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Summertime Burgers – The Vegetarian Way

21 Jun

Cheese, onion, and California Avocado on a homemade roll.

Photo by Susan T’s Kitchen

Who doesn’t love a delicious juicy burger topped with all their favorite toppings?  We love to make Morningstar grillers meatless burgers on the grill!  http://www.morningstarfarms.com/msfhome.html My burger has a slice  of California Avocado,  http://www.avocado.org/  Sweet  Onion and cheddar cheese. (I buy cheese that has no hormones or animal rennet) Of course I could make my own burger, but these are so delicious.  My burger is on a homemade bread roll made by my husband who loves to bake bread.  The bread roll is 1/2 whole wheat and 1/2 unbleached wheat flour.  What a difference a home-made roll makes without all the preservatives.

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Better Than Candy

13 Jun

Better Than Candy

Photo by: Susan T’s Kitchen

Summer is here with strawberries everywhere. Organic, and traditional grown. Which should you choose? Oraganic would be the first choice since strawberries have a porus skin. Once you get your strawberries home, do not wash until you plan to eat. This will keep them from rotting.
Stawberries can be frozen for future use. Wash, dry, cut into peices, lay on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper or parchment paper. Pop into the freezer . After an hour, remove the frozen strawberries and put into a container for future use.

Tempting Cake Donuts

13 Jun

I have been craving donuts lately but I did not want to settle for the fried ones. So, I bought a set of donut pans and got busy baking to satisfy my sweet tooth.  For these donuts I used a basic cake recipe and cut back on the sugar and oil.

Wow!  These baked donuts turned out to be so delicious and I am quite proud of myself.  Hubby and I sat down to some good home-brewed coffee and freshly baked donuts.  Enjoy!

 
 
Cake Donut Recipe
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 tsp salt
2 1/4 tsp baking powder
2 large eggs (Or egg substitute) use 1/2 cup applesauce to replace eggs
3/4 cup skim milk (or soy, coconut or rice dream)
1/2 cup canola oil

 
lightly grease donut pans ( I have round and long john)
 
In large bowl mix dry ingredients
in med bowl whisk wet ingredients
make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and add the wet ingredients. Mix until combine. (batter will be a little lumpy)
 
 
Fill  baggie with cake mixture, cut the corner, squeeze mixture into donut slots.
 
 
 
 

Bake, rotating pans halfway for 10 -12 minutes or until lightly golden. Let cool.

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Toppings

Chocolate topping: Melt semi sweet chocolate chips for chocolate topping. No double boiler no problem.  Just fill pot with water, insert a glass bowl, boil water and watch your chocolate melt.

No double boiler – no problem
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Sugar Topping: Fill bowl with sugar, coat donut with oil, roll in sugar mixture.

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Vegetarian Hobo Potatoes

19 Aug

I love making these on the grill!

Susan T's Kitchen

Here is a great dish to make on the grill that is vegetarian too.  Foil Packets  also known as “Hobo Packs” are a great way of roasting potatoes and vegetables on the grill.  Just cut up your potatoes and whatever veggies you have on hand such as onions, carrots and so on.  Add oil, herbs,  maybe a splash of beer  and seasonings to the mixture.  Place the  mixture on non-stick foil add a dab of  margarine and wrap.  Cook on the grill, in the oven or on an open campfire!  Yum! 

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Pina Colada Smoothie

10 Jul

I love sitting on the patio sipping a Pina Colada Smoothie. One of my favorite all time summer drinks!

Susan T's Kitchen

I’ve got my toe’s in the sand and a Pina Colada in my hand just dreaming of warm days and long sunsets!  Why drink those commercial concoctions when you can easily make your own with or without the rum!  Mine is without the rum but I add 1/2 a scoop of protein powder.

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In a blender combine

1 cup of pineapple

1 cup frozen or fresh banana

1 cup of ice cubes

2 cups coconut beverage

1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder (optional)

1 tsp vanilla extract

Blend until smooth add more ice if needed

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Tempting Cake Donuts

3 Jun

June 3rd is National Donut Day!

Susan T's Kitchen

I have been craving donuts lately but I did not want to settle for the fried ones. So, I bought a set of donut pans and got busy baking to satisfy my sweet tooth.  For these donuts I used a basic cake recipe and cut back on the sugar and oil.

Wow!  These baked donuts turned out to be so delicious and I am quite proud of myself.  Hubby and I sat down to some good home-brewed coffee and freshly baked donuts.  Enjoy!

 
 
Cake Donut Recipe
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 tsp salt
2 1/4 tsp baking powder
2 large eggs (Or egg substitute) use 1/2 cup applesauce to replace eggs
3/4 cup skim milk (or soy, coconut or rice dream)
1/2 cup canola oil

 
lightly grease donut pans ( I have round and long john)
 
In large bowl mix dry ingredients
in med bowl whisk wet ingredients
make a well in the…

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Summertime Burgers – The Vegetarian Way

31 May

Susan T's Kitchen

Cheese, onion, and California Avocado on a homemade roll. Photo by Susan T’s Kitchen

Who doesn’t love a delicious juicy burger topped with all their favorite toppings?  We love to make Morningstar grillers meatless burgers on the grill!  http://www.morningstarfarms.com/msfhome.html My burger has a slice  of California Avocado,  http://www.avocado.org/  Sweet  Onion and cheddar cheese. (I buy cheese that has no hormones or animal rennet) Of course I could make my own burger, but these are so delicious.  My burger is on a homemade bread roll made by my husband who loves to bake bread.  The bread roll is 1/2 whole wheat and 1/2 unbleached wheat flour.  What a difference a home-made roll makes without all the preservatives.

Photo by: Susan T’s Kitchen

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Buzzing with the bees

11 May

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We are dependent on bees to pollinate much of our food source and the populations are down around the world. How can we help? Try not to use pesticides and try to do your part to help the bees  by adding bee friendly plants. Create a sanctuary in your yard and they will come. Don’t worry about a sting from a bee, because if you do not bother them they most likely will ignore you.

Bee Friendly Photo by: Susan T’s Kitchen

While you are creating a bee attraction garden don’t forget to add a watering hole since bee’s get thirsty too.  All you have to do is fill a medium or large plant saucer with rocks and add water.  The moisture will attract the bees to your flower garden.  If your area is prone to mosquitos change the water every other day so it does not…

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Garlic Lemon Linquine with Italian Veggie Sausage

27 Apr

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  • 1 box of whole – grain Linguine
  • 5 cloves of garlic chopped
  • 1/2 lemon
  • Olive oil
  • pepper to taste  ( no salt needed, the lemon replaces the need for salt)
  • 2 or 3 vegetarian sausages sliced
  • Freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • In large pot of boiling water cook linguine according to package directions
  • Meanwhile in a large fry pan, saute garlic in 2 tbsp of olive oil add more if needed
  • Add sliced sausage cook until slightly brown
  • set pan aside
  • Drain pasta
  • Add Cooked linguine to the garlic and sausage mixture
  • Add 2 tbsp of oil and 2 tbsp of water, add more as needed
  • Squeeze lemon juice onto the pasta, add pepper to taste
  • Toss to coat the pasta
  • Sprinkle freshly grated parmesan cheese

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Crock Pot Vegetarian Chi Chi Bean Soup

3 Feb

This soup is perfect for the cold weather outside!

Susan T's Kitchen

Craving some soup?  Try my Hearty Chi Chi Bean Soup. Some folks call them Garbanzo Beans and I call em Chi Chi Beans!  This soup is full of fiber and protein and did I mention tasty good! Even the kids will love it! This soup is comfort food for the soul during flu season and cold weather. Try some with my home-made bread recipe and a glass of red wine! Enjoy!

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What you will need:
64 oz vegetable broth (two 32 oz cartons or 4 cans vegetable broth)
Have two extra cans or one extra cartoon to add later if needed.
1 can Garbonzo Beans drained and rinsed
1 cup chopped onion
2 garlic cloves chopped
4 carrots peeled and sliced
1 cup of Ditalini ( small Italian soup pasta)
1/2 block of superfirm tofu drained, rinsed and patted dry. 
Cut into small squares. This is what I call  ” mock…

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