Saturday, April 30, 2022

Spicy Orange Sauce in A Stuffed Baked Potato


Vegan stuffed baked potato

Sauces are the spice of life and they taste really good on steamed broccoli, baked potatoes, green beans, cauliflower, veggie burgers, or just about anything. 

Make this oil-free, low-fat sauce in advance in a blender or NutriBullet and it will last in the refrigerator about  4 days. Then use it as needed.  

vegan orange sauce

It kind of looks like a vegan cheese sauce, but it has a taste all of its own- which is delicious.

orange sauce vegan
I store my spicy orange sauce in a jar in the refrigerator

It's easy to make and is healthy and tasty. 

I used this delicious sauce to stuff a baked potato along with cooked broccoli and black bean sauce. 

A perfect meal with soup, additional broccoli, and a salad.

I stuffed my baked potato with broccoli, black bean sauce, and spicy orange sauce.

Both of those sauces are very low fat and oil-free.  

The black bean dip is an organic sauce I purchased already prepared from Whole Food Market (365 brand) and has zero fat and oil. We really like it. 




The spicy orange sauce is a homemade recipe that I have been making for the last few months. 

I use a cup of jarred organic salsa (I've gotten organic chunky salsa at Aldi's or Whole Foods market). The salsa's come in mild, medium, or hot. (oil-free). 

Recipe For Spicy Homemade Orange Sauce 


Ingredients: 

1/2 cup of steamed sliced carrots 
1/2 cup of steamed chopped potato (peeled)
1 cup of organic chunky salsa
1/3 cup of raw cashews (soaked for 2 hours or more) and drained
1/4 cup of nut milk + 2 tablespoons more if needed 

Directions:
Add the steamed carrots, steamed potatoes, salsa, drained cashews, and 1/4 cup of nut milk to a NutriBullet or blender. Whiz/blend until creamy, smooth, and the cashews are well blended. Store in an empty jar or glass container. Use as needed.

green beans in orange vegan sauce


This sauce takes my vegetables to a whole new level! 

Notes: 
1. This low fat sauce meets gluten-free, oil-free, and vegan standards.
2. It is also kosher-parve 
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4. I steam 2 sliced carrots and 6 chopped potatoes together in the Instant Pot- ( sliced and chopped, add to Instant Pot and set for 6  minutes. Release steam manually according to manufacturers directions when done.
I make a large batch and use the carrots and potatoes for a side dish or I make mashed potatoes with carrots- both delicious. 


Monday, April 25, 2022

FISH-LESS- Fish an AMAZING!! PLANT BASED SALMON

This is one of the most amazing new food inventions ever- It looks like salmon and tastes like salmon- but it isn't salmon!!!  Keep reading.

Salmon, Fish, Seafood, Veggies, Salad

FISH-LESS-FISH is great for vegans AND for fish eaters as well. ( I don't have a photo of the fish-less-fish yet- the above photo is real salmon)

Why did they invent it?  Watch the video at the end of the post. Short and Interesting

Much of the population love to eat fish, however our oceans are being OVER-FISHED and soon we will have to deal with shortages and even running out of fish!! 

That means fish will continue to become more and more expensive, even if you can get it. AND....there is another problem

Seward, Alaska, Boats, Ships, Sailboats

Problem Big Problem with Fish

Fish may also contain mercury, micro-plastic residues, and many other toxins (even wild caught) that may not really healthy for us or our kids.

Pollution, Garbage, Degradation

Solution: 

A tiny group of scientists in Israel are coming up with a plant-based fish which looks and tastes (so they say) like salmon and its INCREDBLE. It is called Plant-ish
Gotta watch this very short, very entertaining, and very informative video which will tell you all about it !! YAY!!  


Hope the video works for you- someone said they had difficulty.. please let me know in the comments if you have a problem. 


Is this product gluten-free ? - I haven't seen the ingredient's yet but it says it's made from pea protein and tastes and looks like the real deal. I will continue to look for the ingredients and update.

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Tuesday, April 12, 2022

Quinoa "Oatmeal" - A Delicious Breakfast Cereal


Breakfast, Blueberries, Strawberries

Do you like to eat oatmeal for breakfast but sometimes just get tired of it and want to switch it up? 

It turns out that you can make a wonderful hot breakfast cereal from quinoa (pronounced Keen-wah).

Cinnamon, Apple, Quinoa, Grain, Nut, Advent, Christmas

Like oatmeal, quinoa is quick and easy to make and is very versatile. 
Top it with any kind of berry or fruit, cinnamon, maple syrup or whatever you like. 

Quinoa, Andean Millet, Superfood, Vegan
red quinoa

I use the white variety of quinoa for cereal
Quinoa comes in 3 colors. 
There is a white quinoa, a red quinoa, and a mixed color quinoa. 

Quinoa, Cereal, Food, Teaspoon, Spoon
White quinoa 
Although any of the variety of quinoa colors can be made into a porridge breakfast cereal, I prefer the taste of the white variety because it seems lighter to me. 

Quinoa, Andean Millet, Colorful, Vegan
multi color quinoa 


Wash Quinoa Well 
Quinoa needs to be washed well before cooking it. The seeds contain a coating that can be bitter if not washed well. I usually soak my seeds for a minute or two and stir them around and discard the water before washing them again in a colander. 

Nutritional Value of 1 cup cooked 
8 grams of protein 
5 grams of fiber
Good source of minerals 
Naturally Gluten-Free and vegan

Ingredients: 
1 cup of quinoa, washed well and drained
1 cups of almond milk or any milk of your choice
1 cup of water 
1 banana, sliced and divided between 3 cereal bowls
1 tablespoon of chopped walnuts or slivered almonds per bowl
optional: 1 teaspoon of maple syrup/per bowl
optional: Any fruit or berries of choice

Directions:
Add the washed quinoa, almond milk and water to a saucepan. Bring to a boil and then simmer covered for about 7 minutes. Remove from heat and pour into 2 bowls or 3 bowls. Top with sliced banana, chopped walnuts and maple syrup if you choose (I did not).

If you are just going to serve just 1 bowl, save the other two bowls for the next two days. Just warm it up before eating or adding fruit. 


Stoneware, Ceramic, Gray, Blue, Pottery

Some Of My Other Delicious Quinoa Recipes

Asian Quinoa Salad (hearty and great for company or pot-lucks)
10 Best Quinoa Recipes  (10 great recipes) 

My Notes: 

Quinoa "oatmeal" is great for Passover 

Why am I suggesting it would be good to make quinoa cereal instead of oatmeal during Passover? 

Oatmeal is one of the grains that observant Jews restrict from eating during the Passover holiday. It is considered "Chametz" and is given up for the 8 days. 

However, quinoa is not actully a grain. It is technically a seed that is considered permissible to eat on Passover by most standards. So substituting quinoa oatmeal for oat oatmeal is a good choice during Passover. 

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Saturday, April 9, 2022

Black Bean Eggplant Sauce for Pasta, Rice, or Polenta


Salsa, Canning, Glasses, Bottling, Preservation

Looking for an easy homemade marinara sauce to eat over pasta, rice, polenta, baked potato, or even cooked vegetables? This delicious sauce that will perk up any meal, meets oil-free, gluten-free, and vegan standards too.

eggplant sauce over polenta
Amazing over polenta ( polenta can be made in 5 minutes) 

How to make Polenta (quick and easy method)

Enjoy this delicious black bean eggplant sauce. It is easy to make, low fat, high in protein protein, and has just the right kick. In addition it is allergy friendly and perfect if someone you invited is gluten-free or vegan.

The chopped eggplant thickens the sauce as well as adding a wonderful flavor. The black beans add protein, the salsa makes it spicy, and the marinara sauce provides the base. Eaten over anything of your choice, this easy homemade sauce provides a hearty meal.

Potato, Vegetable, Roast Potato

I started by peeling and chopping a small/medium eggplant. I used about 3 cups of peeled and chopped eggplant, 1 cup of chopped sweet red peppers, 1 cup of mild (you could go spicier) salsa, one 24 ounce jar of marinara sauce and 4 cups of water. I let everything cook down and then added 1 can of black beans. 

Vegetables, Cook, Food, Healthy, Meal

That was all I did and this exceptional sauce was ready to serve over cooked vegetables such as broccoli or cauliflower, a baked potato, pasta, rice, polenta, or anything of your choice! 

Harvest, Canning, Preserves, Preserving, Garden

It's versatile and turns the ordinary into the extraordinary on almost anything you add it too.

Carb, Pasta, Pastry, Delicious
and it keeps in the refrigerator for up to 4 days and freezes well too. 

Ingredients: 
3-4 cups of peeled and chopped eggplant (about 1 medium eggplant)
1 cup of chopped red pepper
1 cup of mild (or spicier) chunky salsa ( I used organic for 365 brand) 
1 25 ounce jar of marinara sauce ( I used organic 365 fat-free jar) 
4 cups of water. 
1 can of drained black beans or 1 and 1/2  cups of cooked black beans

Directions: 
Add all ingredients to a 3 quart sauce pan and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and continue to cook covered until the eggplant is soft about 20 minutes. Add the black beans and continue to cook for 10 more minutes. 

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Sunday, April 3, 2022

IN MY KITCHEN- - April

Time to take a peek INTO MY KITCHEN and see what's going on this month. 

As most of you know, we had some difficult family times last month, so we are getting back to normal but I haven't been doing much cooking or entertaining. Therefore not as much going on in my kitchen.

I have some things that I use that I do want to share.




Fat Free Oil Free Hummus 

I keep this delicious hummus stocked in my refrigerator. It doesn't have fat or oil, thus reducing the calories significantly. I like to snack on it with celery sticks or carrots sticks. It provides a good deal of protein in this low fat and low calorie hummus. Regular hummus contains about 10 grams of fat per serving (which is about a tablespoon or two). 
I have only been able to find it at Whole Foods Markets. 

My new spring kitchen mitts 


I like to get new kitchen pot holder mitts when the season changes. These are my clean new spring mitts! 

I went to IKEA and bought this serving piece. It has a wooden base ( I haven't taken off the plastic yet) with grooves to hold each bowl. I'll use to serve dips, nuts, or candy. 

I realized that Homegoods sells the same size but colorful and decorative little bowls which I will be able to interchange.



I bought a fresh whole papaya the other day and was waiting for it to ripen up a bit. It might be just about ready to eat. I'll be cutting this afternoon.




Papaya, Fruit, Food, Ripe, Healthy


Do You Buy Rubber Bands? 
I finally went to the dollar store (where everything is now $1.25) and bought a package of rubber bands!!!
 I usually just save rubber bands from produce and flowers that I buy, but I never actually think of buying them. 
Well I did and now I have a year's supply!! 
I use rubber bands to wrap bags of crackers, beans, pop corn, and really anything that comes in a bag. The rubber bands work better than clips that keep breaking on me.


Rubber Bands, Kitchen Utensils, Tools, Multicoloured
This is only 1/4 of the bag that I bought


Passover is in less than 2 weeks away (Sundown on April 15), and I'm thinking about the holiday foods I will be making and the serving pieces I will be using. One of the traditional ceremonial foods that we make is Charoset .  
The charoset link will give you 2 recipes: 
The first recipe for Ashkenazi (Eastern European) Charoset which is made from apples, nuts and wine, and the other for my husband's family Sephardic recipe which is made from dates, raisins, and nuts. Click this link for the Charoset recipes . 

Passover Seder Plate
One of the grandkid's  plastic ceremonial Seder Plates which we use on the holiday. It contains a spot for all of the ceremonial foods: bitter herbs, parsley, shinbone, hard boiled egg, and lettuce. Each food is symbolic from the story of Passover or blessings for the spring season. 

It was our 50th wedding anniversary at the end of March and we received beautiful flowers from our kids and other beautiful flowers from my sister- in- laws. My friend Fay made us these t-shirts on some sort of machine that she has and hand decorated the champagne glasses too.
We also received a bottle of champagne! 



Quote Of The Day
"Children must be taught how to think, not what to think"
Margaret Mead 


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