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Easy Homemade Tortillas – No Lard

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I have bought many tortillas over the years, most less than wonderful. There are these “homemade” tortillas at Trader Joe’s that look pretty authentic, and that is fine to buy those. But you know, with just a few ingredients (flour, oil, salt & water) you can make homemade tortillas within 30 minutes.

Easy Homemade Tortillas – No Lard

Easy Homemade Tortillas - No Lard

Easy Homemade Tortillas – No Lard

What you need (for about 10 small tortillas):

  • 2 Cups of Flour
  • 1 Teaspoon of Salt
  • 1/3 Cup Olive Oil (or any vegetable oil)
  • 3/4 Cup of Water

What to do:

  1. In medium bowl – mix flour and salt. Then add oil and water. Stir, mix, and knead until you have a smooth ball of dough
  2. Divide dough into about 10 sections – then shape into golf size balls. IMG_0612
  3. Put dough balls back in bowl and then cover with damp paper towel
  4. Place non-stick skillet or cast iron skillet over medium heat
  5. Roll out one ball at a time, using a rolling pin (or cup or glass), on a floured surface, as thin as you can into a roundish shape
  6. Cook tortilla a couple of minutes on each side, until blistery (when one is cooking start rolling out your next tortilla).IMG_0614
  7. Wrap tortillas in a clean kitchen towel to keep warm and soft (or in a tortilla warmer if you have one)
Easy Homemade Tortillas - No Lard

Easy Homemade Tortillas – No Lard

Enjoy!

This recipe was found on http://homemadeforelle.com

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Detoxing Green Smoothie

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I am not a nutritionist but I have read and heard a few times that spinach, blueberries, cranberries and other berries and vegetables are full of detoxing ingredients and antioxidants – therefore I am choosing to call this drink a Detoxing Green Smoothie. There’s spinach in the drink – so it’s green : ). There is no set recipe really for a smoothie or a juice, so this “recipe” is just a suggestion or inspiration.

Detoxing Green Smoothie

Detoxing Green Smoothie

Detoxing Green Smoothie

What do you need to get this beautiful drink?

  • A handful of raw Spinach
  • A handful of Blueberries (I used frozen)
  • Juice of half a Lime
  • 1/2 cup Cranberry/Pomegranate Juice
  • 1/2 cup Water

Put ingredients in blender/Nutribullet and blend : )

This is a very refreshing drink, not too sweet, not too tart. A nice blend of sweetness from the blueberries and tartness from the Cranberry/Pomegranate and Lime. Enjoy!

Annika

 

 

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Vegan Oatmeal Sandwich Bread

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All this rain puts me in a baking mood (not hard to do really). Today I wanted to make a delicious sandwich bread with some oats. So, I altered another bread recipe and here’s the result. I was very happy with this bread, so I thought I’d share it : )

Vegan Oatmeal Sandwich Bread

Vegan Oatmeal Sandwich Bread

Vegan Oatmeal Sandwich Bread

What you need (for 2 loaves):

  • 2 Cups of Warm Water
  • 1/3 Cup Vegetable Oil (I used Canola Oil)
  • 2 Tbsp (2 packages) Dry Yeast (I used Instant/Bread Machine Yeast)
  • 4 Tbsp Sugar (sounds a lot, but supposedly it helps the bread rise)
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt
  • 4 1/2 Cup Flour (Start with 4 1/2 Cups and if dough is too sticky add a little more as needed)
  • 1 Cup Oats (Rolled Oats)
Vegan Oatmeal Sandwich Bread

Vegan Oatmeal Sandwich Bread

What to do:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Add warm Water, Yeast, Sugar and Oil to a large bowl. Mix well and let rest for 10-15 minutes, until foamy:FullSizeRender (23)
  3. Add the Salt and Oats.
  4. Stir your Flour with a fork or whisk (to loosen it up), then measure the flour. Add one cup at a time, mixing dough well. After adding the 4 1/2 cups of Flour your dough should still be very sticky, but not sticking to the bowl. At this point I kneaded the dough by hand for a few minutes and added a touch more flour.IMG_0571
  5. Grease or line a cookie sheet.
  6. Cut dough in half and form dough into 2 loaves (you might have to put some flour on your hands to do this), and place on to cookie sheet.IMG_0572
  7. Cover with clean kitchen towel and let rise for about 25 minutes.IMG_0574
  8. With a sharp knife cut a few slits in each loaf, as pictured below:IMG_0575
  9. Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes, until they are nice and golden brown.

    Vegan Oatmeal Sandwich Bread

    Vegan Oatmeal Sandwich Bread

  10. Let cool on wire rack.
Vegan Oatmeal Sandwich Bread

Vegan Oatmeal Sandwich Bread

Enjoy!

Annika

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