Strawberry Shortcake

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As a breakfast food or as a dessert, strawberry shortcake does not disappoint. I like mine in the morning, for breakfast, with the sauce over it and topped with banana slices. The picture does not do it justice, but then I have already told you this is not a food blog, right? Without further ado, here is the recipe.

Strawberry shortcake

Strawberry shortcake

 

Ingredients

1/3 c oil

3/4 c non-dairy milk

2 Tbsp. Sugar-in-the-Raw

1 tsp. vanilla

2 c flour

1 tsp. salt

3 tsp. aluminium-free baking powder

1 lb. strawberries, fresh or frozen

2 Tbsp. cornstarch Continue reading »

1 c water

bananas, optional

 

Preparation

Pre-heat oven to 375 F. Spray a round cake pan with oil spray. Mix wet ingredients together in a large cup or mixing bowl with a lip. Mix dry ingredients together in a medium bowl. Pour wet ingredients over dry ingredients and mix well. You should get a rather stiff dough.

Spoon it into the prepared cake pan and bake for 20 minutes. Toothpick should come out clean. While the cake is baking, wash and chop your strawberries. Transfer them to a pot cover them with water. Add a pinch of salt to get their juices flowing. If using frozen fruit, it will take a couple of minutes before you can stir and separate them. Let the heat do its job to thaw your fruit.

Once they are boiling, reduce the heat. In a clean cup, whisk water with cornstarch until you can see or feel no more lumps. Then add the mixture to the fruit and mix well to distribute it evenly. Add sweetener of your choice and cook until thickened, another five minutes or so.

Pour over your sliced shortcake and top with non-dairy whipped cream, vegan cream, banana slices, chocolate chips, peanut butter chips or any other chopped fruit. You could use any other fruit instead of strawberries: blueberries, peaches etc. Enjoy with moderation!


Tuesday Tome Week 25 – Vegan Lunch Box

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A few years ago, I found this book at the library. I took it home and found quite a few recipes that were delicious. When I saw it again the other week, I took it home again. I went through it all over again and discovered other things I would like to make from it.

Vegan Lunch Box

So you are thinking, “We are not vegan. We homeschool. We don’t need a lunch box cookbook.” Well, do you sometimes think about implementing a meatless day in your week, in order to encourage the kids to eat more fruits and vegetables? You know, like Meatless Monday? This would be just the cookbook to get you started.  Continue reading »

Do you sometimes have a picnic to pack for? A day camp you take the kids to and you need to bring your own lunch along? These ideas would help make it a nutritious picnic.

The first half of the book shares several menus. The second part contains the recipes. There is a small chapter on pantry essentials for the vegan chef. Also, the author shares some ideas on why veganism is a humane and healthy alternative to today’s meat-laden meals.

My absolute favorite recipe in this book is the coconut rice pudding. I grew up on rice pudding and so I am attached to this dish emotionally. By using coconut milk instead of cow’s milk, you eliminate cholesterol intake, in addition to having that wonderful tropical taste. They also add shredded carrots and raisins. They act not only as sweeteners, but also nutrition and fiber. What’s not to like?

Most recipes are easy and fast to make and there are also two other sections of foods that need to be made ahead of time. Somewhere in between these two extremes sits a third category of dishes that can be make in the early hours of the morning, if you are an early bird.

As an early riser myself, I have discovered that if I get to fix breakfast and lunch for my children before they wake up, then my homeschool morning is not as stressful. I know I can focus on school without wondering, “What am I making for lunch? Are they getting too hungry for me to fix this or that by now? It’s already 11:30!!!”

This cookbook has given me permission to use my insomnia (I can’t sleep between 3am-5am) for cooking. So while the whole family is asleep, I do my thing in the kitchen instead of counting sheep and getting into the four digits. I come back to bed and get a couple more hours of sleep, knowing our homeschool cafeteria is ready for another day in paradise.