Sunday, March 31, 2013

Easter Time!

This is one of my favorite holidays. The story behind Easter, our Lord scarficing himself to take away our sins so that we can get into Heaven, simply the most moving touching powerful stories of all time. Love it!

At this time of the year I usually make periogies. I have for the past five or six years, but this year I didn't get the chance. I did find some in the back of my freezer, but since I haven't made them since last year, I think they are from then, I forgot all about them. Oops. So this year I made something a little different.

I've been on a pumpkin kick, again. I go through these a lot. I love pumpkin. So I made these pie like things today for dinner. My inspiration came from a dish my dad makes, we call them pastellos. They are dough stuffed with beef and spices, sofrito, capers, and olives. He then fries them and they are (were) really good. I use to bake some off for myself when I did still eat them, to be healthier. So I decided to make some with pumpkin. Almost like my pumpkin ragoies I made a while ago.


3/4 cup whole wheat white flour
pinch of salt
2-4 tablespoons water

1/2 cup pumpkin
1 tablespoon nutritional yeast
pinch of salt and pepper
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg and allspice and coriander

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a pan with parchment paper.

Mix the dough together and let it stand while to make the filling.

Mix the pumpkin and spices and nutritional yeast together.

Divide the dough into four sections,

roll them out on a floured surface. Place a quarter of the filling into the center of the dough, wet the edges, and

fold over the dough.

Using a fork, seal the edges and fork the center of each little pie.

Place on the sheet and bake for 10 to 15 minutes, until they are crispy.

Serve with what you like, I had some apple butter, hazelnuts, and kale.


I also wanted to share another take on my cinnamon nut butter adventures. I made some with, what other than...PUMPKIN. Haha. I know. I go over board when I'm in the mood for something. It was really good, like better than I expected.

Pumpkin Cinnamon Almond Butter

2 tablespoon almond butter
3 tablespoon pumpkin
1 tablespoon or so of cinnamon

Dip what ever you wish in it! I had apples and pretzels.

Happy Easter! He has Risen! (He has risen indeed.)


Thursday, March 14, 2013

And in the Morning I'm Making Waffles

That is what both of my brothers said to me when they saw I was making waffles! Haha

So lots of thanks to Leeann's dad for getting me my awesome waffle maker (hopefully I don't break this one like I do with all other gadgets I have =/ but so far so good!) that has removable plates so it can also be one of those sandwich makers for grilled cheese and stuff. Can't wait to play with it more but my first waffles came out great.

Me being the way I am didn't have my waffles in the morning, nope, instead waffles for dinner!! Heck yea! But they weren't your normal waffles (come on guys look who's making them here). How about kale and waffles! No I didn't put the kale in the waffle batter, although next time....

Pumpkin Quinoa Waffles

1/2 cup quinoa flakes (see after the recipe)
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon each ginger, coriander, salt, allspice, caraway seeds
1/4 cup pumpkin
1 tablespoon flaxmeal
1 tablespoon water
1/2 cup water

Heat your waffle maker according to its instructions.

Mix together all the dry ingredients, and make the flax egg (the 1 tablespoon of water with the flaxmeal) and let it set up.

Add in the pumpkin and the flax egg.

Stir in the water.

Once the waffle maker is ready add in a 1/4 of the batter to each side of your waffle maker or if its one of those big waffles add half of the batter.

Let it cook, I let mine go twice through the cooking cycle to get it crispier.

Serve it up! I topped mine with cinnamon applesauce and kale on the side.
Look they even have waffles on the box!!

So, quinoa flakes???

They are like rolled oats but just quinoa. They can be added to recipes like oats can and also can be used to make like oatmeal only quinoa-meal? Ha I guess. I have some ideas for those quinoa flakes, so keep an eye out for them in the future! Oh and more waffles!!