Pull Apart Pizza Buns

I decided it was time to stop talking about these and just make them.  Kathy Hester (healthy slow cooking) wrote a review and shared a recipe from Ginny’s (vegan in the freezer) new book, The Make Ahead Vegan Cookbook: 125 Freezer-Friendly Recipes.

I knew I needed pizza sauce, I wasn’t all that worried, because I had some in the cupboard right?! Well it turns out I didn’t, so off to the google gods to find a decent recipe (read, let’s hope I have everything on hand and wouldn’t take hours to make). The first site that popped up was minimalist baker- hey, I’ve been to her site before, she has some good recipes, let’s check it out. A can of tomato sauce, some spices- whisk and that’s it. The recipe is so easy, but tasty. See for yourself pizza sauce. The recipe is part of a pizza recipe, so I’m going to revisit and make that pizza pie. I mixed the yeast with the water, made my flax egg, made the pizza sauce- then I got down to work. Ok Big Red,  a.k.a Kitchen Aid stand mixer did the rest of the work for me. You might want to keep a couple tablespoons of extra flour handy so you don’t have to wash your hands before getting extra flour if you find the dough too sticky. Also before you start cutting the dough, or as I did just rip off equal sized pieces, flour your work area so the dough doesn’t stick. Put it in the crock pot, and clean up.

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The next picture is after it cooked on low for an hour.

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It says to use a stand mixer to mix the ingredients but you would be able to whisk and knead by hand if you don’t have one. Also, a trick I’ve learned from Kathy is to always make sure you put a clean tea towel between the crock and the lid- otherwise your bread would get soggy- look at how much condensation is on the lid, all of that would end up on your bread. (seriously, you can cook bread, buns, cakes, pizza EVERYTHING in the crockpot, just look through Kathy’s site, she’s proof that it can be done)

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I suggest, making a garlic dip for this- I’m making some tonight to have with them.You can add vegan parm, or even add a bit of vegan cheese and transfer them to the oven for a few mins to melt the cheese. I wish I was at home, because I’m want some in my mouth right now…. with yummy ranch dip. So, I’m going to get going so I can work on that.

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Check out the recipe and make these soon, you don’t need to thank me. I suggest making these for game night- BUT fair warning, you will want to make a few batches of these. They freeze well, and can be in the freezer for up to 3 months.

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Here’s my recipe* for garlic dip (if it’s too strong for you, add more mayo. I’m a huge garlic and onion fan, and can’t believe not everyone is on board with that)

4-5 tablespoons of vegenaise, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, 1/2 teaspoon onion powder,  scant 1 teaspoon of each parsley and dill. Mix together and chill for at least 1/2 hr, it’s ideal to chill it for as long as you can hold out the next day is really good.

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This is the mayo I use, but use any vegan mayo you want.

What is your fav pizza dip?

*the garlic dip is a recipe loosely based on Lindsay’s ranch dip from the The Happy Herbivore book. The link will take you to her site.

Cashew Rice Bowl

Kayla and I were chatting the other night about how expensive groceries are becoming, and it’s only going to get worse. It’s incredible at how expensive produce is, 6 dollars for cauliflower, 3 dollars for celery, 2 dollars for onions, you get my drift. Now how do you feed your family healthfully for the least amount of money possible? Good question. Not every one can live on left overs, not to mention even liking left overs. So the question is- how do you keep things fresh and not boring. How can one trick their family into thinking they are NOT eating left overs? (side note, I can live on left overs)

During the winter, I often resort to frozen veggies because they are much cheaper and still healthy. I do not like canned veggies (unless it’s corn) I find canned veggies to be mushy, gross and sickening- but that’s just my opinion. But I still like to buy fresh carrots, onions, garlic and other veggies when there’s a sale on. I like to peel and chop. Hire me, and I’ll come over and prep your fruits and veggies for you, I could even cook your dinner 😉

I made Ginny’s Cashew rice bowl. I used the veggies I had on hand- read: already washed and chopped. I had brussels sprouts, carrots, green beans and zucchini. I cooked the recipe as it states, (though I didn’t add  rice to the wok), as I had cooked it in the IP (instant pot), as I was cooking the veggies and didn’t want the warm rice to stick and become mushy. By using the IP I was able to cut the cooking time in half. If I had made the rice before hand and it was cold, I would’ve added it to the wok with the cashews. This worked perfectly.

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I also made foiled wrap veggies, which turn out well… except the zucchini- it was over cooked, oh well, I will know for next time to keep an eye on it, or not to use them at all. But over all- it was good.

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Back to how to make this taste like a new meal? Well, I had left overs today- I added some hot sauce and a little bit of hoisin sauce. Make sure you read labels, you can buy vegan hoisin sauce, it may not be easy to find. I found mine in a locally owned store where the owner carries a lot of vegan product for reasonable prices.

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I could’ve taken this dish because I did cook the rice and veggies separately, I could’ve put the veggies in a wrap, and added some broccoli and cheeze to the rice to make a casserole. Even if the veggies and rice were cooked together, it would’ve made for an awesome burrito. I had enough left overs for one, but if I decided to make burrito’s I would’ve been able to get two- stretching my money even further.

Are you a fan of left overs? If not, how do you keep your meals fresh?

Homemade Chirstmas Gift

 

I wanted to share this with everyone because it’s easy, simple yet smells refreshing. I came along a blog post by Kathy Hester, called DIY body powder. I showed it to my daughter and she asked if we could make it. Of course, that’s an excellent gift idea. I had everything in my cupboard to make it- we just needed some bottles.

We went to the dollar store, found the perfect sized shaker bottles, bought some without really thinking about how many we needed. Came home and she got to work. She decorated the bottles, made her gift bags and cards. Got to work on mixing the ingredients and scooping the wonderful smelling powder into the bottles. (Ignore the tablecloth, there’s certain areas in my life where I can be lazy. Changing tablecloths is one of them)

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We ran out of bottles- so I had to go back out the next day. Finished them at school during lunch. Her friends came over and asked what was smelling so good. She told them. Then her friends asked me for the recipe (these girls are in grade three!)

I gave them and everyone else who asked me for the recipe this link Kathy’s body powder so they can make their mom, aunties, grandma’s, friends this magical peppermint concoction.

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I had a chat with a few of my friends who asked me- you just happened to have peppermint extract in your cupboard? Yes, plus everything else. I mean who doesn’t have these things in hand?!

My 10 year old-self and Juice

I lost my motivation yesterday. I didn’t feel like doing anything. Didn’t feel like cleaning, laundry, cooking basically adulting. I didn’t adult much of the day. Still wearing my pj’s at 2 pm and hungry it was only natural to make a grilled cheeze. Right? It was an effort to defrost two slices of bread and butter them up and throw on 2 slices of cheeze.

Have you guys ever tried Chao from Field Roast yet?

imageThis cheeze is the best. Great on crackers, by itself and grilled cheeze. I bought the peppered kind this time around, and I have tried the plain one. BOTH are great!!!! Look at my sandwich…..

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After eating this I made three types of juice. That’s about the only adulting I did. Plus I actually got dressed to make them 🙂

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oranges, apples and lemon

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Look at the beautiful juice!!!! Very tasty! And because I was still feeling lazy, I put a bag in the container to catch the pulp.

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Apple bags come in handy. You can also use the bags you put your produce in. I didn’t save the pulp, but Kayla does and she uses it for soups and such. If you want more juice ideas check out Joe’s site. He has tons 🙂

What is your favorite lazy day meal or juice?