Saturday, March 1, 2014

Joy of Cooking Vegan Style....Take 1

First Few Days Diving into Joy of Cooking

Spiced Tea

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I enjoy drinking a nice cup of hot herbal tea on a cold rainy or snowy morning, or evening, or really just about anytime it is cold actually!  I don't drink any tea's that contain tannins, caffeine etc... and so as I opened up the Joy of Cooking book to the tea section I decided to use one of my all purpose teas instead of regular tea leaves and it turned out beautifully!

8 oz. water {bring to a boil}

Pour the water into a cup with:

1 1/2 tsp. Rooibos   {You could certainly use white tea, oolong or other tea if you prefer}

Steep for 10 to 15 minutes.


1 Tb. orange juice
2 Tb. lemon juice
1/8 tsp. powdered clove
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
5 drops vanilla stevia
5 drops lemon stevia
1 pkt. stevia

You can add more stevia to sweeten until you enjoy the taste.

I kept trying to figure out how to go through a 700+ page book of recipes and not lose track of which ones I had done and which ones I still needed to make.........Hmmmm.  Okay, I know this really exposes my severe lack of organization skills, but I finally figured out a system so I don't have to just start with beverages and make my way through that way.  I wanted to make drinks, breads, & meals together not just cook straight through.....problem solved.  

Next up on the list was a Dinner was a very cold and very rainy day yesterday so I was in the mood for a nice warm bowl of soup!  I browsed through the soups and found several that looked yummy but I wasn't in the mood for something that would take a lot of prep time.....enter....Minestrone!  Perfect!

Minestrone Soup

This is a very THICK minestrone full of tons of veggies!  That is really how I like my soups...
The macaroni in this soup was actually Brown Rice pasta so this recipe is actually gluten free for those who must avoid gluten, or I guess for those who think gluten is the spawn of satan...either way it will work for you.

My family absolutely LOVED this was even a hit with my 14 year old daughter, which is saying a lot because she is a picky one.  It is a very simple soup to make, it may seem like a lot of steps but really it cooks up in 30 minutes and prep time is minimal...just chopping a few veggies and opening a few cans.  It is also a one pot meal, you can't go wrong with that.

Fluffy Rolled Biscuits

These are really the holy grail of low fat biscuits!  They are so light and fluffy and as you can tell by the picture....they rise HUGE!  The flavor of these biscuits is delicious even without any earth balance or jam on them!  You will love these simple yet, fluffy biscuits!

Cinnamon & Sugar Biscuit Option

Joy of Cooking mentioned several options that you could use to give these biscuits a little pizzaz.....I decided the cinnamon and sugar option looked delicious!  So for this round of biscuits...there will be more biscuit recipes so don't you worry :-)

I decided to do half of our biscuits with this option and oh boy were these delicious!!!  Just like a dessert.

Sprinkle on top of the sprayed biscuits generously.  

I hope you enjoy this first round of the Joy of Cooking recipes.  I chose some fairly simply ones to start out with but don't be fooled by their simplicity, these recipes are delicious!