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Healthy holiday cookies

Cookies on baking tray

It is a tradition at this time of year for many people to bake cookies.  If you’d like to try baking healthier cookies this year, try some of the following from “Vive le Vegan” by Dreena Burton, reprinted with permission:

Double Chocolate Almond Explosion Cookies

(makes 8-10 large cookies, or 12 smaller ones)

  • 1 cup                unbleached all-purpose flour (for a decadent cookie with classic taste and texture) or whole-wheat pastry flour
  • 1/4 cup             cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp                 baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp              baking soda
  • 3 tbsp               toasted almond slivers
  • 3 tbsp               non-dairy chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup             unrefined sugar
  • 1/4 tsp              sea salt
  • 1/3 cup             pure maple syrup (a little generous)
  • 1 tsp                 pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp              almond extract (optional)
  • 1/4 cup             canola oil (a little generous)
  • 2-3 tbsp            non-dairy chocolate bar, broken in small chunks, or chocolate chips
  • 3 tbsp               toasted almond slivers (for topping)

Preheat oven to 350F.  In a bowl, sift in the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and baking soda.  Add the almonds, chocolate chips, sugar and salt, and stir until well combined.  In a separate bowl, combine the maple syrup with the vanilla and almond extracts, then stir in the oil until well combined.  Add the wet mixture to the dry and stir through until just well combined (do not overmix).  Place large spoonfuls of the batter on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Take 1 or 2 chocolate chunks and a pinch or two of almonds and gently press into each cookie.

Bake for 11 minutes, until lightly golden (if you bake for much longer, they will dry out).  Let cool for no more than 1 minute on the sheet (again to prevent drying), then remove them with a large spatula and transfer to a cooling rack.

Coconut-Lime Cookies

(makes 10-12 medium-large cookies)

  • 1/4 cup             unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tbsp unrefined sugar
  • 1 – 1 1/2 tsp   lime zest
  • 1/4 tsp            sea salt
  • 1 1/4 cup        unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp                baking powder
  • 1 tsp                baking soda
  • 1/3 cup            pure maple syrup
  • 2 1/2 tbsp        freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 tsp                 pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 – 1/2 tsp     coconut extract
  • 1/4 cup             canola oil (a little generous)

Preheat oven to 350F. In a bowl, combine the coconut, sugar, lime zest and salt, and sift in the flour, baking powder and baking soda.  Stir until well combined.  In a separate bowl, combine the maple syrup with the lime juice, vanilla, coconut extract and canola oil, and stir until well mixed.  Add the wet mixture to the dry, and gently fold and stir through until just well combined (do not overmix).  Place large spoonfuls of the batter on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, and flatten a little.  Bake for 11 minutes, until lightly golden (if you bake for much longer, they will dry out).  Let cool for no more than 1 minute on the sheet (again to prevent drying), then remove them with a large spatula and transfer to a cooling rack.

Peanut “Better” Cookies

(makes 8-10 medium-large cookies)

  • 1 cup                unbleached all-purpose flour or whole-wheat pastry flour
  • 1 tsp                 baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp              baking soda
  • 2 tbsp               unrefined sugar
  • 1/4 tsp              sea salt
  • 1/3 cup + 1-2 tbsp natural organic peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup             pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 tsp              blackstrap molasses
  • 1 tsp                 pure vanilla extract
  • 3 tbsp               canola oil

Preheat oven to 350F. In a bowl, sift in the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and baking soda.  Add the sugar and salt, and stir until well combined.  In a separate bowl, combine the 1/3 cup of peanut butter with the maple syrup, molasses and vanilla, then stir in the oil until well combined.  Add the wet mixture to the dry, stir through, and as it is coming together, stir in the remaining 1-2 tbsp of peanut butter (not completely; leave bits of peanut butter throughout the batter). Place large spoonfuls of the batter on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, and press with the tines of a fork to flatten gently and give that classic peanut butter cookie look. Bake for 11 minutes, until lightly golden (if you bake for much longer, they will dry out).  Let cool for no more than 1 minute on the sheet (again to prevent drying), then remove them with a large spatula and transfer to a cooling rack.

Vegetarian Thanksgiving Recipes

Here’s a special selection of Vegetarian Thanksgiving Recipes for the holidays:

Bryanna’s Squash with Wild Rice and Chanterelle Stuffing

almost-no-fat-holiday-cookbookfrom “The Almost No-Fat Holiday Cookbook” by Bryanna Clark Grogan, reprinted with permission.  Serves 6

If you’d like to make a colorful stuffed winter squash the centerpiece and main dish of your vegetarian Thanksgiving, choose a large, meaty pumpkin; Boston marrow squash; turban squash; hubbard squash; banana squash; or the pale blue-grey New Zealand squash, which is my favorite. Read more

Seattle Kombucha owner talks!

Wayne Greenfield

Seattle Kombucha owner, Wayne Greenfield, has been busy managing his rapidly growing business.  We caught up with him and asked a few questions:

How was Seattle Kombucha founded?

Seattle Kombucha was founded out of a need to create better tasting kombucha. When I was first introduced to kombucha in 2012 I got really excited. It was kind of like wine, but nonalcoholic and good for digestion. And, unlike wine, I actually felt better the next morning after drinking kombucha. Read more

Creamy & crunchy cashew recipes

cashewsCashews are native to South America, specifically Brazil, and were introduced by colonists to Africa and India. These regions are the largest producers of cashews today. Cashews are sold both raw or roasted, and salted or unsalted.  Choose raw unsalted

They are a soft and somewhat sweet nut, so can be used to make various dairy alternatives, such as cashew milk, cashew cream and non-dairy cheeses.

A 1-ounce serving of cashews is about 18 whole cashews. Cashews are high in monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats and a good source of protein. They’re also a good source of magnesium, which is important in over 300 enzymatic reactions in the body. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a health claim for food labels that “eating 1.5 oz per day of most nuts as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol may reduce the risk of heart disease.”

Recipes

  • Cashew Cream – basic recipe
  • Vegan Mac n Cheese
  • Cashew Tacos
  • Broccoli and Cashews over Millet
  • Cashew Coconut Date Cookies

Read more

Plant-based meats explode!

Field-Roast-productsThe news about plant-based meat products just keeps on coming. Some thought we’d never live to see the day, but some of the biggest purveyors of meat have become some of the biggest purveyors of plant-based food. Competition is heating up in the plant-based protein industry, now worth $14 billion in the US, that Wall Street thinks could grow to be worth $140 billion. We’ve already seen Maple Leaf, a large meat company, acquire Lightlife and Field Roast. Conagra bought Gardein and is getting behind the product, while Nestlé bought Sweet Earth and recently launched their Awesome burger under this brand. Earlier fears that meat companies would acquire plant-based companies only to ruin them have fortunately not been borne out.

Consumers are rushing to try meat substitutes in a number of fast food restaurants, and data show that they’re willing to pay higher prices for the products. A number of high profile fast food restaurants sell plant based foods meat substitutes, and there are more to come. We’ve already written about Burger King’s new Impossible Whopper and the Subway’s forthcoming meatless meatball sub, but others are getting on the bandwagon as fast as they can. Dunkin launched their Beyond sausage sandwich in 163 locations across Manhattan, and KFC’s Beyond Fried Chicken launch in Atlanta sold out in just a few hours. Other chains such as Carl’s Jr, Tim Horton’s, Hardee’s and Del Taco are all getting in on the act.

Almost as exciting is the move by many meat companies to innovate their own new meat substitutes. Tyson foods launched Raised & Rooted, a line of products which includes vegan meat alternatives. They are also investing in a plant-based shrimp company. Kellogg has launched Incogmeato, a “next-gen product line” that includes a “ready-to-cook plant-based burger” and fully prepared plant-based “Chik’n” tenders and nuggets. Kroger, which owns Fred Meyer, will launch its own plant-based burgers, cookie dough, pasta sauce, sausage, deli slices. Hormel Foods has just launched its own line of plant-based meat alternatives. The line, called Happy Little Plants, includes a ground plant-based protein alternative. Hormel also offers plant-based pizza topping items and the Applegate Blend Burger, which combines organic meat and mushrooms.

This looks like a trend that isn’t going away anytime soon. The trend is firmly geared toward giving meat-eaters more plant-based options that they can discover and enjoy.  While many of them may stick at being flexitarians, rather than moving to full-on vegetarians or vegans, any reduction in the consumption of animal products is welcome in our book!

Vegan Backpacking Recipes

Vegan Backpacking Recipes:

Lentil stew for backpackingLentil Stew (per person – multiply up as needed)

Put the following ingredients in a ziplock bag, (multiplying for team members as needed)

  • 1/3 cup green lentils (per person)
  • 1 stock cube
  • 1 tsp onion flakes
  • 1 tsp garlic flakes
  • ½ tsp thyme
  • ¼ tsp rosemary
  • ¼ tsp oregano
  • ¼ tsp Black pepper
  • ½ tsp Cumin
  • Chili flakes (to taste)

Optional –

  • Pre-chopped fresh carrot, broccoli, cauliflower as desired
  • 1/4 cup dried potato flakes to thicken and add calories as needed
  • 1 pita bread pocket per person

At camp, bring 2-3 cups water (depending on how many servings) to boil.  Add lentil mixture and boil until lentils are soft (20 mins), adding any extra veg after 10 mins.  Pour into bowls or eat from the pot, with pita bread on side.

Cashew Curry recipe

Makes enough for 4 meals – 2 people evening meal and lunch the next day!

Put the following ingredients into a ziplock bag:

  • 1½ cups quinoa (or couscous)
  • 2 Tablespoons curry powder
  • ¼ cup dried onion flakes
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar (optional)
  • 1 vegetable low sodium bouillon cube
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground turmeric

Put 1 cup raw cashew halves into a separate ziplock bag.

At camp, bring 3 cups water to the boil in a pot.  Add the quinoa mixture.  Let it simmer until quinoa is cooked.  Boil off any excess water, stirring to prevent burning.  Stir in cashews.  Enjoy!

This can be eaten cold for lunch the next day, so bring a suitable container to store it in.

 

20190808_104954Warming Breakfast recipe

Put the following ingredients in a ziplock bag:

  • 1 cup quinoa (rinsed, dry toasted)
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ cup dried blueberries, cranberries, raspberries and/or raisins
  • 2 tablespoons dried soymilk or coconut milk powder
  • ¼ cup hazelnuts or pecans (dry toasted)

At camp, bring 2 cups water to boil.  Add quinoa mixture.  Simmer until quinoa is cooked.  Serve quinoa in a bowl, topped with nuts.  Milk powder can be included with quinoa mixture, or rehydrated separately and poured over the cooked quinoa.

This recipe would also work with oats, but oatmeal might make it a little harder to clean the pot afterwards!

Subway launches vegan option

Subway Beyond Meatball sandwich

Subway has become the latest fast-food chain to jump on the plant-based protein bandwagon by releasing a new meatless meatball sub.  Subway has announced that it will test a sub with plant-based meat, vegan, the Beyond Meatball Marinara, in 685 North American restaurants this September.

“Our guests want to feel good about what they eat and they also want to indulge in new flavors,” said Len Van Popering, Subway chief brand and innovation officer, in a statement. “With our new plant-based Beyond Meatball Marinara sub, we are giving them the best of both worlds.”

The sandwich will feature marinara sauce and provolone cheese on meatballs. Hold the Provolone and choose 9 grain or Italian bread to keep it vegan. This option will be an alternative to their vegetarian patty, which has long been available, but includes a little egg. There’s no mention of whether or not the Beyond Meat-based sub will carry a premium over its regular counterparts.

Plant-based and vegan fast-food options keep sprouting up. There’s quite the competition between Beyond Meat and the Impossible Burger to get their products into as many restaurants as possible.  This latest news about Subway follows the launch of the Impossible Whopper at Burger King and other locations. Look out for more meat-free products coming soon to restaurants near you!

 

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