Recipes That Work: Vegan Gluten Free Bread

I haven’t written up one of these posts in a long time but I was excited to share this one.  The big reason I hit the brakes on recipe posts was that just over a year ago I found out I had quite a few food allergies.  After getting blood work done and testing for celiac’s disease, I found out I was allergic to cow’s milk, wheat, egg whites, peanuts, and corn.  Ouch!  So as I learned to eat differently, I became very discouraged when it came to trying other people’s recipes.

Well one day recently one of my favorite Youtube channels, Mind Over Munch posted a bread recipe that I could actually try.

The recipe was really easy to follow and I felt like my bread turned out great.  It is a very dense loaf, at least mine was.  It went bad in a few days so next time I will try storing it in the fridge.  Once it was baked the bread was much darker in person, like a brown bread, but the lighting in my kitchen isn’t the best, so I wasn’t able to get it color true.  The coloring in the Mind over Munch video is accurate from what I experienced.

vegan gluten free bread

If you are interested in the original recipe, I’ve linked the video both above and below.

 

 

 

Recipes That Work: Granola

I like granola on my yogurt but have been wanting a healthier version than my store-bought variety.  I came across a recipe on the Mind Over Munch Youtube channel recently and decided to give it a try.  At first, I didn’t have all of the same ingredients so I used what I had and will be sharing that version with you.  I also tried again with a couple of different ingredients and which I’ll also share.

If you are interested in the original recipe, I’ve linked the video both above and below.

 

FIRST TRY (ok this was actually my second try, I guess my oven runs hot or something because using the recipe’s guidance of 20-25 minutes I burned the first batch)

  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1/2 cups almond and cashew mix
  • 1/4 cup ground flaxseeds
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 2 tbsp canola oil
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch of salt

Mix all ingredients in a bowl, pour out onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet.  Baked in a preheated 350-degree oven for 12 minutes.  Let cool completely before breaking into pieces.

My ingredient substitutions worked out well for me and I did enjoy the granola.

Recipes that Work: Granola

 

SECOND TRY (ok, actually the third)

I was interested to know if the coconut oil would make a difference, so I decided to give that a try.  I also swapped in sunflower seeds instead of the ground flaxseed.

  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup almond and cashew mix
  • 1/2 cups sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt

These swaps made the granola taste incredible.

Recipes that Work: Granola

After a while of eating this granola, it occurred to me that I should break down the nutrition for this recipe and wasn’t happy.  For me personally, taking into consideration what else I eat, this granola had more fat and sugar than my store-bought granola.  It is important to note that while healthy, nuts and seeds are high in fat.  So adding them to my granola wasn’t the best call for my particular diet.  Most days I have a handful of nuts as a snack or sometimes with a meal.  So adding more of them wasn’t the best move on my part.  Luckily I only ate it for about a week before realizing this and rethinking my approach.  Although the Mind over Munch recipe was delicious and I would consider this a Recipe that works, it did not end up being healthier than what I was eating previously.

The upside is that now I know the method for making granola and can experiment with the base recipe to find a version that works for me.

Recipes that Work: Slow Cooker Kielbasa and White Bean Cassoulet

I can’t tell you how often I see a recipe in a magazine and save it to make later, but later never comes.  I’m not sure what in particular made me try this one out, but I’m glad I did.  The recipe appeared in the January 2016 issue of Real Simple Magazine, but you can find it on the Real Simple website by clicking here. Slow Cooker Kielbasa and White Bean Cassoulet

 

The first time I made this, I was feeling extra ambitious and made the french bread myself.  Now, whenever I want to make it I just grab a loaf from the grocery store.

Homemade French Bread

Over the last year I have changed the way I eat, so the last time I made this I found the lowest fat Kielbasa my grocery store carried and only used half the amount called for in the recipe.  Since there are white beans in the dish, we didn’t feel like anything was missing from the dish.  I also browned the kielbasa and the onions for some added layers of flavor.  Again, these were just some adjustments I made to suit my needs, the changes are not necessary.  The recipe works extremely well exactly as Real Simple has laid it out.   If you are interested in how I personally fix it now, you can find that adaptation below.

Slow Cooker Kielbasa and White Bean Cassoulet

Recipe adapted from RealSimple.com and January 2016 Print Issue (for 4 – 6 quart slow cooker)

  • 1 1/2 cup dried white beans, about 8 oz
  • 1/2 lb kielbasa, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 3 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 15 oz can diced tomatoes in their juices
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 3/4 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp Kosher salt
  • Additional Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 4 tsp dried parsley
  • 8, 1/2 inch slices of baguette, buttered and toasted, cut into cubes

Brown kielbasa and onions, don’t drain.

Add kielbasa, onions, beans, broth, tomatoes, onion, garlic, thyme, and 1/2 tsp salt to slow cooker.

Cover and cook on low 7-8 hours until beans are tender and creamy (original recipe suggests checking the beans after 7 hours).  Season with salt, pepper, and parsley.

Serve topped with the baguette.

Recipes that Work: Easy Fish Tacos

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Coming across this on Pinterest was a great discovery.  The spice mixture featured in this recipe from Buzzfeed has become a staple in my house.  I have used it on tilapia like the recipe calls for but I have also used it on beef and chicken.  My personal favorite pairing is the spice mixture and chicken.  The other night, I used it on chicken breast and we ate that with salsa over the top and chips on the side.  It was excellent.  We’ve done all of these variations with corn tortillas, I’m not sure how it would be with flour tortillas.  I highly recommend that even if you don’t like fish tacos, at least give the spice mixture a try on other things.  I’ve linked the original recipe below for you to check out.

 

BuzzFeed’s Easy Fish Tacos From Pinterest

My favorite variation on this recipe is definitely my chicken and brown rice nachos.

Chicken and Brown Rice Nachos

Chicken & Brown Rice with the spice mixture from the Buzzfeed easy fish tacos recipe. I added green beans and cheddar cheese and made some tortilla chips.

Here’s what’s in it (amounts are approximate because I discovered this when I was just looking to use up some leftovers):

Chicken & Rice mixture

1 1/2 cups cooked brown rice

1/2 cup cooked shredded chicken

1/2 cup French cut green beans

1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Buzzfeed recipe spice mixture:

1/8 tsp cayenne pepper (I decreased the amount of cayenne  from the original 1/4 tsp)

1 tsp garlic powder

1/2 tsp Cumin

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp pepper