Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Bean Burger #Vegetarian could be #Vegan

Charlie didn't much care for these, but I LOVED 'em! I'll make 'em again, with some tweaks, and see if he likes them any better. To make them vegan, just omit the cheese or use vegan cheese.
I took a can of Great Northern beans, drained and rinsed, mashed them up, and added enough flour to hold them together. I may have added some salt or, knowing me, Jane's Crazy Mixed-Up Salt. If I do this again, I'll add a bunch of herbs, or maybe some Mrs. Dash. I may also use black beans, since Charlie loves those.

Okay, so after you mash and mix, you fry these puppies in oil or vegan margarine. After you turn them over, put some cheese (this was Swiss) on, turn off the heat, and cover the pan so the cheese will melt.

Charlie didn't eat his, so that left more for me! Yay, me!

Marian Allen, Author Lady
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Friday, January 26, 2018

Sugar-Free Stuffed Baked Apples

Healthy baked apples dessert! Stuffed with oats, nuts, and dried cranberries, and it's sugar-free! www.veganosity.com

This recipe comes from Veganosity and could be a great hot breakfast as well as a dessert. To make Sugar-Free Stuffed Baked Apples, visit the site to follow the step-by-step instructions.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

What To Do With Boring Yogurt

Or "yoghurt," which is how this brand spells it. I got some Noosa lemon-flavored yoghurt. Although I LOVE all the other flavors of theirs I've had, the lemon was meh, to my mouth. Maybe the tangyness of the yoghurt covered the tartness of the lemon?

ANYWAY, not a fan. It was delicious with jam or jelly stirred in, but otherwise, blah. So I did this.
Slathered it on salmon, sprinkled that with dill weed and salt, and baked it until done.

Yeah, that worked!

Marian Allen, Author Lady
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Friday, January 19, 2018

Hearty Oat Cookies

These cookies look so yummy! They'd be a great snack for when you're on a hike or simply on the go.

(From Country Living)


½ c. whole-wheat flour
¼ c. all-purpose flour
½ c. granulated sugar
½ tsp. ground cinnamon
1 pinch Kosher salt
1 c. quick-cooking oats
1 c. unsweetened shredded coconut
½ c. walnuts
¼ c. golden raisins
¼ c. dried cranberries
¼ c. pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
½ c. unsalted butter
3 tbsp. Honey
½ tsp. baking soda
3 tbsp. boiling water


Heat oven to 350 degrees F and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, whisk together the flours, sugar, cinnamon, and salt. Add the oats and coconut and toss to combine. Fold in the walnuts, raisins, cranberries, and pepitas.

In a small saucepan, melt the butter and honey. In a small bowl, combine the baking soda and boiling water, then add to the butter mixture (it will become frothy).

Make a well in the center of the oat mixture, pour in the butter mixture and mix to combine.

Using wet hands, form the mixture into 15 balls (about 1/4 cup each) and place on the prepared sheets, spacing them 1 1/2 inches apart. Gently press each ball down so it is 1/2 inch thick and bake until golden brown, 16 to 17 minutes. Let cool completely on the baking sheets.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Vegan Cheese That Would Fool You

We eat dairy, but #2 Daughter does not, so I'm always on the lookout for good substitutes. I bought the product I'm highly recommending today for a dish I took to a family holiday pitch-in. I made something with it in advance, since I didn't have much hope for it. My back-up plan was to leave out any form of cheesiness altogether. I didn't have to do that.

The product is Daiya Cheddar style shreds, and I'm tellin' you what: No, it doesn't compare to the best natural organic aged Cheddar, but it's actually better than what you'll find hanging from hooks in the dairy aisle.

Here is a tuna melt. The Daiya will actually melt better than this, but I got impatient and dragged it out so I could nom it up.

My tuna salad is simple: tuna (duh), onion powder, chopped celery, salt, and mayonnaise. I add pepper at the table, because Charlie doesn't like pepper.

I could eat tuna melt until I pop, which I guess would make me a foodie fatality.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Frozen Chocolate Banana Pops

Frozen Chocolate-Banana PopsAs the new year rolls around, most of us are looking for ways to be healthier. But we don't want to give up our treats. It's a case of wanting to have our cake--and our waistline--and eat well too!

Over the next few weeks, I'll be sharing some healthier alternatives for dessert. I hope you enjoy them!

This one is also great for parents who want to give their children healthier treats. You make the pops yourself in ice pop molds (you can find them here, if you don't have them already).

Frozen Chocolate-Banana Pops

(from Food Network)

4 large ripe bananas

3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

3 tablespoons heavy cream

3 tablespoons maple syrup

1/2 cup salted, roasted peanuts, finely chopped


Special equipment: Six 3- to 4-ounce ice-pop molds

Break the bananas into chunks, and puree in a food processor until the mixture is smooth and creamy. Add the cocoa powder, cream and maple syrup, and puree until combined. Spoon the banana mixture into ice-pop molds, and freeze until firm, 8 hours or overnight.

Spread the peanuts on a plate. Run hot water over the ice pops to help loosen them, then unmold, roll them in the peanuts and serve (or keep them frozen on a parchment-lined baking sheet until ready to serve).

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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Lucky New Year's Meal the Kentuckiana Way

Around here, you start the new year with cabbage, black-eyed peas, and pork. So we did.

We boiled the cabbage in salted water until it was crisp-tender (the cabbage, not the water) and drained it well (still talking about the cabbage). I bought a small packet of country ham, chopped the ham, and cooked it slowly in a pot until the small amount of fat was rendered out. Then I added a can of partially drained black-eyed peas and some onion powder (I would have preferred to cook real onions with the ham, but Charlie doesn't always tolerate onions). 

Pretty good meal, if it isn't New Year's Day.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

My Husband Gets Stewed -- Apples, That Is!

Charlie loves stewed apples. Whenever he goes to a restaurant, if stewed apples are on offer, he orders them. I can take them or leave them.

At home, he used to make "fried apps," which was apples, peeled, cored, and sliced, cooked in a skillet with butter, sugar, and cinnamon until most of the liquid is gone. I adore fried apps!

Alas for me -- he's switched to making stewed apples. Truth to tell, I beginning to get used to them.

They're the same as fried apps, except he puts them in a pot instead of a skillet and adds water. He cooks them until the water is low and the apples are tender.

We usually have them with toast, but they're excellent with sausage. They're also excellent over pancakes. And over cottage cheese -- YES! I said cottage cheese. And in oatmeal.

Yeah, I'm getting used to them. I figger I might as well.

Marian Allen, Author Lady
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