and wash them in different loads since without the diapers I only need to wash napkins once or twice a week. (Diapers need to be washed every 1-2 days ) of course once I figure all this out, it will change as baby grows! 

So, I realize I didn't really say much today, but its an open topic day and I have nothing groundbreaking to say, and I think that is good - this shouldn't be anything special the 3rd time around - flats are simple, you figure them out and you've got them figured out , they don't change much and there are only so many ways to fold them - even if there are more ways, we don't need them!