Pumpkin Pancakes

I’ve been trying to use up last fall’s frozen pumpkin puree before this fall hits with a fresh batch. We’ve had these pancakes over and over.

1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup whole grain spelt flour
2  teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon cardamom
1/2 teaspoon ginger
1 cup almond milk
1 egg
3/4 cup pumpkin puree
2 tablespoons coconut oil (or softened Earth Balance margarine)
2-4 tablespoons agave
1 teaspoon vanilla

1.In a bowl mix both kinds of flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, cardamom, and ginger.
2. In another bowl whisk the milk,  pumpkin puree, egg, oil, agave, and vanilla.
3. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix using a spatula until combined.
4. Spray a pan with oil.
5. Use an ice cream  scoop or 1/4 cup measuring cup to scoop the batter.
6. Spread the batter using a spoon or the back of the icecream scoop.
7. Cook on medium low heat till you see small bubbles on top.
8. Flip the pancake and cook on the other side.

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September 2, 2017 at 9:18 pm Leave a comment

Apple, Sweet Potato, and Sausage Breakfast Hash

I’m glad I saved this recipe from Emily Leveson’s blog before it disappeared because it has been a hit in our house. We’ve made it both on the stovetop and over the campfire.

We used Field Roast vegan sausage for our dish (the Smoked Apple Sage flavor). It might also be good with their Apple Maple breakfast sausages…. I doubled the recipe for the three of us.

  • 1 TBSP olive or coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup sweet potato, peeled and cubed
  • 1 gala apple, core removed and cubed
  • 1 sausage, cut into small pieces
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add in onions and sweet potatoes and sauté for about 3-5 minutes.

Add in apple and sauté for another 2-3 minutes.

Add chicken sausage, salt, and pepper and sauté until veggies are fork tender; about 5 minutes.

Transfer to a bowl and enjoy!

September 2, 2017 at 9:13 pm Leave a comment

Za’atar Skillet Potatoes with Fried Eggs

The recipes I’ve been stashing away for the past several months have all been for breakfast food. Hmm. I wonder why that is.

We’ve been enjoying our breakfast potatoes lately with za’atar as our seasoning of choice. We hope you enjoy them as well, courtesy of Bint Rhoda’s Kitchen.

This recipe will serve one person a hearty meal. Add one potato for every 1-2 people you’ll be serving.

1 large white potato
2 tbsp olive oil, approximate
Small clove of garlic, minced
1/2 tsp za’atar*
Sea salt and freshly ground pepper
Lemon wedge

1.  Scrub potatoes. You may leave skin on or off.

2.  Optional, time-saving tip:  microwave potatoes (or you could also  parboil in salted boiling water) until slightly tender, about three minutes in the microwave, flipping once. Then cool slightly until you can handle them. You can also prepare potatoes in advance and refrigerate until ready to proceed with the recipe.

3.  Coat a skillet with a layer of  olive oil and heat over medium heat. Dice the potato in a 1/2 inch dice. When the oil is hot, add potatoes in a single layer. Season with salt and pepper. Stir only occasionally, letting the potatoes fry until golden brown. If they are precooked, this will take 5 minutes.

4.  Sprinkle potatoes with za’atar and stir to coat. Add another drizzle of olive oil, and minced garlic, and fry for another minute or two until golden brown and fragment. Remove from heat; squeeze fresh lemon juice over the potatoes, toss and pour out into a bowl.

5.  Serve with a fried egg on top. Or, leave the potatoes in the skillet and scramble in some eggs. Sprinkle with a little more za’atar.

September 2, 2017 at 9:03 pm Leave a comment

Cherry-Almond Smoothie

We plowed through a bag of frozen cherries from Costco recently making these yummy smoothies. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  • 1/2 banana (you can use fresh or frozen)
  • 1 TBSP honey
  • 2 TBSP almond butter
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 cup frozen cherries
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt (we used So Delicious plain unsweetened coconut yogurt)
  • 2 TBSP milk (we used unsweetened vanilla almond milk)

1. Puree banana, honey, almond butter, and salt together until smooth.
2. Add remaining ingredients. Puree until smooth, scraping down sides as needed. Enjoy!

And honestly, sometimes I just throw it all together in the blender at once rather than taking two steps to mix it up.

April 12, 2017 at 1:40 pm 1 comment

Vegetarian Chili

Thanks, Gastronomy, for this yummy vegetarian chili recipe. I’ve had to adjust the amount of spice, but I think I’ve finally gotten it worked out so the baby doesn’t cry when he eats it.

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 onions, chopped fine
  • 1 red bell pepper, stemmed, seeded, and chopped
  • 1/4 cup chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 (14.5 ounce) cans diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 chipotle chile in adobo sauce
  • Salt
  • 4 (15.5 ounce) cans of kidney, pinto, or black beans, rinsed
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro

Heat the oil in a large Dutch oven over medium heat until shimmering. Add the onions, bell pepper, chili powder, and cumin. Cook until the vegetables have softened, about 7 minutes. Stir in the garlic and cook for 15 seconds.

Stir in the tomatoes with their juice, water, the whole chile, and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Bring to a simmer, cover, and cook for 30 minutes.

Add the beans and continue to simmer, uncovered, until the chili is slightly thickened, about 30 minutes.

I walk the chili by checking it’s level of spiciness while it cooks. When it gets as spicy as I want it to be, I pull out the whole chile pepper.

Stir in the cilantro and season with salt and pepper to taste before serving.

April 12, 2017 at 1:33 pm Leave a comment

Brown Rice Bowls with Roasted Carrots, Crispy Kale, and Fried Eggs

We’ve been eating a lot of greens this month since they’re available in cheap abundance right now. We’re getting tired of them, honestly. But the crispy kale in this recipe reminded us of seaweed, and the entire recipe felt like we were eating a variation of Korean bibimbap. Thanks, Lingonberry Jam, for the recipe!

We made a rice cooker full of mixed grains and used them in place of rice in this recipe.

  • 1 cup rice + water needed for cooking
  • salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 5 carrots, peeled and sliced into pieces about three inches long by 1/2-inch thick
  • about 1/3 cup olive oil, divided
  • 2 tsp. za’atar
  • 8 ounces kale, stemmed and sliced into 1-inch thick strips
  • 2 Tbs. red or white wine vinegar
  • 1/2 small shallot, minced
  • 4-6 large eggs
  1. Preheat oven to 375 F.
  2. Start rice or mixed grains in the rice cooker.
  3. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. On the baking sheet, toss carrots, 1 TBSP olive oil, za’atar, 1/4 tsp salt, and 1/8 tsp black pepper. Spread carrots out evenly on the sheet and cover tightly with another piece of foil. Bake on the upper oven rack for 20 minutes.
  4. While carrots are roasting, toss kale with 1 TBSP oil, 1/4 tsp salt, and 1/8 tsp black pepper in a bowl. When the carrots have finished roasting for 20 minutes, remove the foil and spread the kale evenly on top of the carrots. Return the baking sheet to the oven, uncovered, and roast the vegetables for 15-20 minutes, or until the kale is crispy.
  5. To make the vinaigrette, whisk together vinegar, shallot, and 3 TBSP oil in a small bowl. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Evenly divide the rice into four bowls. Top the rice with roasted vegetables and drizzle each portion with a tablespoon or so of the vinaigrette. Cover the bowls to keep them warm while you fry the eggs.
  7. Crack the eggs into a small bowl and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Heat 1 tsp olive oil in a 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat until it shimmers. Carefully slide the eggs into the skillet, cover, and cook until your desired doneness is reached, about 2-4 minutes. Top each rice bowl with a fried egg, and serve. We made a few extra eggs for those who wanted more.

 

January 20, 2017 at 8:52 pm Leave a comment

Apple Glögg

I’ve been thinking about our Swedish Thanksgiving from a couple of years ago and wishing I had saved the recipe for the mulled cider that we had that day. I think this is a close approximation from fastpaleo.

  • Glögg:
    • 1 quart (1 liter) of pure apple juice
    • 1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise and scraped
    • 2 cinnamon sticks
    • 1 tsp whole cloves
    • 1 tsp cardamom seeds
    • 2 pieces of dried ginger
  • Toppings:
    • Almonds, blanched
    • Raisins
  1. Put the glögg ingredients in a pot, over heat.
  2. Right before it starts to simmer, remove the pot from the heat and cover with a lid.
  3. Let stand for about 3 hours.
  4. Pour the juice through a strainer into a jug, then bottle it.
  5. Done…now all you have to do is to reheat it before drinking. We put it in the crockpot to warm. Serve the glögg hot with blanched almonds and raisins (to put in the cup).

 

 

 

 

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