Monday, August 26, 2013

Sprouted Granola Bread (vegan + gluten and leavening free)

Moving made me crave the comfort of food I could not cook (I originally wanted a big bowl of homemade crunchy granola). With this easy bread inspired by a Sarah B's life-changing bread on My New Roots, I had some satisfaction of homebaked goods but with very little mess (one dirty spatula? yes, please!) and a flavor uncompromised.

And you really must check our Sarah B's recipes. She is one of my favorite blogs to follow. Thanks Sarah for the inspiration!

For the almonds, you can use another nut if you wish. Sunflower or pumpkin seeds can be substituted for coconut flakes. Also the vanilla protein powder can be omitted.

The bread "dough" must be made ahead at least two hours (or overnight) before baking. This allows the chia, flax, and psyllium to fully expand, making the bread stick together. This also allows the grains and nuts to "sprout" for easier digestion.

Feel free to experiment with other dried fruit. Dried Mango, apricot, and some lime zest might be a delicious tropical alternative. Dried cherries with hazelnuts instead of almonds would also be yummy.

Sprouted Granola Bread
1 1/2 cup rolled oats (gluten-free certified if sensitive)
1/2 cup flaxseeds
1/2 cup coconut flakes
2 TB chia seeds
3 TB vanilla protein powder of choice (I used a vegan variety)
3 TB psyllium husk powder
3 TB coconut oil, melted
1/2 cup craisins
5-7 chopped dried figs
1/2 cup almonds
3 TB maple syrup or agave nectar or warm honey
1 1/2 cup water

1. Line a loaf pan with parchment paper. Add all dry ingredients. Stir with spatula.
2. Add all wet ingredients (and dried fruit if you haven't already) and stir with spatula. Make sure to get everything on the bottom to the top and worked into the "dough."
3. Let sit for two hours or overnight.
4. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Remove from oven. Pull the loaf out of the pan by using the parchment paper, turn the loaf over and stick back into the oven (out of the loaf pan but on the parchment to prevent a huge seedy mess in the bottom of your oven. Bake for 40 more minutes.
5. Remove from oven and let cool completely before slicing.


This bread was our companion to a wine tasting at Arbor Crest Winery. Us gals sat in the rose garden, enjoying glasses of merlot with this bread (and other treats) overlooking Spokane and listening to Tuxedo Junction. Quite the evening!

Here is our view from the Rose Garden.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Wild Edibles by Sergei Boutenko Lecture at Pilgrims Market

This Friday, August 23rd, Sergei Boutenko will be giving a lecture and book signing at Pilgrims Market in Coeur d'Alene, ID from 6pm to 8pm.

He just recently published Wild Edibles: A Practical Guide to Foraging, with Easy Identification of 60 Edible Plants and 67 Recipes. You can read more about Sergei Boutenko at his website.

I received my copy from Amazon and am just thrilled with all the information piled into this little book. There are a ton of pictures to accompany each plant for easy identification and some very intriguing recipes. If you are into foraging and edible weeds, this is a must read and a very valuable resource.

I'm really looking forward to his lecture. Hope to see you there!

I'm thinking I shall buy an extra copy for Sergei to sign and raffle it to one lucky sweet reader! Who would like a signed book?

This has inspired me to do some more foraging! Like look for plantain (above) and other wonderful, amazing, wild edibles.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Amazon: $5 off $25 Coupon

Love when Amazon gives out $5 off $25 Amazon Purchase. It's rare and it helps us buy books, snacks, art supplies, books, herb books, oh and more books. (Only stipulation - most by sold and shipped by Amazon - that info is readily available when you look at each item on Amazon).

Just go here and share what you need for back to school, share on facebook (if you have an account). Then the $5 credit will be added to your amazon account! This offer expires Thursday, August 22nd. And hurry to sign up! There is no telling how long they will offer the coupon (so clip now but remind yourself to purchase later - before Thursday - if you're not sure what you need).

Make sure to tell all your friends who are college age as well! OR with children who are school age. This makes for a pretty decent deal on textbooks or books for homeschooling!

(This post may contain an affiliate link. Your purchases can help Sweet Roots - Thank you!)

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Zucchini and Citrus Gazpacho with Rosemary (tomato-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free, soy-free and vegan)

Gracious Granny gave me this wonderful zucchini from her garden - this lovely emerald jewel that's the size of a newborn... As it sat in the passenger seat on our way home, I wondered what delicious concoction to make with it. Baking it in a yummy, savory treat was my first thought but baking is a lot less appealing to me in this heat (I know - shocking - right?). I wanted a raw and vibrant way to prepare this wonderful, garden-fresh vegetable. My brain eventually drew up this recipe in my mind. Something easy and versatile... and I've aspired to creating more easy and versatile recipes on the blog. The strange and weird recipes won't disappear but I want to cater to all (hopefully) of my sweet readers' recipe wishes.

And so the fresh green and tomato-free gazpacho was born.

Just a question but can I call it gazpacho if it is tomato-free? The citrus provides the fresh acidity that tomatoes would and the zucchini makes it smooth so it reminded me so much of the gazpacho I enjoyed with my sister in Spain.

I do miss her...

And what better way to remember someone by but with food? Yummy, delicious food?

Also, if anyone has any extra zucchini, give me a ring. I'll come relieve you of it.

A note about this cold, summer soup - 4 cloves of garlic makes for a very garlic-y gazpacho. I recommend 2 cloves if you are not a fan of strong garlic. And the trick to a good gazpacho is the best quality of Extra Virgin Olive Oil that you can find - I brought mine back from Spain. Sadly, my supply is dwindling.

Fresh rosemary is a lovely addition to this soup and really blends well with both the zucchini and citrus. It also adds extra antioxidants.

Zucchini and Citrus Gazpacho with Rosemary
1 larger garden Zucchini (or two small store-bought)
3-4 citrus fruits (I used one large grapefruit, one large orange and a little lime but feel free to use what you have on hand and you can even add some freshly grated peel as long as it's organic)
Sprig of Rosemary
4 glugs of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2-4 cloves of garlic
1/4 tsp sea salt

Chop the zucchini and add to high-speed blender or food processor. Juice the citrus fruits with a lemon juicer (add some orange peel zest if you are so inclined) and add to blender along with olive oil, garlic, rosemary and salt. Blend until smooth.


Serve as an appetizer, on the side of some cooked chicken, or add cooked and cooled quinoa in dishes before serving for extra protein. I drank two cups for lunch this morning and found it surprisingly filling. Cheers to cold summer soup!

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Gluten-Free Snacks on Amazon

Just had to share this little deal I found on Amazon. GoPicnic is having a sale - these gluten-free and vegan snacks are 25% off when you clip the coupon below the price! When subscribing, you save another 5%, making 6 packs of easy snacks for $2.67 each or $16.03 total!
Pictured below is the GoPicnic Ready-to-Eat Meals Hummus & Crackers (Pack of 6). I purchased the Sunbutter & Crackers (just a little bit more).
Has anyone else purchased these? They had pretty rave reviews and with fresh carrots, these would be a very nutritious snack on-the-go.
Let me know what you purchase and your review!
(This post may contain an affiliate link. Your purchases can help Sweet Roots - Thank you!
and thanks to Hip2Save for the find.)

Friday, August 9, 2013

Cubed Tofu and Beet Salad aka "Pink Fufu"

This throw together salad is easy - Chop. Chop. Drizzle. Drizzle. Marinate if you wish!
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For a more developed flavor, marinate the beets and tofu in the vinegar for a couple hours in the fridge.

This is great to bring on picnics. I made it one evening for a girls night in and I've craved it almost every night since.

Yummy for toddlers too - plus, it turns pink! My toddler calls this "pink fufu" - she loves her "fufu."

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I've been buying the organic Love Beets from Costco this summer and they are wonderfully easy to add extra nutrients and antioxidants to any dish. They make this dish a breeze to prepare all for a wonderfully doable price. If you are in need of another beet recipe, try my red velvet cake smoothie.

The directions are very simple, all detailed in the pictures below!

Tofu and Beet Salad
1 package extra-firm or firm organic Tofu ( I used Wildwood)
4 beets, steamed, cooled and peeled (love the organic Love Beets now sold by Costco - this makes it even easier to prepare)
3 TB Extra Virgin Olive oil
2 TB Seasoned Rice vinegar
Fresh ground black pepper and chunky sea salt

Fresh Thyme (totally optional but a plus for antioxidants - keep in mind, some kids may not like this flavor)

1. Chop the tofu lengthwise 3 times and then across 3 times. Then through the tofu like you are slicing a sandwich bun. Cut large cubes down into preferable size.
2. Chop the beets into 1/2" chunks (or smaller if feeding children).
3. Drizzle with olive oil, rice vinegar, salt, pepper and thyme if you wish. Enjoy!

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Which sounds better: Tofu and Beet or Beet and Tofu?

Looking for more easy summer salads?
Try last year's Refreshing Garbanzo Bean Salad

and Zesty Red Quinoa Salad with Mango and Cucumber

and this year's Cold Brown Rice and Garbanzo Bean Pesto Salad

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