recipe: favourite whole wheat bread

This a recipe that I have been making weekly for years now! It’s big, soft, almost fall-apart-melt-in-your-mouth bread. It’s like a warm hug in food form! I make it with 50% whole wheat and 50% all-purpose flour, so that it’s not overly dry but also not overly unhealthy (as far as bread goes). You can really mix up the ratios yourself, though. Add more whole wheat if you would like it to be healthier, or less whole wheat if you prefer whiter bread. Additionally, it contains no eggs or dairy for those who are intolerant of them.

Halve this recipe if you are wanting a smaller yield. Or if you’re like me and you prefer to have extra bread to freeze, follow the directions exactly! Enjoy!

Favourite Whole Wheat Bread

Makes 4 loaves

Ingredients:

1 cup granulated sugar
3 tbsp active dry yeast
4 cups warm water
1/2 cup canola or vegetable oil, plus more to grease
1 tsp salt
6 cups whole wheat flour
6 cups all-purpose flour
Butter or margarine

Steps:

1. In a large bowl, add the sugar, yeast, and warm water. Mix well, then cover with a tea towel for 15 minutes or until the yeast has bubbled.

2. Remove towel. Next add the oil, salt, and flour- the whole wheat first followed by the all-purpose one cup at a time. Make sure to stir in-between each cup. (It will work out to be 12 cups exactly, but it could also turn out to be closer to 11 cups or 13 cups depending on how you prefer the texture of the dough.) When the dough is no longer sticky, transfer to a floured surface. Knead for another 5 minutes until smoothed out. Form into a ball and place in a new, large, oil-greased bowl. Cover with a tea towel. Put in oven with the light on for 1 hour to let rise.

3. After dough has risen, remove it from oven and punch it down. Then grease 4 loaf pans with oil. Cut the dough into 4 equal pieces. Form into the shape of a loaf and place each one in a pan. Cover loaves with a tea towel and leave on countertop to let rise for 20 minutes. Meanwhile, set the oven to 375°F.

4. After dough has risen for the second time, remove tea towel and place all 4 on the middle rack of your oven. Bake for 35 minutes or until a deep golden brown. Remove and brush with butter. Let cool down before slicing into them.

Note: This bread should be stored in an airtight container or wrapped in tin foil at room temperature. Do not refrigerate. They keep well up to a few days. Otherwise, you can wrap them and freeze them up to a few months. (Pictured is a loaf that has been frozen and thawed!)

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recipe: creamy veggie valentine’s soup

Creamy Vegetable Valentine’s Soup

Ingredients:

3 tbsp oil, any kind
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 sweet yellow onion, chopped
4 cups chicken stock
1 cup almond (or regular) milk
4 medium beets, chopped
4 large carrots, chopped
2 medium yellow potatoes, chopped
2 celery stalks, chopped
1 large tomato, chopped
1 tbsp ground thyme

Steps:

1. In a large pot, heat oil over medium heat. Chop and add the garlic and onion. Let brown. Next add chicken stock and almond milk. Then chop and add the rest of the vegetables and spices. Bring to a boil and continue to cook over medium heat for approximately 20 minutes.

2. Remove from heat. Add soup to a food processor or blender in batches. Once creamy, pour into a separate pot or container until all of the contents are together again. Stir, and serve! 

Note: soup can be refrigerated in an airtight container up to 3 days, or frozen up to 3 months.

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recipe: cozy winter soup

Ingredients:

4 tbsp oil, any
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
4 cups vegetable stock
1 cup coconut milk
2 tbsp lemon juice
1 large yellow squash, cubed
2 cups Basmati rice, cooked

Steps:

1. In a large pot, heat oil over medium. Add the garlic. Chop the onion and add it to the pot. Next add the vegetable stock, coconut milk, and lemon juice. Continue to cook over medium. 

2. Cut the squash in half lengthwise. Scoop out the stringy bits and seeds. Scoop out the rest, cubing it and adding it to the soup. Cook for approximately 20 minutes.

3. In the meantime, cook the Basmati rice and set aside. Once the vegetables are cooked through, you can add the soup to a food processor or blender. Blend until smooth.

4. Return the soup to the pot. Stir in the cooked rice until completely combined. Serve warm.

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recipe: vegan pumpkin pie tarts

It’s almost Halloween!!

Full disclaimer- this recipe takes awhile to prepare. It is my promise though, that it is so worth it! Having fresh ingredients always makes a huge difference. As always, you don’t have to make this dairy-free. Simply substitute vegan butter and almond milk for those with lactose.

Vegan Pumpkin Pie Tarts

Makes 24

Ingredients:

(For the tart crust)
4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp salt
1 cup vegan butter, room temperature
1 1/4 cup cold water

(For the filling)
2 1/2 cups pumpkin puree, mashed
3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
2 eggs
1 cup brown sugar, packed
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground ginger

Steps:

1. To begin, start with a large pie pumpkin. Cut it in half lengthwise, scooping out the seeds and stringy bits. Using a large spoon, remove the inside flesh. Then place it in a food processor or blender, and blend until it becomes a smooth paste. (This took me upwards of 20 minutes in a blender. Be sure not to add water! It will get there eventually.)

2. Prepare the tart crust. Preheat oven to 400°F. Grease the muffin trays and set aside. In a large bowl, combine the flour, salt, and butter. Mix well at first, then knead by hand in the bowl. Slowly add the water, ensuring that it is well-combined before adding more. In the end the dough should be somewhat sticky but mostly crumbly. 

3. Transfer dough to a floured surface. Continue to knead until it is ready to be rolled out, cut into 24 circles, and place in the muffin cups. Once you have completed those steps, it is time to fill them.

4. Prepare the filling. In a medium bowl, combine the pumpkin puree, almond milk, eggs, brown sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon, salt, and ginger. Beat over medium speed for 2 minutes, ensuring that it is completely combined. Then scoop the filling into each tart, filling no more than 3/4 full. Place the tarts in the oven and bake for 30 minutes, or until filling has firmed up and tart shells have turned golden brown. Remove, let cool, and top with your favourite dairy-free (or not) whipped cream or ice cream! Or, just eat them as is.

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recipe: gluten and dairy-free lasagna

Not only is this lasagna gluten-free and vegetarian, but I also made mine with dairy-free cheese! Talk about healthy! But you can certainly substitute some cheddar or mozzarella cheese for the dairy-free kind, as well as add a bit of hamburger meat (provided you have cooked it beforehand). This is something that I love to make in the summer months when we have a ton of fresh garden vegetables and only about 20 minutes to cook up a feast! It’s amazing!

Gluten-Free Vegetable Skillet Lasagna

Ingredients:

2 tbsp oil, any kind
1 large zucchini, sliced
1 cup spinach
1 cup mushrooms, diced
1/2 small yellow onion, diced
1 can diced tomatoes
2 cups grated cheese, any kind
Salt, to taste

Pepper, to taste

Steps:

1. Heat oil over medium in a skillet. Lay down a layer of zucchini. Spread the spinach on top, as well as the mushrooms, onions, tomatoes, and 1 cup of cheese. Then add the remaining zucchini and cheese. Add desired amount of salt and pepper.

2. Cover and continue to cook over medium heat for approximately 20 minutes, or until vegetables are cooked through. Then remove, slice, and serve!

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