Wednesday, May 13, 2015

vegan juicer pulp muffins

Since we started juicing, we've been testing out recipes to use up our leftover juicer pulp. We've tried soup, veggie burgers and several muffin recipes. So far this is the best one. It's adapted slightly from Eat Yourself Skinny blog.

I'm hoping to find a good veggie pate recipe that incorporates leftover juicer pulp... Let me know if you have any recommendations.

vegan juicer pulp muffins
3 cups flour (my favorite is kamut)
1/2 cup flax seed meal
1/2 tsp sea salt
1 tbsp baking powder
1tsp cinnamon
2 cups veggie pulp (leftover from Immune Boast Juice)
1/2 cup applesauce
1/2 banana
1/2 cup almond or soy milk
1/2 cup maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine dry ingredients. Mix in wet ingredients. Pour into oiled muffin tray. Bake for 20-25 mins.

*try them served with almond or peanut butter (I started doing this while I had gestational diabetes to help increase my protein intake, and loved it!) 
Ingredients
  • 3 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup flax seed meal
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
  • 2 cups fruit/veggie pulp (I used approximately 1 bunch kale, 4 carrots, 2 green apples and 1 large chunk of fresh ginger)
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 banana, mashed
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup or honey
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • Handful of rolled oats
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the flour, flax meal, salt, baking powder, cinnamon and nutmeg together. Then add in the pulp followed by the yogurt, banana, almond milk, maple syrup/honey and vanilla extract.
  3. Mix until just combined and add more almond milk if too thick.
  4. Add batter to lightly sprayed muffin tins and sprinkle with rolled oats. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes. Muffins will be done when a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean. Enjoy!
Nutritional Information
Serving Size: 1 muffin • Calories: 98.1 • Fat: 0.8 g • Carbs: 20 g • Fiber: 2.8 g • Protein: 3.5 g • WW Points+: 2 pts
- See more at: http://www.eat-yourself-skinny.com/2014/10/juice-pulp-muffins.html#sthash.VR0xsTEv.dpuf

Ingredients
  • 3 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup flax seed meal
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
  • 2 cups fruit/veggie pulp (I used approximately 1 bunch kale, 4 carrots, 2 green apples and 1 large chunk of fresh ginger)
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 banana, mashed
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup or honey
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • Handful of rolled oats
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the flour, flax meal, salt, baking powder, cinnamon and nutmeg together. Then add in the pulp followed by the yogurt, banana, almond milk, maple syrup/honey and vanilla extract.
  3. Mix until just combined and add more almond milk if too thick.
  4. Add batter to lightly sprayed muffin tins and sprinkle with rolled oats. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes. Muffins will be done when a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean. Enjoy!
Nutritional Information
Serving Size: 1 muffin • Calories: 98.1 • Fat: 0.8 g • Carbs: 20 g • Fiber: 2.8 g • Protein: 3.5 g • WW Points+: 2 pts
- See more at: http://www.eat-yourself-skinny.com/2014/10/juice-pulp-muffins.html#sthash.VR0xsTEv.dpuf
Ingredients
  • 3 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup flax seed meal
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
  • 2 cups fruit/veggie pulp (I used approximately 1 bunch kale, 4 carrots, 2 green apples and 1 large chunk of fresh ginger)
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 banana, mashed
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup or honey
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • Handful of rolled oats
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the flour, flax meal, salt, baking powder, cinnamon and nutmeg together. Then add in the pulp followed by the yogurt, banana, almond milk, maple syrup/honey and vanilla extract.
  3. Mix until just combined and add more almond milk if too thick.
  4. Add batter to lightly sprayed muffin tins and sprinkle with rolled oats. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes. Muffins will be done when a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean. Enjoy!
Nutritional Information
Serving Size: 1 muffin • Calories: 98.1 • Fat: 0.8 g • Carbs: 20 g • Fiber: 2.8 g • Protein: 3.5 g • WW Points+: 2 pts
- See more at: http://www.eat-yourself-skinny.com/2014/10/juice-pulp-muffins.html#sthash.VR0xsTEv.dpuf

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Immune Boost Juice

Although juicing has been popular for quite a while now, I only got into it recently and finally bought a juicer last month. After doing a bit of research on juicers, a friend recommended the Omega 8006, so I checked it out and ordered it on Amazon. My intention was to start with green juices, but with cold season in full swing we've been addicted to the Immune Boost Juice from Jae Steele's Get it Ripe cookbook. It's so easy to make, and turns out a delicious red! 
Immune Boost Juice: 3 carrots, 1 beet, 1 apple, 1 chunk ginger root, half a lemon
The juice is a little spicy for Levi, but he loves feeding the veggies into the juicer.
The only downfall to juicing is all the leftover pulp... So why not turn it into muffins! There are tons of recipes online, or check out Jae's Get it Ripe cookbook for the Juicier Pulp Muffins.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

ViraOne’s Chocolate Chaga Mushroom Nutrition Mix

I've never really been into shakes or nutritional powders, but with pregnancy, gestational diabetes and
now breastfeeding, I felt like I needed a little boost. I started adding some protein powders to smoothies, but often found they left a 'powdery' taste, and/or I was just trying to cover up the taste of the powder with other ingredients. Then I remembered Mark Brown had sent me some taste testers from his company ViraOne. Since the label had the word 'chocolate' in it, I decided to add it to soy milk (normally I would use Almond Milk, but with the gestational diabetes I had to switch to soy to increase my protein intake). It turned out to be delicious! It reminds me a bit of the chocolate milk we used to have as kids, made with Quick (except this is like a much healthier, not-so-sweet version). Since I had to limit my sugar intake, this also makes for a nice dessert.


The second time I added the ViraOne Mix to the "Truth Smoothie" from Sharon Gannon's Simple Recipes for Joy cookbook. It turned out to be the perfect addition, with a hint of chocolate flavor.

ViraOne’s Chocolate Chaga Mushroom Nutrition Mix is full of Good Stuff. The nutrient-dense formula is based on superfoods and superherbs. All ingredients are raw, vegan, gluten-free, sustainable, and non-GMO. Plus it's a Canadian company!

ViraOne was created in nature, not in a lab. The nutrition mix was formulated by Adele Engel in the mountains of British Columbia. When faced with a life-threatening illness, Adele used her knowledge of superfoods and herbs to create a delicious tasting and highly effective super-mix, and began to heal herself. As a nutritionist, health coach, and yogini, Adele’s work caught the interest of others, and so she started to share it.
After many years of perfecting the formula, tried and tested on a devoted clientele, Adele passed on the recipe to Mark Brown. Mark now runs the company from both Huntingdon, QC and Oshawa, ON. Mark is sticking to Adele’s original recipe, offering optimal nutrition and vibrant health to even more Canadians.
Most importantly, he continues to use only the Good Stuff in ViraOne: organic herbs, whole foods straight from the wild, nutrient-rich sea algaes, and more.
http://www.viraone.com/

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Vegan Caesar Dressing by Sharon Gannon




helping hand from eager chef Levi
We've tried several vegan Caesar Dressings without success, before finding this perfect recipe. Not only did my husband approve of this dressing (he can be quite selective), but my Mother-in-Law (Caesar connoisseur) even asked for the recipe! 




Caesar Dressing

1/2 cup olive oil
2 tsp lemon juice
4 tbsp. vegan mayonnaise
1 tsp Dijon
2 tsp nutritional yeast
1 tsp vegan Worcestershire sauce
2 tsp capers (with brine)
2 large cloves of garlic (finely chopped)
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 pepper
Caesar dressing with fresh green salad


Whisk together all ingredients. Serve over salad of your choice.
For full recipe see Simple Recipes for Joy.


Master Class and Book Launch with Sharon Gannon, November 1st, 2014, 360 St Jacques, Montreal






Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Vegan Meatballs with Pasta & Tomato Sauce

This was my first ever attempt at making Meatballs. I was so excited to get a copy of Sharon Gannon's new cookbook Simple Recipes for Joy that I decided to dive right in and try something completely new. They turned out extremely flavorful and the perfect consistency (I feared dry and crumbly). I served them on brown rice pasta with a delicious tomato sauce recipe also from Simple Recipes for Joy. I'm only two recipes in, but so far I'm loving Sharon's new book and excited to try out some more recipes!

Spaghetti and "Meat" Balls
1/4 cup oatmeal
1/4 cup cornmeal
1/8 cup rice flour
1 tsp nutritional yeast
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
1 tbsp oregano, basil
1 tsp onion powder, dry mustard, chili powder, paprika, garlic powder
1/2 tsp salt, pepper
1/8 tsp nutmeg
1/2 cup cooked green lentils
1/2 cup cooked brown rice
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp tamari
1 tbsp veg stock in 1/4 cup boiling water1 tbsp molasses (I omitted the molasses since I didn't have any on hand)
2 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp balsamic vinager
1 tsp vegan worcestershire sauce
6 mushrooms, sliced thinly
pasta
tomato sauce

Place dry ingredients and spices in bowl. Mix and pour into food processor. Add remaining ingredients. Transfer to bowl. Using your hands, for the mixture into small balls, approximately 1 inch in diameter. Bake 15-20 mins. Serve over your favorite pasta & sauce.
Note: This is a condensed version of Sharon's recipe. Check out Simple Recipes for Joy cookbook for the full version (with extra notes).
 
Don't miss Master Class and Book Launch with Sharon Gannon in Montreal, November 1st, 2014! She's one of my favorte teachers and an inspiring woman...
Sharon Gannon is a 21st-century Renaissance woman, an animal rights and vegan activist and a world-renowned yogini, perhaps best known as the founder, along with David Life, of the Jivamukti Yoga Method. She is also an accomplished writer, dancer, painter, musician and chef. Sharon has devoted many years exploring the role of diet in promoting physical, emotional and mental well-being as well as spiritual development. She lives in a 125-acre wild forest sanctuary in Woodstock, NY.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Rainbow Greens

This recipe is from Lindsay S. Nixon's Everyday Happy Herbivore vegan cookbook. One of the things I love about this book is all the recipes can be made in 30 minutes or less. In this recipe Lindsay offers the option of adding additional ingredients to make it a full meal. It's light and simple and works perfectly with fresh chard from the garden (or supermarket!).


Rainbow Greens with chickpeas, peppers and quinoa
Rainbow Greens
1 bunch rainbow chard (or collards/kale)
4 cloves garlic
pinch of dried oregano
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup raisins

optional additions: chick peas, peppers, a grain of your choice

Wash and chop greens.
Line a large pot or skillet with a thin layer of water.
Add garlic, oregano, and vinegar and bring to a boil, sautéing garlic over high heat for a minute.
Add raisins (and any additional ingredients) and cook for another minute, then add chard. Use tongs or spatula to stir chard around so it cooks down and incorporates with the other ingredients.
Once chard is softer and brighter in color, turn off heat and mix everything well.
Season with salt and pepper and serve.

Recipe from Everyday Happy Herbivore by Lindsay S. Nixon

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Vegan Banana Carrot Muffins

As a kid I always loved baking and helping out in the kitchen, and I'm so happy that our son Levi feels the same way. As soon as he found out I was making muffins he wanted to help out! Since we had a whole bunch of old bananas in the freezer that needed to be used, I looked up vegan recipes that had lots of bananas but were more than just a banana muffin (as much as I like banana muffins, we were in need of a change). I came across this amazing recipe.
As much as we can, we try to buy organic. I was happy to find these organic oats at Provigo.
We pretty much followed the recipe, only changing the Whole Wheat Flour for organic Kamut (I find it a bit lighter), and replaced the Almond Milk with a sample of Coconut Milk I had been given from So Delicious at the Wanderlust Festival. They turned out moist and delicious!
Levi waited patiently to lick the spoon after we finished filling the muffin tray.

Vegan Banana Carrot Muffins.
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
pinch of salt
1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 cup light brown sugar
3 medium bananas, mashed
1/2 carrots, grated
1/2 cup almond milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup rolled oats
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
In a large bowl, mash the bananas until only a few chunks remain. Add the vanilla and almond milk and mix with a fork. Whisk in the brown sugar until no clumps remain.
In a medium bowl, sift the dry ingredients. Fold into the banana mixture about half a cup at a time.
Add the oats and grated carrots, lightly folding until fully incorporated. 
Put batter into muffin tins or ramekins, filling only about 3/4 of the way.
Bake for about 20 minutes, or until a fork comes out clean.
Recipe by The Veggielogues