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Saturday, April 30, 2022

Spicy Gingerbread Cake


This gingerbread cake is really good and tasty, it is more on the dense side (not light and fluffy!).  This cake gets more flavorful everyday.  My husband LOVES it !


Ingredients:
2 and 1/2 cups flour
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp ground ginger
1 and 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
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2 Tbsp Ground Flaxseed mixed in 6 Tbsp water (let gel)
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1 cup molasses
3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
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1 cup boiling water

Directions:
Mix the thickened flaxseed gel, molasses and applesauce 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.  Then add the boiling water and stir to completely mix all ingredients.

Pour into an 8x8 pan (I use a silicone pan).   Bake at 350 degrees for about 30-40 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. 


Tuesday, April 12, 2022

Black Bean and Corn Salad - Take 2 (DF, GF)

 

This is GREAT for lunches, picnics or potluck dinners !!!

I actually prefer making this the day before I am going to eat it.  The flavor is better after it has been in the fridge overnight.

Adapted from this recipe


Ingredients:
1 can corn, drained
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 cucumber, peeled and cut in chunks
1 small onion, chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 can tomatoes, drained
2 Tbsp dried cilantro
2 Tbsp red wine vinegar
Tbsp apple cider vinegar
Tbsp lemon juice
1 Tbsp minced jar garlic
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground coriander
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp black pepper
1 tsp celery seed
3 stalks celery, chopped

Directions:
Mix everything together in a bowl - this is better after it has been in the fridge overnight.  


Sunday, March 13, 2022

Spicy Hummus - Take 2 (DF, GF)


This is actually my favorite hummus recipe !  It is nice and creamy, great flavor, and a little spicy.  I have also made it with pinto beans instead of chickpeas.  I actually like the hummus made with pinto beans better and my husband likes the hummus made with chickpeas better !  Plus no tahini !!  I actually prefer using smoked paprika - I just like the flavor better !!!





Ingredients:
1 Tbsp minced jar garlic
1 tsp dried parsley
1 can chickpeas (drained and rinsed)
2 Tbsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp salt (I actually use garlic salt)
1/2 tsp cumin
1 tsp paprika (I actually use smoked paprika )
1 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp assorted chili peppers spice (I use  Nanami Togarashi 
1 - 2 Tbsp water or liquid from beans,  or more until desired consistency

Directions:
Place all ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend until desired consistency.  Add water or liquid from beans, if needed to thin.


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

Monday, January 17, 2022

Crunchy Raisin Bran Peanut Butter Coconut Balls

 

These have the taste of chocolate and peanut butter along with a crunch from the Raisin Bran.   I liked these better right out of the freezer.

These are a modification of this recipe and this recipe


Ingredients:
1-1/2 cups dates  (I use medjool dates)
 1/2 to 3/4 cup hot water (depending on how dry the dates are)
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3 cups Raisin Bran cereal, crushed
1 cup Unsweetened Shredded Coconut  (I use Bob's Red Mill)
1/4 cup Hershey's Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
1 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup molasses
1/8 to 1/4 cup almond milk (as needed)

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

Blend the dates (with water) in a blender or food processor until well combined.  

In a bowl, combine the blended dates and all other ingredients and mix everything together until well combined.

Form into balls and put in freezer until firm.  Each day these balls tend to get more flavorful.  I actually stored them in the freezer.  

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

Sunday, January 9, 2022

Refried Beans and Quinoa Burgers - Take 2


I didn't have all the ingredients for these burgers so I modified the recipe.  I thought these veggie burgers had a great flavor !


Ingredients:
1 can refried beans
1 cup cooked Quinoa
3/4 cup Quaker Quick Oats
1/4 cup  Nutritional Yeast Flakes 
1 Tbsp garlic powder
1 Tbsp minced dried onion
1/2 tsp pepper
1 tsp  SMOKED PAPRIKA 
1/2 cup ketchup

Directions:
In a bowl, mix together all ingredients.

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


Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Black Bean Sweet Potato Corn Soup (DF, GF)




Ingredients:
1 onion, chopped
1 red pepper, chopped
3 celery stalks, chopped
2 Tbsp minced jar garlic
2 sweet potatoes, cubed (I microwaved them some first so they were easier to cube)
2 cans black beans (I used the liquid)
1 can corn (I used the liquid)
1 can tomatoes (I used the liquid) 
1 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
2 large or 3 medium dates, chopped
2 Tbsp dried cilantro
1 tsp lemon juice
3 to 4 cups water or veggie broth

Directions:
Put everything in an Instant Pot and cook for 15 minutes on high pressure.


Sunday, January 3, 2021

Black-Eyed Peas Spinach Burgers (DF)

 



Ingredients:

1 can black-eyed peas, drained 
1 small onion, chopped
1 small red pepper, chopped
1 can spinach, drained
1 small stalk celery, chopped
2 Tbsp minced jar garlic
1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
    1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp basil
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
1 Tbsp dried cilantro

Directions:
In a bowl, mash the beans until desired texture.  I keep a lot of the beans whole.  Mix in all the rest of the ingredients.

 Place in fridge for at least 30 minutes.

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


Thursday, August 27, 2020

Dog Food - Beef Lentil Casserole

 

Our dogs LOVE homemade food....they sit at the stove waiting to eat it !! 

The egg shells are a good source of calcium for the dogs.

The dried mint flakes help with bad breath.

Cinnamon contains anti-inflammatory properties.

Dogs can eat Pinto Beans, Black Beans, Kidney Beans, Lentils and Garbanzo Beans.



Ingredients:
1 lb ground beef
1 can chicken or beef broth
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2 cups uncooked rice
2 cups dry lentils  (I use Goya Lentils )
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1 pkg frozen spinach
1/2 cup parm cheese
2 eggs (including shells - but break them up first)
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground turmeric
1/8 cup dried mint flakes (I use these  Mint Leaves)
water

Directions:
In a dutch oven or large pot, brown the ground meat on the stove over medium heat.

Next add the rice and lentils - make sure they are cooked.

Finally add in the rest of the ingredients and cook until spinach is done.

Keep adding water as needed.

Thursday, August 13, 2020

Black-Eyed Peas Oat Burgers (DF)


Ingredients:
1 can black-eyed peas, drained 
1 small onion, chopped
1 small red pepper, chopped
2 Tbsp minced jar garlic
1/4 tsp black pepper

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

 Place in fridge for at least 30 minutes.

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




Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Dog Food - Turkey Liver Spinach Casserole



Our dogs LOVE homemade food....they sit at the stove waiting to eat it !! 

The egg shells are a good source of calcium for the dogs.

The dried mint flakes help with bad breath.

Cinnamon contains anti-inflammatory properties.



Ingredients:
1 lb ground turkey (or ground chicken or ground beef)
water
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2 cups uncooked rice
2 slices of liver - cut into small pieces
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1 pkg frozen spinach
1/2 cup parm cheese
2 eggs (including shells - but break them up first)
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground turmeric
1/8 cup dried mint flakes  (I use these  Mint Leaves)
water

Directions:
In a dutch oven or large pot, brown the ground meat on the stove over medium heat.

Next add the rice and liver - make sure they are cooked.

Finally add in the rest of the ingredients and cook until spinach is done.

Keep adding water as needed.