December 27, 2010

Indian Spinach Rice Salad

This is one of my favorite salads I make almost every week. It has some curry powder and pepper in it, but it's not too spicy at all. And I'm not a big fan of spicy foods. This has just the right amount of spice in it. Plus it's a really healthy meal. It has your whole grains, fruits, and vegetables in one bowl! So dig in!

  • 2 cups rice, cooked (I always use long grain brown rice)
  • 1 cup baby spinach
  • 1 apple, thinly sliced
  • 1/3 cup raisins
  • 1 small bunch green onions, thinly chopped
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/6 cup lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp agave nectar
  • 1 tbsp curry powder
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tbsp salt, pepper, and garlic powder.

For the rice, follow the cooking directions on the package. The cooking ratio is usually 1 cup rice to 2 cups of water or broth. I always cook with brown rice, which in my experience needs more cooking water. So I usually follow 1 cup rice to 2 1/2 cups of water. So while the rice is cooking, whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice and agave nectar in a large bowl. Add the curry powder, cumin, salt, pepper, and garlic powder.

Once the rice is done cooking, I let it cool for about 20 minutes so when I add the spinach, it doesn't wilt. Add the cooled rice to the dressing you've whisked together. Then fold in the apples, baby spinach, and green onions. I usually refrigerate it over night so the flavors have time to soak into the rice, but it's usually ready to eat after it's refrigerated for a couple of hours.

December 26, 2010

Ooey Gooey Sticky Maple Cinnamon Rolls

These are so good you guys. It's like dessert for breakfast, which, in my opinion, is the best kind of breakfast. I made these for my family on Christmas morning. I had 6 people and 3 dogs over here, and they all loved them. The dogs even got to have a bite for a special Christmas treat!

I actually made the bread dough in my bread machine. It's easy to mix it by hand though so don't worry if you don't have a bread machine handy! Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. If you're using a bread machine, put the ingredients into the pan in this order:

  • 1/4 cup applesauce
  • 3/4 cup non-dairy milk or water
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 3 1/2 cups of bread flour ( I used 100% Whole Wheat bread flour, which is why mine have a darker brown color, but use any flour you have really.)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup oil (I used Safflower, but you could use any light oil you have.)
  • 1 1/2 tsp Active Dry Yeast

    If you're using a bread machine, set it to "Dough" cycle. If you're mixing it by hand, in a small bowl mix together the yeast and water and set aside. In a large bowl, mix together the apple sauce, lemon juice, salt, sugar, and oil. Add 2 cups of flour and mix until it's smooth. Add the yeast and water, mix together, and add the remaining flour. Mix together until it forms into a ball of dough that's easy to handle. Knead the dough for 5-10 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, cover with a dry towel, and let it rise for 2 hours. When the dough has doubled in size, it is at the same stage as the end of the Bread Machine's dough cycle.

    On a lightly floured surface, punch the dough down and form into a 12x16 rectangle. Now it's time to mix the filling ingredients!

    Filling Ingredients:
    • 1/3 cup vegan shortening
    • 2 Tbsp cinnamon
    • 1/4 cup sugar
    • 3-4 tbsp maple syrup

    Spread the shortening over the rectangle dough you shaped and mix together the cinnamon, sugar, and maple syrup in a small bowl. Once it's mixed together, spread that over the shortening. Roll up the rectangle tightly and form into a log shape. Cut into 1 inch pieces and place them in an oiled baking dish. 

    Let the unbaked rolls sit in a warm, draft-free place for about an hour until they've about doubled in size.

    Bake in a 350 degree F oven for 25-35 minutes, until golden brown. Now while they're baking you can mix the icing!

    Icing Ingredients:
    • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
    • 3 tbsp water or non-dairy milk (I used So Delicious Unsweetened Coconut Beverage)
    • 1/2 tsp vanilla
    • 1 tbsp maple syrup

    Whisk together the above ingredients in a small bowl. If it's a little thin, just keep adding powdered sugar until it comes to your desired consistency. Once your rolls are done and out of the oven, drizzle the icing over them and eat them up!