Vegan Pancakes

Thursday, April 23, 2015

When my son was first diagnosed with egg and milk allergies I tried every vegan pancake recipe out there. None made it into my breakfast rotation. They were missing something. 

Then I discovered this recipe by accident.  I was making pancakes but didn't realize I was out of half the ingredients!  I decided to experiment with what I had. It turned out perfect. Sometimes simple is best.

1c flour- I've used whole wheat, spelt, gluten free blends, and it all works

1-1 1/2 c plant milk

1tbsp baking powder

That's it!! Mix baking powder into flour then pour in milk. Start with 1 cup and add more if needed. You want it to be pourable without being really runny.

Pour onto a hot griddle and cook until you see bubbles all over the top then flip and cook for a few more mins.

These are light fluffy and simply amazing. 

Enjoy!!

Vegan Spaghetti Sauce

We are eating a lot less meat around here. The past week all of our meals have been vegan. Honestly I haven't missed meat at all and I have a ton of energy. It's a wonderful feeling.

This is a hearty recipe gaurenteed to keep you full. Also a great recipe to sneak extra veggies!

Sauce:
1 29oz can tomato sauce- you can certainly use homemade, but I'm not there yet :)
2tsp italian seasoning
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp salt
2c cooked lentils
1/2 c frozen spinach
3/4c minced mushroom

In a large saucepan sautée garlic, mushrooms, and spinach until the spinach is thawed and mushrooms are tender.
Add seasonings. Let sit off the eye for 5 min.
Pour in tomato sauce. Add lentils.

Simmer on the back burner for at least 30 min. This taste better the longer it cooks.
You can purée any vegetables and add in with the sauce. Think zucchini, carrots, ect.

Serve over your favorite noodles!

Enjoy!!

Freezer Meals- cooking

Monday, September 8, 2014

Today was cooking day. It took a lot longer than I anticipated because my little man is sick. Luckily he still fits in the ergo so he hung into mommy's back for a while while I chopped.

So first thing I did was get all my recipes in one place. I keep all my freezer meals in a binder for easy reference.

Step 1- cook ground meat
             Brown stew meat- totally optional, but this will add so much flavor

Step 2- cook dried beans- you want the beans to be cooked but not mushy. 
Remember they have to cook in the crockpot later in the month.

Step 3- lable freezer bags 

Step 4- chop veggies- I prefer to chop all the onions, garlic, and other veggies at one time. However if you prefer to chop one bag at a time feel free

Step 5- assembly!! 
This is the fun part. Roll down the top of the bag and fill her up! After each bag is filled get all the air out and lay it flat. 

My plan was to have 20 meals, however I went a little overboard cooking beans so there were a few extra.


Final List:
Tater tot Casserole
Chicken Parmesan
Pork w/broccoli Stirfry
Ranchero Chicken Bowl
Pinto beans w/cornbread
Chicken Nachos
Chili x2
Cuban Black Beans
Pork Stew
Spaghetti Sauce with Meat x2
Tacos
Enchilada filling
4 Bean Soup
Lentil Soup
Irish Stew
Mongolian Pork
Italian Chicken w/potatoes
Lemon Garlic Chicken Pasta
Potato Soup x2
Beans with corn and rice