Archive for March, 2014

Healthier Blueberry Muffins

Posted in Baking, Recipes, Vegan, vegan substitutes, Vegetarian with tags , , , , , , , on March 24, 2014 by Mrs.Griffin

 

Healthier Blueberry Muffins

Healthier Blueberry Muffins

Frozen Bluebs

Frozen Bluebs

I took the day off from work today and am spending the day with Mini griff who is on spring break. Fortuantely for me, he LOVES to bake! Mostly, I think he just loves to eat batter, but I’ll take what I can get! So, this morning I figured it was the perfect opportunity to make some blueberry muffins… our blueberry bush hasn’t actually started growing any fruit yet, so I had to use frozen bluebs.

 

 

Preheat oven to 350 F.

Batter Licker

Batter Licker

Ingredients:

2 cups flour

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp cinnamon

2 tsp baking powder

1/2 cup of sugar

1 tbsp apple cider vinegar

1 cup of milk

1 1/4 tsp vanilla extract

3 tbsp coconut oil

2 1/3 cups of rinsed frozen blueberries

 

You can sub any milk, really. Mini Griff is allergic to nuts and soy, so we used regular milk.

Have two bowls ready… combine the dry ingredients in the first bowl. Combine the wet ingredients in the second, leaving out the blueberries. Add the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix. Add the blueberries last so they don’t get all smushed.

I used muffin liners, but you can grease the muffin tin just the same. Cook for 20-25 minutes. Cool for at least 5 minutes. Consume.

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I'll have another...

I’ll have another…

 

 

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Posted in Recipes, Website of Interest with tags , , , , , on March 17, 2014 by Mrs.Griffin

Garden Fresh Kale

So much of my life has changed in the last four or so years of not posting, lol. But, I won’t bore anyone with the non-relevant details.

I will say, however, I garden now. I may not be excellent at it, but I am learning. And after the snow this year, I lost the majority of my fall harvest. What’s left: brussel sprouts, red cabbage, kale, spinach, strawberries, and onions. Today and yesterday actually felt like spring! So, hubby and I weeded the garden to get ready for new planting. And I collected some spinach and kale

So, ultimately I needed a new kale recipe. After scouring the internet, I found some delicious contenders and ultimately settled with:

**WARNING: THE FOLLOWING RECIPE IS NOT VEGAN**
(but you’d probably figure that out when you got the “butter” and “cheese” part)

Warm Balsamic Kale Salad from Pinch of Yum

And holy moly, people. Don’t walk, run, to make this recipe! It’s an amazing medley of flavors and soooo easy to make…

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • ¼ cup diced onion
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • 1 yellow pepper, diced
  • 8 oz. baby portobello mushrooms, sliced
  • 4 cups kale
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • ¼ cup Asiago cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. In a large skillet over medium heat, melt one tablespoon of butter. Add the onions and peppers; saute for several minutes until softened. Add the mushrooms and one tablespoon butter; saute for several minutes until browned.
  2. Add the kale, garlic, and balsamic vinegar. Saute until the kale is deep green but not yet wilted. Remove from heat and serve topped with Asiago or Parmesan cheese. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

I finished mine off with a bed of Israeli cous-cous.

Now enjoy.

Voila!

Voila!

Delicious Cauliflower Pizza!

Posted in Recipes, vegan substitutes with tags , , , , , , , , , , on March 16, 2014 by Mrs.Griffin

(I just logged in and found this saved to draft…  from March 2011!)

I’m not going to state that I am even capable of posting religiously… but here’s a new recipe 😀

I came a across a blog recently that’s got some great recipes, The Snacking Squirrel. She just posted about some pizza she has made I decided I needed to hop to and make it! It’s got some pretty unique ingredients that I questioned at first, but in the end it was delicious. I changed a few things around from the original recipe and doubled it…

2/3 C Wheat Flour

1/4 C Wheat Bran

4tsp Nutritional Yeast

2tsp Basil

1tsp Oregano

1tsp Thyme

1tsp Baking Powder

1/2tsp Baking Soda

1 Head of Cauliflower, pureed in a food processor

1 C Fat-free Refried Beans

1/4 C Egg Whites

1/5C Water

2tsp Apple Cider Vinegar

Salt

Step One:

The Dry Ingredients

Heat oven to 350 and oil the pan you intend to use.

Step Two:

Mix up your dry ingredients, the flour, wheat bran, nutritional yeast, basil, oregano, thyme, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

Cauliflower? Really?

Cauliflower? Really?

Step Three:

Mix wet ingredients into a bowl: cauliflower, refried beans, egg whites, water, and apple cider vinegar

Step Four:

Mix wet and dry ingredients together and put batter into a baking pan. Spread out with a spatula. Place in the oven for 20-25 minutes. I actually didn’t let mine  cook long enough and it was rather mushy as an end result, so make sure you cook it enough.

Step Five:

Use your favorite pasta sauce. The original recipe calls for adding salsa, which I did, but it didn’t really suite my taste.

Vegetable Nom-Noms

Vegetable Nom-Noms

Spread pizza crust with sauce and add your favorite toppings. I chose spinach, broccoli, green peppers, and tomatoes. I used mozzarella on half and spread Daiya vegan cheese on the other half.

Step Six: Place pizza back in the oven for another 10-15 minutes till the cheese browns a bit.

Enjoy! You’ll be surprised, my non-vegan friends could not complain.

Deliciousness!

Deliciousness!