Wilted Spinach Salad

Source: Ecological Cooking
Date tried: February 2, 2018
Yield: 4 servings
Time needed: about 15 minutes

Very quick to make and to be served immediately. I discovered this is a love it or hate it salad. The ingredient making a difference is the sesame oil. I love it, my daughter hates it. The other intriguing frill is that the dressing is heated, and poured on hot, slightly wilting the spinach—hence the name. Anyway, it gets a two-thumbs up from me for taste as well as ease of preparation.

Wilted Spinach Salad

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Sesame-Whole-Wheat “Pat-In” Pie Crust

Source: Diet for a Small Planet
Date: December 5, 2017
Yield: 1 9 inch pie crust
Time needed: 25 minutes

A life-saver for pastry-challenged cooks like myself, and a great option to the store-bought prepared pie crusts. Unfortunately, I forgot to take a picture of the crust alone, but you can see the filled one in the following recipe for quiche.

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Crunchy Nut Muffins

Source: Recipes for a Small Planet
Date tried: July 2, 2012
Yield: 16 muffins
Time needed:  20-25 minutes

I seldom bake desserts.  So to get muffin recipes in, I decided to bake them for breakfast.  I wasn’t too sure of that at first.  Usually I just put together some yogurt and fresh fruit.  Baking in the early morning was a new adventure for me.

Interestingly, I am finding it fun.  Muffins are quite simple to make and take only 15-20 minutes in the oven, so I can be eating warm muffins just half an hour after pulling the ingredients out of my cupboard.

There’s a little extra preparation with these: roasting the chopped peanuts and seeds.  But that only adds about 3 minutes to preparation.  I used coconut oil both in the muffins and to grease the pans.

Crunchy Nut Muffins

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Almond Balls

Source: Food Combining for Health
Date tried: May 27, 2013
Yield: 4 servings
Time needed: 10 minutes  (or time to skin the almonds)

This is a nice and easily made cheese ball.  One addition I would make to the instructions is to grind the toasted sesame seeds so they don’t catch in your teeth and are easier to digest.

Almond Balls

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Cheesies

Source: Recipes for a Small Planet
Date tried: April 22, 2014
Yield: 40 cheesies
Time needed: 25-30 minutes

A homemade version of this popular snack. It is very much like a cookie—a sort of baked cheese ball. I will have to give this recipe another try as it did not turn out as well as I hoped.

Cheesies

Cheesies
1 cup grated cheddar cheese
1/2 cup sherry
1/4 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 egg
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp. each onion powder, garlic powder & paprika
2 cups whole wheat flour
2 Tbsp. oil
11/2 cups sesame seeds, ground
walnut or pecan halves for garnish (optional)

In a bowl, mix grated cheese, sherry, Worcestershore sauce, and egg. Be sure the cheese is well separated, not in a limp.
Stir in salt, seasonings and flour. Knead lightly.
Add oil, and knead again.
Knead in the sesame meal 1/2 cup at a time.
Preheat oven to 400oF.
Pinch off pieces of dough and roll into small balls about the size of a large marble.
Place on an unoiled baking sheet.
Flatten them gently with a finger. Press a walnut or pecan half into each, if you wish.
Bake for 10-15 minutes.

Variation: replace seasonings with 1/4 tsp. cayenne for a spicier version.

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Hearty Three-Grain Cereal

Source: May All Be Fed: Diet for a New World
Date tried: September 13, 2012
Yield: 4 servings
Time needed: 10 minutes.

Next to my usual fruit with yogurt, I like a cooked cereal for breakfast—also with fruit.  Mixing grains provides interesting tastes and textures. This is a wheat, oats, cornmeal mix to which I added apples as well as dates.

Hearty Three Grain Cereal

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