Kathy’s ‘Strawberry Spelt Biscuits’ – from Healthy Slow Cooking – Breakfast In Bed-Fest entry #5

Kathy’s ‘Strawberry Spelt Biscuits’ – from Healthy Slow Cooking – Breakfast In Bed-Fest entry #5

My ‘Breakfast In Bed-Festival’ this year is really just a sneaky way of sharing my favorite Vegan bloggers best breakfast recipes with you all and having a bit of competitive fun all the while.  As I have said too many lots of times before, I leave out for work in the pre-pre-dawn hours, more like the middle of the night for some, I’m sure. I don’t get the luxury very often to enjoy a wonderfully fresh home made breakfast to enjoy in the comfort of my home.  So I’m hosting a little monthly highlight this year of the best of the best in healthy breakfast ideas for days when I am able to spend more time enjoying breakfast. I’ve asked 12 of the most creative, health conscious and economically minded  bloggers to each share 1 breakfast that highlights both their own website and their own ingenuity for eating healthily, kindly and creatively.  At year’s end, we’ll have a little vote on which month’s posting you all enjoyed the most and congratulate the winner with a few kind words and some prizes.  There’s a Pinterest board you can follow to see how the event unfolds each month with all the recipes and news about my…

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Asian Pear Pie – Gluten and Sugar Free Options

Asian Pear Pie – Gluten and Sugar Free Options

   About 2 months ago, I picked out 10 Asian pears that were on sale here, a dollar a piece.  They’ve been moved around from one place to the next since then in the kitchen.  I was waiting for them to ripen up some.  Then I was waiting for a nice day off to bake up a delicious pie for myself.  Finally my day came today and it was worth the waiting.  This one isn’t a sweet as an apple pie might be.  It has all the spices a flavor without the added sugars.   It’s almost like a cinnamon scone flavor; mildly sweet but lots of spice.  If you’re not so much the ‘pie maker’ than this one would be a great one to try out as well.  I used a nice nutritious Spelt crust that I picked up at Whole Foods.  No animal products and Spelt flour is almost as good as gluten-free.  I also added in some dried currents that I had in the fridge.  I cooked the pears for about 10 minutes and then let them cool off before filling the pie crust.  Asian pears are such a dense fruit, I wanted to make sure that…

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Cashew Crusted Blueberry Plum Mini Pies

Cashew Crusted Blueberry Plum Mini Pies

 With just two of us eating at my house, I’m always looking for quick treats that will freeze and store well so I can pop up a fancy dessert any evening without struggling to use up a whole cake, pie, pudding within the next few days.  These mini pies are a perfect lite ending to a meal or can fill in for breakfast on the go if packaged correctly.  I baked mine in a Mini Pie maker but my recipe adjusts for oven cooking as well.  The filling here is just what I like and had on hand.  It can easily be changed to other fruits as long as they are prepared in small pieces to fit into the smaller pie crusts.  Frozen Blueberries worked well.  I’d like to try it out with Mango, Peaches, Strawberry.  Even Pecan will be good although the filling preparation listed in this recipe would have to be adjusted for Pecans. I’m a big fan of Plums and I usually let them almost over ripen to ensure that they don’t upset my stomach and also maximize their sweetness.  It’s hard to find ready ripe plums in the grocery here so I almost always wash them…

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Spinach Italian Bread

Crusty, soft centered and wonderfully full of seasoned flavors with a touch of cheese.This bread goes great with Italian dishes, fruit spreads or just with a healthy spread of butter.I used quick rise yeast today with my bread maker so it was ready to eat in just over an hour. Ingredients 1 cup water 1 tablespoon Olive Oil 1/2 cup frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained  1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1 1/2 cups Spelt flour 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese 1 teaspoon Sea Salt 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder 1 teaspoon dried Italian Seasonings 1 tablespoon white sugar 1/2 teaspoon red pepper                   2 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast or rapid rise Optional 2 Tbs. sesame seeds    Place all ingredients except spinach in bread machine pan in the order recommended by the manufacturer. Select white bread cycle. After about a minute of kneading, sprinkle in crumbled squeeze dried spinach over dough as it mixes.  I used rapid rise yeast with this and it worked fine. Kumquat Pomegranate Marmalade This bread has a nice background of Spinach and herbs but it still pares well with fruit.  Like my Kumquat Pomegranate Marmalade:  Is bread one of your favorite things?  Any kinds in particular you crave? 

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