Gluten Free Chocolate Zucchini Bread

Delicious and easy way to add vegetable and whole grain nutrition.

Melt 1/3 cup butter, or for dairy free use coconut oil
Mix in ¾ tsp sea salt, 1 egg
Combine the following to make 2 cups;
¼ cup oat bran, ½ cup GF ground oatmeal, (use coffee grinder)Choc Zucchini
½ cup brown rice flour, ¾ cup white rice flour.
Add 2 ½ tsp baking powder, 1 tsp baking soda,
2 pinches ground cloves, 2 tsp cinnamon,
1 tsp xanthan gum
Stir in 1 ½ cups grated zucchini,
½ cup soaked, chopped walnuts
2 servings Bio unsweetened apple sauce
½ cup brown sugar, ¼ cup maple syrup
2-3 tblsp cocoa powder, 1 tsp vanilla.

Mix well and bake in a greased 9x5” pan at 350 degrees
For 1 hour + 10 – 15 minutes (may have to cover loosely with
foil to avoid overdoing the top)
Cool in the pan

Spring Rolls

Easy to make & no deep frying, these healthy rolls could be a complete meal. Spring rolls

You will need;
5, 22cm round rice paper wraps
Dried spinach rice vermicelli
Seasoned rice vinegar
4” of cucumber, thinly sliced
1 carrot cut or grated into thin strips
Fresh mint finely chopped
Roasted, salted peanuts or cashews, chopped
Optional – fresh grated or pickled ginger strips
Smoked salmon
Soak 1 wafer of vermicelli in boiled water for 10 minutes until soft
Drain well in a fine sieve, place in a bowl and toss with 2 tblsp seasoned rice vinegar.
Put ¼” warm water in a large platter, place one rice wrap in to soften 30 – 60 seconds.
Hold wrap up to drain water off, place on another plate.
Place filling ingredients 1/3rd in from the bottom, leaving 1 “ in from sides.
Fold sides in to overlap filling, fold bottom over and roll as tight as possible.
Repeat with remaining wraps, slice in half with a sharp knife.
Dipping sauces
Sweet & sour
Blend ¼ cup Hoisin sauce, 2 tblsp Tamari soy, 1 tblsp lime juice
Hot & spicy
Blend 1/3 c mayonnaise, 1 tsp hot mustard, 2 tsp horseradish, 1 tsp Tamari soy,
Sriracha chili sauce to taste.

Curried Chicken and Squash

CurryChk Veg

Butternut squash is an excellent source of beta carotene, and soluble fiber.

Marinade 4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts in a 9 x 12 baking dish
for at least 12 hours with the following;
2 tablespoons melted coconut oil
1-2 tsp each fresh rosemary, basil and cilantro
Remove from refrigerator to allow dish to warm.
Bake in a 350 degree oven for 40 – 50 minutes depending on thickness.

Thoroughly rinse 1 ½ cups of Jasmine or Basmati rice.
Cook in just enough water to cover by ½ “.

Peel and cube 2 cups of butternut squash
Wash, remove ends and cut in half two handfuls of green beans.
In a large skillet or wok, spoon the thick cream from the top of
1 can coconut milk and heat until boiling
Add 3 tablespoons curry powder, simmer 5 minutes
Stir in remaining coconut milk
1/2 cup vegetable stock and squash
Simmer for 10 minutes before adding green beans.
Cook for another 8 minutes until vegetables are tender.
Gently stir in 2 tbsp organic soy sauce
2 tbsp lime juice, 1 tbsp brown sugar.

Serve  sprinkled with cilantro leaves and chopped nuts.

Poached Spiced Pears

Serves 4                                                 spiced fruit

Fresh in-season fruit made even more delectable!

In a large stainless steel skillet warm
1 1/4 cups of water with
1/2 cup cane or brown sugar
2 vanilla beans, split (or 1 tsp vanilla extract)
2 star anise, 1 cinnamon stick.

Peel, quarter and remove core of 4 firm pears.
Add to the syrup and poach on medium heat for  10 to 15 minutes, until soft.

In the last few minutes of cooking add  1 ½ cups of hulled strawberries cut in halves.

To serve, slice banana into the bottom of small bowls, add poached fruit, a large
tablespoon of plain yogurt, drizzle with syrup & sprinkle with cinnamon.

Granola Bars

granola bars
Loaded with nutrients and great for energy!

Blend the following dry ingredients in a large bowl;
5 cups certified gluten free oats
1 cup each of sesame and unsalted sunflower seeds
1 cup soaked, chopped almonds or other nuts
1 cup shredded, unsweetened coconut (sulfite free)
1/2 cup each of buckwheat flour, brown rice flour
3/4 cup millet flour
1/4 cup flax seed meal (grind in a coffee grinder)
Melt on low – 2/3 c. honey, 1/4 c. butter, 1/2 cup coconut oil
Add to dry ingredients and mix thoroughly.

To make just granola, separate 1/3rd of the mix before adding;
1 cup washed currants, raisins or dried cranberries
1/2 cup chopped dates (add dried fruits after cooking granola)

1 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce, blend thoroughly.

Press into a baking dish to about 3/4 “  thick and bake at 300
until golden, about 35 – 45 minutes.

Crock pot Beans

The poor man’s protein, so de-lish you won’t miss the meat.

Rinse thoroughly, remove bits and questionable ones
2 cups pinto beans
Simmer 5 minutes in enough water to cover by 1 ½ “
Rinse again and leave to soak in fresh water overnight.
This will reduce fermentation in the gut.
Drain and rinse, then in a large pot boil for 1 hour with
4 cups of water
Sautee 1 onion, 4 garlic cloves in
1 tblsp coconut oil until soft, add
1 tsp cumin, 1tsp curry, 1 ½ tblsp chili powder
Heat for 1 minute then add 1/4 cup of water and stir.
Pour into crock with drained, cooked beans
Add 1/2 cup water to sautee pan to get remaining spices
into the crockpot. Add
1 cup water                                              baked beans
1 can pizza sauce
3/4 tsp sea salt
1/4 cup ketchup
3 tblsp molasses
1 tsp oregano
Cook for 6 hours, or until soft,
adding water as necessary.

Helpful Herbs for Cold and Flu

Hello Hardy Canadians! Winter is NOT the time to back off on the vegetable intake. Keeping your body and immune system strong is the best way to avoid those nasty colds and flu bugs that are goiOreganong around. Home-made stews and soups loaded with vegetables is the way to go on these chilly days. Be sure to toss in a handful of fresh herbs for the last few minutes of cooking as many such as Oregano, Basil, Thyme, Sage and Rosemary have medicinal properties that aid in reducing symptoms associated with colds and flu. Oregano has the highest antioxidant value and is loaded with antiseptic compounds. Most of these herbs are useful as hot teas or used externally for pain and inflammation.