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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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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Ye’suff Wiha (Sunflower Juice)

Source: The Recipe of Love
Made: January 5, 2014
Yield: 8 servings
Time to make: 30 minutes + time to chill.

This is one of three Ethiopian beverages made from seeds.  The author says this one is frequently used as a beverage during times of fasting. Certainly a change from plain water or fruit juice.  I tried it sweetened with agave syrup.  And this definitely gets a thumbs up.  It is really good!

Ye’suff Wiha (Sunflower Juice)

Ye’suff Wiha (Sunflower Juice)
4 cups raw sunflower seeds
15 cups water
10 cups spring water
1 garlic clove, whole
Large piece of fresh ginger, crushed
Honey or brown sugar to taste

Wash sunflower seeds and drain well.
Combine with 15 cups water in large pot.  Boil on high heat for 20 minutes.
Drain and let seeds cool.
Grind seeds to a fine paste in a blender or food processor.
Add 10 cups spring water and mix well.
Strain into a serving pitcher.
Add garlic and crushed ginger and let sit for awhile to blend flavours.
Sweeten to taste, chill and serve.

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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