Today we went to our favorite Thai restaurant only it was in our kitchen! I felt like preparing a delicious and big meal for a late lunch that would be sure to give my husband the fuel needed for the rest of his day. I started by preparing a marinade for the tofu and covered the tofu in a shallow dish. Then I placed some jasmine rice in a rice cooker.
I prepared a delicious almond sauce and chopped chopped chopped to prepare for the raw and vegan rice wraps!
I placed the rice wraps one at a time in warm/hot water, carefully pulled them out and then filled them with fresh vegetables and almond sauce. I placed it on a plate with the leftover chopped veggies to create a beautiful platter. My husband said "did you make that?" success!
Then I fried the tofu in a wok and placed it on a bed of chopped veggies and served it with the hot rice. Bon Appétit!!! WoW your loved ones with this meal! You could totally enjoy one or the other vs. having it all at once, lately I have really been enjoying offering a wide variety. It's very appealing to the senses!
My Thai Rice Wraps
Chiang Mai Almond Sauce
Enjoy a taste of 'My Thai!'
On Monday we made a flax meal pizza crust infused with herbs. I had leftover carrot mash from carrot juice and was unsure how to use it when I had a brilliant idea, to use it in the pizza as an oil replacement. I tried it and had glorious success. The idea was inspired from the baking gods and goddesses and I am thankful!
The dough was light, airy and easy to work with. I kneaded it with love so it would turn out very good for my husband. He had worked hard spreading his homemade compost around our new plants! I wanted to show my appreciation so I tried very hard to make this pizza to his liking!
Once kneaded I rolled the dough into a big plump ball that made my heart smile. It looked just right! I placed it on a pre-greased cookie sheet and pressed it into the shape of a pizza pie with a hearty crust. I baked the pizza for about 30 + minutes as I prepared homemade pizza sauce and toppings. My personal preference is to get the pizza crust brown around the edges and almost completely done to where the center pops back up vs. sinks. Then I add the sauce and toppings and bake for another 15 minutes give or take until done, slice and serve! I used to only bake it for 15 minutes but then had to bake the pizza for sometimes 40 + minutes waiting for the center to be done and not be soggy! This works for me and I hope it works for you!
This crust was dare I say almost perfect. It even formed a big bubble in the center as if it were from a pizza shop! There is no yeast, oil, sugar or refined flours here only really healthy ingredients so you can enjoy more than one slice and still feel great! :)
To make this delicious pizza pie you will need:
CC's Homemade Pizza Sauce:
I hope you enjoy this pizza as much as we did!!!
May you have a beautiful and blessed weekend!
Onions, garlic, oregano and tomatoes make a simple sauce full of flavor that comes together effortlessly. I added jalapeño and red pepper flakes to spice things up a little and keep my husband enticed. We enjoyed it on homemade pizza and it was so satisfying. I love making my own sauces and making the home smell of delightful fragrances. Don't you? Enjoy! Love, Christa
CC's Homemade Pizza Sauce:
This sauce is featured on the One Bowl GF Oil-Free Flax Meal Pizza Crust.
One of the first homemade meals I made while living on my own was BBQ Baked Beans. I got the recipe from a co-worker and was delighted to try it. Back then it was loaded with bacon, sugar and even Busch's baked beans. Fast forward years later to our vegan lifestyle and we've never made baked beans. Say what? I honestly don't know how that is possible! We both loved baked beans growing up. They remind me of family, friends, good eatin' and BBQ's on a hot summer day.
We had some black beans around so I decided to whip some up! It required a little extra effort as I didn't have BBQ sauce, so I decided to make my own! The meal was lick your bowl "is there any more?" good. Whether you pair this meal with french fries...
cornbread or greens...
it is sure to please. I thought they were even better the next day after marinating in all the flavors.
BBQ Baked beans, organic salad and Asparagus!
How do you make them? Start with BBQ Sauce:
I served ours with french fries the first night:
and then re-heated them on the stove and served with a fresh salad and steamed asparagus the next day. The salad was full of leafy greens, lime juice, peeled carrot slices, cucumber, red cabbage, white onion and jicama. The Asparagus was steamed in vegetable broth and lime juice, seasoned with black pepper, garlic powder, red pepper flakes, a dash of cayenne and a dash of turmeric for a different spin.
For french fries I simply sliced 2 potatoes, laid them in a single layer on a pan, sprinkled with salt and pepper, flipping halfway. I placed the pan next to the beans for an easy meal. No oil and absolutely delicious!
I hope you enjoy this meal as much as we did! We don't have ANY leftovers, they were the first to go in our house. They taste BETTER than the ones I used to make with bacon and are much healthier too! We both were so happy with how good they were. "Tastes like baked beans" said by husband with a smile. Success!
Wishing you all a fabulous weekend and lots of love!
From our kitchen to yours!
Homemade BBQ Sauce with much less sugar than the original and still loaded with flavor. We had ours with baked beans. One of the first homemade meals I made while living on my own was BBQ Baked Beans. I got the recipe from a co-worker and was delighted to try it. Back then it was loaded with bacon, sugar and even Busch's baked beans. Fast forward years later to our vegan lifestyle and we've never made baked beans. Say what? I honestly don't know how that is possible! We both loved baked beans growing up. They remind me of family, friends, good eatin' and BBQ's on a hot summer day.
These taste BETTER than the ones I used to make with bacon and are much healthier too! We both were so happy with how good they were. "Tastes like baked beans" said by husband with a smile. Success! The secret? This Homemade BBQ Sauce and LOVE!
Wishing you all a fabulous weekend and lots of love!
From our kitchen to yours!
What do you get when you combine apples, dates, cinnamon and pancakes on a balmy Saturday? Apple Date Fusion Smothered Over Gluten Free Pancakes!
I was on a creative spark this morning. Taking it slow, sipping some coffee, cleaning the house and so forth when new delicious creations came to me. First - date sauce. It reminds me of apple sauce but with dates, it is easier than pie and just as tasty too! Think, baking, smoothies, cereal, smoothies and more. Today I was thinking pancakes with this delicious sauce as our healthy replacement for syrup. Then I decided to up the factor another notch and take apple slices coated in lime juice, sprinkled in cinnamon with some date sauce heated over the stove until the apples were soft. I added this on top of the pancakes already smothered in date sauce. It was like heaven! Warm, comforting and healthy to boot! No refined sugar, oil, dairy or gluten!
I used a recipe found on this blog for the pancakes and subbed the flour for a gluten-free flour mix, and towards the very end added 1 tbsp of cocoa in the balance of the batter for a few chocolate treats! Click HERE for the recipe.
For the date sauce I soaked dates over night in a jar.
Then took the pits out, and blended the dates in the date water with 2 tsp of cinnamon and a tsp of freshly squeezed lime juice as a preservative.
Blend until smooth, pour in a jar and store in the fridge.
Make a fresh batch of pancakes.
Smother in date sauce and Spiced Apples!
We opted for pancakes smothered in homemade cinnamon date sauce covered with warm apples!
Am I about to go on a walk? You betcha! ;)
Happy Day 6 of Vegan Month of Food!
I hope you enjoy this satisfying meal!!! We froze our extra pancakes for future breakfasts. Feel free to enjoy in one sitting, double the apples for more toppings. Makes 12-13 pancakes.
You have no idea how excited I am to share a new delicious recipe with you! Pancakes that are fluffy, gluten-free and vegan! They are light, don't stick to the pan and remind me of my moms good old fashioned home cooking. I felt like I was back home, waiting for the fresh warm pancakes to be done.
When you are in search of a gluten free pancake that are also vegan it can be hard to get the right mix, it's not like you have Bisquick to lean on.
My original gluten-free recipe for Almond Coconut Flour Pancakes turned out much worse than hoped for. I posted it and got 2 bad reviews! :'( I was so bummed, wrote back, removed the recipe and decided not to take it to heart but to take it as a challenge to make a bullet proof recipe that won't stick to your pan!
I took my time. Read an article on how to keep pancakes from sticking. Reviewed numerous recipes and found one by Gluten-Free-Vegan-Girl that stood out, it sounded like she had her ups and downs with pancakes as well. I couldn't find a more satisfying picture or recipe so decided this was it, my chance at redemption!
I had 100% success! Fluffy, gluten-free and vegan pancakes that are soft like a pillow and sweet but not too sweet. Buckwheat mimics the wheat like flavor I've been seeking and who knew that buckwheat is gluten-free! It is derived from the seeds of a flowering plant. Do note that it can be used as a rotational crop so it's best to opt for a certified gluten-free batch. The topping brings these pancakes to the next level, it tastes like pie! It is a homemade sugar-free blackberry sauce made from just water, dates and berries! What? Yes!
You can serve these delicious beauties up for breakfast or have breakfast for dinner which is what we opted for!
Serve them for brunch, for a group of friends or your kiddies! I bet they won't even know they are vegan, gluten-free or healthy! :)
The Art of Making Pancakes! I've learned it's an art form. I used to just heat a pan, spray it and pour not considering that making pancakes is more than that. Here is what I learned along the way:
I find when I cook from a place of love, singing, having fun and letting go I make the most sensational meals! Is it just me or have you experienced that as well? My cooking playlist last night was primarily country love songs with Faith Hill and Shania Twain! :)
Now, lets get to business and make some insanely delicious fluffy pancakes!
Blackberry Syrup that tastes like pie! It is a homemade sugar-free blackberry syrup made from just water, dates and berries and then blended to smooth perfection! It tastes great on pancakes!
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