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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Roasted Brussels Sprouts

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Holiday season is upon us again. What better time to master some vegetarian side dishes. If you start with fresh, preferably organic, ingredients you are not far away from a great tasting meal or side dish. Roasted Brussels Sprouts is one of those.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Roasted Brussels Sprouts

What you need:

  • A nice bunch of Brussels Sprouts (trimmed and cleaned)
  • 1 – 2 Tablespoons of Olive Oil
  • Salt & Pepper
  • 1 or 2 Cloves of chopped Garlic (optional)
Brussels Sprouts

Brussels Sprouts

What to do:

  1. Preheat oven to 425 F
  2. Cut Brussels Sprouts in half and place on baking sheet along with chopped Garlic
  3. Drizzle a couple of tablespoons of Olive Oil over Brussels Sprouts and Garlic. Mix with your hands to make sure everything is coated with the oil. Add some Salt & Pepper, to taste
  4. Turn Brussels Sprouts with cut side facing down on baking sheet (this will give the nice roasted look)
  5. Roast/bake for about 25 minutes, until Brussels Sprouts are tender and nicely browned on the bottoms
Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Roasted Brussels Sprouts

This is a very simple and uncomplicated recipe, but it will make your Brussels Sprouts very tasty. Of course you could add various ingredients to this dish (lots of people like to add bacon), but sometimes it’s nice to just have a minimalist side dish. For the holidays it’s also great to have a lighter and healthier dish, like this one.

Enjoy!

Annika

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Perfectly Roasted Asparagus

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I love roasted and grilled vegetables! And it’s so easy to make. If you know what to do, that is : ). No one likes soggy veggies, so the trick is to roast the veggies at the right temperature for the appropriate amount of time. Asparagus roast up very quick, the thinner variety. This is a perfect side dish for almost any dinner, including Thanksgiving or Christmas Dinner. A light vegetable side dish.

Perfectly Roasted Asparagus

Roasted Asparagus

Roasted Asparagus

What you need:

  • 1 Bunch of Fresh Asparagus
  • 1 Tablespoon of Olive Oil
  • Salt & Pepper
Asparagus

Asparagus

What to do:

  1. Preheat oven to 425 F
  2. Trim off about an inch of the ends of the Asparagus
  3. Place Asparagus on baking sheet and drizzle with some Olive Oil (about a tablespoon) to coat
  4. Arrange Asparagus in a single layer, then season with Salt and Pepper

    Asparagus

    Asparagus

  5. Roast/Bake at 425 F for 10 minutes
Roasted Asparagus

Roasted Asparagus

This makes perfectly crunchy and tender asparagus. How easy is that?

Enjoy!

Annika

 

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Healthier Banana Bread – With Oats and Almond Milk

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I love banana bread, and of course it’s THE perfect way to use up overly ripe bananas. You would think that banana bread should be pretty healthy, but not necessarily. Some recipes call for 1 cup of sugar for one loaf or cake. Yikes! The bananas are already sweet. In this recipe experiment I chose to use half the sugar, I added some apple sauce and almond milk for moisture, and I also added some oats for texture and fiber. I thought the result was pretty tasty, but you can give this it a try and decide for yourself.

Healthier Banana Bread – With Oats and Almond Milk

Banana Bread with Oats and Almond Milk

Banana Bread with Oats and Almond Milk

What you need (for 1 Cake):

  • 1 Cup of Flour
  • 1/2 Cup of Oats
  • 1/2 Cup of Sugar (I used brown, but white would be fine too)
  • 1/2 Cup or 1 Stick of Softened Butter (pop in microwave for about 15 seconds)
  • 1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Cinnamon (optional)
  • 1 Egg – Whisked
  • 1/2 Cup Vanilla Almond Milk
  • 1/2 Cup Apple Sauce
  • 3 Ripe and Mashed Bananas
Banana Bread with Oats and Almond Milk

Banana Bread with Oats and Almond Milk

What to do:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F and grease or line a 9×13 inch Baking Pan
  2. Cream Butter and Sugar together.
  3. Add whisked Egg
  4. Add Almond Milk and Mashed Bananas
  5. In separate bowl whisk together Flour, Salt, Baking Soda, Oats, and Cinnamon
  6. Add dry ingredients (flour mixture) to wet ingredients (banana mixture) – and combine well.
  7. Pour batter in to baking pan and bake for 25-30 minutes at 350 F
Banana Bread with Oats and Almond Milk

Banana Bread with Oats and Almond Milk

Enjoy!

If you prefer your Banana Bread to baked in a loaf pan, bake for 50-60 minutes

Annika

Banana Bread with Oats and Almond Milk

Banana Bread with Oats and Almond Milk

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Old-Fashioned Biscuits with Almond Milk

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Last night I was making some vegetable soup and I thought to myself “some fresh baked bread or biscuits would really go nicely with the soup”. So, I decided to whip up some biscuits. I followed the super simple recipe for Old-Fashioned Biscuits on the back of my flour bag. I used regular organic all-purpose flour and regular butter, but exchanged the cow’s milk with Almond Milk. In my short experience using Almond Milk it seems to always make my baked goods moister and just tastier. Also, my body does not love a bunch of regular milk anymore – so all in all, using Almond Milk is a win-win. (Not if you have nut allergies obviously).

Old-Fashioned Biscuits with Almond Milk

Old-Fashioned Biscuits with Almond Milk

Old-Fashioned Biscuits with Almond Milk

What you need (for 6-8 biscuits):

  • 2 Cups Flour
  • 1 Tablespoon Baking Powder
  • 1 Tablespoon Sugar (optional)
  • 1Teaspoon Salt (or less depending on taste)
  • 6 Tablespoons Butter
  • 1 Cup of Almond Milk (I used Toasted Coconut Almond Milk, but you use Plain or Vanilla)
Old-Fashioned Biscuits with Almond Milk

Old-Fashioned Biscuits with Almond Milk

What to do:

  1. Preheat oven to 425 F
  2. In a medium/large bowl mix together dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt)
  3. Add cold diced butter to the flour mixture. Break up/crumble butter with your fingers or pastry cutter.
  4. Add milk slowly (stop when dough is sticky and combined).
  5. Add some flour and knead dough until nice and soft and “fluffy”
  6. With your hands form 6 big balls and place on floured or greased baking sheetFullSizeRender (17)
  7. Bake for 12-15 minutes
Old-Fashioned Biscuits with Almond Milk

Old-Fashioned Biscuits with Almond Milk

These biscuits are wonderfully moist and flaky! Delicious! But remember not to eat the whole batch! These are not “health-food”.

Old-Fashioned Biscuits with Almond Milk

Old-Fashioned Biscuits with Almond Milk

Enjoy!!!

Recipe adapted from Bobs Red Mill

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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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