Peach with Cashew Cream and Granola

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Peaches, peaches, peaches…..YUM!!! I have enjoyed this breakfast every morning this week. I add a splash of lemon juice because cashews are so high in iron. The citrus has acid and vitamin C which helps increase absorption of the iron. This cream is so easy, versatile and nutrient dense. Enjoy.

Cashew Cream:

1 cup raw, whole cashew

1/3 c water

1/4 vanilla bean, scrapped

1/8 tsp almond extract

1 Tbl maple syrup

1/2 tsp salt

Splash of lemon juice

Peaches

Candida’s Granola or Raw Granola 

Directions:

1) Cove the cashews with water. Let soak fro 3-24 hours.

2) Strain water. Add the 1/3 c water and remaining ingredients into a blender or even better a vita-mix until silky smooth. NOTE: The vita-mix will make a better product. If using a Cuisinart or blender, scrap the edges down and strain if you want it to be perfectly smooth.

3) Wash and slice the peach. Add a spoonful of the cashew cream. Top with the granola of your choosing.

 

 


Breakfast Blondies

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You can’t have a blondie for breakfast….yeah you can! This is a really moist and delicious breakfast treat or snack that if full of protein,  fiber and omegas. Sweetened with maple syrup and some applesauce (which also acts as the egg), this is a brownie to start the day off with. I offered some additional tips to decrease the processed ingredients GF/Vegan baking encourages using. Play around with it. They are great at room temp or rap them and throw them in the freezer. Enjoy!

Sad news- Dropped my camera this morning and now it won’t work. Sorry, no photo today. :(

Breakfast Blondies-

Ingredients:

1 cup brown rice flour (Next time I am going to replace 1/4 c of this with almond flour to see how it works. This will decrease the processed carbs and increase fiber.)

1/4 cup almond meal (Trader Joe’s)

1 cup GF Oats

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/4 tsp xanthum (Optional. This is one of the GF ingredients that is hard for the body to digest. I used a tiny bit to help bind the product. It prevents crumbling. I will omit next time I make them to see.)

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

3/4 teaspoon sea salt

1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

2 Tbl chia seeds ground

1/2 c applesauce

1 1/2 tsp Ener-G egg replacer + 2 Tbl warm water whisked (Next time, I will try using a flax egg).

1/2 cup real maple syrup

1/4 cup organic coconut oil, melted

1 teaspoon bourbon vanilla extract

1/4 teaspoon almond extract

1/3 cup walnuts (or whatever nut or seeds you like)

1/3 cup dark chocolate chips, optional (or sub dried fruit, nuts, coconut, seeds)

Directions:

1) Mix the dry. Mix the wet. Mix them all together. Pour into a 9×9 greased pan.

2) Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes. It would get really golden. The edges will pull away from the sides and when you touch the brownies, they will spring back.


Raw Granola

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Hello energy maker! Full of protein, fiber, omegas, vitamins, minerals and yumminess! This raw recipe is a great snack  to add protein powders and herbs to which increases the nutritional value (see note). I sprinkle sea salt on top because I like me some salty with my sweet. :)

Ingredients:

1 3/4 cups gluten-free oats

1 3/4 cup gluten-free rice cereal or Perky’s Crunchy Flax

1/3 cup each almond and pecans, chopped (toasted is optional) You can play with these obviously (nuts, seeds, coconut…)

1/4 cup ground chia seeds

1/4 c protein powder (I used Amazing Meal which) You can use whatever though (hemp, rice…)

1/3 cup honey

1/3 cup coconut sugar

1 tsp of chunky sea salt

1/3 cup creamy peanut butter (or any nut or seed butter)

1/4 c almond butter

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 cup mini chocolate chips or dried fruit (optional)

1/8 tsp each cinnamon, ginger and cardamon with 1/4 tsp added sea salt to sprinkle on top (optional)

***NOTE!!! You can sneak in herbs like Hawthorne extract (Excellent for heart health) from Wise Woman Herbals or Alma Paste (A fruit that is incredibly high in Vitamin C and has several medicinal uses  from Ayush herbs (to list a couple of examples). Check with your health care provider for ideas and amounts. For instance the Hawthorne has honey so you might want to sub 1 Tbl from the honey and replace with Hawthorne. It won’t be the full dose in the bars but will be a bit of a lovely herb to support your heart on all aspects. Play with this and let me know.

Directions: 1) Line a  9×13 inch pan with parchment or wax paper (or plastic wrap that has been sprayed with a non stick spray). Mix it all up and pour in the pan. Let set for 2 hours. Store in fridge or freezer for the quick grab and go.


Vinnie’s Old Fashion Donuts

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I have to say that his is THE BEST gluten free dough I have ever used. No joke. Not very different from the real thing. This is a recipe that is very dear to me.

Mom and Dad (Filomena and Vincent) immigrated into this country in 1959. When they arrived, they landed in a trailer park in Northern Maine. There was an older couple in the park who taught them some great old fashion New England recipes. These donuts are one of the best ones. They were a  huge part of my childhood and still are one on my happiest memories with my family. Mom and Dad made them for holiday mornings and sometimes just as a treat. Being Gluten Free is only hard for me because I miss the memories that come with the gluten full food. So I revised the dough, made it GF and vegan and honestly it’s GREAT! It’s even been enjoyed by friends who dislike most of my gluten free creations. Remember not one of my healthiest recipes so enjoy in moderation. They keep well in the freezer. The also do well warmed up the next day. Have some fiber and protein with them also. We all need treats, especially around the holidays. I hope you all enjoy them as much as we did. Check out Wednesday’s blog. It will be another recipe close to my heart. :)

GF and Vegan Old Fashion Donuts:

1/2 c unsweetened almond milk

2 tsp baking powder

2 Tbl oil

1 1/2 tsp egg replacer whisked with 2 Tbl warm water OR 1 egg

1/2 sugar, you could try coconut sugar. If you do email me how it went :)

1/2 tps EACH cinnamon and ginger

1/4 tsp nutmeg

1/8 tsp EACH clove and allspice

1/16 tsp black pepper (this is the secret weapon)

1/2 tsp salt

Approximately 3 c gluten free flour ( I used 1  1/2 c oat, 1 c brown rice and 1/2 c  potato starch)

1 tsp xanthum

16 oz Earth Balance shortening

Directions:

1) Whisk the milk and baking powder together. Let sit for about 10 minutes. It will get nice and foamy.

2) Mix all the dry except the GF flours. Add the oil and egg to the foamy milk mixture in a metal bowl. Add the dry and stir with a whisk to combine. Then start adding the flour to the mix with a wooden spoon. It took the full 3 c for me but depending on the flours, climate and your personal tough, it may differ. It will become a soft, fragrant and very easy to work with dough (rare with GF I know).

3) Roll dough out in 2 batches about 1 inch thick. Cut into whatever shape you like. I like the holes. They seem to fry up better.

4) Heat up Earth Balance shortening in a fry pan. We used a saute pan. The donuts need to be covered by oil. Also, get a good thermometer. The oil is best if kept at 350 degrees. It will cool as you add the dough. Keep an eye out. Frying sounds daunting but it’s pretty easy. Also, by keeping the temp even, the donuts will be less greasy and crispy with a lovely moist center.  Always have a plate with paper towels to drain the excess oil. Makes about 15 holes.

5) Glaze while still warm. Just have some powered sugar in a bowl. Whisk in milk and/or water until the glaze is thick and creamy but liquid enough to dip the hot donuts.

Um…YUM!!!


Morning Glory Zucchini Muffins

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If a Morning Glory Muffin and Zucchini Bread got to romancing, ya know…. a little wine, some candlelight, and then made a baby,this would be the delicious baby offspring child! ;)

This is a healthful recipe.  The product is  moist and warming (I hate to use these words because they sound sort of gross). There are also lots of optional additions you can add to increase the nutritional content.

Morning Glory Zucchini Muffins:

1/2 cup oil of choice

1/2 c sweetener (agave, maple syrup, honey, brown sugar…)

1/2 c applesauce

3/4 c crushed pineapple

1 tbsp apple cider vinegar or lemon juice

3/4 c each grated carrots and zucchini

2/3 c crushed pineapple

2 tsp vanilla

1 1/2  c brown rice flour

1 c quinoa flour

1/2 c almond meal from Trader Joe’s

1 tsp salt

1 1/2 tsp B soda

1 1/4 tsp xanthum gum

1 tsp cinnamon

1/8 tsp each nutmeg and ginger

OPTIONAL ADDITIONS:  1 apple cored, peeled and chopped, ground flax, 1/4 c nuts, shredded coconut or seeds (or a combo). You can always add some protein powder to the batter.

OPTIONAL IDEAS: You could bake this off  as a bundt. You could whip up some vegan frosting and turn these into cupcakes. It could be doubled and baked off in 2 8 inch cake pans and, voila, you have a healthier layered cake option!!!

1) Whisk the sugar and oil for a few minutes until frothy and combined. Stir in the egg replacer.

2) Add the vinegar, applesauce, carrots, zucchini, vanilla and pineapple. Stir until combined.

3) Add the dry ingredients. Add any of the optional ingredients at this time.

4) Pour into greased muffin pan and bake at 350 degrees for approx. 35 minutes. Edges will pull away from the side, top will get golden and the toothpick will come out clean. Makes 12-16 muffins depending on how many of the additions you add.


Introducing my blog…”I CAN’T EAT WHAT!!!

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Woah woah woah! Ok ok…Wait a minute! Take it down! Calm down. You’re just going to get yourself sick and twisted up in a knot again.

Is this how you felt? I know I did!  After years of not knowing why you didn’t feel good. Depressed? Tired? Bloated? Anemic? Joint pain? The list goes on and on. They diagnosed you with Celiac disease. Fibromyalgia. I.B.S.. Lactose intolerance. Again, on and on! Well help is here. Dr. Candida and her Pdx blog designed to help you learn how to eat and enjoy the food you’re eating!  I will offer reviews about various cafes, restaurants and products around the country. I will also offer some of my own helpful hints and recipes. Using my culinary arts and naturopathic degrees, I am compiling great support for us all. Read more if you’d like to hear my own personal story.

I was diagnosed in 2002 by a medical doctor with gluten sensitivity. He said, “Good luck with this because gluten is in everything.” At this time, options were limited in this country. I had been working as a chef for many years at this time and had just discontinued working as a pastry chef in a bakery I co-owned. It was as if my body knew it was safe to finally reveal a cause of its dis-ease. I couldn’t believe what had just happened. How was I going to eat? Bake? Cook? My Italian heritage is very gluten full and it’s delicious. I immediately started to mourn, lost weight and vitality. A passion in my life was gone and I didn’t know how to grow with this new information.

Often with gluten sensitivity, other foods such as dairy, sugar and eggs can also be causing inflammation. As I eliminated these foods, I realized how toxic they were to my very sensitive digestive system. When I would eliminate a food for a month then have a “party day” with each food separately to see if you react to that one food, I would immediately react. (this is a very common method of “testing” with naturopaths) ARE YOU KIDDING ME!!!!! More limitations. More restrictions. More information completely altering my world as I knew it. I had already been battling eating disorders since I was a teenager. This news added another layer that would further increase and deepen the disorder.

With the support of my wonderful naturopath, I was encouraged to see this as an exciting, new challenge. A new way of eating, baking and cooking that could nourish and heal the body. Now that I am a nauropath myself I have a volumes of recipes and nutritional information to offer.  Stay tuned!