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Lentil & Veggie Stew April 17, 2012

It may be spring and the birds might be chirping, but I still love a hot bowl of comfort food for dinner.  Now that time is of the essence more than ever (hello raving toddler), I have to make something that is quick and delish, and who’s fooling who, I loveeeeeee a stew!!!  I have made variations of this recipe, both in my Le Crueset Dutch Oven and in my slow cooker.  Both are totally yummy.
Ingredients:

  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 pounds fresh vegetables cut in bit-sized pieces (I used parsnips, mushrooms, carrots and zucchini)
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 1 can cooked lentils (you can use freshly cooked – about 1 1/2 cups with cooking liquid)
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 1/4 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/3 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 2/3 cup pumpkin or squash (canned or cooked – all water pressed out)
  • salt & black pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Cook onion in a large, Dutch oven until browned, then add garlic and cook, stirring, for another minute.
  2. Add veggies, broth and spices and cook until vegetables are soft and it begins to boil.
  3. Add quinoa and cook on medium heat until tender (approx. 15 min), then add pumpkin and salt/pepper to taste and cook for 5 more min (adding a little water if too thick).
  4. Serve hot, with shredded cheddar and/or some large crusty bread with butter!

Notes:

– to use the slow cooker, but all ingredients into cooker and place on low for 6 hours.

– this freezes pretty well too.

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Organic White Bean Dip March 5, 2012

Filed under: Starters & Sides — healthyhag @ 5:58 pm
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Easy easy easy.  Yummy yummy yummy.  I don’t think this dip really needs much more explaining than that.

 

INGREDIENTS:

 

2-3 cups of dried white navy beans (I used organic)

1-2 tsp sea salt

1-2 tsp minced organic garlic

2 TBSP organic extra virgin olive oil

Pepper, to taste

 

DIRECTIONS:

 

1) Place dried beans in a large bowl and fill with water – sprinkle with a small dash of salt and soak overnight.

2) Drain beans and place in large pot along with 1 tsp of salt, place on high heat and bring to boil.

3) Boil beans for 1-2 hours until tender.

4) Place boiled beans in food processor along with minced garlic, olive oil and 2-3 TBSP of boiling water and combine thoroughly.

5) Taste and season accordingly – add more water from boiling pot if dip is too lumpy (should be nice and smooth but not runny).

6) Chill for an hour or more and serve with fresh veggies or your fave crusty bread.

 

NOTE – you could substitute any dried bean really, if your preference isn’t navy beans.  Add in some tahini if using chickpeas.

 

 

 

APPLE PEAR CRUMBLE February 22, 2012

Good grief has it really been THAT long???  Well, I guess it has, and I’m confident with my excuse: new motherhood.  I welcomed the best thing EVER into my life last year and it’s been one hellova rollercoasster ride since.  Poopy diapers and tantrums aside, I still love love love to cook and bake.  So that’s that.

Here’s a great recipe for one of my autumnal faves … Apple Crumble.  This version is modified to be GLUTEN FREE that has a slightly almond twist and incorporates pears as well.  It’s a quick and elegant way to use up any apples or pears you just know will go if you don’t use them soon, and is super easy to prep.  Now that time is of the essence (crazy toddler running around), making food that is healthy AND ready F-A-S-T is more important than ever.

INGREDIENTS:

TOPPING

1/3 cup sliced almonds
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup almond flour (or oats)
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. ground ginger (this is optional)
3 tbsp butter (at room temp)

FILLING

3 tbsp almond flour
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 tsp. ground ginger (this is optional)
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1 1/2 pounds apples (about 4 medium sized)
1 1/2 pounds pears (about 4 medium sized)
1/2 cup dried cranberries or craisins or raisins
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp almond or vanilla extract

DIRECTIONS:

1) Grease an 8″ or a 9″ square baking dish

2) Peel, core, and slice apples and pears.

FOR TOPPING:

* In a medium bowl, combine sliced almonds, flour, sugar, cinnamon and ginger

* Add butter to mixture, and combine ingredients and butter until mixture resembles loose crumbs (best to use your fingers!)

FOR FILLING:

* In a large bowl, mix together flour, sugar, cinnamon and ginger, then add apples and pears, cranberries, lemon juice and almond extract.

* Mix fruit with the dry ingredients to coat, being careful not to break up the fruit (again – best to gently use your fingers!)

3) Transfer FILLING (fruit mixture) to the baking dish, and sprinkle TOPPING mixture evenly over top.

4) Bake at 375° F for approx 30-35 min or until topping is starting to turn golden brown, and fruit juices bubble.

5) Cool slightly before serving

NOTES:

– you can serve with whipped cream or ice cream

– can be served warm or cold

 

Healthy Peach Muffins August 27, 2009

It’s that time of year again where the fruit basket on the counter and the top shelf in my fridge is overrun with peaches.  Glorious, mouth-watering, chin dripping fresh Ontario Peaches.  Unfortunately, there are only so many I can eat in a day, and so I have had to find creative ways of using them all up.  Enter baking!  These are a healthy alternative to the usually fat-laden muffin realm, and if you’re feeling like you’re not in the peach zone, you could easily swap any berry of your choice here.  The fat here is replaced mostly with yogurt, so it’s a bit friendlier to your hips and tummy.  This batch was even 100% kid approved by my discerning neighbours, 8 and 5 respectively, and by my Grandpa, 89.  Now if that’s not an endorsement, I really don’t know what is.

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INGREDIENTS:

2 cups flour (I used 1 cup rye flour, and 1 cup all purpose – but you could use rice or chickpea flour to make this Gluten-free)

1 & 1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp cinnamon

1 cup low-fat plain yogurt (you could use full fat or even peach flavoured if you want)

1/4 cup 1% or skim milk

2 large eggs

3/4 cup sugar

1/4 cup salted butter, melted

1 & 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans (or even almonds)

2 cups fresh peaches, cut into very small pieces (skin on)

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DIRECTIONS:

1) Preheat oven to 350°F, and place paper baking cups in muffin pans (or lightly grease pans).

2) Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and cinnamon; set aside.

3) In a separate bowl, combine milk and yogurt; set aside.

4) Beat eggs and sugar at high speed for about 3-5 minutes, until light and fluffy, then add melted butter and vanilla and beat until well blended, about 1 minute.

5) Add flour mixture alternately with milk mixture (start and finish with flour mixture), mixing only to completely combine, then stir in chopped nuts and peaches. DO NOT OVERMIX!

6) Spoon batter into prepared muffin pans, and bake on centre rack for 25-30 minutes (or until cake tester comes out clean).

7) Remove finished muffins from pans immediately, and cool on wire rack.

peach-muffin

 

BE FREE Mac n’ Cheese July 3, 2009

Yes, this is a mac’n’cheese for the rest of us … soy, gluten, AND dairy free!!!  Some of the most common allergens and food intollerences out there these days.  Sad but true.  This certainly won’t replace Auntie Marg’s creamy gooey gorgeous baked version that has everyone in a coma for a few hours after enjoying, but hey, it’s better than the alternative of nothing.  It’s a pretty tasty and easy version of a classic that will satisfy any “freer” out there.  Enjoy!

INGREDIENTS:

1 1/4 cup uncooked brown rice macaroni

1 1/4 cup unsweetened rice milk

1/3 cup nutritional yeast

1 tsp sea salt

1 tbsp cornstarch

1 tsp EACH onion powderand garlic powder

1/2 tsp paprika

1/4 tsp tumeric

1 tbsp tahini

Sprinking of smoked paprika for dusting (optional!!)

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DIRECTIONS:

1. Cook pasta according to directions on the box (usually about 7-8 min).

2. Immediately drain and rinse with cold water, and set aside.

3. Whisk all remaining ingredients together in a medium sauce pan, and turn on heat on burner to medium.

4. Bring sauce to a near boil then turn down the heat to low – stirring occasionally, to allow sauce to thicken.

5. Remove from heat once thickened, and combine with cooked macaroni, stirring to coat completely.

6. Return to bruner, heat thoroughly and serve!

 

Protein Muffins September 25, 2008

This recipe screams healthy and delicious, and I made extra brownie points with my gluten-free tri-athlete gal pal when I forwarded it to her. They are a wonderful low-carb, high-protein, super tasty power muffin. Spread some all natural nut butter on the top before eating for extra flavor and an even bigger protein boost.

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cup oat bran or non-gluten flour
1 cup egg whites (from container) or 6 egg whites
1/2 cup canned pumpkin
1/2 cup applesauce w/ cinnamon (or plain but add a bit more cinnamon to the batter, to taste)
2 Tbsp peanut butter (all-natural is best)
extra dash of cinnamon & nutmeg
3 tbsp of honey
1 banana, mashed
1 cup frozen blueberries
extra peanut butter (or any nut butter – to spread on top before eating)

Directions:
1) Preheat oven to 375 degrees, and place muffin liners in a 12 serving muffin tray.

2) Mix all ingredients together until blended – although add the blueberries at the very end so they don’t become overly mashed.

3) Fill muffin cups 3/4 full and bake for 20 min.

4) Let muffins cool completely on rack, then spread nut butter on them before eating.

Store in refrigerator, or freeze for a month (well wrapped).

Yummers!!

 

Aaloo Baingan August 14, 2008

Filed under: Indian,Veggie Mains — healthyhag @ 8:38 pm
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My take on an Punjabi classic. Don’t be scared my pets, as all the ingredients are readily available at most regular run-of-the-mill grocery stores, plus if you’re not a fan of curries, this is a good place to start. Lesson the chilies if you’re not into anything too spicy. This is the right heat amount for me, but I have a HIGH tolerance for spice. You can also used canned ginger for this, and your best bet for cooking oil is either vegetable or canola.

INGREDIENTS:
1 tbsp cooking oil
½ tsp cumin Seeds
3 cloves of garlic (peeled & chopped)
1, 1-inch piece of ginger root (peeled and chopped)
1 green chili
1 medium onion (finely chopped)
1 medium tomato (finely chopped)
¼ tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp red chili powder (or to taste)
1 tsp coriander powder
1 tsp cumin powder
1 large potato (peeled and cut into small pieces)
3 Eggplants (cut into medium pieces)
2 cups of water
Salt and pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS:
1) In a large pot heat oil, add cumin seeds. and once they’re lightly browned add the chopped garlic, ginger root and whole green chili and stir for one minute.

2) Add in the chopped onions and fry until golden brown (at this point remove green chili and set aside).

3) Add chopped tomatoes and fry until the oil starts to separate and the tomatoes are soft.

4) Add in turmeric powder – fry for a minute – then add in red chili powder, coriander powder and cumin powder and mix for another minute.

5) Add in the potato pieces, fry for 5 minutes, then add the eggplant pieces and fry for another 5 minutes.

6) Add in 2 cups of water – when water comes to a boil, stir, lower heat to low, cover and let cook for about 20-30 min.

7) When eggplant and potatoes are well done, garnish with coriander leaves, mix and serve HOT!