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Wordless Wednesday: Dwell in Safety

Psalm 4:8

I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, Lord, only makest me dwell in safety. ~Psalm 4:8

High Desert at Dusk

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Thanksgiving Prep: Deiss Dual Julienne & Vegetable peeler


Deiss Dual Julienne & Vegetable peeler

Special thanks to the company for providing a sample for use in my kitchen. 

I don’t know about you, but I don’t like making julienne cuts with a knife. For whatever reason, it takes me forever to make those fine cuts. When I saw that a vegetable peeler could also julienne, I was quite interested to see how well it worked. I knew the key would be whether or not the blades were sharp and whether or not it was a sturdy unit.

I normally use a vertical vegetable peeler, so there was a little adjusting to using a horizontal peeler. Thankfully, it was actually quite easy to use because of how it was designed.

Deiss Dual Julienne and Vegetable Peeler

The Deiss Dual Julienne and Vegetable Peeler (affiliate link) allows you to peel a veggie with one side and julienne a veggie with the other. The blades are very sharp which makes for efficient peeling, slicing, and julienning of your vegetables. It’s a bit heavier than the cheaper peelers which makes it feel sturdy in your hand. It has a nice balance and comfort grip handle making it easy to use.

I was impressed with how easy this julienne and veggie peeler was to use on a variety of veggies including carrots, apples, cucumbers, zucchini, potatoes, and more. I liked being able to quickly have julienne cuts for salads and other meals without all the work involved with knife cuts or with pulling out a food processor (in my case attachments for my stand mixer).

Deiss Kitchenware has kindly offered my readers a 10% discount until 11/21/14. Just enter the coupon code DEISS010 at checkout on Amazon to receive your discount.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

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Thanksgiving Prep: Priority Chef Potato Ricer


Special thanks to the company for providing a sample product for me to test in my kitchen.

Priority Chef Potato Ricer

It’s no secret that I love my kitchen gadgets. While I can get by without all these fun things, they really do make my life much easier. Even though I am drawn to all kitchen tools, I try to limit myself to things that I know I’ll use as there is only so much space in the drawers/cabinets. For that reason, I had never tried a potato ricer even though I had seen them on different shows and thought they looked cool. Well, I finally decided that it was time to try one in my kitchen.

My thoughts? Why did I wait so long to try one of these? It is way cool and so easy to use! Making mashed potatoes when using a potato ricer is a breeze. Hash browns? No problem. No more grating required to get delicious, fast hash browns. My mind is already thinking of other ways to use this – cauliflower, squash, pumpkins, carrots…. Yep, I’m going to be having some fun with this.

Priority Chef Potato Ricer

The Priority Chef Potato Ricer (affiliate link) is made of 18/10 stainless steel and features comfort grip handles. While it’s dishwasher safe, I found it best to just quickly wash it after use as it made getting the starchy potatoes out of the little holes quite easy.

To use it, you just boil your potatoes as usual, place the boiled potato cubes in the hopper, and press the potatoes. Because the handles are longer, you don’t have to apply a lot of force, but it’s definitely a two-hand operation. (My daughter is holding it with one hand above so you can see the entire unit.) The result is a beautiful riced potato that makes gorgeous, lump-free mashed potatoes. You can also turn those riced potatoes into some delicious hash browns.

The only down side to the potato ricer is the size, so storage can be an issue. If you have hooks, it does have a hole for hanging, so it doesn’t need to take up valuable drawer space.

As you can probably tell, I’m quite impressed with the Priority Chef Potato Ricer. It’s not only easy to use, but it’s also comfortable to use. It’s even easy to clean after use. The fact that they even thought of having the hole for hanging shows that the makers put thought into even the little details.

I plan on using my potato ricer for several dishes, including mashed potatoes, this Thanksgiving.

Priority Chef has generously offered my readers a $7 off coupon to be used on Amazon. Just enter 7OFFMASH during checkout to receive your discount.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

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YumUniverse Gluten Free Walnut Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

Gluten Free Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookies

Special thanks to the publishers of YumUniverse for allowing me to share this recipe from the book.

I love a good cookie and a healthy cookie that tastes great is even better. I didn’t have any walnuts in the house, so I chose to use pecans instead. The results were delicious. I used some soy-free chocolate chips rather than the recommended vegan chocolate chips. While making the cookies, I found that it was better to allow the cookie dough to rest before baking them.

I ended up adding more mix-ins in the second batch to create more of a hearty cookie. The cookie itself reminds me of a soft breakfast cookie as it’s not overly sweet and has that oatmeal flavor. I personally liked mine better without chocolate chips and with more fruit. Yum!

Gluten Free Walnut Chocolate Chip Cookies

Walnut Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe
10+ Servings

Ingredients:

Dry Ingredients:

  • 1 cup oat flour
  • 1 ¼ cups almond flour
  • 2 tablespoons arrowroot powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder (aluminum-free)
  • ¾ cup Sucanat
  • 1 teaspoon fine-ground sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground Cinnamon

Wet Ingredients:

  • ½ cup red apple, cored and diced
  • ½ cup + 2 tablespoons water
  • 7 tablespoons unrefined, virgin coconut oil (gently warmed to liquid on the stove top if solid)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Mix-ins:

  • ¼ cup vegan, gluten-free chocolate chips or vegan, gluten-free chocolate bar chopped into chunks
  • 1 cup walnuts, roughly chopped

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F and line a baking sheet or two with unbleached parchment paper. (If you don’t have two baking sheets, bake in batches.)
  2. In a large bowl, sift together dry ingredients and dump in any Sucanat that didn’t make it through the sifter.
  3. In a separate bowl, stir together wet ingredients and then transfer into the dry ingredients bowl and fold the mixture in. Add mix-ins.
  4. Scoop or roll out 1″ balls and place about 3″ apart on baking sheet.
  5. Bake for 10–15 minutes and cool on a baking rack.

Notes from Heather Crosby:

  • Using unbleached parchment paper, roll the dough into a log and freeze in an airtight glass container. Thaw, slice, and bake a cookie or two as you need them.
  • Try equal amounts of pecans or almonds instead of walnuts. Fold in ¼ cup dried cherries or ¼ cup toasted coconut for extra yum-factor.
  • Want to skip the oil? Use 1 whole apple instead of ½ and omit the coconut oil. The texture will be drier, but the cookies will still be very yummy.

 

YumUniverse Gluten Free Walnut Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe
 
Recipe for a delicious gluten free, soy free, dairy free cookie. It's great for a dessert or even a breakfast cookie.
Author:
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 10+ servings
Ingredients
  • Dry Ingredients:
  • 1 cup oat flour
  • 1 ¼ cups almond flour
  • 2 tablespoons arrowroot powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder (aluminum-free)
  • ¾ cup Sucanat
  • 1 teaspoon fine-ground sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground Cinnamon
  • Wet Ingredients:
  • ½ cup red apple, cored and diced
  • ½ cup + 2 tablespoons water
  • 7 tablespoons unrefined, virgin coconut oil (gently warmed to liquid on the stove top if solid)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Mix-ins:
  • ¼ cup vegan, gluten-free chocolate chips or vegan, gluten-free chocolate bar chopped into chunks
  • 1 cup walnuts, roughly chopped
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F and line a baking sheet or two with unbleached parchment paper. (If you don’t have two baking sheets, bake in batches.)
  2. In a large bowl, sift together dry ingredients and dump in any Sucanat that didn’t make it through the sifter.
  3. In a separate bowl, stir together wet ingredients and then transfer into the dry ingredients bowl and fold the mixture in. Add mix-ins.
  4. Scoop or roll out 1″ balls and place about 3″ apart on baking sheet.
  5. Bake for 10–15 minutes and cool on a baking rack.
Notes
Using unbleached parchment paper, roll the dough into a log and freeze in an airtight glass container. Thaw, slice, and bake a cookie or two as you need them.
Try equal amounts of pecans or almonds instead of walnuts. Fold in ¼ cup dried cherries or ¼ cup toasted coconut for extra yum-factor.
Want to skip the oil? Use 1 whole apple instead of ½ and omit the coconut oil. The texture will be drier, but the cookies will still be very yummy.

 

 

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Review: Yum Universe by Heather Crosby

Yum Universe by Heather Crosby

Special thanks to the publishers of YumUniverse for providing a review copy of this book. This post may contain affiliate links.

Heather Crosby has a passion for real food, gluten-free, plant-based living. While she once dined on a more traditional diet that included meat and dairy, her health lead her on a different journey. It was a journey filled with discovery and learning. She transformed her diet into one that no longer included dairy, gluten, or meat. She is now living a plant-strong life and loving it. YumUniverse takes readers along on her journey in a way that explores the whys of how this works without any judgement for those who chose a different path. It’s way more than just a cookbook. It’s a story, a journey, a learning experience all paired with some delicious, plant-powerful, whole-food recipes.

We’re not a vegetarian/vegan family, but we’re gluten-free and eat a lot of veggies. I’m always looking for more whole food, gluten-free recipes that allow me to utilize all the beautiful veggies that we pick up every week in our CSA box. I love how Heather tells her story and explains why adding more fruits and veggies to our diets is so important. She has the attitude that labels aren’t important, but eating a healthy, whole-food diet is extremely important. I completely agree with this even though we approach it slightly differently.

YumUniverse takes readers through the basics of eating a plant-strong, gluten-free diet. It covers setting up the kitchen and goes over important tools for the kitchen. Don’t worry. This isn’t about boring lists or a preachy style of writing. It’s about Heather welcoming you into her life and shares her journey. She learned what worked and what didn’t work through trial and error.

After the ground work is laid, Heather then dives into all the recipes with gorgeous, full-color images. The recipes are broken down into 11 sections:

  1. Breakfast & Brunch
  2. Baked Goodness
  3. Sides & Small Plates
  4. Toppings, Spices & Sauces
  5. Soups, Stew & Chili
  6. Salads & Dressings
  7. Lunch & Dinner
  8. Snacks
  9. Spreads, Dips & Condiments
  10. Beverages
  11. Desserts & Treats

Whether or not you’re vegetarian/vegan, these recipes are sure to please. We weren’t disappointed in any of the recipes that we tried. YumUniverse is great for those who are transitioning from a traditional American diet to a plant-based diet, those who want to add more fruits/veggies to their diet, and/or those who are interested in a whole-food diet. Not only is YumUniverse fun to read, but it’s written in a way that sets you up for success on this journey to a healthier lifestyle.

Stop back tomorrow as I’ll be sharing the recipe for the Walnut Chocolate Chip Cookies from YumUniverse.

 

yum universe by heather crosbyBook Description:

YumUniverse: Infinite Possibilities for a Gluten-Free, Plant-Powerful, Whole-Food Lifestyle offers a creative collection of more than 150 craveable recipes without meat, dairy, gluten, or soy. But this is more than just a cookbook—it’s a treasure chest that will help you build health-promoting habits and recipes of your own for a lifetime. As a former veggie-phobe, Heather knows firsthand how overwhelming yet rewarding the transition toward a plant-powerful diet can be, so she offers expert advice for folks seeking to adopt and maintain a whole-food approach to what they eat.

About the Author:

Heather Crosby is a T. Colin Campbell Foundation certified plant-powerful wellness coach who has developed a unique and well-loved collection of over 500 gluten-free, plant-based recipes on her popular website YumUniverse.com. In an effort to kick medication and heal naturally from disease, she’s been fine-tuning the maintenance of this lifestyle for almost a decade, and sharing what she’s learned for years with thousands of folks all over the world.

She’s not interested in labeling you. Instead, she’s dedicated to helping folks incorporate more health-boosting whole, plant-based foods into their lives so we can all say “goodbye” to dieting and “hello” to building a healthful, inspired lifestyle for the long haul.

Book Details:

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: BenBella Books (October 28, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1940363241
  • ISBN-13: 978-1940363240
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 7 x 9 inches
  • Retail Price: $19.95
  • Electronic version also available

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the publisher to help facilitate the writing of a frank and honest review. A positive review is not required nor guaranteed. All opinions are my own.

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