Friday, February 13, 2015

Green Pancakes

At our house, we don't believe in hiding foods such as vegetables in other more kid friendly foods. We do believe in letting kids help and taste and create the food for the family. It is no secret that spinach is what makes these pancakes green! E watched me rinse and dry the spinach leaves, pack them into the measuring cup and whir them into a green liquid with the other ingredients in the  blender.

These are a bit more savory that traditional pancakes but were quite good with a bit of Earth Balance spread and a squeeze of honey.

Green Pancakes

Spinach Pancakes? I'm kinda worried that you're going to want to skip this recipe based on the name, but I beg you to give these pancakes a try. I originally made them as a St. Patrick's Day-themed recipe for my monthly "Snack Mom" column in the...

Spinach Pancakes? I'm kinda worried that you're going to want to skip this recipe based on the name, but I beg you to give these pancakes a try. I originally made them as a St. Patrick's Day-themed recipe for my monthly "Snack Mom" column in the...


  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil + 2 Tbsp water + 2 tsp baking powder
  •  1 cup packed fresh spinach
  • 1 cup original unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon refined coconut oil
  • 1 cup white whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  1. In a small bowl combine 1 Tbsp coconut oil + 2 Tbsp water + 2 tsp baking powder and let sit for one to two minutes.
  2.  In a blender, combine the spinach, almond milk, and oil and the above mixture and blend until smooth.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the remaining ingredients.
  4. Stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until just combined.
  5. Heat a large pan over medium heat and grease. 
  6. Pour about 2 tablespoons of the pancake mixture onto the griddle, making as many pancakes as will fit and cook for 2-4 minutes depending on the heat of your stove.
  7. Flip the pancakes when bubbles begin to appear and cook or 2 minutes or until cooked through.
  8. Serve with Earth Balance spread and Agave or Maple syrup or honey.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Vegan "Meatball" Subs

First of all.. I just want to say that as soon as my brother sees this post (providing he ever reads my blog, wink wink) he will send me a text that says, "those are not meatballs. They cannot be called meatballs." Semantics. Anywho, these came about because I had an abundance of leftover marinara that I had pulled from the freezer. I didn't think it would be wise to freeze it... again. I asked P what he could think of to use it for. This is a bit funny because usually he looks at me and says something like, "can't you find something on Pinterest?"Ahaha. This time he said (without hesitation) "Meatball Subs". Well, ok then.  Excellent idea, except that I don't think I have ever had a meatball sub... in any form. Hmmmm. Despite this fact as well as the extra toasty buns, I thought these were quite good.

Meatball Sandwich

For the tomato sauce
  •  1 medium onions, peeled and minced 
  •  vegetable broth for sauteing
  • 1 cloves garlic, peeled and minced 
  •  2 cups canned crushed or diced tomatoes, along with their juice
  • 3/4 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 3/4 teaspoons salt
  • 3/4 teaspoons dried oregano 
  •  1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • one bay leaf 
  • 1/4 teaspoon brown sugar 

For the Lentil "Meatballs"
        This made enough for 5 sandwiches and then freezing an entire second meals worth

  • 2 cups cooked lentils (I used one package of Melissa's brand precooked because I had them in the fridge
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Vegetable Broth for sauteing
  • 1/3 Red Onion, finely chopped
  • 2 tsp Minced Garlic (or one clove)
  • 1/2 Zucchini, finely chopped
  • 12 Baby carrots finely chopped
  • 1 Celery Stalk, finely chopped
  • 2 tsp Dried Parsley
  • 1/2 cup Bread Crumbs
  • 1 T Ground Flax Seed
  • 2 T Vegan Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1/2 tsp each Paprika, garlic powder, Italian Seasoning
  • 1 T Garbanzo flour (or regular if not gluten free) plus 1 T water

Additional Ingredients
Daiya Cheese
Gluten Free Vegan Hoagie Buns

For the tomato sauce
- Sauté the onions in vegetable broth in large saucepan. Season them with salt and black pepper, stir frequently, until the onions start to become translucent. Add the garlic and cook until the onions are completely soft
- Add the canned tomatoes, the tomato paste, salt, dried oregano, red pepper flakes, the bay leaf and the sugar, and let simmer for 10 to 12 minutes over low heat, stirring occasionally. Set aside.
- Heat the sauce with the meatballs in it until everything is warmed through. If the sauce is very thick, it can be thinned with a bit of warm water.

For the Lentil “Meatballs”
- Place the lentils to a large mixing bowl. Mash them with a fork, potato masher or your hands until they are completely mashed.
- Heat a large skillet and add the vegetable broth. Sauté the onions for about 5 minutes until translucent.
- Add the rest of the vegetables and the garlic, salt and pepper. Sauté about 6 minutes until the veggies are soft.
- Add the veggies to the mixing bowl with the lentils.
- Add the parsley, bread crumbs, flaxseed, Worcestershire sauce, and spices.
- In a small bowl, put garbanzo flour. Add 1 Tbs. of water and mix into a loose paste. This will help to hold the mixture together. Add to the bowl.
- Mix everything well. I used clean hands, which seemed to be the best option. If the texture seems too wet, add more bread crumbs. If it feels too dry add water.
- Wet your hands, scoop up about 2 Tbs. worth of the mixture (more or less depending what size you like your meatballs) and shape into a ball.
- Place them in a casserole dish or on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
- Cook for 20 minutes at 375 degrees watching closely and turning halfway through.
- Turn on broiler after 20 minutes and broil for a minute or two to get a bit more browned. WATCH CLOSELY.
- Pull from the oven and cut one open to check for doneness. Meatballs should be well heated all the way through.

To make sandwiches, take hoagie buns, cut open almost all the way through. Slice some of the meatballs in half and put them between the bread, pressing down with a fork a bit. Top with a small amount of  shredded Daiya and heat in 400º oven or under the broiler, until the cheese melts. WATCH CLOSELY (I only know this from experience. See photo.)