Pretzels

We usually make these pretzels as an accompaniment to our pumpkin chili and are delicious. Ingredients: 1 1/2 cups warm (110 to 115 degrees F) water 1 tablespoon sugar* 2 teaspoons kosher salt 1 package or 2 1/2 tsp active dry yeast 22 ounces all-purpose flour, approximately 4 1/2 cups* 2 ounces margarine or butter,…

Is it a pea or a nut? No, it is super legume.

Health benefits of Peanuts     Peanuts are rich in energy and contain health benefiting nutrients, minerals, antioxidants and vitamins that are essential for optimum health.     They compose sufficient levels of mono-unsaturated fatty acids especially oleic acid. It helps to lower LDL or “bad cholesterol” and increases HDL or “good cholesterol” level in the blood….

Pumpkin Cake

Ingredients: 2 cups white sugar 1 1/4 cups vegetable oil 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 cups canned pumpkin 4 eggs 2 cups all-purpose flour 3 teaspoons baking powder 2 teaspoons baking soda 1/4 teaspoon salt 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon 1 cup chopped walnuts (optional) Directions: 1.     Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees…

Dessert of the Week July 22-28, 2012 Avocado, coconut, and lime sorbet (Vegan)

Inspiration Amanda found this recipe in the book by Kim Barnouin, Skinny Bitch, Ultimate Everyday Cookbook and we are always looking for vegan recipes to try. This one seemed good for summer. Avacados Avocados provide nearly 20 essential nutrients, including fiber, potassium, Vitamin E, B-vitamins and folic acid. They also act as a “nutrient booster”…

Dessert of the Week July 8-14, 2012 Tropical Ice Cream

It is pretty simple, just add pineapple and mashed bananas to the basic ice cream recipe. Inspiration We invited a friend over to enjoy Brazilian Black Bean Stew for dinner and thought that something tropical would be a nice accompaniment. Results It is a pretty simple and tasty recipe,  but a little shredded coconut would …

Dessert of the Week July 1-7, 2012 Vegan Raspberry Mint Cupcakes

I am planning to make a new dessert every week and post it on the blog.   Some of them will be recipes that I have came across and some will just be stuff that I throw together to see what happens. This week will be one of the throwing stuff together recipes. Raspberry Mint Cupcakes…

Simple vegan cupcakes with frosting

These cupcakes were yummy but the frosting came out a little thin.  I will have to try to figure out what I did wrong and correct it.   Ingredients: Cupcakes 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar 1 1/2 cups almond milk 2 cups all-purpose flour 1 cup white sugar 2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon baking…

Brazillian Black Bean Stew

Ingredients: 1 tablespoon oil 1 large onion, chopped 4 cloves of garlic, minced 2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and diced 1 large red bell pepper, diced 1 can (14.5oz) diced tomatoes 1 small jalapeno, minced 2 cans black beans, drained and rinsed 1 can chunk pineapple 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro 1/4 teaspoon salt Directions:…

Peanut Butter Chocolate Dream Cake (VEGAN)

I found this recipe in a great cookbook, “Have your cake and vegan too” by Kris Holechek.  My cakes did not rise very much and next time I will probably double the cake ingredients to compensate, but it was very delicious. INGREDIENTS Cake: 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1/4 cup bak­ing cocoa, sifted (Dutch pressed…

Chocolate Crumb Cake (VEGAN)

Chocolate Crumb Cake Ingredients Crunchy Chocolate Topping 1 c. plus 2 tbsp.  all purpose flour 2/3 c.  granulated sugar 1/4 c. baking cocoa, sifted a pinch of salt 1/2 c. coconut oil melted 1/3 c. chocolate chips Cake 1 1/4 c. all-purpose flour 1/3 c. baking cocoa, sifted 1 tsp. baking powder 1/2 tsp. baking…