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coconut-vanilla granola bars

February 15, 2014

excited to make this today – thanks to emma eats for the recipe!

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(makes 10 bars)

2 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
3/4 cup finely chopped pitted medjool dates (about 5 or 6 large dates)
1/4 cup ground flaxseed
1/4 cup mini dark chocolate chips
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground kosher salt
1/2 cup dark maple syrup, room temperature
3 tablespoons melted unrefined coconut oil
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
optional – a shake of cayenne

Preheat the oven to 350F.

Spread the oats and coconut evenly over a baking sheet and toast in the oven for approximately 10 minutes, stirring once or twice over the duration. Remove from oven and let cool slightly.

Grease an 8″ x 8″ square pan, or line with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, mix together the oat/coconut mixture with the chopped dates, ground flaxseed, chocolate chips, cinnamon and salt. After the dates are broken up and not sticking together in one big bunch, stir in the maple syrup, coconut oil and vanilla.

Using a spatula, press the mixture evenly into the base of the prepared pan. Bake for 20-25 minutes until the edges are slightly golden. Remove from oven and let cool completely in pan before cutting.

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from emma eats

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update: not my favorite. tasted heavily of maple syrup. first attempt at a granola bar. tons of substitutions and added lots of cashews and walnuts, which is probably why they fell apart. also figured out i was cutting them too early – they really have to cool a bit before you cut them.

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spicy cilantro almond pesto

July 11, 2013

1 bunch fresh cilantro (2 cups loosely packed)
½ cup toasted almonds
juice of 1 lime
1″ section of fresh ginger, chopped
3 garlic cloves
¼ cup loosely packed mint leaves
squirt of honey, pinch of sugar, or your favorite sweetener
½ tsp salt
½ jalapeño (seeds included for more spice)
¼ cup olive oil

Combine all ingredients in a food processor, and process until smooth. Add more oil and salt as needed.

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adapted from the kitchen paper

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green bean salad with olive and sun-dried tomato

June 30, 2013

600g fresh green beans, ends removed
10 large green olives, pitted and sliced
10 large kalamata olives, pitted and sliced
50g sundried tomatoes, chopped
75g sliced almonds, toasted
¼ cup fresh parsley, finely chopped
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
salt and pepper, to taste
2 cloves garlic, minced

steam green beans 3-5 mins. plunge into cold water.

chop, combine with other ingredients, refrigerate.

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from here

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mercimek köftesi (red lentil kofte)

June 27, 2013

1 cup red lentil
1/2 cup fine bulgur
1/2 cup olive oil
2 cups of water
1 medium onion, very finely chopped
1 tsp cumin
1 tbsp tomato + red pepper paste (if you cannot find red pepper paste you can use 1 tbsp tomato paste)
~1 tsp salt
juice of half or 1 lemon (depends on how you like it: sour or not so sour)
1/3 bunch parsley, finely chopped
1/2 bunch green onion, finely chopped
curly leaf lettuce

-Wash lentils and boil them in 2 cups of water until it almost soaks the water.
-Once you turn it off, add bulgur and salt. Mix once and cover to let the bulgur expand. Let it cool off.
-Heat oil in a pan and add the onion (not the green one!) and cook until soft.
-Add tomato paste and cook for another 1-2 minutes.
-Add cumin and stir once you turn it off.
-Add this to the lentils which should be cool by now.
-Add half of finely chopped parsley, green onion, and lemon juice to the lentils. Mix all well.
-Take walnut size pieces and give them kofte shape in your hands.
-You can either place lettuce leaves on a serving plate and put koftes on top as in the picture, or serve koftes and lettuce leaves separately. However, when you eat them you should wrap each kofte in a lettuce leaf.

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from almost turkish

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raw spinach and marinated mushrooms dip

June 25, 2013

marinated mushrooms:

2 big mushrooms, finely sliced
3 TBSP good olive oil
1.5 TBSP freshly squeezed lemon juice
½ tsp tamari (or nama shoyu, as you prefer)
1 small garlic clove, grated
½ tsp raw mustard or other mustard
pinch sea salt
freshly ground black pepper, to taste

marinate overnight

the next day, add these to your food processor with:

2 handfuls fresh spinach
½ cup chopped parsley
1 green onion, roughly sliced
olive oil (to taste)
pinch chili flakes

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from tales of a kitchen

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Really great. Highly recommended. I subbed cilantro for parsley and it was really tasty.

This is a great snack or side dish to serve alongside bread or veggies at a party. Next time you have people over, offer them some of this raw spinach and mushrooms dip alongside baba and hummus, or beer and cheese dip, or lentil and olive dip. This is a great healthy alternative to the package of cream cheese spinach-and-artichoke dip (or a great vegan option to serve alongside it.)

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green salad/pasta salad

March 23, 2013

pea leaves and tendrils, torn into bite-sized pieces (or whatever salad greens you have around)

cooked pasta, coated with a little oil or fat
a few spoonfuls of last night’s blended roasted vegetable soup
a few sundried tomatoes, torn into tiny bits
basil
herbs de provence
apple cider vinegar
balsamic vinegar
a few dashes worcestershire sauce
garlic powder, salt, pepper
diced raw onion (optional)
mayonnaise (optional)

combine everything but the pea leaves. top with pea leaves, or mix them in so the kids can’t pick them out!

better the longer it sits, but edible immediately.

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herbs de provence kefir cheese

January 27, 2013

1. drain homemade kefir in cheesecloth for 8 hours (caution – pets will go crazy for this).
4-24 hours will produce a range of consistency from sour cream to cream cheese or farmers cheese.

2. mix with a pinch of salt and a good amount of herbs de provence (savory, fennel, basil, thyme, and lavender,) or your favorite herb blend.

refrigerate, and let flavors mingle for 2+ hours before eating.

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from cultures for health

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it’s wonderful! if you culture kefir, i highly recommend doing this with your leftovers (if you have any!)

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ram laddoo with chutney

December 29, 2012

1/2 cup dhuli moong dal/ yellow lentils

1/2 cup chana dal/ bengal gram

salt to taste

oil for deep frying

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grated radish

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Wash and soak both the lentils separately for 3-4 hours. Decant the water completely and grind the lentils to a coarse paste.

Mix the lentils and then beat them till the mixture attains a white color and becomes light and fluffy. I used my beater to beat and it took almost 3-4 minutes to become light.

The mixture should have a dropping consistency like that of a cake. Heat oil and using a spoon put the laddoos in the oil. The oil should be hot enough (use medium flame) so that when the laddoos are put they immediately rise to the surface. Deep fry from either side till golden in color, in batches of 7-8 laddoos per batch and remove on a kitchen towel.

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chutney ingredients

1/4 cup mint leaves

a cup of coriander leaves

3-4 tbsp onion

2 cloves garlic

5-6 green chilies

a tsp lemon juice

1 Indian gooseberry/ amla chopped

1/4 tsp rock salt

salt to taste

1/8 cup water

Grind together all the ingredients using water.

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Serve hot with green chutney and grated radish.

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from foodelicious

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fruit and nut bars

October 13, 2012

2 c. raw whole almonds
1/2 c. coarsely chopped dark chocolate (or chocolate chips)*
3 c. whole, pitted dates
1 c. dried, unsweetened cherries
2 T. almond butter (or any “nut” butter you prefer), divided

Place the almonds in your food processor and pulse until finely chopped. Add the chocolate and pulse again until finely chopped. Pour mixture into a large bowl; set aside.

Place half of the fruit in the food processor and process until a paste forms and clumps together. Add 1 T. of the nut butter and 1/2 of the almond/chocolate mixture; process until evenly combined. Scrape into the prepared pan.

Repeat with the remaining fruit, nut butter and almond/chocolate mixture. Scrape into the prepared pan.

With slightly wet hands, press the mixture evenly into the bottom of the pan. Use something flat and heavy to press down firmly on the mixture until it is smooth (I used a small cutting board). Chill two hours. Cut. Store, covered, in the refrigerator.

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adapted by donuts dresses and dirt from foodie with family

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vegan pumpkin butter

October 6, 2012

3 1/2 cups pumpkin puree (not “pie filling” – roast a pumpkin next time you’re roasting garlic and other veggies! or use a can of unseasoned puree.)
2 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 cup apple cider or juice
1 cup packed brown sugar
2-3 cinnamon sticks
2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
pinch of clove
1 tsp lemon juice (more if needed)

Directions:

Combine pureed pumpkin, vanilla, apple juice, spices, cinnamon sticks and sugar in a large saucepan; stir well. Bring mixture to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer for 30 – 40 minutes or until thickened. Stir frequently. Adjust spices to your taste. Makes 3 3/4 cups.

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adapted from this

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uses for pumpkin butter?

spread on toast, of course
a dip for crunchy cinnamon toast
a dip for apples and pears
in cookie dough, cake batter, or muffins, either mixed in together or spread as a layer
in breads or pancakes
as a filling in pie
served with pork
spread with brie or other soft cheeses
as a glaze, with butter or lard, for carrots, ham, sweet potatoes…
in corn pudding
in milkshakes or smoothies
in groundnut soup, sweet potato soup, stews…
spread on fruit or bread and topped with stewed apples

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