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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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Fatburning and Detoxing Cabbage Soup

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It’s spring and summer and bathing suit season is upon us! Thus we all start to panic about what we are eating. I’m not a fan of diets and dieting – I believe in eating well all the time. Real food. Healthy food most of the time, with some treats here and there. What I love about this Cabbage Soup is that it’s as healthy as it is delicious. And it’s super easy to make, another method recipe. Make it your own version. For this soup to work as fatburning and detoxing – you can’t just make this soup and eat a gallon of ice cream as dessert – you kind of have to stick to a healthy diet in general. Cut down on sugar, carbs, sodium – you know – the usual suspects.

Fatburning and Detoxing Cabbage Soup

Fatburning and Detoxing Cabbage Soup

What you need:

  • 1 head of Cabbage
  • 1/2 – 1 yellow Onion
  • 3 large Carrots
  • 3-4 stalks of Celery
  • 3-4 cloves of Garlic
  • 4 cups of Chicken or Vegetable Stock
  • 2 cups of Crushed Tomatoes (or Water)
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • Oregano, Thyme or Basil – if you want
  • 2 tablespoons of Olive Oil
Fatburning and Detoxing Cabbage Soup

Fatburning and Detoxing Cabbage Soup

What to do:

  1. Chop and/or dice all vegetables
  2. Heat the olive oil, in a large pot, over medium heat. Add onions, carrots and celery. Sauté for about 5 minutes. Add minced garlic. Stir for about a minute. Add cabbage. Stir.
  3. Add chicken (or veggie) stock and crushed tomatoes (or water). Stir well. Season with desired herbs. Cover pot and let come to a boil. Once the soup is at a boil, turn heat down to simmer, leaving the lid on.

    Fatburning and Detoxing Cabbage Soup

    Fatburning and Detoxing Cabbage Soup

  4. Let soup simmer for at least 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. If you have the time let the soup simmer for an hour or two – the soup will just develop the flavors even more and therefore taste even more delicious.
Fatburning and Detoxing Cabbage Soup

Fatburning and Detoxing Cabbage Soup

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Delicious Homemade Rye Bread in an hour – No Bread Machine Needed

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Homemade Rye Bread In One Hour - No Machines Necessary

Homemade Rye Bread In One Hour – No Machines Necessary

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
  • 3 1/2 Cup Flour (Start with 3 1/2 Cups and if dough is too sticky add a little more as needed)
  • 2 Cups of Rye Flour
Quick and Easy Homemade Rye Bread - No Machines Needed

Quick and Easy Homemade Rye Bread – No Machines Needed

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.
  3. Add Salt.
  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 3 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.
  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.
  7. Cover with clean kitchen towel and let rise for about 25 minutes.
  8. With a sharp knife cut a few slits in each loaf.
  9. Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes, until they are nice and golden brown.
  10. Let cool on wire rack.

Is there anything better than fresh out of the oven homemade bread, with some butter?? Plus, your house will smell amazing too!! I hope you enjoy this delicious Rye Bread : )

Annika

Delicious Homemade Rye Bread

Delicious Homemade Rye Bread

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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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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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Vegan Biscuits with Vanilla and Chia Seeds

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These Vegan Biscuits are so delicious and so incredibly moist! It’s hard to believe that something so tasty is actually healthy.

Vegan Biscuits with Vanilla and Chia Seeds

Vegan Biscuits with Vanilla and Chia Seeds

Vegan Biscuits with Vanilla and Chia Seeds

What you need (for about 10 biscuits):

  • 2 Cups Flour
  • 1 tablespoon Baking Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt (I used Sea Salt)
  • 2 tablespoons Ground Chia Seeds
  • 4 tablespoons non-dairy Butter, such as Earth Balance
  • 1 Cup Vanilla Almond Milk
  • 1 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 Cup Apple Sauce
Ingredients for Vegan Vanilla Chia Seeds Biscuits

Ingredients for Vegan Vanilla Chia Seeds Biscuits

What to do:

  1. Preheat oven to 450 F and line or grease a baking sheet.
  2. Mix dry ingredients in medium/large bowl (flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and chia seeds)
  3. Add butter to the flour mixture and finely crumble (I used my fingers)
  4. In separate bowl, mix wet ingredients (almond milk, vanilla extract, and apple sauce).
  5. Add wet ingredients to flour mixture, until all ingredients are well incorporated. The mixture will be very sticky.
  6. Spoon (I used a regular table spoon) a heaping tablespoon of dough mixture/batter onto the baking/cookie sheet – starting in a corner. I used a 9×13 inch baking sheet and was able to fit 3 biscuits in a row, for a total of ten.

    Vegan Biscuits

    Vegan Biscuits

  7. Bake for 12-15 minutes, until slightly golden.
  8. Enjoy with some jelly : )
Vegan Biscuits with Vanilla and Chia Seeds

Vegan Biscuits with Vanilla and Chia Seeds

I was very pleasantly surprised by the wonderful taste and texture of these biscuits. Hopefully you will be too. Enjoy!

Annika

This recipe was inspired, but altered, from http://minimalistbaker.com/the-best-damn-vegan-biscuits/

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Quick & Easy Vegetarian Fried Rice

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Craving some Chinese food? No need to get in the car, or even pick up the phone for delivery. This Vegetarian Fried Rice recipe will be ready in under 30 minutes for sure. If you are comfortable around the kitchen, it might take you about 15 minutes. And the great thing about making this at home, is of course that you are in control what goes in to the food. This version is non-GMO, MSG- free, Gluten Free. And of course I’m using organic ingredients – so it’s pretty much pesticide free. Shall we call it Freedom Rice? Oh, and it’s very tasty : )

Quick & Easy Vegetarian Fried Rice

Quick & Easy Vegetarian Fried Rice

Quick & Easy Vegetarian Fried Rice

What you need for about 3 servings:

  • 3 servings Cooked Brown Rice (such as Trader’s Organic Frozen Cooked Rice)
  • 2 medium/smallish Zucchinis
  • 1 Yellow Onion
  • 1/2 – 1 cup Frozen Corn
  • Pinch of Pepper
  • A couple of tbsp. Organic Gluten Free Low Sodium Soy Sauce  (You do NOT need salt – soy sauce is your salt here)
  • Garlic Powder (or real garlic would be great too of course, maybe a clove or two)
  • 2-3 whisked and scrambled Eggs (cut up with spatula to smaller pieces)
  • 1-2 tbsp. Vegetable Oil (Canola or Olive Oil)

 

Vegetarian Fried Rice

Vegetarian Fried Rice

What to do:

  1. Whisk and scramble eggs – breaking up with spatula in to small pieces. Set aside.
  2. Peel and finely chop onion. Clean and finely chop/cut zucchinis
  3. Heat the oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add onion and zucchini after about a minute.
  4. After a few minutes add corn (or whatever vegetable you would like to use). Stir
  5. Season with a pinch of pepper and garlic powder
  6. Add rice – mix well with other ingredients.
  7. Add a couple of tablespoons of soy sauce. Mix until all ingredients are covered. Turn down heat to low. Taste – add more soy sauce or spices if needed.
  8. Add scrambled eggs. Mix well to combine. Done – ready to eat!

 

Quick & Easy Vegetarian Fried Rice

Quick & Easy Vegetarian Fried Rice

So there you have it – in about 15-20 minutes you have your Take Home or Take Out Chinese food. So easy. And fast. And very versatile – you can use whatever veggies you like or have at home.

For a Vegan version – simply omit the egg!

Please let me know your favorite versions of this dish. If you like what you see – please share with your friends 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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