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Banana Cake with Walnut Frosting April 1, 2018

IMG_20180331_134702713Every year I make my children a birthday cake. My oldest has a lot of fun picking out something new and different each year. This year his request was for a banana oat cake with nutmeg frosting. I came up with a  “secret” ingredient for the frosting that I think made the cake extra tasty. I used almond flour, just because I have some on hand. No need to buy any for this recipe if you don’t already have some. It takes about 10 minutes, tops,  to mix the cake and the house smells so nice as the baking cake smell wafts throughout.

 

 

 

 

 

INGREDIENTS:

Cake:

1 cup flour (I use white whole wheat. Yes, that’s a thing.)

½ cup oats

½ cup almond flour

1 cup sugar

1 teaspoon baking powder

½ teaspoon baking soda

¼ salt

3 ripe bananas, mashed

!/4 cup oil

¼ cup almond milk

1-2 teaspoon vanilla, depending on your level of love for it

Frosting:

¼ cup earth balance

½ cup powdered sugar

Vanilla and Walnut extract, to taste

A sprinkle of nutmeg

 

DIRECTIONS:

Mix dry ingredients in bowl, Add oil, milk and vanilla, stir. Stir in bananas. Bake at 350 for about 20 minutes, or until nicely browned, Mis frost while the cake is baking. Let cake cool, then frost. Top with sliced strawberries, if desired.

ENJOY!

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Creamed Spinach March 29, 2018

Filed under: Cooking,guides,Homes — misscilicia @ 12:41 am
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I did it again. Bought too many veggies. That’s my weakness. This time it’s spinach. Bought a big ol’ bunch and then had to think of how to use it all up. Reflecting on it, I remembered that many years ago I used to make creamed spinach that I liked, so I recreated my old recipe. I am pleased with it and will add it back into making it regularly. This cooked up in just a few minutes and I licked the pan clean when it was done. I topped this with sauteed tempeh.

 

 

 

 

INGREDIENTS:

1 bunch spinach leaves, washed and quartered

1 Tablespoon olive oil

1-3 clove garlic, diced

¼ cup red onion, diced

2 Tablespoons cornstarch

1/4 water

¼ cup veggie stock

¼ cup nutritional yeast

Salt, pepper, thyme, oregano, rosemary & cayenne, to taste

 

DIRECTIONS:

Heat oil in skillet, then add onion and garlic. Saute about 2-3 minutes. Mix cornstarch with water, mix very well until lumps are gone. Add to pan and stir, adding broth as it thickens. Add yeast and spices and stir in. After a couple of minutes, add spinach on top and place lid on pan. Let spinach steam a few minutes, until wilted.

Serve and enjoy!

 

 

PAD THAI March 10, 2018

Filed under: Cooking,guides,Homes — misscilicia @ 11:31 pm
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A school teacher friend of mine spent last summer living and teaching in Thailand. While there, she took a cooking class. This inspired a dinner party, in which everything was delicious. This was my contribution.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1/2 pack rice noodles, cooked
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ carrot, diced
  • 2 shoots green onions,diced
  • ¼ block tofu, drained and cut into small cubes
  • ¼ to ½ teaspoon fresh ginger root, diced
  • 2 tablespoons tamari or soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon Hoisin sauce
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1 tablespoon sriracha
  • 2 tablespoon sugar
  • ½ cup peanuts, chopped
  • Cilantro, to taste

DIRECTIONS:

Heat oil in frying pan. Heat oil, saute tofu until browned, about 10 minutes, add carrot, green onion and ginger. Sautee about 4-5 more minutes. In the meantime, mix  the last six ingredients in large bowl. Add noodles and tofu mix, stir well. Top with peanuts and cilantro.

Enjoy!

 

Lemon-Lime Bars January 21, 2018

Filed under: Cooking,guides,Homes — misscilicia @ 8:54 pm
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Do you ever just get in the mood for a certain food-just out of the blue? Well, that’s how this recipe came about. Maybe because it’s January and I need something bright tasting. I’ve been experimenting with this, and I am happy with the results.

 

 

 

 

Ingredients:

Crust:

1 cube butter

¾ cup flour

¼ cup oats

¼ cup confectioners’ sugar

 

Filling:

 

1 egg

2 Tablespoons flour

¾ cup organic sugar

3 Tablespoon lemon and lime juice, freshly squeezed (I juice one of each.)

¼ to ½ cup pistachios, chopped, optional, for topping

 

Directions:

Soften butter. Mix all crust ingredients and put in baking dish. Bake for about 20 minutes at 350.

Meanwhile, add all but the nuts in a bowl and mix well. When crust is done, pour in the filling and return to oven for another 20 minutes, or until set. Add pistachios, if desired. Let cool.

Enjoy!

 

 

 

Roasted Green Tomato Marinara Sauce November 29, 2017

20171117_171654I had a very abundant garden this year. I’m pretty sure that my co-workers were starting to hide from me when I came in with yet another armload of fresh veggies, I had a surplus of green tomatoes at the end of this growing season, and since I have an abhorrence of wasting food, I was trying to think of something to do with all of them. A friend suggested this. I think it turned out very well. It also freezes great. I served this over a spaghetti squash, and with salad, a veggie patty and French bread.

 

 

INGREDIENTS:

Green tomatoes

Onions

Garlic

Mushrooms

Thyme, oregano, rosemary, to taste

Olive or Avocado Oil

DIRECTIONS:

I didn’t give measurements because none are needed. Just use whatever amount you wish, although tomatoes should make up most of it. Dice all the veggie, then roast with the spices in oil at 350 for about 15-20 minutes, until veggies are tender. Put though food processor. Reheat and serve over pasta or spaghetti squash.

ENJOY!

 

Stuffed Pepper with Cashew Sauce November 26, 2017

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I have a problem. I love veggies. So, I get carried away and buy way too many. Then I have to think of ways to use them while they are still good. This leads to a very full freezer. But it does make work lunches easy. Just choose, grab and go! This recipe was inspired by bell peppers being on sale and me buying too many. As are most of my recipes, it’s quick and easy.

 

Ingredients:

Peppers:

2 Bell Peppers, either green or red

2 cups Barley, cooked

2 cups Veggies, diced and sautéed in olive oil and seasoned with your choice of spices. In addition to salt and pepper, I like to use oregano, thyme, rosemary and cayenne.

 

Sauce:

2 cups Cashews

1 cup Water

2 teaspoons Nutritional Yeast

1 teaspoon Miso

1 teaspoon Salt

1 Tablespoon Vinegar

 

Directions:

 

Cut peppers in half, and scoop out seeds. Bake at 350 for about 15 minutes, or until about half done.

While the peppers are baking, blend the cashew sauce ingredients together. If you don’t have a Vitamix, soak the cashews a few hours

Mix the barley and veggies together and stir. Bake another 15 minutes. Top the peppers with the cashew sauce and bake another 10 minutes. Remove, and plate.

ENJOY!

 

Fried Green Tomatoes October 20, 2017

Filed under: Cooking,guides,Homes — misscilicia @ 7:20 pm
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Even though I grew up in the South, I never had these as a child. I didn’t have them until I started gardening and had a lot green tomatoes that I needed to think of a way to use. Thus, this recipe was born. I like them so much that I’ve fixed them several times this year. This is quite fast and easy to prepare.

Ingredients:

1/4 cup flour

1/4 cup corn meal

salt, pepper, garlic powder, cayenne, to taste.

2 green tomatoes, thinly sliced.

1/4 cup almond milk.

Olive oil

Directions:

Heat the oil in a frying pan. Mix the first three ingredients with a fork. Dip the tomato slices in the milk, then in the flour mix. Place in hot pan, saute until crisp, then flip and saute the other side, This just takes a few moments for each side.

Plate and serve. I served this with a sliced lemon cucumber from my garden.

ENJOY!