I have mostly been posting all of my food creations via Instagram, but I realize that many still prefer a website to search and view recipes more easily. So I will try to post recipes here also when I Instagram them. Instagram is just a bit quicker.
This was my morning breakfast smoothie….well, what was left of it when I decided to take a photo. I believe the recipe made about two cups.
Juice the following: 2 large leaves of kale 1 small apple 1 small “pickling sized” cucumber 2 stalks of celery 1 whole orange, peeled and broken into sedments
Blend juice with the following: 1 whole orange, peeled and cut in half 1/4 cup frozen mango 1 mint leaf
Today I made chili for the family and I will use it to top some potato hash browns. Remember to add whatever additional “chili” toppings you like (while sticking to your healthy diet, of course).
I needed something to eat and chili sounded great. But for now, I’m focusing on not eating as much meat and I definitely cannot have the potato hash browns while on the GAPS and SCD Diets. So here is the recipe I created for myself today.
I often use “riced” cauliflower for many recipes. For my latest, I used the term “hash browns” because I had made a similar dish for the family using potato hash browns. But “riced” and “hash browns” are practically the same. That is because cauliflower is a very versatile vegetable. For instance, did you know that you can also puree them to mimic mashed potatoes (see note #2 below)?
But today I made cauliflower hash browns to accompany my vegan chili.
Food Processor (shredding blade works the best)
Frying Pan or Wok
1 head of washed cauliflower florets
1 TBS of oil for frying pan (or you can use small amounts of water to prevent burning and to remove refined oils from this recipe)
salt and pepper to taste (optional)
Shred cauliflower in a food processor using the shredding blade. The regular cutting blade will also work, but you should add small amounts of cauliflower at a time.
Heat oilin frying pan/wok (or water in a non-stick pan) and add cauliflower
Stir occasionally until to desired tenderness. If you cook at a low enough temperature, the water content of the cauliflower will create enough steam so that you do not have to add any water or additional oil.
Cauliflower usually takes 5 – 10 minutes to cook.
Other vegetables that work well using this cooking method are winter squashes (such as acorn squash and butternut squash – just don’t cook/steam as long or you will end up with mashed squashes.)
Acorn Squash and Onion Hash Browns (another alternative)
How to mimic mashed potatoes using cauliflower:
Once tender, you can put into a food processor with a regular cutting blade to puree into “mashed” cauliflower. Alternatively if not making rice, you can simply steam the cauliflower florets without shredding then add directly to the food processor and puree. Add seasonings to mimic mashed potatoes. [Updated 10-30-2020.]
I have been looking into the possibility of buying a protein powder to supplement my nutrients and caloric intake. Yet, after reading the ingredients on multiple different protein powder brands, I decided to make my own.
The reason I had problems with most protein powder mixes is mostly due to my Candida Overgrowth. I can’t have sugars, and also I need to avoid whey and most grains due to Leaky Gut (most likely caused by Candida). Also, many protein powders have added vitamins in forms that I don’t need or don’t want to ingest. I’m already taking vitamin supplements that I specifically need, so I don’t need it included in my protein smoothie.
So here is the homemade vegan protein smoothie that I came up with.
Create your own homemade vegan protein smoothie using any combination of the ingredients below.
Oatmeal is my preferred breakfast food. Unfortunately, for quite some time, it was not part of my diet because it caused stomach upsets [update 10-30-2020]. So, for a long time, I just make it for my husband instead. BUT, now I can eat oatmeal and I have it almost daily!
It’s fast and easy to prepare and can be flavored any way you like. I add 1/2 cup of rolled oats (gluten-free) and 1/8 tsp salt to 1 cup of water and allow to cook just until it starts to boil. (You can easily double this recipe.)
Then I turn off the heat and with a little stirring, it’s done. Oatmeal cooked in this manner will be creamy, but if you want more cream you can add almond milk. I haven’t purchased almond milk in the store for over 5 years, I didn’t buy it often, but I don’t remember it being as creamy as the one I make on my own. You should try some homemade almond milk.
Oatmeal with Creamy Almond Milk, Raisins, Cinnamon and Coconut Oil
So, sometimes I have oatmeal with almond milk, raisins, cinnamon, and coconut oil.
Then if I want a more “fruity” version. I add fruit (like strawberries or blueberries), dates/raisins a little water (or almond milk), and sometimes cashews (if I want added protein) to the Vitamix and mix until smooth and creamy.
Oatmeal with Blueberry Sauce
So, my goal is to use fresh natural sugars to sweeten my oatmeal. My daughter who likes oatmeal and totally loves blueberries thinks it’s the best-flavored oatmeal she’s ever had (much better tasting and surely better for us than any boxed version).
The basic oatmeal recipe can easily be doubled. Also, make sure to cook over low heat so it doesn’t burn.
1/2 cup oatmeal
1/8 tsp salt (optional)
1 cup of water
Add all ingredients to a pot over low heat for creamy oatmeal or wait for the water to boil to keep oats separate.
Here is the recipe: I made the sauce in the Vitamix. I made just a few changes from the “Fresh Tomato Sauce” recipe in the Vitamix Whole Food Recipes Book. This recipe is for one serving. Step 1. Place the following ingredients into the Vitamix:
3 Roma tomatoes, quartered
1/4 small red onion
1/2 small carrot
1 TBS tomato paste
1/2 garlic clove
1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
1/4 tsp fresh lemon juice
1 tsp RAW honey
1/8 tsp salt
dash of pepper
dash of smoked paprika (to spice it up a bit, optional)
Step 2. Process on high speed for about 3 minutes.
Step 3. Pour into saucepan ans simmer for 30 – 40 minutes.
Step 4. When sauce is just about done, use Spiralizer to make noodles using 2 small to medium size zucchinis.
Step 5. Pour sauce over noodles and add fresh basil and parsley.
It was a good serving size. It looked like a lot, but it tasted so good that I finished the plate and found the serving size to be just right.
On a busy day like today, it’s difficult to take the time to stop and eat proper nourishment. Just finished Part 1 of our garage sale and now it’s time to recuperate. I used some frozen tropical fruit to start, then I added kale (or you can add spinach) and yogurt (or you can add banana) for more creaminess. On my way to take my daughter to purchase the big item for which she was hoping to make enough money….and she met her goal.