VEGAN ALMOND “CHEESE” -baked

20181108_1459023450186803027513305.jpgAs I have weaned myself far and away off refined sugars, my palate has become more prone to desire savory satisfaction, so when a Chef Gustavo from Cancun made this cheese, I had to try my hand at it.  It is a bit different, but not too different and as he told me, it was rather easy to make.!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1.5 cups of soaked or blanced wild soil almond (I prefer this over even organic.)
  • 1 large clove of garlic
  • 1 Tablespoon of Hawaiian red salt (or use sea salt or Himalayan)
  • 2 Tablespoon of fresh lemon juice
  • dash of fresh black pepper

WHAT TO DO:

  1. soak almonds overnight20181107_0715295053096485032927901.jpg
  2. peel skin off them (save the skins and lightly toast for a fun salad topping!)
  3. put all ingredients into power blender until smooth
  4. use as little water as possible …only enough to facilitate blending
  5. wrap it up in a nut mylk bag or similar over a strainer and let sit overnight to let the flavors marry and the excess liquid to drain
  6. heat oven to 350 degrees
  7. spread mixture into a pan or use a silicone baking pan like I did
  8. bake up to an hour for driest and firmest texture (I like it this way)
  9. let cool and slice up to serve as you wish or eat plain
  10. 20181029_1809262911323544025596063.jpgGustavo likes to drizzle olive oil and sprinkle coriander atop–it’s delicious that way!
  11. What I did at home is put the vegan cheese on top of a raw cracker with red beet hummus to hold it all together… so flavorful!
  12. Enjoy~

Happy-making Homemade HUMMUS

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Add more olive oil and/or water toward the end of food processing to make yours more runny and light.  I love mine rather thick to scoop and eat by the spoonful!

It’s a handy to have healthy food ready because you know you’ll have a hankering for something when there’s no time to make anything good for you!  One of my go-to goodies is homemade hummus. Why?  It does not require a lot of time or ingredients and there are so many short cuts to make it even quicker, as long as you are not purist about Middle Eastern cuisine sticklers! lol

That being said, this version is for a traditional version, but I like adding various things to it or on top for fun and variety.  It’s your call…and per your craving.  I just want to help you make it a craving you will feel great about feeding.

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What you need other than tahini and chickpeas…skip tahini if you don’t have sesame seeds and try subbing another seed or nut butter.  Different, but doable and delicious.

INGREDIENTS:

1 BPA-free can of organic chickpeas (rinsed & drained) (save a few for decoration)

1/4 cup of organic tahini

2 cloves of garlic minced

1/4 cup juice of 2 small lemons

3-6 Tablespoons of high quality cold-pressed olive oil (The more you use, the runnier it will be.)

1/4 teaspoon cumin powder

1/4 teaspoon sea salt according to taste

dashes of paprika for granish

1/2 cup of purified water on hand for mixing needs

optional: nutritional yeast, coconut aminos, harissa, parsley

YOU MUST HAVE A FOOD PROCESSOR OR BLENDER YOU ARE PATIENT WITH.

WHAT TO DO:

1- Pour your tahini (found at most stores in ethnic aisle) in your food processor and process until smooth and then pour in lemon juice with olive oil and continue.

2- Add spices (salt, cumin, and minced garlic cloves) and process more

3- Skin the chickpeas if you have the time. If not, just add into food processor and allow at least 5 minutes to make extra fiber from the skin incorporate smoothly.  The mouth-feel removing the skin is minimally smoother and may not be worth your time to take to do this.  You decide!

4- Drizzle water to thin out hummus and make into creamy smooth goodness.

5- optional… ad a few drops of coconut aminos (if you are not purist) and want a smidge of savory, sweet in the flavor

6- Spoon into serving bowl, drizzle olive oil atop, dash with paprika, and dot with whole chickpeas…and serve!

SO EASY, QUICK, and all things are adjustable per your tastebuds.  Add or subtract salt or garnish with parsley and harissa (red pepper salsa of sorts) instead… This is so much fun!

If you are using this in lieu of cheese for a healthy pizza, for example, make sure you add nutritional yeast for a cheesier flavor.

Stop buying from the store and make your own, YOUR way! Yummy #DIY is a goodie any day!

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Took another 10 minutes to peel.

 

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Happy Independence!!! A Pretty Simple Paleo Bread – w/ 2nd version!

CELEBRATE AMERICA’S DO IT YOURSELF #DIY NATURE… WITH THIS AWESOMELY EASY #PALEO BREAD RECIPE!

My first attempt... it looks so nice!!! yay!

My first attempt… it looks so nice!!! yay!

I have been buying Paleo products to give my carb cravings some room in my life… higher protein, lower sugar spikes… yummy, perfect tooth-chewy delights… BUT I wanted to skip the $15 dollar sticker price for one Paleo bread loaf and I made my own!  It’s about $17 for an organic 3/4 loaf in the store!

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This loaf recipe is much easier than you might think … and 3 finicky tasters said it was a very good bread and enjoyed that there was a good deal of fiber and protein without having to add any nut butter… Great grab and go snack that can be made gorgeous for guests!

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Do something good for you and try this one:

(I did a second version, so scroll all the way down for another go at it, but my first version is more buttery in flavor.)

INGREDIENTS:

1 3/4 almond flour (blanched if you want it light in color)

3/4 cup arrowroot flour

1/4 cup flaxseeds ground (golden if you want your loaf light in color)

3/4 teaspoon himalayan salt (or sea salt of choice and only 1/2 teaspoon if you prefer less savory)

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

4 large eggs

2 teaspoons honey (3 if you want it a bit sweeter)

1.5 Tablespoon warmed coconut oil

2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar

1 teaspoon of vanilla bean paste

DIRECTIONS:

1- mix almond flour, flax, arrowroot, salt, and baking soda

2- in separate bowl, blend/whip eggs with mixer until light and frothy (5 minutes or so)wpid-20150708_134750.jpg

3- add honey, warmed coconut oil, and vanilla into the eggs

4- add dry ingredients and combine thoroughly

5- fill coconut oil greased bread loaf pan

6- bake 35 minutes at 350 degrees

7- let cool and slice with serrated knife.

Eat warmed, toasted, or straight out of the loaf pan!  This was a simple, delish delight!

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THE SECOND OPTION:

Amend the ingredients to 5 eggs, 1.5 Tablespoons of coconut oil, 1/4 cup coconut flour, 1 Tablespoon honey, 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar, and add 1.5 teaspoon of vanilla bean paste

Follow the directions, but you will need to add another 7 minutes or so to baking time because there is more moisture.

wpid-20150708_153933.jpgMy taste buds loves this one because it had a deeper, earthier flavor and the coconut flour added a density and extra toothy texture to the slices.  This one is for those of you who love a thicker, richer flavor, but for lighter and more buttery, go with the first.

However, making either version this pretty is a must! 🙂

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