Spiced Pear Muffins

Source: Recipes for a Small Planet
Date tried: March 5, 2017
Yield: 12 muffins
Time needed: 30 minutes

Subtly-flavoured and delicious muffin, excellent breakfast treat.

Spiced Pear Muffins

Spiced Pear Muffins
1 2/3 cup whole wheat flour
1/3 cup soy flour
1 Tbsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. nutmeg

1/2 cup chopped pears, (fresh or drained, canned pears)

1 egg beaten
1 cup milk
1-4 Tbsp. melted butter or oil
1-4 Tbsp. honey

Pre-heat oven to 400oF.
Oil muffin tins

Stir flours, baking powder, salt and spices together.
Add chopped pears and gently distribute them through the flour mixture.
Blend the liquid ingredients together,
Add the liquid mixture to the dry mixture and stir just enough to moisten.

Fill oiled muffin tins 2/3 full.
Bake 25 minutes or until nicely browned.
Serve hot.

Kitchen Sink Cookies

Source: Recipes for a Small Planet
Date tried: Feb. 8. 2015
Yield: 4 dozen cookies
Time needed: 20-25 minutes

It takes almost more time to assemble the ingredients for this classic recipe than it does to mix and bake the cookies. After all, it does really seem to contain “everything but the kitchen sink”. This version is a real, yet healthy indulgence.

Kitchen Sink Cookies

Kitchen Sink Cookies

Kitchen Sink Cookies
1 cup whole-wheat flour
1/4 cup soy flour
1 1/3 cup rolled oats
3/4 cup unsweetened flaked coconut
1/4 cup milk powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground ginger
2/3 cups raisins
2/3 cup chocolate chips
1/4 cup peanuts, chopped
1/3 cup sunflower seeds
1/4 cup oil or melted butter
1/4 cup molasses
1/4 cup honey
2 eggs, beaten

Preheat oven to 350oF.
Mix the dry ingredients—everything except the oil, molasses, honey and eggs—in a large bowl.
In a smaller bowl or measuring cup combine the beaten eggs with the oil (or melted butter) molasses and honey.
Pour the liquid ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix until moistened. If necessary, add more water or milk to get the best consistency for dropping the dough onto the baking sheet.
Drop cookie dough by spoonfuls onto an un-oiled baking sheet.
Bake for 10-12 minutes.

The Quick Lassi

Source: Recipes for a Small Planet
Date tried: February 14, 2013
Yield: 1 serving
Time needed: 1 minute

This hardly qualifies as a recipe. All it takes is a glass and a spoon. It’s one of my favourite thirst-quenchers.

The Quick Lassi

The Quick Lassi

The Quick Lassi
½ cup buttermilk
Your choice of fruit juice

Add fruit juice to buttermilk and stir.

Creamy Mushroom Soup

Source: Recipes for a Small Planet
Date tried: June 4, 2014
Yield: 3 quarts
Time needed: 1 hour

Keep your timer handy for this one.  There are several steps that take a few minutes each.  Basic prep: chop or slice all vegetables; sauté and purée mushroom stems; sauté potatoes; then put potatoes, mushrooms & stock together to complete cooking. Milk & parsley are added just before serving. It takes attention, but it is a delicious soup and also keeps well, justifying the large quantity.

Creamy Mushroom Soup

Creamy Mushroom Soup

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Doug’s Super Toasted Cheese Sandwiches

Source: Recipes for a Small Planet
Date tried: August 31, 2012
Yield: 4 sandwiches
Time needed: 10-15 minutes

A super-quick and fun-to-make lunch. With a few helpers, you can set up an assembly line for maximum efficiency. Alternatively, prepare what needs to be sliced or chopped ahead of time and then have lunch or snack ready in a jiffy.

Doug's Super Toasted Cheese Sandwiches

Doug’s Super Toasted Cheese Sandwiches

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Violet Froth

Source: Recipes for a Small Planet
Date tried: August 30, 2016
Yield: 2 servings
Time needed: a minute in the blender

It’s not often one sees a milkshake or smoothie of this colour. But it’s pretty isn’t it. And why not use grape juice instead of orange juice for a change?

Violet Froth

Violet Froth

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