Sunday, March 13, 2011

Cooking For Elliot: American Style!

Word on the street is that little cousin Elliot enjoyed last week's menu. Here he is getting his evening chomp-on:

This week, we're giving Elliot another no wheat-egg-dairy-nut menu with everything from pancakes to apple crisp.

March 13, 2011

True Whole Grain Pancakes with Apple Compote

Mac n "Cheese"

Easy Black Bean Burgers

Old-Fashioned Apple Crisp

True Whole Grain Pancakes with Homemade Apple Compote (pancakes adapted from Feeding the Whole Family)
2/3 cup steel cut oats
1/3 cup buckwheat groats (buckwheat is gluten-free)
1 1/4 cup soy or rice milk
Equivalent of 1 egg replacer
1/4 tsp salt
2 tblsps sucanat (dehydrated cane juice. has a molasses taste and is a good source of iron)
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp nutmeg (optional)

Combine oats, buckwheat, and milk in blender container. Cover and let soak overnight in the fridge. In the morning, add remaining ingredients to blender and blend until smooth. Preheat oiled skillet. Pour 1/4 cup batter and cook for 2 minutes on each side.

**Apple compote recipe can be found in an earlier post on this blog. Otherwise, replace with unsweetened store-bought applesauce and a sprinkle of cinnamon.

Mac n "Cheese" (adapted from the lunchboxbunch blog)
6-8 tblsp nutritional yeast flakes (NOT brewer's yeast or baker's yeast)
1 1/2 cups plain soy milk
1 sweet potato, peeled, cooked, mashed
1 tsp garlic poweder
1 tsp black pepper
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup onion (optional)
8 oz gluten-free pasta (elbows or shells)

Cook the pasta in boiling water for approx. 9 minutes (don't overcook). While the pasta is cooking, "bake" the sweet potato in the microwave (washed, dried, whole sweet potato punctured with a fork). Cook for approx. 10 minutes or until cooked all the way through.

Meanwhile, mix the yeast, milk garlic powder, black pepper, and apple cider vinegar (and onion if using). When sweet potato is cooked, remove from skin and add to liquid mixture to form a smooth orange sauce. Add drained pasta and stir.

Easy Black Bean Burgers
1 can organic black beans, rinsed and drained
1 small red onion chopped
1/4 - 1/3 cup uncooked oatmeal OR large handful of baked corn chips
1/2 tsp cumin
2 tblsps salsa

In food processor, blend uncooked oatmeal OR corn chips until fine. Add beans, salsa, onion, and cumin. Pulse until blended. Add more salsa if too dry but be careful that mixture remains solid enough to form into patties.

Form into patties. Heat olive oil in a skillet. Cook burgers approx. 5 minutes per side.  

Old Fashioned Apple Crisp (adapted from Sweet and Natural)
6 organic apples, peeled and thinly sliced
2 tblsps arrowroot powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp sea sal
1/2 cup agave nectar
1 tblsp lemon juice
1 tsp vanilla

Crisp Topping
1/2 cup rolled oats, ground to flour in a food processor
1/2 cup rolled oats whole
1/8 tsp sea salt
3 tblsps canola oil
2-3 tblsps maple syrup

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Combine filling ingredients and transfer to 9 inch pie plate. Mix the topping ingredients together until crumbly and sprinkle over filling. Cover and bake until the fruit is soft, approx. 45 minutes but check after 30 minutes. Uncover and continue to bake for 10 minutes until topping is crisp.

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