Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Sweet Potato Curry

1 Tbsp. coconut oil
1/2 an onion, chopped
1 small sweet potato, peeled and diced
2-3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp. ginger, peeled and minced
1 can coconut milk
1 c. chicken stock
curry powder
turmeric
coriander
white pepper
salt
dash of garam masala
dash of red pepper flakes
4-5 drops lime juice
1 tsp. brown sugar
1/2 c. red bell pepper, deveined and chopped
1/2 c. frozen peas
1 c. fresh spinach leaves
hot cooked rice

In a large pot, add the coconut oil and onion. Cook over medium heat for about 4 minutes.

Add the sweet potato to the onion. Cook for another 4 minutes.

Add the garlic, ginger to the pot. Cook for one minute.

Add in the coconut milk, chicken stock, seasonings (to taste), lime juice, and brown sugar. Mix. I added a lot of curry powder, turmeric, and coriander. I added a little less white pepper and salt. But adjust to what tastes good to you.

Add in the bell peppers and peas. Bring to a boil. Turn down the heat and let simmer for 10 minutes. Make sure you taste test as it simmers to see if you need to add more seasonings.

Remove from heat. Add in the spinach and stir.

Serve over hot cooked rice.

Here's a link to the recipe I adapted: https://www.fitnessblender.com/articles/yellow-curry-soup-with-black-rice

Honey Sweetened Raisin Rolls

Plan ahead... needs to chill...

7 oz. wheat flour
4.5 oz. flour, plus more for kneading
1/2 Tbsp. yeast
4 oz. raisins
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 c. honey, warmed
1 oz. butter, melted
7.4 oz. milk, room temperature
half an egg
oil for greasing
cooking spray

2 Tbsp. butter, melted
2 Tbsp. honey

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.

In a large bowl, add flours, yeast, raisins, and salt. Mix with a spoon.

In a separate bowl, add the 1/4 cup honey and 1 ounce butter, and milk. Whisk.

Add in the half egg. Whisk again.

Pour wet ingredients into dry. Mix.

Knead on a lightly floured surface about 2-3 minutes. This dough is sticky. Do not add more flour. Make sure you have floured hands while kneading. It gets a little frustrating, but just keep dusting your hands with flour and knead as best you can. You want the dough sticky.

Coat the inside of a bowl with oil. Add the dough. Sprinkle with a bit of flour. Cover and let rise in a warm place for 1 hour.

After an hour, turn dough out onto floured surface. Split into 8 pieces. Form into rounds.

Place the rounds on the prepared baking sheet.

Spray the baking sheet and dough rounds lightly with cooking spray.  Drape plastic wrap over the dough. Lightly tuck the wrap under the baking sheet. Chill overnight in the fridge.

The next day, remove the baking sheet from the fridge and set on the counter for about 30 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 350 F.

Combine the 2 Tbsp. melted butter and honey together.

Bake the raisin rounds for 10-15 minutes until lightly golden.

When they are done baking, remove from oven and brush with the honey butter mixture. Allow to cool on the pan for 5 minutes before removing to a cooling rack.

So delicious. 

Here is a link to the recipe I adapted: http://www.mygreekdish.com/recipe/raisin-bread-perfect-healthy-snack-stafidopsomo/

Pasteli

1 c. sesame seeds
1/3 c. pistachios, chopped
1/2 c. honey
1 inch lemon peel slice
1 tsp. lemon juice
dash or two of sugar

Line a baking pan with parchment paper. Set aside.

Brush olive oil onto a spatula. Set aside.

Add the sesame seeds to a small pan, and cook over low heat until lightly golden. Takes about 10-15 minutes. Stir occasionally. Remove from heat. Set aside.

Add honey, lemon peel, juice, and sugar to a pot. Heat over medium heat until simmering. Then stir continuously for 5 minutes. Turn off the heat and carefully remove the lemon peel. Discard the peel.

Immediately add sesames and pistachios to the honey mixture. Mix well. Empty onto prepared baking pan.

Flatten the mixture with the prepared spatula.

Cool at room temperature about 20 minutes until semi hard. Cut into bars. Wrap each bar in wax paper. Store in an airtight container.

Makes about 10-12 bars

The recipe I adapted is from lemonandolives.com.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Aussie Bites

1 3/4 c. rolled oats
1/4 c. sugar
1/4 c. dried apricots
1/4 c. raisins
1/4 c. ground flaxseed
1/4 c. sunflower seeds, unsalted
1/4 c. unsweetened coconut, shredded
1/4 c. quinoa, cooked or uncooked*
2 Tbsp. chia seeds
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/4 c. honey
1/4 c. butter, melted
1/4 c. canola oil
1/2 tsp. vanilla

Preheat oven to 350 F.

Lightly grease a 24 count mini muffin tin.

Pour one cup of oats into a food processor. Process until the oats are basically oat flour.

Add in the remaining oats, sugar, apricots, raisins, seeds, coconut, quinoa, and baking soda. Pulse until apricots and raisins are in small bits.

Pour in the honey, butter, oil, and vanilla. Pulse until just combined.

Divide batter among the prepared tin.

Bake for 10-12 minutes, until the tops are turning golden.

Let cool in the tin on a cooling rack until completely cooled.

Remove from tin and store in an airtight container. Enjoy!

*Cooked quinoa gives a softer texture, but if you don't want to cook any, uncooked works too! I've made it both ways. Not gonna lie, cooked quinoa is better.

Here's a link to the recipe I used: http://thestayathomechef.com/homemade-aussie-bites/