Spicy plantain and oat “sausage”

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2 PLantain
1 shallots
1/3 red hot pepper
black pepper to taste
salt to taste
coconut oil
garlic 2 cloves

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add 1/2 a cup of oats, and 1/4 cup of flax seeds to a bowl slowly stir in water until a smooth consistency is achieved. Set aside to thicken. ( add in thyme, salt and pepper)
In a pan sautee the shallots, hot pepper and garlic in coconut oil on med-high heat. Once they appear to cook down a bit, add more coconut oil.
It’s time to toss in the sliced plantain. On medium heat stirring occasionally until they start to brown.

For instructions on making the sausage please see the douggie burger. I used the same process, but changed the shape of the “meat”.

Ready to eat

how do you to pick a plantain? Depends… how do you like em?

-Choose semi-ripe plantains, which appear mottled brown and yellow, for a less sweet flavor that’s not as bland as green, unripe plantains. Deep fry thick slices in this stage.

-Purchase fully ripe plantains, which turn to a dark black color, for a sweeter taste.

-Consider buying overripe plantains, when their black skin assumes a white sheen. Although they appear rotten at this stage, they peel easily and taste their sweetest. When overripe, plantains turn caramel as they cook.

… I tend to prefer under ripe plantains but i’m weird… so use your discretion and choose what you like!

Heirloom tomato quinoa soup

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Here’s an easy and  tasty one for you friends .

Whatcha gonna need

– 1 pint box of heirloom tomatoes ( the lil fruit/veggie stand sells them )

-6-8 cellery stocks

– 3 cloves of garlic

-1 zucchini

-1/2 cup of quinoa

-1 tablespoon of ginger powder or fresh ginger

– salt to taste

Easy peasy…..

add the tomatoes, celery, zucchini , garlic and ginger to 2 cups of water .

bring to a boil.

allow to chill ** the freezer helps to speed up the chillin’ process.**

Once chilled blend the soup with your trusty hand blender and blend that puppy to a nice smooth consistency.

Now we add the quinoa and bring the soup back up to a boil. This will cook the quinoa in with the soup. Make sure to keep an eye on it and stir as needed.

You may find you need to add a little more water…go for it! can’t hurt ; p

Once all the little quinoa grains have opened up … you’re ready to eat!!

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Let’s give it up for bananas!!!! Banana Zucchini bread.

Believe me this recipe is more than appealing ; p

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Makes 1 regular loaf pan… I was able to stretch it out and make 2 lil cookie cutter loafs , which was kinda fun! Great for a snack on the go.

Keeps at room temperature for about a week and a half.

Things you”ll need :

2 cups whole whear  flour

3/4 cups  unrefined cane sugar

1/3 of a large zucchini

3/4 t. baking soda

3/4 t. salt

3/4 t. cinnamon

1/2 cup almond milk or soy milk

1 t. apple cider vinegar

2  mashed bananas

1/4 cup canola oil

2 T. maple syrup

Pre heat oven to 350

Prep

Place all dry ingredients in a mixing bowl. Mash and mix in the bananas. Dice the zucchini and toss in. *** it’s important to note that the zuchini retains water, which means you don’t want to add too much or your bread will be too moist and ruined : (

Mix in the wet ingredients until a smooth consistency is achieved.

Grease the pan with coconut oil and smooth the mixture evenly across the pan.

Bake it

place in the oven for 1 hour, making sure to rotate and check on it of course ; p

Not sure if it’s done? stick a knife or tooth pick in the centre and if it comes out clean, you’re good to go!

And now I shall leave you with some fantastic banana news !!!!!!!

: D


Follow · October 9

A MUST-READ!!! Banana for Breakfast anyone???This is interesting. After reading this, you’ll never look at a banana in the same way again.Bananas contain three natural sugars – sucrose, fructose and glucose combined with fiber. A banana gives an instant, sustained and substantial boost of energy.Research has proven that just two bananas provide enough energy for a strenuous 90-minute workout. No wonder the banana is the number one fruit with the world’s leading athletes.But energy isn’t the only way a banana can help us keep fit. It can also help overcome or prevent a substantial number of illnesses and conditions, making it a must to add to our daily diet.DEPRESSION:
According to a recent survey undertaken by MIND amongst people suffering from depression, many felt much better after eating a banana. This is because bananas contain tryptophan, a type of protein that the body converts into serotonin, known to make you relax, improve your mood and generally make you feel happier.PMS:
Forget the pills – eat a banana. The vitamin B6 it contains regulates blood glucose levels, which can affect your mood.

ANEMIA:
High in iron, bananas can stimulate the production of hemoglobin in the blood and so helps in cases of anemia.

BLOOD PRESSURE:
This unique tropical fruit is extremely high in potassium yet low in salt, making it perfect to beat blood pressure So much so, the US Food and Drug Administration has just allowed the banana industry to make official claims for the fruit’s ability to reduce the risk of blood pressure and stroke.

BRAIN POWER:
200 students at a Twickenham school ( England ) were helped through their exams this year by eating bananas at breakfast, break, and lunch in a bid to boost their brain power. Research has shown that the potassium-packed fruit can assist learning by making pupils more alert.

CONSTIPATION:
High in fiber, including bananas in the diet can help restore normal bowel action, helping to overcome the problem without resorting to laxatives.

HANGOVERS:
One of the quickest ways of curing a hangover is to make a banana milkshake, sweetened with honey. The banana calms the stomach and, with the help of the honey, builds up depleted blood sugar levels, while the milk soothes and re-hydrates your system.

HEARTBURN:
Bananas have a natural antacid effect in the body, so if you suffer from heartburn, try eating a banana for soothing relief.

MORNING SICKNESS:
Snacking on bananas between meals helps to keep blood sugar levels up and avoid morning sickness.

MOSQUITO BITES:
Before reaching for the insect bite cream, try rubbing the affected area with the inside of a banana skin. Many people find it amazingly successful at reducing swelling and irritation.

NERVES:
Bananas are high in B vitamins that help calm the nervous system..

Overweight and at work? Studies at the Institute of Psychology in Austria found pressure at work leads to gorging on comfort food like chocolate and chips. Looking at 5,000 hospital patients, researchers found the most obese were more likely to be in high-pressure jobs. The report concluded that, to avoid panic-induced food cravings, we need to control our blood sugar levels by snacking on high carbohydrate foods every two hours to keep levels steady.

ULCERS:
The banana is used as the dietary food against intestinal disorders because of its soft texture and smoothness. It is the only raw fruit that can be eaten without distress in over-chroniclercases. It also neutralizes over-acidity and reduces irritation by coating the lining of the stomach.

TEMPERATURE CONTROL:
Many other cultures see bananas as a ‘cooling’ fruit that can lower both the physical and emotional temperature of expectant mothers. In Thailand , for example, pregnant women eat bananas to ensure their baby is born with a cool temperature.

So, a banana really is a natural remedy for many ills. When you compare it to an apple, it has FOUR TIMES the protein, TWICE the carbohydrate, THREE TIMES the phosphorus, five times the vitamin A and iron, and twice the other vitamins and minerals.. It is also rich in potassium and is one of the best value foods around So maybe its time to change that well-known phrase so that we say, ‘A BANANA a day keeps the doctor away!’

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Who wants to split a peas of pizza with me?

This one goes out to you gluten free buddies !

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I wanted to make a pizza.I don’t like cheese or fake cheese, and would rather avoid soy if i can… So i thought to myself, what can I use as a protein for my pizza, without using soy products. I started thinking and thinking … and then it came to me! what if the protein was in the dough!? ! : )

… And thus split pea pizza dough/crust  was born!

Split pea flour is naturally processed and has a high protein content, so you can feel good about eating dishes made with it.

 

What yah knead

Split pea flour  1 cup

chives  a handful * you can also use onions

avocado 1/2

seasalt  to taste

Almond milk 3/4 of a cup… add more as needed

garlic 2-3 gloves diced

basil 4-5 leaves rolled and diced

tomato 4-5 cherry tomatoes cut in half

zucchini  I did a few zucchini ribbons on top . * to acheive this effect you your carrot peeler , or if you like a cheese grater is a great way to shred zucchini. You can pretend it’s cheese!

mushrooms 1-2 sliced

**It ends up being more of a savory pastry crust, so it is best served hot **

I made a personal size, since I wasn’t completely  convinced my project would work, but believe you me… this puppy is filling!!

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Lets get to it!

* Preheat your oven to 450.

I started with 1 cup of split pea flour added a tea spoon of baking powder ,sea salt and a handful of fresh chives .

Slowly pour in almond milk, mixing as you pour * don’t worry if you add too much just add a bit more flour ; p. You will know once the flour and milk is mixed enough as all the dry flour will be gone : 0

Fun time!!

Cover  your hands in split pea flour and begin to knead the dough. * I’ll  be honest, I didn’t do much kneading, this kind of flour doesn’t really knead it : )

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Form a ball with the dough and press it down on a greased baking sheet. Grab a mason jar or a rolling pin and flatten the dough into a small round circle about an inch thick.

I then placed the crust in the oven whilst I chopped my vegemables, garlic and herbs.

Remove the crust from the oven . Spread a layer of the chopped garlic and basil on the bottom with a dash of olive oil.  add on your veggies. I placed the avocado on after the pizza was cooked but if you do want it cooked along with the pizza, I suggest putting it on for the last 5 minutes only : )

..aannd Yeah   bake for 15-20 minutes, but keep an eye on it depending on your oven it may take less time.

Enjoy hot, enjoy a full belly.

And peas…. split with your friends

sharing is fun : D

 

Cashew & broccoli Rump “Alfredo” sauce

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2/3 of a cup of cashews

1/2 cup of  almond milk

oregano/ italian seasoning mix ( i used the mix , but regular ol’  oregano should be fine)

chilli flakes ( to taste)

sea salt ( to taste)

Black pepper ( to taste) — not toooo much! ; p

3-4 cloves of garlic : D

Broccoli stumps

whole wheat noodles

A spoon ful of coconut oil

Yields 2 smallish portions ( but i will say that you don’t want much in terms of left overs nut sauces tend to separate and become less enjoyable)

psst the best meat’s in the rump ; p  ( Simpsons reference )

While that may, or may not be true for meat eaters… it unfortunately isn’t true for broccoli : ( .. But fret not ! They contain all of the vitamins and nutrients of their bushy upper half they both contain the same amounts of fiber , minerals and vitamins however the flourets have about 7 times more beta carotene. So no big deal…

lets get to it

Soak the cashews in almond milk or water if you don’t have any… set aside while you get everything else going ; p

Wash peel and chop the broccoli bums.  I used a cheese grater to ensure all the bits get a fine chopping, it will be easier on your blender.

sautee the garlic in a bit of coconut oil, add in shredded broccoli … oh yeah this would be a good time to get your noodles cooking : )

Sautee the garlic and broccoli for a few moments, we just want them to be slightly cooked.

Once the aroma fills the air you should remove from heat. add the broccoli and garlic to the mixture of cashews and almond milk. add in salt, oregano, black pepper

now blend bend blend! 

You will end up with a wonderful creamy sauce ! give it a taste and add more spices as needed : )

I’m alfredo It won’t taste like cheese, because i hate cheese… but it will be nutty and delicious!

Pour over the pasta, noodles of your choice and that’s it baby!

mmmmmmmmmm

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The “douggie” Burger

WOw … just blown away with this one!

So a friend of mine told me about  a veggie burger someone  had made for her . She explained it was the “meatiest” veggie burger she’s ever had!  delicious and filling.

From her description of how she thought they were made … I attempted them with my own twist! I just couldn’t wait for the recipe ; p

I must warn you this recipe yields 2 patties ( I was experimenting, and so double up if need be  )

1/2 cup of Oatmeal ( ….. get ready to have your mind blown!!)

1/4 cup of fresh herbs…. be adventurous! I used fresh thyme and basil = wicked combination ; p

1/3 cup of red onion…. or any kind you like

3 tablespoons of chia seed * Chia acts like an egg ( in other words   the bonder or glue that holds it all together )… so you’ll be able to tell if you need more , adjust accordingly.

2 splashes of almond milk

Shred in a vegetable of your choice .. I went with yellow zucchini mmm …

1/3 cup of vegetable stock

Coconut oil, vegan margarine ,grape seed oil for sautéing

Braggs ( soy sauce, or sea salt to  taste)

An Ode to Oats

I love you oats

…Because as a wee one you relieved my ever so ichy chicken poxy skin.

…Because you provide me with  a completely  full belly

….Because said full belly is also properly nourished by your protein and fibre.

……Because you’re a great option for those looking to reduce their colesterol  …Ooh ! and don’t forget our diabetic friends!

….Because you give me B1 and magnesium

…Because you’re adaptable!

Savory or sweet

It’s you i shall eat

Bon Appétit!

hhmm, Probably should give up on any and all kinds of creative

writing.. sorry about that everyone!

Ahem.

IN TR  OH DU CI NG  the …

Douggie Burger

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Start by sautéing the onions and herbs w oil of choice and a few splashes of braggs.

Remove from heat  shred in the zucchini and add in the oats.

stir in the almond milk and chia seeds.

You’ve worked hard so far… So go hang out for about an hour. Read a book, Ride a bike ,do a dance…. just distract yourself for an hour ; p

After an hour of sitting uncovered at room temperature… it’s time to get your veggie stock brewing : )

Form patties in the palm of your hand and add them to the brewing broth.

allow the burgers to hang out for about 7-10 minutes, taking time to flip occasionally

Remove from broth and serve!

Such a delicious and unlikely combination… Sadly, I wouldnt recommend putting them on the BBQ but these puppies are packed with flavour!

… I shall call this the Douggie burger.

Thanks Sarah for teaching me how to Douggie

….burger that is. : P

Even Sam Thinks so…. Mr. Samuel L

 

...Seriously You must try it!!