Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Mushrooms, Tomatoes, and Feta Cheese

I have no clue what to call this, because it was a "make it up as I go" dish. I had some feta cheese that I needed to use, and some mushrooms that I bought yesterday, but didn't use last night. I'm not good at adding herbs and seasonings as I cook, so this dish can definitely use some more seasoning, even if it's just salt and pepper to taste. Or add a jar of pasta sauce for extra flavor. I would have if I'd had one. I did add about a tablespoon each of oregano and parsley, and it was good, but it could use more of something.

I used leftover long grain brown rice. If you don't have any leftover rice, you can add one cup of rice to two cups of water and boil. You can also use pasta (gluten-free or regular) instead of rice.

I added the cooked rice, one 8-oz package of sliced mushrooms, two 15-oz cans of diced tomatoes, and pressed one garlic clove into the skillet. I heated it (about 20 minutes on low heat), then added the package of feta cheese, and heated for another 10 minutes. 

I think this would be great with some spinach or kale added, not just for flavor, but for color, too.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Fruit Punch Smoothie (Dairy-free)

I've recently started making smoothies every morning, and I was thrilled to discover the book Superfood Smoothies, which not only uses whole foods in the recipes, but also has many dairy-free options. In fact, I'm not sure any of the recipes use animal products, but I could be wrong. This fruit punch smoothie recipe is my adaptation of the one in the book. The author uses coconut water, which my older son isn't too fond of.

Fruit Punch Smoothie
1 - 10oz bag of frozen strawberries (or about 2 cups if you buy the giant bags)
2 - bananas
1 1/2 cups orange juice
1 cup unsweetened apple juice

Blend and enjoy. Makes about 3 12-oz servings.

If you want to add a nutritional punch to, can add any or all of the following without changing the taste of your smoothie.
3 tablespoons hemp seeds (or flax seeds, or combination)
1 tablespoon acai powder (or macqui berry powder)
1 teaspoon wheatgrass powder (or green superfood powder mix)
1/2 teaspoon camu powder

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Monday, April 21, 2014

Semi-homemade Vegetarian Spaghetti Sauce

In my quest to be healthier, I've started using more "superfoods", foods that have high nutrition content for their serving size. I've also been just plain eating more fruits and vegetables. Cutting out meat is a related choice, but not one that I'm pushing on anyone - not even my family. I still cook meat for them. For tonight's dinner, though, I was going to try something new.

This is probably actually vegan, but I'm not making that claim. I thought I had seen a recipe in one of my vegetarian or vegan cookbooks for hemp seeds in pasta sauce. Turns out I hadn't, so I went on an hour-long internet search. That didn't help, either.

I found several make-from-scratch alfredo sauces, and a few other recipes, but I couldn't find anything that would tell me how much hemp seeds to add to a store-bought jar of marinara sauce. I didn't need an exact amount, but I wanted enough to add some protein to the dish, but not so much that it was overwhelming. I had hopes that the kids would at least try it, so I didn't want to freak them out. They heard me mention carrots, though, so that didn't work out.

For those who don't know, hemp seeds are packed full of nutrition, and no, you can't get high on them. They contain no THC.

This isn't an exact recipe, but having it here will help me find it later, and maybe it will help someone else out, too.

I sauteed an onion, and chopped up the three carrots we had in the fridge to add to the pan.

Once the onions were soft, I poured in the jar of Muir Glen Italian Herb sauce, and pressed a clove of garlic into the pan. (It was a large clove, but adjust to your preferences.) I was guessing on the hemp seeds, but I used 1/3 cup, and it was just right.

We also had some kale that needed to be used, so I chopped that up and added it to the sauce, just long enough to soften it a little. (I don't care for raw kale.)

Add to your favorite noodles (I use gluten-free), and serve.

I didn't think to take a picture, but I'll try to remember next time, and add it to this post. ;-)