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Spanish rice on the menu…

It may be Sunday but this savory side dish is great any day of the week!

  • Chop then saute onions 1/2 med onion, 2 T chopped olives, & 1/4 cup green/red peppers in 2t of extra virgin olive oil.
  • Add rice (I used 1.5 c. Brown rice) to a deep saute pan.
  • Add and stir well all of the spices: 1T garlic, 2t sazon, 1T tomato paste & 4 oz of chopped tomatoes.
  • Add enough water to cover rice (about 3/4″).
  • Cover the pan and cook on very, very low flame until the rice is cooked (check after 30 minutes to see if it needs a tad bit more water).

Enjoy! ūüėČ

5 Ingredients: Black Bean Burger recipe

 

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Simple 5 Ingredients Black Bean Burger

  1.   1, 15 oz. can of Black beans, rinse in a colander
  2.   2 large Scallions/ Green Onions Рfinely chopped
  3. ¬† 1 T Gluten-free flour or any flour if you’re not eating gluten-free
  4.   1/2 t Spicy Mustard
  5.   Dash of Salt & Black pepper
  • Add everything into a large bowl and mash it up roughly using a potato masher.
  • Pan fry it in a cast iron skillet….get your skillet very hot first, then add you favorite oil… I used 1 T. extra virgin oilive oil.
  • Take a large handful of the black bean mixture, gently form it …it’s ok for it to look rustic.
  • Add it to the hot skillet and let it crisp up a few minutes on each side, flip it using a large firm slotted spatula.
  • Make 3-4 Burgers.

My husband, not Vegan nor Gluten-free and he loved this meal.

I served it on a slice of gluten-free bread, spreading avocado to the bread and topped it with Daiya (dairy-free) Sharp Shredded cheese.

Added diced potatoes, corn and fresh cucumbers with dill to complete the dish for a hearty meal.

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Kale, dear friend

Kale¬†is both helpful for¬†detoxifying¬†the body and keeping the¬†liver¬†healthy. … Detoxes with¬†kale¬†are specifically designed to make sure the¬†liver¬†is kept clean of impurities, says MindBodyGreen, and to supply it with healthy nutrients that it needs to function properly”.

“Kale¬†has one of the highest levels of antioxidants of any plant you can eat and can help reduce inflammation, lower cholesterol and¬†detox¬†the liver. Adding¬†kale¬†into your cleansing regimen can be effective, when it’s eaten in moderation”.

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A tasty and natural detox/cleanse.

  • I used Cashew Milk …will try my Flax milk tomorrow.
  • I added a 1/2 t of Tumeric, 1/4 t Cinnamon & 1/4 t of Ginger powder.
  • Be sure to use a really good blender…I had to pulse for sometime to break down the Kale. I prefer without a¬† sweetner but I could see how some might want to add Stevia/honey to sweeten it up.

 

 

 

 

 

Easy Soup recipe

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Perfect Winter day soup…

White Bean Soup 

Vegetarian, Gluten-free, & Vegan

  • 2 15oz cans of White Beans – in a colander rinse the beans under water.
  • 1 T Extra Virgin Olive oil
  • 1 medium Onion, diced
  • 1/2 large green pepper, diced
  • 1 large Potato (White/Sweet)¬† diced…can substitute with butternut squash
  • 2 cloves, fresh Garlic, minced
  • 1 large Bayleaf
  • 1/4 t Cumin powder
  • 1/2 t Garlic powder
  • 1 t Badia Sazon or 1/2 a packet
  • 1/2 t Kosher salt
  • 1/2 t Tumeric powder
  • A tiny pinch of Red Pepper flakes
  • 2 pinches – dashes of Black pepper
  • 1 T Tomato paste

Saute onions, green pepper, add garlic towards the end, do not brown the garlic.

Add all of the ingredients to the pot and add 4 cups of water, stir.

Cover and simmer the soup for 1.5- 2 hours.

Enjoy!

 

Winter is here!

I love all of the festivities of Christmas, gatherings, lunches & parties but they go by way too fast….it’s almost Christmas!!

I made a few gift items like this cute bulky hat & neckwarmer for my li’l niece – she has a massive head of beautiful curls… I was thrilled it all fit in the hat!

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On this first very wet (torrential rain, all day) day of Winter, I made it home and made this simple, hearty soup.

Butternut Squash soup:¬† It’s Gluten-free and Vegan. It’s simple and easy to make.

1 1/2 bags of frozen Butternut Squash ( I used 6 oz bag of the cubes and 1 bag, 12 oz, of spirals) added it to 4.5 cups of water in saucepan add spices (below) and simmer for an hour.

The soup thickened nicely. One could always add a medium diced white/sweet potato and carrots too, if you like.

Seasonings:

1 t Badia Sazon (can be found in the Latin food aisle). Badia brand does not contain MSG…other brands may.

1/2 t of Granulated garlic powder

1/2 t Salt

1 large Bayleaf

1/2 t Tumeric

1/3 t Black Pepper

Give it a try…enjoy!!

 

 

 

 

 

What’s cooking & my Wednesday WIP

Triangle Scarflette on my needles this week. Rocking the colorful sock yarn.

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On my plate, a hearty meal:

Yellow (Brown rice), pink beans – made with chuncks of zucchini), tostones (green bananas) with a lot of toasted garlic, avocado & cukes, Veggie, Gluten-free & Vegan life.

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What’s cookin’…

 

A fav vegan meal:

  • Brown rice & Black beans
  • Green beans
  • A lot of Avocado

I spice up boring Brown rice:¬† using both fresh and powdered spice – 1/2 t of IOnion, Garlic, Sazon, Tumeric, Black pepper. I hold back on salt since the mixed Spanish spice both contain salt. Saute 1 small onion in 1T of extra virgin olive oil (I used Carbonell, it’s 100% pure olive oil from Spain – really good flavor.

For my Black beans (one 16 oz can of beans) – add all of the above plus my homemade sofrito, 1 chopped medium potato, 1T tomato paste, cumin/comino, and 1 bayleaf.

 

 

 

Mac & Cheese Recipe – Vegan & GF

Creamy Vegan & Gluten-free Mac & Cheese w/Broccoli –

This will be my go-to pot-luck casserole dish… everyone wil love.

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  • 6 oz. of Penne Brown Rice Pasta – cooked
  • 1/2 cup of Cashew Milk¬† (or Hemp/Almond Milk)
  • Fresh or frozen broccoli
  • Garlic clove (minched)
  • Daiya Vegan Cheese (Shredded Mozzerella & Cheddar) – generous handful of each.
  • Salt & Pepper

Mince the garlic and heat in a saucepan add Cashew Milk, stir, add Cheese to Milk and stir til blended, add dash salt & black pepper then add penne pasta, stir the add broccoli….serve.

Yes, to sesame seeds…

My latest great find:

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Excellent tahini mix: Barron Tahini – pure ground sesame – $12/2 16 oz jars, on Amazon.

Easy prep: add equal amount water to mixture, add 1 clove of garlic, 1-2 T of fresh Lemon juice, salt & blend. Some add parsley. It can be made thicker by using less water. Perfect dressing for falafel salad, green salad, celery, cukes, etc.

While eating gluten free is not a choice for me, I am choosing vegan eating as well. Naturally, it’s a challenge… I’ve always loved cheese – meat, nah, never been a fan of it.

Thankful for all of the options, blogs, etc. which make it easier.

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Mindblowing video…MUST SEE!!

 

Just when I thought I was making good choices…now this!!!

Mindboggling, infuriating and deeply disturbing.

 

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