Posts Tagged ‘vegan’

Crock-Pot Applesauce (No Sugar Added)

According to Merriam-Webster crock-pot is a hyphenated word, did you know that? I had to look it up since my spell-check always tells me I made a mistake when I write “crockpot”, but “crock pot” just seems funny, and I know not everyone uses the phrase “slow cooker”. I’m glad we all learned something today.

Organic Apples

One of the things I’ve been most excited about having a “real fall” is apple picking. We did go once in California, and I loved it, but there’s something about the idea of picking apples on a crisp cool day that seems so very “autumn” to me and it was a non-negotiable thing we had to do this season. So we headed out to a lovely 250+ year old farm nearby to pick apples and a perfect little pumpkin. Even though Princess is still a little young for apple picking, she seemed to enjoy it, and I like to feel as if maybe the time she spends shopping at farmer’s markets, visiting farms, and making things from scratch will help her in the long run to make conscientious food choices. She’s only 9 months old though, so I’m probably getting a little ahead of myself.

Apple Picking

If you are curious, she is wearing my necklace. Darling girl has a love for jewelry like her mama.

Slow Cooker ApplesauceBack to the apples, we picked just over 10 pounds of assorted apples, and I had my first actually delicious Red Delicious apple. Fresh Red Delicious taste absolutely nothing like the sandy-textured rather bland monsters you buy at the grocery store. All the apple varieties we picked, which I don’t remember, tasted wonderful, and more importantly, were grown without pesticides and other icky things.

Organic homemade applesauce

I have plans for all 10 pounds of apples, but the first thing I chose to make was this applesauce. First of all because it takes no time at all, second because it’s a great snack/condiment/side, and third because I have plans to make things that require applesauce.

Crockpot Applesauce Recipe

Given how popular this has been in our house, I will be procuring more apples and making another batch or two for the freezer before apple season is over. You’ll be surprised at how easy this is to make and will never buy applesauce again, pinkie promise.

You can cook the apples over the stove, but I like using my crock-pot because I think it gives the natural sweetness a little more time develop so you don’t have to add any sugar to the recipe. I don’t add any butter either, just four ingredients and that’s it. You don’t even have to use a specific blend of apples. I like to use a blend of sweet and tart apples, you may feel free to do whatever makes you happy.

Homemade slow cooker apple sauce recipe

If you can though, head to a local farm before the season is over and pick your own. It’s not only a fun experience, but you support a local producer, and you’ll end up with some of the best-tasting apples you’ve ever enjoyed.

Crock-Pot Applesauce (No Sugar Added)
 
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Making homemade applesauce is an easy and delicious way to enjoy one of autumn's best fruits!
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Serves: 4 cups
Ingredients
  • 3 lbs fresh apples
  • ¼ c water or no-sugar added juice of your choice
  • 2 T fresh lemon juice
  • 2 whole cinnamon sticks (optional)
  • pinch of salt
Instructions
  1. Wash and dry your apples.
  2. Peel, core and slice the apples, placing them into the slow cooker as you go.
  3. Toss the apple sliced with the fresh lemon juice, then add the water (or juice), pinch of salt, and cinnamon sticks (optional).
  4. Set the slow cooker to high for 2-2.5 hours or low 4-4.5 hours or until apples are tender and cooked through.
  5. Use a potato masher or food processor to reach the desired consistency and store in the refrigerator for up to two weeks or freeze for later.

 

Slow Cooker Apple Sauce Recipe with NO SUGAR added! So easy to make and healthy! * Recipe on GoodieGodmother.com

Mashed Coconut Boniato (Sweet Potato) – Dairy Free, Vegan

Mashed coconut boniato (sweet potato) is a delicious and easy recipe suited to many clean eating diets. It’s also a fabulous dairy free mashed potato dish for the holidays! The photographs in this post were updated May 2016 as part of the #ThrowbackThursday photography project.

Mashed coconut boniato (sweet potato) is a delicious and easy recipe suited to many clean eating diets. It's also a fabulous dairy free mashed potato dish for the holidays! * GoodieGodmother.com

Good morning my lovelies! It’s time for our second post in the Clean Eating: Cuban Style series this week.

Clean Eating Mashed BoniatoClean Eating Mashed Sweet Potato

This is AMAZING. Like, I-should-just-make-this-a-meal-and-eat-the-whole-thing amazing and while a blog “mom” probably shouldn’t pick between her “children”, this recipe is one of my personal favorites. I am notorious for being picky about my sweet potatoes. I will not eat sweet potatoes with marshmallows on top, sweet potato fries with honey or cinnamon sugar coating, or any other candy/yam concoction. They’re just too sweet for me and I feel like adding sweetness competes with the natural flavor in a sweet potato.

Mashed Boniato with coconut recipe

So you can imagine how happy I was when I realized that the way my in-laws make sweet potatoes requires no added sweetener. At their house, they don’t usually use the orange yam “sweet potato” in anything other than soups, preferring to get their usual sweet potato fix from the white sweet potatoes very common in the Caribbean, called boniato.

Sweet Potato Coconut Mash

On a fun side note, did you know that the sweet potato isn’t actually related to the potato at all? It’s an edible root more closely related to the morning glory flower than anything in the potato family.

Mashed coconut boniato (sweet potato) is a delicious and easy recipe suited to many clean eating diets. It's also a fabulous dairy free mashed potato dish for the holidays! * GoodieGodmother.com

This recipe, in its vegan, dairy free, almost allergy-friendly (unless you are allergic to coconuts), glory is so simple and delicious with only three (yes 3!) ingredients. White sweet potatoes, coconut cream, and a little salt. Tadaaaaaa!

We enjoyed it with the Cuban Slow Cooker Chicken, with homemade grass-fed meatballs last night, and then this morning with an egg – all delicious pairings. How will you enjoy it?

Best Mashed Sweet Potato Recipe Vegan

Mashed coconut boniato (sweet potato) is a delicious and easy recipe suited to many clean eating diets. It's also a fabulous dairy free mashed potato dish for the holidays! * GoodieGodmother.com

Mashed Coconut Boniato (Sweet Potato) - Dairy Free, Vegan
 
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Another clean eating recipe with a Caribbean twist, enjoy this take on the mashed boniato (white sweet potato) with coconut!
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Recipe type: Side Dish, Vegetable
Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • 2.5 lbs white sweet potato (boniato)
  • 1 cup coconut cream
  • ½ tsp salt (I used a few turns of pink Himalayan)
  • water
Instructions
  1. Wash the boniato well and place in a large pot. Cover with water and bring to a boil.
  2. Reduce the heat and simmer 20-30 minutes until the potatoes are cooked through and easy to puncture with a fork. Remove from the heat and drain the water.
  3. When the potatoes are just cool enough to handle, remove the peel (it will slip right off), and mash the potato into large chunks.
  4. Add a bit of the coconut cream, mash a little more, and repeat as necessary until all the coconut cream has been incorporated and the potatoes are at the desired consistency.
  5. Add salt. Adjust to taste.
  6. Serve warm and enjoy!

 

Mashed coconut boniato (sweet potato) is a delicious and easy recipe suited to many clean eating diets. It's also a fabulous dairy free mashed potato dish for the holidays! * GoodieGodmother.com

Thai Peanut Slaw

Updated 4/9/15 as part of the #ThrowbackThursday photo makeover series. 

This delicious Thai Peanut Salad makes a quick and easy light lunch or side dish! #vegan #healthy

Time for another kitchen confession! I’m an incredibly lazy cook when I’m not cooking for someone else. This manifests itself once or twice a week when the Godfather and I do not meet for lunch. As a side note, with the exception of about two years in our relationship where we worked about an hour apart, we always meet for lunch. It’s one of “our things”. We actually celebrate our 10 year dating anniversary next week and I need to come up with something fabulous!

Back to my lunch (which I am eating as I type this). At Tuesday’s market, I felt compelled to buy a cabbage. Beautiful and green, they were staring at me for exactly 2.5 hours until I dashed across the aisle and triumphantly returned with a lovely cabbage and no clear idea of what I would make. Thai peanut slaw ingredients

I thought about a traditional coleslaw, but then I’d have to have BBQ to go with it (Georgia-style pulled pork to be exact), and we don’t have that right now. Nor am I going to make this for just me. I’m sure it will appear on the menu sometime in the next few days. Taking inventory of the kitchen, I found my cabbage, a ripe avocado in the fridge, peanut butter, and the opportunity to create a one-dish meal while dirtying very few dishes. Serendipity. thai peanut slaw veggies

For my special diet darlings, this dish also happens to be vegan and dairy free! I’m enjoying it as a main dish, but it would make a great side. Or you could also add chicken or beef if you’d like to make it a bit heartier.

Enjoy!

Thai Peanut Slaw – Serves 2 as a main dish, 4 as a side

  • 1 medium avocado, cubed
  • 2 cups shredded cabbage
  • 1-2 shredded carrots
  • 2 scallions, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp peanut butter
  • 1/2 tsp Sriracha sauce
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 3 tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp fresh grated ginger
  • salt, to taste
  • sesame seeds (optional)
  • crushed peanuts (optional)
  1. Place the vegetables in a bowl, reserving some of the scallions for garnish if you’d like.
  2. Mix in the peanut butter, lime juice, sriracha, sesame oil, rice vinegar, ginger, and soy sauce. Stir until smooth.
  3. Add the sauce mixture to the vegetables and mix until well coated. Add salt and adjust other seasonings if needed.
  4. Serve immediately or store covered in the refrigerator up to one day.

 

The old photo (yikes!):

Thai Peanut Slaw

Vegan Thai Curry Veggie Bake

This post updated Sept 2015 as part of the #ThrowbackThursday photography project, where I add new photos to already delicious older recipes. Enjoy!

Vegan Thai Bake - This easy recipe is packed with protein thanks to nut butters and dairy-free milks, and has an amazing flavor profile thanks to Thai curry paste. Use your favorite seasonal vegetables, and it's easy and cheap comfort food for a crowd.

Did you know broccoli and cauliflower make me cheer? They’re pretty exciting… not quite at the level of brussel sprouts (much to the Godfather’s chagrin), but close. Garlic also gets a similar reaction… and cheese. I digress, back to the broccoli. (more…)

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