Saturday, June 19, 2010

I'm lifting this from Knock-Off Wood.  I plan to make it before this post hits but I'm also preloading the recipe (it's May 19 now) so this may not be tested before it posts.  Cocoa is typically a safe ingredient.  The chocolate bar is trickier.  Most contain soy lecithin.  Hopefully I'll find one or edit it out before this goes live.

Ana's Organic Dark Chocolate Whole Wheat Zucchini Cake

2 Large Organic Zucchinis, finely grated
1 1/2 Cups Organic Sugar
1 1/2 Cups Organic Oil (I use Olive Oil)
4 Large Organic Eggs
1 Cup Organic White Flour
1 Cup Organic Wheat Flour
2 t Baking Soda
1 t Baking Powder
1 t Cinnamon
3/4 Cup Cocoa
1 Dark Chocolate Candy Bar Pieces (Optional, my fav is Green & Blacks 70% Cocoa)

 1.  Wet Ingredients.  Grate the zucchini and mix with the sugar.  Set aside.  Crack your eggs and mix into the zucchini.  Add the oil.  I like to use Olive Oil because it's the healthiest, but I ran out tonight and had butter on hand, and it was delicious!  I haven't used applesauce with this recipe, but I bet it would be great.

2.  Dry Ingredients.  Mix all the dry ingredients together, fold into the wet ingredients.  Toss in the candy bar pieces (you can also use chocolate chip pieces).

3.  Bake.  Bake in a greased pan at 350 until you can smell fresh chocolate cake.  Check with a fork.  Don't overcook.  Enjoy! 

Sunday, June 13, 2010

German-ish potato salad

I live in Germany and I promise you NO ONE puts peas in the potato salad here.  Also, balsamic vinegar will give you a really ugly looking salad.  Use white wine vinegar or if you sub in regular white vinegar cut the amount in half.  Other than that, it's a pretty good recipe.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Shrimp Boil

Defrost and boil according to package directions.  Old Bay seasoning does not list soy or milk as an ingredient. Serve with a salad.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Potato and egg casserole

3 c shredded potatoes (hash brown style)
1/2 onion, shredded
1 c cooked meat (bacon, ham, etc.)
6 eggs
1 c rice milk

Preheat the oven to 350. Grease a casserole dish or a large, deep cast iron skillet.

Heat / brown the meat and onions.  Stir in the shredded potatoes and remove from heat.  Mix eggs and milk.  (Tip: If you shredded the potatoes and onion in the food processor you can blend the milk and eggs in the food processor without getting another bowl dirty.)  Pour egg mix over potato mix to coat.  Bake at 350 for 40 - 45 minutes or until set in the middle.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Turkey burgers and sweet potato fries

You can handle the burgers on your own.  For the sweet potato fries chop them into finger size pieces, toss with olive oil, salt, and thyme, and bake at 350 for half an hour.

Thursday, June 3, 2010


Butter is dairy.  Shortening / Crisco is soy.  Bisquick is soy.  So what now for a biscuit lover?  Bacon fat. I trim some of the extra before cooking my bacon.  Yes, I recognize the irony. 

1/2 c bacon fat trimmings

2 c flour
3/4 t baking soda
1/2 t salt
2t baking powder

1/4 c vinegar
1/4 c rice milk

Pulse the bacon fat in the food processor with the chopping attachment.  Make it into a pulp, scraping down as needed.  Switch to the plastic pastry attachment, add the dry ingredients, and pulse until you have even crumbs.  Add the wet ingredients.  Run until it pulls away from the edge of the bowl into a ball.  Run 30 seconds more to make a nice elastic dough.  Roll out on a lightly floured counter.  Cut into biscuits (I just use a plastic cup).  Bake at 450 for 12-15 minutes. 

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Deviled eggs

Place a single layer of eggs in salted water.  Bring the water to boiling, put a lid on the pot, and remove the pot from the heat.  Let it sit, covered, for 20 minutes, then drain.  This method avoids the green ring around the yolk and rubbery whites. 

When cool enough, peel them.  Very fresh eggs are harder to peel than slightly older eggs.  Slice in half longways.  Mash the yolks with as much non-dairy non-soy Italian dressing as you like.  Load the eggs. 

Mmmmm... Good. 

Why Italian dressing instead of mayo?  Commercial mayo is made with soy.  Homemade mayo is made with raw eggs.  Deviled eggs tend to sit out and raw eggs + warm room is a risky combo. 

(The 5/31/10 post was all about NDNS Italian dressing.  To sum up, Good Seasons = good eating.)