I love sprinkling granola over the top of my yogurt in the morning or as an afternoon snack. I usually eat plain yogurt with fruit, so the added sweetness of the granola helps take the ‘bite’ out of my unsweetened yogurt. The problem I was having is this… Most granolas purchased in the store are filled with more oil and sugars that I prefer, not to mention they are usually fairly pricy! So, I tackled it myself.
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I was craving a healthy, delicious pizza. So, into the kitchen I went! Inspired by this recipe, I decided to play with the red pepper sauce and make it my own. And then I just went from there with ingredients … Continue reading →
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For years I’ve been creating mushy, crumbly, and – quite honestly – gross tofu stir-frys. As a vegetarian, married to an Asian, you’d think I would have this one mastered. It was embarrassing. Thankfully this story doesn’t end here. My … Continue reading →
I wanted brownies, but I wanted something a little more natural and healthier. By healthier, I don’t necessarily mean “low fat” or “weight loss friendly”. Instead, I mean using natural, whole ingredients and using no animal products.
Rarely do I venture out on my own completely to make up recipes for baked goods. I realize that baking is definitely more of a science than cooking, so the chances of botching the whole thing is relatively high. But for this one, I went out on a limb and tackled making up a recipe – quite literally from scratch. This limb was worth the climb! These brownies resulted in a rich, tasty, satisfying brownie with chocolaty, peanut butter goodness and undertones of banana. So, if you’re wanting a lovely sweet treat free of refined sugars or dairy, I recommend you try this one out next time.
Heat oven to 350 F. Spray an 8×8 or 9×9 pan with non-stick cooking spray.
Combine all wet ingredients together (banana, coconut oil, honey/brown rice syrup, vanilla, almond milk) in a large bowl. Whisk or sift together all dry ingredients (wheat flour, peanut flour, cocoa powder, baking powder).
Add dry ingredients to wet and stir until combined. Spread batter into your pan.
Bake 20-25 mins. Watch it carefully to insure it does not over-bake and become dry.
Allow it to cool in the pan before slicing into 12 pieces.
Last summer, a lovely food cart – A La Cart – appeared downtown Benicia at the Farmer’s Market every Thursday night. I was delighted to find out they had a completely homemade veggie burger served on delicious whole grain bread with caramelized onions and mixed baby greens. I got one and was in heaven! After talking to the owner for a little while, I decided to go home and attempt my own version.
Excuse the somewhat ugly cell phone camera picture. It was too delicious and I couldn’t wait long enough to take pretty pictures.
Tofu Quinoa Veggie Burgers
Makes 6-8 patties.
10 oz extra firm tofu, sliced and patted dry (I recommend WildWood)
10 oz cooked quinoa (You can use any color, but I used white)
8 oz raw sunflower seeds
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon low sodium soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne
1/4 teaspoon fine grain sea salt
Place all ingredients in a food processor. Pulse until the mixture is almost smooth. Scrape down sides occasionally.
Divide into 6-8 equal portions and use your hands to press and form round, slightly flat patties.
Heat a bit of olive oil in a skillet on medium-high heat. Arrange patties on the skillet, cover and cook. Once they are browned, turn it over and continue to cook until browned on both sides, approximately 5 minutes each side. Make sure it is completely done inside as well, so be sure to not have your temperatures too high on the pan.
Serve with your favorite burger toppings and buns. (I served mine with toasted multi-grain bread by Alvarado St Bakery, caramelized onions, quick homemade pickles, a little ketchup, mustard, tomato and lettuce.)
Nutrition for 1 patty (1/8th of the recipe) (approx): 330 cal, 18g fat, 29 carb, 5 fiber, 15g protein
I tried this recipe for strawberry balsamic cupcakes a while back. And while it was good, it wasn’t quite as good as I’d hoped it would be. So, I decided to work up my own version with stronger flavors, and I was very pleased with the result. This one is GOOD! So additively good that I couldn’t keep my fingers out of the batter or frosting – especially the frosting. I made them on Friday night and Saturday afternoon for our Mother’s Day lunch.
Then, disaster happened… The cupcakes were in the fridge and I decided to show my husband how well they turned out. I pulled them out and realized there was a half inch of liquid at the bottom of my plate they were sitting on. Upon further exploration and sniffing, I discovered it was pickle juice. My jar of pickled okra tipped over on the shelf above and poured all the juice onto the plate. I scraped up some ingredients at midnight and with the help of my sou chef (aka husband), we finished up batch #2 around 1am. The second batch wasn’t quite as good as the first, but it was a close second.
Also, for the record, I like the strawberry swiss meringue buttercream recipe better than my first strawberry frosting attempt.
Oh, Ben & Jerry’s. You’ve done it again. As if one of my all time favorites, Phish Food weren’t enough, you go and add my weakness – sweet/salty – to your gourmet ice cream line-up. It’s in the form of “Late Night Snack” – inspired by the Jimmy Fallon’s Late Night Show. Vanilla ice cream with chocolate covered potato chips (yes, potato chips!!!), swirled with salted caramel – it’s a little taste of heaven.
According to some gossip and reports going around, Ben & Jerry’s may have ripped the flavor off of my absolute favorite ice cream place ever – Humphry Slocombe. With almost identical flavors, Humphry Slocumbe serves up their “After School Special” flavor at Spork SF restaurant.
And while I live not too crazy far from San Francisco to get a scoop of the original vanillacaramelchocolatepotatochip ice cream, my local grocer is much easier for me to go and pick up a container of the Late Night Snack version by B&J. Except the main problem is that the either one of these will ooze with at least 270 calories/15g fat.
That being said, I’m going to rip off both of them and make my own healthy(er) version. With closer to 160 calories/7 g fat, this is a delicious substitution that will ease your late night noshing conscious.
Healthy(er) Late Night Snack Ice Cream
1/2 cup Half-the-fat Vanilla Ice Cream (or if you prefer, fat free or no sugar added types work as well)
8-10 bittersweet chocolate chips (melted in a glass bowl for 45-60 seconds, then stirred)