I absolutely love poached eggs. But I just do not have the time to stand over the stove and watch them simmer. I even tried buying some of the cute little metal poaching bowls, but I still had to be careful not to overcook them. That’s where the 6 minute soft-boiled egg comes in. While you do not have the same presentation value of a poached egg, you certainly get the taste and texture. These eggs taste excellent on my Sprouted Wheat Bread, and make a fast breakfast, lunch, or dinner!
1. Bring a pot of water to a rolling boil.
2. Gently add Eggs to the water with a slotted spoon.
3. Make sure none have busted, or are completely floating on the top (the floaters are rotten eggs).
4. Set your timer for 6 minutes.
5. Pour some coffee.
6. Look out the window.
7. When the Eggs are done, hold the Eggs in place with the slotted spoon while you drain the hot water out.
8. Run cool water over the eggs, then pour it out. Repeat two more times.
9. If you plan to eat immediately, you may leave some cool water in the pot with the Eggs to cool them rapidly. I usually leave no water on the Eggs since I can’t get to peeling them right away.
10. When you’re ready to serve, carefully peel the Eggs (wetting your fingers in cool water sometimes makes the peeling easier).
Whether you’re allergic to tomatoes, or avoiding produce in the nightshade family, this is an amazing, healthy alternative to tomato-based sauces. Using beets and carrots to replace the tomatoes adds a unique color and flavor profile that no one can turn down!
For approximately 6 cups
2 1/2 c. Carrots, steamed
1/3 c. Beets, steamed
2/3 c. water from steaming pot
3 Tb. Lemon Juice
1/2 c. Olive Oil
1/4 c. Butter
2 c. Onions, chopped
1 c. Celery, chopped
4 Garlic cloves, minced
8 Tb. Parmesan Cheese, grated
4 tsp. dried Basil
4 tsp. dried Oregano
2 tsp. Salt
1/4 tsp. Black Pepper
4 small Bay Leaves
2 tsp. Fennel Seeds
To steam the Beets and Carrots:
1. Wash and peel the Beets and Carrots.
2. Add steamer basket to a large pot with 2 inches of water in the bottom and bring to a boil.
3. Add Beets and Carrots and steam, covered, for 15 minutes, or until soft.
4. Let sit until cool enough to handle, then set aside Carrots and Beets in separate bowls.
5. Mash Beets and Carrots (if you have extra, save it in the freezer for the next batch).
To make Sauce:
1. In a large pot, melt the Butter with the Oil.
2. Add the Onion, Celery, and Garlic and sauté until soft and transparent.
3. Add the steamed Beets and Carrots, water from steaming pot, and Lemon Juice and mix well.
4. Add remaining ingredients, and bring to a slow simmer.
6. Simmer for 60 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking.
7. Allow to cool and remove Bay Leaves.
8. Add sauce to blender and blend until smooth (or use an immersion blender and mix directly in the pot).
Use as a sauce for pasta, pizza, or whatever else you can think of! I freeze the sauce in 1 c. containers and thaw as needed.
Sprouting grains is economical, ecological, simple, and tasty! There is very little hands-on time, and the result is a highly nutritious, “living” food. Sprouting, or germinating, allows enzymes in the grains to become active and create a host of nutritional changes:
Proteins are converted into free amino acids
Starches change into simple plant sugars
Minerals combine in a way that increases their assimilation
Vitamin content increases from 3 to 12 times
Wheat sprouts, in particular, contain four times more folic acid and six times more vitamin C than unsprouted wheat.
I will be specifically concentrating on wheat sprouts in this post in order to use them for Essene Bread. Red Winter Wheat Berries are the best choice for sprouting. Be sure that your grains are not sprayed with chemicals or dyed. Use only grains that are certified to be edible. Also, make sure your grains have no traces of mold, as this will get out of control during the sprouting process, and will make you sick. Always be sure your sprouting container is clean (I always wash mine with hot soapy water when I’m finished sprouting grains in it) to prevent any carryover of molds that may have started to grow from the previous sprouting.
Essene Bread is so easy and nutritious that it’s the only kind I make. It has a wonderful sweet, nutty flavor, and it’s chewy texture is reminiscent of an english muffin. In fact, I use these for everything an english muffin can be used for…which is pretty much anything!
To sprout the Wheat Berries:
2 c. Hard Red Winter Wheat Berries
Large glass jar (I use a 2 quart Ball jar)
Cheesecloth or plastic lid with holes in it
Add 2 c. Wheat Berries to the glass jar and cover with two layers of cheesecloth, or a plastic lid with holes in it.
Add warm water, swirl it around to clean the seeds, then pour it out.
Refill with double the amount of warm water as there are seeds.
Place in a dark cabinet, or cover with a towel, and let it soak overnight.
Pour off the soak water.
Turn the jar to spread out the seed.
Place drained jar in a dark place at an angle to allow any extra water to drain out.
Leave for 12 hours, then rinse the sprouts with cool water, and drain again.
Repeat until the sprouts have “tails” that are twice as long as the berries and have a sweet taste (taste them!). It usually takes 2-3 days to accomplish this.
The sprouts should be ready in the evening, so complete the final rinsing and let them dry overnight. The jar will be packed full of sprouts!
Now that the berries are sprouted and drained (there will still be some moisture, which is needed to keep the dough moist), grind them to make the dough. You may use a meat grinder, food processor, or hand-cranked grain mill. I use my meat grinder attachment on my KitchenAid stand mixer.
The resulting dough will be juicy, sticky, mottled light and dark, and have the consistency of raw hamburger.
Lightly oil your hands, or wet them with water, and knead the dough within the bowl for about one minute. Keep repeatedly folding it over on itself, wetting your hands if the dough gets too sticky.
Cover a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
Using wet hands, take a small amount of dough and place it on the parchment paper.
Flatten to to approximately 1 1/2 inches.
Preheat the oven to 250 degrees Fahrenheit.
Bake for 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 hours until the outside is firm, not hard (the low temperature, long term baking preserves most of the nutrients from heat). The bread will spring back slightly after gently touching. The bottom of the bread will seem a bit sticky, but that’s fine.
Allow the bread to cool on wire racks and then store in sealed plastic bags. The bread will become softer and sweeter with time.
The bread can be kept at room temperature for three to four days, or refrigerated for up to four weeks!
I have a continual batch of wheat berries sprouting so that I don’t run out of bread. I can’t get enough of it!
If you’re going grain free or just want to add more veggies to your diet, this is the way to go. All you need is a julienne attachment for your mandoline slicer. If you don’t have a mandoline slicer, go get one! Mine is a cheap slicer from Aldi, but it works wonders.
The Pesto can be used on pasta, corn on the cob, as a dressing for caprese salad, or even as an accompaniment to fish and meat. The possibilities are endless!
For Summer Squash Pasta:
Summer Squash, washed and dried
2 c. packed fresh Basil leaves, washed and dried
4 cloves Garlic, peeled
1/2 tsp. Salt
1/4 c. Pine Nuts
1/4 c. freshly grated Parmesan Cheese
1/4 – 1/2 c. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
For Summer Squash Pasta:
Slice both ends off of each Squash.
Using the julienne attachment on the mandoline slicer, slice Squash until you get to the center where the seeds are. Discard the center.
Place julienned Squash in a colander and sprinkle generously with salt.
Set in the sink and let rest for 20 minutes.
Rinse with cold water, and squeeze out as much water as possible.
Place Basil in a food processor or blender.
Pulse until well chopped.
Add Garlic, Salt, Pine Nuts, and Parmesan and blend until mixed.
With the motor running, slowly add Olive Oil until a thick paste is formed.
To prepare Summer Squash Pasta with Pesto:
Preheat a non-stick skillet over medium high heat.
Add desired amount of Pesto to pan, stirring until fragrant (approximately 30 seconds).
Add Summer Squash Pasta and briefly sauté until warmed through and well coated with Pesto (keep the sauté time short, in order to retain a bit of “crunch” to the Squash).
The Pesto can be kept refrigerated for several days, or frozen for up to 3 months. I usually make a large batch in the Summer and freeze it to keep me going through the winter.
Lacto-fermentation is a traditional preservation method that has been used for thousands of years. It relies on the activity of lactobacilli, bacteria that are present on the surface of all living things. The lactobacilli convert the starches and sugars in fruits and vegetables to lactic acid, thereby preserving the food. Lacto-fermentation is a process that is ongoing, so once you have the flavor you want, refrigeration is required to slow the fermentation. A root cellar (or any space that stays around 40 degrees Fahrenheit) will do as well. For more information on Lacto-fermentation, I highly suggest reading Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon and Mary G. Enig, Ph.D.
This Lacto-fermented Salsa will blow your mind! I have kept jars in the fridge for months, and the flavor is still as amazing as the day I made it. The Onions and Peppers keep their “crunchiness” too, which is really what makes this recipe a winner in my book!
This is so easy to make, and it keeps well too. I use this seasoning not only on ground beef, but on beans as well. I mix beans with the ground beef to make the meal “go a bit farther” and to save money (meat is SO expensive!).
6 Tb. Chili Powder
3 Tb. Cumin
1 1/2 tsp. Garlic Powder
1 1/2 tsp. Onion Powder
3/4 tsp. Red Pepper Flakes
1 1/2 tsp. Oregano
1 Tb. Paprika
2 Tb. Salt
1 Tb. Black Pepper
Place all the ingredients in a jar and SHAKE!
Use approximately 2 Tb. of seasoning per pound of meat.
Remaining seasoning can be kept in an airtight container in the pantry.
These tasty little morsels got out of my dreams and into my oven. Really. They will blow your mind. And would you believe that they’re sugar free, low carbohydrate, and grain free? Using simple, easy to find ingredients puts them at the top of my list for quick and healthy treats!
2 c. Almond Meal
1/2 c. (1 stick) Butter, softened
3 Tb. Powdered Stevia
1 tsp. Grated Lemon Peel
2 Tb. Lemon Juice
2 tsp. Vanilla Extract
1/2 Tb. Fresh Rosemary, minced and crushed in pestle and mortar
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
2. In a large bowl, cream butter and stevia with a hand mixer until mixed well (stand back while you do it, or you will inhale powdered stevia!).
3. Beat in the lemon juice, grated lemon peel, and vanilla.
4. Beat in the egg and mix well.
5. In a medium bowl, mix the almond flour and rosemary.
6. Gradually add flour mixture to the creamed mixture and mix well.
7. Drop dough by the tablespoonful on a cookie sheet lined with foil.
8. Flatten to a thickness of about 3/4 of an inch.
9. Bake in the top third of the oven for 10-12 minutes, until brown on the top and bottom.
Sugar Free. Grain Free. Chocolate. Low Glycemic. Beans. What!? Yes. Beans. There are beans in this recipe. A chocolate cake recipe with beans. It is the most awesome piece of cake I’ve ever had, and I think you’ll agree.
Ingredients (For one 9 inch Round Cake)
1 15.5 oz. can Great Northern Beans, drained and rinsed
4 Large Eggs, at room temp.
1 Tb. Vanilla Extract
1/4 tsp. Salt
6 Tb. Butter, softened
2 Tb. Powdered Stevia
6 Tb. Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
1 tsp. Aluminum-free Baking Powder
1/2 tsp. Baking Soda
Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
Grease a 9 inch cake pan, and lightly dust with Cocoa Powder, tapping off excess.
Place the Beans, 3 of the Eggs, Vanilla, and Salt in a food processor.
Blend until the Beans are liquefied, and set aside.
In a medium bowl, mix the Cocoa Powder, Baking Soda, and Baking Powder.
In a large bowl, beat the softened Butter with the Powdered Stevia, until light and fluffy.
Add the remaining Egg to the Butter mixture, and beat another minute more.
Pour the Bean batter into the Butter mixture, and mix well.
Add the dry ingredients from the medium bowl to the wet ingredients in the large bowl, and mix for 1 minute, until smooth.
Pour batter into the cake pan.
Grab pan by the sides and tap on the counter a few times to pop any air bubbles.
Bake for 40-45 minutes, until a toothpick inserted comes out clean and the top is rounded and firm to the touch.
Let cool for 10 minutes, then turn out cake onto a cooling rack and let cool to room temperature.
Cover (if needed) until ready to frost cake (right before serving is best).
Ingredients (For the Icing)
1 Stick (1/2 c.) Butter, softened
2 Tb. Powdered Stevia
6 Tb. Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
2 Tb. Milk of your choice (I used Goat Milk)
1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
Cream the butter in a medium bowl until fluffy.
Add the Powdered Stevia and beat until smooth.
Slowly blend in the Cocoa Powder and Vanilla.
Slowly beat in the Milk.
This icing is light, fluffy, and very easy to spread. There will be plenty of icing if you wish to make a layer cake.