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Food Storage Friday: My Best Wheat Pancakes

by heather
I've made many a batch of pancakes from scratch, and after much trial and error, I think I got it right. They're easy, they use food storage and my family devours them. The fact that all of my kids were excited to eat them is a pretty big deal at my house. Buttermilk Wheat Pancakes Food Storage Ingredients: 3/4 cup whole wheat flour 1/2 cup all purpose white flour 1/4 cup sugar 1 tsp baking soda 1 heaping tsp baking powder 1/4 tsp salt 1 tsp vanilla 1/4 cup applesauce Fresh Ingredients: 1 Read more [...]

Food Storage Friday: Wheatberry, Black Bean and Mango Salad

by heather
Awhile ago I blogged about a  Black Bean, Quinoa and Mango Salad, and my hypothesis was that wheatberries would work well in place of the quinoa. This is just an update to verify that they do work well. Although you have double the dressing, because the wheatberries absorb so much of it. But it's still a cheap, easy, healthy and delicious vegan meal. Quinoa runs about $4/lb, whereas hard wheat or at least the last time I bought any is about 25 cents/lb. Quinoa is nice because it's gluten-free and Read more [...]

Veggie Gyros

by heather
This recipe came into existence by mistake. I was trying to make this recipe for Greek Feta Burgers and thought I could get away with just using bread crumbs instead of herb stuffing mix. Yeah, it didn't work. The mixture did not form patties very well and on cooking it I ended up with pan full of cooked feta, spinach and crumbles. In attempt to salvage the mess I put it on a pita with tzatiki and fresh veggies. Instant success! It has quickly become a family favorite (even for our non-Vegetarian Read more [...]

Stuffed Cheesy Sourdough Sandwich Loaf

by heather
This weekend I came across a great idea on Pinterest, and I just picked up several loaves of sourdough bread with my Bountiful Basket. The original calls of slices of deli meat, but we made it vegetarian and quite enjoyed it. Stuffed Cheesy Sourdough Sandwich Loaf 1 loaf sourdough bread 8-10 slices of mozzarella cheese (depending on how you slice your bread) 1 cup marinated mushrooms* 1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes, chopped 1/2 medium onion, chopped 1/4 cup olive oil, plus 2 teaspoons 1 1/4 Read more [...]

Food Storage Friday: Garlic Lentil Noodle Soup

by heather
I was always raised to believe in the healing power of chicken soup. I even read a study once, that if people with colds drank chicken broth it was more effective in relieving symptoms than hot water or a placebo. That's great and all, but I've given up chicken. So what do you do when you're a vegetarian and half of your family is sick? You make this soup! I originally found the recipe at Roxanne's Natural Kitchen, but made a few changes. It went over very well. My husband agreed that the broth makes Read more [...]

Food Storage Friday: Kale and Potato Enchiladas

by heather
Recently in our Bountiful Basket we got kale. What does one do with this cabbage-like vegetable? If you can get a good deal on mangos, I recommend this salad. (But I generally try to cook with what I have in my pantry and what I get from the produce co-op.) So we referred to the Veganomicon, it has yet to sir us wrong. In their recipe, it gives instructions on how to make your own enchilada sauce, which I'm sure would taste fantastic, but I used a can of Las Palmas chile verde sauce, because it is Read more [...]

Food Storage Friday: Vegetarian Shepherd’s Pie

by heather
Since becoming a vegetarian I've made a few attempts at Shepherd's Pie and they were failures. I more or less gave up on the dish, but for some reason it is Thing 1's favorite, and it's what she requested for her recent birthday. (Of course she is thinking of the traditional comfort food variety with meat.) So I purchased a small quantity of ground beef, (One thing I don't miss about eating meat is touching it when it's raw, or cooking it. Bleg.)and made her a small shepherd's pie. While I was Read more [...]

Food Storage Friday: Roasted Vegetables and Pasta

by heather
 This is one of those things that I came up with trying to use what I had in my fridge. I had peppers, mushrooms, half an onion and feta cheese, plus all the food storage staples in my pantry. The recipe I found online and a slightly different vegetable combo and called for grilling the veggies instead of roasting. Roasting just sounded better and easier. (Roasting vegetables is my favorite way to cook them. It's worth the effort.) This recipe requires very little effort, but you do have plan Read more [...]

Food Storage Friday: Lazy Chipotle BBQ Beans

by heather
As I mentioned earlier this week, we had some flooding. As a result I have less available time for meal preparation and I have several cans of food that have tiny rust spots on the edges. I want to use them as soon as possible so the food doesn't spoil. I threw this together and let it cook while I cleaned, and cleaned and cleaned. :S I served it with cornbread and it turned out rather well, if I do say so myself. Good flavor, not too spicy. And did I mention that it's so easy? My husband and enjoyed Read more [...]

Easy Parmesan & Herb Fondue

by heather
Last week for our anniversary my husband bought me a fondue pot and a food processor. (Because he loves me and he likes me to feed him.) So of course I had to try them out. As a general rule when you are making a cheese fondue you need to have alcohol in the sauce to keep it liquid. Otherwise you have a giant blob of warm cheese that isn't really conducive to dipping things in. I discovered that grocery stores in Utah only carry beer, and I was not interested in trying to drag my three small kids Read more [...]

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