Here is my coffee cake cheat. . . I’m not sure it is exactly healthy but it tastes great and using nuts and chia seeds adds some food value in the way of protein. Eggs work best for this, but as noted you can use applesauce for a real vegan treat. (more…)
Category Archives: Breakfast
The best thing about this particular recipe is that it slightly sweet and toasts up to a wonderful golden brown. I promise you won’t miss the eggs at all! (more…)
Last week when cleaning out the freezer we found a big bag of organic pitted cherries. We bought them at Costco intending to use them in smoothies, but somehow that didn’t happened. They were starting to get freezer burned so we needed to come up with a way to use them quickly.
Cherry pie? How about cherry ice cream,cobbler, compote, tart, chutney or some sort of sauce? After all our excess in New Orleans desert didn’t sound even remotely interesting, I am not a big chutney fan and sauce without a purpose seems like a waste of energy. (more…)
We had fabulous ethnic food. Particularly Middle-Eastern and Vietnamese. The problem in those cases had to do with quantity. Evidently I (conveniently) left my “full button” at home and suddenly felt it absolutely necessary to consume every single morsel on my plate.
It has been a long time since I went to bed at night feeling “stuffed”! But that was almost a nightly occurrence.
Muffins are my latest science project. While some of them have been good, they still were not “perfect”. The main problem was that they were consistently too dry. Adding oil just made them greasy and heavy and adding water, fruit juice or nut milk made them gooey. Most of them would taste ok on first bite, but would soon turn to sawdust in the back of the mouth. It seemed that part of the problem was that the batter was too smooth. Which lead me to experiment with Gluten-Free oats.
All the experiments were getting me confused, so I finally sat down and made a spread sheet (Yes, I know how funny that is)! (more…)
All the muffin experiments reminded me of how much I love cinnamon! There are few aromas that make me happier. Probably for a good reason, since a Western Jesuit University study found that smelling cinnamon boosts cognitive function and decreases feelings of frustration.
Closely related to the smell is the taste. What would apple pie be without cinnamon!? We use it in pancakes, waffles and baked goods. Adding a dash of cinnamon to coffee makes even the worst swill palatable. And a dash of cinnamon is the secret ingredient in tomato soup. (more…)
When you harvest something like 10 BIG zucchini a week you either waste the food or get creative. This has been a real challenge to my creativity. I have tried everything I can think of, read about, or heard! One of my favorites is the muffins.
I like muffins. They are a neat little snack package stuffed full of good flavors. If you do them right, they are full of good nutrition.
Up till now, I have been able to make great sugar-free muffins. I have made tasty gluten-free muffins. I have even made passable vegan muffins. But all three at one time has been a lot of trial and error! Over the last week I have done a series of experiments trying to create an edible sugar-free, gluten-free vegan muffin! (more…)
David is the breakfastmeister in our house. For years he was the eggs and potato king. Or pancakes and eggs emperor. The rice and eggs sultan. You get the idea.
As we started to eliminate eggs from our diet we (obviously) had to rethink breakfast. Consequently, we have been eating hot grain cereals, granola and occasion gluten-free pancakes or waffles topped with nut butter and fresh fruit. The problem with gluten-free pancakes/waffles is that they require an egg, use processed flour and are expensive.
Then one day David had an idea: he know how to create a decent pancake with no gluten no eggs and no processed sugar. Long story, short, we invested in a big bag of buckwheat groats. (more…)
We started on the quest for easy to make, sugar free, gluten free granola. The first thing we found was gluten-free oats. They are expensive, but worth it (maybe). Oats worked well, but I felt like they added a lot of carbs and for some reason seemed to have less fiber than the regular oats. The granola tasted good, but after a couple of hours I was ravenous. (more…)