Bread, Focaccia, Pizza, RECIPES

No Knead, Kalamata Olive, Sun Dried Tomates and Rosemary Focaccia




7 cups all-purpose whole wheat flour
1 tbsp coarse sea salt for sprinkling
1 tsp active dry yeast
3 1/2 cups warm water
1 tbsp agave
1/3 cup olive oil *
1 small red onion , thinly sliced
1/3 cup sun-dried tomatoes , chopped
1/3 cup Kalamata pitted olives , chopped  *
2 fresh rosemary sprigs

& some chili flakes

Use good quality olives and olive oil it makes a big difference in flavour, I used Barakaris olives and olive oil from Mouton Vert located in Montreal

1. In a large mixing bowl combine flour and yeast. In a small bowl combine warm water and agave to dissolve. Then pour liquid over the flour mixture. Stir to combine until you have a sticky dough.
2. In another large mixing bowl add 1/4 cup olive oil only, and transfer dough to the bowl. Roll the dough to coat in the olive oil. Cover the bowl tightly, and transfer to the fridge overnight. (Make sure the bowl is big enough for dough to double in size).
3. Remove dough from fridge and line a 17 x 12 inch baking tray lined with parchment paper. Transfer dough onto tray. Push dough out with hands as best you can to cover tray entirely. Wait 1 hour for the dough to come to room temperature. It should soften and rise considerably.
4. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Pat focaccia dough again to ensure it is the same thickness throughout on the pan (about 1-inch thick). Then dimple the entire dough by pushing your fingers into the dough. Drizzle with more olive oil and sprinkle with the coarse salt.
5. Decorate with thinly sliced red onion, sun-dried tomatoes, olives and rosemary & chili flakes. Bake for 20 minutes, or until golden brown.

Fluffy and tasty !

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RECIPES, Soups

Leek & Potato Soup

Ingredients

  •  4 medium-sized chopped leeks
  •  2 lbs potatoes, peeled and diced
  •  4 1/2 cups vegetable broth
  •  1 small yellow onion, diced 
  •  2 tablespoons olive oil
  •  3 garlic cloves, minced
  •  salt & black pepper
  •  chives, chopped *optional

Instructions

  1. In a large pot on medium heat add oil, then saute garlic, leeks, and onion together with salt until soft – about 5 minutes. 
  2. Add potatoes, vegetable broth, salt & pepper to pot – cover and let simmer for about 15 minutes. Potatoes should be soft when tested with a fork.
  3. Use a hand-blender to blend soup on medium to high until ingredients are smooth and consistency is creamy.
  4. Season soup to taste with salt & a good amount of black pepper. Serve with chopped chives and black pepper – enjoy

Tip

Freezing potato and leek soup: Allow soup to come to room temperature, store in a sealed container and place in freezer for 1 to 3 months. Remove, defrost, and cook in pot until desired temperature

Serve with warm crusty bread !!!

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Mains, RECIPES

Crispy Seitan Asian Style

I love Seitan!, although not easy to find, there is a lovely couple, Caroline & Laurent from @L’ISSUE that make Vegan charcuteries (They have a Facebook page should you want their coordinates). I happen to prefer their products to others, in part for the quality of their ingredients. Their products are sold at IGA’s in St-Jérôme, Prévost, St-Sauveur, Ste-Agathe, Sainte-Adèle, Mont-Tremblant, and Bourassa in St-Sauveur, Ste-Agathe, Mirabel, BioSatva, Les Petits oignons & L’étalage. For the above recipe I used their LE COSTAUD DES LAURENTIDES.

Ingredients:
400 grams of Seitan, sliced into thin strips
Cornstarch
Sesame oil

Sauce:
2 tbsp sesame oil
1/2 cup of Tamari
1/2 cup of water
3 tsp of grated ginger
3 minced garlic cloves
1/2 cup of coconut sugar

To make the sauce, add all the ingredients in a sauce pan and bring to a boil, whisk until everything is combined and coconut sugar has entirely dissolved. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes, until it reduces slightly. Set aside.

Pour some cornstarch in a bowl and coat each slice of Seitan shaking off the excess.

Heat the oil in a skillet on medium-high and brown the Seitan on each side. Add the sauce to the Seitan. Cook until the sauce has reduced and coated the Seitan.

You now have made delicious crispe Seitan Asian style !

You can serve in a bowl with rice or other, veggies and top with green onions, sesame seeds, I added a little picked onions that I had made the previous day and pumpkin seeds.

Enjoy !

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Dips, RECIPES

Hummus

Hummus can be a spread, a dip or a topping when making a bowl. It requires few ingredients and is extremely simple and quick to make. Hummus is also high in protein and high in fiber.

This recipe makes 2 1/2 cups and keeps in the refrigerator for 5 days

Ingredients:

3/4 cup of dry chick peas (Soak overnight, healthier and better than canned)
1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
3 garlic cloves
4 tbsp tahini
Salt (Optional)

Put cooked chickpeas and other ingredients in a food processor or blender. Process to a smooth purée, adding some of the cooking liquid until you get that consistancy.

I then drizzled some olive oil, sprinkled with paprika and served with some crudités, pita wedges and crackers

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Mains, RECIPES

Wild Rice

Here is a comfort food full of nutrients !

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Don’t be intimidated by wild rice,  approach it in the same way as with other types of rice. 1 cup of rice for 2 cups of water (I add to the water 1 teaspoon of powder bouillon), Bring to a boil then reduce to simmer and let it absorb all the water, simple !. You  can then top it with any of your favorite grilled or sautéed vegetables. I then drizzled a little of my Tahini Sauce (1 tbsp of Tahini, 1 tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice, half a tbsp of olive oil and a pinch of cayenne) you can tweak it to your liking depending on if you prefer it more lemony, and if you want it a little more liquid just add water.

The only difference with wild rice is that it has not been stripped of its vitamins and minerals

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy423 kJ (101 kcal)
21.34 g
Dietary fiber1.8 g
0.34 g
3.99 g
VitaminsQuantity%DV
Vitamin A equiv.

64 μg
Thiamine (B1)
5%

0.052 mg

Riboflavin (B2)
7%

0.087 mg

Niacin (B3)
9%

1.287 mg

Vitamin B6
10%

0.135 mg

Folate (B9)
7%

26 μg

Vitamin C
0%

0 mg

Vitamin E
2%

0.24 mg

MineralsQuantity%DV
Calcium
0%

3 mg

Copper
6%

0.121 mg

Iron
5%

0.6 mg

Magnesium
9%

32 mg

Manganese
13%

0.282 mg

Phosphorus
12%

82 mg

Potassium
2%

101 mg

Sodium
0%

3 mg

Zinc
14%

1.34 mg

  • Source: USDA

I often get asked where I get my protein, vitamins and minerals. Here is a perfect example

Enjoy !

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