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Archive for the month “August, 2015”

Favorite Blonde Brownies… Revamped

So I’ve been experimenting with different non egg substitutes

I’ve started using ground flax seed more in recipes

1 tbsp of ground flax seed + 2 tbsp water  mixed together = 1 egg

so I decided to try it in my Blonde Brownie Recipe you can find the original post here

and the original recipe below

in a small bowl mix together

2 cups flour

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

dash salt

(set aside)

In a large bowl mix together

2/3 cup of light tasting olive oil(the original recipe called for melted butter)

2 cups packed dark brown sugar

1/2 cup of soy sour cream(this is my egg substitute the original called for 2 eggs)

2 tsp of vanilla(I make my own with vodka and vanilla beans)

then mix in the flour mixture

spread into a greased 9×13 pan and bake at 350 degrees for about 25 minutes

(if you want you can sprinkle chocolate chips on before baking but as one of my kids doesn’t like chocolate I bake without)

This time when I made it, I used the flax for egg substitute, I mixed the wet ingredients in one bowl and added 1 tbsp lemon juice

I mixed the dry ingredients in another bowl

mix fast pour into greased pan and pop into hot oven

the results were divine   a crispy crust formed on the raised top but the inside was a chewybrownielicious treat.

a super fast super easy treat to make last minute for any occasion

hope you enjoy

Egg free Meatloaf and preparing for the school year

With a busy family my meatloaf without egg recipe s fast and easy

but did I tell you I save out some of the meat and use it for meatballs and cooked ground beef

Essentially I buy between 6 and 10 pounds of ground round( and sometimes add some ground pork)

Image result for ground beef

follow the meat loaf recipe(quoted below)

divide as follows

-take out 2 – 4 parts (before adding bread crumbs) and cook it up to freeze for spaghetti/lasagna/other stovetop quick casseroles

-take out 2 – 4 parts and using a cookie scoop make meat balls (depending on size of scoop figure 4 meat balls per person per meal)

cook those balls on a sheetpan in the oven till they reach internal temp of 165

cool then freeze for when you need them

finally with what is left make your meatloaf/s

and there you’ve got 4 -5 home prepared meals that are quick cookers to pull out of fridge and add veggies/sauce…etc…

for each pound of meat

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp pepper

(additional spices you may want to try:figure about 1tsp per pound of meat)

-onion powder

-garlic powder

-oregano(going for a pizzay flavor)

-paprika

-hotpepper(use only 1/4 tsp per pound of meat)if you like spicy stuff

other spices to try would be premade mixtures

like:

taco seasoning

italian dressing mix

fajita mix

etc….

I love Penzeys spices and they have many mixtures to try and explore

(optional: 1 cup of finely ground bread or cracker crumbs, or you could even add dry oatmeal…if using crackers you won’t need to add the salt)

all the bread does is make the mixture bigger(takes up more space….lasts a little longer)

be firm but gentle

mix thoroughly but not to sausage consistency

many people add eggs….they are not necessary despite popular opinion

if you want more moisture you could add

1/2 cup of any of the following(pick one don’t use all)

apple sauce

ketchup

bbq sauce

veganaise

italian dressing(or other salad dressing)

after mixed place into oiled pan

also optional:

toppings:

top with raw bacon layer it on top before baking and …yum!

spread ketchup(or bbq sauce) on top prior to baking

Enjoy!  Here’s to a great new school year of stress free meals!

time for a mom brag

I don’t think I’d have the guts to perform a mini concert on the spot…he did.

My son recently performed at an open mic night…not many people there but he did great and was able to almost do a mini concert

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