Loaded Mashed Potato Cups

Ahhh, another week another Tasty challenge. This week we decided to put our personal spin on loaded mashed potato cups. The original recipe can be found here.

For the roasted garlic mashed potatoes:

5 potatoes

3 tablespoons of Manitoba Harvest Hemp

1 clove of garlic

2 tablespoons Becel vegan butter

1/4- 1/3 cup nut milk, I used Silk Almond milk

2 green onions

Preheat oven to 400, put your prepared garlic in for about 30 mins (I assume you know how to prepare garlic for roasting). Turn the oven down to 350. If you decide to turn off the oven make sure you pre-heat it before assembling the cups.

Peel and quarter potatoes, place on trivet add a cup of water in instant pot. Cook for 9 mins. Use natural release.

Once potatoes and garlic are cool enough to handle, take out your potato ricer and press them. Then add the rest of the ingredients.

If you don’t have a pressure cooker- that’s fine, stove works too.

 

For the bacon bits (I loosely followed Happy Herbivore’s recipe from The Happy Herbivore)

2 tablespoons soy sauce

1 tablespoon water

2 teaspoons liquid smoke

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1/4 paprika

1/2 cup TVP

Add everything but the  TVP in a small pan, bring to boil. Once boiling, turn down the heat stir in TVP, cook for a few more mins on low heat- drizzle some maple syrup on it (forgot to add it to the liquids oops)

The orginal method calls for you to crisp them up- but I didn’t think it would work well with the recipe.

I took half the potato mixture, dropped mixture into a parchment lined muffin pan,  made an indent and sprinkled follow your heart fiesta blend in the middle. Some I covered with more potato, some I didn’t. Cook for 35 mins, sprinkle with more green onion.

The other half of the mashed potato mixture- I added the bacon bits. I didn’t measure- just add until you think you have enough (with the left over bits, crisp them on low heat, in frying pan,  stirring often until crispy, store in air tight container use as you would with any bacon bits). Re-use the parchment paper and repeat the steps as stated in the first half of mixture.

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If you want to join the challenge or to find out more about vegan snack down then check out our facebook group. Visit our blog to vote on what is making your mouth water. If you make this use the hashtag #vegansnackdown.

 

Manitoba Harvest Hemp – We have a winner

Congratulations Brenda P 🙂 Brenda won our contest for Manitoba Harvest Hemp, she will be receiving a pack of hemp seed shortly. Brenda enjoy- and remember to use hastag #sprinklelove of pics you post on social media so we can see what you’ve made 😋

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Manitoba Harvest, Sprinkle Love

I’m not sure the brand I originally tried, I just know I bought it from the farmers market 3 or 4 years ago. Kinda hard to believe that such a small little seed can pack a lot of flavor and omega 3&6, not to mention protein. When I ran out, the hunt was on……

I can’t really call it a hunt because I could easily find Manitoba Harvest. I ran into a lot of people who didn’t know what hemp was. Ok, let me rephrase that. When I mentioned hemp, they thought I wanted to make pot brownies or something crazy like that. As much “fun” as that may sound that’s not want I wanted. I wanted a complete plant based protein, that’s close to ideal Omega 3&6 ratio and easy to digest.  With Manitoba Harvest Hemp I get all that and it’s packed with other nutrients such as iron, magnesium, fiber plus more.

You may be wondering “what do you use hemp in?” Well, let me tell you. It has a nice nutty flavor to it so it makes a really nice addition to vegan Parmesan cheese (think mixing it with almond meal and nooch or grinding cashews or Brazil nuts  instead of almonds), sprinkle it on salads, pasta, garlic bread, soups, in smoothies- check out my double decker onion rings. The options are only limited by a lack of imagination. I’ve been known to take a handful and eat it as is 😄

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Manitoba Harvest hemp was established in 1998. Mike started the company with his friends Martin and Alex. Mike was an unhealthy teen, but through hemp foods he learned about the good essential nutrients- lost weight became healthy and a lot happier.

Manitoba Harvest can say “quality seed to shelf” as they have complete control from the seeds that are planted, manufacturing, packing to distribution.

*fun fact- Manitoba Harvest is the largest vertical integrated hemp food manufacturer in the WORLD!!

The company offers certified organic (meaning seed has been grown on certified organic land) and natural (meaning they used conventional farming techniques).  They offer hemp hearts, hemp pro 70, hemp protein, hemp oil and hemp milk.

*fun fact- per 30g serving of hemp, there’s 10g protein, 10g omega 3&6, and 3g carbs.

Hemp seed doesn’t contain gluten naturally- they don’t want to say it’s gluten free, in case a barley or wheat kernel somehow gets in the hemp seed. It only take one kernel in 50,000 hemp seeds to test positive for gluten. Instead they say “This product is made in our dedicated Hemp Food facility”. Seriously, regardless of what anyone tells you- you WILL NOT fail a drug test by consuming Manitoba Harvest hemp.

Congratulations to Brenda P 🙂 She won our giveaway!!

Manitoba Harvest sent me out a pack of hemp seed – Thank you 🙂 and they want to send one lucky winner a pack. Click here to enter. Contest is open to residents of Canada and America. We will contact the winner by email, you will have 24 hrs to email of your mailing info.

Follow  Manitoba Harvest on Facebook, Twitter to see what’s going on. Use the hashtag #sprinklelove so I can see how you’re getting your hemp on!!

Tell us, what do you sprinkle love on?

 

Vegan Snack Down, the double onion ring

The other week, a video about double decker onion rings popped up on my facebook page. It wasn’t vegan, but easy enough to make it vegan, as I was watching the video, I knew exactly what I was going to use. Of course, I re-facebooked it and said- now picture this but use flax egg and your fave vegan cheese. (You can search for the original recipe on tasty’s fb page).

Shane from Vegan with kids and I started chatting about how good they looked, and what we would use etc, gave each other a “hard” time and then #vegansnackdown was born.

We decided to challenge each other,  go out on social media, get votes to see who did it better, so please vote for me- #teambloggins  (I’ll even give you the recipe 🙂 To vote click Here and it will take you to our site. The voting post will be only a few posts down. Easy to find!

I have to admit- Tasty makes it look so damn easy- but they are a pain in the ass- but they are soooooooo good if you have the patience. You need to use white onion. Don’t waste your time with yellow as they will not hold up properly. I was able to get one onion ring, so I made single’s with the rest of the yellow onion slices. The next day I went out and bought white onion, chopped it up- and made my double deckers. White onion’s are more firm, you will break some but the hold up well when it comes to coating them.

Double Decker Onion rings

1/2 bag of  Enjoy Life Foods Plentils*

2 tablespoons of Manitoba Harvest Hemp seeds

1 to 2 WHITE onions

Chao cheese slices, sliced to fit your cut onion rings

Your choice of egg sub
Cut your onions to the thickness you want your rings.

Take your plentils put them in a ziplock bag, grab your rolling pin and squish them to resemble Panko crumbles, add the hemp seed, shake and pour into shallow dish.

Take two pieces of onion, stuff your cheese between the layers, keep going until you get the amount that you want assembled. Put on a parchment lined cookie sheet. Freeze for at least an hour.
Turn on the fryer. In one dish get you egg sub ready, in another shallow dish add your flour. Now the fun begins. Take a double decker dust it in flour, then dip in egg sub, dip in Plentil hemp mixture, dip in egg sub, dip in Plentil hemp mix.

I fry a few at a time. Watch them, they fry pretty quickly. 3-5 mins.

That’s it – make your favourite dip, you will be having a mouthgasm.

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Mozza Sticks

A bag of Daiya

1/2 bag of Enjoy Life Plentils*

2 tablespoons Manitoba Harvest Hemp

Melt the cheese, I add teaspoon of garlic powder and a scant 1/4 teaspoon of thyme before I melted the cheese. I put a bowl inside a slightly smaller pot. Keep stirring until cheese is completely  melted, pour melted cheese into a parchment lined bread pan, place in fridge for a few hours or over night to firm up.

Cut into sticks- use the directions and method for the onion rings for the batter and coating. Keep an eye on them they should be ready within 5 mins.  Enjoy with your fav dip and or sauce. (Recipe inspired by the Vegan Zombie)

Daiya actually makes it easier now than when I first making Vegan Zombie’s recipe – if you buy the blocks- just cut it up to desired thickness. Easy!
My fav dip  is to take 3 heaping tablespoons of Vegenaise, a teaspoon of garlic powder, 1/2 teaspoon of onion powder, 1/4 teaspoon of each dill and basil. Stir until blended, let set in fridge for at least a half hour. It is better the next day though.  (Inspired by Happy herbivore)

* for the double decker onion rings and mozzarella sticks I use Plentils margherita pizza flavour. The single onion rings are covered in Plentil sea salt hemp love.

Let me know what you think- I know you want to make them…… The singles might become a Friday night movie night snack with Daiya pizza. Oh the surperem one is so good!!

Help Yourself Cookbook Review

My daughter and I received a copy  of Help Yourself Cookbook by Ruby Roth, from Andrews McMeel Publishing. It has 60 plus recipes- which are easy for kids to follow along, and perfect for the parents who are trying teach their kids how to cook for the first time, or the first time that kids are cooking by themselves. Yes there’s recipes where you need to watch them, unless they are comfortable in using the stove top by themselves.

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“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn” Anonymous**

I asked my daughter some questions, because I wanted to know what she thought about the book and it turned into an interview. So, I’m sharing with you all. An 8 year old’s perspective of the book.

Q1.  What was your fav recipe so far in Help Yourself Cookbook?

E. The bright water, the strawberry flavor.

Q2. Why was it your favorite?

E. Because it was good, refreshing.

Q3. What recipe do you want to try next?

E. Sweet and sour cucumber salad. I love cucumbers, they’re yummy.

Q4. What is your fav food/meal?

E. I love snacking on strawberries, and I also look forward to pizza for dinner.

Q5. What food/meal do you dislike the most?

E. Peas- they don’t taste good. (makes a face like she’s gagging on them)

Q6. Do you find yourself wanting to try new foods when you can cook?

E. Yes, because I’ve helped make it.

Q7. How do you think other kids will like Help Yourself Cookbook?

E. I guess about 90% would like it.

Q8.  Did you find the instructions clear and easy to follow? Or did you think they didn’t make sense?

E. Most of them were easy. The toasted Tidbits was more difficult, because the stove was hot.

Q9. What would you tell the other kids about this book and working in the kitchen?

E  It’s fun. The worst part is you have to wash your hands, but you get to sample as you cook.

Q10. What advice would you give parents?

E. Let us measure out the ingredients that’s 1/2 the fun!

Q11.. If you could say or ask Ruby anything, what would it be?

E. “Can you please make a book with sonic cookies. Keep making good books and recipes”

P.S My daughter, E, would love your autograph 🙂

I love the encouraging intro, it gets kids excited to roll up their sleeves, and get cooking. Ruby explains some of the ingredients most kids or even some adults don’t know what it is- never mind on what it’s used in (like nutritional yeast, quinoa). Ruby talks about safety. Rule #1 made me smile, Ruby doesn’t want to get a time out with your child.

Help Yourself cookbook, illustrated by Ruby- has Drinks, Condiments Sauces and dips, smaller meals, bigger meals, salad’s and dressings, desserts.

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Ruby Roth’s website is We Don’t Eat Animals. Follow her on facebook, Instagram, We don’t eat animals on Instagram and twitter. Be sure to use the hashtag #HelpYourselfCookbook when posting your pictures online.

Check out her other books for kids: V is for Vegan. The ABC’S of being kind

That’s why we don’t eat animal’s

Vegan is Love

Do you cook with your kids in the kitchen? Let us know, drop us a line.

** Taken from Help Yourself Cookbook