A Few Recipes

In the mid 1990s I first had trouble touching and cooking meat and eggs.  That began my journey toward being a vegetarian [eat eggs and dairy], then a vegan [no animal products].  I wondered what I could eat.  But I’m finally understanding and enjoying the variety of plant foods, their potential combinations, and the incredible spices and herbs.  Now my goal is to be a great [and fast] vegan cook.  I’m still learning, but here are five of my favorite recipes:

*Use organic if possible, but it’s not mandatory.

*MS Tip:  eating low fat, low refined sugar, and low or no dairy is helpful to me [and maybe you too].

 

A Lovely Latte

  1. 1 to 1¼ cup of favorite non-dairy milk [I use Soy Dream Vanilla Classic]

  2. Warm milk for no more than 45 – 50 seconds in microwave, or for short time on stove top.  If milk gets hot the molasses will taste bitter;

  3. Add 1 tablespoon of blackstrap molasses, stir, and enjoy this treat!

*Blackstrap molasses is a good source of potassium, iron, and calcium.  I drink it for iron and calcium.

 

Power Breakfast

Into a container [with a top] put 1 or 2 cups old-fashioned oats [2 cups for 2 people or 2 days supply];

For each cup of oats add:

– 1 Tablespoon Ground organic, brown, flax seeds [or gold flax seeds]

-1 Tablespoon organic, raw sunflower seeds

-1 Tablespoon or handful of organic, raw almonds or other nut [like walnut or pecan];

-Optional: Add 4 chopped dates for sweetness [or let chopped fruits provide sweetness]

Stir well.

Add enough liquid so that oat mixture is fully covered.  I use Soy Dream Vanilla Classic Soy Milk or pineapple juice.  But use your favorite non-dairy milk, favorite non-sweetened fruit juice, or water.  Stir well to mix in any dry parts;

*Yummy option:  instead of adding milk, juice, or chopped fruit, stir in one 15 ounce can of mandarin oranges and 1 can fruit cocktail, and extra water if needed. 

Cover and put mixture in refrigerator overnight;

Next morning stir in your favorite chopped fruits.  I use apples and pears, pineapples, or grapes.

Enjoy!

*Eating this cereal makes me feel so happy, strong, and energized that I can do 7 to 10 minutes on the elliptical machine [usual time is 3 minutes]!

 

Raw Carrot Salad

  1. Peel and rinse organic carrots;

  2. Grate carrots fine in food processor, or in chopper;

  3. Mix in mayonnaise, so mixture holds together, but is not soggy.  [I use Veganaise Grapeseed Oil Dairy-Free Mayo – in refrigerator section of health food store];

  4. Enjoy as is or add a few raisins and chopped walnuts.

 

Raw Kale Salad

  1. Remove stems from organic kale leaves;

  2. Tear leaves into small pieces;

  3. Wash leaves, rinse, then pat dry;

  4. Add a little olive oil – to lightly coat leaves, then rub oil into leaves;

  5. Add 1 tablespoon finely chopped onion – optional;

  6. Add some salt or favorite seasoning [like Mrs. Dash]

  7. Add some chopped or grape tomatoes, then enjoy.

 

No-Cheese-Cheese- Sauce

  1. Add into a blender or Vitamix 1 cup water;

  2. 1 cup rinsed*, organic, raw cashews or cashew pieces – *always rinse 2 to 3 times [dirty]

  3. 1/3 cup pimentos or chopped red bell pepper;

  4. 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast [at health food stores on shelves, or supermarket in baking aisle];

  5. 1 ½ tablespoons fresh lemon juice

  6. 1 teaspoon sea salt [or regular salt]

  7. 1 teaspoon onion powder

  8. 1 teaspoon garlic powder

  9. Blend ingredients until creamy smooth;

  10. Then mix in with warm pasta; or mix with tomato sauce and add to pasta; or mix with some salsa for a nice chip-dip.

 

Hope you like these.  See you next time.

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