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Veggie Chili

Veggie chili is a flavourful treat on those days where it is dark and overcast. The fragrant spices are warm and inviting. Try with Rosemary Parmesan Bread Machine Buns

INGREDIENTS

2 tbsp olive oil

1 green pepper, diced

1 onion, diced

4 garlic cloves, minced

1 can kidney beans

1 can black beans

1 can chick peas

1 cup mushroom broth

1 can tomatoes

1 tsp salt

1 tbsp chili powder

1 tsp cumin

1 tbsp tomato paste

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Vegan Replacements

One of the major hurdles to becoming vegan is replacing common food groups in baking. The vegan replacements below are for eggs, milk, cream and other common baking ingredients. I hope you find it helpful.

EGG SUBSTITUTE

1 tbsp ground flaxseed + 3 tbsp water

1/4 cup pureed tofu

1 tbsp chia seeds + 3 tbsp water

1/4 cup avocado

1/4 cup applesauce

1/4 cup pumpkin

1 mashed banana

3 tbsp aquafaba

1 tsp baking soda mixed with 1 tbsp white vinegar

MILK

Almond, soy, cashew or coconut Milk – Equal parts

BUTTERMILK

1 cup = 1 cup nut milk + 2 tbsp lemon juice

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HONEY

Agave Syrup, Maple Syrup or Rice syrup to taste

CREAM

Coconut cream

3/4 cup soy milk + 1/4 cup vegan margarine

YOGOURT
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soy, coconut, almond or cashew yogourt (equal parts)

BUTTER

vegan butter – equal parts

coconut oil – equal parts

olive oil – 1/4 cup + 2 tbsp per cup of butter

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Chocolate Raspberry Hand Pies

Chocolate raspberry hand pies are a different take on the hand pie. Chocolate pie dough encapsulates a sweet raspberry filling for a decadent treat. They’re great to take for a mid afternoon snack or a small dessert.

Enjoy!

1/2 lb of vegetable shortening

1/2 tsp salt

2 cups flour

1/2 cup cocoa

one egg

1 tbsp white vinegar

Beat one egg in a measuring cup and add 1 tbsp white vinegar.  Fill with cold water to 1/2 cup. 

Blend flour, vegetable shortening and salt. 

Gradually add liquid to dry ingredients and blend until well incorporated. 

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Cherry Biscuits

Cherry biscuits are a great treat for a mid day snack. The tart cherries work perfectly with the savoury dough. They are wonderful paired with Garlic and Chive Biscuits on a Christmas platter.

INGREDIENTS

3 1/2 cups flour

1 tsp salt

2 tsp baking powder

4 1/2 tsp cream of tartar

1/4 cup cold diced butter

1 1/3 cup almond milk

1 beaten egg

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Morning Granola

I don’t often eat cereal for breakfast but when I do I tend to eat granola.  This granola recipe includes coconut oil, honey and dried apricots.  For a surprise cocoa nibs are added for a chocolatey kick.  Enjoy morning granola for breakfast or on top of your favourite crumble.

INGREDIENTSMorning Granola

3 1/2 cups rolled oats

1/2 cup cocoa nibs

1/2 cup sliced dried apricots

1/2 cup unsweetened coconut

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Garlic Spaghetti

Garlic spaghetti is fresh and flavourful.  It’s great with a side salad or by itself.  Try different herbs as toppings.

INGREDIENTSGarlic Spaghetti

3 tbsp olive oil

3 cloves garlic chopped

spaghetti for 2 people

1/2 cup grated parmesan

1 pkg liquid vegetable bouillon

DIRECTIONS

Cook spaghetti to al dente stage.

While spaghetti is cooking brown garlic in olive oil in a frying pan.

Transfer spaghetti to frying pan. Mix in bouillon and Parmesan.

Remove to a plate and top with herbs.

Serve immediately.

Try with  Sun-dried Tomato Salad with Goat Cheese Toast.

Sun-dried Tomato Salad with Goat Cheese Toast

Sun-dried tomato salad and goat cheese toast is a simple yet tasty lunch.  It’s good when you want something light but filling.  Try with Strawberry Lemonade.

INGREDIENTS

Rye Bread slicesSundried Tomato Salad with Goat Cheese Toast

Olive Oil

Goat Cheese

DIRECTIONS

Spread olive oil on rye bread and smear with goat cheese.  Heat under broiler just until cheese begins to melt.

INGREDIENTS

Mixed Greens

Sun-dried Tomatoes (chopped)

Mushrooms (chopped)

Mix and top with dressing below.

1 1/2 tbsp olive oil

1 tbsp balsamic vinegar

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Marshmallow Squares

Marshmallow squares are crazy easy to make and are delicious.  They’re sweet and delicious and anyone with a sweet tooth will love them.  Store in the refrigerator for an indulgent treat any time of day.

INGREDIENTS

1 cup chunky peanut butterMarshmallow Squares

1 1/2 cups milk chocolate chips

1 small package coloured miniature marshmallows

DIRECTIONS

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Natural Easter Eggs

I remember as a child we always coloured Easter eggs by using onion skins.  The variation in colour and imperfections in the tone were always more fun than the colour that commercial dyes create. I’ve found as an adult that you can colour eggs with other natural materials.  Below is a list.

      • 3 tbsp Turmeric  – yellow eggsNatural Easter Eggs
      • purple cabbage – blue eggs
      • blueberries – darker blue eggs
      • beets – pink eggs
      • cranberries – red/pink eggs
      • spinach – green eggs.

In a pot bring 2 cups of fruit or veggies or the Turmeric and 1 cup of water to a boil  Boil for 30 minutes or until a water has turned the desired colour.  Cool mixture

Add 2 tbsp of vinegar to mixture and transfer to a bowl or jar where eggs can be covered with the mixture.  Add 2 or 3 hard boiled eggs to the dye.  Soak from 1/2 hour to overnight in the refrigerator.

Remove eggs from mixture and pat dry.

Infused Vinegars

Flavoured vinegars are great in salad dressings but can be pricey to buy.  Fortunately they are easy to make but takes some preparation.  Below I have listed recipes for Raspberry/Blueberry Vinegar, Sage Red Wine Vinegar and Thyme Basil Vinegar

Raspberry/Blueberry Vinegar

Simple Infused Vinegars1/2 cup mashed raspberries

1/2 cup mashed blueberries

White vinegar to fill a jar

Add  fruit to jar and fill with vinegar.  Cork and let stand for at least 1 week.   Strain and use on salads or as a marinade.  Can be sweetened by adding stevia to the finished vinegar. Continue reading Infused Vinegars