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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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Frozen Banana Peanut Butter Chocolate Bites

23 Apr

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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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Peach Cobbler

19 Mar

I love apple cobbler and the next best thing to apple cobbler is peach cobbler!

So easy to make and so enjoyable to eat!

Enjoy with a cup of coffee or topped with ice cream!

 

What you will need:

3-4 cups of diced fresh peaches (peeled)

1/2 cup of butter or margarine softened

3/4 Cup of Sugar

1  cup flour

1/2 cup water

Cinnamon

 

Butter a glass baking dish

Add cut peaches to baking dish

add the water

sprinkle with cinnamon

 

In separate bowl mix the sugar, flour and butter until it crumbles

Sprinkle on top of the peaches

Bake at 425 for 30 to 35 minutes

 

Remove from the oven and cool.

Enjoy!

Top with Ice-Cream if you like!

Individual Vegetarian Pot Pie

9 Mar

Back by popular demand. Made these again this past weekend.

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Recently while in a restaurant enjoying dinner,  I noticed someone eating a chicken pot pie at the next table and it sure did look delicious! As you know I am vegetarian, and chicken is not served in the bungalow, however it is a food I can replicate using tofu.  I was excited to make this in the kitchen and I do say it turned out quite good!  This recipe makes 4  individual pot pies.

Vegetarian Individual Pot pies Vegetarian Individual Pot pies

              Ingredients

1/2 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp of pepper
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 cup diced  potatoes
1 medium carrot, diced                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         1 small onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 cup of soy milk
2 cups vegetable broth
1/2 cup water
1 1/2 teaspoons parsley flakes
2 cups of tofu chunks or strips
1 cup frozen sweet peas, thawed
1 package pie dough,thawed                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 1/2 cup all purpose flour

              Directions

Heat oven to…

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Veggie Sausage Mini Quiche

7 Mar

So easy to make and so fun to eat!

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As I was flipping through a magazine I came upon a recipe for Jimmy Dean’s Hearty Mini Quiché!  Jimmy Dean’s Ad said:  ” TASTE SO BIG we had to make them small.” I liked that idea so much that I came up with my version using veggie sausage!  They turned out wonderful!

mini quiche

Ingredients

  • 6 veggie patties. I like Morningstar brand
  • 1/2 cup chopped green or red bell pepper
  • 10 eggs
  • 1/4 cup non-dairy milk such as rice dream, soy milk, almond milk
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup diced onion

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350 cook veggie sausage, onions, and bell peppers in large skillet over medium heat until onions and peppers are tender
  • Beat eggs, milk and black pepper in large bowl with a wire whisk until well blended, stir in sausage mixture and cheese.
  • Line cupcake pans with baking liners.  Spoon mixture evenly into…

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Susan’s Basic Bread Recipe

24 Feb

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Here in the Kitchen we love baking our own bread. Nothing like fresh baked bread in the morning, a hot cup of coffee and some good conversation. For lunch we like to make our favorite sandwich with the bread and in the evening have it with a bowl of soup or a huge salad. The Italian in me likes to dip the bread in olive oil! Below is our basic bread recipe. You can shape your bread into any form you desire such as round, french loaf, or square.

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2 tablespoons sugar
1 package dry yeast
1 cup warm water
3 cups flour level with knife
1 tsp salt
1 tbsp olive oil
Cornmeal

In a large mixing bowl add 1 cup warm water, dissolve the yeast and sugar
Let stand 5 minutes.
Stir in oil.
Add to the yeast mixture…

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Recycled Gift Wrap

12 Dec

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Too much paper ends up in the landfill. Back in the old days our Grandparents would use whatever paper was available to wrap a gift, such as newspapers and paper bags. So why not bring back an old-time tradition, save yourself some money and help out mother earth.  For this particular package I used an old map. It is a fun and thoughtful way to wrap a gift in memories of places visited. If you use store-bought wrapping paper ask your family to carefully open the package so you can save the paper to re-use next year along with the ribbons!  You can also use  wrapping paper to line drawers,  or as book covers, or even shred the paper to fill packages that contain fragile items you plan to ship.

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Garlic Lemon Whole Wheat Spaghetti – it’s Vegan too!

16 Sep

One of my favorite dishes to make! You can use any pasta shape if you do not have spaghetti!

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Pasta is one of my favorite comfort foods next to Pizza!  Garlic Lemon Whole Wheat Spaghetti is one of the many wonderful pasta dishes from my mother’s kitchen. There is no need for salt because the lemon, garlic and herbs give it enough flavor!  We all want to cut back on our salt intake so the lemon will fill that void.  You will be amazed at how  easy  this dish is to make and it is vegan too!

If you do not like the taste of whole wheat you can use regular spaghetti, or you can do half whole wheat, half white!  I do this sometimes to mix it up a bit.

  • 1 box of whole wheat spaghetti
  • 5 cloves of garlic – chopped
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 1 sprig of parsley – chopped
  • 1/4 can of black olives – chopped
  • Olive oil
  • pepper to taste  ( no salt needed, the lemon replaces the need for salt)
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