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Nutty-lemony olive oil vegan sauce

I wanted a vegan sauce for roasted vegetables, and here it goes. It’s tastes better than I expected, and it’s so easy to make, ingredients are easy to find, nothing over the top, and it can be used as a dip, it can be used as a sauce for pasta, salad, raw zucchini pasta…it’s so versatile!

Ingredients:

half cup walnuts

one small onion or 2-3 small scallions

juice of one small lemon or half large lemon

one large garlic clove crushed

pepper

some dill, oregano, parsley (fresh is better)

one cup extra virgin olive oil

some pepper, coriander

a pinch of salt

 

Directions:

mix all ingredients with a blender

Feel free to use other kind of nuts, such as pine nuts or almonds.

You can use other herbs and flavours, for example instead of fill, organo parsley and coriander, you can use turmeric curry and cayenne for an oriental style dish.

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Healthy snacks: unsweetened granola bars (for toddlers and anyone else)

ingredients:

rolled oats

rice flour

psyllium husk *

organic milk or rice milk

organic unrefined butter (or coconut oil)

sesame seeds *

ground walnuts

dried prunes chopped small or any other dried fruit*

1 egg white

pure cocoa powder *

spirulina powder *

shredded coconut *

chia seeds*

cinamon *

vanilla flavor *

Ingredients with * are optional.

Preparation:

In a bowl, place the rolled oats, flour, chopped prunes, walnuts, sesame seeds, 2-3 spoons psylilum husk (not a lot). The psyllium husk is optional, but it will make the bar stick together better, be a bit more chewy. Without the psyllium husk you’ll have a slightly crumbly bar.┬áPlace a few cubes or slices of butter on top and let it sit for about 10 min so the butter softens (same goes with coconut oil, place a few spoons of coconut oil). Add some rice flour, a dash of sea salt, and mix with your hand until the butter blends well with all the rest and you have a crumbly mix (not a sticky mix). If the mix is sticky, you have too much butter. In this case add more dry ingredients.

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Add half cup or so of milk and the egg white and mix again with your hand. Now you should have a sticky paste, something resembling a dough. You should be able to shape it in a lump.

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If you want to make granola bars woth different flavors separate the dough into several lumps. \

Here are some variations:

Add pure cocoa powder

add spirulina and chia seeds

add coconut

add cinnamon and organic vanilla flavor

Spread in a greased pan and bake for about 20-30 minutes. Don’t let it dry too much or darken. When you take it out of the oven you want it to be still soft. It will seem like it’s baked, but once it cools down it will harden and dry more. Let it cool down for a bit and cut it in cubes or whatever shape you want. Store in air tight container. it can be frozen as well.

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Strawberry pie in amaranth and rye pie crust

Ingredients:

about 3 cups strawberries washed and sliced

One cup amaranth flour

1 cup rye flour

half cup white unbleached wheat flour

four eggs

2 cups milk or rice milk

2 spoons brown sugar

some water

a dash of sea salt

butter

few spoons olive oil

2 spoons crushed walnuts

baking powder

Few spoons of honey

In a pan, add amaranth rye and wheat flour and some sliced butter. Leave for a while, till butter melts. Add one teaspoon baking powder. Add half cup warm water, and mix it all up, till it becomes a sticky paste. If it’s too thick or doesn’t stick together add a bit of water and olive oil. If it’s too soft, add more flour. When it’s the right consistency and oily so that it doens’t stick to the pan, press it with your fingers and form an even layer on the bottom of the pan.

Bake for about 15- 20 minutes till golden but not brown.

In the meantime, make the custard.

Put the four egg yorlks in a pan, set the egg whites aside. Add one cup milk, mix it well, turn on the fire on lowest possible, and with lots of patience keep stirring and watch it thicken gradually. It could take about 20 min to half an hour. Set aside.

Take the pie crust out of the oven and layer the strawberries on top.

Pour honey over them. Place back into the oven, and bake (medium temeprature) for about 10 minutes.

In the meantime beat the egg whites till it forms fluffy peaks, add 2 spoons of brown sugar and beat again.

Add the custard on top of it the strawberries, spread it evenly, and then add the eggwhites on top of the custard.

Place back in the oven and bake for only about 5 minutes till the eggwhites get a light brown crust on top. You can also turn off the oven and place the pie into the oven this way, the oven being still hot will have the same effect on the pie.march22 002 march22 003 march22 004 march22 005 march22 006 march22 007 march22 008 march22 019