Almond Milk

Source: May All Be Fed: Diet for a New World
Date tried: March 11, 2012
Yield: 2½ cups
Time needed: 5 minutes

Prior preparation needed:
Soak almonds for 12-24 hours

Twenty years ago, a vegan diet required a knowledge of how to make many pantry ingredients in the kitchen.  Today, almond milk is readily available in natural food stores and even many supermarkets.  But if you can’t get the pre-made product, or just want to try your hand at making it from scratch—here’s the method.

Almond Milk

Almond Milk
½ cup raw almonds
2 cups water
1-2 Tbsp maple or rice syrup (optional)

(It is best to use a sweetener if preparing the milk as a beverage.  No sweetening needed if it is for cooking.)

Soak the almonds in water overnight.  Drain and rinse.
Cover with boiling water.  Drain and rinse in cold water
Squeeze almonds out of their skin.

Place almonds and ½ cup water in blender and blend until smooth.  Slowly add rest of the water as machine is running along with syrup if using. Chill

Date and Nut Bread

Source: Ecological Cooking
Date tried: April 25, 2012
Yield: 3 loaves
Time needed: 3 hours, but most of the time is for rising and baking, not prepping.

Most dessert breads are quick breads, but this is a yeast bread yet it does not call for any kneading. I think this is an oversight, even though the instructions say the batter will be sticky when put into the loaf pans. In any case, I did skip kneading and I was not pleased with the results. It tasted fine, but it really did not look good at all.

Date & Nut Bread

Date & Nut Bread

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Surati Salad

Source: Indian Recipes Under 30 Minutes
Made: December 22, 2013
Yield: 2-4 servings
Time to make: 5 minutes

A very attractive side salad combining the refreshing taste of cucumber with the sweetness of coconut and the crunchiness of roasted beans, peanuts, and sesame seed.

Surati Salad

Surati Salad

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Boston Salad

Source: 12 Months of Monastery Salads
Date tried: January 11, 2016
Yield: 6-8 servings
Time needed: 20-30 minutes

I love Boston lettuce and was pleased this year to find some available in January—though in a high-priced “living salad” container. Usually I only find it in the summertime. Ah well, for a new recipe, I decided to try it, especially as I tend not to buy oranges in the summer when we have so much local fruit readily available.

This is a lovely salad and I am especially impressed with the dressing. Since it is best served at room temperature, no extra time needs to be added for chilling.

Boston Salad

Boston Salad

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Baby Spinach and Orange Salad with Honey Mustard Dressing

Source: 12 Months of Monastery Salads
Date tried: June 22, 2015
Yield: 6-8 servings
Time needed: 20-30 minutes

A two-in-one recipe as you get the Honey-Mustard Dressing as well. I have always loved the combination of spinach and oranges and this dressing sets them off very well. Prepare the dressing first and set aside until ready to serve.

Honey Mustard Dressing

Honey Mustard Dressing

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Telba Bemare

Source: The Recipe of Love
Date tried: Dec. 23. 2014
Yield: About 16 servings
Time needed: 10 minutes

This is one of several beverage recipes which are basically water flavoured with seeds. Very easy to prepare and a lovely refreshing beverage with health benefits too.  As the author explains:

“Flax seeds are a natural laxative. You can drink this daily for your health. Mix the powder with hot water and sweeten it with  a little bit of honey. Have it before bedtime for it also has relaxing qualities.”

Telba Bemare (Flax Seed Water)

Telba Bemare
(Flax Seed Water)

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