It’s cold outside. Cold and windy! There’s snow on the ground, ice on the roads, and it’s still coming down. Well, maybe not where I live, but winter comfort food is what we all tend to want this time of year. So this is what we had for dinner last night. We call this “Squilly”, short for Squash Chili. It’s a hearty, vegan, chili that is warm, filling and just makes you feel good!
It’s flu season. Where I live, it isn’t really bad yet, but I saw a report on the news the other day that said it has hit some other areas pretty hard. While just about everyone gets the flu once in a while, the best way to get over it quickly is to make sure your immune system is in tip top shape! With that in mind, this is what we had for dinner last night.
I’ve been making Pumpkin Chocolate Chip cookies since 1987. This is the first year, however, I’ve made a gluten free version! I’m so happy that it worked out, because these cookies have become part of our family’s holiday traditions. I invented the original recipe based on a cookie purchased at Smith’s grocery store. (I don’t even know if the store still exists!) The original cookie was a pumpkin “cake” cookie with the chocolate chips.
Tuesday was MIL’s birthday! We took her out to dinner (she loves to eat out) and we gave her this as a gift. No, it’s not just a box. It contains an assortment of amazing raw chocolate confections! Here is what is hiding under the two big ones. Don’t those look luscious! DH and I made these, from scratch, over several days as a special treat for his Mom for her birthday.
Traditional Black Forest Cake is made in layers of chocolate cake with whipped cream and cherries between each layer. While this version certainly isn’t traditional, it does pay tribute to the basic concept. It also contains much healthier ingredients. Equipment juicer food processor brownie mold Recipe Name: Raw Black Forest Cake Bites Recipe Type: Dessert Cuisine: VG, RW, GF Author: ScrapDeli.com Prep time: 15 mins Total time: 15 mins Yields: 20 cake bites Ingredients:
Last Saturday, DH had his first raw chocolate adventure. He made this: I call it Raw Chocolate Bliss, because when I eat it, it makes me feel so HAPPY! It is a combination of raw cacao paste, raw cacao butter, vanilla powder, pure maple syrup, coconut nectar, walnuts and hemp seeds. Many commercial chocolates give me a residual head ache. They also make me feel over-caffinated. Raw chocolate doesn’t have this effect, and it’s actually healthy!
Along with the waffles, which I posted the recipe for yesterday, we had an Orange-Blueberry Sauce which I made the night before. This is a great sauce to serve on waffles and pancakes. It also works well on top of raw cheesecake and ice cream! It’s not difficult to make, you just have to be patient enough to allow the liquid to reduce and thicken. Recipe Name: Orange-Blueberry Sauce Recipe Type: VG, GF Cuisine: Breakfast, Dessert, Sauce Author: ScrapDeli.
DH made waffles for breakfast on Sunday! I made blueberry-orange sauce for them the night before, so it was ready to go in the morning. These came out chewy, crispy and really yummy! Recipe Name: GF Waffles Recipe Type: Breakfast Cuisine: GF, VG Author: ScrapDeli.com Prep time: 30 mins Cook time: 20 mins Total time: 50 mins Yield: 4 servings Ingredients: 1⁄2 cup Bob’s Red Mill Potato Starch 1-1⁄4 cup Basic GF Waffle Flour Mix 2 teaspoon granulated sugar (Florida Crystals) 2 teaspoons baking powder (NOT baking “soda”!
Our Thanksgiving dinner included a yummy Cranberry-Apple Pie for dessert. This was fairly easy to make, starting with a frozen pie shell. You could purchase a commercial GF or wheat pie crust at your favorite market, or use one that you’ve made ahead. In any case, the pie crust should be thawed but cold before starting. The vegan butter we use most often is Earth Balance. Here’s the recipe:
We call this stuff “chezee”, since it’s not cheese, but it’s a vegan version! It’s comparable to a fresh, soft goat cheeze, mixed with herbs and can be used in recipes in place of it. This is really easy to make, since the nuts can soak on the counter and once that’s done, it only takes a few minutes in the blender. But, if you don’t have a Vitamix, you may want to peek at the notes, first!