24 December 2013

Harmonic Play-dough Cookies

1 cup + 1/2 cup + 1/3 cup + 1/4 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup white sugar
1/4 cup corn oil
1 t baking soda
1/4 t almond extract (or some other extract if desired)
1/8 t salt
1/2 cup water colored as explained below

measure 1/2 cup water into some other larger cup (for non-white dough)
add at least 15 drops of red
or 25 drops of blue or green
or 10 drops red + 10 drops blue (purple).
Mix with a fork.

Then add this water (or 1/2 cup plain water for white dough) Mix with fork.

Repeat for each desired color. Start with white so you can adjust the  flour on the next level as needed.

Let kids play as if it is play dough.

Treat cookie sheet with oil, then bake at 375 F until just before they turn brown on the outside.  (Will update blog when I figure this all out.)

UPDATE: It seems to be about 10 minutes.  However, the bigger issue is the flavor, which still needs some work.  The dough seems to be a soft texture, but too close to biscuits and too far away from cookies. They need more sugar too, so they don't taste like "dinner food".  On the plus side, it is a great texture for the kids to play with, and it is certainly fine to eat it, and kids eat anything they make, so it's fair enough.  I plan to try this another time and update as it improves.

08 December 2013

No-fry eggplant parmesan

Preheat oven to 400 deg F.  Slice

2 eggplants

into slices 1/8 inch thick.  Dredge both sides of each slice in flour, then
place on cookie sheet lined with foil.  (You will need about 3 sheets.)  Sprinkle with salt and put in oven.  Forget.

Slice 1 onion and mince
4 cloves of garlic.

Saute, then add 3 diced tomatoes and an additional can of tomatoes.  Season with

oregano, and

Simmer, then mash with potato masher.  Let cool.

1 package tofu with
1/2 t salt,
1/2 t onion powder,
1/2 t msg,
chives, and
yeast flakes.

Remember the eggplant -- it should be browned and crispy -- remove from oven.  Reduce temperature to 350 deg F.  Layer eggplant, tofu mix, sauce, and nondairy mozzerella substitute in a glass baking dish.  Bake about 20 minutes, or until bubbling.

09 September 2013

Unexpected sausages

1 sliced onion
4 smoked apple sage sausages
2 tomatoes
12 oz. sliced fresh mushrooms
2T ginger paste
1t garam masala
1t ground coriander
1/2t salt
1T paprika
minced fresh sage
minced fresh rosemary
1/2c water

11 July 2013

Donna's crunchy pancakes

This is a take-off on Michael's waffles.

1 c white flour
1 1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour
3/4 cup wheat germ
1/2 c walnut meat (grid walnuts in spice grinder)
1/4 c ground quinoa
(be creative adding grains or ground nuts)

4 T corn oil
4 T maple syrup
4 T baking powder
4 cups soymilk (Donna doesn't cut with water)

electric fry pan (mine is set to temp 2 of 3 possible settings)

spray pan first
1/8 cup measuring cup to make small pancakes.

Top with fruit etc.

About 2650 Calories for this recipe

Makes 64 pancakes at about 42 Calories each... I think...

Serves about 6 to 8 people

It takes about an hour for cooking/flipping if I make 8 rounds of 8 pancakes at a time.

Michael's vegan waffles (pancakes)

For a small batch of waffles:

1 cup flour
1 T oil
1 T maple syrup
1 T baking powder
1 cup soymilk (or 1/4 cup water, 3/4 cup soymilk, etc)

use standard waffle irons
serves roughly 2 adults

11 May 2013

Eggplant and tempeh soft tacos

8 oz tempeh, sliced
1/2 eggplant, cubed
1 onion, sliced
1 sliced zucchini

2 T olive oil
2 T lemon juice
2 T salsa
1/2 t salt
1 T paprika
1/2 t chili powder
1 t oregano

Preheat oven to 400 deg F. Blend dressing ingredients in food processor. Toss dressing and filling in a large bowl; transfer to a greased glass baking dish. Bake for 45 minutes. Serve with corn tortillas, lettuce, and cheese.

10 May 2013

Roasted potatoes and broccoli

3 medium potatoes
1/2 lb frozen broccoli
4 cloves garlic (sliced)
4 oz mushrooms (coarsely chopped)
4 Tofurky beer brat sausages, cut into coins
2 T olive oil
2 T soy sauce
2 T lemon juice
1/2 t salt
fresh ground pepper

Preheat oven to 400 deg F. Coarsely cube potatoes. Place ptatoes and broccoli on a pot, add water to cover. Bring to a boil. Simmer 5 minutes, drain. Whisk olive oil, soy sauce, lemon juice, salt, and pepper together. Toss the potatoes and broccoli with the dressing and remaining ingredients. Pour into a greased 9"x13" glass baking dish. Bake 50 minutes.

06 May 2013

Palak paneer

Recipe listed here actually seems to work. The idea of baking fresh tofu also works well.

04 May 2013

Mexican casserole

  • 1 can of plain tomato sauce
  • 1/2 onion
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp cumin seed
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 4 T paprika
  • 2 potatoes, peeled, boiled, mashed
  • mushrooms
  • 1 squash
  • 1 cup shredded cheese
  • 1 can beans
Also, 4 tortillas, sliced into strips.
Layer ingredients in 13"x9" glass baking dish. Layer order:
  1. Tortilla
  2. Mashed potatoes
  3. 1/3 cup cheese
  4. 1/3 of the sauce
  5. Tortilla
  6. beans and squash
  7. 1/3 cup cheese
  8. 1/3 of the sauce
  9. tortilla
  10. remaining sauce and cheese
Bake 20 minutes at 350 degrees.