Creamy avocado dressing

CREAMY AVOCADO DRESSING

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Ingredients

1  ripe avocado

1 3/4 cups of oil (olive, veetable , saffron or coconut)

2 table spoons of sesame oil

1-2 small  cloves  of garlic

Super easy friends!

Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until a smooth consistency is achieved!

Jazz up salads , andy vegetables really…  or as shown in the picture bellow, I have added it to THE DOUGGIE BURGER  Super delicious!

BE CREATIVE AND ENJOY!

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Merry Mango Melange Salade

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delectable combination

red onion 1/2

fresh cilantro 4-5 stalks

blueberries 2 hand fulls

mango 1/2

Brussels sprouts( chopped) 4-5

tomato 1-2

1 clove of garlic

lime juice a few splashes

olive oil 2 tbls

white vinegar 2 table spoons

 

Wash and cut up the brussels sprouts into thin strips , toss in a bowl. Wash and chop up red onion, tomatoes and mango and add to the bowl.

remove the leaves from the cilantro , wash and chop.

In a separate bowl and the olive oil , vinegar and lime juice ( plus some salt to taste if desired.) mix and toss in the rest of the fruits and veg.

 

Ready to serve as a side or double up and enjoy yourself a nice big and refreshing  salad!

 

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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Creamy Spinach and Mushroom Croissants

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You don’t say!?!?!? 

Lets make some spinach croissants!
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* Yields 8

INGREDIENTS

1 pillsbury crescent roll tube

1/2 a bundle of spinach washed and chopped

1/4 cup of tahini

2 cloves of garlic

4-5 mushrooms

olive oil or any oil of choice

Braggs liquid soy  or soy sauce

2 splashes of water

LET’S DO IT!

Preheat your oven to 375

* If you have never worked with this dough before it needs to be kept refrigerated up until use.  Exposure to air makes it delicate, but don’t worry they don’t have to be perfect!

Unroll the dough carefully , trying not to stretch the dough too much! It’s perforated  so the “hard part” is all done for you.  : )

Separate the triangles and place them on a greased cookie sheet.

toss all other ingredients into a blender making sure to evenly disperse the liquids , and to add the spinach bits at a time to save your blenders motor.

Blend until a creamy paste is achieved. ** Be careful the mixture doesn’t end up too thin. — if it does, you can always add more spinach to hopefully thicken it up.

We’re ready to go!!

Place one and a half dollops  of the mixture onto the larger end of each dough triangle , and loosely roll to the small point.

The oven is ready to go ! Toss ’em in for 10-12 minutes and get ready to enjoy!!

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Heyyy!

Down here…

Do you have a sweet tooth?

Know what else you can do?

Oh you know that’s right!! Chocolate croissants!!

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THEY ARE DAIRY FREE, PEANUT FREE, SOY FREE !  Yeay!

Simply add 4-5 pieces of chocolate chunks  to the larger end of each triangle , bake at the same time and temperature and that’s it!

** If you like … try making half of each some savoury, some sweet! **

Bon appetit!

Miso Eggplant… what you so?

mmm mmmm mmmm

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Guess who got a new mandolin for christmas??

NOPE , no the instrument, a mandolin slicer. Vegans best friend ; p

OXO Good Grips V-Blade Mandoline Slicer

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I highly recommend this product! The V-blades are all self contained storage-wise on this puppy and it comes completely apart for easy cleaning : )

It props up on an angle for ease of use and the safety guard is quite large and…. well safe ; p Oh the things I shall slice …

Mooving on to the edible stuff

What you need.

2 “chinese ” eggplants AKA “long eggplant”

2 cloves of garlic

2 table spoon of miso paste

1 teaspoon of fresh chopped ginger

1/3 cup of water

2 tablespoons of white vinegar

1 splash of sesame oil

The process

Preheat the oven to 425

* wash and slice the eggplant as desired. I used my mandolin and julianed the eggplant using the french fry setting.

In a bowl, mix the miso paste,vinegar,sesame oil  and water until a saucy like consistency is achieved.

Dice and stir in the fresh garlic and ginger.

Pour and mix the miso sauce with the eggplants.

Place on a coconut oil greased baking sheet.

Bake in the oven for 10-15 minutes making sure to stir every 5 minutes. ( time may vary depending on oven)

Once they begin to brown remove from the oven and serve as a delicious side dish! *I paired mine with steamed rice and barley.

yummmers!

Enjoy!

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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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Beet leaf salad ft. fresh peas and raspberries.

Beet leaf me you’ll love this salad! !

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Have you ever tried eating the leaves attached to your fresh beets?? no? why not? They are delicious and contain the benefits of the beet root.

You will need

-As many leaves you can salvage from the top of your beets

– another leafy green to mix in – I’ve used kale but you can use any other for ex add Chard and you can make SWISS BEETS !  hah ** in case you don’t know http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3NrsQR282Qw **

-1 cup of fresh green peas ….ssssoooo delicious!

– a handful of raspberries

-1/3 of a zucchini grated

-2 diced mushrooms

-* add a few hand full’s of nuts for protein*

-walnut oil

-lemon juice

 

So buddies…

It’s pretty straight forward from here…

Wash and Chop all your veggies..* don’t forget to de stem the kale!

mix in the walnut oil and lemon juice and she’s ready to serve!  You’ll be surprised just how much flavour the fresh peas and raspberries bring to the table.

 

Easy pea sy : )

Enjoy!

Heirloom Tomato Gezpacho-juice

mmm hhhmmmmmm

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Yields about 60z of juice

15+ heirloom tomatoes ( they’re small …use your discretion ) 

2-3 fennel stalks  

3 stocks of green onion

2 stalks of celery

Black pepper to taste. 

3-4 squirts of Sriacha  (to taste)

a pinch of salt ( the recipe is flavourful you’ll find you don’t need the salt.)

 

 

 

I’m so lucky to have lovely people in my life!

Thank you to those that grow  and those that share ! : D

Mrs. Williams, you definitely earned your gold star for sharing today : P

Some lovely people gave me a whole bunch of  locally grown fresh tomatoes…. from https://www.facebook.com/pages/Well-Grounded-Garden/336410303146180

CHeck it out!   From June til October, for only $450, you could get a weekly box filled with delicious organically grown produce plus some prepared foods like dips, soups and pesto!

Get in touch with them  for more info!

You can feel good about supporting  your local farmers .. plus you end up with a ton of delicious veggies!!! !!

 

— side tracked !

Tomatoes, fennel and onions… from the well grounded garden ( + 1 tom  from the Green/ Perin garden! Thanks guys : )

I couldn’t decide what to do with them… and then it hit me!

juice : D
I don’t have a fancy blending type machine, so this is going to be my best attempt with my  trusty hand blender… and hey if it doesn’t work there’s always gazpacho/ soup ; p

Fresh juice is great for yah and if you’re not so keene on vegetables … you’re crazy !

…but also maybe this is  a good way to add more vegetables to your diet.

Awesome things about tomatoes

Tomatoes  are quite filling , due to their high water content. Heart healthy, they protect against  high blood pressure , cholesterol , heart disease and strokes.

One serving of red, ripe, raw tomAtoes (one cup or 150 grams) is a good source of Vitamins A, C, K, folate and potassium. Tom toms  are naturally low in sodium, saturated fat, cholesterol, and calories. Maters  also provide thiamin, niacin, vitamin B6, magnesium, phosphorus and copper, all of which are necessary for a healthy body.  Pluuusss one serving of tomators gives you 2 grams of fiber , which accounts for 7% of your dails recommended amount ; p

On top of that, one serving of  tomatoes gives you 2 grams of fiber, which is 7% of the daily recommended amount. Tomatoes also have a relatively high water content, which makes them a filling food. In general eating plenty of fruits and vegetables, including tomatoes, confers protection against high blood pressure, high cholesterol, strokes, and heart disease.

 

DIce the tomaters ; place into your blending receptacle and cover with 3/4 of a cup of water. add in all ingredients bits at a time . ( you may need to separate this recipe into 2-3 batches)

continue to blend until you get the consistency you’re looking for. You may add more water  and  strain if you find the juice is too thick. I’d recommend consuming the juice as soon as possible, and wouldn’t keep it much longer than 2 days. Turns out it’s delicious as a gezpach and as a juice .  Serve chilled / over ice .

Salut!

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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