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Pumpkin Scones with Maple-Cinnamon Glaze

I have been thinking about scones for weeks. Since I love the flavor of pumpkin and maple I thought I would combine the two and have one great scone.  You can definitely taste both the maple and pumpkin. These are perfect for any time: breakfast, snack, afternoon tea, or a “just because” treat. They would make wonderful home-baked gifts.

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Dry Ingredients:

  • 1/2 c maple sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ginger
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 c paleo all-purpose flour
  • 6 tbsp cold vegan butter, cut into 1/2 inch cubes

In a medium bowl combine dry ingredients: maple sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, salt and flour. Whisk to thoroughly to combine.

Using a pastry blender cut butter into dry ingredients until mixture resembles a coarse meal.

Wet Ingredients:

  • 1/2 c pumpkin puree
  • 1  flax egg (1 tbsp flax meal/3 tbsp water)
  • 1/2 c almond milk

Mix together flax egg and set aside for about 15 minutes.

In a separate bowl combine wet ingredients.

Fold wet ingredients into dry. Form a disk about an inch thick. Wrap with plastic wrap and chill for 30-60 minutes.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.Cut disk into 6 pieces. Place on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper. Bake until golden brown. 12-15 minutes. Let cool on baking sheet.

Maple – Cinnamon Glaze:

Mix together glaze ingredients

Drizzle glaze onto each scone. Place on a cooling rack and let glaze set.

Note: Store in refrigerator if you have any leftover.

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Roasted Brussel Sprouts, Cranberries and Butternut Squash

My house has been counting down to when cranberries will arrive at the grocery. Well, the time has come and I am a happy girl. This is such a pretty and colorful side dish. It has a little twist to the original I brought to you before. My original version is the top veggie dish on my website. The flavors of this new version work so well together, a little tart, sweet and hearty all in one bite, yum. This would make a beautiful veggie dish for the holidays. Scratch that, do not wait for the holidays, make it now. Cranberries are only in season for so long. You do not want to miss out on something this delicious.

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  • 16 oz. brussel sprouts, quartered
  • 1 c fresh cranberries
  • 12 oz. butternut squash, cubed
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper.

Spread all vegetables on sheet pan. Add salt and pepper and stir.

Roast in oven for 20 minutes; stirring midway through roasting time. Vegetables should be fork tender. Remove from oven. Drizzle maple syrup over vegetables. Stir.

Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

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Plantain Tortillas

I have tried making different kinds of tortillas and they just did not hit the spot. These are amazing. I love the hint of sweetness from the plantain. My husband raved about these, wanting more. This recipe makes six small tortillas. Just right for two people.

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  • 1 large plantain, chopped
  • 3 tbsp aquafaba (liquid from canned chickpeas)
  • 2 tsp arrowroot
  • 1 tbsp garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp lime juice
  • salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line sheet pan with parchment paper, or use a silicone mat. Set aside.

Assemble all ingredients in a food processor and process. Process until everything is well combined and the plantain is creamed together with the other ingredients..

Pour six tortillas onto parchment paper/silicone mat lined sheet pan.  Bake in oven for 15 minutes.

Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

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Peach Broccoli Slaw

This recipe came by in a roundabout way. I got thinking about making tacos, which called for cabbage in the recipe. I thought I would make a little twist and use broccoli slaw. For ease and time I used bagged broccoli slaw, I recommend either making this early in the day or the night before. The extra time helps the flavors meld together. It is truly delicious. The slaw could be used in tacos, or just as a side. We have had it both ways.

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  • 1 bag broccoli slaw
  • 1 large peach, diced
  • 1 lime, zested, juiced
  • 1/2 – 3/4c sweet cashew cream
  • 1/2 c cilantro, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 tsp garlic, minced
  • salt and pepper

This is the exciting part. Once you have chopped, diced and minced your ingredients all you have to do is mix thoroughly. Chill.

Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

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Peach Guacamole

I had all the fixings for guacamole and decided to give it a little twist. Fresh peaches takes this from ordinary guacamole to extraordinary. The peaches add a little sweet.

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  • 3 Haas avocados, diced
  • 1/4 large onion, diced
  • 1 tomato, diced
  • 1 peach, diced
  • 1 lime zested, juiced
  • pinch salt
  • 1/4 c cilantro, chopped

Combine all ingredients and stir thoroughly. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

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Confetti Quinoa with Garbanzo Beans

Here is another Meatless Monday Recipe.Even though it is meatless it is protein packed by using quinoa and garbanzo bean (chick peas). This is one of my favorite meatless dishes because it is loaded with color and flavor. Oh yeah, nutritious too. It is a winner.

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  • 1/2 large onion, diced
  • 1 large red bell pepper, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 zucchini, medium, diced
  • 1 yellow squash, diced
  • All-purpose seasoning (see website)
  • 1 lemon, zested
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 1 can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 tomato, diced
  • 2 oz. baby spinach, chopped
  • 1 c quinoa, rinsed
  • 2 c vegetable broth

In a large dutch oven, over medium heat, add onion, red bell pepper and garlic. Sprinkle All-purpose seasoning over onion mixture and stir. Cook onion mixture until veggies have softened and onions are translucent. Add lemon zest and juice, scraping bits off the bottom of the skillet.

Add zucchini, squash, garbanzo beans, tomatoes and spinach. Sprinkle with more All-purpose seasoning. Stir well. Remove once all veggies have been heated through and set aside.

Add quinoa. Toast quinoa in pan for a couple of minutes. Add broth and cook until quinoa is cooked through. The quinoa will look like it has burst with little rings. Return veggies to quinoa and stir well.

Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

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Cucumber and Tomato Herb Salad

What I like about this salad is that it is fresh tasting, colorful and has a crunch. Down here in Florida we are in the height of our growing season. So while those up north are planning and preparing their gardens, we are enjoying ours now. It is wonderful. This is the easiest salad I think I’ve ever made. I served this with a pan seared chicken breast. Delicious.

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  • 1 cucumber, quartered, diced
  • 1 c cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • 3 large basil leaves, cut into strips
  • 1/2 c creamy herb dressing/sauce

Combine all ingredients and stir. Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

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Creamy Herb Dressing/Sauce

I initially made this sauce to go with salmon patties. However, it has taken on a life of its own. This makes a nice dressing for a salad, dip for veggies, and even a marinade for chicken. It is very versatile. This has become a staple in my refrigerator.

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Combine all ingredients and mix well. Chill for 30 minutes. Store in a a 8oz. mason jar with lid. Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

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Banana Date Cake

Here is another recipe for those overripe bananas. Let’s face it. You can only make so many banana breads. This makes one 8-inch round. You can double the recipe if you want to make a layer cake. For a brag worthy dessert, top cake with a drizzle of melted chocolate and some sliced almonds. Little whipped coconut cream would be sublime.

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  • 10 dried dates, pitted
  • 4 bananas, roasted
  • 1/3 c maple syrup
  • 1/4 c applesauce
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 1/4 c paleo all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg, freshly grated
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and lightly grease 8-inch round cake pan.

Place bananas on a foil lined sheet pan. Pierce bananas with fork by 1-inch increments. Bake in oven for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside to cool.

Place dates in a large bowl and cover with boiling water. Set aside for about 5-10 minutes to soften dates. Break up dates with a fork. Add bananas and mash both together; blending together but still keeping it chunky. Add maple syrup, applesauce, lemon juice and vanilla. Whisk ingredients until combined.

In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and sea salt. Fold dry ingredients into the banana mixture. Pour into prepared cake pan. Bake for 30-35 minutes. Place on cooling rack and let cool completely before removing from cake pan.

Chocolate Drizzle:

  • 1 tsp virgin coconut oil, melted
  • 1/4 c chocolate chips

Melt oil and chocolate chips in a glass measuring cup in the microwave. This takes about 30-45 seconds. Drizzle or spread on top of cake. Sprinkle some sliced almonds to add another element of texture.

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Black Bean Stew

This recipe is for my vegan friends. It has been a while since I made this dish. It is veggie packed, gluten free and delicious. This can be made on the stove top or in a slow cooker. It smells so good either way you make it. This would be good with a slice of my focaccia bread.

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  • 1 c onions, diced
  • 1 c carrots, diced
  • 1/2 c celery, diced
  • 1/2 c red peppers, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  •  1 c dry black beans, soaked overnight
  • 3 c vegetable broth
  • 1-inch Kombu, thumb size
  • 26.46 oz. diced tomatoes (Pomi)
  • 1 c. spinach, cut into strips
  • 1/2 lime, juiced
  • 1/2 c cilantro
  • cashew cream, garnish, optional

In a large dutch oven over medium heat add the onions, carrots, celery, red peppers and garlic. Cook until veggies have softened. Add beans, vegetable broth, kombu, tomatoes and lime juice. Bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook until beans are tender. Just before serving add cilantro and top with a dollop of cashew cream.

Serve. Eat. Enjoy.