October 15, 2013
Rhea, the girl who came up with this recipe is a genius! I`m blaming her for my upset stomach because I ate these sausages too fast...lol. I tried so many different types of vegan, gluten-free sausage recipes in search of one that I actually liked. I finally had given up. Although, I`m a huge fan of beans and lentils I just didn't want sausages that tasted like that. Rhea uses black-eyed peas and they are perfect.... no beany taste!
I did make some changes to the spice mix. I upped the amounts of several of them and eliminated the fennel (not a fan of it) and added some thyme. I also, preferred to made 6 sausages instead of 4 huge ones. If you want to stick with her original recipe the link is below. Feel free to have them with any condiment you like. I had them with ketchup but I`ll probably try it her way next time with mustard, onions and mushrooms....yum!
I did find this recipe to be labor intensive but worth the effort. I would suggest using canned beans to save time. In the future I plan to double this recipe and freeze them. Before making them keep in mind to set aside extra time because once the sausages are made they should be refrigerate for a few hours or overnight to firm them up.
The Spinach Omelets in the picture are from my blog...
For the Spice Mix:
1 1/2 tsp garlic powder
3/4 tsp black pepper
1 1/4 tsp salt
1 3/4 tsp sweet paprika
1 3/4 tsp smoked paprika
3/4 to 1 tsp red pepper flakes
1 1/4 tsp oregano
1/8 tsp allspice
1/8 tsp thyme
For the Sausage:
2 tsp + 2 tsp olive oil
1 cup mushrooms, chopped
1/2 cup onion,
finely chopped 1 garlic clove,minced
2 cups cooked or 1-15 oz. can of black-eyed peas, drained and rinsed
1 Tbps sun-dried tomato paste*
1/4 cup nutritional yeast
1/2 cup brown rice flour
1 tsp xanthan gum
3 Tbsp of gluten-free, vegan Worcestershire Sauce
A few drops of Liquid Smoke (optional)
Prepare spice mix in advance. Set aside. Heat a skillet with 2 tsp. of olive oil. Sauté the onions, mushrooms and garlic until softened. Set aside and let cool.
In a large bowl, add the black-eyed peas and mash them up. You can use a fork, a potato masher or just get your hands in there. If you want to use a food processor, do a rough chop. You don’t want a puree. Then add the tomato paste, nutritional yeast, spice mix and brown rice flour. Mix well. Sprinkle the xanthan gum over the mixture and incorporate it well. Add the cooled veggie mixture to the bowl and mix it into the dry ingredients. Add the Worcestershire sauce to the bowl and mix it all up well. If you are using the Liquid Smoke, add it in now too.
Divide the mixture into 6 parts. Shape each part into a log. Wrap the logs individually in foil and steam them for 15-20 minutes. I use a metal steamer that sits atop a large stockpot of boiling water. Let them cool.
Then refrigerate for a few hours or overnight, if possible. This will help them firm up even more. When ready to use, unwrap and cook them however you desire. We cooked them on a grill pan and topped them with mustard and sautéed bell peppers and onions. Yum!
*My supermarket does not carry sundried tomato paste so I made my own.
210 ml bottle of sun dried tomatoes in oil, drained
1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 tsp garlic, minced
salt and freshly ground black pepper
Put the tomatoes in a medium bowl. Add some very hot water to cover. Stir for a few minutes, then drain. (this softens the tomatoes and gets rid of some of the packing oil) In a food processor, combine the tomatoes, garlic, olive oil and seasonings. Puree until smooth.
Refrigerate for up to 2 weeks. You can always double the recipe and put 1 tablespoon of the tomato paste into ice cube trays. Freeze them and then pop them out and put them into a container in the freeze to use for this and other recipes.
October 9, 2013
Stir all ingredients making sure everything is soaked by the liquid in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil. Cover and reduce the heat to low. Simmer 4 minutes, stirring twice. Serve immediately.
October 2, 2013
I have a new blog. I hope when you get the chance you can check it out!
September 16, 2013
I was very challenged in the bread making department until I discovered the link below...One of the things I was doing wrong in the past was not letting my yeast rise enough. Also, it's so important not to switch out flours because some such as bean flours are heavier than others such as rice flour.(so if you do switch it out and it doesn't work don't blame the recipe your using) I don't have easy access to the various flours out there and I don't like to have to find different types of flours for a recipe. I like to keep it simple because I hate baking... its just so dame time consuming. I changed this recipe to buns because I find it more easy to cut cleanly than bread. I do 2 batches of buns at the same time. That gives me 10 buns to freeze for whenever I need them. If you have had problems with gluten-free baking this one is fool proof.
Based on the following gluten-free bread recipe...
2 1/2 tsp yeast
2 Tbsp sugar (Redpath brand is vegan)
1/4 cup water
1 Tbsp grapeseed oil
2 tsp xanthan gum
1 tsp sea salt
In one bowl (I use a glass measuring cup that holds two cups) add the very warm water, yeast, and sugar. Stir and let sit in a warm place until a thick foam (around 1 inch) appears on top.
While the yeast is bubbling, in a smaller bowl mix the water, ground flaxseed, and oil. Stir and let sit.
Put dough blade in a food processor. Add the flour, xanthan gum, sea salt. Mix well.
This is a really healthy and delicious recipe. It's been posted on a few recipe sites already. I decreased the regular chili powder and added chipotle chili powder in its place because I love that smokey flavor it gives and I doubled the recipe because you can always freeze any left overs.
4 medium peppers- any kind you’d like
1 cup onion, diced
4 clove garlic, minced
2 Tbsp olive oil
2 cans of 19 oz black beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 cup water
4 tsp cumin
1 Tbsp chili powder
1 tsp smoked paprika
1 tsp salt
3/4 tsp chipotle chili powder
1 cup sweet corn
1 cup any vegan cheese (I use Daiya Mozzarella)
July 29, 2013
This is my friend, Melanie's recipe. I'm sure you will love it as much as I do.
1 package firm tofu, (just drained but not pressed)
1/4 cup nutritional yeast (gluten-free)
1 tsp dried basil
1/4 tsp ground turmeric
1/2 cup onion, diced
1/2 cup mushrooms, chopped
1/8 cup sun-dried tomatoes, finely chopped
1 tsp garlic, minced
juice of a half lemon
1/4 cup spinach, frozen and chopped kind, squeeze out the water
ketchup (optional top or on the side)
In a small skillet, add the olive oil and sauté the onions for 2 minutes. Add the mushrooms and tomatoes; sauté for 3 more minutes. Add the garlic and sauté for 1 minute. Add the lemon juice, mix and remove from heat. Transfer the cooked onion mixture to the tofu and combine well; fold in spinach. Press the tofu mixture down firmly into a non greased ceramic bread loaf sized pan.
July 10, 2013
1/4 cup orange juice
May 31, 2013
Say good bye to plain old hummus and hello to a refreshing light meal that is perfect for having outside on a hot summer day.
Use any of the following for your wraps:
gluten free tortilla wraps
bok choy leaves
collard leaves (dipped quickly in boiling water to soften)
Fill the wraps with the following:
cherry tomatoes, chopped in half
mixed greens, chopped
lime juice, freshly squeezed on top
* I buy Edamame Hummus at Freshco supermarket
April 11, 2013
I was at a potluck recently and someone had brought some chili. It made me miss my own chili....shhh. Since the warm weather is suppose to be coming our way (in Canada) don't forget you can enjoy chili all year round just serve it at room temperature as part of a salad. This chili is my own creation...Enjoy!
1 large red pepper, diced
1/2 cup onions, chopped
2 cups sweet potatoes, diced
1 can (19 ounces) red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
1 can (19 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
1 cup water
1/4 cup tomato paste
1 enveloped chili seasoning mix (I use Old El Paso)
1 tsp chili powder
1 Tbsp chipotle sauce (from a can of chipotle chilies)
5 Thai chilies or any small hot chilies, with seeds, minced
For the Salad
vegan sour cream
Steam the red pepper, onions and sweet potatoes till slightly tender (sweet potatoes will take longer to cook so add them first to cook for a few minutes then add your pepper and onions. Then add all the ingredients into a slow cooker. Cover and cook on low heat setting for 3 1/2 hours. Then stir and serve. Makes around 5 cups.
Put chopped lettuce on each plate. Add tortilla chips around the sides of the lettuce or in a separate bowl. Pour room temperature chili over lettuce. Top with vegan sour cream, tomatoes and green onions.
January 30, 2013
3 bonus workouts that come in the deluxe package....
January 15, 2013
This year along with my DVD picks I’ve found some great online workouts too! When deciding if I want a certain workout DVD I like to go to www.collegevideo.com and www.amazon.com to read all the reviews from people who have tried that video. Then if I want to buy it I go to www.totalfitnessdvd.com they have great prices, low shipping fees and their shipping is super-fast. They also have longer preview clips of videos too!
Update: Total Fitness DVDs has increased there shipping frees for Canada to $7.00 per DVD...it's no longer a great deal for Canadians...grrr.
Christmas and when I go away to visit my mother for 2 weeks are the times over eating of high sugary foods and high calorie drinking happens for me…I know I’m not alone. I decided these times I would do a very intense workout regimen. The workout I chose was the 60 day fitness program Insanity! You can read more about this workout below.
This type of workout is not really for overweight people instead it seems to be more geared towards people who are not overweight but who want to get really toned and ripped. You have to be use to doing some decent cardio before doing it. If you have leg or foot problems don’t do this workout because it’s mostly jumping. Instead of buying this expensive workout all I was doing was using the Insanity workouts that someone posted on their Youtube page. They posted 10 of them 3 are from the deluxe edition that's the one in which he uses weights. I would suggest adding weights to the Insanity routine a few times a week just to balance it out so your not doing almost all cardio all of the time.
WARNING: These are advanced workouts don't try to do it if you are not use to doing very intense cardio routines. You really do have to work your way up to something like this. (no telling how long these links will work people aren’t legally allow to put up actual workouts from DVDs ...shhh)
3 bonus workouts that come in the deluxe package....
I had at one time decided I wanted to buy it. I even made the purchase but then the seller refunded my money after finding out it was a fake version most of them are. The ones sold on Beachbody, Total Fitness DVD and some on Amazon are real. If you see it for way less than $120.00 it's fake. I would say 85 percent of the ones sold on ebay are fake. Easiest way to know if it's authentic is if the box and the DVDs say Beachbody on them the fakes don't. This video shows how you can tell if it's fake or not. Many of the fake DVDs don't even play.
My overall review of Insanity is it's the best intense cardio workout around but I found it too unbalanced for me. The strength training is just doing push ups and sometimes doing tricep dips. I would rather workout with weights in order to do my arms in a variety of different ways. You can buy the deluxe edition which has 3 other DVDs including one weights but of course that will jack up the price even more by $45.00. One of the main drawback for me was that I need variety. I got bored really fast so after 2 weeks I stopped doing Insanity...I needed a change from doing basically the same type of cardio moves day after day.
Confused? Why I have it on favorite picks... because as I stated it's the best intense cardio would around. Shaun T is an excellent instructor or really motivates you to dig deep and give it your all and the music gets you going too! I still intend to do it but I'm mixing some of his workout with some of my other workouts which have weight lifting. I still would like to buy Insanity someday if I can find a non-fake version at a good price.
Supreme 90 - DVD
Why did I wait so long to buy this...oh ya because the price was so cheap that I thought there was no way it could be good. I was wrong. I got it for (including shipping $17.65 on ebay. It's even cheaper in the States. The program comes with 10 DVDs. It's worth it just for the Tababa Inferno workout alone. I also, really like the Cardio Challenge (using weights) and Core Dynamics' workouts too! The workouts are an even mix of strength and cardio. Not a big dead but the cardboard case that the DVDs comes in is crap so I just bought a small DVD case for a few dollars at the dollar store to hold them in instead.
Wow if this workout doesn't be your heart pumping then you have to be dead. I love the variety in it...you use a stability ball; hand weights, resistance bands and there's even kickboxing thrown in! The music has a great beat that really inspires you to move and boy will you be moving.
This workout also has really good music to inspire you. Michelle Dozois has to be one of the best fitness instructors out there. This was my first time using discs (well I used plastic plates but you can use paper ones too) really makes leg and ab work more effective, can give you quite the burn. I always under estimate the effects of using new equipment will be so take it easy or you'll really be feeling it the following day.
Don't shy away from getting this workout because you don't have a high step...I have a sturdy step steel which was suffice...there aren't that many moves done with it anyway. The sit down exercises can be done on a chair or couch and the side leg exercises can be done from a regular step.
This is my favorite quick Tabata workout. I use it before doing workouts that are just strength training without any cardio. It's really great to do when your pressed on time but want to squeeze in a quick workout. You still need to add a warm up and cool down. Oh those Ninja jump ups that she does...I just modify those to regular jump squats because I'm saving my knees for things like walking...lol
Iron Yoga – DVD
Want to try something really different...try Iron Yoga. When I tried this I thought it was going to be easy...after all I was just using 2 pound weights. Boy was I wrong! Moving weights in a very slow motion will get your arms burning in no time.
This warm up hits every part in just 4 minutes.
This cool down gets the job done in just 9 minutes.
I like to mix my routines by using kettlebells, regular weights, stability balls, weighted gloves and exercise bands with various types of workouts including iron yoga, tabata, kickboxing and iron pilates. My body does not get a chance to plaque this way because my body never gets use to ding the same thing day after day. The only down side is I sometimes feel sore the following day that's where this 15 minute ultimate stretch session comes in. It does a great job at stretching the body. The music is soothing and stretch segments can be used by anyone. I have many stretch routines but this one is by far my favorite to date.
December 4, 2012
November 1, 2012
I found this gem of a recipe on a supermarket calendar. I just veganized it and added some broccoli and switched out the regular chili powder for a reduced amount of chipotle chili powder.
Transfer to a blender or food processor. In batches puree until very smooth, adding some of the milk if necessary to blend. Return to soup to pot. Stir in milk and broccoli. Heat over medium heat, stirring until steaming, but do not let boil.
* You can also use 1/2 tsp of regular chili powder that was what was in the original recipe.
* Palm oil is destroying our rainforests and contributing to climate change. For a palm oil-free, vegan margarine or butter alternative please try Bryanne Clark's vegan buttery spread...