Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Rice Noodle, Pear, and Turkey Salad with Raspberry Dressing

While trying to figure out how I could make a salad without lettuce, that my husband would enjoy (he isn't too big on the sprouts that I tend to like), I came up with the following salad that made him exclaim, "How did you come up with this recipe?  I really like it."

So, here is what you will need to make this very "liked" new recipe of mine:

Raspberry Dressing Ingredients:
1/4 cup raspberries (fresh or frozen)
2 Tablespoons lemon juice
2 Tablespoons Braggs "Live-culture"Cider Vinegar OR strong kumbucha
2 Tablespoons honey
1/4 cup coconut oil (warmed if you live in a climate where it solidifies)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 Tablespoon chia seeds

Salad Ingredients:
1 package rice noodles
2 pears (sliced)
1 cup smoked turkey (cubed)
1/2 cup roasted sunflower seeds
1/2 cup crumbled cheese (the more tart the cheese the better it will pair with the sweetness of the pear)

To start off, put all the ingredients for the dressing into a blender and pulse until it reaches a smooth consistency.  Put into a glass jar and then leave on the counter for at least 15 minutes.

Next, cook the noodles according to the direction on the box, rinse in cold water, and then coat with a little coconut oil and chill until you are ready to assemble the salad.

Finally, layer the cold noodles, pears, cheese, and sunflower seeds on 4 plates and top with the raspberry dressing.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Pancakes

I do so apologize that it has been so long since I have posted anything on my blog, but life has its way of taking over...and in our case it took over our entire household and moved us(literally) in the most dramatic way - from a hobby farm in Minnesota to a travel trailer that is now parked in The Woodlands, Texas.

So, now that the boxes are packed and we are living on the seems I have a little more time to get to some of those things that got put to the side while our moving was going on, like blogging.  Of course, you will notice that my kitchen is not what it used to be (actually not even a fraction and some of that is even outside) but good food is plentiful here in Texas and I plan to make the most of all the ingredients I have close by from the many sources I have already discovered in this area.

Onto the recipe at hand:  Whole What Chocolate Chip Pancakes

Here is what you will need:
3 cups Soft White Whole Wheat (Pastry flour), freshly milled
1 3/4 cups Milk
2 Eggs
2 Tablespoons Vinegar
1/4 cup Honey
1 teaspoon Baking powder
1/2 teaspoon Baking soda
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1/4 cup Coconut oil
Organic Chocolate Chips

Mix all of the ingredients (minus the chocolate chips) into a large bowl...

...and stir.

Now, on a hot griddle, ladle out the batter, top with a desired amount of chocolate chips, and cook until completely baked inside and out.

My outdoor kitchen