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apple sauce

Posted by on Nov 12, 2013 in condiments & sauces, vegan | 0 comments

apple sauce

Almost too simple for an actual recipe, homemade apple sauce is a real treat. Peeled and diced apples go into a pot, and pretty much cook themselves. You can leave it chunky or hit it with an immersion blender if you like it smooth.  homemade apple sauce makes about 1 quart 2 pounds apples* (about 8 medium) 1 cinnamon stick, optional 1/4 cup water, if needed peel and dice your apples and place in a medium sauce pan. Add the cinnamon stick, if using. Slowly cook, covered, over a low flame for 40-50 minutes, or until the apples are cooked. Check and stir occasionally. The apples should release...

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Smoked Squash Hummus

Posted by on Oct 25, 2013 in Appetizers, Paleo, Snacks, vegan, Vegetarian | 9 comments

Smoked Squash Hummus

This recipe is part of my review of the Blendtec Designer Series Blender with Twister Jar. To enter to win one for yourself, click the image below! I can’t take credit for the genius of this recipe. I found my inspiration for it in Where There’s Smoke by Barton Seaver. The original recipe calls for cooking the squash in a bed of hot embers, which sounds downright dreamy. But I recognize that not everyone has hot embers at their disposal, so this method might not be practical for all. If you do, please go make the recipe exactly as he wrote it. Skip the baguette, obviously, but if...

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Grilled Pineapple Salsa

Posted by on Apr 22, 2013 in condiments & sauces, Paleo, potluck, vegan, Vegetarian, Whole 30 | 5 comments

Grilled Pineapple Salsa

Simon and I started a Whole 30 this month. Started being the operative word. First, let me just say that I think it is an excellent program, and I think that everyone should do it at least once, and ideally several times a year. Many people do a Whole 30 and it turns into a Whole Forever; they go strict paleo and never look back. That is awesome, and I tip my hat to those who do. As for us, we had every intention of finishing what we started and making April a month of clean(er) eating and no drinking. Just like when we did The 21 Day Sugar Detox, we felt good about the fact that we were...

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zoodles with peas and pesto

Posted by on Apr 14, 2013 in 21DSD, condiments & sauces, grain-free, potluck, vegan, Vegetables, Vegetarian, Whole 30 | 5 comments

zoodles with peas and pesto

What can I say about zoodles with peas and pesto? Nothing, apparently, and I’d rather go eat it as a side dish with a lamb leg steak. Instead, I give you some pictures: Zoodles with Peas & Pesto serves 2 as a main dish or 4 as a side.   3 large zucchini 1/2 cup fresh peas (about 1/2 pound before they’re shelled) 2 teaspoons salt 1/4 cup fresh basil. mint and green garlic pesto: 1 big bunch basil (2 cups leaves, packed) 3/4 cup walnuts 1/2 cup good extra virgin olive oil 3 sprigs mint 2-4 tablespoons lemon juice, depending on how lemony you like it thumb sized piece green...

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Sesame Asparagus Salad

Posted by on Mar 19, 2013 in 21DSD, Paleo, potluck, vegan, Vegetables, Vegetarian | 3 comments

Sesame Asparagus Salad

Asparagus season is officially here in the San Francisco Bay Area.  I’ve already eaten my weight in it, and have been reminded of just how versatile this pretty sign of spring is. It’s great roasted, blanched, raw, grilled, hot, cold… you name it. This simple salad is made in practically no time and is perfect to bring to a spring potluck, or eaten with your fingers standing in front of the open fridge while trying to figure out what to make for dinner. I’m only guessing. Sesame Asparagus Salad 1 bunch asparagus (about 1 pound) 2 tablespoons coconut aminos 1...

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Lemony Roasted Asparagus

Posted by on Mar 14, 2013 in 21DSD, vegan, Vegetables, Vegetarian, Whole 30 | 3 comments

Lemony Roasted Asparagus

Asparagus season is way too short. I pretty much missed it last year; it seemed to last all of 7 minutes. After seeing the same produce for months and months (not that I’m complaining; I consider myself very lucky to have year-round farmers markets), it’s hard to believe that any vegetable could be so fleeting. This year, I’m taking full advantage, and promise to pack in as many asparagus recipes as I can. (given my schedule, this might mean two, but I’ll try my best to do better than that) This recipe could actually be two in one, but I won’t be cheap and count...

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