Thursday, February 9, 2017

Dairy-Free Corn Chowder

Creamy soups are my favourite kind, and this one is easy and delicious. It's also a great way to use up left over baked or boiled potatoes. You could also use left over chicken, I suppose. 


This soup doesn't use dairy or flour to thicken it up, instead, we're using coconut cream and pureed vegetables to do the job. The soup doesn't taste like coconut, don't worry.

My corn and cauliflower were both frozen, so I put them in a pot of boiling water for a few minutes just to warm them up. Hidden cauliflower is a bonus! Nobody will ever know it's in there. 

You can make this recipe without chicken for a vegan version.

Quinoa & Black Bean Salad

This is my lunch for the next 2 days. I divided the salad into 2 glass containers and packaged the dressing separately. The sweetness of the raisins is actually really nice. You could also add corn kernels, chopped avocado, and cumin powder to change things up a bit. Cilantro would have been nice, but I didn't have any.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Just Bananas Muffins

I've tried making gluten free and healthy muffin recipes before. A lot of the recipes are gloopy in the middle, as if they didn't cook all the way through. This recipe is not like the others. It rises nicely and has a nice texture throughout. It has no added sugar (if you don't add chocolate chips) or oil, and is gluten free if you use gluten free oats.

I added some Camino chocolate chips to half the batter, and raisins to the other half. It may not be a good idea to add wet things like fresh fruit. The batter may become too wet and cause the centre of the muffins to have that gloopy texture. Serve your berries on the side instead.

For the oats, you can grind them in a blender, or buy oat flour. 2 cups of oats grinds into 2 cups of oat flour, so if you buy it already ground, just measure 2 cups.

I buy Oak Manor oats because they're grown here in Ontario. I like to support canadian farmers and businesses if I can. Plus, they're organic.

LINE YOUR PAN. This is important. Regular paper liners will stick because these muffins don't have oil or butter. I rarely have good luck removing muffins from the pan with no liner at all, so I just don't do it. The FOK recipe says that you can use silicone muffin pans, but I have had no luck with those either. Maybe they will work for you? I had some paper liners in the cupboard that were made of parchment, but you don't have to buy them, you can make your own. Here's a good tutorial.




These are the oats I use. Oak Manor.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Carrot Juice With Lemon and Ginger

I've always liked carrot juice. Add a little lemon to lighten it up, and a knob of ginger to give it a littel zing.

I found a great tip on the Hurom website. I assume this would apply to any slow juicer. It said "Alternate carrot with apple for more moisture and better extraction." I'm going to guess that lemon would work the same way, but apple and carrot would be a tasty juice as well.

Keep in mind that carrots are on the dry side and don't produce as much juice as other veggies. It will take a lot of carrots to get a lot of carrot juice. And whatever you do, don't try to re-juice the pulp. You will clog your juicer. Yes, I tried it. The pulp from the Hurom is already dry. I don't know what I was thinking.

Again, the Hurom has a small chute. Harder veggies need to be cut smaller so they don't get stuck in the machine. It does take a bit more prep to use a Hurom, but I love the feel of the juice compared to the centrifugal juicer. It's very smooth. It's worth the extra effort it takes to cut the carrots. Or if you're making a lot, you can run the carrots through the slice blade on your food processor. The slicing blade is also very handy for making sauerkraut.