Kitchen Treaty http://www.kitchentreaty.com Thu, 03 Sep 2015 04:16:42 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 The Easiest 3-Ingredient Non-Dairy Coconut Coffee Creamer http://www.kitchentreaty.com/the-easiest-3-ingredient-non-dairy-coconut-coffee-creamer/ http://www.kitchentreaty.com/the-easiest-3-ingredient-non-dairy-coconut-coffee-creamer/#comments Mon, 31 Aug 2015 11:05:00 +0000 http://www.kitchentreaty.com/?p=15499

This non-dairy coconut coffee creamer recipe is so simple. And so, so easy. So easy and so simple, in fact, that I wasn’t even sure I should share it – I mean, it barely qualifies as a recipe. But I love, love, love this stuff. And I can’t help but share the stuff that I love. I mean, I wouldn’t blog if I didn’t, right?!

The Easiest 3-Ingredient Vegan Coffee Creamer Recipe - I love how easy this vanilla-coconut coffee creamer is to make. Just 3 simple whole-food ingredients + 5 minutes and it's ready!

Okay, so: non-dairy creamer. I’ve been there before – with both this almond milk creaminess and this creamy cashew goodness. I love both of those creamers, so, so much. But sometimes I just don’t want to fuss with soaking nuts. Or (more likely) I forgot to. And when that happens, I turn to my pantry, and I grab:

  1. A can of lite coconut milk
  2. Pure vanilla extract and
  3. Pure maple syrup

And then I mix it all together, pour a little into my coffee, and life is good. Well – it will be as soon as the coffee kicks in.

The Easiest 3-Ingredient Vegan Coffee Creamer Recipe - I love how easy this vanilla-coconut coffee creamer is to make. Just 3 simple whole-food ingredients + 5 minutes and it's ready!

Okay, so it’s not quite that simple. I do like to add another step that doesn’t have to happen – but I do recommend it. I mix everything together in the blender – high speed for a good 30 seconds. That helps to break down the coconut milk and distribute the fat more evenly so that you don’t have to stir the creamer every time you reach into the fridge for a pour. It also helps to minimize any coconut milk fat that can tend to rise to the top of your coffee after you pour it in.

The Easiest 3-Ingredient Vegan Coffee Creamer Recipe - I love how easy this vanilla-coconut coffee creamer is to make. Just 3 simple whole-food ingredients + 5 minutes and it's ready!

The need for blending, I’ve found, also can depend upon the brand of coconut milk. Some are rather separated upon opening and a nice whir helps. Some are pretty smooth from the get-go and stay that way even when refrigerated.

As far as flavorings go, I like a hint of vanilla and a touch of sweetness. Half the time, I actually omit the third ingredient, the pure maple syrup, because I find the coconut milk has enough sweetness on its own. But you might like the syrup – a smidge or a lot. Adjust and taste until you find the combo you like best. Either way, it truly couldn’t be simpler.

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Slow Cooker Chana Masala http://www.kitchentreaty.com/slow-cooker-chana-masala/ http://www.kitchentreaty.com/slow-cooker-chana-masala/#comments Thu, 27 Aug 2015 11:05:00 +0000 http://www.kitchentreaty.com/?p=15068

Slow Cooker Chana Masala - The classic Indian chickpea curry, Crock Pot style! So simple yet so delicious, this easy vegan dinner is on constant rotation in our kitchen.

We just got home from vacation, and returning to reality is proving to be more difficult than usual. Our first day back was spent putting things away and attempting to get caught up on laundry, but it turned out to be one of those times when the mess just moves and grows and here we are, 12 hours later, not much better off.

We’re fresh out of most food, but a grocery run was not in the cards. Thank goodness for pantry meals like this Slow Cooker Chana Masala! We are out of most everything, but we did have an onion, some garlic, spices, a can of tomatoes, and a couple of cans of chickpeas in the pantry. Done! Well … almost done. I did ask my guy to stop on the way home from work for the lemon and cilantro, which in my opinion is a must for this Crock Pot deliciousness.

Slow Cooker Chana Masala - The classic Indian chickpea curry, Crock Pot style! So simple yet so delicious, this easy vegan dinner is on constant rotation in our kitchen.

Chana masala is a hearty chickpea curry with Indian roots. It can be made a number of ways, this version being one of the simplest I’ve seen – and most delicious I’ve tasted. I adapted it slightly from this Orangette perfection, making use of the slow cooker so that the amazing combination of flavors has even more time to mingle and make magic. Plus, any night is a good night when dinner’s ready without having to lift a finger after you get home, am I right?

I’m totally down with no-effort dinners in this post-vacation haze. Now if only the laundry would do itself.

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Black Bean & Avocado Breakfast Tacos http://www.kitchentreaty.com/black-bean-avocado-breakfast-tacos/ http://www.kitchentreaty.com/black-bean-avocado-breakfast-tacos/#comments Mon, 24 Aug 2015 13:00:00 +0000 http://www.kitchentreaty.com/?p=15363

Say helloooo to the ultimate grab-and-go meal! Protein, check. Healthy fat, check. Crunchy shell, check. Happy belly, check.

Scrambled eggs flecked with veggies and black beans, stuffed into a crunchy taco shell and topped with creamy avocado. These grab-and-go breakfast tacos are ready in 10 minutes flat! Gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegetarian (but with options for everyone!)

Sponsored PostThis actually started out – at least in my mind – as a breakfast burrito recipe. Safeway and Old El Paso asked me to create an easy weeknight meal for back to school, and for me, breakfast for dinner is one of the easiest dinner themes of all.

But burritos went by the wayside pretty quickly. Because when I saw these Old El Paso crunchy taco shells on display at my local Safeway, I knew I just had to create something with those instead. Black Bean & Avocado Breakfast Tacos were born!

Scrambled eggs flecked with veggies and black beans, stuffed into a crunchy taco shell and topped with creamy avocado. These grab-and-go breakfast tacos are ready in 10 minutes flat! Gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegetarian (but with options for everyone!) Sponsored by @oldelpaso.

These things are so easy. All you do is cook up some simple veggies, scramble in the eggs, and stir in some black beans. Fill your taco shells with the scrambled egg mixture and top with a couple of creamy avocado slices. Then chomp and enjoy! They’re awesomely portable, so you and the kids can just grab one or two on the way out the door to school in the morning or before evening soccer practice. Plus, only about 10 minutes to cook and assemble. For real!

Scrambled eggs flecked with veggies and black beans, stuffed into a crunchy taco shell and topped with creamy avocado. These grab-and-go breakfast tacos are ready in 10 minutes flat! Gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegetarian (but with options for everyone!)

These breakfast tacos are great for customizing to individual tastes too. Add a little cheddar or pepper jack for cheese lovers. Crumble in a little cooked sausage or bacon for the carnivores. Drizzle with hot sauce or salsa for added zip. The world is your taco!

And after you use your taco shells for this recipe, don’t throw away the box! Clip the Box Tops on your Old El Paso packaging, and on other General Mills products, to earn 10 cents each for your schools (see more info below).

Scrambled eggs flecked with veggies and black beans, stuffed into a crunchy taco shell and topped with creamy avocado. These grab-and-go breakfast tacos are ready in 10 minutes flat! Gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegetarian (but with options for everyone!) Sponsored by @oldelpaso.

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Ginger Peach Green Smoothie http://www.kitchentreaty.com/ginger-peach-green-smoothie/ http://www.kitchentreaty.com/ginger-peach-green-smoothie/#comments Thu, 20 Aug 2015 11:05:00 +0000 http://www.kitchentreaty.com/?p=9758

Are you on board with green smoothies yet? I am – and how – but I get how their, um, goblin-esque hue can be a turn-off for some. With spinach green smoothies, however, what you see is not what you taste – and therein lies their beauty. You get a huge hit of greens but all you taste is fruity goodness. Pinky swear.

Juicy ripe peaches and a zing of ginger give this Ginger Peach Green Smoothie a bit of zip and whole lot of sass.

My latest green smoothie fixation: This Ginger Peach Green Smoothie. Sweet and juicy with a fresh ripe peach; zingy with a hit of ginger. And no spinach taste.

Juicy ripe peaches and a zing of ginger give this Ginger Peach Green Smoothie a bit of zip and whole lot of sass.

 

With just four ingredients – five if you feel like it needs a little sweetening (this depends on personal taste and how sweet your fruit is) – it’s wonderfully simple too. If you’re still needing to be dragged kicking and screaming into greensmoothietown, this might just be the smoothie to do it.

 

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Olive Oil Zucchini Bread with Lemon & Cardamom http://www.kitchentreaty.com/olive-oil-zucchini-bread-with-lemon-cardamom/ http://www.kitchentreaty.com/olive-oil-zucchini-bread-with-lemon-cardamom/#comments Mon, 17 Aug 2015 11:05:00 +0000 http://www.kitchentreaty.com/?p=14910

It goes without saying that I only share recipes here that I love, but this recipe? I love love it. Beyoncé-style crazy in love. I think it is destined to be our forever go-to future-family-heirloom zucchini bread recipe, even. I heart it that much.

Light, moist, and subtly flavored, this Olive Oil Zucchini Bread recipe is our new family favorite.

Why do I love it so much? It’s pretty different than most zucchini bread recipes out there. Yes, it’s still a zucchini quick bread, to be sure. At first bite, though, you experience the difference. While most zucchini breads slap you in the face with cinnamon, sweetness, and nary a hint of actual zucchini, this recipe takes a more subtle approach.

First, you notice the moist, pleasant crumb. Then, you detect a bit of lemon. Yes, some sweetness – but not overpowering. A warm, pleasant spice – just barely there. Is that cardamom? (Yes, it is!)

Yep, this Olive Oil Zucchini Bread is a subtle experience compared to others, yet it’s one you keep wanting to return to.

Light, moist, and subtly flavored, this Olive Oil Zucchini Bread recipe is our new family favorite.

It came to be for two reasons:

I always feel the need to create new zucchini bread recipes. I guess that’s one reason why I’m a food blogger (I can’t help myself). Like I said, though, I think I’ll stop now.

The bigger reason, however, is that I’m having a bit of an oil crisis – especially when it comes to baked goods. I no longer eat dairy, so butter is out. I had turned to coconut oil, but my cholesterol has possibly been suffering for it, so I’m taking a hiatus. I don’t like to use vegetable or canola oil these days because of how they’re processed. So what’s a gal – one who loves to bake – to do? Turn to olive oil, that’s what! Just like I did a couple of years ago in these muffins, which I also love (although they have dairy, so a revision is in order there too).

If you try really hard, you might maybe detect olive oil’s trademark fruitiness in this zucchini bread. But mostly, it just lends an incredible moist quality that somehow manages to feel light at the same time. It just all makes so much sense together.

Olive oils can vary in taste, so be sure to pick one that’s on the milder side. I use just plain olive oil – not virgin or extra-virgin – so that the oil’s flavor doesn’t overpower the recipe.

Light, moist, and subtly flavored, this Olive Oil Zucchini Bread recipe is our new family favorite.

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7-Minute Sauteed Zucchini with Garlic & Basil http://www.kitchentreaty.com/7-minute-sauteed-zucchini-with-garlic-basil/ http://www.kitchentreaty.com/7-minute-sauteed-zucchini-with-garlic-basil/#comments Thu, 13 Aug 2015 11:05:00 +0000 http://www.kitchentreaty.com/?p=15098

Yes, it’s me … with another zucchini recipe. Can’t stop, won’t stop! Okay, I’ll stop … after I post one more next week. Cool?

The easiest, quickest side ever. Zucchini sauteed with garlic until tender, then finished off with a sprinkle of basil. So simple, so delicious - and in just 7 minutes, to boot!

So originally, I called recipe this 5-Minute Sauteed Zucchini, but then I set a stop watch and, dangit, it was more like 7. Not quite as impressive-sounding, but still super fast – and, of course also super tasty!

Although, calling this a “recipe” is kind of pushing it. Basically it’s just an easy-peasy way to whip up a veggie side dish that’ll go with just about any meal, especially when your garden is overflowing with zucchini.

The easiest, quickest side ever. Zucchini sauteed with garlic until tender, then finished off with a sprinkle of basil. So simple, so delicious - and in just 7 minutes, to boot!

Just add a little olive oil to a hot pan, saute the garlic for a minute, add the zucchini, cook until tender, salt and pepper, and a sprinkle of basil. Done and done.

The easiest, quickest side ever. Zucchini sauteed with garlic until tender, then finished off with a sprinkle of basil. So simple, so delicious - and in just 7 minutes, to boot!

And delicious.

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Crispy Baked Coconut Zucchini with Mango-Jalapeno Dipping Sauce http://www.kitchentreaty.com/crispy-baked-coconut-zucchini-with-mango-jalapeno-dipping-sauce/ http://www.kitchentreaty.com/crispy-baked-coconut-zucchini-with-mango-jalapeno-dipping-sauce/#comments Mon, 10 Aug 2015 11:05:00 +0000 http://www.kitchentreaty.com/?p=15247

Seriously nosh-worthy, this recipe for Crispy Baked Coconut Zucchini gives zukes a tropical twist. That irresistible Mango-Jalapeno Dipping Sauce seals the deal.

They say bacon is what the majority of vegetarians miss most. Not for me. One of the things I do miss most, though, is seafood. While I’m not exactly tempted to run out and stuff my face with fried fish, I do miss the whole … subculture that goes along with eating seafood. Cracking crab feasts atop newspaper-lined picnic tables; sandy clam digging at low tide; 4 a.m. fishing trips on the Sound; crispy coconut shrimp at a beachside cafe with serious seagulls perched on every pier.

I’m still trying to figure out exactly how to replicate the crab boil experience for vegetarians, but until that happens, I’m pretty sure I’ve go the answer for coconut shrimp right here: Crispy Baked Coconut Zucchini with Mango-Jalapeno Dipping Sauce!

Seriously nosh-worthy, this recipe for Crispy Baked Coconut Zucchini gives zukes a tropical twist. That irresistible Mango-Jalapeno Dipping Sauce seals the deal.

Crispy, crunchy, and dare I say totally grubbin’, I think this is the most fun way to use up my garden zucchini yet. Plus, it’s oven-baked, so there’s a healthier-than-deep-fried component here too. Win-win!

The key to crispy oven-baked zucchini is twofold: first, you coat the zucchini in flour, then, after a quick egg dip, you dip it in Panko-style bread crumbs and coconut flakes.

Seriously nosh-worthy, this recipe for Crispy Baked Coconut Zucchini gives zukes a tropical twist. That irresistible Mango-Jalapeno Dipping Sauce seals the deal.

And then all you do is bake these suckers until the zucchini is just tender and the coconut breading is golden brown and perfectly crunchy/crispy.

Seriously nosh-worthy, this recipe for Crispy Baked Coconut Zucchini gives zukes a tropical twist. That irresistible Mango-Jalapeno Dipping Sauce seals the deal.

So good! The clincher, though, is this Mango-Jalapeno Dipping Sauce. It’s super easy, too – just a quick puree of fresh mango, jalapeno, honey, lime, and rice vinegar. Sweet with a touch of heat, and SO PERFECT with this baked coconut zucchini.

Giant finger alert!

Seriously nosh-worthy, this recipe for Crispy Baked Coconut Zucchini gives zukes a tropical twist. That irresistible Mango-Jalapeno Dipping Sauce seals the deal.

Who needs shrimp?! The garden’s got us covered on this one.

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75 Zucchini Recipes (That Aren’t Zucchini Bread!) http://www.kitchentreaty.com/75-zucchini-recipes-that-arent-zucchini-bread/ http://www.kitchentreaty.com/75-zucchini-recipes-that-arent-zucchini-bread/#comments Sat, 08 Aug 2015 13:20:00 +0000 http://www.kitchentreaty.com/?p=15096

Today is Sneak a Zucchini on Your Neighbor’s Porch Day, and this year, I’m seeing more than ever how necessary such a holiday is. Our garden is officially in zucchini overload mode, so I thought I’d assemble a big ol’ list of easy and healthy zucchini recipes for myself – and my poor unwitting neighbors too. Let’s hope they don’t have video surveillance.

Zucchini – also known as courgette or summer squash – isn’t only wonderfully nutritious, it’s also endlessly versatile. Everyone loves zucchini bread, but there are a gazillion other things you can do with zucchini. Crispy chips and fries! Zoodles! Pizza crust! Cookies and cupcakes! So read on for 75 delicious zucchini recipes (that aren’t zucchini bread).

75 Zucchini Recipes (That Aren't Zucchini Bread!) Go beyond zucchini bread with these creative zucchini recipes, both savory & sweet. From @kitchentreaty.

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Zucchini & Fresh Herb Mini Frittatas http://www.kitchentreaty.com/zucchini-fresh-herb-mini-frittatas/ http://www.kitchentreaty.com/zucchini-fresh-herb-mini-frittatas/#comments Thu, 06 Aug 2015 11:05:00 +0000 http://www.kitchentreaty.com/?p=15128

Super simple yet utterly delicious, these easy Zucchini & Fresh Herb Mini Frittatas are the perfect make-ahead breakfast or hearty snack.

Zucchini, man. Our garden is officially going crazy with the stuff this year.

I’m not really sure what I was thinking. Last year, we were barely able to keep up with one plant. This year, I planted even more, and now we have four large monsters, each producing a zucchini at least every other day.

So I’m making all the things – all the zucchini things. This recipe for Zucchini & Fresh Herb Mini Frittatas, of course, being one of them.

Super simple yet utterly delicious, these easy Zucchini & Fresh Herb Mini Frittatas are the perfect make-ahead breakfast or hearty snack.

Aren’t they so cute and tiny and portable and just goshdarnned edible? I’m not sure I’ve ever called an egg muffin of sorts cute, but there you have it. I’m calling it! They’re cute!

They’re also surprisingly simple, super delicious, and oh-so handy to have in the fridge for easy grab-and-go breakfasts and snack-attack satisfaction. I love whipping up a batch of these bad boys on Sunday to have on hand all week.

Super simple yet utterly delicious, these easy Zucchini & Fresh Herb Mini Frittatas are the perfect make-ahead breakfast or hearty snack.

The recipe is super flexible … add whichever herbs you like (I’m partial to rosemary and parsley, but thyme is also wonderful). They would also be fabulous with a bit of crumbled feta or even some good ol’ cheddar if you’re dairy-inclined (I am not these days). And my guy would definitely go for a bit of bacon or ham in his. Though he’s actually pretty happy with them as-is.

Super simple yet utterly delicious, these easy Zucchini & Fresh Herb Mini Frittatas are the perfect make-ahead breakfast or hearty snack.

Okay then! There’s one zucchini down; woo hoo! Now to figure out what to do with the remaining 241 zucchinis I’m going to be facing.

(Fair warning: there’s going to be a bunch of zucchini craziness around these parts over the next few weeks. I can’t not!)

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Pop-Up Paradise Rum Punch http://www.kitchentreaty.com/pop-up-paradise-rum-punch/ http://www.kitchentreaty.com/pop-up-paradise-rum-punch/#comments Tue, 04 Aug 2015 16:05:00 +0000 http://www.kitchentreaty.com/?p=15254

With just 5 ingredients, this rum punch recipe makes it easy to create an instant paradise anytime, anywhere.

Sponsored PostWhen’s a good time for a party? Anytime, that’s when! Any excuse, man. So when a friend’s sister and her little one were in town, I thought I’d invite everyone over for a little impromptu shindig. The kids could play and the adults could relax. Win win.

I had recently teamed up with DPSG Green Bottle at Safeway/Albertsons to find my perfect mix – creating the perfect summer sipper using Malibu® Original Rum and Canada Dry® Ginger Ale. I added pineapple juice, coconut ice cream, and mango sorbet and oh my goodness. Sweet drinkable paradise, party punch style.

With just 5 ingredients, this rum punch recipe makes it easy to create an instant paradise anytime, anywhere.

The day we decided to have the little insta-party, the Pacific Northwest weather was cooperating nicely – a balmy 80 degrees. So, inspired by the boozy tropical punch I was working on, I thought a little “pop-up paradise” out on the deck would do nicely.

I kept things super duper simple – just one quick trip to Safeway for the booze, food, a few gladiola stems, and some fresh pineapples were all the supplies I needed to buy. Then I hunted around the house for a couple of decorations and printed out this free pineapple printable to throw in a frame. Done!

With just 5 ingredients, this rum punch recipe makes it easy to create an instant paradise anytime, anywhere.

For dinner, I thought we’d keep it on the deck and just grill up easy-peasy Hawaiian pizzas on naan crusts. BBQ sauce, fresh pineapple, Canadian bacon (smoked tofu for me). Naan is so perfect for personal pizzas, which are one of my favorite foodstuffs for customizing to individual diets and picky kids (well, just one kid in the bunch was picky, and that would be ours).

But this punch, my friends. It is delish. Please know it’s super sweet – so you’ve gotta love sweet – but it’s a good sweet. Perfect for hot weather. Very drinkable.

With just 5 ingredients, this rum punch recipe makes it easy to create an instant paradise anytime, anywhere.

I love how the mix of ice cream and sorbet along with the carbonation in the ginger ale give it a decadent creamy layer. I used dairy-free ice cream, but a dairy coconut ice cream or even vanilla ice cream – dairy or not – will work well too.

With just 5 ingredients, this rum punch recipe makes it easy to create an instant paradise anytime, anywhere.

Paradise is thisclose! Make up some punch and you’re good to go – anytime, anywhere.

With just 5 ingredients, this rum punch recipe makes it easy to create an instant paradise anytime, anywhere.

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