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Don’t knock it till you try it! Vegan recipe

So I saw a new recipe that looked really good! But funny enough most people don’t agree with me. Well I just tried it out and it’s FABULOUS! 😀
It’s got a sweet tangy taste to it. You can make different variations of it. But the main part is consistent: BBQ chickpeas, cranberry sauce, wrap. Mmmmmm!
I added a little bit of onion to the BBQ sauce as it was heating up, cut some apple for on top, and made my cranberry sauce from scratch….although I didn’t see till recipe was in the making that you have to chill cranberry sauce for 3 hours to get it to gel. Oops! Well mine went into the freezer cuz I was hungry!
So first I’ll start out with the cranberry sauce, cuz that going to take the most time…
I got it off of Betty Crocker App.
• 1 cup orange juice
• 1 cup brown sugar
• 2 cups cranberries

Boil OJ & brown sugar for 5 minutes, stirring constantly.
Then add cranberries. Boil for 5 more minutes until berries pop. Do NOT turn your back on this or cover with lid or you will not have fun cleaning the mess!
Like me…

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Now here’s the “meat” of the matter. I can’t remember where I got this recipe, maybe Pinterest? But I didn’t pin it so who knows…

BBQ Cranberry Chickpea Wrap
makes two wraps, vegan

2 GF wraps, extra large/thin
1 can chickpeas, drained
3/4 cup your favorite BBQ sauce (I used a spicy/sweet sauce)
1/2 cup sweet onion, diced
1 tomato, diced
4 Tbsp vegan mayo
3 Tbsp whole berry cranberry sauce (I used this recipe for Cranberry Concord Sauce)
bowl of chopped romaine lettuce and/or arugula

To Make:

1. Add the chickpeas and BBQ sauce to a microwave safe bowl. Microwave on high for 1-2 minutes. Or you can simmer on your stove top if you have time. Set aside to cool.
2. Prep your veggies: lettuce, onion and tomato.
3. Warm your wraps. I like to heat mine over a gas flame for about 10 seconds on each side. Be very careful if you do this though. You can also simply warm in your oven or microwave.
4. Start assembling your wraps. Add 2 Tbsp of vegan mayo (Vegenaise) and 1 1/2 Tbsp of cranberry sauce to each wrap. Spread evenly. Add in 2-4 heaping scoops of the warm BBQ chickpeas. Top with a palmful of onions, tomato and finally, lettuce. Fill the wrap as full as you can – but make sure you can still roll it up!
5. Roll. Slice. Serve!

Add-in Ingredients:
Try avocado, vegan cheese, shredded carrots, spinach, mandarin oranges, rice, quinoa and more as other yummy ingredients to this wrap!

It may not look appealing, but it all goes to the same place! So try it out and tell me what you think! 😉

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Hidden dangers in organic apples and pears

And you thought organic was safe… The USDA has found another avenue in our organic apples and pears. Read more…
Hidden Dangers in Organic Fruit

 
 

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Death by pie… What a sweet death it is…

I finally did it!!! 😀
I had these GF pie shells in my freezer for a few months as I have been jealous for pie….but what kind of pie?… :-/

Most of the pies I am used to have a shell on top, but it would be odd to make a GF pastry that would be a different flavor than the pie crust I already have. (besides the fact that I don’t want to put the effort towards the dough, hence the store bough GF pie crust, which I found at Bob’s Red Mill).

Then my friend said, make it like a cobbler. THAT’S IT!!! She’s a genius!!! Why didn’t I think of that?!? DOH! x-/

So my endless search on cookbook apps begin, actually I just tried “All Recipes” and read a review of one and everyone said its great, and one person said it tasted so nasty…so nix that one!

So again I pop open my Weight Watchers cook book and find a Peach Crumb Pie but I modified it with Apples…all I had.

I had to taste test it…I don’t think I want to share!!! I know, I know, “sharing is caring”…but…but…ok… I don’t need all those calories anyway. 😉 (even though it’s only 5 WW points!)

So here’s what it looked like before I baked it…

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And here’s the recipe. I recommend doubling it, so you can eat one all to yourself, and share the other one…if your will power is that strong. 😉

Peach Apple Crumb Pie

1 basic pie crust unbaked

Filling:
4 Braeburn Apples, peeled and sliced thin.
3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground ginger (the powder kind)
1 1/2 TBS cornstarch
1 tsp GF vanilla extract

Topping:
2/3 cup GF rolled oats (Bob’s Red Mill)
1/4 cup GF all purpose flour (Bob’s R.M.)
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1/4 tsp salt
2 TBS cold unsalted butter (GF)
1 TBS lemon juice (I only had lime juice and I didn’t notice any odd taste)
1 tsp water

1. Either make your own crust or pre-bought, but freeze it for 20 min.

2. Preheat oven to 375° F. To prepare the filling, in a medium bowl combine the brown sugar, cinnamon, ginger, cornstarch, and use whisk to blend all ingredients, then stir in vanilla extract. Add mixture to apples and toss well. Transfer to the frozen pie shell.

3. To prepare the topping, in a medium bowl, combine (with whisk) the oats, flour, brown sugar, and salt.
Cut in the cold butter, lemon juice, and water; stir until all the butter is mixed in.
Add on top of pie filling.

4. Bake 40 minutes, using a pie crust shield so you don’t burn the crust.
Be sure to place pie plate on cookie sheet so it won’t bubble over on your oven and set off the smoke detectors…that didn’t happen tonight, but I could foresee a panic. 😉
After the 40 minutes are up, take off pie crust shield and tent aluminum foil over whole pie and bake for 5-10 minutes longer, (the original recipe said 40 min longer but 5 min was good for mine, you decide).

5. Let cool so it’s not too liquidy (if that’s a word). Then DEVOUR!!!

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I did modify a few steps from the original recipe, but it’s only because I am an expert at reading between the lines. 😉
Funny story about engineers and baking…
I have my grandma’s banana bread recipe that I made for years, sadly not GF, but I could make it perfect every time.
My dad tries reading off the same card and his came out looking fried! Like fried chicken fried… I asked him “what did you do?!?, did you mash the bananas?” uhhh, the recipe didn’t say that… “Ugh! Dad, you’re such an engineer!!!” 😛 LOL!

P.s. if you “like” this post, I might add that glutinous Banana Bread Recipe, and if you REALLY “like” that then I’ll give you my glutinous Zucchini Bread Recipe! Ohhh I miss those. I can make them GF, but I have yet figure out the combo for cohesiveness without compromising flavor.

 
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Posted by on April 14, 2012 in A day in the life of Jeni, Food and drink

 

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