Almond Blueberry Pancake Mix Place 4 cups (1 L) organic whole wheat pastry flour, oat flour, or whole spelt flour, 2 cups (500 mL) almond flour, 1 cup (250 mL) dried blueberries, 2 Tbsp (30 mL) cinnamon, 2 Tbsp (30 mL) baking powder, 1 Tbsp (15 mL) baking soda, and 1 1/2 tsp (7 mL) salt in mixing bowl and use whisk to distribute ingredients evenly. Divide among gift jars.
Instructions: Place 1 cup (250 mL) pancake mix in mixing bowl. In separate bowl, stir together 1 beaten egg and 1 cup (250 mL) milk. Stir wet ingredients into dry and let rest for 10 minutes. Pour 1/4 cup (60 mL) batter for each pancake (makes 8 pancakes).
Orange Licorice Rooibos Tea Mix Using vegetable peeler, remove rind from 2 oranges. Place orange rinds on parchment-lined baking sheet and bake at your oven’s lowest temperature for 3 to 4 hours, or until rinds have dried completely and curled. Turn off oven and let cool in oven. Pulverize orange rind in spice grinder or mortar and pestle. Stir together orange powder, 2 oz (56 g) plain rooibos tea and 1 oz (28 g) licorice root. Divide tea mixture among small glass containers.
Instructions: Place a heaping tablespoonful of tea mix in tea strainer and add steaming water; steep for 3 to 4 minutes.
Mayan Hot Chocolate Mix Finely chop 6 oz (170 g) dark chocolate and mix with 1 cup (250 mL) cocoa powder, 2/3 cup (160 mL) coconut sugar, 1/3 cup (80 mL) powdered milk or powdered coconut milk, 1 tsp (5 mL) cinnamon, 1/4 tsp (1 mL) cayenne or chili powder, and 1/4 tsp (1 mL) salt. Pour into airtight jars.
Instructions: Mix 2 to 3 Tbsp (30 to 45 mL) cocoa mixture with 1 cup (250 mL) milk of choice and warm in a saucepan.
Za’atar Spice Mix Mix together 1/2 cup (125 mL) dried thyme, 1/4 cup (60 mL) crushed sumac, 1/4 cup (60 mL) toasted sesame seeds, and 1 tsp (10 mL) sea salt. Divide among gift jars.
Instructions: Use in dips; blend into pasta salads; rub on fish or chicken; or sprinkle on roasted vegetables (such as winter squash, potatoes, eggplant, mushrooms), pizza, toasted pitas, scrambled eggs, and popcorn.
source: "Love Bites", alive #386, December 2014
In this enchilada riff, we stuff everything into a roasted poblano pepper shell, rather than tortillas, to pack an extra veggie serving into your meal and trim the starchy calories. If you can’t find poblanos, which are mild, dark green Mexican peppers, you can substitute green bell peppers. Flour power Made from nixtamalized corn (corn soaked in limewater), masa harina flour adds a touch of corny flavour to enchilada stuffing or a pot of chili.
These crab-stuffed portobello mushrooms can do double duty as a fancy starter for a casual dinner party or a light main course on any given night. Meaty and umami-rich portobellos serve as a holder for a light-tasting seafood salad. Gills begone Even though the gills of mushrooms are edible, they will darken and discolour everything they touch. Besides, after you scrape out the gills, you’ll have more room for stuffing. And don’t discard the stems; they can be saved and used when making veggie stock.
Serving saucy lentils in squash halves is a sure-fire way to elevate your plant-based menu. And, yes, the whole bowl is edible, skin and all. If desired, you can add dollops of Greek yogurt or sour cream. Spice of life Garam masala, a blend of spices traditionally used in Indian cooking, usually includes cardamom, black pepper, cloves, nutmeg, fennel, cumin, and coriander. It’s great on roasted meats and vegetables.
“Germans do potatoes in general very well,” says Canadian expat Chris Gilles, who now lives in Munich and has celebrated many an Oktoberfest there. “Knödel seem kind of rubbery. You don’t really think it’s potato when you first see it, but it’s tasty.” But he might be surprised to find that this alive -inspired version of Bavarian potato dumplings is made with a combination of potato and cauliflower, because as anyone who’s eaten cauliflower gnocchi knows, the low-carb vegetable is a great way to lighten up starch-heavy foods (and Biergarten menus). Happy Knödelfest! The original version of these snacks are so popular that it even gets its own food fest: Knödelfest, which happens in September in Austria, about a 1 1/2-hour drive from Munich. If alive threw a Knödelfest, these dumplings would definitely be on the menu, served simply as snacks with sliced radishes and fresh parsley or dill, or topped with butter, beer gravy, or mushroom sauce. The dumpling test You can test one dumpling by shaping it and then boiling it before shaping the rest. If the water is lower than a boil and it still falls apart, add more starch to the batter before shaping another ball and testing again.