Kitchen Treaty http://www.kitchentreaty.com Sat, 04 Jul 2015 04:31:17 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.5 Raspberry Lemonade Smoothie http://www.kitchentreaty.com/raspberry-lemonade-smoothie/ http://www.kitchentreaty.com/raspberry-lemonade-smoothie/#comments Tue, 30 Jun 2015 17:33:51 +0000 http://www.kitchentreaty.com/?p=15080

Sweet teeth, man. Why do they have to exist? Mine is a doozy, too. And for some reason, when summer rolls around, it goes into overdrive – all I want to eat is icy-cold sweet stuff.

So – when my willpower holds – I’ve been turning to smoothies. Cold, refreshing, and sweet to boot. Plus, they’re usually pretty healthy. So it’s a win all around.

Raspberry Lemonade Smoothie - Tart and refreshing; the perfect simple summer smoothie!

This Raspberry Lemonade Smoothie is actually on the tart side of sweet – and I love it like that. It sort of slaps you across the mouth, but in the most pleasant way.

Well that was a totally convincing line of text, wasn’t it?

Raspberry Lemonade Smoothie - Tart and refreshing; the perfect simple summer smoothie!

This thing is super simple, as smoothies love to be. One banana for creaminess. Some milk for good measure (I like unsweetened almond milk). Raspberries, of course. Some fresh-squeezed lemon juice. And ice to get it good and cold. (You could totally freeze the banana too, and then forgo the ice).

Now excuse me while I evil-laugh about the glorious conquering of my conniving sweet tooth. Victory. Is. Mine!

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Slow Cooker Mango BBQ Baked Beans http://www.kitchentreaty.com/slow-cooker-mango-bbq-baked-beans/ http://www.kitchentreaty.com/slow-cooker-mango-bbq-baked-beans/#comments Tue, 23 Jun 2015 11:05:00 +0000 http://www.kitchentreaty.com/?p=14644

We pulled the plug on cable about three years ago, and aside from occasionally missing football, HGTV, and the Oscars, we’re still cool with our decision. It helped break us of the “background TV” habit, though I still have to say that with the Roku streaming Netflix, HuluPlus, and Amazon, we still manage to watch way too much TV.

Especially these last couple of weeks. Because once I discovered that Fixer Upper was available on Amazon, let’s just say I’ve made up for all that lost HGTV time. By binging on a home improvement show. Livin’ the scintillating dream, that’s me!

Slow Cooker Mango BBQ Baked Beans - Tangy, saucy, and savory-sweet, these easy (and vegan!) Crock Pot beans practically scream "summer barbecue!"

Anyway, Chip and Joanna have convinced me to move our kitchen remodeling project to the top of our home project list. Knock out this wall here, extend that island there, bust out that backsplash, paint the cabinets. No problem! My guy mostly just listens and smiles – vaguely – when I talk about it. I can’t decide if that means he’s on board or not.

Meanwhile – light, white, open kitchen or not – these Slow Cooker Mango BBQ Baked Beans are going to be happening in there. A lot. They’re so so so perfect for summer.

I just can’t help but tout, over and over, how wonderful the Crock Pot is for summer cooking. You do all the work in the morning, before the weather turns sweltering. And then the Crock Pot just sits there nicely, doing its thing all day without transforming your kitchen into a sweat box. Crock Pots are perfect for toting to barbecues, too. Plus, they keep the goods warm until nosh time. Win.

These vegetarian baked beans are the bee’s knees. Note: no bees were actually harmed in the making of these beans. They (the beans!) are tender and tangy; the perfect balance between sweet and savory. They’re kind of new and a little unique without being weird. They’re ideal for summer potluck BBQs because they work well for just about everyone there – a saucy side for the meat-eaters, but also substantial enough to fill in as a main dish for the plant-based peeps.

Slow Cooker Mango BBQ Baked Beans - Tangy, saucy, and savory-sweet, these easy (and vegan!) Crock Pot beans practically scream "summer barbecue!"

Most of my barbecue sauce based recipes start with ketchup, but because I’ve moved more toward using non-refined ingredients, I decided to challenge myself with leaving it out. So instead, I started with tomato sauce, then added the flavors that you’d find in ketchup, along with a few ingredients and spices that transform the saucy base into barbecue saucy goodness. Then the beans stew in that saucy sauce along with chopped onion, garlic, and fresh mango. Saucy! I really like that word.

Oh, hello, savory-sweet, finger-licking BBQ beans.

Okay! Off to watch my very last episode of Fixer Upper! When does Season 3 come out again?!

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Coconut Berry Firecracker Ice Pops http://www.kitchentreaty.com/coconut-berry-firecracker-ice-pops/ http://www.kitchentreaty.com/coconut-berry-firecracker-ice-pops/#comments Tue, 16 Jun 2015 11:05:00 +0000 http://www.kitchentreaty.com/?p=14906

Coconut Berry Firecracker Ice Pops - Only 5 ingredients go into these creamy homemade dairy-free popsicles made with coconut milk, strawberries, and blueberries.

These Coconut Berry Firecracker Ice Pops are as fun to make as they are to eat. I realize that sounds rather cliche, but it’s true! I promise!

Coconut Berry Firecracker Ice Pops - Only 5 ingredients go into these creamy homemade dairy-free popsicles made with coconut milk, strawberries, and blueberries.

You take three different – but oh-so simple – layers, pour them into the popsicle molds kind of like you’re making sand art, and then give ‘em a little swirl with a bamboo skewer. After that, they freeze up all awesome looking and you kind of feel like you’ve created edible works of art.

Coconut Berry Firecracker Ice Pops - Only 5 ingredients go into these creamy homemade dairy-free popsicles made with coconut milk, strawberries, and blueberries.

Ones you can totally sink your teeth into.

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Crispy Quinoa-Crusted Tofu with Sweet Chili Dipping Sauce http://www.kitchentreaty.com/crispy-quinoa-crusted-tofu-with-sweet-chili-dipping-sauce/ http://www.kitchentreaty.com/crispy-quinoa-crusted-tofu-with-sweet-chili-dipping-sauce/#comments Thu, 11 Jun 2015 15:00:00 +0000 http://www.kitchentreaty.com/?p=14902

Legen – wait for it.

Crispy Quinoa-Crusted Tofu with Sweet Chili Dipping Sauce

Dary.

This tofu is so, so good. So good. Like, I’m not sure what else to say about it. Other than it was really hard to photograph it without saying “screw it” and just wolfing it down.

The tofu is moist on the inside, crispy on the outside, and everything good tofu can be. Plus, extra protein-y with that nutty-tasting quinoa flour coating.

And let’s not forget that sweet chili dipping sauce which is pretty much unreal (it’s also found here and here).

Ready for legendary tofu (I promise, this can totally be a thing)?!

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Coconut Oil Chocolate Chunk Blondies http://www.kitchentreaty.com/coconut-oil-chocolate-chunk-blondies/ http://www.kitchentreaty.com/coconut-oil-chocolate-chunk-blondies/#comments Tue, 09 Jun 2015 08:00:00 +0000 http://www.kitchentreaty.com/?p=14466

Coconut Oil Chocolate Chunk Blondies - No butter (or other dairy) in these gooey one-bowl blondies - coconut oil works perfectly in its place. But no coconut taste - just sweet caramelized bliss.

I have somewhat of an obsession with blondies. Buttery, ooey, gooey, caramelly. Yum. So when I started omitting dairy from my diet earlier this year, I spent a little time mourning my beloved buttery squares.

I also cut my sugar intake drastically, so it was probably for the best. But I believe in the occasional indulgence, and so it wasn’t long before I thought, hey! Maybe, just maybe we can make blondies without the butter!

Coconut oil is the first ingredient I turn to when subbing something non-dairy for butter. And, much to my delight, it worked like a charm. These blondies are moist, chewy, utterly caramelized deliciousness. And I don’t know if it’s my mind playing tricks on me or what, but I swear I detect a seriously buttery note, even though I know there isn’t any in there.

Coconut Oil Chocolate Chunk Blondies - No butter (or other dairy) in these gooey one-bowl blondies - coconut oil works perfectly in its place. But no coconut taste - just sweet caramelized bliss.

With the dark brown sugar and whole wheat flour, these blondies look more like brownies. But they’re blondies! I swear!

Rich, buttery-without-the-butter, dairy-free and decadent blondies liberally dotted with chocolate chunks.

And now I mourn blondies no more.

Coconut Oil Chocolate Chunk Blondies - No butter (or other dairy) in these gooey one-bowl blondies - coconut oil works perfectly in its place. But no coconut taste - just sweet caramelized bliss.

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Vegan Summer Pizza with Sweet Corn, Tomatoes, & Basil http://www.kitchentreaty.com/vegan-summer-pizza-with-sweet-corn-tomatoes-basil/ http://www.kitchentreaty.com/vegan-summer-pizza-with-sweet-corn-tomatoes-basil/#comments Tue, 02 Jun 2015 11:05:00 +0000 http://www.kitchentreaty.com/?p=15031

Vegan Summer Pizza with Sweet Corn, Tomatoes, and Basil - Pizza without cheese? Believe it or not, it can be utterly delicious! This summertime pizza with its creamy, garlicky sauce and peak-season produce is proof.
I know, I totally know. Vegan pizza?! How is that even possible?!!

It’s a question I asked myself a lot when I dropped dairy from my diet earlier this year. Friday night is pizza night around here – every. Friday. Night. And darn if I was going to let a little lack of cheese get in the way of that.

Except, well, what’s pizza without hot and melty cheese? Good question.

The past several months, I’ve tried a lot of dairy-free pizzas. A few were good; way more than a few were stinkers. But this vegan pizza with corn, tomatoes, and fresh basil, my friends. This cheeseless pizza recipe is a winner. And it’s so, so super easy.

Vegan Summer Pizza with Sweet Corn, Tomatoes, and Basil - Pizza without cheese? Believe it or not, it can be utterly delicious! This summertime pizza with its creamy, garlicky sauce and peak-season produce is proof.

In experimenting, I found that for me, a vegan pizza really needs to have three things going for it:

  1. A darn good crust
  2. Fresh, flavorful toppings and
  3. A component of creamy

The first two are doable, but #3 is a little harder – without cheese or other dairy, creaminess can be hard to come by. But not with this pizza! Because, my friends, we have the sauce. And oh. The sauce.

The creamy base of this pizza – the very base that makes it so the lack of cheese doesn’t cross your mind even once – is garlicky, creamy, and corny. Corny in a good way. Not a silly way. So what’s the secret? Coconut milk! And garlic! And fresh corn right off the cob! Whip it all together and there’s your sauce. It’s seriously good stuff.

Then we top it with a few slices of onion, juicy cherry tomatoes (a tomato right off the vine, sliced thin, would be divine too), and a few extra kernels of sweet corn. Bake until golden and bubbly; inhale the garlicky scent that fills your kitchen. That last step is mandatory. Sprinkle some basil over your fresh-out-of-the-oven pie, and you’re good to go.

Who needs cheese, man?!

Vegan Summer Pizza with Sweet Corn, Tomatoes, and Basil - Pizza without cheese? Believe it or not, it can be utterly delicious! This summertime pizza with its creamy, garlicky sauce and peak-season produce is proof.

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Slow Cooker Smoky Refried Black Beans + Self-Serve Tostadas http://www.kitchentreaty.com/slow-cooker-smoky-refried-black-beans-self-serve-tostadas/ http://www.kitchentreaty.com/slow-cooker-smoky-refried-black-beans-self-serve-tostadas/#comments Thu, 28 May 2015 14:44:08 +0000 http://www.kitchentreaty.com/?p=14899

You need these Crock Pot Refried Black Beans in your life.

They’re easy. They’re cheap. Both words can totally be misconstrued to mean “floozy” but these beans are not floozies which would just be weird. Let me try again.

They require very little hands-on time and make up a nice big batch of crazy-good beans. They cost very little to make. Oh, and they’re delicious.

Slow Cooker Smoky Refried Black Beans + Self-Serve Tostadas

I’m over on Oh My Veggies talking up these beans, with loads of suggestions on how to enjoy them. Like, say, this way!

Slow Cooker Smoky Refried Black Beans + Self-Serve Tostadas

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Chickpea Salad Niçoise http://www.kitchentreaty.com/chickpea-salad-nicoise/ http://www.kitchentreaty.com/chickpea-salad-nicoise/#comments Tue, 26 May 2015 11:37:45 +0000 http://www.kitchentreaty.com/?p=14861

I’m not even sure when or why I decided I must have a Niçoise salad in my life, just that it needed to happen. But it had to happen without tuna.

Chickpea Salad Nicoise - Chickpeas replace tuna in this vegetarian rendition of the classic French salad. This has become my favorite hearty dinner salad!
Another thing I’m not sure about? How to pronounce “Niçoise.” For me, it’s one of those words that I read occasionally but have never, to my recollection, actually heard out loud. That “ç” must make it sound really fancy, but yeah. No clue. I need Eminem to use it in a hit song so that I can finally learn how to correctly pronounce the word. Not that that’s, um, ever happened before.

So, this salad! Classic salad Niçoise generally boasts tuna, hard-boiled eggs, Niçoise olives (a small, bold black olive), tomatoes, baby potatoes, and green beans or, if you’re fancy, “haricots verts” (yeah, I’m not sure how to pronounce that one, either). It’s all piled atop a bed of crisp lettuce. A drizzle of Dijon-spiked vinaigrette brings the whole thing together.

Chickpea Salad Nicoise - Chickpeas replace tuna in this vegetarian rendition of the classic French salad. This has become my favorite hearty dinner salad!

But, as I mentioned before, no tuna in this vegetarian salad Niçoise recipe – instead, we’ve got chickpeas! Chickpeas are, incidentally, my favorite sub for tuna – they’ve got protein, they’re healthy, and they’re delicious on their own but also transform into all kinds of various forms of otherworldly goodness.

Once I got the tuna substitution issue out of the way, another pesky problem popped up. I couldn’t find Niçoise olives anywhere! Even at high-end grocery stores with olive bars. No bueno. So I subbed in kalamata olives instead. Is it blasphemy? I’m not sure. But I am sure that it’s very, very delicious.

Chickpea Salad Nicoise - Chickpeas replace tuna in this vegetarian rendition of the classic French salad. This has become my favorite hearty dinner salad!

Olive this Chickpea Salad Niçoise.

You know I had to.

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Easy Vegan Peanut Butter Mug Cake http://www.kitchentreaty.com/easy-vegan-peanut-butter-mug-cake/ http://www.kitchentreaty.com/easy-vegan-peanut-butter-mug-cake/#comments Tue, 19 May 2015 14:06:00 +0000 http://www.kitchentreaty.com/?p=14882

Mug cakes, man. I resisted them for a long, long time. Because – yup – just as I suspected, they are way WAY too easy to make. And consume. Possibly daily.

Easy Vegan Peanut Butter Mug Cake recipe - Just 3 minutes from sweet tooth attack to bliss! Utterly delicious whether you're vegan or not. (I affectionately call this "tea cup cake" because it's a petite version that makes just enough to satisfy my sweet tooth without feeling like I went overboard.)

Seriously. If you’ve got a sweet tooth attack and three minutes, this is going to fit the bill just fine. And you don’t have to be a vegan to enjoy this Easy Vegan Peanut Butter Mug Cake. Because trust me – it’s plenty moist, decadent, and just plain delicious without the egg, cow’s milk, or butter. (Kind of perfect for when you’re short on groceries, too!)

Easy Vegan Peanut Butter Mug Cake recipe - Just 3 minutes from sweet tooth attack to bliss! Utterly delicious whether you're vegan or not. (I affectionately call this "tea cup cake" because it's a petite version that makes just enough to satisfy my sweet tooth without feeling like I went overboard.)

Totally divine with or without the chocolate toppers.

 

I adapted my recipe from this one on Kirbie Cravings, swapping out the dairy milk for almond milk and replacing the sugar with pure maple syrup. The biggest change I made was to halve the recipe – I found that this version produces just enough mug cake to satisfy my sweet tooth without going totally overboard. It fits perfectly into my Fiestaware teacups, so I actually like to call it “teacup cake.” Except this cake is not dainty, my friends. Especially with a bit of chocolate sprinkled on top. It’s actually kind of pure grubbin’.

Easy Vegan Peanut Butter Mug Cake recipe - Just 3 minutes from sweet tooth attack to bliss! Utterly delicious whether you're vegan or not. (I affectionately call this "tea cup cake" because it's a petite version that makes just enough to satisfy my sweet tooth without feeling like I went overboard.)

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Smoky Grilled Sweet Potatoes with Cilantro & Lime http://www.kitchentreaty.com/smoky-grilled-sweet-potatoes-with-cilantro-lime/ http://www.kitchentreaty.com/smoky-grilled-sweet-potatoes-with-cilantro-lime/#comments Tue, 12 May 2015 07:00:00 +0000 http://www.kitchentreaty.com/?p=14649

Sweet and Smoky Grilled Sweet Potatoes with Cilantro and Lime - Sweet potatoes on the grill? Heck yes! Thin-sliced sweet potato slabs grill up tender and perfect on the BBQ. Rub 'em with spices and top with cilantro and lime for the side of the summer.

I am SO EXCITED for summer. Back when we bought our new place, we were lucky enough to score a roomy back deck. And basically, when the weather warms up, we live on the thing.

See! This is me right this very second.

the outdoor office

Notice the black covered behomoth at left? That’s our grill! That grill gets a looooot of use in the spring and summer. These past couple of years, it’s been churning out these Smoky Grilled Sweet Potatoes with Cilantro & Lime. Good grill!

Sweet and Smoky Grilled Sweet Potatoes with Cilantro and Lime - Sweet potatoes on the grill? Heck yes! Thin-sliced sweet potato slabs grill up tender and perfect on the BBQ. Rub 'em with spices and top with cilantro and lime for the side of the summer.

Last summer, I was determined to find an easy way to grill sweet potatoes. They’re such a hearty foodstuff and it just seems like they belong on the grill.

After poking around various sites and being turned off by many recipes that required pre-cooking your sweet potatoes before plopping them on the grill, I found this method on Simply Recipes. You cut the sweet potatoes vertically, and slice them thin enough so that they cook through nicely on the grill, no pre-cooking needed. Done!

I opted to add this sweet and smoky spice rub to the sweet potatoes before grilling them. This gives them loads of flavor and, as far as I’m concerned, makes them extra special. We made these all the time last summer, and this year, it’s shaping up to be more of the same.

Sweet and Smoky Grilled Sweet Potatoes with Cilantro and Lime - Sweet potatoes on the grill? Heck yes! Thin-sliced sweet potato slabs grill up tender and perfect on the BBQ. Rub 'em with spices and top with cilantro and lime for the side of the summer.

I like to finish off my sweet potato deliciousness off with a good squeeze of lime and a few flecks of cilantro.

Summer life is good.

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