Mustard Greens

Summer and Fall flavours.

Mustard Green sare a member of the brassica family along with kale, cabbage and collard greens and are amongst the worlds healthiest foods – watch out kale.

Along with a myriad of other benefits, mustard greens lower cholesterol, aid in the fight against cancerous cells and are chock full of vitamin C.

The flavours of this headless cabbage looking fellow are peppery bordering on hot. When cooked, this simple green takes on a lot of robust flabour. For that reason, I like to serve it up relatively plain as a side dish with simple favourites off of the BBQ.

Heat, salt and fat tame bitterness, so use these tools to create a flavour you love.

Smaller, more tender leaves carry the mildest of flavour – if you’re a newb, try these first. Mature leaves of late summer and early fall pack a bit more punch.

Ingredients: 

4 cups mustard greens loosely packed
1 medium yellow onion chopped
1 clove minced garlic
1 tbsp unscented coconut oil
1/3 cup veggie broth
1/3 cup pine nuts, toasted
1/4 cup yellow pepper chopped
Salt to taste
Method:
Toast pine nuts lightly on medium for 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.

Saute onion in coconut oil and 1/2 your broth fro 3-4 minutes. Add garlic & peppers, cook for another minute or so. Add mustard greens and remainder of broth and cook until wilted but still brightly coloured.

Remove from heat and serve with full spectrum sea salt. I like pink Himalayan Salt. 

Watermelon salad

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I threw this recipe together in a matter of minutes armed with the challenge to continue eating six to seven 2-300 calorie meals per day in preparation for a fitness competition. Somehow, I forgot to take a snapshot…so I had some fun with this classic guy.

This recipe  is a compilation of all remnants from my fridge and I hope you enjoy it!

Ingredients: 

J100 g fresh Watermelon

100 g chopped Avocado

85 grams extra  firm Tofu chopped – toast this in a pan or leave raw ( I left raw in this recipe)

Optional – 15g crumbled Boursin garlic cheese

30g toasted pumpkin seeds

.5 tbsp Mint leaves chopped

1/2 tsp balsamic vinegar

Method: 

On stove-top lightly toast pumpkin seeds until browned.

Chop all ingredients and layer watermelon, avocado and tofu. Top with remaining ingredients and serve.

Warning – works out FAR better if you layer rather than try to toss everything – I tried both ways and layering is definitely the way to go for flavour and presentation.

Nutritional Info: 

537 Calories

41.2 gms fat

23.9 carbs

23.9 Protein

White bean & chickpea hummus

Perfect for picnic season an on-the-go snack or a lazy lunch. The creamy flavour of white beans with the mediterranean vibe of chickpeas makes this hummus just a little different.

You can go full bore and use only white beans for a strictly puritan bean dip – either way, it’s delish.

Check out my quick and easy dipping crisp recipe added here.

Ingredients: 

1 can of organic white beans or 1 cup soaked dry beans

1 can of chickpeas or 1 cup soaked dry beans

4 cloves garlic

1/4 tsp Himalayan rock salt

1 tsp Herbamare

1 tbsp apple cider vinegar

1 tbsp nutritional yeast

1 tbsp avocado oil

Paprika to garnish

Water as needed

Method: 

Combine all ingredients in food processor and add 2 tbsp filtered water. Process until smooth. Add water if needed if mix does not become creamy.

Sprinkle with paprika to finish.

Try your own homemade crisps for dipping!

Ingredients: 

1 package Ezekiel sprouted whole grain tortillas

Spray coconut oil

Garlic infused sea salt

Method:

Preheat oven to 375.

Use a pizza cutter to achieve triangular chip shape.

Lay out crisps on baking sheet and coat lightly with oil and a dusting of salt.

Bake for 5-7 minutes or until hardened. Keep an eye on these as they will burn up quickly.

Heavenly Hashbrowns

Sorry Kuma, these are too good to share.

Sorry Kuma, these are too good to share.

I am a fool for hash browns. Perfectly toasted, hot and savory. It has taken me a while to perfect my recipe. I hope you like it. The hint here: don’t substitute the potato variety!

Ingredients: 

5-6 large Yukon Gold potatoes

1 tsp freshly chopped rosemary

1/2 tbsp truffle oil

1/2 tsp garlic salt

Cracked tri-colour pepper to taste

Method:

Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees.

Wash and cube un-peeled potatoes.

Parboil on stove top for approx 10 minutes – do not allow potatoes to start to flake/fall apart.

Drain well, rinse with cold water.

In large bowl toss potatoes with truffle oil (or any other oil if you don’t like truffle oil) and rosemary.

Spread across baking sheet and bake for 30-40 minutes turning twice.

Remove from heat, sprinkle with salt and pepper. Serve hot.

Serves 4 moderately hungry folks. 2 VERY hungry hikers.

Vanilla Bean Sugar

With a moment to spare in between travels I had the strangest desire to make Vanilla Bean sugar. I think my anticipation of the SWEETNESS of summer brought this craving to me…and now to you, today.
This recipe is uber simple and requires very little time. With the finished product you can: add it to baking, coffee, as a topping for freshly cut fruit or home baked desserts. You can also use this as a rimmer for sweet cocktails or as an ingredient for rubs.
Ingredients: 
2 medium vanilla beans
1 cup raw, organic sugar
Method: 
Slice open bean pods with knife and cut in 1/2.
Add sugar and beans to food processor and pulse until mixed as well as you can. Note: the sugar will “smoke” up in your processor if you leave it on low/high…less likely when you use the pulse option.
Once mixed use a sieve or pastry sifter to sift out any large pieces of vanilla bean.
Voila! Instant vanilla bean sugar. Be sure to keep the remainder of the vanilla bean chunks to add to your very own homemade vanilla extract.  
Decorate your mason/glass jars with fancy material lid covers and bows, give these away as gifts!

Homemade – Vanilla Extract

Many of you may know that I am a Master Herbalist as well as a Vegan Chef and overall foodie. One thing I adore is homesteading. Why? Well, it allows me to be super creative and in control of my food as well as reduce the amount of waste that comes from my kitchen.
Food waste has to be one of my biggest pet peeves. After mega shopping malls and GMO’s that is.
Today I made Vanilla Bean Sugar which is SO delicious. You should try the recipe HERE. After that process I had some extra vanilla beans left over. I simply cannot throw these things out!! They’re extremely costly and still completely useful in their ratty pieces.
So, I checked my pantry for any spare bottles and happened to find an nearly empty Vanilla Extract bottle…Bob’s your Uncle – I decided on Vanilla Extract.
Extracts are easy to make – you could call this recipe your first adventure in Herbalism if you like – because it is.
Once you’ve made this simple extraction, you will be itching to start on making your own oils, salves, lotions and medicine!
But, lets start with the cooking component first.
Ingredients: 
2 oz pure, Russian Vodka
1.5  tbsp chopped/leftover vanilla bean pods
Method: 
Add pods to glass container, pour vodka over top seal with lid and label with date.
Shake mixture at least 1once daily for 30 days. Once 30 days are up, you will have your vanilla extract.
This bottle was 2oz. I used just under that much Vodka.
Add the Vodka & the lid here.

BOOM! You’re done! Apart from shaking and waiting, this is your extract. Some side notes and benefits of this tincture are:  *Reduces Nausea *Weightloss Aid – metabolism regulator *Anxiety depressor *Wound healer – topically *Soothing during menstruation *Aids in enzyme synthesis *Calcium, Magnesium, Potassium, Iron, B-complex