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Blender Bread GF/Vegan/Yeast Free

I make Focaccia Bread for my clients every week. I have been thinking of trying it in the blender to cut down the prep time. I had to make a few adjustments, but it turned out beautifully.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9×5 loaf pan with parchment paper.

Add all the ingredients into the blender in order listed. Blend on the smoothie setting (if you have one), or about 50-60 seconds.

Pour batter into prepared loaf pan.

Bake for 65-70 minutes.

Let cool in pan for about 5 minutes, then turn bread out onto a cooling rack to finish cooling. I know it will be hard, but wait for the bread to completely cool. Cutting it too soon can change the texture of the bread.

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Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

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Creamy Citrus & Cilantro Sauce/Dressing

This Creamy Citrus & Cilantro Sauce/Dressing gets its creaminess from cannellini beans and soaked cashews.The brightness comes from the lemon and lime and the earthiness is from the cilantro.

This sauce is a twist on my Creamy Cannellini Sauce. It is a versatile and completely delicious sauce/dressing. I paired it with my Easy Falafels for the picture – YUM!

Combine all the ingredients into a high-speed blender. Blend until smooth and creamy.

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Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

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JB’s Asian Lentil Meatballs

We love the Lentil Meatballs. I adapted the recipe for JB so they could have some too. This is an Asian version that is just – WOW!

First Blend:

Combine eggplant, mushrooms, JB’s All-Purpose Blend , pecans and oat flour into a food processor. Process until the ingredients are well incorporated.

Second Blend:

Add lentil, coconut aminos, GF All-Purpose Flour Blend and GF oats to the food processor. Process until all the ingredients from the first blend and the second blend are completely combined.

Refrigerate for 30-60 minutes for the ingredients to firm up.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat.

Form the lentil mixture into walnut size balls. This recipe makes about 36-42 lentil balls. Place the lentil balls onto the prepared baking sheet.

Bake for 10 minutes. Turn lentil balls over and bake for an additional 5 minutes.

Make 1-2 recipes of the Chinese Brown Sauce to coat Asian Lentil Meatballs.

Serve with brown rice and Chinese Brown Sauce.

Garnish:

  • cilantro, garnish
  • sesame seeds

Note: These would make great appetizers, potluck dish, or even for game day.

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Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

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JB’s All-Purpose Blend II

I decided JB needed  a little variety in their seasoning so I came up with this blend. this blend has a few additions to the original JB’s All-Purpose Blend. Just like the original it is easy to assemble. By double or tripling the ingredients you can have a larger quantity ready for whenever it is needed.

  • 1 tsp Himalayan Salt
  • 2 tbsp thyme
  • 2 tbsp oregano
  • 1 tsp mustard, ground
  • 1 tsp black pepper, ground
  • 1 tsp sage, ground
  • 1 tsp dill

Combine of the ingredients into a mason jar. Seal with a lid and shake the jar like crazy. Shake the jar until all the ingredients are well mixed.

Remember to give the jar a good shake each time before using this blend.

Sprinkle. Eat. Enjoy.

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JB’s Jackfruit Hand Pies

I made these hand pies for JB. They turned out deliciously. There is a trick to the jackfruit to give it the perfect texture that I will share with you. I will admit these do take some time. So you need to make these when you do not have anything pressing to do that day.

What takes the most time is rolling out the dough for the hand pies. I tried it a number of different ways. I found rolling the dough out enough for two pieces (a top and a bottom worked the best for me.) Please let me know if you know a better way.

Note: This is one of the few recipes that I use oil. Because of diet restrictions it was the only ingredient that would work for JB.

Crust:

In a large bowl add JB’s GF All-Purpose Flour Blend. Start with 4 cups of the flour blend. Stir in the remaining ingredients: JB’s All-Purpose Blend, olive oil, salt and water into the flour mixture. Add more flour blend as needed. You want the dough to feel soft and p;illowy. Set aside. Cover with a damp paper towel.

Filling:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat.

On a large baking sheet spread out jackfruit and mushrooms. Sprinkle JB’s All-Purpose Blend onto the jackfruit and mushrooms. Bake for 10 minutes. Stir the jackfruit and mushrooms and bake for an additional 10 minutes. Set aside to cool.

Transfer jackfruit and mushrooms to a medium bowl. Add the peas and JB’s Béchamel Sauce to the jackfruit and mushrooms. Stir until completely combined. Set aside.

Roll out some of the dough. Put a large dollop of the filling in the center. Lay another piece of rolled out dough on top of the piece with the filling. Lightly pat the top crust onto the bottom. Using a large biscuit cutter/ravioli cutter and press out the hand pie. (My was large and had a crimping feature.)

Place hand pie onto prepared baking sheet. Repeat the process of making the hand-pies.

Note: This recipe makes 12 hand pies.

Bake hand pies for 30 minutes.

Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

Note: These hand pies freeze well. Just let them cool before you freeze them. You can either warm them in the microwave or in the oven.

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JB’s Lemon Tahini Dressing

This is an all-purpose dressing for bowls, salads, roasted vegetables, whatever your mind can think of. It has the perfect balance of creamy, acid and sweet. It can be made in a jar with just a few shakes.

Combine all the ingredients into a mason jar. Seal jar with lid and shake vigorously. If needed, add more water to thin out the dressing.

This should last at least a week in the refrigerator, if it lasts that long.

Drizzle. Eat. Enjoy.

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Chickpea Mini Burgers

I’ll be honest these are very similar to my Easy Falafels. I changed up the seasoning to give them a different flavor profile.

Combine all the ingredients into a food processor. Pulse the ingredients until they look like a chunky meal.

Test the texture by trying to form a ball with your hand. If it holds it is good to work with, if not, add a little water.

Form into little patties. Chill in the refrigerator or freezer for about 30 minutes to firm up.

Cook patties in a non-stick skillet. Make sure the skillet is hot. Otherwise, the patties may stick. Cook until golden.

Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

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Chickpea Pasta with Collards Mushrooms & Creamy Cannellini Sauce

What I like about this recipe is that it uses only one pot to make. It is easy, flavorful and delicious. Cooking for a food restricted client has stretched my imagination and culinary skills. Certain ingredients like garlic and onions that we would normally use to add flavor are off limits.

To pack more nutritional value into the dish I used cannellini beans to make the delicious sauce in the dish. Let me encourage you. It is possible to cook without garlic or onions.

In a large dutch oven, over medium heat sauté the mushrooms, collard greens and seasoning with some vegetable stock. Cook until the greens are wilted and the mushrooms have released most of their moisture. Remove from dutch oven and set aside.

Cook the penne according to the package directions in the dutch oven. Drain and rinse pasta.

Return penne and the green and mushrooms to the dutch oven. Stir in the Creamy Cannellini Sauce until the penne and and veggie mixture is completely coated with the sauce.

Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

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Creamy Cannellini Sauce

This Creamy Cannellini Sauce is very versatile and is packed with extra fiber and nutrients by adding the cannellini beans. I made this for a client that can only have macadamia nuts, not cashews or almonds. I probably would use cashews for myself.

It is a very simple, yet delicious recipe and makes plenty. You can use it for a pasta sauce, dip, dressing, and the list could go on. Just thin out with water or vegetable broth to reach desired consistency.

Combine all the ingredients into a high-speed blender. Blend until smooth and creamy.

Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

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Quinoa with Roasted Chickpeas & Yellow Squash Bowl

It had been a while since I had made quinoa for us. It is probably because I very rarely make dish more than a couple of times. It keeps my husband guessing on what we will have for dinner, and me too sometimes. It forces me to be creative with our meals.

This time I took inspiration from the ingredients in my refrigerator that I wanted to use up. I was already making some quinoa and chickpeas for a client so I doubled the amount of quinoa and chickpeas and split it between my client and ourselves. Here is what else I used for our bowls. It is simple and easy. The measurements are for two bowls.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a large bowl combine the chickpeas, yellow squash and JB’s All- Purpose Blend or you can use the All-Purpose Seasoning that has a few more herbs. Either one is a great addition of flavor. Stir all the ingredients so that the seasoning thoroughly coats the  chickpeas and yellow squash. Spread the chickpea mixture onto the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 25 minutes. Stir the chickpeas and squash about halfway through the baking time.

Assemble bowls and serve with the Creamy Cilantro Sauce/Dressing.

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Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

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