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Whole Wheat Stout Bread

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This might not be the healthiest bread I've ever made, but it is tasty and easy to make. It goes particularly well with bean recipes, such as my Orca Bean Mushroom Stew (recipe coming soon). I often make this bread when I need to make a quick bread because it doesn't require rise time yet the stout gives it a flavor slightly reminiscent  of yeast.

Whole Wheat Stout Bread
2 tablespoons ground flaxseeds 2 tablespoons hot water 3 cups whole wheat flour 4 teaspoons baking powder 1/3 cup rolled oats 1/3 cup date sugar 2 teaspoon caraway seeds (optional) 16 ounces stout beer*


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. (I often use a cast iron bread pan. If using one, place it in the oven to heat while oven preheats.)
Mix ground flaxseeds and hot water in a small bowl and set aside to thicken.
Mix  flour, salt, baking powder, oats, date sugar, and caraway seeds in large mixing bowl. Stir in thickened flaxseed mixture. Stir in beer. Spread dough in pan.
Bake for 55-60 minutes or until top is golden brown and crust…

Banana Cardamom Red Fife Bread

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I have created multiple versions of banana bread. I think banana bread is easy to play with and come up with a variety of flavor combinations. I'll share many of those recipes, the ones that work anyway, over time. This one I specify red fife flour* because using that flour with the cardamom just seemed to create its own unique flavor. You could use any flour you want, but it won't be quite the same. That said, red fife flour isn't always the easiest flour to find, at least where I live.
Banana Cardamom Red Fife Bread
3 cups red fife flour
2 tablespoon ground flax seeds 2 tablespoons hot water 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon ground cardamom 1 teaspoon matcha powder (optional) ½ cup date sugar** 1 cup mashed banana (approximately 3) 2 cups nut milk***
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Place flax seeds and hot water in a small bowl and mix until well blended. Set aside to thicken.
Sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder, cardamom, and matcha powder in a lar…

Raw Cinnamon Applesauce

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As I said, this week I'm doing a 2-for-1 in the recipe department. I shared my basic Raw Applesauce recipe, and this is my Raw Cinnamon Applesauce Recipe. They're both very easy and can be made with a few apples or a blender full of apples. Just adjust the cinnamon accordingly.









Raw Cinnamon Applesauce
Apples 2 teaspoons cinnamon for every 8 cups of apples
Wash apples. Core and slice into pieces cutting out any bad spots.
Sprinkle cinnamon over apples and mix to coat.
Fill blender with apples. Slowly increase speed on blender until blending on high. Blend until smooth pushing apples down when necessary.

Place in airtight containers and place in the refrigerator. 
Can be frozen for longer storage if necessary.

Raw Applesauce

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This week I'm sharing two very similar recipes Raw Applesauce and Raw Cinnamon Applesauce. They weren't my planned recipes, but when I discovered enough apples on our apple tree, I decided to go ahead and make applesauce and share the recipes. This is a basic raw applesauce. I don't specify the number of apples because I've made this recipe with as few as 2 apples when I needed applesauce for a recipe I was making or a full blender full of apples like this time.




Raw Applesauce Apples
Wash apples. Core and slice into pieces cutting out any bad spots.
Fill blender with apples. Slowly increase speed on blender until blending on high. Blend until smooth pushing apples down when necessary.


Place in airtight containers and place in the refrigerator. 
Can be frozen for longer storage if necessary.

Marinara Lentil Pasta in One Pot

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I make Marinara Lentil Pasta in One Pot so often I hadn't realized I hadn't written the recipe down until I decided to post it this week. I went in search of the recipe, and it wasn't in my recipe files! This is a quick, easy to make recipe that is filling and comforting. It's delicious by itself or with a salad.
I love cooking pasta right in the pan both with the other ingredients without pre-boiling it for the convenience and the flavor. On top of that, you don't end up with a full pot of water to either throw away or repurpose!

Marinara Lentil Pasta in One Pot
1 tablespoon ground flaxseeds
1 jar marinara sauce* 2 cups vegetable stock* 1 tablespoon dried basil 1 teaspoon dried marjoram 1 teaspoon dried parsley 1 teaspoon dried oregano 1 cup brown lentils ½-1 cup red wine (optional) 4 ounces vegan friendly pasta** ¼ cup nutritional yeast Fresh basil (optional)
Rinse lentils and set aside.
Add enough water to a saucier to cover the bottom of pan, about ¼ cup. Bring to a boil. Stir…

Sesame Three Cabbage Tomato Salad

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I developed Sesame Three Cabbage Tomato Salad when I had some green cabbage I wanted to use before it went bad. Green cabbage isn't my favorite, but it came in that week's CSA box. I decided to pair it with some cabbages I like better. I eventually decided to substitute savoy cabbage for the green cabbage because I like savoy cabbage better. 
Sesame Three Cabbage Tomato Salad holds up well, so it's good to take to a potluck. It also makes a wonderful accompaniment to my Miso Shiitake Soup as well as many other entrees. You could even eat is as an entree when a light but filling meal, lunch or dinner, is desired


Sesame Three Cabbage Tomato Salad
4 leaves red cabbage* 4 leaves savoy cabbage 4 leaves napa cabbage 1 large tomato 1 orange 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar 2 tablespoons sesame seeds 2 tablespoon nutritional yeast 1 teaspoon dill weed
Chop cabbage and place in large serving bowl. Cut tomato into ½ inch cubes. Place in bowl with cabbage.
Dry roast sesame seeds in stainless steel …

Strawberry Muffins

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This recipe grew out of an attempt to make a cupcake recipe using a strawberry stout I found at the grocery store; however, the strawberry flavor in the stout was negligible and the stout, frankly, didn't taste all that good - I ended up using it on my hair, but that's a different story for a different day. So after several attempts, I ended up with this muffin recipe.  I find it fun to play with the ingredients until I get a recipe that works. 
I am most appreciative to Kate, Ben, and Loay for tasting various versions of this muffin and giving me honest, constructive, and kind feedback on its evolutionary path!
Strawberry Muffins
1 pint very ripe fresh strawberries*
2 Tbs flaxseeds 2 Tbs hot water 2 cups spelt flour 1 tsp baking soda 1 tsp baking powder ½ cup cashew milk** ½ cup maple syrup ½ cup cashew pulp*** 1 cup dried strawberries****
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Line a muffin pan with muffin tin liners.
Hull the fresh strawberries. Puree strawberries in a blender. Set aside
Whisk togeth…