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Vegan Oatmeal Sandwich Rolls

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I kind of have a bread addiction (in addition to my coffee addiction), so therefore I like to bake bread. These Vegan Oatmeal Sandwich Rolls are based on my Vegan Oatmeal Sandwich Bread – I have just turned them into rolls. When you bake them, the oven temperature will be higher and the baking time will be shorter.

I love using in oatmeal in my breads, because it adds texture, fiber, and moisture.

Vegan Oatmeal Sandwich Rolls

Vegan Oatmeal Sandwich Rolls

Vegan Oatmeal Sandwich Rolls

What you need (for about 12 rolls):

  • 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 ( helps the bread rise)
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1 Cup of Oats (Rolled)
  • 4 1/2 Cup Flour (Start with 4 1/2 Cups and if dough is too sticky add a little more as needed)
Vegan Oatmeal Sandwich Rolls

Vegan Oatmeal Sandwich Rolls

What to do:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 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.
  3. Add Salt.
  4. Add the Oats
  5. 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.
  6. Grease or line a cookie sheet.
  7. Shape dough in to a round loaf/cylinder and cut in to 12 pieces (I cut the dough in half, and then in half etc.). With floured hands, roll each piece in to a ball, tucking the creases of dough on the bottom of the roll. Dip the roll in some flour and place on to cookie sheet. At this point, I patted down the rolls lightly, since the rolls will rise again.image
  8. Cover with clean kitchen towel and let rise for about 25 minutes.
  9. Bake at 375 degrees for about 12-15 minutes, until they are a nice golden brown.
  10. Let cool on wire rack.
Vegan Oatmeal Sandwich Rolls

Vegan Oatmeal Sandwich Rolls

I love how these rolls turned out! I hope you do too.

Keep in mind that there are no preservatives in this bread, so therefore these rolls will taste best if consumed within 3 days. If you are a small household – just throw half the batch in the freezer!

Annika

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Greek Yogurt Apple Cake

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If you’ve seen any of my recipes, you may already have gathered that I love using Greek Yogurt in baked goods. So here’s another recipe, pretty much a copy of my Blueberry Lemon Greek Yogurt Cake;

Greek Yogurt Apple Cake

Greek Yogurt Apple Cake

Greek Yogurt Apple Cake

What you will need:

  • 1 Cup of Flour
  • 1 Teaspoon of Baking Powder
  • Pinch of Salt
  • 1/2 Stick/8 Tablespoons of Unsalted Butter (softened)
  • 2/3 Cup of Sugar
  • 2 Teaspoons Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Large Egg
  • 1/2 Cup of Greek Yogurt
  • 1 large or 2 small peeled and sliced Apples
  • Cinnamon
Greek Yogurt Apple Cake

Greek Yogurt Apple Cake

What to do:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 Degrees Fahrenheit
  2. Grease or line a round cake pan
  3. In small bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, and salt
  4. In medium bowl beat/mix butter and sugar (with hand mixer or wooden spoon) until airy. Then add vanilla and egg. Beat/mix until creamy.
  5. Add Greek Yogurt – mix/stir until well combined.
  6. Add flour mixture a little at a time, stir until just combined. Then add to cake pan.  Top the cake batter with the apple slices (pressing them down lightly), and dust generously with cinnamon
  7. Bake for 35 to 45 minutes until toothpick or sharp knife comes out dry/clean
Greek Yogurt Apple Cake

Greek Yogurt Apple Cake

This cake tastes wonderful with some vanilla custard sauce, whipped cream, or vanilla ice cream.

I truly hope you enjoy this cake!

Thanks,

Annika

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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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Gluten and Dairy Free Oatmeal Pancakes

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It’s finally fall, and soon winter (I’m using the term “winter” loosely, as I live in California) – and somehow that lends itself to more comfort foods. Lazy Sunday mornings with a luxurious breakfast, such as pancakes. The good news is, there are so many healthy AND delicious versions of pancakes. Like these delicious Gluten and Dairy Free Oatmeal Pancakes (you could even make the Vegan by replacing the egg with a Vegan alternative). Even if you don’t have a gluten or dairy concern, you should still try this recipe (using regular oats is fine if you are not gluten intolerant) – because it is REALLY good, and it’s so much better for you than your average white flour pancake.

Gluten and Dairy Free Pancakes

Gluten and Dairy Free Pancakes

What you need:

  • 2 Cups Gluten Free Oats (or regular if you don’t have a gluten concern)
  • 1 1/4 Cups Vanilla Almond Milk
  • 1 Banana
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1 Tablespoon Honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon pure Vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 1 Egg
  • Vegetable Oil or Non Dairy Butter for cooking
Gluten and Dairy Free Pancakes

Gluten and Dairy Free Pancakes

What to do:

  1. Place oats, salt, cinnamon, baking powder, vanilla, and banana in a blender (I use the NutriBullet, so I have to blend the oats and almond milk first and then add the rest of the ingredients (except the egg) and then blend again.
  2. In a medium size bowl whisk the egg, then add the pancake batter (from your blender)IMG_0097
  3. Heat a skillet over medium heat and add some butter or oil, to the coat the pan. Ladle out 3-4 pancakes in you skillet. Cook for a few minutes on first side, until bubbly. FullSizeRender (1)Then turn over for another couple of minutes to finish cooking.
  4. Serve with Maple Syrup and/or fresh fruit, or with your favorite topping.
Gluten and Dairy Free Pancakes

Gluten and Dairy Free Pancakes

Enjoy!!

Thanks,

Annika

This recipe was adapted from http://www.mountainmamacooks.com/2013/08/banana-oat-blender-pancakes-gluten-free-dairy-free-recipe/

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Quick and Easy Dinner Rolls

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I know it’s only September, but before you know it Thanksgiving and Christmas will be upon us. And you know you will need perfect Dinner Rolls to go with your holiday dinners, so why not perfect a recipe now. These Dinner Rolls are easy and quick and delicious too. What more can you ask for?

Easy and Quick Dinner Rolls

Easy and Quick Dinner Rolls

What you need (for 12-16 rolls):

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

Easy and Quick Dinner Rolls

What to do:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Add warm Water, Yeast, Sugar and Oil to a large bowl. Mix well and let rest for 10-15 minutes.
  3. Add the Salt and the Egg.
  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 cups of Flour your dough should still be very sticky. Gradually add the last 1/4 Cup of Flour until dough is sticky, but not sticking to the bowl.
  5. Grease a baking sheet or casserole dish – I used a 9 x 13 inch baking sheet.
  6. Form dough into 12-16 small balls, and place on to baking sheet. Let rise for a minimum of 10 minutes up to 25 minutes (I let mine rise for about 15-20 minutes).
  7. Bake at 375 degrees for 12-15 minutes, until they are nice and golden brown.
  8. Let rest a few minutes and then try not to eat the whole batch!
Easy and Quick Dinner Rolls

Easy and Quick Dinner Rolls

So easy and so delicious! For the holidays, I would suggest baking at least 2 batches : )

This recipe was adapted from http://www.bellatheblog.com/2014/09/easy-fall-entertaining-2-tips-and.html

Please let me know what you think!

Annika

 

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Pinterest Inspiration

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Some days, sometimes a lot of days, there is just energy to look for inspiration. Food inspiration in my case.

If you are in the mood to browse some mouthwatering pictures – here’s a small collection:

http://www.pinterest.com/annikaerbe/food/

Happy Browsing!

Annika

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Oatmeal Waffles

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I love breakfast! Most mornings I just stick to my toast and coffee (French Press of course, super strong and DARK with lots of warm milk), but some mornings I feel like something a bit more luxurious. Waffles springs to mind. However, a healthier and heartier version – like Oatmeal Waffles. Yum! For added health, and texture, you could stir in some ground flax seeds (or whatever seeds you may have on hand – hemp, chia etc.).  And don’t be intimidated by making waffles (it’s no more complicated than making pancakes… ), it’s just a matter of making the batter and pouring some batter onto your waffle iron (which will tell you when your waffle is ready). My waffle iron, as probably most “modern ones”, is non-stick – so no need to grease it, and no clean up. So, let’s get started!

Oatmeal Waffles

Oatmeal Waffles

Oatmeal Waffles

What you need:

  • 1 cup of Oats
  • 1 1/2 cups of Flour
  • 3 teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 1/2  teaspoon Salt
  • 1-2 teaspoons Cinnamon (if you like cinnamon…)
  • 2 Eggs (beaten)
  • 1 1/2 cups of Milk (possible a little bit more), preferably Whole Milk
  • 1 stick/8 tablespoons of melted Butter (I stick in the microwave for 30-60 seconds)
  • 2 teaspoons Vanilla
Oatmeal Waffles

Oatmeal Waffles

What to do:

  1. Plug in your waffle iron to preheat. Choose your desired setting – depending on how dark you want your waffles.
  2. In a large bowl combine dry ingredients – oats, flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon.
  3. In a small bowl whisk and combine wet ingredients – melted butter, milk, beaten eggs, and vanilla.
  4. Add liquid ingredients to dry mixture. Stir to combine. If the batter is too thick (it shouldn’t be runny, but it also shouldn’t be a dough) – add a tad more milk.
  5. Now you are ready to cook the waffles! Add about a cup of the waffle batter. Close the lid – and wait for the green light to indicate when waffle is ready (at least that is how my iron works).Waffle BatterWaffle
  6. Cool on wire rack to keep waffles from getting too soggy.Waffle Cooling
  7. Enjoy with your favorite toppings – like some fresh fruit : )
Oatmeal Waffles

Oatmeal Waffles

So, there you have it! You have made waffles. And a healthier version, thanks to the oats. These waffles are great when heated up in the toaster the following days. You could even freeze some, if you are a small household. Beats store bought preservative filled waffles any day!

You could “jazz” these waffles up easily by stirring in some frozen raspberries, or blueberries, or both.

Happy Breakfast!

Annika

 

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Vanilla Oatmeal Cookies

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I know everyone loves their Chocolate Chip cookies, but sometimes you might crave a more plain and simple cookie. Still chewy and sweet. Like Vanilla Oatmeal Cookies : ) Those of you that pay attention will notice that these are similar to the Maple Oatmeal Cookies, previously featured on my little blog. Well they are basically the same recipe – just take out the chocolate and exchange the Maple Syrup for Vanilla Extract. Once I find a good recipe or method, I try to reuse it again – mixing it up a bit.

Vanilla Oatmeal Cookies

Vanilla Oatmeal Cookies

Vanilla Oatmeal Cookies

What you need:

  • 8 tbsp. (1 stick or 1/2 cup) of Butter – at room temperature (microwave for about 15-20 secs)
  • 1 cup of Flour
  • 1 1/4 cup Rolled Oats
  • 2 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 tsp. Cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. Baking Soda
  • 1/4 tsp. of Salt
  • 3/4 cup of Sugar
  • 1 Egg

Unbaked Cookies

What to do:

  1. Heat oven to 350 F
  2. In a small bowl mix flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt.
  3. In a large bowl combine the butter and sugar together until airy. (Go ahead and use the hand mixer – if you have one)
  4. Add the egg and vanilla extract to the butter and sugar – mix well
  5. Add flour mixture – mix until all ingredients are combined
  6. Add the oats
  7. Drop tablespoon size balls of cookie dough – about 2 inches apart – on greased or parchment lined cookie sheets (about 10-12 cookies per sheet).
  8. Bake for about 12-15 minutes
  9. Once out the oven, transfer to wire rack to cool (wait a few minutes so the cookie doesn’t fall apart)
Vanilla Oatmeal Cookies

Vanilla Oatmeal Cookies

So there you go – now you have added another kind of cookie to your repertoire.

Enjoy!

Annika

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Grilled Onions and Mushroom Cheese Burgers

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Shall we call this Meaty Tuesday? Whatever we call it – it’s time to indulge our Hamburger Cravings! I hardly ever eat red meat (as you may have noticed), but sometimes I just HAVE to have a burger. For these amazing Grilled Onions and Mushroom Cheese Burgers, I am using organic ground beef (1 package for 8 small burgers) – and Naan bread in lieu of a boring dry bun. For once, I had some potatoes at home – so I made some fries too. My, not so impartial, husband claimed it was the best burger he has ever had : ) . I thought it was pretty darn good too.

Grilled Onions and Mushroom Cheese Burgers With Homemade Fries

Grilled Onions and Mushroom Cheese Burger With Homemade Fries

Grilled Onions and Mushroom Cheese Burger With Homemade Fries

What you need (for 8 small or 4 larger burgers):

  • About a pound (1 pckg) Organic Ground Beef
  • 1 pckg or about 2 cups Mushrooms ( I used Crimini)
  • 1 Yellow Onion
  • 4-6 medium sized Potatoes (such as Russet)
  • Toppings and Condiments (Lettuce, Tomato, Mayo, Ketchup etc.)
  • Canola or Olive Oil
  • 2 tbsp. Butter
  • Salt & Pepper to season
  • Naan Bread (or traditional Hamburger Buns or Sourdough Bread)
  • 4ish slices of Cheese, I used a creamy Havarti (I used about half a slice on each)
Grilled Onion & Mushroom Cheese Burger

Grilled Onion & Mushroom Cheese Burger

What to do:

  1. Preheat oven to 450 F
  2. Scrub potatoes and cut lengthwise in to 1/4 inch sticks. Add to lined or greased baking sheet. Toss with about 1 tbsp. of vegetable oil. Season with salt.Fries Bake at 450 F for about 30-40 minutes (until golden and crispy)Fries
  3. Peel and slice onion into half moons. Wash and slice mushrooms. Grill/Sauté onions and mushroom over medium heat, in a couple of tbsp. butter and olive oil, for 10-20 minutes. Turn down heat if it starts to burn.Onions & MushroomsGrilled Onions
  4. Divide ground beef into 4 or 8 patties. Season well with salt & pepper. Burgers
  5. Cook burgers over medium high heat for about 3-4 minutes per side. When almost cooked through, add the cheese. Then add lid (or some tinfoil) for a minute – for the cheese to melt.Cheese Burgers
  6. Toast your Naan bread (or whatever bread you are using).
  7. Add desired condiments and build your burgers.
Grilled Onions & Mushroom Cheese Burgers With Homemade Fries

Grilled Onions & Mushroom Cheese Burgers With Homemade Fries

This took more than my usual 30 minutes, but it was still pretty fast. And it came out great. Yes – it’s red meat, but it’s ORGANIC and we control the salt added. And there are no funky preservatives here – just fresh quality ingredients. If you start with quality ingredients – it’s not hard to get a tasty meal. Certainly these Grilled Onions & Mushroom Cheese Burgers are superior to anything you could buy at a fast food restaurant.

Please let me know if you liked it and let me know your versions! Remember to share this recipe with your friends and on your social networks : )

Bon Appetite!

Annika

 

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Quick & Easy Vegan Chili

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When it comes to chili – we tend to think of ground beef or other beef chili. Or perhaps white chili, made with chicken. But chili doesn’t have to include meat at all. Isn’t it the flavor and comfort of the meal we are after? The spicy and smoky heat of chili powder, cumin, garlic, paprika, combined with beans and tomato sauce. In this Vegan Chili, you get all the wonderful flavors, just without the meat! Yay for beans and all the protein! And did I mention, it is super quick and easy to create this dish?! Of course, if you have the time, the chili will taste even better the longer you let it simmer.

Quick & Easy Vegan Chili

Quick & Easy Vegan Chili

Quick & Easy Vegan Chili

What you need (for about 4 servings):

  • 2 cans (15 oz) of Beans (I used Kidney Beans & Black Beans)
  • 1 can (15 oz) of Diced Tomatoes
  • 1/2 Yellow Onion (or a whole if you wish, just so happened half of mine was no good)
  • 2 cloves of Garlic
  • 1/4 cup of Maple Syrup (I love the sweet and heat combo, but if you don’t – simply don’t use)
  • Chili spices – I used Chipotle Chili powder, Cumin, Paprika (about 1/4 tsp each)
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Olive Oil/Vegetable Oil
  • Desired Toppings. A great Vegan choice would be some sliced Avocado. I went the vegetarian route and served with Sour Cream and Shredded Cheese
Vegan Chili

Vegan Chili

What to do:

  1. In medium sized pot or pan – heat olive oil over medium heat
  2. Peel and finely chop onion. Add to pot – stir. Let cook for about 5 minutes until soft and translucent
  3. Open cans of beans (drain off most liquid) and can of tomato
  4. Peel and finely chop garlic – add to onion. Stir for a minute
  5. Add tomatoes and beans to pot
  6. Season with salt & pepper. Start with little ( you can always add more)
  7. Add chili seasonings. I used 1/4 teaspoon of chipotle chili powder, 1/4 teaspoon cumin, 1/4 paprika. This was plenty spicy for me, in fact I added some water at this point. But maybe I’m just a whimp
  8. If you like the sweet and spicy combo – add the syrup. I used 1/4 cup, but you could do less of course.
  9. Stir and let simmer for as long as you have the patience. If you think it’s too thick – add some water
  10. Serve with desired toppings and maybe some cornbread or crusty French or Italian bread. Yum!
Vegan Chili

Vegan Chili

Super, super easy – and quick Vegan Chili. And delicious. And healthy. And you can add that to your Vegan Repertoire – to impress your Vegan self, your Vegan friends, or your Vegan boss.

Enjoy! Please let me know your thoughts and suggestions : )

Bon Appetite!

Annika

 

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