REAL Veg, REAL simple !

I dedicate this blog to all those who ask us all the time "What does a vegan/vegetarian eat?" ....
This is it, the food on my plate !

It's not weird, it's not impossible and YES, it is TASTY! .... can't you tell?

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Simply Granola

What is there not to like about granola? It's healthy, wholesome, nutty and perfect year round! Let's not forget, about the easiest thing in the world to make. Around here, this goes fast so I make a big batch, but this recipe can be easily halved.

2 lbs. old fashioned rolled oats (Bob's Red Mill is nice)
2 cups sliced almonds
2 cups chopped pecans
2 cups walnut pieces
2 cups shredded coconut
1 tsp. allspice
2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 cup dark brown sugar
1 tsp. salt
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. almond extract
1/2 stick nondairy "butter" like Earth Balance
1/2 cup canola oil
1/2 molasses

1. Preheat oven to 350F.
2. In large mixing bowl  combine oats, all nuts, coconut, allspice, cinnamon, brown sugar and salt.
3. In small pot melt butter and add oil and molasses. Take off the heat and let cool for 2 min. Add extracts.
4. Add liquid mixture to oats mixture and incorporate all ingredients thoroughly.
5. In three or four batches. Each time spreading out onto foil or parchment paper lined cookie sheet or large shallow glass baking dish.
6. Set timer and stir around after 8-10min. Bake for another 8 min and check that it is golden brown and take out. Granola is one of those things that will go from perfect to burnt from one minute to the next. So keep and eye on it. I usually spoil the first batch. Oh, well!
7. Store in air tight container.


Can we have stromboli for dinner mama?

Goofus says, "Can we have stromboli for dinner mama?" and it makes me smile and chuckle that my 6 year old one night request stromboli and the next tamales.

1 batch of 5 minute pizza dough
1/4 cup marinara sauce ( I love this one.)
1 cup frozen chopped spinach, thawed
1/2 package of Match Italian Sausage
1/2 yellow onion chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 1/2 cups Dayia vegan mozzarella cheese shreds
salt and pepper for seasoning

Preheat oven to 375F.
Sautee onion until translucent. Add garlic and italian sausage until browned. Add spinach and stir to heat.
Roll out dough  into a rounded rectangle and spread marinara sauce.

Sprinkle sausage and spinach mixture evenly.

Springle cheese and start to roll tightly. Brush with olive oil and top with a pinch of salt and a pinch of dried rosemary.
Bake for 35 minutes or untiled browned. Let sit for 10 min before slicing and serving.