Saturday, December 13, 2014

Acorn Season

It is the time of the year that Oak trees are dropping acorns and I have been busy gathering them.  My husband found some larger acorns last week and brought them home to show me; I like them enough that we went back and got 4 gallons more!  I cleaned and sorted them last night and will shell as many as possible today.  I am going to try a new way to leach the tannins that looks like it is much faster than what I used last year.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Vegan MOFO hash browns and sausages for dinner

Tonight is breakfast for dinner night.  Yum!  I shredded russett potatoes in the food processor, cooked them in a hot pan, added two vegan sausage patties, and waited.  So good! 

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Vegan MOFO--Hash Browns For A Snack

It is Vegan Month of Food and I totally forgot until a few minutes ago!  I am so sorry everyone who visited here.

I am a big potato fan, especially hash browns.  This batch was for an afternoon snack.  I make them with freshly shredded russet potatoes and a piping hot pan--no oil.  They cook for about 7 minutes on the first side, get flipped and cooked for another 7 minutes.  Then serve and eat.  Yum!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Swedish Meatballs

This has got to be the best vegan Swedish meatball recipe I have ever tasted!  I found it here: The Seitanic Chef's Swedish Meatballs

I do not tend to cook with added oils, but I made an exception when I browned the meatballs.  I used a tablespoon of Earth Balance.  Next time I will try baking them in the oven.

I also left out the mushrooms since I wanted my children to eat this.  I also used only about 6 ounces of Tofutti Sour Cream.
I had a jar of Ikea's Lingonberry Jam in the refrigerator, so I served that with this dish.  Very tasty!

So when cooking with low-fat in mind, I will try making it this way:

--Bake the meatballs
--no sour cream substitute, but add some lemon juice for that sour taste
--in place of the soy creamer, use soy milk

I am really looking forward to the next time I have the excuse to make these!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Making Blue Corn Tortillas

Above, the ball of masa is in between two pieces of plastic wrap on the tortilla press.

Here I have taken the top piece of plastic wrap off after I pressed the ball on the press.

You can buy a tortilla press for $10-$15 online or at a South American market.

A stack of blue corn tortillas!  

These are so easy to make.  Mix masa and water 1:1, roll a small ball, put it between two sheets of plastic wrap on a tortilla press, press it, remove the plastic wrap, cook in a dry pan 1 minuter per side, stack and eat.  If you do not have a tortilla press, use a rolling pin or even just flatten it with your hands.

I like mine with beans and salsa…

You can use parchment paper if you do not want to use plastic wrap.  If plastic does not bother you, try using a cut plastic baggie since the plastic is much thicker and easier to work with.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Oatmeal Balls

I made these for a snack for my daughters and their friends. This is my recipe, though I did read about a dozen recipes online to get an idea of what kinds of proportions I needed to be looking at. This recipe made 12 and come out to about 90 calories each.

Oatmeal Balls

1.5 cups quick oats
1/4 cup dark cocoa powder
1/4 cup agave nectar
2 teaspoons vanilla
scant 1/4 cup smooth peanut butter, after pouring off the oil
3/4 cup of dark chocolate chips, finely chopped walnuts, and raw sunflower seeds

Mix all together in a bowl, then take a small handful, squeeze into a ball, and put on a plate. 

These are very high in fat, as you can guess from the ingredients;  I would only eat one as a snack on occasion.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Boiled Potatoes

Boiled red potatoes, salt and pepper, nutritional yeast, bacos, sunflower seeds, and broccoli.