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Summertime Burgers – The Vegetarian Way

21 Jun

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

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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

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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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Homemade Hummus

30 Nov

Susan T's Kitchen

All you need is a can of Garbanzo Beans, garlic, tahini sauce, and lemon juice.

  • 3 cloves chopped garlic

  • 2 tsp. olive oil

  • 1 can of garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained

  • 4 tsp  tahini

  • 1 tsp salt

  • 1/3 cup of water

  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice

  • In a food processor add garbanzo beans, garlic, tahini, salt, water, and lemon juice

  • Puree until smooth and creamy.

  • Transfer to a bowl and top with a sprig of  parsley

  • Serve  with pita bread, veggies or tortilla chips.

  • Can be refregerated for up to three days.  Enjoy!

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Joy To The Earth – Recycled Packing Paper

30 Nov

Susan T's Kitchen

Here is a thrifty alternative to purchasing bubble wrap and packing peanuts. Fill the gift box with remnants of shredded paper from your paper shredder and If you have unusable pieces of wrapping paper run the scraps through  the paper shredder for some color! This will not only save you a trip to the store and money, but it will help the environment.

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Photo by: Susan T’s Kitchen

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Polenta Toad In The Hole With Vegetarian Sausage

8 Oct

Questa sera faccio una polenta, vi aspetto tutti.
Tonight I’m cooking polenta, I’ll be waiting for you

Susan T's Kitchen

I was raised Italian American and one of my favorite dishes besides pasta, lasagna, and pizza is Polenta!  Here is one of my favorite Polenta Dishes called Toad In The Hole made with eggs and vegetarian sausage.  This is a great meal for breakfast or anytime!

Questa sera faccio una polenta, vi aspetto tutti.
Tonight I’m cooking polenta, I’ll be waiting for you.
 

Toad In The Hole

Italian Polenta

  • 4 cups of vegetable broth
  • 1 cup stone ground yellow cornmeal
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  1. Over medium heat, bring 2 and 1/2 cups of broth to a boil in a large saucepan.
  2.  In a small bowl whisk the cornmeal into remaining 1 and 1/2 cups of broth.
  3. Whisk the cornmeal mixture into the saucepan and return to  a boil, whisking constantly.
  4. Whisk in the butter
  5. Reduce the heat to low – simmer and whisk often
  6. Continue until polenta is thick and creamy.
  7. Use a damp spoon or…

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Roasted Brussels Sprouts

29 Sep

I love Brussels Sprouts!

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Brussels Sprouts  are a sure hit with adults but the kids will love them too. No left overs here!

Brussels Sprouts contain vitamin A, C and dietary fiber.

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What you will need
2 cups of Brussels sprouts, rinsed, and halved lengthwise. Discard outer leaves.
1/4 cup of olive oil
salt and pepper
2 tablespoons of water
1/2 fresh cut lemon

Pre-heat oven to 375. Place Brussels Sprouts in a glass roasting pan lightly coated with oil.  Add the olive oil, water and fresh squeezed lemon.  Toss the sprouts to coat. Sprinkle salt and pepper to taste. Place dish in the oven and  roast for 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and flip them with a spatula. Place back into the oven and roast for 15 more minutes. Remove from oven and serve! Don’t! over cook.

Enjoy!

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Southern California Day Trip

5 Jun

The Great Park in Irvine Ca used to be The El Toro U.S. Marine Corps Air Station from 1943 to 1999.  After the based closed in 1999 it became The Great Park. The Great Park  with 160 acres opened in 2007 to the Public.  The City Of Irvine owns the park complete with a Sports Complex,  a Farm and Food lab, with a demonstration garden.  Every Sunday is a Farmers Market offering local produce and edibles from the Farm and Food Lab.  There is also Farmers Market Yoga!

Before it became a Military Base the former Marine Corps Air Station El Toro  was one of the largest Lima Bean Fields in North America and today it is back to its original roots with rich soil for farming.

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Freezing your fruit

29 May

Susan T's Kitchen

Can’t eat all that fruit you purchased at the market?  Do you ever wish you had some fruit on hand when you want a smoothie?  Did you know frozen fruit is a healthy snack for you and the kids?  Give your water some flavor with a slice of frozen lemon or lime!

Freeze berries, banana’s, pineapple, oranges and all the other fruits out there.  Wash and dry your fruit. Cut or slice into desired size.  Place parchment paper on a cookie sheet and single layer your fruit on the cookie sheet.  Freeze until hard, than transfer to a container. 

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Photo by: Susan T’s Kitchen

Photo by: Susan T’s Kitchen

Photo by: Susan T’s Kitchen

Photo by: Susan T’s Kitchen

Photo by: Susan T’s Kitchen

 Lemons and limes, wash, dry, and slice.  Place parchment paper on a cookie sheet and single layer the slices on the cookie sheet. …

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Frozen Banana Peanut Butter Chocolate Bites

23 Apr

Susan T's Kitchen

I can’t stop snacking on these yummy frozen Banana Peanut Butter Chocolate Bites. I have seen many versions in Magazines including Outside Magazine, but the one we like the most here at the Beach Bungalow is the Peanut Butter and Chocolate. They are so easy to make and so worth it! Did I mention they are healthier than ice cream?!

You will need: Bananas, Melting Chocolate and Peanut Butter

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Banana Bites

Banana Bites

Banana Peanut Butter Chocolate Bites

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