Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Oven Fries

My kids could eat oven fries every day. They're so yummy! We love to use yellow potatoes, but surely other potatoes will also work. 

1. Cut some potatoes into strips. 

2. Soak them in cold water for at least 30 minutes. I have soaked them for a few days so I don't have to cut potatoes every day. Soaking makes a huge difference. The fries don't dry out inside like they sometimes do if you don't soak the potatoes first. 

3.Dry them with paper towel or a clean kitchen towel. 

4. Toss with a touch of olive or avocado oil and seasoning of choice. I like dried rosemary, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper. 

5. Bake in a preheated 425F oven until golden. Flip once during cooking, and be sure to use parchment so they don't stick. 

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Black Bean and Mashed Potato Burgers

These are yummy! I had leftover potatoes and black beans, put them together and ended up with these burgers. I'll add corn and Tex Mex seasoning to change it up next time. 

Black Bean and Mashed Potato Burgers
Makes 3

1 1/2 cups leftover mashed potatoes (only potatoes - no milk or butter)
1/2 cup shredded and squeezed zucchini
1/2 cup shredded or diced onion
1 cup cooked black beans 
1/2 teaspoon each onion and garlic powder 
1/2 teaspoon paprika
Salt and pepper
3 tablespoons nutritional yeast
1/4 cup bread crumbs (I used gluten free)
Avocado oil for cooking

Sauté the onion and zucchini in just a little oil (I used avocado), until golden. Allow to cool.

Mash everything together well (just use your hands) and form into patties. 

Fry in a touch of avocado oil, over medium low heat until golden on both sides.

Serve as a burger or with salad.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Creamy Scalloped Potatoes

I think this is my new favourite thing to eat. You can make it gluten free by using a different thickening agent, and GF breadcrumbs.

I make my own cashew milk. Cashew milk is a nice option because it's creamy. With cashews, there's no need to strain. Just soak them for a few hours and then blend them with fresh water. The less water you add, the creamier it will be. This makes it ideal for making your own dips and other creamy things.

I used 3 potatoes for this recipe. I ate half for dinner last night, and half for lunch today. You could easily get 4 servings out of this recipe if you're only using it as a side.

I take pictures with my phone before I eat what I make.
I know they are crappy sometimes. I have come to accept this.

Thursday, June 15, 2017


Hummus is one of the things I've been eating a lot for the past few weeks. It'll add some protein to your meal without having to cook anything. If you're too lazy to cook beans, just put hummus on everything instead. Be sure to read the ingredients list when picking it up at the store. I'm not only too lazy to cook beans, but also too lazy to make my own hummus. It never tastes right when I make it myself anyway.

I found an organic hummus with roasted beets at Costco. This is something they carry regularly at my store, and the ingredients are mostly clean. The only thing that bothers me is the canola oil, even if it is organic. Canola oil is something I stopped buying years ago. I only have olive and avocado oils in the house now. Maybe one day I'll get the recipe right, but until then, I will have to accept that there is canola oil in my hummus. There is one brand that I found that uses sunflower oil instead, but the store I found it at isn't near where I live. I can't remember the brand.

So, what can you do with hummus? I put it on pizza, avocado toast, rice cakes, crackers, and sometimes I just eat it with a spoon. You can put it on your salad, on your wraps, and use it as a dip for vegetables. If you make your own, you can add all kinds of things to it. How about sautéed onions, pine nuts, chopped olives, sundried tomatoes, roasted red peppers … the list goes on.

Here are some hummus recipes that look delicious. Maybe I'll give them a try one day.

And here are some pictures of ways I use hummus, for your viewing pleasure.

Use hummus on your sandwiches instead of mayo.

It's great on avocado toast.

Dress up some rice cakes. This is a beet hummus.