“Straight From The Earth” Cookbook Review.

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I have recently been introduced to a cookbook written by a health minded mother & daughter duo named Myra & Marea Goodman. Their book “Straight From The Earth” offers dozens of plant based recipes that utilize whole foods to create meals that are nothing short of amazing. You will find recipes for ‘Hearty Beet Soup’, ‘Cabbage & Carrot Crunch Salad’, ‘Grilled Fig Sandwiches’ & ‘Plantain Tacos’, just to name a few. The recipes were created & tested by these two talented ladies, and their passion for food is apparent on every page.

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Here are two recipes that I have recently made for my family. Enjoy!

Barley, Quinoa, and Cannellini Bean Loaf (or Burgers)

I prepared this delicious loaf while my kids were at school. I had a nice, quiet kitchen and I enjoyed the entire process of creating an amazing meal for my family.
The ingredients for this recipe are packed with nutrients & protein, and the flavor of the mustard & spices is simply phenomenal.
It takes a bit of prep time to make this loaf, but I assure you that it is well worth every minute. This would be a wonderful meal to make for an everyday family dinner or a celebration with friends.

Serves 6

3 cups/720 ml low-sodium vegetable broth
½ cup/100 g hulled or pearled barley, rinsed
Salt
½ cup/85 g quinoa, thoroughly rinsed
3 tbsp chia seeds
2 tbsp olive oil
1 small yellow onion, small dice
2 medium carrots, small dice
1 stalk celery, small dice
2 large garlic cloves, coarsely chopped
1 tsp dried oregano
Freshly ground black pepper
1 ½ cups/255 g cooked cannellini beans (rinsed and drained if canned)
⅔ cup/80 g dried whole-wheat bread crumbs
¼ cup/30 g pine nuts, lightly toasted and finely chopped
2 tbsp chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
1 tbsp Dijon mustard

In a medium saucepan, bring 2 ½ cups/600 ml of the stock to a boil. Add the barley and ½ tsp salt. Return to a simmer and cook, covered, for 30 minutes (or for just 15 minutes if using pearled barley). Add the quinoa, return to a simmer, and cook covered, for 15 minutes, or until all of the water is absorbed. Remove from the heat, but leave the grains in the pan.

Position a rack in the middle of the oven and preheat it to 350°F/180°C/gas 4. Generously grease a 9-by-5-in/23-by-12-cm loaf pan and set aside.

Mix the chia seeds with the remaining ½ cup/120 ml of the stock and let them sit. The seeds will become thick and gelatinous (this is our egg substitute, which also adds great nutritional benefits).

Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and cook for 4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the carrots, celery, and garlic and sauté for 2 minutes. Add the oregano, ¼ tsp salt, and a pinch of pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, until the vegetables are tender, 3 to 5 minutes.

Add the beans to the pan with the grain mixture. Mash the mixture with a potato masher until the beans are partially broken up. Add the sautéed vegetables, bread crumbs, pine nuts, chia seed mixture, parsley, and mustard and stir until well combined. The mixture will be thick like cookie dough and a bit of a challenge to stir. Season with salt and pepper.

Transfer the mixture to the prepared pan, press down and smooth out the mixture, and bake until the top is firm and golden brown, 45 to 55 minutes. Allow the loaf to rest for 15 minutes before cutting it into slices and serving.

1 Serving: Calories: 320 | Fat: 11g | Carbs: 46g | Protein: 10g | Sodium: 480mg | Dietary Fiber: 44% |
Potassium: 13% | Vitamin A: 70% | Vitamin C: 10% | Thiamin: 50% | Riboflavin: 15% | Niacin: 10% |
Vitamin B6: 10% | Folate: 15% | Calcium: 10% | Iron: 20% | Copper: 15% | Phosphorus: 25% |
Magnesium: 25% | Zinc: 15%


Sesame, Orange, and Hazelnut Cookies

These cookies are like nothing else I have made before. I can’t believe that I never thought of adding sesame seeds to cookies! Now I’m going to be throwing them into everything I bake! The flavor of the orange zest is a wonderful addition. Once you make these cookies & realize how simple and tasty they are, you will make them every time you have company over. I know I will!
I actually doubled the recipe and put the extra dough in the freezer. 😉

“I’ve always loved sesame candy, so I wanted to create a cookie that featured sesame seeds as a predominant ingredient. These crunchy cookies are packed with sesame seeds, enhanced by the flavors of orange, hazelnuts, cinnamon, and ginger, and adorned by a hazelnut in their center. These cookies aren’t too sweet, and sesame seeds are a good source of many minerals and fiber, so they are a relatively healthy choice. If you’re serving a Mediterranean meal, like Three-Color Hummus and Baked Falafel Pitas, this would be a perfect dessert.” —Myra

Makes 30 cookies

2 tbsp ground flaxseed
¼ cup/60 ml very hot water (about 180°F/82°C)
1 cup/200 g packed light brown sugar
½ cup/120 ml melted coconut oil
¼ cup/60 ml pure maple syrup
1 orange, zested
1 ½ cups/210 g whole-wheat pastry flour
1 cup/140 g sesame seeds
¾ cup/105 g hazelnuts, skins removed, 30 whole reserved, the rest chopped medium fine
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp ground cinnamon
¼ tsp salt
¼ tsp ground ginger

Position a rack in the middle of the oven and preheat it to 325°F/165°C/gas 3. Lightly grease two baking sheets and set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, combine the flaxseed with the hot water. Allow to sit for 5 to 10 minutes until it thickens (this is our egg substitute). Whisk briefly, then whisk in the sugar, oil, syrup, and zest.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, sesame seeds, chopped hazelnuts, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, and ginger. Stir the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until just combined.

Using a tablespoon, scoop out 30 heaping tablespoons of cookie dough. Roll the dough into balls, then arrange fifteen on each baking sheet, spacing them about 1 in/2.5 cm apart. You should have three rows of five cookies on both sheets. Press down on each ball until the cookie is about 1/3 in/8 mm thick. Place a whole hazelnut in the middle and press down so it’s snug.

Bake until the cookies are golden brown, 10 to 15 minutes. Transfer the baking sheets to a wire rack and let the cookies cool for a few minutes before transferring directly to the rack to cool completely. The cookies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks.

1 cookie: Calories: 140 | Fat: 8g | Carbs: 15g | Protein: 2g | Sodium: 25mg

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Maple Pumpkin Pie

This pie is so easy to make, you can throw it together in minutes!! I enjoyed it most, after it had been in the fridge overnight. The pie takes a little while to firm up, but it is worth the wait!!

Ingredients:

1 Vegan pie crust

1 12 oz. package of silken tofu

1 can of organic pumpkin

1/2 cup of maple syrup

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup cornstarch

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon vanilla

1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

Preheat oven to 350. Blend all ingredients (other than the crust) in blender. Poor into thawed crust. Bake for 45 minutes. Chill for at least 2 hours, best after 12 hours.

A Family Review of “Luna & Larry’s Coconut Bliss” Non-Dairy Frozen Dessert


Okay, it’s official, “Coconut Bliss” family taste test night was too much fun! And insanely DELICIOUS!! 🙂

When the wonderful people at “Luna & Larry’s Coconut Bliss” contacted me to review their product, I was thrilled! I mean who wouldn’t be? Any excuse for something sweet, is always appreciated!

As soon as our coupons arrived, the kids and I headed to Whole Foods to choose our flavors. My daughter and I both went for the “Naked Coconut”, (Ava is 4, and she thought the title of that one was VERY funny)! My son chose “Chocolate Peanut Butter”, he is so predictable. I grabbed “Cherry Amaretto” for my husband, because before going Vegan, he was a huge fan of “Cherry Garcia” by “you know who”. We also grabbed some “Dark Chocolate Bars”.

In case you have not heard the news, coconuts seem to be the new “super food” which may reduce the risk of heart disease & even help you lose weight! This product is also Vegan, USDA certified organic, Gluten free, low glycemic & soy free. Not too many desserts can say all of that!

Okay, let the taste testing begin! We started with the bars. The kids devoured them and my husband of course wanted one too!!! My 10 year old son said they tasted just like the regular chocolate ice-cream bars he used to love. This means a lot, because some kids just don’t like the taste of many non-dairy frozen desserts, and my son is one of these kids!

My daughter simply said “this is so yummy”! I had a taste, and I must say…. she was right! My husband seemed to enjoy his also, since he devoured it so quickly!

It is unanimous, The Vegan Mom & family love the “Coconut Bliss” Dark Chocolate Bars!!


Next came the pints! I went for the Naked Coconut first, and oh my goodness, it was insanely good!!! My daughter was loving it as well!!I did enjoy my spoonfuls of Chocolate Peanut Butter & Cherry Garcia, but I have to stick with the Naked Coconut as my true favorite. My son however went pretty crazy for the Chocolate Peanut Butter, Surprise, Surprise!! 🙂 And my husband, just like I knew he would, took off with a bowl of Cherry Amaretto!

“Luna & Larry’s Coconut Bliss” is truly what they claim it to be, “Blissfull”. It is creamy, flavorful and totally VEGAN!! My only complaint is that my local stores don’t have it. Think Stop & Shop will listen to “The Vegan Mom” and start carrying “Coconut Bliss”?? I can only hope.

Check out their website www.coconutbliss.com, and enjoy some “Coconut Bliss” for yourself!




A Month of Popsicle Recipes – KitchenDaily

A Month of Popsicle Recipes – KitchenDaily.

Okay moms, this is a list of popsicle recipes that you will want to print out and stick on the fridge!!! I bought my silicone popsicle molds on amazon.com.

Just be sure to use non-dairy milk & yogurt as a substitute!!

ENJOY!!

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