Thursday, October 6, 2016

Easy Raw Donut Holes

We are packing up to go camping tomorrow. I've got a huge list of stuff to pack, stuff to make, stuff to take care of before I leave, etc., but what do I do ... procrastinate and write a quick blog post!

Every time we travel, I always make energy bites. If the kids need a quick bite in the car or just a snack when we're there these are perfect! Considering we are going to a pumpkin festival, I should be making my Pumpkin Energy Bites, but I don't have pumpkin and I am not taking another trip to the grocery store! Yesterday, at my first trip to the store, I wanted to buy some bagels.

When I got to the checkout line the checkout person told me that I needed to grab two bags in order to buy them ... well, with two kids almost in tears that they needed to go to the bathroom, one kid singing loudly and the baby just smiling like an angel, I decided to forgo the bagels and get some other bakery later. Fast forward to my second trip that day ... I simply forgot!

Now, it's cookin' time and I still want some bakery to take. I'm over the idea of making energy bites as well as some fresh baked goodies so, what do I do but marry the two! I saw a while back the idea of making raw donut holes by using oats and vanilla to give them that doughy flavor. So, as my potatoes and carrots are cooking for Vegan Nacho Cheese (another camping must have), I decided to quickly throw some ingredients in the food processor and make it happen. Simon and I have already ate three!! Now you see why I had to write this, it got me away from eating more.

Easy Raw Donut Holes

Enjoy them as we are and hopefully the rest of the family gets to enjoy them in the great outdoors! By the way, please pray for good weather!! Thanks!


Easy Raw Donut Holes

Raw Donut Holes

Makes about 15

Dough Ingredients

2 c deglet noor dates
1 c cashews
1 oats
2 T maple syrup
2 T vanilla powder
1 t hazelnut extract (or other flavor)
dash of salt


Topping Ideas

Leave Naked
Shredded Coconut
Cocoa 
Cocoa & Cinnamon
Cinnamon & Sucanat Sugar
Pistachios


Mix all dough ingredients in a food processor and mix until it is like sand.

Form dough into balls. If it is not sticking, add a little coconut oil.
Roll them into your desired topping and enjoy!


Easy Raw Donut Holes


Thursday, September 29, 2016

Roasted Red Pepper Baba Ganoush

Contrary to popular belief, I haven't given up on PractiGanic! This summer has just been too much fun with the kids, my Etsy Store has been taking off, I've accomplished another triathlon and working on strengthening my yoga practice that they computer has taken a back seat (can you blame me?!). Hopefully now with two in school and only two at home ... Francesca is already 6 months and the coolest baby ... I should be able to start tackling my laundry list of blog posts that I have been backlogging. So, without further ado, my new dip love ... Roasted Red Pepper Baba Ganoush!

Roasted Red Pepper Baba Ganoush

I will be the first one to tell you that I don't like eggplant. Okay, so maybe not entirely true ... you know how I always tell you that "it's impossible to dislike a vegetable, you just haven't had it prepared the way you like it yet?" Well, the way I like eggplant is breaded, deep-fried and smothered in cheese. Let's just say, I usually only eat eggplant once a year! However, I still buy it at least 4 times a year making different things and telling myself, "This is it ... Get ready to love eggplant!" Time after time, the eggplant gets choked down and I am sad about dinner and vow not to buy eggplant again.

Roasted Red Pepper Baba Ganoush

Old habits die hard. I was at the farmers market and there is the most beautiful stand off eggplant, miniature eggplant, Japanese eggplant, striped, white, purple ... they had it all! I couldn't help myself and I had to buy one. When I got home, I stared at my lone purple eggplant thinking, "Now what am I going to do?!" In my experience, I have learned that if I have to hide a vegetable in a meal, put it in a dip or a burger. I had a party in two days so I decided to go for the dip. A simple baba ganoush but I had to give it a twist in order for this to hopefully be a winner. I decided to try a roasted red pepper baba ganoush (seriously, isn't it the best word to say??). I added my favorite seasonings in the whole world ... paprika and coriander, crossed my fingers and pureed that eggplant and you know what? IT WORKED!

With every visit to the farmers market, I am now buying eggplant! The whole family is digging in too (even Francesca is loving her newest 'baby food') It's lighter than hummus, but just as flavorful ... and, no oil needed! I finally found the way that I can enjoy eggplant and still be healthy!


Roasted Red Pepper Baba Ganoush

Makes 2 cups

1 large eggplant
1 red pepper
2 garlic cloves
2 T tahini
2 T lemon juice
1/2 t paprika (smoked or regular)
1/2 t coriander
1/2 t salt
1/4 t pepper

Cut eggplant into quarters and deseed the red pepper. Lay them down on a sheet tray with their skins up. Broil for about 5 minutes or until skins on pepper are blackened and the eggplant is shriveled. Let them cool and the skins will peel right off.

Roasted Red Pepper Baba Ganoush

Roasted Red Pepper Baba Ganoush

Roasted Red Pepper Baba Ganoush

Add all ingredients into your blender and puree until smooth. Enjoy!


Roasted Red Pepper Baba Ganoush


Thursday, June 9, 2016

Vegetarian 'Crab' Cakes

Do you ever have those days that you can't decide what to make for dinner? I know, silly question, but lately I have found myself having those all of the time. In my head, I go over what is in the fridge and panty constantly throughout the day and keep drawing blanks. Knowing that the hearts of palm is in there I always want to make another dip. Knowing that I can't serve my kids dip for dinner (every night!), I decided to go to my next favorite ... a patty ... I honestly don't know what I would be if I didn't have my dips and burgers!

Vegetarian 'Crab' Cakes

I am addicted to hearts of palm. I don't know what it is about it, it doesn't have an insane flavor or anything, but I love it. I am a big texture person, and it has a great texture. I have been loving making different dips with it, besides just my Faux Crab Dip. Let's just say, I always have a few cans in the pantry!

Now, with the hearts of palm dips and the faux crab cakes, I need to start buying hearts of palm in bulk!


Vegetarian 'Crab' Cakes

Vegetarian 'Crab' Cakes

Makes 6-8

14 oz can hearts of palm, drained and chopped
1/2 c onion, diced
1 medium zucchini, shredded and squeezed
1 egg, or flax egg
1/4 veganaise
2 T parsley, chopped
2 T chives
2 t dijon
1 t paprika
1 t lemon juice
1/2 t worsteshire sauce (Annie's makes a great vegan version)
1/2 t salt
1/2 t pepper
1 1/3 c breadcrumbs (I like panko, gluten free or regular)

Oil

In a pan, heat up a little bit of oil, Add the hearts of palm and onion. Cook until the hearts of palm are lightly browned.

In a bowl, mix all ingredients together.

Heat up a little more oil in the pan. Scoop out 1/3 cup of the 'crab' mixture. Fry on both sides until it is nicely browned. Drain on paper towel and serve right away.

These are even better with a little vegan tarter sauce ... a little sour cream, parsley, lemon juice and chopped pickles and served with some Drunken Fries!


Vegetarian 'Crab' Cakes