Soaked Granola

Soaked Granola
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10 cups
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10 cups
Soaked Granola
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Servings
10 cups
Servings
10 cups
Ingredients
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Instructions
  1. Place butter and coconut oil in a small sauce pan and heat until melted. Pour into a very large glass bowl and add kefir, buttermilk or coconut milk, water and vinegar; stirring well to combine. Add oats and rye flakes (or buckwheat groats); mix well. Cover the bowl and place it in a warm area of your home for a 12-24 hours. Once oat mixture is done soaking, you're ready for STEP TWO: BAKING. Notes
  2. GF Option: If you're gluten-free you can use ground buckwheat grouts for the soak. You can decrease the amount to 1 cup of ground buckwheat groats and then use 7 cups of GF rolled oats. The reason you need rolled rye or ground buckwheat groats is because they contain the phytase necessary to help break down the high levels of phytic acid in oats. Oats do not contain much phytase so soaking them without a phytase booster (like rolled rye, or ground buckwheat groats for those who are GF) doesn't do much to reduce the phytic acid.
Recipe Notes

STEP TWO: BAKING

3/4 cup raw honey
1/2 cup organic pure maple syrup
1 tsp unrefined sea salt
1 tbsp. ground cinnamon
1 tbsp. pure vanilla extract
Instructions

After soaking time is completed, preheat oven to 200° F.
Add the honey, maple syrup, salt, cinnamon, and vanilla to the bowl of soaked oats. Stir until well combined.
Spread the mixture out over two 12x17-inch rimmed-baking sheets. You may line with parchment paper if you like. Bake for 8 hours, turning the granola after two to three hours. Then turn off oven and allow to remain in the oven until completely cooled.
Remove cooled granola from the oven and mix in any “add-ins” you’d like. The possibilities are endless. I love raisins, cranberries, walnuts, almonds, coconut flakes, other dried fruit options like apricots, bananas, etc. Makes 10-cups of granola (without add-ins).
Serve with as a great breakfast cereal, as a trail mix or over your favorite yogurt or cottage cheese. This recipe has been shared by many, including The Nourishing Home and Cooking God’s Way, which are excellent references.
Notes

It is important to turn granola (mix up) after 2 or 3 hours to avoid the big pieces that will occur if you don’t stir it. Take a spatula and flip pieces of the moist granola over and kind of chop it up into smaller pieces.

I haven’t found it really necessary to do this step again, although some recommend it. Once I’ve stirred it the first time, it seems to be fine. Return the pans back to the oven and let them continue drying for the remainder of the time. Once you’ve reached about 8 hours total, turn off the oven and let the sheets remain there until the oven is completely cool.

If you’re checking the granola before turning off the oven and find that it’s not completely dry, that’s okay. It will continue to dry after you’ve turned off the oven.

Due to some variances in oven temperatures, you may find that your granola isn’t as dry as you’d like it, just pop it back into a 200 degree oven for another 30 or so minutes and repeat the same process. Turn off the oven and let it cool completely.

Once dry, mix in other items you might want in your granola. I put into storage containers. If you don’t eat it fast enough, which is never a problem for me, you can put some in the freezer to help keep it fresh.

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Beet and Spinach Salad

Beet and spinach salad

Beet and Spinach Salad
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When I was at my Mom's recently, there was access to fresh spinach and beets from the garden. My brother's friend can't do too many raw vegetables, so this was a way to utilize fresh produce and accomomdate a cooked vegetable that isn't cooked too much. Hope you enjoy my adaption.
Servings
4 servings
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings
4 servings
Cook Time
20 minutes
Beet and Spinach Salad
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When I was at my Mom's recently, there was access to fresh spinach and beets from the garden. My brother's friend can't do too many raw vegetables, so this was a way to utilize fresh produce and accomomdate a cooked vegetable that isn't cooked too much. Hope you enjoy my adaption.
Servings
4 servings
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings
4 servings
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
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Instructions
  1. Place spinach in a large bowl.
  2. Heat oil in a large cast-iron skillet over medium heat. Add onion and cook, stirring, until starting to soften, about 2 minutes. Add tomatoes, olives, parsley and garlic and cook, stirring, until the tomatoes begin to break down, about 3 minutes.
  3. Add beets, vinegar, salt and pepper and cook, stirring, until the beets are heated through, about 1 minute more. Add the beet mixture to the spinach and toss to combine. Serve warm.
Recipe Notes

Note: I peeled, cut and steamed the beets separately. This takes approx. 15 minutes as you want them slightly crisp, not mushy.

The original recipe, minus my tweaks came from Eatingwell.com

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Creamy Honey Mustard

Creamy Honey Mustard
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Rich and creamy dressing doesn't have to be hard. When you can control the wholesome ingredients, you remove worry about toxins and chemicals when you use the very best. Aren't you and your family worth it?
Servings Prep Time
3/4 cups 5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
3/4 cups 5 minutes
Creamy Honey Mustard
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Rich and creamy dressing doesn't have to be hard. When you can control the wholesome ingredients, you remove worry about toxins and chemicals when you use the very best. Aren't you and your family worth it?
Servings Prep Time
3/4 cups 5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
3/4 cups 5 minutes
Ingredients
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Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients together until creamy. Store in a jar in the refrigerator.
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Garlic Scape Pesto

Garlic Scape Pesto

Garlic Scape Pesto
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Servings Prep Time
1 cup 3 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 cup 3 minutes
Garlic Scape Pesto
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Servings Prep Time
1 cup 3 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 cup 3 minutes
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  1. Place the garlic scapes in a food processor and pulse for 30 seconds.
  2. Add the sunflower seeds and pulse for 30 seconds. Scrape down the sides of the bowl.
  3. Add the olive oil and process on high for 15 seconds.
  4. Add the Parmesan cheese and pulse until the ingredients are combined.
  5. Add the basil and lemon juice, and process until reaching the desired consistency.
  6. Add salt to taste and serve immediately.
Recipe Notes

If you don't plan to serve right away, hold off adding the basil and lemon juice, until you're ready to use.

Excellent on pizza, crusty bread or used with fresh veggies. What's your favorite use?

Original recipe from http://cooking.nytimes.com

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