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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Pumpkin Date Rolls

Here is a fantastic twist on date rolls. Add some pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice and OMG. I think I am going to overdose on dates. ha ha Is that possible? I can't seem to get enough pumpkin this year. Not sure why but who cares. This is one of the best fall treat almost ever. 

These would be a perfect little treat for a school lunch or at work lunch. Excellent idea for a party too. 

If you do not have a blender like a Vitamix, a food processor will work just as well. If you do use a Vitamix, it would probably be best to let the date dough sit in the fridge to chill a bit. 

Let's get to it. Here is what you will need. 
30 Mariani pitted dates or about 15 Medjool pitted dates
1/3 cup pumpkin
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 cup of almond meal
1 tbsp water
Chopped pecans for rolling. You can also use some very finely shredded coconut or even some almond meal. They are all delicious. I bet even graham cracker crumbs would be great too.

Toss everything into your blender or processor except for the pecans, coconut and additional almond meal. Or, whatever you decide to roll the balls in. Blend until nice and smooth. 

Transfer to a bowl and let it chill out in the fridge for about 30 minutes. 

If you have a cookie scoop, now is the perfect time to use it. Scoop of the date mix and plop it in to one of preferred coverings. Roll it around in the pecans and you are done. The perfect fall treat. And the cookie scoop makes the perfect size. 

If you do not have a cookie scoop, roll about a tablespoon of the date mix into a ball then toss around in the pecans. Enjoy.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Quinoa Pizza Bowl

Quinoa is so versatile. You can add it to almost anything just to make that dish more protein packed and better for you. This recipe is no exception. And if you are craving a veggie supreme pizza, this bowl will knock out that craving. You can add lots of other ingredients too. Olives, mozzarella, tvp sausage, vegan pepperoni. Whatever you like on your pizza will work in this bowl. 

Did you know quinoa is a complete protein? This means it has all nine essential amino acids that your body needs. It is also a good source of iron, fiber and B6.

Let's get to the recipe. Here is what you will need. 
1 cup of cooked quinoa
3 or 4 mushrooms diced
1 medium onion diced
4 mini sweet peppers or 1/2 of a large bell pepper
1 tbsp oregano
pizza sauce
some water or vegetable broth for sauteing

To cook your quinoa, rinse 1 cup of quinoa in a fine mesh strainer. Add it to a pan along with 3 cups of water. Bring it to a boil, reduce the heat, cover and let it simmer for about 20 minutes. You will have about 3 cups of cooked quinoa.

Saute the mushrooms, onions and peppers until tender in some vegetable broth or water. Sauteing this way saves on calories as apposed to using an oil. 

Mix the quinoa, sauteed vegetables and oregano together. Add little pizza sauce. You do not need a lot. Just add a little and to your liking. Enjoy!!

How to cook quinoa.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Vegan No Chicken Scallopini Piccata

So my birthday was yesterday and this was my dinner. One of my favorite Italian dishes. I did not have caper's on hand but if you make this and want to add them, by all means do so. 

My favorite pasta for this dish is angel hair but feel free to use your favorite pasta.

If you gave this to a carnivore, I swear they would not know it was vegan. My daughter said the same thing. 

I will do my best to give measurements but I always eyeball everything. 

Let's get to it. Here is what you will need. 
1 pkg Gardein Scallopini thawed
1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
3 - 4 tbsp cold pressed extra virgin olive oil
juice of 1/2 a lemon 
2 cups vegetable broth
capers which are optional
pasta of choice

In a small bowl, mix the flour, salt and pepper. Coat the scallopini in the flour mix. 

Over medium heat, heat the olive oil. Once the oil is heated, gently add the scallopini and fry until golden, about 3 - 4 minutes each side. Remove from the pan. 

Add another two tablespoons of the flour mix into the oil and stir until thick and browned. Should take about two minutes. 

Very slowly add the vegetable broth about 1/4 cup at a time and stir until it looks like a sauce or gravy. Repeat this step until all of the broth has been added. 

Add the lemon juice and stir. Give it a taste to make sure it is seasoned properly. Add the caper's at this time if you wish.

Add the scallopini to the sauce and just let it sit there while you make your pasta.

When your pasta is finished cooking and drained, serve with the chick'n scallopini and lemon sauce and enjoy.