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Adventures of a recipe tinkerer and food explorer


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eMeals: Quinoa patties (black bean and flax)

This recipe from eMeals.com turned out well. The spices made it taste great! (EMeals, July 11-17, 2017, vegan plan)

Without any greens on hand, I made it a sandwich with Franz Gluten free hamburger bun and topped it with avocado and local tomatoes. The patty fell apart a little so I may add more flax meal next time for binding. But who doesn’t love eating messy foods – makes you feel like a kid again.


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BFree Bagels

Bfree bagels

Finding a good gluten free bagel is hard. Most are too small to slice well or put any toppings on it. This one is a decent size and holds it shape well.

Product: BFree Bagels, plain

Price: $5.99 from Safeway
Buy again: Yes
Recommend to friends: Yes.

  • Toasts well
  • Tastes good
  • Good texture

It pairs very nicely with vegan cream cheese like this Tofutti cream cheese.


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eMeals.com Creates a Vegan Plan!

I have been using a meal planner for over a year that is saved me time at the grocery store, time in the kitchen and I no longer agonize over what to make. It helps that the app is amazing.

eMeals is a subscription-based service that provides you seven recipe per week based on a two person or family meal plan for just $5/month if you get the year plan. The recipes are easy to create, usually contain just a few ingredients which translates to spending very little time in the grocery store. The recipes are varied for anyone’s tastes preferences, which allows me to try recipes I probably wouldn’t have picked if I was searching the internet for a random recipe (see french onion soup below).

They have many categories from heart healthy to gluten free to diabetic to Paula Deen comfort foods. I was using the vegetarian category in September, when I changed my diet to be mostly vegan. I would substitute the dairy for dairy-free alternatives and the gluten for gluten free alternatives.

Then they came out with a vegan category, which has been excellent. I mentioned that their app is amazing, they have a ‘cook mode’ where it steps you through the recipe in a wide screen format which is perfect for my iPad. (Rice, bean and corn recipe here)

The eMeals app is well designed and easy to use (see photos below). The tabs at along the bottom of the app allow you to go into cook mode, add it to your shopping cart (which makes it quick and easy to get items at the grocery store), and the ability to share and add it to your list of favorites. Photo to the right of the recipe below (added spinach and avocado). (eMeals app, Week Nov 22-28, 2017, Vegan plan)

Another meal created from an eMeals recipe. I never would have gravitated to make french onion soup on my own. Used gluten free bread and vegan cheese. (eMeals app, week Oct 4-10, 2017, Vegetarian plan)


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123 Gluten Free Biscuit Mix (Cinnamon Buns)

123 Gluten Free came through for satisfying my craving for cinnamon rolls. The cinnamon buns recipe is printed inside the box of the Southern Glory Buttermilk Biscuit mix or on their website. I’m on a vegan kick right now so this was the perfect dessert because it doesn’t contain eggs and allowed me to substitute the milk/heavy cream with coconut cream.

Product: 123 Gluten Free Biscuit Mix

Price: Listed as $8.99 on their website
Buy again: Yes
Recommend to friends: Yes.

  • The mix was fast and easy to make.
  • You can make it as cinnamon-y as you want! I put on a lot and it wasn’t quite enough IMO.
  • I used 1 can of coconut cream instead of the heavy cream + half&half that the recipe calls for.  I did not add lemon or apple cider vinegar to make it buttermilk.
  • Rolling it was a little difficult because I wanted to use my fingers like real cinnamon rolls but it crumbled in my fingers so I had to use the plastic wrap to roll it, which worked fine.
  • For the glaze icing, I used hemp milk and powdered sugar (omitted the butter).
  • They didn’t rise much, if at all, for the two hours in the fridge that the recipe calls for.
  • The outside edges that touched the heavily “buttered” pan turned crunchy – yum.

I scarfed down four cinnamon rolls before realizing I should blog about it. The glaze was a little thin when I put it on, so it seeped down into the cracks of the roll.


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Overnight Breakfast Polenta Bowl

After a stint with Thistle meal delivery service, I was introduced to polenta and decided to make an overnight polenta breakfast similar to overnight oats for quick morning meals.

I have tried to make polenta in the past and didn’t care for the time and attention it needed, so I switched to the tube of polenta (no herbs or flavorings added). If you want to make polenta from scratch for this recipe, I’m sure it would work. Kitchn has a quick way to make polenta.

Polenta bowlIngredients

  • 1/2 tube of already cooked polenta
  • One small piece of whole fruit (nectarine, apple, peach, pear, 1/4 cantaloupe, cherries or dried cranberries) or 1/4c jam
  • 1/4 cup milk (coconut, cows, rice, etc)
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon sweeter of choice (maple syrup, honey, sugar, stevia, brown sugar, etc)
  • 1 tablespoon diced nuts (walnuts, almonds) or granola

Heat polenta in a bowl for 1 minute. Smash polenta with a fork. Add 1/4 cup milk and heat 30 seconds more. Smash polenta with fork some more. Add extra milk for desired consistency.  Stir in the vanilla, cinnamon, maple syrup into polenta mixture.

Layer 1/2 diced whole fruit into a pint mason jar then 1/2 polenta mixture. Finish with remaining fruit then polenta mixture. Put in refrigerator over night. Top with nuts or granola and enjoy.

 

 


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1-2-3 Gluten Free Delightfully Gratifying Bundt Poundcake (Sugar Free)

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IMG_1849This 1-2-3 Gluten Free Pound Cake made a LOT of pound cake. It made two thick 8×8 squares of pound cake! It freezes well! And it’s oh so good. Adding the orange juice is the BEST idea (follow the directions).

Product: 1-2-3 Gluten Free Delightfully Gratifying Bundt Poundcake (Sugar Free and Gluten Free)
What I paid: $62.48/3 @ Amazon
Buy again: YES!
Recommend to friends: Yes!

  • Not grainy
  • Delicious orange flavor
  • Sugar free
  • Extra large portion size (Freezes well and great for holidays)

 

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Blueberry Carrot Protein Smoothie

I impressed myself with the taste of this ‘thrown together’ smoothie. Used up left over carrots to account for the veggies to balance out the fruit, veggie, protein, omega3 protein smoothie. I like blueberries and this is the first time I’ve made a smoothie made mostly with blueberries. I’m quite pleased with how it turned out.

I put my carrots in a sealed plastic bag with a paper towel to keep them from going rubbery on me. I have not tried rubbery carrots in this smoothie, but I bet it would be a good use for them instead of putting them in the compost.

Ingredients:

1 cup Coconut Milk, Unsweetened, Vanilla (or milk of choice)
1 scoop Vega Vanilla Sport Protein Powder
1 tablespoon flaxseed (optional)
2 medium carrots, pealed and cleaned
2 cups Blueberries, Whole, Frozen
1 Banana, ripe, Frozen
1 cup Water (additional water to desired smoothness)

 

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Calories = 590

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