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Adventures of a recipe tinkerer and food explorer


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Taco Bowl

I started using eMeals.com for weekly meal planning. Little did I know that $5/month would save me headaches and time spent looking up/deciding which recipes to make for the week. Although the app has a favorites feature, this recipe will get overlooked because it’s a side dish (eMeals.com March 22 – 28, 2017).

In wanting to document this recipe for future use – because I have made it twice now in a short 3 days span – I’ve transformed it in the below recipe to be a meal instead. I’m on the vegetarian plan so the below meal is vegan, but it can easily be paired with shredded chicken or taco meat and even some cheese.

Serves 2

INGREDIENTS:

  • ¾ cup long-grain brown or white rice
  • ½ Tbsp olive oil or coconut oil
  • 1 cup frozen corn kernels, thawed
  • ½ (15-oz) can black beans, drained and rinsed (or about 1 cup cooked beans)
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 Roma or small tomatoes, chopped
  • ⅛ tsp salt
  • ⅛ tsp pepper
  • 4 cups unpacked spinach
  • 4 Tbsp salsa (your favorite brand and spice level)
  • 1 avocado, sliced

 

DIRECTIONS:

Cook rice according to package directions. Meanwhile, heat oil in a skillet over medium heat; add corn, beans and garlic, and cook 2 minutes.

Stir in tomato, salt and pepper. Heat for 2 minutes. Add rice to skillet, and toss to combine. Heat for 1 minute.

In a single serving bowl, place half of the mixture on 2c bed of spinach and top with 2 Tbsp salsa and 1/2 avocado. Repeat in a second single serving bowl with the remainder of the ingredients.

* Top with pre-cooked meats or cheese if desired.


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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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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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Bodacious Beet Protein Smoothie

This is the same recipe as the Red Velvet Beet smoothie, minus the cocoa and adding berry flavored protein powder.

Ingredients:

2 Beets, cooked (2″ dia)
3/4 cup Blueberries, Whole, Frozen
1 Banana, ripe, Frozen
1/2 cup Coconut Milk, Unsweetened, Vanilla (or milk of choice)
1 scoop Vega Bodacious Berry Protein Smoothie Powder
33 g  Lettuce, red leaf (about a hand full, optional)
1/2 cup to 3/4 cup Water (additional water to desired smoothness)

 


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Chocolate chip peanut butter oat zucchini brownies (gluten free, dairy free)

Chocolate chip PB Oat Zucchini browniesOh my gosh, these are delicious. As you can see, I ate two before realizing I should photograph them.

What to do with one cup of frozen shredded zucchini? Not enough for zucchini bread or zucchini muffins.

I found this flour less zucchini brownie recipe and was about to put 1 cup of peanut butter into the mix when I decide that was just WAY too much peanut butter. Not for the flavor but because of how much fat and calories are in peanut butter. So I modified the recipe to include oats and an egg and less peanut butter. Next time I will reduce the sweetener or use baking Truvia.

The peanut butter flavor is mild and it’s so moist and fluffy (because of the egg addition). The oats and zucchini give it a healthy, “good for you” texture. I used a combination of pancake syrup and honey for the sweetener.

Chocolate chip peanut butter oat zucchini brownies (gluten free, dairy free)

Serves 9

Chocolate chip PB Oat Zucchini browniesIngredients
1 1/2 Cup Quick 1-minute Oats, Dry
1/3 cup Cocoa – Dry powder, unsweetened
1.5 Tsp Cinnamon
1/4-1/2 tsp Nutmeg, ground (depending on your preference)
1 tsp Baking soda
1/2 cup Natural Peanut Butter or other nut butter
1 cup Zucchini, includes skin, shredded
1/3 cup Applesauce Unsweetened
1 large Egg – Whole, raw
1/4 – 1/3 cup honey or maple syrup (pancake syrup) or sweetener of choice (add a little water if needed if using Truvia or a dry sweetener)
1 tsp Vanilla extract
3/4 cup Organic Chocolate Chips – Semi-sweet

Directions

  1. Spray bottom and sides of 8 x 8 glass baking dish with oil
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  3. Peel and grate the zucchini.
  4. Mix dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
  5. Add remaining ingredients except chocolate chips and stir until well combined.
  6. Add chocolate chips and combine.
  7. Pour into an 8 x 8 baking dish. Spread evenly.
  8. Bake for 30 – 35 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.
  9. Cool and enjoy!

 

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Flour Chylde (Gluten Free Bakery)

 

Flour Chylde's Farmer's market stand

Flour Chylde’s Farmer’s market stand

Flour Chylde is a gluten free bakery based out of Novato, CA and their treats can be found at SF Bay Area farmer’s markets if you don’t want to make the trip to Novato. Though for these baked goods, you would be willing to make the trip. They only serve some of their gluten free treats at the bakery in Novato, so be sure to visit a booth at a local farmer’s market too.

I love their use of almond flour/meal for a base of a number of their tortes (like the Rapture Torte). It gives it a decadent unique flavor. They have an assortment of treats along with breads. Their breads are delicious!

Here are a few treats and breads I’ve tried:

  • Baguettes
  • Country Style Loaf
  • Cake Bar-baker’s choice
  • Linzer Torte
  • Rapture Torte – one of my favorites
  • Chocolate Lemon Coconut Torte
  • Little Black Dress – one of my favorites
  • Pumpkin muffin
  • Chocolate Peanut Butter

Note, this bakery may not be 100% gluten free. Next time I go to the stand I’ll ask, but my recollection is that they produce non-gluten free items in their bakery and sell them in their bakeshop in Novato. All items at the farmer’s markets are gluten free.


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CREAM – Gourmet Ice Cream Sandwich shop

Cream is a new type of ice cream shop popping up in the bay area (San Jose, San Mateo, Walnut Creek, Davis, Berkeley and Livermore just to name a few). They offer ice cream sandwiches with your choice of cookie and choice of ice cream center. No more entirely frozen plain jane chocolate chip with vanilla center (unless you really want it). All their cookies and ice cream are homemade.

I had a gluten free snicker doodle and gluten free walnut chocolate chip with soy mint ice cream sandwich. What a treat to have a gluten free and dairy free ice cream sandwich!! They also have vegan cookies to mix with your soy vanilla or soy mint ice cream.

The extra special part was that they warm the cookies before assembling the sandwich. Made for a gooey delicious mess. They have a Facebook page if you want to see some customer creations.

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