Thursday, January 5, 2017

Beet Broth

Beet Broth

Beets are good for you. They can help lower blood pressure, fight inflammation, and have anti-cancer properties.

My grandmother used to make the best borscht in the world. None of us can make it like she did. I have tried a few times. She would boil pork ribs to make the broth.

I like to eat them raw on a salad, or cooked with a little salt and vinegar. They're great boiled, steamed or roasted. They're great for making soup. They're great for pickling! They're great for juicing! They can be used as a natural food colouring. Beets are wonderful!

Yesterday I boiled some beets and decided to drink the cooking liquid. I peeled the beets and removed the ends before I cooked them, so the liquid was clean. Mine didn't come with leaves, but if you do buy them in bunches, save the leaves, chop them very small and add them to the broth.

I had about 1/2 cup of liquid by the time the beets were done. I only boiled 3 beets. I added a pinch of salt, a pinch of dried dill and about 1/2 a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar. It was tasty!

If you add more water to the pot at the beginning, you'll end up with more broth at the end. It'll be delicious. Try it!

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Melomakarona - Greek Christmas Cookies With Honey & Walnuts

It's been awhile since I had a christmas cookie baking fest. I have a few things planned for this year including these Greek Christmas cookies. These are not healthy at all, but they are very delicious. I made them 3 times last year because they were such a hit. For a vegan version, you may be able to use maple syrup in place of honey, but I haven't tried it.

Aren't they beautiful? The indents I made with the fork help the syrup absorb.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Dairy Free Ranch Dressing

I'm not crazy about green salads unless they're smothered in a creamy dressing. Creamy dressing doesn't have to be unhealthy! It doesn't have to have any dairy in it either.

You can adjust the amount of herbs and garlic to suit your tastes. I have also made this using parsley and dill. You could use chives or cilantro too. If you have a garden, let it inspire you.

I use it on salad or as a sauce for other things like falafel.

Chocolate Muffins with Banana and Sweet Potato

Here's an easy recipe for chocolate muffins. They make a quick breakfast for those mornings when you're running behind schedule. My kids LOVED these. I used a combination of sweet potato and bananas. If you don't have one, use the other, or mix them like I did. I had 2 small sweet potatoes leftover, and when I mashed them, it came to 1/4 cup. When I added a mashed banana, it was about 1 cup of mash total.

For the apple sauce, I like to buy those little snack cups that you might send to school with your kids. If I bought a jar of sauce, I'd never be able to use it up before it went bad.

I used Enjoy Life chocolate chips because they are dairy free and delicious. They're the only kind I buy now. They also sell chunks.