Sunday, April 30, 2017

Lentil Potato Barley Stew (DF, GF)

This is a thick soup/stew chocked full of lentils and veggies !  Both my dad and I REALLY liked this.   It did not last long !!!!

2 cans lentils (about 3 cups of cooked lentils or about 1 and 1/2 cups dry)
1/2 cup barley
1/2 cup brown rice
1 can diced tomatoes, with liquid
4 cups veggie broth or water
1 small onion, chopped
1 cup diced celery
2 cups of cubed potatoes
1 Tbsp minced jar garlic
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground coriander
2 Tbsp dried cilantro flakes
1/4 tsp black pepper
1 Tbsp onion powder
1 Tbsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp salt

Put everything in a crockpot and cook on low for 10-12 hours.

As for the godly people in the world, they are the wonderful ones I enjoy.
Psalm 16:3 (NCV)

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Chickpeas Quinoa and Spinach (DF,GF)

Cook the spinach by itself and add to the quinoa after the quinoa is cooked. 

This can be eaten "as is" ... or .... as a topping on potatoes ... or ... in a burrito.  I also like adding in chunks of sweet potatoes.

1 and 1/2 cups dry quinoa
2 cans chickpeas, with liquid 
2 tsp ground curry powder
2 tsp ground cumin
3/4 tsp ground turmeric
3/4 tsp ground coriander
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground cardamon
1 and 1/2 cups water
1 16-oz package spinach, cooked

Place all ingredients (EXCEPT spinach) in a rice cooker and cook until done.  Stir in cooked spinach after the quinoa is cooked.

I really like the Rival 6-cup Rice Cooker w/Steamer.   It makes cooking rice SOOO easy.  I just put all the ingredients in the cooker .  So my rice dish is complete with spices and veggies when the rice is cooked.  The 6 cup isn't a big rice cooker, but it is plenty for 2 people.  

I said to the Lord, "You are my Lord.  Every good thing I have comes from you."
Psalm 16:2 (NCV)

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Double Chocolate Muffins (GF)

These are moist, rich, chocolaty muffins !!  I LOVE the addition of the chocolate chips !!!

1 and 1/2 cups gluten free flour 
1 cup Quaker old fashioned oats
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 heaping tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1/3 cup Sucanat   (or brown sugar)
1/2 cup vegan chocolate chips
1 cup applesauce
1/4 cup almond milk
3 large very ripe bananas, mashed
2 tsp vanilla extract

Mix the wet ingredients in one bowl.

Mix the dry ingredients in another bowl.    

Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir just until the dry ingredients are moistened.  

Pour into muffin pan and bake at 350 degrees for about 22 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. 

I like using the silicone bakeware for my muffins.  The muffins  come out so easily and I don't need to grease the pan.  My favorites are:   Casabella Silicone Standard Muffin PanCasabella Silicone Large Muffin Pan,  Casabella Jumbo Muffin Cups.

The OXO Large Scoop is GREAT for scooping out batter into the muffin pan.  It is MUCH neater than when I used a spoon to scoop the batter into the pan - I no longer get batter all over the muffin pan !!!

Protect me, God, because I trust in you.
Psalm 16:1 (NCV)

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Contribution From Freelance Writer on Green Juice

I LOVE this article from Jessica on juicing - it is SOOO informative and interesting. The articles from the links are VERY interesting to read also !!  I hope you enjoy it as much as I did !!!

Boost Your Superpowers With Green Juice

We all know from childhood experiences how important it is to eat our greens. But when it comes to boosting your vegan diet, nothing packs a punch quite like green juices. By taking your green power on-board as a tasty juice, your body absorbs all the nutrients without any of the digestive issues that come from eating your greens in solid form.

That means no feeling tired or bloated, just the great nutrition and energy that comes from green juices.

Why Green Juice?

A typical shop-bought green juice contains more than a third of your daily recommended potassium and 20% of the recommended daily Vitamin A. Juicing your own fresh vegetables will produce even higher levels of beneficial nutrients.

The great thing about vegetable juice is that it is far more healthy than sweet fruit juices and smoothies, which release large quantities of sugar directly into your bloodstream.

Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine carried out a research project on fruit and vegetables juices, which found that those drinking green juices were less likely to develop diabetes.  A related study also found a positive correlation between green juice and reduced cholesterol.

Which vegetables are best for juicing?

There are plenty of options available for a healthy green juice to give a boost to your diet.
Spinach is full of essential vitamins and minerals and contains a folate element that is particularly good for expectant mothers to support a healthy pregnancy. Spinach is also rich in Vitamin A.

Celery is rapidly gaining in popularity due to its low-calorie content and multiple health benefits, including combating inflammation, improving blood pressure and replenishing important electrolytes to keep you full of energy on the go.

Asparagus tastes delicious and is packed full of nutritional elements. They are concentrated in the stalk, so get the smallest stalks you can find for the greatest health benefits.

Broccoli is another great choice, and is high in in Vitamin C.

Finally, you might consider various pulses such as split peas, beans and lentils. These are higher in fibre and protein, and so provide a more substantial juice.

 These are just a few of the numerous vegetable choices that are great for juicing.  Also, bear in mind that it makes sense to choose vegetables that are seasonal, natural, and locally sourced. Always choose organic where possible.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Baked Oatmeal with Mixed Berries (DF, GF)

I think this is DELICIOUS !!!!    The almonds give it a nice crunch !!!  Everyone liked the flavor and mixture of spices.
This is a very filling breakfast !!!  It will keep you from being hungry for hours !!!!

The batter will be a little on the "soupy" side, but it will firm up when baking.  It came out the perfect consistency - I did not need to add any additional milk when eating it the next day - it was moist but not "runny".

Adapted from this recipe. 

10 large medjool dates
1 cup unsweetened applesauce 
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground cardamom
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup chopped almonds
1 Tbsp Ground Flaxseed 
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 and 1/2 cups unsweetened almond milk 
2 cups frozen mixed berries, thawed (with 1/2 cup of juice)
1 large banana, sliced
1 large apple, sliced or chunked

Blend the dates and applesauce in a blender or food processor until smooth.

Mix the dry ingredients in one bowl.    

Mix the wet ingredients (INCLUDING blended dates) in another bowl. 

Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir until the dry ingredients are moistened.  Mix in berries, apple and banana and stir until combined.

Pour into casserole dish bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes or until top is golden brown.

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

For the Lord is good.  His unfailing love continues forever, and his faithfulness continues to each generation. 
Psalm 100:5 (NCV)