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Kitchen Sink Salad and Mustard Lemon Dressing

I love fresh, crunchy salad but I have to admit that if a salad takes too long to prepare it isn’t a week night staple for me. That’s why I like kitchen sink salad. Kitchen sink salad is easy to make and easy to adjust to the season. Just use any vegetables you have hanging around in your refrigerator. Add four cups of salad greens to three cups of mixed chopped vegetables. You can also cook up some sweet potatoes to add to the mixture. Yum!

The mustard lemon dressing is olive oil based. It’s made with the goodness of Canadian maple syrup, mustard, garlic and lemon juice. I prefer a tart dressing so this recipe is not too sweet. So if you like your salad sweet add a little more maple syrup.

kitchen sink salad and mustard lemon dressing

Store leftover dressing in the refrigerator and use it as a marinade for Tempe or Tofu. Sop up the marinade with Homestyle Bread. Delicious!

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Cost Saving Pumpkin Spice Syrup

It’s Thanksgiving again in Canada and at this time of year pumpkin spice baked goods and drinks are found just about everywhere.

Autumn colours in Canada

Pumpkin spice drinks can be costly but there is a simple solution. Cost effective pumpkin spice syrup is easy to make and when added to your drinks can give you the fall taste you love at a fraction of the cost.

It contains only 5 ingredients and can be stored for up to a week in the refrigerator. You can use fresh or canned pumpkin. Just make sure if you use the fresh version that the vegetable has been processed and is very smooth

Cost effective pumpkin spice syrup can also be used in baked goods. Try making a pumpkin muffin and infusing the centre with the filling after baking. You might have to thicken the recipe a bit more to do this.

You can use the syrup in many drinks. Try adding a tablespoon to your coffee or making a quick latte. I like heating almond or cashew milk and adding a tablespoon to the hot mixture.

If you like a stronger spice flavour simply add more of the syrup to your beverage.

For an amazing fall combination try serving your beverage with Apple Crumble Muffins or Pumpkin Pie.

Enjoy!

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Corn Muffins

Corn muffins are sweet and hearty and are great served with hot soup or chili. For an extra kick add a teaspoon of chili powder.

Enjoy!

INGREDIENTS

2 cups flour

4 tsp baking powder

1 tsp salt

1 1/2 cups ground cornmeal

2 flax eggs

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup sunflower oil

2 cups almond milk

DIRECTIONS

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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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Cranberry Iced Tea

Cranberry Iced Tea is fresh and fruity. Ir’s a wonderful drink for hot days and is a fresh twist on normal iced tea. Serve with Blueberry Vanilla Cookies.

INGREDIENTS

1/2 cup sugar

Cranberry Iced Tea

1/2 cup water

1/8 tsp cloves

1/8 tsp nutmeg

1/8 tsp ginger

1/2 tsp cinnamon

Boil for 5 minutes

Add 2 cups cranberries

Freezer Biscuits

Freezer Biscuits are ideal for those times when you want something light but don’t want to cook. The dough is made and frozen for the future and then simply placed on a cookie sheet and cooked in the oven.

Serve with your favourite jam.

INGREDIENTS

3 cups flour

1/4 cup sugar

Freezer Biscuits

3/4 tsp salt

4 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp cream of tartar

1/2 cup vegan margarine

1 vegan egg

1 cup almond milk

DIRECTIONS

Dinner Rolls

The dinner rolls in this recipe are made in the bread machine.  They come out fluffy, light and sweet.

INGREDIENTSDinner Rolls

1 1/3 cups almond milk

1 1/4 tsp salt

2 tbsp sugar

2 tbsp butter or vegan margarine

3 1/4 cups flour

1 1/4 tsp bread machine yeast

DIRECTIONS

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Rosemary Parmesan Bread Machine Buns

Bread is always best baked at home especially when special flavours are used.  Rosemary Parmesan Bread Machine Buns are great by themselves or excellent alongside a salad.  Serve warm with melted butter.

INGREDIENTS

1 1/3 cups milk

1 1/2 tsp salt

2 tbsp sugarPARMESAN ROSEMARY BREAD MACHINE BUNS

2 tbsp butter

1 tsp ground garlic

3 1/4 cups flour

1 1/4 tsp bread machine yeast.

1/2 cup grated Parmesan

1/4 cup chopped rosemary

DIRECTIONS

Add all ingredients except Parmesan and rosemary to the bread machine pan.  Work on dough cycle.  At indicator add Parmesan and rosemary.

Remove dough from pan and let rise for 15 minutes.

Cut dough into 12 pieces and form into long logs.  Twist logs to make knots.

Let rise in a warm place for 45 minutes.

Bathe the tops of the buns with a mixture of butter and garlic.  Bake at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for approximately 20 minutes.

Lemon Corn Muffins

Lemon Corn Muffins is a lighter cornbread than found in traditional recipes.  The lemon yogourt adds an unexpected zing to the recipe.  Serve with chili or for a mid afternoon snack.

INGREDIENTS

1 1/4 cups flourLemon Corn Muffins

3/4 cup cornmeal

3 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 cup white sugar

1/2 tsp baking soda

1 cup lemon yogourt

1 egg

1/2 cup buttermilk

DIRECTIONS

Combine flour, cornmeal, baking powder, salt, white sugar and baking soda in a large bowl.  Mix well.

Whisk yogourt, egg and buttermilk together.

Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients.

Bake in a 350 degree Fahrenheit oven for 20 to 25 minutes.

Try this recipe with Vegetarian Chili with Mushrooms

Pumpkin Spice Creamer

Many people like their coffee to be flavoured.  Pumpkin Spice creamer flavours coffee with a taste of the fall.  Creamy pumpkin mixed with pumpkin pie spice makes this drink something to be enjoyed throughout the season.  You might want to double the recipe as it goes fast.Pumpkin Spice Creamer

INGREDIENTS

1/8 cup Stevia

2 tbsp pumpkin puree

1 tsp pumpkin pie spice

1 tbsp maple juice

3/4 cup half and half cream

1/8 tsp salt

DIRECTIONS

Whip all ingredients together until frothy.

Serve in hot coffee.