Peanut, Sunflower and Carrot Salad

Source: Diet for a Small Planet
Date tried: March 23, 2018
Yield: as needed
Time needed: 15-20 minutes

Quick to put together, especially if you use a blender or food processor to grate the carrots. Looks lovely too. Nuts and/or seeds add protein content as well as taste. The pineapple is a great addition.

Peanut, Sunflower and Carrot Salad

Peanut, Sunflower and Carrot Salad
grated carrots
peanuts, chopped
raisins
sunflower seeds
crushed pineapple (optional)

peanut butter
mayonnaise

Mix carrots, peanuts, raisins, sunflower seeds and pineapple in a bowl.
Make a dressing of equal parts mayonnaise and peanut butter.

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Quick Mix – Biscuits

Source: Diet for a Small Planet
Date tried: January 8, 2013
Yield: 16 biscuits
Time needed: 15 minutes.

The dark colour of these biscuits comes from the whole-wheat flour of the mix.

Quick Mix Biscuits

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Perri’s Best Bran Muffins

Source: Diet for a Small Planet
Date tried: January 23, 2018
Yield: about 20 muffins
Time needed: 30 minutes

This recipe makes me wonder why I have seldom eaten bran muffins. They are delicious! Maybe because of the buttermilk. Nor do they have the heavy quality I have previously associated with bran muffins; they are delightfully light. My only problem is I can’t stop eating them.

Perri’s Best Bran Muffins

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Enchilada Bake

Source: Diet for a Small Planet
Date: January 5, 2018
Yield: 4 servings
Time needed: 90 minutes

This is a very good dish. Increase the chili powder to taste. I had only 6 tortillas and could have used more. One change I would make is to substitute sour cream for the ricotta cheese. But, of coarse, ricotta is much lower in fat.

Note, these are not enchiladas as such, but a casserole made with typical enchilada ingredients, and very tasty.

Enchilada Bake

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Golden Parsley Potatoes

Source: Diet for a Small Planet
Date: January 3, 2018
Yield: 4 servings
Time needed:1 hour

A nice variation on scalloped potatoes. To provide flavour beyond pepper and salt, I enhanced the recipe in the following ways: added rosemary to the cooking water for the potatoes, added a pinch each of garlic powder and cayenne pepper along with pepper and salt to the main dish and the cottage cheese topping. I think my main problem was too many potatoes (I used four and three would have been adequate) without increasing the amounts of shredded cheese and cottage cheese topping as well.

Golden Parsley Potatoes

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Chameleon Spice Cake

Source: Diet for a Small Planet
Date: December 28, 2017
Yield: 12 servings
Time needed:1 hour + time to cool & add icing

I tried the banana version of this versatile cake. The cake itself was ok, but rather humdrum. A lighter flour, such as unbleached white flour might have let the taste of the spices come through better.
I made the icing, but threw it out; powdered milk is no good substitute for icing sugar!!! The icing you see in the photo was a more standard recipe and much better tasting.

Chameleon Spice Cake (banana)

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Quick Mix – Muffins

Source: Diet for a Small Planet
Date: December 27, 2017
Yield: approximately 2 quarts mix, 1 dozen muffins
Time needed: 25 minutes

Several of my cookbooks have a recipe for a baking mix which can used to make pancakes, waffles, muffins, biscuits, etc. in a jiffy.  Quick Mix is one of these.  Of course, a well-prepared cook would have made the mix a week or more ago and just need to reach into the fridge for it.  Bulk food sections often have similar commercial mixes. But if you would like to make your own, here is the recipe. The soy flour, instant dry milk and wheat germ make this a protein-packed mix.

I found the plain basic muffins rather tasteless and regretted that I had not tried one of the optional additions.

Quick Mix

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