Monday, August 11, 2008

Fresh peach crisp

We bought a case of humongous, delicious peaches last week. They are so sweet and juicy. We have been enjoying them very much. When the girls eat one, I have them carry a towel around to hold under their chins or they end up spilling peach juice all over themselves and the house. Tonight, I made a peach crisp for dinner. My four year-old said, "Mommy, you're the best cook," and gave me a 'thumbs up.' Here's the recipe:

3 large peaches, sliced
3 cups quick oats
1 tsp pumpkin pie seasoning
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup light trans-fat free margarine (like Smart Balance Light)
2 tbsp warm water
3 tbsp flour
1/4 cup brown sugar, packed

Place the peaches in the bottom of a small baking dish. Sprinkle the spices on top of them. Mix the oats, salt, margarine, water, and flour together until well-mixed. Spread atop the peaches. Bake in 350 degree oven for half an hour.

Omega-3 Granola

My sister loves granola. She's currently eight months pregnant and has cut milk and soy out of her diet in preparation to breastfeed her little boy. Her first daughter had pretty significant MSPI (milk-soy protein intolerance) and it's likely this baby will have it worse. In any case, what that has to do with anything is this: She can't buy commercial granola because many times it contains milk powder. I found a recipe that is milk-free, and I will post it here. The granola turned out wonderfully! After I snapped this photo, I added dried peaches and blueberries. (I dried them myself in our food dehydrator). So, it's chock full of goodness!
4 cups old-fashioned oats
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 cup canola oil
1/4 cup honey
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup raisins
1 cup other mixed dried fruit (I used peaches and blueberries)
1/4 cup ground flax seeds
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
Mix oats, sugar, salt, cinnamon together. Then,mix honey and oil in a saucepan on the stove over medium heat, stir in the vanilla. Heat until the honey is liquefied. Spread onto cookie sheets and bake in a 350 degree oven for 40 minutes. *important* stir it every ten minutes or more often or it will burn. After removing from oven and cooling, put into a large bowl. Add flax seed, walnuts, raisins, and mixed dried fruit. Optionally, you may add the ground flax seed and walnuts on top of the oats for the last ten minutes of baking.

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Penne Primavera

This is the dish I made for our church's vegetarian potluck yesterday. Here's the recipe:

4 cups cooked whole wheat penne pasta
2 medium tomatoes, chopped
1 cup sliced baby portabello mushrooms
1 zucchini, thinly sliced
1 medium onion, thinly sliced
2 medium cloves of fresh garlic, crushed and diced. Add just prior to adding cashew sauce.
Saute' all the veggies in olive oil and then add cashew sauce:

1 cup raw cashews
2 tbsp nutritional yeast
2 tbsp dry "chicken" broth powder
1/4 tsp savory seasoning
salt to taste
Blend all cashew sauce ingredients in a blender for two minutes until smooth, then:

Cook until thick, mix in 1/2 cup vegan sour cream.
Mix well, pour over pasta

Bake in 350 degree oven for half an hour

Every vegetable in this pasta dish came from my garden except for the mushrooms. Of course the freshness and extra flavor made the dish especially good.