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.

Celery - Cucumber - Ginger - Pineapple - Lemon Juice

This juice is good, but if you don't like celery, you probably won't like this juice. You can add the celery last, and taste it as you go along.

As you can see from the image below, the Hurom is a great juicer and leaves you with little pulp. The pulp that is left is very dry. This is such a huge difference from my last juicer, which was centrifugal. It left a very wet pulp, and the juice was grainy.

The hurom does have a smaller chute, so you need to cut your fruit and veg to fit. Also, i removed the skin from the cucumbers because the ones I bought were not organic, and they are on the dirty dozen list.

I stored this juice in smaller bottles so I could take it to work. It's also better this way so that you don't expose a large amount of juice to air, by opening and closing a bigger bottle.


Orange Pineapple Juice

Last week I had a bit of a cold, so I went and made my own vitamin C juice. You want to make your own because those store bought juices are pasteurized. There is no benefit to drinking them.

I made 2 batches. The first was just orange and pineapple, and I added lemon and grapefruit to the 2nd batch.

I use a Hurom slow juicer and it's awesome. I love it! It was worth the investment.

The Hurom has a small chute, so I cut my fruit into chunks that would fit. If you have a centrifugal juicer, you will probably have a bigger chute, and there won't be a need to do a lot of prep. You can leave the core in the pineapple as well.

The lemon is optional, but it's a nice touch if you've got a sweet pineapple.

Sushi Your Way

This here is my first attempt at sushi. It's not difficult to make, but that sushi rice sure is sticky.

You can put anything you want inside, just be sure to slice everything into strips.You can also add slices of egg, tofu or seafood. I gave up on eating sushi with raw fish a long time ago, because as we know, seafood has gotten pretty dirty. But it's your sushi, so it's up to you what you want to put inside.

When we order sushi, I usually get the one with avocado. My favourite used to be the spicy salmon rolls.

I had about 1 1/2 cups of cooked rice and managed to get 3 rolls out of it.

The only thing missing was the toasted sesame seeds. I'm definitely going to add some of those next time.

I don't bother with wasabi and pickled ginger because we never eat it.

If you're unsure about making your own sushi, go watch a few videos on YouTube.



More Kale Chips

You don't need to measure when you're making kale chips.

Make sure your kale is cut up into bite sized pieces. Remove any thick stems because they will not get crispy before the rest of your kale burns.

This time, I drizzled just a little avocado oil over the kale and tossed it with my hands. The amount of oil will depend on the amount of kale. Really, just use enough to coat. Start with a teaspoon if you have a lot of kale.

Place the kale in single layers on parchment lined baking trays. I sprinkled mine with some salt and nutritional yeast.

Bake in a 250F oven for about 30 minutes. Check on your chips and toss them as needed. When they are dry, take them out. Take a piece out of the oven and eat it. That's the best way to test.

Store the chips in a bowl that is loosely covered with a cloth. I find they get soggy without a bit of air.

Yummy and crispy.

Make sure the kale is clean.

Use parchment so the kale doesn't stick.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Beet Broth

Beet Broth

Beets are good for you. They can help lower blood pressure, fight inflammation, and have anti-cancer properties.

My grandmother used to make the best borscht in the world. None of us can make it like she did. I have tried a few times. She would boil pork ribs to make the broth.

I like to eat them raw on a salad, or cooked with a little salt and vinegar. They're great boiled, steamed or roasted. They're great for making soup. They're great for pickling! They're great for juicing! They can be used as a natural food colouring. Beets are wonderful!

Yesterday I boiled some beets and decided to drink the cooking liquid. I peeled the beets and removed the ends before I cooked them, so the liquid was clean. Mine didn't come with leaves, but if you do buy them in bunches, save the leaves, chop them very small and add them to the broth.

I had about 1/2 cup of liquid by the time the beets were done. I only boiled 3 beets. I added a pinch of salt, a pinch of dried dill and about 1/2 a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar. It was tasty!

If you add more water to the pot at the beginning, you'll end up with more broth at the end. It'll be delicious. Try it!