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October 20, 2014 Post a comment

Sweet & Spicy Pumpkin Pie Roasted Almonds.

Sweet & Spicy Pumpkin Pie Roasted Almonds | Knead to Cook.

Happy Monday friends!  I never did mind Mondays only because its a reboot – a new start and fresh chance at doing amazing things.  Perspective.  Today’s day started out with an early morning 6.26 mile run. It was the first run of the season with gloves but I will note that I suffer from Raynaud’s and seem a bit more sensitive to cold morning temperatures.  The run felt great and energizing.  From there lots of errands and a dog walk with Samantha.

I’ve been having a week (or more) of eating like a voracious monster.  Literally if a camera was on me from noon till 4 all they would view is me eating – constantly. My husband is convinced its just my body healing and needing extra nutrition. I sure hope he’s right as I go back to the doc next week for more X-rays. Praying for good progress!!

I do have several Meatless Monday recipes to share but whipped these up and as I snack on them – this is what I chose to share with you all today.  You can make these with or without cayenne pepper.  Add more or less to your liking.  These pack up and mail perfectly for the holidays or are great on your Thanksgiving table.  Protein packed and a healthy snack for everyone.  Gluten free and vegan.
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October 16, 2014 Post a comment

Vegan Pumpkin Chili.

Vegan Pumpkin Chili by Knead to Cook.

Vegan Pumpkin Chili.

Last week I was thrilled to purchase Thug Kitchen’s first cookbook.  Scouring each vulgar sentence (that’s their schict) and recipes of this masterpiece – I wanted to try a protein-packed recipe first.  I made this recipe Monday and have enjoyed it all week as leftovers topped with my smoky spicy cashew cheese sauce, which elevated it to a whole new level.  I modified their recipe a bit and absolutely LOVE it and will be making it again and again this winter.  Even your most hardcore carnivores won’t be missing the meat in this flavor-packed chili.

Thug Kitchen tweeted me back after seeing my post… I’m honored and so happy but can’t retweet due to the vulgarity.  Sorry – ha ha.
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October 15, 2014 Post a comment

Pumpkin Muffins with Maple Glaze.  Vegan and Gluten Free.

Pumpkin Muffins with Maple Glaze. Vegan and Gluten Free | Knead to Cook

Pumpkin Muffins with a Maple Glaze.  Vegan and Gluten Free.

Today is a rainy hump day.  Not a nice rain… more like a dumping down from the heavens kind of rain.  The rain that forced me inside for my 6 mile run today so I used today as a weightlifting day as well.  It’s all good.  We, Samantha our black lab and I managed to sneak in a walk to the park post dentist appointment for me. From there, I’ve been in the kitchen working on three recipes.  I wasn’t going to share this one today but because they came out so good – I pushed my post for today off till tomorrow.  Now I have two back to back muffin recipes… hope you don’t mind.

Are you on pumpkin overload yet?  From Starbucks to pretty much every blogger on the planet is focusing on the wonders of pumpkin and for good reason.  It’s totally the best time of year!  This recipe started out from my newly purchased cookbook by Cara Reed titled Decadent Gluten Free Vegan Baking but I’ve morphed it quite a bit and I hope you give this one a whirl.  It’s totally gluten free and vegan for those who have dietary concerns. However those who do not, won’t mind one bit – trust me!

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October 14, 2014 Post a comment

Gingerbread Muffins. Vegan and GF.

Gingerbread Muffins. Vegan and Gluten Free by Knead to Cook.

Gingerbread Muffins that are vegan & gluten free.

Last Friday was just one of those pity-me days.  We all have them.  I felt like I was a ball of emotions.  It was a hard week with my pin removal from my finger (this situation has been going on for over a year now).  I couldn’t work out from Tuesday-Friday and I think I was going through a bit of withdrawal.  I’m not that person but I think my emotions, frustrations and exhaustion got to me.  God has a way of humbling and resetting you.  Suffice it to say my poor husband suggested I run to Barnes and Noble and wander to get away from it all and that’s what I did!  I picked up two new cookbooks.  I was thrilled to find a gluten and dairy free baking cookbook for my daughter.  She has been gf/df for about 8 months now with great success (she was suffering from cystic acne that is completely gone now).

This was the first recipe I scoped out and really wanted to make. Let’s face it – gluten free flours stink – a lot!  I was leery but hopeful about this book.  Cara Reed, in her cookbook, makes her own flour concoction and I bought everything and made a huge batch of it (all from Bob’s Redmill).  From there the recipe was super easy and I made a few modifications along the way.  I made 12 muffins yesterday – we have 2 left!  Suffice it to say the carnivores and vegans alike loved them.  And they will be awesome for the holidays!  They tasted so good!!!
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October 13, 2014 Post a comment

Smoky Spicy Cheese Sauce.  Vegan and gluten free.

Smoky Spicy Cheese Sauce. Vegan and gluten free by Knead to Cook.

Smoky.  Spicy. Cheesy Sauce.  Wait… dip.  Dressing!  Wait… a sub for yogurt or mayo in sandwiches!  Oh the uses are endless!  And the spiciness and smokiness is all under your wielding. But for us… the more kick and the smokier the better!

This cheese sauce, dip, dressing – whatever you want to call it is totally vegan and gluten free.  You will be bulled over by the flavor this packs in this super simple, insane concoction!  Seriously… you won’t want to miss this one.  Prep is required with the cashews but other than that -soaked cashews made into cream can become a magical ingredient that vegans seriously rejoice over!  I normally go sweeter but do love a savory cashew cream. And please, anything with Sriracha is just hands down fabulous.  I think I may need a support group for hot sauce.  In fact – there are two different types in here. Okay… recipe time.

UPDATE:  I made a super yummy vegan chili tonight and put a doll-up of this on it… heavenly!  Another use for this awesome sauce. Ha ha.
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October 8, 2014 Post a comment

Smoked Paprika Roasted Pumpkin Seeds.

Smoked Paprika Roasted Pumpkin Seeds |  by:  Knead to Cook

Smoked paprika roasted pumpkin seeds.

A few weeks ago I discovered what I thought were two watermelons growing rogue in my garden turned out to be pumpkins – they looked very much like a striped watermelon that soon turned a lovely orange color.  I was fearful that they weren’t going to last that long due to the onset of the hot weather so we cut them open, harvested the seeds and roasted the pumpkin flesh to freeze.

I had this post ready to go a few weeks ago and opted to share it today as I’m unable to prep food.  If you don’t follow me on IG – on Monday the doc decided to remove my pins from my finger (that were scheduled to be removed Friday) because my body was starting to reject them.  The process was supposed to be relatively easy and only take a few minutes once I had a ring block numbing my finger.  50 minutes later and a very messy situation, I left bandaged like I had surgery due to the aggressiveness required to remove these slick pins.  Sigh.  It’s over.  They are out and I couldn’t be happier but the residual pain is a bit much.  I go back Friday for a check-up and hopefully a release to run and be myself again.  (Fingers crossed – pun intended) For now I rest, a lot, and try to heal.

Onto my recipe…. I know it seems early to be prepping pumpkin seeds but my family already devoured these.  They never last long in my house.  This recipe can be adjusted to sub out the smoked paprika to your favorite spice but the cooking technique remains the same.  I soak my nuts to help them become easily digestible and thought I could try that with these.  It worked and they turned out perfectly.
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Balsamic Black Bean Tempeh.

Balsamic Black Bean Tempeh. I created this recipe while on my bike ride with my husband on Sunday.  It was a freezing ride and I needed to take my mind off the windchill and tap into my creative side with this new delicacy that the good folks at Smiling Hara Tempeh sent me.  I’ve never … Continue Reading »

Baked Pumpkin Mini Donuts. Vegan and Gluten Free.

Baked Pumpkin Mini Donuts. Vegan and Gluten Free. Are you on pumpkin overload yet?  It’s everywhere!  I love it all!!!  As you know, my oldest is gluten and dairy free so I wanted to make her a treat she could enjoy – which I normally try to do.  I had a new gluten/dairy free all … Continue Reading »

Fingerprint Jam Cookies. Vegan and Gluten Free.

A few weeks ago I was sent a box of healthy goodies from Norm’s Farm and I knew exactly what treat I wanted to make with the jam.  Fingerprint cookies are a favorite in my family.  I’m all over berries and their healing powers.  Food is powerful – trust me!  So when the good folks … Continue Reading »

Veggie Burger. Vegan. Gluten Free.

Veggie burger. Vegan and gluten free. Yesterday was my husband’s birthday.  This was post 2 days after our anniversary and homecoming. It was a busy weekend.  Because his birthday falls on a Monday, and we went out this weekend for our anniversary, he requested vegan burgers for his special dinner.  Done!  This burger is sturdy … Continue Reading »