My Husband Doesn't Cook

A tasty blog on the foods I make and he eats - from a Big Feet candy addict.

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Butter Tart for two

When a craving hits, I must satisfy it.  Resourcefulness is the key!

I happened to have some ready-made pastry tartlets in the freezer…and the rest is magic!

  • 2 frozen, ready-made pastry tart shells
  • 1 heaping tablespoon of coconut palm sugar
  • 1 and a bit tablespoons of maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • 1/8 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/8 teaspoon vinegar
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground flax [or ground Chia]
  • 3 teaspoons water

Place each tart shell in a small ramekin or small microwaveable dish. Microwave on high for 30 seconds. [In a pinch, you could use soda crackers!]  Let cool while you prepare the filling.  If you like raisins or nuts, sprinkle a few on the shell.

In a Pyrex cup or microwaveable bowl, mix all the remaining ingredients. Microwave on high for 30 seconds.  Stir.  Microwave on high for another 30 seconds. Stir well. Pour the filling equally into the two tart shells.  Return to the microwave for another 30 seconds or more.  This depends on the power of your microwave.  Watch that it doesn’t boil over.

Cool and DEVOUR.

I completely forgot to take a photo of the butter tart because hubby and I couldn’t wait to eat them.  Next time I make them, I’ll try to snap a photo before we eat them!

Make your own dry pancake mix!  Avoid chemicals and preservatives that in many store-bought brands.  Save money!
4 cups all purpose flour
2-4 tbls coconut sugar or organic cane sugar
3 tbls baking powder
2 teas baking soda
dash of salt
Mix dry ingredients and place in an air-tight container.
To one cup of dry mix, add one egg, one cup of milk [any kind] and a splash of vanilla.

Enjoy!!

Make your own dry pancake mix!  Avoid chemicals and preservatives that in many store-bought brands.  Save money!

  • 4 cups all purpose flour
  • 2-4 tbls coconut sugar or organic cane sugar
  • 3 tbls baking powder
  • 2 teas baking soda
  • dash of salt

Mix dry ingredients and place in an air-tight container.

To one cup of dry mix, add one egg, one cup of milk [any kind] and a splash of vanilla.

Enjoy!!

Make your own Greek-style yogurt!

myhusbanddoesntcook:

Everybody is on the Greek-Yogurt bandwagon these days. Thick, creamy, protein-rich yummyness. But ouch…it’s so much more expensive than the other yogurts. It’s another one of those food items that we are charged more for because the manufacturers are taking something out! It’s the whey.

So why,…

My favourite superfoods of 2013

I discovered some great foods this year on my quest for healthier and safer food options.  Some of these are not new to me.  Some of these I have discovered this year.  Some of these I have re-discovered.  Some have been long-time favourites!

What are your favourite super-foods?

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  • Berries {especially our northern, Sudbury berries!}
  • Coconut Oil
  • Maple syrup
  • whole-grain Oats
  • Chia seeds
  • Hemp hearts
  • Avocados
  • Honey
  • Amaranth seeds
  • Millet
  • Quinoa
  • Coconut sugar
  • organic fruits and veggies

Healthier than Chocolate Sauce

One of my favourite desserts has always been a traditional Tin Roof…..vanilla ice cream, chocolate sauce and peanuts.  I try not to eat it too often, but lately I have made some changes to make it just a wee bit healthier.

Instead of ice cream, I use frozen yogurt.  Instead of store-bought chocolate sauce full of sugar and/or high-fructose corn syrup, I use this delicious [and vegan] alternative!

  • 1/3 cup (50 g) pitted dates
  • 1/2 cup (125 ml) almond, hemp or cashew milk
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons cocoa powder or 1 oz (15 g) unsweetened baking chocolate for a more decadent/creamier sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon real vanilla extract

    Put dates and almond milk into a blender, blend together until smooth.

    Pour into a saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer, continue to cook over low heat for 5-10 minutes, until thickened.

    Remove from the heat, stir in the chocolate (or cocoa powder) and vanilla until well mixed

    Transfer to a sterilized glass jar. Serve warm, refrigerate and eat cold, or re-warm.

{original recipe from:  http://www.topwithcinnamon.com/2013/05/healthy-3-ingredient-chocolate-fudge-sauce-no-added-sugar-grain-free-vegan-gluten-free.html}

Food Banks

Undercover Boss Canada

…featuring Food Banks

I finally got around to watching this episode of Undercover Boss Canada…featuring Bob from our Blue Door Soup Kitchen here in Sudbury. I was so inspired and touched by the dedicated staff…especially Bob. Please remember to donate money or food to your local food bank, all year round, not just during the holidays! One way to easily give is to purchase and extra food item[s] each time you go grocery shopping and place the item in the collection box that is in the store.

Quinoa Chocolate Truffles

Here’s another yummy Quinoa treat.  I am amazed at how delicious these healthy treats are.  I’d like to try to alter the recipe by using pure cocoa instead of chocolate, but until I do I’m not feeling too guilty eating these!  Mmmmm.

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  • 1/3 cup quinoa - rinsed
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1/3 cup dark chocolate or carob [chunks, chips, etc]
  • 1/3 cup nut butter [I used natural peanut butter]
  • 16 whole dates
  • 1/4 cup chopped nuts [almonds, cashews or peanuts]

Cook quinoa in water for about 15 minutes or until the water is absorbed.  In food processor chop dates and nuts.  Add the quinoa, chocolate and nut butter.  Process until you have the consistency you’d like.  I will process more the next time so they are smoother and creamier.  I used salted peanuts because I love salt with chocolate!


Form into small balls and let set and refrigerate. 

Puffed-Quinoa Treats

Making my own puffed quinoa seemed too daunting. The Bulk Barn here in Sudbury now carries it so I gave it a try. It is delicious as a cold cereal, especially with almond milk and berries.
I saw several recipes online for puffed quinoa peanut butter balls. I’m going to try those next!
Here is my try at Puffed Quinoa Krispy Treats

In a medium pot:
1 to 2 tablespoons of coconut oil melted at low temperature
16 large marshmallows (regular or vegan) or two cups of minis
3 cups puffed quinoa
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Carefully melt the marshmallows until smooth, add the quinoa and vanilla and stir until blended
Press into a lightly greased square pan. Cut into 9 or 12 squares.
A very nice change from Rice Krispie squares

Simple Smoothie Prep

Awhile ago, I posted about a make-ahead smoothie mix:

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Ever wanting to make things simpler and quicker, I have now made some made-ahead smoothie fruit cups.  Instead of taking out the container of spinach, the separate bags of berries and the carton of juice, I now take out a frozen fruit cup, defrost a bit and then add it to my smoothie maker with some of my powder mix.  Whew, that was easy!

I used paper cups.  I put in organic spinach, strawberries, raspberries and blueberries. I added about 1/4 cup of organic juice.  After placing the cups in a container, I put it all in the freezer.  The container I use holds 7 cups.  Just right for a week of berry smoothies.  Of course, you can put whatever you want in your cups!

When I’m ready for a smoothie, I take one of the cups out of the freezer and zap it in the microwave for a bit to defrost it all so it’s easily blended.  If your smoothie maker handles frozen chunks, you may be able to skip this step.

I add more juice, yogurt or Almond Milk and the powder mix and that’s it. 

Old Fashioned Pea Soup

It must be a week for comfort food. This is my second post in just two days!

Another great, favourite meal in my childhood household was Pea Soup.  My mom made the best soup…and I must have inherited the soup-gene because I can make a mean pot of soup out of just about anything.

This recipe serves about 8

  • Ingredients:

  • 1 pound dry green or yellow split peas [use whole if you prefer]
  • 2 quarts water [or broth]
  • 1 meaty ham hock, fat removed
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 2 teaspoons fresh, minced garlic
  • dash pepper
  • 1 cup chopped bok choy [or celery]
  • 1 cup chopped carrot

If using whole peas, soak for 4-8 hours first.

Directions for split pea soup
In a large saucepan, cover dried peas with 2 quarts of water or broth. Add the ham hock.  Bring to a boil; boil gently for 2 minutes. Set aside to soak for 1 hour. Add chopped onion, garlic, and pepper. Bring split pea soup to a boil; cover, reduce heat, and simmer for at least one hour, stirring occasionally. Remove meat from bone; dice and return to pea soup with chopped veggies. Simmer soup slowly for at least one more hour, stirring occasionally. Taste  soup and check that the peas are tender.  You likely won’t need to add salt if the ham hock was smoked/salted.


For vegetarian version, omit the ham and add a dash of smoked flavouring.

Top with grated, sharp cheddar cheese and serve with a crusty baguette.

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Make your own Greek-style yogurt!

Everybody is on the Greek-Yogurt bandwagon these days.  Thick, creamy, protein-rich yummyness.  But ouch…it’s so much more expensive than the other yogurts.  It’s another one of those food items that we are charged more for because the manufacturers are taking something out!  It’s the whey.

So why, not take out the whey yourself?

I purchased a 750g tub of low-fat, plain yogurt for $1.97.  Choose your favourite kind of yogurt…it doesn’t matter what kind you use for this.

Line a strainer with a basket-type coffee filter, or a paper towel.  Put the strainer over a medium-size bowl and then scoop all the yogurt into the strainer.  Put it in the fridge and leave it alone for 8 hours or so.

When you take it out of the fridge, be careful….the bowl will have liquid in it [whey].  You can dump the whey down the sink.  I’m not sure if there’s anything you can do with whey!

Put your thick, delicious yogurt back in the container and VOILA….greek-style yogurt for half the price!

:)

An article about GMOs

I liked this article…simplified and easy to understand.  To understand GMOs better, I recommend you do your research.  There is a lot on the net, pros and cons.  Be informed.

Smoothie power mix!
Mix your powders together to save time.  I was getting tired of opening a bunch of different containers to add extras to my smoothies.  I measured 14 doses of each ingredient and mixed it all up.  Now I just need to add a heaping spoon of the pre-made mix.  Use whatever powders you like, in the amounts you like.  I made mine for a 14 day supply. 

Smoothie power mix!

Mix your powders together to save time.  I was getting tired of opening a bunch of different containers to add extras to my smoothies.  I measured 14 doses of each ingredient and mixed it all up.  Now I just need to add a heaping spoon of the pre-made mix.  Use whatever powders you like, in the amounts you like.  I made mine for a 14 day supply. 

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