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Almond Milk
2 years ago

Almond Milk

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But like any other packaged food product, there are often additives and preservatives.  And when a product only requires two ingredients to make, you’ve got to wonder, “why don’t I just make it myself?” Well, you can.  The recipe is easy enough – it does require, however, something called a nut milk bag. This is a mesh bag that allows you to strain the almonds from the milk.  You could probably use a fine strainer as well, but I have found the milk bag works best.  Once you get the basic recipe down, you can experiment by adding a touch of extract such as vanilla or hazelnut.  This recipe is a must-have if you want to save money and get a healthier-than-store-bought product in your fridge. Bottoms up!

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Spinach “Cheese”Toast
2 years ago

Spinach “Cheese”Toast

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Cheese – if there’s one thing that keeps people afraid of going vegan, this is it.  I’ve heard so many people say, “I can’t become vegan because I could never give up the cheese.”  It’s an understandable lament because cheese is so much a part of our childhood and our comfort food dishes.  But vegans and wanna-be vegans alike can rejoice. There are several cheese on the market that taste like the real thing.   One of the most amazing cheese substitutes is from a company called Miyoko’s Creamery.  My biggest issue with this product is that I want to eat the entire box in one setting.  In this recipe, I use their double cream chive product, made from cashews.  The creaminess and flavor will astound you. You can literally eat it right out of the package and be satisfied, but you will, as I was, be tempted to use it in recipes.  This is my first recipe using the product and the results are so delicious.  While I do make my own vegan cheese, let’s face it, it takes time which many of us don’t have.  The other big benefit to vegan cheese is that it has no cholesterol.  If you’re over 40, you want to keep that number below 200.  Miyoko’s Creamy is helping us to eat delicious food while being healthy at the same time.  If your store doesn’t carry the brand, you can order online.  I have a feeling, however, that this product is going to be in mainstream supermarkets very soon.  And while you’re using this great spread, make sure you use a quality bread.  Another favorite brand is Genesis 1:29 bread,  boasting 16 grains and seeds from 13 lands.  Your mouth is going to be very happy.

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Chestnut Bruschetta
2 years ago

Chestnut Bruschetta

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Chestnut Bruschetta

Chestnuts and bruschetta are a rare combination.  Bruschetta (pronounced “brusketta”) is an Italian appetizer usually served with tomato, garlic and basil on toasted bread, but I say, why not have it for breakfast? It is, after all, just a fancy way of making toast, right?   In this recipe, I use creamy avocado, rich, roasted chestnuts and a bright pomegranate aril topping.  The combination is fabulous. The fruit adds sweetness and crunch to the creamy avocado and chestnuts.  The toast is substantial enough to hold up to all of these flavors.

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