King Arthur Flour 100% Whole Wheat Review

KAF Review: Whole Wheat Flour

Recently I bought a new flour to try baking bread with. I have been using a pretty good all purpose for a whole lot of things, from pizza, to pie dough to bread making, but I wanted to try something heartier and richer for my breads. I decided to try some whole wheat flour.

At first I could only afford a cheaper brand of whole wheat flour. Adding even a small amount even like 1/3 of a cup to my bread ratio significantly changed the consistency of my breads to be more grainy. I did not like that at all. A few breads that I made tasted like I used corn meal. The cheap whole wheat flour was so NOT ground to the fine consistency that the regular all purpose flour that I use was. I was getting pretty mad about using grainy corn meal whole wheat flour, until I read and learned about an alternative whole wheat flour. I was even recommended by my landlord who also bakes bread to try King Arthur Whole Wheat flour and its like night and day vrs the cheaper kinds of whole wheat.

I finally saw it on sale this month and was able to buy it, and have now used it twice in baking breads. I am so happy with the fine feel of this flour, its so NOT GRAINY. I love that. I was able to make a Graham flour whole wheat sweet loaf last week for my “feed my starter” bread making Saturday baking adventures, that was really super hearty and flavorful and sweet.

Today I made a 100% KAF whole wheat bread and its FLUFFY! But still hearty and so full of great flavor that I am super happy with the results. I would NEVER be able to make a 100% whole wheat loaf with the dense heavy Whole wheat flour that I used to buy.

I did not measure anything but the flour in making this whole wheat loaf, I used 3 ½ cups of the new flour. I have been making bread for a few months now, and even have my own sourdough starter maintained that I used tonight for both the loaves that I made. I feel fairly confident without measuring much.

I really loved the KAF blog on how to maintain your starter too, it helped me in the first week starting the ‘sourdough starter’. I have been experimenting in my boho kitchen with bread ratios for a while, so recipes are not rules of the game for me they are more like guidelines, and I have made some pretty good breads with knowing the general guidelines and not having to have recipes in front of me each time. My husband was pretty impressed also because I baked each bread under 250 degrees because our oven is broken and doesn’t go any higher until we get a new part on Monday.

Here is a picture of my first 100% whole wheat loaf! With my new-found favorite whole wheat flour king arthur flour.

before the cut
before the cut
perfect slices
perfect slices

7/13/15 Fresh caught Crab!!!

Yesterday I processed my first live crabs. My husband went single kayak crab fishing in the harbor late at night. We live on the coast and to even have the privilege to get a license and go out on the water is mind blowing to us. He came home with 2 live crabs from the trip. I knew he was going all day so I looked up how to process crab on the internet. We took some pictures with the bounty.

live crab
live crab
live crab
live crab

 

I turned to one of my favorite step by step picture blogs Instructables.com. , and found a blog on how to cook crab..

Here is the link: http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Cook-and-Clean-a-Fresh-Dungeness-Crab/

My husband knew that we had to boil it for exactly 10 minutes to cook it. So we set the live crab aside and boiled a large pot of water. After it got to a rolling boil, we added the live crab and set the timer. After 10 minutes we took it out and set it to cool. I had a whole side of the sink clean so I placed them in my dish tub in the sink.

Omg live crab, that is now dead in my sink. What the heck do I do with it? I was flabbergasted for a second. I had to talk myself into cleaning it.

Saying things in my head like,

“Well, if no one guts it, no one gets the meat; and if no one else wants to do it, I guess I have to.”

With the phone at my side and instructions at the ready, I went for it.

Holy messy green gut mess. I had a very messy learning experience.

First you remove parts of the crab, then the shell, and you have to rinse as you go. I had to remove gills and eyes and pinchers. I made a mess of guts and parts and then finally I had a plate of crab that was clean full of meat ready to be extracted.. I had did it. Here is the proof.

cooked crab
cooked crab

Its quite amazing to be able to have looked at my meal in the eyes, live and dead, before I ate it. I removed the eyes with respect for the creature that gave up its life for my meal. Its a humbling experience and I hope I get to experience it more often.

You should always be able to do that, to look your meat in the eyes, alive, before you kill it. It brings you closer to nature and realizing what the animal gave up to feed you. It gave me a respect for killing. I plan on trying to meet some chickens and turkeys in my near future too. I heard of a farm on t.v one time that you could BYOC, bring your own chicken and they would teach you how to slaughter it properly. I think I would love an experience like that.

After crab, I think I am ready to filet also. Normally when my husband comes home with fish from fishing, he guts and filets the fish, but I am going to ask him to teach me next time. I feel like after seeing those guts I could handle more…lol

25 Butternut Squash uses and recipes

If there is any food I have exhausted all creative efforts for its butternut squash. Even with my new found creativity with cauliflower, I still have actually had more experience cooking with versatile butternut squash. Surprisingly enough there is even some sweet ways to use it.

First thing you should know is your going to have to prepare it. Obviously it has a very tough outer shell and we want to get to the golden inside. You can make it semi soft by throwing it into a microwave before cutting, but radiating your food for convenience is never a good idea, so just get a really sharp knife and cut it in half. Scoop out the seeds, save them if you want to roast them separate, and clean them good if you are saving them. You can roast your halves as is in the oven with some butter and garlic, they are super good roasted.

deseeding squash
deseeding squash
butternut squash diced
butternut squash diced
butternut squash diced
butternut squash diced

But my favorite way to use butternut squash would be steamed. I steam chopped up butternut and skin it after steaming, scooping out the yummy insides and pureeing it up and save the puree in jars for lots of creative recipes. I have to hid the jars though, or my son will eat it out like its a jar of applesauce. He loves butternut!

Here are some of my favorite butternut recipes and more to try:

  1. Roasted Butternut: roast halves with butter and garlic or even cubes on a cookie sheet.  http://ohsheglows.com/2012/09/24/roasted-butternutsquash-with-kale-and-almond-pecan-parmesan/   http://www.mjandhungryman.com/roasted-butternut-squash-with-turkey-stuffing/
  1. Butternut Squash stuffing casserole: take diced butternut squash and diced stale bread and layer in a casserole dish with veggies and some cream of soup, cover and bake until soft.
    squash stuffing casserole
    squash stuffing casserole

    http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/squash-stuffing-casserole  http://www.cookingchanneltv.com/recipes/butternut-squash-cornbread-stuffing.html

  1. Butternut Squash Muffins: You can use butternut in place of applesauce in many baking recipes, cream it into a batter. Remember that if you don’t want to taste the butternut, to over season with spices to compensate for the squash flavor. http://simplycalledfood.com/2015/03/01/breakfast-butternutsquash-muffins/   http://minimalistbaker.com/gluten-free-butternutsquash-banana-bread/
  1. Butternut Squash Spaetzle: (noodles) this is by far my most creative use of butternut. I used butternut puree to make a noodle dough which you push through a colander into boiling water to create noodles.
    recipe I used
    recipe I used
    butternut noodles
    butternut spaetzle noodles

    http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/emeril-lagasse/butternut-squash-spaetzle-recipe.html

  1. Butternut Squash Soup: Boil Diced butternut with garlic and spices, works well with red lentils. You can even use butternut to make a very creamy curry soup.
    butternut soup with basil
    butternut soup with basil

    http://cookieandkate.com/2014/thai-curried-butternut-squash-soup/http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/recipe/classic-butternut-squash-soup

  2. Butternut Grain Free Flat bread: This is a great recipe that I cannot wait to try, by one of my favorite paleo bloggers and recipe developers. I will post pictures if I ever make it myself.   http://empoweredsustenance.com/grain-free-butternut-flatbread/
  3. Butternut Veggie Burgers: You can use butternut in your veggie burger mix. Generally your favorite veggie will do well with a variety of others and your favorite spices. Its very easy to make a homemade veggie burger. Its like making mini little meatloaves but with no meat.  http://cookingstoned.tv/recipe/spicy-butternutsquash-black-bean-burger/
  4. Butternut Crackers: Amazingly you can make yummy crackers out of butternut squash. You can puree it and turn it into about anything, just like cauliflower. Butternut is not as bland as cauliflower and it has its own distinct sweet flavor, so be sure to remember that. If you want to disguise the taste use more cheese or seasonings in any kind of homemade crackers.    http://www.veganricha.com/2013/03/butternutsquash-rosemary-onion.html
  5. Butternut Cookies: Now I know you love reading my blog, but if there is any single Bohemian recipe blogging Idol I have particularly from facebook actually, is ally from ally’s kitchen. I have the most amazing butternut cookie recipe from her to share with you here, but do note you will get lost in her page, as with the spunky coconut and some others I loooovvvveeeee. She has the best pictures and bohemian style that any girl can ask for. So check out her cookie recipe and linger for a while.http://www.allyskitchen.com/peanut-butter-butternutsquash-cookies-with-finishing-salt/                       http://www.leenaeats.com/blog/recipes/leena-bakes/leena-cooks-for-the-holidays-butternutsquash-oatmeal-scotchies/                         http://shockinglyhealthy.com/2011/10/10/butternutsquash-oatmeal-cookie-tarts/     http://ourlifetastesgood.blogspot.com/2014/09/oatmeal-butternutsquash-cookies.html?m=1
  6. Butternut and pork: Butternut Squash is very good with fried pork, or any kind of pork. The sweetness of the squash complements the pork quite well.
    roasted butternut and fried pork
    roasted butternut and fried pork

    http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/anne-burrell/butternut-squash-and-pork-lasagna-recipe.html

  7. Butternut Fries: There are plenty of seasonings that would go well with butternut fries. Here are a few recipes. http://www.oatmealwithafork.com/2013/03/06/paleo-curried-butternutsquash-fries/
  8. Butternut Cake: Butternut cake, I know, crazy. But you can use it like applesauce, as stated above, so you can use it in cake.http://www.kneadforfood.com/butternutsquash-cake-salted-caramel-sauce/         http://thevietvegan.com/vegan-cream-cheese-frosted-butternutsquash-cake-cookies/    http://www.foodista.com/blog/2011/11/20/gf-buttermilk-butternut-bundt-cake-with-spiced-vanilla-glaze
  9. Butternut Cake Roll: This cute Halloween recipe uses cream cheese frosting and orange butternut cake. Rolled to perfection. If you have not made a cake or cookie roll yet, try, cause they are fun and always end up looking extra cute on the plate. http://www.olgasflavorfactory.com/sweets/butternutsquash-cake-roll/
  10. Butternut Porridge: Butternut squash puree into porridge. You can add apples to this and make it extra sweet.  http://lovelovething.com/butternut-squash-porridge/
  11. Butternut Quiche: Add butternut to a quiche for extra fall flavor.   http://www.marthastewart.com/331749/butternut-squash-and-bacon-quiche    http://www.gimmesomeoven.com/butternut-squash-arugula-and-bacon-quiche/
  12. Butternut Gluten Free Lasagna: This may be a chore, but its an amazing recipe. I watched this on t.v. , and it seems very easy to make, once you have all the ingredients assembled. You can use roasted butternut squash in place of noodles for a noodle-less lasagna.http://www.cookedwell.com/vegan-butternutsquash-lasagna-with-cashew-cheese-and-kale-pesto-gf-vegan-paleo/          http://stupideasypaleo.com/2013/03/25/butternutsquash-lasagna/
  13. Butternut Risotto-Rice: This is super similar to the way you make cauliflower rice. http://paleogrubs.com/butternut-squash-risotto-recipe
  14. Butternut Pie: Why not use butternut squash in place of sugar pumpkin in a traditional pumpkin pie? http://paleoinpdx.com/2013/11/18/crustless-butternutsquash-pie/
  15. Butternut  Brownies: sounds so good! http://cookituppaleo.com/paleo-butternut-squash-brownies/
  16. Butternut Pudding: Butternut Puree can be made into pudding, yummy.http://glutenfreehappytummy.blogspot.com/2013/11/butternutsquash-dessert-pudding-gf-v.html?m=1
  17. Butternut Pizza Crust: ONE INGREDIENT!! r u kidding me?!? http://empoweredsustenance.com/butternut-squash-pizza-crust-gaps-paleo/
  18. Butternut Galette and Tarts: Just like a flakey crust pie, you can use butternut puree in tarts and open faced tarts which are called galettes.   http://www.kcet.org/living/food/the-public-kitchen/butternutsquash-galette-recipe.html
  19. Butternut Waffles: Add Butternut puree to your homemade waffle mix.  http://www.frugalorganicmama.com/butternutsquash-waffles/
  20. Butternut Biscuits: Add Butternut Puree into your biscuit mix. You can make them layered biscuits or flat biscuits. I have used it in this way and its particularly good with sprinkled salt on top.
    butternut biscuits with salt
    butternut biscuits with salt

    http://www.bakeaholicmama.com/2011/10/butternutsquash-biscuits.html?m=1        http://www.onegreenplanet.org/vegan-recipe/butternutsquash-biscuits/      http://peasandcrayons.com/2013/11/butternutsquash-biscuits-a-red-lobster-cheddar-bay-copycat.html

  21. Butternut Squash Ice Cream: As any educated paleo eater knows, anything blended with coconut milk and a sweetener can be frozen into an ice cream. So it makes perfect sense to me to make butternut squash ice cream. This is very similar to the dairy free banana ice cream I make and have for my son in the freezer. http://paleoparents.com/featured/the-healthiest-ice-cream-ever/

Turmeric for Good Health and Inflammation

I love turmeric. When I saw Vandana Shiva growing it in a recent food documentary and talking about the benefits of it, I had to learn more. I have been learning ever since. Cooking with turmeric has been an adventure, taking turmeric supplements have been a blessing and knowledge of its amazing health benefits have been a godsend.

http://www.navdanya.org/news/234-preventing-biopiracy-defending-traditional-knowledge-and-peoples-rights-to-food-and-medicine-

http://sedosmission.org/old/eng/shiva.htm

http://www1.american.edu/ted/turmeric.htm

As a Inflammation/Pain Supplement:

I have been searching for the best turmeric supplement, for about 3 years. I finally found a high potency supplement that uses the isolated active part of turmeric called curcumin and mixes it with more turmeric and other amino acids to create a high potency pain relieving inflammation formula.

According to natural health magazines, this supplement ranks highest for inflammation control and pain management. Their is a few other supplements to compare, but none stand up to the formula of Curamin.

I will include a link about It. I do know its pricey, but if you can afford it, you will feel better. I have fibromalgia and this significantly contributes to me being more active during the day and having to never take Big Pharma pills such as ibuprofen and narcotics.

http://blog.naturalhealthyconcepts.com/2012/08/30/curamin-for-paininflammation-other-health-benefits/

As a Savory Spice in cooking:

I love cooking with turmeric. I love adding it as a spice to savory recipes and sneaking it into things that you wouldn’t expect. My family doesn’t like curry, so I am not including curry recipes in this. You can find that all over the internet by yourself. We don’t like and or our sensitive stomachs cannot take too many spices so I never over spice anything. Curry is too spicy for us. For this list I will include some mild turmeric recipes that can help you ease into using the spice more often.

Turmeric spiced fried Chicken or Pork:

This is my families favorite way to eat turmeric and they don’t even know its there. I mix a spice blend of paprika and turmeric and salt and pepper and flour and breadcrumbs and dip the meat into it. You can tempura this and get an extra crunchy result by dipping it into beaten egg once after the seasonings and then dipping back into the breadcrumbs, sort of a double dip. The eggs help the breadcrumbs and the seasonings to stick better. Once thoroughly coated in breadcrumb mix, fry until golden brown. The turmeric will change the color of the meat, if you use too much, so start slow.

Turmeric Mustard Honey chicken:

This can be made with or without veggies, you sprinkle turmeric salt and pepper on your chicken and coat in a mustard honey mix in the wok. Goes well with the next recipe or by itself.

http://www.flavourandsavour.com/honey-mustard-chicken-with-turmeric/

http://www.coffeeandcrumpets.com/honey-mustard-chicken/

honey turmeric chicken over rice
honey turmeric chicken over rice

Turmeric Mustard Honey stir fry: You can make this with or without the above chicken, I prefer with. You use red bell pepper, onion, turmeric, chicken breasts and dried prunes and thyme. I will try and include a recipe. But its similar to the above chicken recipe. Mixing the honey with the mustard and the turmeric creates a wonderful stir fry sauce.

turmeric chicken stir fry ingredients
turmeric chicken stir fry ingredients
cooking turmeric chicken stir fry
cooking turmeric chicken stir fry
chicken turmeric stir fry
chicken turmeric stir fry

http://www.foodferret.com/recipe-by-ingredient/sesame-seed,turmeric

Turmeric Heirloom Tomato soup: I have made heirloom tomato soup with a yummy spice blend of turmeric and other spices, I will post a pic of how it was made.

turmeric heirloom tomato soup
turmeric heirloom tomato soup
cooking heirloom tomato soup
cooking heirloom tomato soup

Turmeric Cauliflower Fried Rice: I just made this for the first time yesterday. I made cauliflower snow-rice and then fried it like fried rice, spicing it with turmeric and paprika and a dash of cayenne pepper. You add a fried egg and steamed veggies to the rice and use a blend of turmeric and salt and pepper and paprika to season after cooking.

cauliflower rice and veggies spiced with turmeric
cauliflower rice and veggies spiced with turmeric

Masa Pizza Dough with Turmeric: Making Masa tortillas and Masa pizza dough is really easy to make. You can lightly season it up with some turmeric and no one will taste the difference. Use the above dashing blend of turmeric, paprika and salt and pepper to season Masa dough. You can even throw in some cayenne if you like the spice.

Turmeric spiced Cauliflower Tortillas: you can make grain free tortillas with cauliflower and eggs and spice it with a turmeric blend for a better color. The egg already makes them yellow, but you can bring out the color with turmeric and add some flavor to it.

cauliflower tortillas with turmeric
cauliflower tortillas with turmeric

Turmeric Sweet Recipes:

Turmeric Smoothie: Try combining a dash of turmeric with your fruit smoothie. You can add some Maca or Camu Camu to really get some health benefits also.

Turmeric Hot chocolate: Try making your own “inflammation hot chocolate” combine raw cocoa with some turmeric and some white willow bark powder and a little bit of honey and you have a pain fighting chocolate drink. Add a dash of pepper and cinnamon to make it spicy. Pepper makes turmeric work better, it increases the bio-availability of the active part of the herb.

Turmeric Baked Goods: You can Change the color of your baked goods with a dash of turmeric into the batter and even make a yummy turmeric middle eastern cake, I’ll include some recipes for that.

turmeric on whipped cream and fruit
turmeric on whipped cream and fruit

http://www.wanderingspice.com/2012/08/28/turmeric-and-almond-tea-cake-sfouf/

http://namelymarly.com/orange-cream-turmeric-cake/

https://snapguide.com/guides/bake-a-coconut-and-turmeric-cake/

http://ateaspoonofturmeric.com/category/baking-sweets-desserts/

http://mayihavethatrecipe.com/2012/06/28/sfuff-vegan-middle-eastern-turmeric-cake/

Turmeric for your skin:

Turmeric Salve: I have made some beautiful turmeric beeswax salve. You can use this for transdermal medicine and ease inflammation this way.

turmeric salve
turmeric salve

Turmeric Poultice-Paste: You can make a high potency paste by mixing turmeric with water or honey until it makes a poultice, you can use this poultice in the same way as you would a salve, for a inflamed area on your body. Be aware that any turmeric salve and or poultice will stain the skin yellow.

Here are a few more lists of things to do with Turmeric

http://www.101cookbooks.com/archives/turmeric-tea-recipe.html

http://www.mnn.com/health/fitness-well-being/stories/22-surprising-uses-for-turmeric

http://healyeatsreal.com/10-amazing-turmeric-recipes/

http://www.motherearthliving.com/cooking-methods/turmeric.aspx

http://wellnessmama.com/5297/turmeric-herb-profile/

http://www.cookinglight.com/m/food/world-cuisine/cooking-with-turmeric

http://www.thekitchn.com/7-ways-to-eat-drink-turmeric-198696

http://mobile.eatingwell.com/recipes_menus/recipe_slideshows/turmeric_recipes

Dairy Free Explained and Cauliflower Revealed (25 uses)

If there is one responsibility that I have as a mom, its a duty to my son to help him eat good, and learn what food is good for him and not. As he is dairy free and barely eats any dairy products, I tell him God made him special and he can only eat the best foods in the world, so dairy and gluten are unnecessary.

Eating fruits and veggies are his favorite. Ever since he was a baby, he has had the most open mind when it comes to how we eat our veggies. We have tried the most unlikely things together and ended up both loving them; Avocado brownies and Popsicles, butternut squash noodles, black bean noodles, beet cake and even squash muffins, have been a few of my favorites.

I have come up with some creative ways to incorporate more nutrition into our diets. Greens are snuck into every meal, (shhh!) sugar is replaced with natural fruit sugars and more importantly I have figured out the best dairy free replacements any mom can ask for. Cooking dairy free for me is a breeze.

I have figured out the best dairy free substitutes for cooking as follows.

  • Milk- Almond milk, Cashew milk, Hazelnut milk, coconut milk, soymilk
  • Butter- Coconut oil, olive oil, shortening
  • Cheese- Cashew cheese, almond cheese and Cauliflower.
  • Buttermilk,Sour cream and yogurt,Mayo; Cauliflower puree, almond milk and lemon juice-

Once I discovered Cauliflower was so unique I had to learn more about it. I came to figure out that cauliflower is more versatile then you would expect. With recipes in both the savory and sweet side, there is more to cauliflower then you may have realized.

When you steam cauliflower, and puree it, It magically transforms into a dairy free butter mix for baking, an unlikely addition to mashed potato and even can be pureed into a dairy free frosting. Another one of my favorites is blending it up as a pasta sauce.

Here are a few different recipes proving that the king of the veggies, has to be the cauliflower. And best of all most of the recipes are dairy free~~!!

  1. Cauliflower Alfredo: Blend steamed cauliflower into a puree with the addition of olive oil, garlic, salt, pepper and some grated Parmesan cheese (optional and you can always use cashew or almond cheese instead or some nutritional yeast here for a dairy free sauce.) This yummy sauce can be served over noodles, or even spread on a pizza dough for a dairy free white sauce.http://detoxinista.com/2013/05/creamy-cauliflower-alfredo-dairy-free-nut-free/?utm_source=feedly
  2. Cauliflower Frosting : I got the idea from a dairy free cashew frosting recipe. You blend up the steamed cauliflower with a little melted coconut oil,shortening, or olive oil, add powdered sugar and some vanilla and blend up until smooth. Refrigerate for ½ hr and you can spread it better on baked goods.http://www.food.com/recipe/deceptively-delicious-cream-cheese-icing-259436http://sweetlifebake.com/2010/02/27/chocolate-avocado-cupcakes-with-cauliflower-frosting/#axzz3Ntt8IsVX
  3. Cauliflower with mashed potato: Steam cauliflower and potatoes together. Mash together, add some dairy free milk and coconut oil to make smoother. You can use this mash over Shepherds pie or by itself. http://www.asweetpeachef.com/sides/cauliflower-mashed-potatoes/
  4. Cauliflower Coffee Cake: Replace a traditional dairy-full dessert with cauliflower. For the coffee cakes that call for sour cream or yogurt inside, you can replace that with some cauliflower puree (steamed blended cauliflower), with a slight zest of lemon juice and a dash of dairy free milk inside of it, you can even achieve a bit of the dairy ‘sour’ taste. http://84thand3rd.com/2012/11/19/cinnamon-cauliflower-coffee-cake-caramel-sauce/
  5. Feta/Cheese replacement: When making a yummy artisan pizza at home and you have a dairy free eater, try using cauliflower Alfredo instead of pizza sauce, and or using steamed individual cauliflower flowerettes and smashing them on top of the pizza for a “false” feta.
  6. Cauliflower Brownies and Cake: recipes here. Replace traditional baking butter-cream mix with cauliflower puree instead.http://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/2012/06/18/cauliflower-chocolate-cake/
  7. Cauliflower Fried Rice: Recipes here. Shred your raw cauliflower into rice size pieces. Fry with an egg and veggies and you have a carb free, dairy free yummy dinner.http://www.everydaymaven.com/2013/how-to-make-cauliflower-rice/
  8. Cauliflower Fritters/Pancakes: Fried Cauliflower patties resembling potato latkes. Recipe here.http://www.amateurgourmet.com/2014/03/caramelized-cauliflower-frittata.html
  9. Cauliflower Tater tots: recipe here: you can blend puree up with some gluten free breadcrumbs and make tater tots.http://empoweredsustenance.com/cauliflower-tater-tots-paleo/
  10. Cauliflower bread replacement: You can see a few recipes here. You can make your cauliflower into bread for bread sticks, pizza dough or even bagels. http://www.theluckypennyblog.com/2013/05/the-best-dairy-free-cauliflower-pizza.html?m=1http://www.paleomazing.com/paleo-recipes/paleo-pizza-gluten-free-nut-free-cauliflower-crust-pizza/ http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detail.asp?recipe=2383772 http://lexiscleankitchen.com/2013/07/30/everything-bagel-cauliflower-rolls/
  11. Cauliflower Hash: Like potato hash. Recipe here. Do note that Cauliflower cooks a little faster then potato.http://paleoleap.com/cauliflower-bacon-hash/
  12. Cauliflower Tortillas: Recipe here.http://slimpalate.com/cauliflower-tortillas-paleo-grain-free-gluten-free/
  13. Cauliflower Hummus: A bean free version of hummus. Recipe here http://ohmyveggies.com/recipe-roasted-cauliflower-hummus/
  14. Cauliflower “Oatmeal”: I just found this recipe. So if you try it do let me know if it works.http://thehealthyfoodie.com/apple-cinnamon-noatmeal/
  15. Cauliflower Cookies: I have found two amazing recipes for cauliflower cookies and you can see them both here.http://thesmartcookieblog.com/flourless-oatmeal-cookies/ http://www.nomeatathlete.com/vegan-thumbprint-cookies/
  16. Cauliflower Soup: there are so many recipes out there for this that I will only include my favorites. http://elanaspantry.com/roasted-cauliflower-soup/ http://healthyblenderrecipes.com/recipes/creamy_vegan_cauliflower_soup
  17. Hard Cheese for grating: wow, I just discovered this recipe by my one of my favorite bloggers, the spunky coconut. You have to check out some of her amazing recipes and start with this one.http://www.thespunkycoconut.com/2014/09/autoimmune-paleo-diet-dairy-free-cheese/
  18. Cauliflower Cheesecake: I know crazy right! But it works, here are a few recipes I have found.http://thehealthyfoodie.com/non-dairy-paleo-strawberry-cheesecake/ http://www.eatabeet.com/2009/05/foodie-fights-cauliflower-and-raspberry/
  19. Cauliflower Quiche: Eggs, veggies and cauliflower make for a yummy quiche thats dairy free. Recipes here.http://freshaprilflours.com/2014/06/25/cheesy-vegetable-quiche-with-cauliflower-crust/
  20. Cauliflower noodles: move over sphegetti squash and zuchinni we have a new noodle in town. Recipe here. http://www.theironyou.com/2014/09/cauliflower-noodle-lasagna.html
  21. Cauliflower burger: Make a veggie burger with mostly cauliflower, recipe here.http://thecozyapron.com/crispy-cauliflower-burger-and-for-everything-there-is-a-season/
  22. Replacement chicken: Use cauliflower in place of chicken in orange chicken here and in hot bbq wings here. http://jessicainthekitchen.com/cheesy-buffalo-cauliflower-wings-2/ http://www.forkandbeans.com/2013/04/03/crispy-orange-cauliflower/

here are a few photos of how I have used cauliflower lately.

cauliflower carrot fruit cake
cauliflower carrot fruit cake
cauliflower carrot cake frosted
cauliflower carrot cake frosted
cauliflower
cauliflower “snow-rice”
making cauliflower snow-rice
making cauliflower snow-rice
cauliflower rice and veggies
cauliflower rice and veggies
cauliflower rice and veggies
cauliflower rice and veggies
cauliflower tortillas
cauliflower tortillas
masa cauliflower pizza
masa cauliflower pizza

Naturally Sweet #2

Naturally sweet #2

I feel so forgetful, I made a whole blog post on how to sweeten things naturally and I forgot some of the major players in fruits and veggies. I mentioned dried fruit and bananas and date paste but you’ll be super surprised that the following fruits and vegetables can be helpful in baking also.

https://momsorganicbohofoodfun.wordpress.com/2015/04/07/naturally-sweet/

I just love hiding things like beans, veggies and even special flavors into my cooking. Even if not all of these things may be sweet, they are nutritious and good to eat, so why not add them to your dessert.

It tastes incredible steamed with carrots and mashed into baking as you would applesauce.

http://www.vegancookingwithlove.com/2013/03/vegan-applesauce-cake/

red and yellow beets
red and yellow beets
steamed carrots and beets
steamed carrots and beets
  • Berries fruit and or natural flavors: blackberries and rosehips shown below both provide a naturally sweet taste to baking, and are great to find locally if you have some. Bake berries into baked goods folding in after mixing your dry and wet together. For rosehips dry powder use in the dry mix, for natural flavors such as lemon or vanilla use in the wet mix.
blackberries and fresh rose hips
blackberries and fresh rose hips
dried prunes raisins and oranges are all naturally sweet
dried prunes raisins and oranges are all naturally sweet

Chocolate prune cake recipes:

http://godfoodlifesplat.blogspot.com/2011/05/chocolate-prune-cakecake-balls_20.html?m=1

http://theyogivegetarian.blogspot.com/2012/02/sticky-prune-cakevegan-no-added-sugar.html?m=1

http://www.food.com/recipe/raw-vegan-german-chocolate-cake-418169

http://forkbelly.com/veganchocolate-cake/

camu camu flavored gelatin candys
camu camu flavored gelatin candys
banana blueberry bread
banana blueberry bread
applesauce chia blueberry pie
applesauce chia blueberry pie
  • I recently made a rosehip and hibiscus flavored lemon meringue pie and it was really different and tasted extra fruity from the extra flavor, and even added some color. For berries and natural flavors do note that the color and taste of your baked goods will significantly change, the more you add.
rosehip and hibiscus lemon meringue pie
rosehip and hibiscus lemon meringue pie
apple pie and ice cream (great with cinnamon)
apple pie and ice cream (great with cinnamon)

here are some tips and recipes on rosehips if your interested.

http://gardening.about.com/od/rose1/f/RoseHips.htm

http://www.natureskills.com/wild-foods/rosehip-honey/

http://thevanillabeanblog.com/2013/05/meringues-with-rhubarb-curd-and-rosehip.html

http://www.essentialcuisine.com/recipes/elderflower-mousse-with-wareings-rosehip-meringue-violet-syrup-thyme-gel-little-town-dairy-yoghurt-sorbet-fresh-seasonal-lancashire-flowers/

Rhubarb and cranberries-

Rhubarb and cranberries are both naturally very sour, so you will have to cook them. cranberries are excellent in baking, but do remember to sweeten them up. Rhubarb is excellent to bake with check out my favorite step by step recipe for rhubarb cobbler here.

http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2011/06/rhubarb-cobbler/

close up Rhubarb
close up Rhubarb
lots of chopped Rhubarb
lots of chopped Rhubarb
cranberries and rhubarb
cranberries and rhubarb
carrot cake with cauliflower frosting
carrot cake with cauliflower frosting
  • Squash/butternut and zucchini steamed/roasted squash is great baked into muffins and bread.
deseeding butternut
deseeding butternut
butternut squash
butternut squash
yellow squash muffins, can also make with beet mash
yellow squash muffins, can also make with beet mash
pumpkin pie
pumpkin pie
squash blueberry muffin
squash blueberry muffin
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butternut squash salted biscuits
  • AvocadoI recently made the most fudgy amazing vegan chocolate brownies with avocado and date sugar.. recipe below.
avocado brownie
avocado brownie

And while you are there you better check out @chocolate covered katie cause she is Queen of blending veggies into desserts and my new baking idol.  http://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/

Date Paste and Sugar

Date-Prune-Raisin Paste

If you didn’t already know, refined sugars are not that good for you. Even consuming syrups like maple, agave or simple sweeteners can take a toll when your trying to go sugar free. Most vegans rely on fruit sweeteners to keep things sweet and I am going to share my baking experience with dried fruit paste as a filling and a sweetener.

You can make your own date paste by blending dates up in a blender or food processor and adding things such as water or milk a dash of salt and maybe some vanilla or lemon juice to make it to your taste. I personally like to make my date paste stretched by also adding raisins, cut up prunes and prune juice instead of water or milk. Some people cook the dates down, like a dried fruit compote, or simply just jar it up after blending it. Date paste can last up to 3 weeks in the fridge.

Here are some great recipes for date paste; http://www.veggiesdontbite.com/2014/02/01/date-paste-goodbye-refined-sugar/

http://thehealthyfoodie.com/date-paste/

Dates raisins and prunes are excellent for bowels and elimination. We use our date paste at least once a week in cooking to ensure elimination for everyone in the family. We like to change up our recipes for how we use it and I like to have a jar in the fridge always.

If you don’t have sugar and or don’t want to use sugar in baking, you can eliminate the wet parts of the paste and grind up dried dates until you have a sugar like consistency and you can replace regular white sugar or even brown sugar with date sugar instead.

Here is how you can make date sugar:

http://www.thekitchenwhisperer.net/tag/make-your-own-date-sugar/

Date paste can also be used for cake and cookie making, when you go to cream the butter and sugar for batter replace sugar with date paste and or date sugar and whip up like you would regularly

Here are some examples of my different date-prune bars and how we have creatively used date paste.

prune date filled cookies
prune date filled cookies
date paste pinwheels
date paste pinwheels
applesauce date oat bars
applesauce date oat bars

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Naturally Sweet

I like to bake. I mean I like to bake a whole hell of a lot,… you start to realize after a whole lot of baking that creaming that butter and sugar…well it adds up the calories, and well,..really we shouldn’t consume processed sugar. So after all the perfectly gluten and sugary chocolate chip cookies were made and I started to even buy those awesomely sweet organic frozen cookies at whole foods,.. I really got some weight to prove that I was eating all that butter and sugar. Oh no.. =( And even after trying all the best cookies that I could make or buy with sugar, I still never wanted to give my son even more than a bite..who wants just a bite..that’s cruelty, I mean I know I want to eat the whole cookie bag of Newman O’s sometimes and I felt the kids pain. So I did what I thought a regular Bakaholic would do, get the research done. I found that the following sugar-butter replacements are ideal when cooking for a toddler, young child, or even adult,..cause ya know, you always want more than one cookie,.. this way you wont get too fat.. I hope. And you don’t have to feel guilty about eating sugar and butter because you will not be. The first alternative to sugar would be the obvious..

  • Syrups. But I personally think that some syrups like agave, maple and simple sweeteners do not cream like sugar and butter do and some have more sugar content than sugar,.. so no thanks.
  • Honey is great for sugar alternative, but you need to be careful how much you put, or it gets a little overwhelming like maple.10548750_567534586692064_5158728669674491087_o

But if you are making sugar free granola bars nothing works better then honey or maple and some peanut butter but that’s another post.

  • Date sugar and Date Syrup are my first choice. Its consistency is perfect, date syrup for more brown sugar and butter. Date sugar creams relatively well with shortening or coconut butter.
  • Bananas. Bananas replace sugar and oil. Mash them up and use them like you would creamed sugar and butter.
  • Applesauce is normally already sweetened. You can use applesauce to replace butter and sugar in some recipes. If you are using unsweetened applesauce for butter replacement, be sure to use something else with it for sugar like some date syrup or mashed banana.
  • Dried Fruit is sweeter when cooked or soaked, and mixed into baking batter.1795327_594643097314546_2194964751863180637_o

To achieve the sweetest baking try combining banana, raisin, and date paste…different amounts of each will achieve different results.

  • Coconut sugar is used by some bakers as alternative sugar, but I have personally not used this yet.

Here are some examples of naturally sweetened baked goods I have tried. Some are even gluten free.

banana scone
banana scone
chia applesauce blueberry pie
chia applesauce blueberry pie
banana oat flax bites
banana oat flax bites
banana flax cake
banana flax cake
applesauce date oat bars
applesauce date oat bars
banana maple oat flax bars
banana maple oat flax bars
prune paste bars
prune paste bars
prune date filled cookies
prune date filled cookies
date paste pinwheels
date paste pinwheels

If you have any questions feel free to email me. Or ask my best cooking friend “google” for help. Always can find some interesting SF DF GF results there (that’s sugar free dairy free, gluten free..b.t.w).