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Roasted Chipotle Pepper Cobs

Posted in dinner, Food & Recipes, gluten-free, Health/Nutrition, lunch, Photography, Uncategorized by nicolejanaye on September 24, 2012

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I recently got an abundance of local produce. I try to incorporate different cooking methods with my ingredients so that I have a large variety of meals that I can eat throughout the week. I strongly believe the importance of consuming raw vegetables and fruits because of their nutritional stats and health benefits. Because of this, I try and juice at least once a day to ensure that I receive plenty of enzymes to keep my body running in tip top order! But I also realize that roasting vegetables brings out so much flavor and can transform a dish from bland to mouthwatering. Cauliflower, broccoli, red onion, and asparagus are my favorite vegetables to coat in coconut oil and roast in the oven. It’s an amazing dish to add to a diet/lifestyle, but this shouldn’t be your only method of consuming vegetables. The third method of cooking I tend to use a lot is steaming. Broccoli, green beans and artichokes tend to find their way into the steamer in my kitchen. Health wise it’s more beneficial than zapping in the microwave or roasting in the oven. I tend to steam vegetables if I’m eating them with other ingredient as one meal. For instance, my Buddha bowl would incorporate steamed vegetables, quinoa, and baked tofu. I mix it all together and place in a bowl. I tend to roast vegetables when I eat them alongside other ingredients. But it’s all your own taste! As long as you incorporate raw/cooked vegetables into your diet/lifestyle, it doesn’t really matter which way you eat it.

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It’s funny to me that I write about vegetables when I’m posting a recipe on roasted corn. I guess it’s a vegetable but honestly I look at it as a starch and eat it as a carbohydrate. Either way, these roasted cobs are mouthwatering and need to be the next thing you make.

Ingredients
-cobs
-smoked bourbon sea salt (plain sea salt will work also)
-roasted chipotle peppers (I prefer to roast my own, but you can buy them)
-garlic cloves
-coconut oil
-salt & pepper
-garlic & onion powder
-red chili flakes

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Directions
1. Stick two cobs (with husk on) in the microwave and cook for 2 minutes.
2. Remove from the microwave and slice off the butt of the cob. Make a slice in the side of the husk and peel off completely.

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3. Cut each cob in half and place in a large bowl.
4. Mix the rest of your ingredients together, then coat and rub down your cobs.
5. Place on a baking sheet covered in parchment paper and roast for 30 minutes at 400.

These roasted cobs would be incredible with a creamy dip alongside. I would recommend some kind of dairy/tofu/soy based cooling dip. These suckers are spicy so the creamy sauce will pair perfectly on your taste buds! Personally, I would make a dip with tofu as the base. Play with your ingredients and see if you can come up with the perfect sauce.

Enjoy!

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Spicy Quinoa Cakes with a Sweet Mustard Sauce

Posted in Breakfast, Food & Recipes, gluten-free, Health/Nutrition by nicolejanaye on July 18, 2011

As easy as it sounds, it’s hard for me to have days where I do absolutely nothing. I feel as if a precious day has gone by wasted, floating in the sky in a numerical assortment. I have this sense that life is so short and that I need to spend every waking second doing something I can take mental photographs of. As much as this is true, sometimes you just need a day off.

Today was that day and I did it well. Some movie watching was in order, along with remaining in my pajamas to wee hours of the evening. I did manage to make it to the gym and sweat a gallon or two. Not only was that a successful act but I created a new recipe. Something that I’ve been testing out and trying to perfect.

It’s delicious. It’s high in protein, satisfies hungry bellies and kitchen cravings, has a spicy kick and is enjoyable to any vegan, vegetarian or meat lover alike.

For me, quinoa has somewhat of a mute flavor. I prefer a nutty wild rice but the benefits of quinoa outshine any type of grain on the market. This godly grain contains all essential amino acids and is a good source of manganese, magnesium, iron, copper and phosphorus. I’ve found a recipe that embraces the wonderful flavors that quinoa provides. The combination of ingredients and the cooking method gives these cakes the most desirable flavor.

I failed to mention earlier that these lovely quinoa cakes are not only packed with flavor and nutrition but they are gluten-free as well. By making homemade bread crumbs with gluten-free bread you are saving money and making the cakes easier to digest for those who are intolerant. One important thing to mention is the process of soaking the quinoa prior to cooking it. Soaking grains, nuts, and legumes not only removes the bitter flavor but it allows the body to digest the food and absorb the minerals more easily. Many grains, dried beans, nuts, and seeds contain phytic acid. This acid, also known as the ‘anti-nutrient’ bonds to certain minerals and blocks their absorption in the small intestine. Which means, all of the nutrients that you think you are getting, you are getting less of if not none at all. However, the good news is that soaking helps remove the phytic acid and increases the bioavailability of the minerals they contain. It’s best to soak your nuts/beans/grains for 12-24 hours, but 30 minutes will work if you’re in a time crunch. I prefer to soak overnight so that I can wake up and begin cooking right away.

Ingredients:

Cakes:

  • 1 cup of quinoa; soaked (I prefer red but white will work or a combination of the two)
  • 1 cup of bread crumbs *
  • 5 eggs
  • 1 large red pepper
  • 1 yellow onion
  • 4 0z. diced jalapeno
  • 1/2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1/4 tsp yellow mustard
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne powder
  • 1/4 tsp curry powder
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
Sauce:
  • 2 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1/2 tsp dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt

Directions:

  1. After your quinoa has been soaking,you want to rinse thoroughly through a small strainer. If you don’t have a strainer with small enough holes, lay a cheese cloth on top of the strainer and rinse through that.
  2. I like to cook my quinoa with a 1:1 1/2 ratio. Some recipes call for more or less water at a desired time, but I find that this gives the grain a perfect consistency. Depending on how long you soaked your quinoa for, your measurement will be different because of the absorption of water. If you soak your grains overnight, you will have a larger measurement. I ended up with 2 cups of soaked quinoa. Combine your quinoa with water, according to the ratio 1 quinoa: 1 1/2 water. Bring to a boil and then let simmer for 20 minutes.
  3. Combine quinoa and eggs and mix thoroughly in a large bowl.
  4. Add bread crumbs to the mixture and toss lightly.
  5. Next, add the remaining ingredients and mix thoroughly.
  6. Make 2 inch cakes and cook on a frying pan for 5-7 minutes on each side or until golden.
  7. For the sauce, simply combine all of the ingredients and whisk together.
  8. Drizzle the sauce on top of your cakes and dig in!

*To make your own gluten-free bread crumbs combine 8 slices of gf bread and bake in your oven at 350 for 10 minutes. Let cool for a few minutes and then process in a food processor. I like to use the ends of the bread because I think it gives a better texture but any slices will do.

Serving size: 2 inch cakes

Servings: 52

 These cakes are everything delicious. The sweet and tangy mustard sauce pairs perfectly with the spicy kick to the cakes. It’s just the right amount of heat that keeps your mouth tingling. Don’t be frightened by the list of ingredients. It’s mostly spices that can be altered to what you have in your kitchen. Quinoa is fairly inexpensive and goes a long way. Use this recipe as a start and experiment with different flavor combinations. Try cooking these up and sandwiching them in between a rustic bread for an interesting twist to a veggie burger. Or simply slice up a thick beefsteak tomato and stack on top of the cake with a drizzle of the sweet mustard sauce

Cheers!