recipe: vegan tomato pasta

I made this recipe because once in awhile, my husband and I both love pasta accompanied by thick sauces, and I was in the mood for something without dairy. I didn’t even know that creamy vegan sauces existed (but wasn’t surprised)! I was quite happy to find this one. In all honesty, it was pretty good for a first attempt. It tasted a bit like a healthier version of an Alfredo sauce. If anything, it has only inspired me to search out and try more vegan options.

Creamy Vegan Tomato Pasta

Ingredients:

2 cups whole wheat pasta of choice
2 cups grape tomatoes, halved
½ cup Spanish yellow onion, diced
4 cloves garlic
⅓ cup olive oil
1 ¾ cup unsweetened almond milk
4 tbsp unbleached all-purpose flour
salt
pepper

Steps:

1. In a medium saucepan, bring the pasta to a boil. Meanwhile, halve the grape tomatoes and add them to a heated skillet with oil. Dice the onions and add them as well. Cook over medium heat for approximately 15 minutes or cooked to personal preference.

2. Once pasta and tomatoes are cooked through, put almond milk in a separate saucepan. Begin stirring over medium heat. Mince the garlic and add it to the sauce. Add salt and pepper to taste. Then slowly add the flour, continually stirring. Cook on low for 5 more minutes to let thicken. Once it looks ready, taste it again. Add more spice if desired.

3. Put pasta and tomatoes on a plate and pour sauce over top. Sprinkle with pepper or vegan Parmesan cheese if so craved. Serve warm.

Emory

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recipe: chewy vegan oatmeal cookies

My husband and I can’t get enough of these cookies- and he isn’t even vegan! They are soft, coconutty, and have a hint of cinnamon. Best of all, you can add whatever you like to them to suit your taste buds even more!

Makes 3 dozen

(Variations include chocolate chips, raisins, butterscotch chips, and more!)

Chewy Vegan Oatmeal Cookies

Ingredients:

1 cup vegan butter, room temperature
¾ granulated sugar
¾ cup brown sugar
¼ cup applesauce
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 ½ cups large flake oats
1 ¼ cup unbleached all-purpose flour
1 ½ tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp salt
½ cup unsweetened coconut
2 cups raisins (or other)

Steps:

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. In a medium-sized bowl, cream together the butter, sugar, applesauce, and vanilla extract.

2. In a large bowl, add remaining ingredients. Stir until just combined, and then fold in wet ingredients. Mix well.

3. Using a tablespoon, roll a ball into the palm of your hand. Gently flatten, then place on non-stick cookie sheet. Bake for 8 minutes. Allow to cool before transferring them!

(Store at room temperature in an airtight container or sealed bag for up to 7 days.)

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recipe: strawberry crumb muffins

Strawberry Crumb Muffins
(Makes 1 dozen large muffins, or 1.5 dozen medium muffins)

A three-part recipe that is a little more time consuming than your average muffin, it is the perfect addition to any summer (or fall) outing or get-together. They are moist and sweet (but not overly), and can be enjoyed by children and adults alike. That’s a win in my book!

Ingredients: 

For the topping
½ cup granulated sugar

½ cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp cinnamon
4 tbsp butter, room temperature

For the muffins
3 cups all-purpose flour

2 tsp baking powder
½ tsp cinnamon
½ tsp salt
6 tbsp butter, room temperature
1 ½ cups granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup milk
2 cups strawberries, chopped

For the icing
(depending on how thick you would like it- this is quite thin)
1 ¼ cup powdered sugar

1 tbsp butter
2 tbsp milk
¾ tsp vanilla extract

Steps:

1. For the topping- combine all four ingredients in a medium-sized bowl. Mix until consistency is very breakable. Set aside.

2. For the muffins- preheat oven to 400°F. Add flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt into a medium bowl. Mix well.

3. In a large bowl, combine the butter, sugar, eggs, vanilla extract, and milk. Then gently fold in the dry flour ingredients. Finally, add the strawberries and stir until just combined.

4. Divide the batter among 12 (or 18) well-greased muffin cups. Then top each one with the crumb topping. Bake for approximately 20 minutes or until evenly cooked through. Let cool before transferring to a rack.

5. For the icing- combine all ingredients and mix until the icing is as thick as you would like it. (The runnier the glaze, the easier it is to drizzle!) Then spread over each cooled muffin.

The muffins should be eaten soon after baking. Store them in a fridge in an airtight container up to 5 days. Can be frozen, thawed, and eaten as well!

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recipe: chocolate chip & dried-up grape cookies

Since moving out here, I have gotten into the habit of baking something with Remy usually every second day. After waking up and tackling the leftover dishes, we generally find a recipe to bake before heading out for our morning walk. Remy always requests it and I find that it is such a learning and bonding moment with your child. Aside from licking the bowl, I never remember baking with my own mum. If we did, then I wish that I still had those memories!

This particular morning I had set out to make basic chocolate chip cookies. However, I only had 1 cup of chocolate chips (you needed 2), and so I improvised by adding raisins. Or “dried-up grapes” as Remy called them. Since I already wasn’t following the recipe, I decided to cut the all-purpose flour with pastry flour that I had laying around. I wanted to see how it would alter the cookies. I also reduced the number of eggs and added a bit of canola oil. I’m not an experienced enough baker to see exactly what those changes did, but the cookies turned out really “yummy” so I just thought that I would copy down the recipe verbatim!

This is a departure from my regular vegan recipes. Let me know if you try it, and any other changes you might have!

Chocolate Chip & Dried-Up Grape Cookies

Ingredients:

3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 cup butter
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup canola oil
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup cake and pastry flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup raisins
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Steps:

1. Preheat oven to 375°F. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar. Then add the egg, vanilla, and canola oil. Stir in the flour, baking soda, and salt. Mix well. Lastly, add the raisins and chocolate chips.

2. Using a tablespooon, grab a spoonful of cookie dough and place in the palm of your hand. Roll into a ball, and drop onto an ungreased pan. Bake for 8 minutes for softer cookies, and 10 for crispier ones.

Emory

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wilder’s baptism

Two Sundays ago, Wilder was baptized into the Roman Catholic church.

We spent the morning getting ready at home. I set out the food that I had spent weeks preparing. I made an appetizer tray, bread, macaroni salad for the adults, slow cooker mac and cheese for the kids, banana bread, cookies, and strawberry crumb muffins (TBA).

Remy and I had also created origami crosses the day before. After she painted them, I hung them on the wall.

The decorations- which included a tablecloth, dinner plates, utensils, religious garland, and cups- were all purchased from Party City in Saskatoon, SK. I did what I could to show our faith and love for our son!

We drove into the city and met my husband’s family for mass. Afterwards, my sister and her family and my step-dad showed up. I fed and changed Wilder into his outfit, and he, along with nine other babies, were baptized. It only took 30 minutes!

The baptism went very quickly and very smoothly as well. We had a reading a few words from our kind and humorous priest. Wilder was entertained by everything around him. He got oil on his chest and the most beautiful smelling oil on his head. He didn’t cry. Remy was her usual bratty self and hopped around entertaining everyone. She even tried blowing out the baptismal candles as they were being lit and made everyone crack up.

Geoff’s parents served as Wilder’s godparents. Afterwards, we were given a candle, certificate, and scarf. Then we left and everyone came out to our new home on our acreage. We had an early supper and the kids ran around inside and outside. It was just a lovely, lovely day. Most importantly, Wilder is now a child of God. Alleluia! Alleluia!

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