Easy Whole Wheat Grain Bread is delicious, healthy, and incredibly simple to make! It reminds you of why homemade bread is so superior to store bought loaves. Whole wheat flour, flax seeds, and oats are the foundation of this incredible bread. If I had sunflower seeds I would’ve thrown them in too, but hey, create with what you have and waste not! Are you sick of hearing me say that yet? 😉
When I was in Ireland I ate homemade ‘brown bread’ at my relative’s house daily. This bread recipe reminds of the brown bread I had when I was there. Prior to arriving my mom said 2 things to me: 1- You must accept tea when offered to you. 2- You must eat the brown bread when offered to you. So, I did! Boat loads and boat loads of it with my friend, Cheryl. Perhaps my mom could’ve offered me alternate advice about traveling through Europe with my 18 year old friend a week after we graduated high school, but perhaps she knew I wouldn’t have taken it. It was surreal to be away, so far away, and so free, for the first time in our lives. We had no idea what the hell we were doing, were supposed to be seeing, what we shouldn’t be doing… 😉 So, we did everything, and it was awesome.
This Easy Whole Wheat Grain Bread is crazy easy, delicious, and healthy. It wins across the board! Great with butter, hummus, or any spread, and excellent for sandwiches, too. Get down with the bread and #carbthe’bleep’up! (My favorite hashtag on Instagram) 😉
- 4 C whole wheat flour
- 1 1/2 cups warm water
- 1 packet fast-acting yeast
- 2 Tbl agave or honey (I use agave)
- 1-2 Tbl flaxseed (Pending upon what you prefer)
- 3 Tbl oats
- 1 tsp salt
- Put all ingredients into a large mixing bowl leaving 1/4 flour for later, and stir well
- When fully stirred, knead dough with hands
- Add flour until the dough doesn't stick to the bowl any longer
- Spray the bowl and cover dough with a cloth - let rise for 2 hours
- Next, let rise in fridge for an additional 2-3 hours
- Take bread out of the refrigerator and knead
- Spray a loaf pan and shape the dough inside the pan. Spray top of bread. Cover with plastic wrap and let sit for 30-40 minutes
- Bake bread for 30-35 minutes at 425f
- Great with butter, hummus, or any spread! Excellent as a sandwich bread as well.
Creamy Vegan Macaroni and Cheese! is my most favorite comfort food. This is a mac n’ cheese recipe for vegans and non-vegans alike. It’s crazy creamy, flavorful, and (drum roll please)… healthy! Don’t let that scary word deter you. I promise you that this kinda health will only bring you happiness. In a mouth watering, drooling, gimme some more, can’t stop won’t stop, this is the food bomb of the year, melt in your mouth, orgasmic kinda shit, kinda way. I know, I’m setting the bar high, but this will deliver. My kiddo, when asked what he wants for dinner, at least 3 days of the week begs me for “vegan macaroni and cheese puhleeeasse, mom!” Even the meat eating, vegan sceptic hubby thinks it’s incredible. His vegan fearing mother is coming for a visit from Scotland soon and he’s asked me to unknowingly feed her loads of yummy vegan food and drop the “V” bomb on her after she’s scarfed it all up. Now, this just feels wrong, but hey, it just might still happen. However, he can drop that dirty lil’ “V” word, not me. Judge us if you will. 😉
Creamy Vegan Macaroni and Cheese! is the perfect lunch or dinner for all walks of life. I recommend saving some of the cheese sauce on the side so that if you actually have left overs the following day you can pour on some new sauce before reheating, otherwise it will be a bit dry like a ‘real’ mac n’ cheese. I used my fabulously beautiful and buttery crooked neck heirloom squash from my garden, however, you can use any yellow squash. That all being said, go get cookin’ into your carb coma! *IMPORTANT: Be sure you have someone to roll you from the table to the bed. This mac n’ cheese don’t mess around, aight? 😉
- 2 1/2- 3 yellow squashed - sliced
- 1 C vegetable broth
- 1/2 C nutritional yeast
- 2 tsp turmeric
- 2-3 Tbl flax seed (optional - but hey, so healthy, why not?!)
- 1 Tbl garlic powder
- 2 tsp onion powder
- 1/3- 1/2 C raw and unsalted cashews
- 1 lb pasta
- Salt to taste
- Preheat oven to 400f and then roast squash until soft (about 25 minutes)
- Meanwhile, boil your choice of pasta and set all other ingredients in a blender (I use my Vitamix)
- When squash is done, place in blender with other ingredients and blend until creamy and smooth
- Pour over pasta and done!
- You will have extra sauce for another round of pasta! Make 2 lbs for a party size. Also, save some sauce if you will have left overs the following day when reheating. It will be too dry without extra sauce when reheating like a 'real' mac n' cheese.
- Beer- American style brown ale
- White wine- Dry riesling
- Red wine- Grenache
Red Potato Salad With Hickory Bacon (Vegan) was created on a whim! I LOVE red potato salad in the summer. In fact, it could be a qualifier in whether or not we could be friends. Ah, how I so vainly quantify the important things in life! 😉 Hehe. As usual, I digress… I had purchased Sweet Earth Vegan Hickory & Sage Benevolent Bacon from Whole Foods because, well, it was on sale! I was staring into the depths of my refrigerator when I started throwing things onto the countertop. Okay, okay, so I miiight have been drinking some cocktails throughout the process but hey, more often than not, that lends itself to some seriously delicious kitchen concocting! After my potatoes were cooked, I mixed the bacon and other delicious ingredients (see pic below) together, and voila! A new red potato salad was born into instant stardom! The crowd went wild. I can still hear the applause! I know… Clearly, I’ve taken some creative license in the story telling department but cut me some slack. It’s my first week of school back with the little monsters and my brain is a big bowl of shriveled and exhausted matter. I should’ve posted this before Labor Day but hey, I was too busy relaxing! #sorrynotsorry.
Enjoy the Red Potato Salad With Hickory Bacon (Vegan) for your next BBQ or carb lovin’ affair! Lastly, I have finally caved and joined Instagram! New addiction in my life for sure. *Insert sigh here.* Follow me @ foodgalleygab. Chow!
- 2 lbs red potatoes - boiled and then diced
- 1/2-3/4 red onion - diced
- 1/4 C finely diced chives
- 4-5 slices of Sweet Earth Vegan Hickory & Sage Benevolent Bacon - diced
- 3 heaping Tbl dijon mustard
- 1 - 1 1/2 C Grapeseed Oil Veganaise (pending on your level of creaminess. Start with 1 cup, stir, and then see if you want more)
- 1/2 tsp - 1 tsp garlic powder (pending on your preferred level of strength)
- 1 tsp salt
- Pepper to taste
- Boil the potatoes for about 15 minutes
- Meanwhile, add the rest of the ingredients into a mixing bowl and stir well
- When potatoes are done, let cool, and then mix together in bowl
Buffalo Cauliflower Bowl! Why did it take me so long to try this buffalo cauliflower trend?! It’s freakin’ delicious and amazing! Anything uber tasty and guilt free gets a 5-star rating in the book of “Heather.” 😉 Side note: This would be a frightening book. Resume: I was in Bend, OR 2 weeks ago for a vacation (amazing! Managed to squeeze in a night in Sisters and Crater Lake as well), and went to the Bend Brewery. It was there that I was first deflowered to the hot and steamy buffalo cauliflower. What a tasty and ravenous treat. Hehe. 😉 It was instant love. A saucy treat that ended in a very real addiction. Obviously, I had to keep coming back to buffalo cauliflower for more, because, like my love for General Hospital, #additionisreal. Hey, don’t judge, we all have our vice!
I read loads of recipes online about how to make this taste sensation. I was also trying to recreate the incredible recipe from the brewery. This Buffalo Cauliflower Bowl is a result of a few recipes leading me to my buffalo cauliflower of perfection. You will LOVE this as much as everyone I have shared it with. Pinky promise!
I wanted to add this delicious treat to a ‘bowl’. I’m all about the bowls since going more plant-based. It’s an amazing way to get tons of goodness and flavor in your life in an easy fashion. I smothered some sliced portobellos and potato wedges in this buffalo sauce and grilled them up. I put spinach on the side and then smothered the shrooms, fries, and spinach in my left over vegan mac n’ cheese sauce. *Recipe coming soon! I’ll hyperlink the italicized words once I post the recipe so you can dig into this delicious cheese sauce asap. Now, stop reading this and start making your soon-to-be most favorite hot and steamy dish of the summer! Summer flings are the best kinda flings. Only, she’ll leave you wanting more. Every season. Every day. Buffalo Cauliflower Bowl does not disappoint. Enjoy the addiction. 😉
- 1 medium head of cauliflower - diced into florets
- 1/2 of a medium sized potato - cut into wedges
- Approximately 5 sliced portobellos
- 1 large handful of raw baby spinach (or any other green)
- 1/2 C flour
- 1/2 C water
- 1/4 C vegan breadcrumbs (optional)
- 1/2 cup hot sauce - I prefer buffalo style (or more sauce if you like it fully smothered)
- 2 Tbl Earth Balance (vegan butter) - melted
- 1/2 tsp agave or honey (optional, but so good)
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp black pepper (optional)
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- Preheat the oven to 450f.
- In large bowl, whisk together flour, water, bread crumbs, garlic powder, salt, and pepper
- Toss in cauliflower - toss well
- Spray tinfoil or cookie sheet and place in oven for 20 minutes
- Remove the cauliflower from oven - keep oven on
- In small bowl, mix hot sauce, agave, and Earth Balance
- Toss cauliflower in sauce and butter and place back in oven for 30 minutes
- About ten minutes before the cauliflower is done, mix and toss the potatoes and mushrooms in the same bowl that had the hot sauce - I add pepper too
- Spray them with oil and place them on the BBQ until done
- Assemble bowl and done! Use any dipping sauce/dressing you desire!
- I smother my fries, mushrooms, and spinach in my vegan mac n' cheese sauce!
- This makes one bowl with left over buffalo cauliflower
- A cold IPA or Pale Ale