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Saturday, November 3, 2018

Chocolate Crisp Cranberry Almond Snack Balls (GF)




These have a good combination of flavors.  The sweetness of the cranberries and chocolate chips make it a nice dessert after dinner !!!!




Ingredients:
2 cups dates  (I use medjool dates)
1/2 to 3/4 cup water (depending on how dry the dates are)
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1 cup old-fashioned oats
1 cup almonds, coarsely chopped
3/4 cup vegan chocolate chips
1 cup dried cranberries 

Directions:
Soak the dates in the water for about 15 minutes to soften.

Blend the dates (with water) in a blender or food processor and blend until well combined.  Stir in the remaining ingredients until well combined.

Form into balls and store in fridge.  Each day these balls tend to get more flavorful.  I like these better after they have been in the fridge overnight.

I've started using the  Farberware Cookie Scoop for forming the snack balls, instead of using my hands.  It is easier and not as messy.


My favorite food processor is the KitchenAid  7-Cup Food Processor

For blenders, I use both the  Vitamix Blender and Ninja Master Prep Professional Blender



Saturday, October 27, 2018

Quinoa and Black Beans (DF, GF)




This is SOOOO quick, simple and easy to make in the pressure cooker.  

This is good to eat by itself, as burrito filling, or on top of a potato.

Ingredients:
1 cup dried quinoa
1 onion, chopped
1 Tbsp minced jar garlic
1 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp ground cumin
1 red bell pepper, chopped
2 cans black beans, with liquid
1 24-oz package frozen corn
1 and 1/2 cups water or veggie broth 

Directions:
Put all ingredients in an electric pressure cooker and cook on high pressure for 5 minutes.  Release pressure naturally.  

I have not tried this in a stove-top pressure cooker, so the time may not be the same.

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Dog Pumpkin Yogurt Frozen Treats



Our dogs LOVE these.  I give the treats to the dogs frozen and OUTSIDE !!!  The dogs make a mess when eating these.


Ingredients:
1 32-oz container Plain Yogurt
2 bananas, mashed
1 29-oz can pure pumpkin 
1/2 cup peanut butter

Directions:
Put everything in a bowl and stir until well combined.

Put into ice cube trays and freeze.  

Give as a frozen treat.


Sunday, October 14, 2018

Black Bean Green Bean Sweet Potato Soup (DF, GF)




Ingredients:
3 cans black beans, with liquid
1 8-oz can tomato sauce
1 onion, chopped
2 Tbsp minced jar garlic
2 tsp ground cumin
3 dates, chopped
3 cups of veggie broth (no sugar) or water
1 cup orange juice
1 12-oz package frozen green beans
2 sweet potatoes, cut into chunks
1 large red bell pepper, chopped
1/4 tsp black pepper
1 tsp ground coriander
1 Tbsp dried cilantro flakes

Directions:
Put everything in a crockpot and cook on low for 8-10 hours or until done.


Saturday, September 22, 2018

Thick Lentil and Spinach Soup (DF, GF)



I love lentil soup - this soup is REALLY thick (which I like).


Ingredients:
1 onion, chopped
4 stalks celery, chopped
1 Tbsp minced jar garlic
2 cups dried lentils
16-oz package frozen carrots
1 16-oz package frozen spinach
4 cups of veggie broth (no sugar) or water
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground coriander
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
3 dates, chopped
1 28-oz can tomatoes

Directions:
Put everything in a crockpot and cook on low for 8-10 hours or until done.


Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Quinoa Peas and Carrots (DF, GF)



This is SOOOO quick, simple and easy to make in the pressure cooker.


Ingredients:
2 cups dried quinoa
1 onion, chopped
1 can carrots, with liquid
1 can peas, with liquid
1 Tbsp minced jar garlic
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp dried marjoram
1/8 tsp black pepper
1 and 1/2 cups water or veggie broth 

Directions:
Put all ingredients in an electric pressure cooker and cook on high pressure for 2 minutes.  Release pressure naturally.  

I have not tried this in a stove-top pressure cooker, so the time may not be the same.



Sunday, September 16, 2018

Black Bean and Quinoa Burgers (DF, GF)



I froze the burgers after making them and before cooking them ....this picture is when I took them out of the freezer.


Ingredients:
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 cup cooked Quinoa
2 Tbsp peanut butter
2 tsp minced jar garlic
2 stalks celery, chopped
1 small onion, chopped
1/2 bell pepper, chopped (I used a red and green pepper)
1 Tbsp dried cilantro flakes
1 Tbsp onion powder
1 Tbsp garlic powder
1 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp ground cardamom
1 Tbsp dried parsley flakes
1 tsp ground cumin
1 Tbsp  Bragg Liquid Aminos
1/4 tsp assorted chili peppers spice (I used  Nanami Togarashi   ) or use  1 Tbsp chili powder
2 Tbsp Ground Flaxseed mixed with 3 Tbsp warm water (set aside a few minutes for it to thicken)
2 Tbsp whole wheat flour

Directions:
In a bowl, mash the beans to desired texture.   Mix in all the rest of the ingredients.

Form into patties and cook.  I cook them on my    Cuisinart 5-in-1 Griddler for about 15 minutes.  If you want to bake them in the oven, bake at 350 for 20-30 minutes.


Saturday, June 23, 2018

Peanut Butter ViceCreme (DF, GF)


I LOVE LOVE LOVE ViceCreme (cuz I LOVED LOVED LOVED ice cream before I became vegan) 



Ingredients:
1 cup chopped dates
boiling water
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1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk 
1 Tbsp Arrowroot Powder  ( I use Bob's Red Mill) 
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2 cups unsweetened almond milk
1/4 tsp salt
1 and 1/4 cups peanut butter (no sugar)
1 cup cooked and mashed sweet potatoes
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1 and 1/2 tsp vanilla extract 
1 and 1/2 tsp coconut extract

Directions:
Cover dates with boiling water and let sit for about 15-20 minutes.  Drain off any excess water after soaking.

Mix the 1/4 cup almond milk with the arrowroot powder and set aside. 

In a blender or food processor, blend the almond milk, salt, peanut butter, sweet potatoes and dates.  Blend until smooth.  Add the arrowroot mixture, vanilla extract and coconut extract.  Blend thoroughly.  

Then add to an ice cream maker and make the "viceceme" !!! 

I actually have 2 ice cream makers; 1 that uses ice and 1 that doesn't.  I really like them both.  

The Hamilton Beach 68330R 4-Quart Automatic Ice-Cream Maker uses ice.  You can make a bigger batch of vicecreme, and I also think the vicecreme turns out "harder" than the other one.  At first I thought it would be a pain using one with the ice, but it really isn't.

The Cuisinart ICE-21 Frozen Yogurt-Ice Cream & Sorbet Maker does not use ice.  The vicecreme is softer than the other, but still comes out good.  The one thing I found is the bowl really needs to be kept in the freezer for about a week before using it.  There were times I only left it in the freezer a couple of days, and the vicecreme was REALLY soft.  The capacity is much smaller than the one that uses ice.


My favorite food processor is the  KitchenAid  7-Cup Food Processor

For blenders, I use both the  Vitamix Blender and Ninja Master Prep Professional Blender 


Sunday, June 3, 2018

Three Bean Soup (DF, GF)


This was so good, I ate all of it before I remembered I had not taken a picture for the blog !



Ingredients:
1 onion, chopped 
1 red bell pepper, chopped
2 tsp minced jar garlic
1 can diced tomatoes, with liquid
1 8-oz can tomato sauce
4 large dates, chopped
1 Tbsp prepared mustard (no sugar)
1/4 tsp black pepper
1 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp ground coriander
2 cans great northern beans, with liquid

1 can kidney beans, with liquid
1 can black beans, with liquid
1 can corn, with liquid

Directions:
Place all ingredients  in a crockpot and cook on low for 8 to 10 hours or high for 4 to 6 hours.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Bean and Quinoa Chili (DF, GF)





You can cook this for the lower amount of time (8 hours) and have it more like soup, or cook at for the upper amount of time (12 hours) and have it thicker - like chili.  I prefer it thicker !!



Ingredients:
2 tsp minced jar garlic
1 onion, chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 6-oz can of tomato paste
3 cans black beans, with liquid
1/2 cup uncooked quinoa
2 large dates, chopped
1 15-oz can pumpkin puree
1/2 tsp salt
2 Tbsp chili powder
2 tsp ground cumin
1/4 tsp black pepper
1 Tbsp Hershey's Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
2 to 3 cups water or veggie broth
1 can corn, with liquid


Directions:
Place all ingredients in a crockpot and cook on low for 8 to 12 hours or high for 4 to 6 hours.

You will teach me how to live a holy life.  Being with you will fill me with job; at your right hand I will find pleasure forever.

Psalm 16:11 (NCV)