Beep Drink Recipe

Ah, Beep.

I didn’t know it was specific to Canada when I was growing up, or that it was *HIGHLY* regional within Canada – put out by a Nova Scotia Dairy, but licensed out to other dairies for production. I just knew that it was a fun tasting “juice”, and that it basically tasted like childhood.

It came about in the 1960s, was served at Canadian breakfasts and in Canadian lunch boxes for decades, then was discontinued in 2010. People lost their minds, started up campaigns, and eventually it was brought back in 2012… but then discontinued again in 2015. RIP, “Beep”!

When I was developing “More Than Poutine: Favourite Foods from My Home and Native Land”, I received a bunch of requests for replicating Beep in the book. (The recipe is in there, but is not called “Beep” – much like how every other trademarked / brand name is swapped out for something else!).

If you’re new here, one of my “big autistic super powers” is the ability to replicate foods by taste. It comes in really handy when you move far away from your favourite Indian restaurant and the dish you always ordered there (Chicken Shahi Korma), or are living in a country that doesn’t have your favourite wing sauce (Honey garlic sauce) . Sometimes, I can get REALLY wild with it, and replicate based on ingredient list, nutritional info, and VERY detailed description of tastes and textures, as was the case with a friend of mine and Trader Joe’s Tofu Edamame Nuggets.

Anyway. When it comes to replicating, I don’t necessarily need the source material at hand, if it’s something I’ve very familiar with, as I have a great sense of taste memory. It really comes in handy when you’re an expat craving the foods from home, let me tell you!

Anyway, yes, I had a bunch of requests for coming up for a recipe for Beep, and on the surface, I thought it would be relatively easy – it’s just a juice blend, right? Well, the complete lack of recent exposure to the source material was a minor – but easily remedied – obstacle, but then there was the issue of source material ingredients.

… I had no idea that it was only 25% juice, or that it contained both canola oil and modified corn starch. Bizarre!

So, while I couldn’t bring myself to design a recipe for a juice drink that includes oil and modified corn starch in it (ick), I could – and DID – put together a juice blend that tastes extremely similar, and will definitely scratch that itch.

I did include citric acid in place of ascorbic acid (vitamin C), as it’s a more common kitchen ingredient. This brightens the taste up, but isn’t necessary, if you don’t already have some on hand.

Of course, if the subject of Canadian food interests you, be sure to check out my book, “More Than Poutine: Favourite Foods from My Home and Native Land”, which is available from that link, or through any major bookseller!

Homemade “Beep” Juice Drink

Makes about 1L

2 cups Water
2/3 cup Granulated sugar
½ tsp Citric acid (optional)
½ cup Orange Juice
1/3 cup Apple juice
1/3 cup Apricot nectar
2 Tbsp Pineapple juice
2 Tbsp Prune juice

Measure water, sugar, and citric acid (if using) together in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat, allow to cool.

In a large beverage container (1L or more), mix remaining ingredients. Add sugar syrup, stir well to combine. Chill until use, shake/stir before serving.

With 2017 being Canada’s 150th birthday, it’s about time I wrote the Canadian cookbook I’ve been planning for YEARS.

“More than Poutine” will be a Canadian cookbook like no other – written by a Canadian living away, it includes both traditional homecooking recipes, as well as homemade versions of many of the snacks, sauces, convenience foods, and other food items that are hard to come by outside of Canada!

High quality gluten-free versions of most recipes are included.

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Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Mushrooms and Sage – Gluten Free and AIP

Last night, I adapted my sweet potato recipe – from Beyond Flour 2: A Fresh Approach To Gluten-Free Cooking and Baking – to go one step beyond (haha!) being gluten free: I needed it to be AIP (Autoimmune protocol) friendly also.

As far as the gnocchi itself, this meant swapping out most of the added starches, getting rid of the eggs, and omitting the – optional – nutmeg. What resulted was a MUCH simplified gnocchi. All things considered, I think I might even prefer it to the original Beyond Flour 2 recipe!

The part where it got a little more painful was sacrificing the brown butter sauce that originally accompanied the recipe… and that I was very much in the mood for last night.

Luckily, there are a number of AIP friendly fats that work well and add a great flavour to the dish. You can use lard, bacon fat, or duck fat. If you don’t need to avoid dairy, feel free to swap in butter for the sauce. As a note: The professional photos in the blog entry are of the original recipe, from the book. The only difference in appearance is the brown butter sauce – but I’ve included a crappy cell phone photo of last night’s supper to prove that!

As with my original BF2 sweet potato gnocchi recipe, this one avoids one of the big problem areas of making traditional gnocchi – boiling potatoes. For sweet potato gnocchi, the sweet potatoes are dry cooked, not boiled – so heavy, doughy, waterlogged dumplings aren’t likely to happen! As with traditional gnocchi though, you’ll want to handle every stage of mixing with a light hand – keep it as fluffy and loose as possible up to the point of rolling. Handling everything gently will ensure that you’ll end up with soft, pillowy gnocchi.

A note: you’re looking for tubers that have orange flesh, and a lot of the time, they’re sold as “yams” (and those aren’t necessarily even yams!). “Yam gnocchi” sounds weird though… so, we’ll call it “Sweet potato”, though you may have to buy something labeled as “yams”. Isn’t a lack of consistency in terminology FUN?

The texture is great – actual gnocchi. No gumminess or sandiness, they were easy to work with and held together well. If you’re like us, you’ll want to double the mushrooms in the sauce – they are FABULOUS in this.

Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Mushrooms and Sage – Gluten Free and AIP

Makes about 3 hearty servings, 4 if you have more self restraint than we do.

2-3 large yams / sweet potatoes
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 ½ cups cassava flour
1 1/4 tsp salt, plus more for boiling water

Scrub and pat the sweet potatoes dry, use a fork to pierce each of them all over. Cook them in one of two ways:

1. Roast at 375 F for 45-60 minutes, or until soft all the way through.
2. Place in a microwave safe baking dish, nuke for 25 minutes or so, until soft.

Either way, place cooked sweet potatoes aside and allow to cool a bit before proceeding.

Once potatoes are cool enough to handle, peel skin off them and puree or put through a ricer – make sure there are no lumps. Measure out 2 cups of sweet potato, reserving the rest for a future use (can be frozen.). Allow to cool completely before adding the olive oil, mixing well.

In a separate bowl, whisk together flour and salt to combine well. Add flour mixture to cooled sweet potato, gently fold to combine. Using clean hands, gently knead the mixture together to form a dough – it shouldn’t be sticky at all. If sticky, add a small amount of cassava flour, until it’s workable.

Divide dough into 10 roughly equal pieces. One at a time, roll each out into long “snakes”, each about the thickness of a thumb. Cut each roll into bite-sized pieces, about 3/4″- 1″ long.

If you’re feeling lazy, you can cook these up as-is. Otherwise, you can roll them over a fork to produce the traditional ridged gnocchi shape. There are many possible ways to do this, and you may want to play with it a bit until you find your own groove. For me – when I’m feeling industrious – I gently (but firmly!) roll each gnocchi over the back of the fork, aiming towards the pointed ends of the tines. As I roll, the gnocchi will curl over itself into a slight “c” shape. Practice, experiment, and if necessary – Youtube has great tutorials for a variety of methods.

Start a fresh pot of boiling water, and salt it well. Bring it to a gentle, not rolling boil, and cook your gnocchi in batches. As they float to the top, allow them to cook another minute or so before using a slotted spoon to remove them, transferring to a clean bowl or plate. Serve hot and fresh, with sauce of your choice.

As shown:

Mushrooms and Sage

1 Tbsp Olive oil
8 oz sliced baby bella mushrooms
2 shallots, peeled and thinly sliced
2 garlic cloves, pressed or minced
salt
Fat of choice – 1/3 cup
1/4 cup fresh sage leaves, packed & chopped

Heat olive oil in a nonstick pan. Sauté mushrooms, shallots, and garlic until they start to soften, seasoning with a little salt. Add fat of choice, allow to melt before adding sage leaves.

Cook for a few minutes, until butter starts to brown and sage leaves crisp up. Add gnocchi to pan, toss to coat. Taste, season with a little more salt, if needed.

Serve hot.

As promised, my crappy cell phone pic of dinner last night:

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AIP Paleo Chicken Pad Thai – Gluten Free

So, part of the reason I haven’t been blogging much lately is that I ran into some health problems, and have been spending some time sorting things out in the aftermath.

I’m fine now – I just went from needing a hefty dose of thyroid meds to not needing ANY, without anyone noticing. The resulting massive over-medication of thyroid meds upended my whole life since October 1. Can I just say how thankful I am that it happened in Canada, vs while we were still in the US? Ooof, so many ER visits, specialists, and testing.

Now that things are leveling out, one thing led to another, and I’ll be on a restricted diet for the next few months – The Autoimmune Protocol (AIP) diet. It’s basically a step beyond paleo, getting rid of nightshades, allergens, and inflammatory foods. Already seeing some benefit, so that’s great!

It’s been interesting, feeling my way around the first few weeks. I’m well versed in gluten-free, and I’m well versed in low carb… but following most of what I was doing while low carb, but not really worrying about carbs has been… a trip. It’s been a lot of fun being on a “diet” and actually losing weight, while not having to obsess about whether or not a small handful of shredded carrots is going to screw me up. I can have beets! Sweet potatoes! Maple syrup! All the fruit I can handle – AND IT’S SUMO ORANGE SEASON! MUAHAHAHHAAAA!!

Anyway.

While I do have a bunch of non-diet recipes photographed and lined up to post, I’ll be interspersing some AIP stuff as well. Much like my other recipes, this stuff is just good food – restricted or not. My husband isn’t doing AIP himself, and has been loving the offerings over the past few weeks. Basically, don’t let the “AIP” or “Paleo” scare you off, if you’re not needing those kinds of restrictions!

The first AIP recipe I want to share is my Chicken Pad Thai. It’s an allergy-friendly version of my normal pad Thai. No nightshades (hot pepper flakes), grains (rice, rice vinegar), legumes (bean sprouts), nuts (peanuts), etc. The rice noodles were swapped out in favour of shirataki noodles – Asian yam noodles. They’re 0 effective carbs, so if you’re watching that kind of thing, a GREAT option! The rice vinegar was swapped for apple cider vinegar, I bumped up the amount of tamarind for more flavour, and added some ginger for a bit of heat.

This recipe is quite customizable – add more ginger for more heat, or leave it out if you don’t like ginger. Add some shredded cabbage in at the end if you have some on hand, or maybe a couple handfuls of bean sprouts if you’re just doing paleo, rather than full AIP. If you’ve reintroduced peanuts, go ahead and toss a handful in at the end – same goes for egg. Feel free to scramble up an egg and toss it in, if you’re not avoiding them. Not worried about gout? Feel free to add some shrimp, or substitute it for the chicken entirely.

A note on the tamarind paste – you can get stuff that’s relatively solid, or you can get stuff that’s like a thick sauce – either way will work, just be sure to check the ingredients list to make sure there’s nothing unacceptable added. Also, the “sauce” style tends to be a bit less in-your-face, so feel free to stir a bit extra in, if you’re not feeling it as-is. I like to start at about 1 Tbsp if solid, 1 ½ Tbsp if using the saucier style.

Paleo AIP Chicken Pad Thai
Makes 2 Servings

2 packages Shirataki noodles
1 – 1 ½ Tbsp tamarind paste
1/4 cup very hot water
3 Tbsp honey
1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 Tbsp fish sauce
2 tsp ginger puree
1 tsp arrowroot starch

1 Tbsp olive or avacado oil
2 chicken breasts, trimmed and thinly sliced
2 garlic cloves, pressed/minced

¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
1/4 cup thinly sliced green onion
1 lime, cut into wedges

Drain shirataki noodles. Place into a large bowl or pot, cover with water. Set aside.

For solid tamarind paste: break tamarind up in a small bowl or glass measuring cup, add hot water and whisk well. Allow to sit for 5 minutes to soften, then whisk again. Strain liquid through a wire mesh strainer, pressing as much pulp through as you can. Discard remaining pulp and any seeds.

For sauce tamarind paste: Whisk paste and water together.

To the tamarind mix, add honey, apple cider vinegar, fish sauce, and ginger puree. Add arrowroot starch, whisk well to combine, then set aside.

Once your sauce is ready, drain the noodles. I like to take a few paper towels and press them down into the noodles to soak up some of the excess water – the more water you get out of them, the more flavourful the noodles will be once you get them sauced!

In a large nonstick pan over medium heat, saute chicken and garlic in the olive oil, until chicken is cooked through and lightly browned. Add drained noodles to the pan. Continue to saute for another 5 minutes or so, allowing the noodles to dry out a little.

Whisk sauce one more time and add to the pan, continuing to cook for another 5 minutes or so, until sauce thickens a little and coats everything nicely.

Remove from heat, add cilantro, green onion, and lime wedges, stirring to combine. Serve immediately.

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Low Carb “Singapore Mai Fan” Style Zoodles – Gluten Free

Ok, by popular request on social media, I’m going to blog this recipe … even without proper photography for it. So: Sorry for the cell phone photo – we were SO hungry!

I’ve been really busy with life and work – which is why I haven’t had time for blogging – but I’ve also been low carbbing, which means getting creative in the kitchen. Low carbing can be hard on its own, but when you add in the risk of gout flares, and a husband who does not need to low carb? Sometimes it can be challenging to come up with meals that do what they need to do, without getting boring. I’ve made this one a few times now – based on my Singapore Mai Fan recipe, which was based on a favourite order from a local Asian restaurant in Minneapolis – and it’s a favourite each time.

A few notes on this recipe:

– It’s pretty ingredient intensive, I get it. When dieting, I tend to have a lot of ingredients that I use for multiple meals throughout the week(s), so it’s easy to grab a few handfuls of scallops, or shrimp, or some green onions, without having to go and buy everything needed to make this. I like having a bag of frozen shrimp and a bag of frozen bay scallops in the freezer, that I can raid a little bit at a time, as needed!

– This recipe is all about doing a bit of prep work first, as everything comes together really fast once you start up the burner. Once you start cooking, it’s only about 10-15 minutes until it’s ready to eat!

– If your shrimp and/or scallops are frozen, thaw them out before getting started. I usually put them in some warm water for a few minutes before, and drain well as I get started.

– To make this gluten free, just use gluten free Tamari, soy sauce, or coconut aminos.

Enjoy!

“Singapore Mai Fan” Style Zoodles

Makes 2 big servings

1/4 cup chicken stock or broth
2 Tbsp soy sauce
1 Tbsp curry powder
1 tsp+ dried hot pepper flakes
1 tsp rice vinegar
1/2 tsp ginger powder
1/2 tsp salt

2-3 ribs celery
3 green onions

2 medium zuchinni

1 small boneless, skinless chicken breast
1/2 lb lean pork, trimmed*
1/2 lb raw shrimp

2 large eggs
1/2 tsp hot curry powder
pinch salt
pinch pepper

Olive oil

* I can’t really eat pork anymore, so I substituted a couple handfuls of bay scallops, which I highly recommend. Pork is more true to the source material, though.

First, the prep work:

In a small bowl or measuring cup, mix together everything from the chicken broth to the salt. Set aside.

Cut your celery into thin slices (I like to “Star Trek” them, on a diagonal!), slice your green onions into thin slices, also on a diagonal. Place both in a bowl or on a plate, set aside.

Slice the ends off the zuchinni, spiralize on a THICK setting. We like to use this spiralizer, as it gives many different options for thickness. Set aside.

Slice your chicken breast and pork into small, thin, bite sized pieces, place on a bowl or in a plate. Remove shells/tails from shrimp (if applicable), add to one side of that plate. Set aside.

Finally, in a small bowl or mug, whisk together the eggs, curry powder, and salt/pepper. Set aside.

To assemble:

Heat a LARGE nonstick pan with a little olive oil in it. Cook the egg mixture as scrambled eggs. Break up into smallish pieces once cooked through, transfer to a clean plate. (We use a plate we’ll be serving supper on, to keep the number of dishes down.) Set aside.

Add a little more olive oil to the pan. Cook the chicken and pork (if using) until browned and cooked through. Add shrimp (and scallops, if using), cook until warmed up, but not necessarily cooked through.

Add celery/green onions to the pan, saute for about one minute. Add sauce mixture, continue cooking just until sauce is heated through. Add zuchinni, cook for a couple minutes – just until zuchinni is heated all the way through. Cooking the zuchinni too long will make it mushy.

Once zuchinni is ready, add the egg pieces to the pan, toss gently to mix.

Serve hot!

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Spinach Feta Salmon Burgers Recipe

Today’s recipe is one of those things I threw together once, made some notes on – after the fact – and kept on making. Rather than actual directions, it was basically vague measurements like “two big handfuls of spinach” and “some fresh dill”. Everything was eyeballed.

At some point, I posted my “non-recipe recipe” on my Facebook page, but the time has come to actually do it up as a proper recipe and share with you.

Now, as you can tell by the genesis of this recipe, there’s a lot of room for variation. Add more dill and/or green onions if you like – or skip it, whatever. You can add a little or a lot of spinach – I’ve made it everywhere from about 1 cup, to – as pictured – 2 cups of spinach. I prefer it a bit closer to the 1 cup mark, my husband prefers it at 2 cups. Chacun son goût.

If you can’t find shredded Feta, you can use crumbled – just drain it really well, measure about ½ cup (it’s far more salty than shredded, for some reason!), and crumble it finely.

Usually, I like to add a lot of stuff to a burger, as you could probably tell by some of my past recipes, like my Vegetarian Chorizo Burger with Grilled Poblano and Cilantro Pesto, Moroccan Spiced Lamb Burger with Pea Hummus, Goat Cheese, and Beets, Tandoori Spiced Chicken Burger with Mango, Paneer “Indian Cheeseburgers”, and my
Apple Chicken Burgers with Basil and Gouda.

… For this one, though, I tend to eat it pretty plain – just a little mayo or lemon aioli, maybe a bit of lettuce.

It’s packed with delicate flavours, and too much in the way of topping – even just onion slices – will overpower it.

Enjoy!

Spinach Feta Salmon Burgers

Makes 4 burgers

1 lb fresh, raw salmon, skin removed
1-2 cups fresh spinach
1/4 cup fresh dill
1 green onion, sliced
Zest of one lemon
2/3 cup shredded feta cheese
2/3 cup Panko crumbs
½ tsp ground pepper
Olive oil or pan spray
4 buns

Chop salmon into chunks – about 1″ or so – and blitz a couple times in a food processor. You want there to be some small chunks, not just a super smooth mush. Place in a medium-large mixing bowl.

Measure spinach, dill, and green onion into the food processor. Blitz until finely chopped, add to mixing bowl, along with remaining ingredients. Mix gently until thoroughly combined.

Divide mixture into 4 equal mounds, shape into burgers.

Heat nonstick pan, spray or coat with a small amount of olive oil. Cook over medium heat for a few minutes, until it looks to be cooked halfway up. Gently flip – I like to use 2 large spatulas – and cook for a few more minutes, until cooked all the way through and lightly browned.

Serve hot, on buns.

Gluten-Free Banana Nutella Ebelskivers

Well, it looks like I’ve been a while since I posted, so I figure it’s about time to dig into the backlog of recipes that we developed and photographed *prior to moving home to Canada*.

Yes, we actually worked ahead, came up with a big folder of recipes to post while in the process of moving into our RV, traveling from MN to Canada, living in that RV while we found a house, etc. We planned ahead, so I’d have content to post even when our kitchen and photography set ups weren’t really appropriate.

… Then, everything got away from me, and I didn’t post any of it. Whoops!

Anyway, prior to moving, we’d been on a big Ebelskiver kick. I can’t remember what prompted me to want an Ebelskiver pan in the first place, but we went a few months with having them every weekend – expect some more recipes from that time, in the near-ish future!

These were a runaway favourite, obviously. Banana and Nutella is a wonderful combination, and both work really well in this format. The pancake batter creates a soft, fluffy casing for the molten Nutella, and the combination is highly addictive.

As with many of my other gluten-free recipes, this is another case where the gluten-free recipe tastes better than an all-purpose flour recipe would. I just find that the flavours of the chosen flours really brings a lot to the pancake, and the texture is great, too!

Serve these as-is, or sift some icing sugar over them immediately before serving.

Enjoy!

Gluten-Free Banana Nutella Ebelskivers

Makes about 21 stuffed pancakes – Serves 3-4

2/3 cup white buckwheat flour
1/3 cup sorghum flour
2 Tbsp coconut flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 ripe banana, peeled and chopped
1 egg, beaten
1 1/4 cup milk
2 tablespoons butter
1/2 tsp vanilla
Nutella

Whisk together dry ingredients, set aside.

In a blender, combine banana, egg, milk, butter and vanilla, blitz until smooth. Pour wet ingredients into dry, whisk until smooth.

Heat a nonstick ebelskiber pan over medium-low heat, spray with cooking oil. Place 1 Tbsp pancake batter in each cavity, followed by about 1/2 tsp Nutella in the middle of each. Top with about 1 tsp batter, using the spoon to carefully coat the nutella entirely.

Allow to cook for 2-3 minutes.

Using two chopsticks, carefully flip one pancake over. If it’s golden brown on the bottom, continue to flip all other pancakes over. Continue cooking for another 2-3 minutes, or until all are golden brown on both sides.

Serve hot

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Looking for even MORE fantastic gluten-free recipes? Beyond Flour now has a sequel: Beyond Flour 2: A Fresh Approach to Gluten-Free Cooking and Baking!

Imagine gluten-free foods that are as good – or better! – than their traditional, gluten-filled counterparts. Imagine no longer settling for foods with bizarre after-tastes, gummy consistency, and/or cardboard texture. Imagine graham crackers that taste just like the real thing. Crisp, flaky crackers…without the sandy texture. Hybrid tortillas that: look and act like flour tortillas, with the taste of fresh roasted corn! Imagine chewy, delicious cookies that *everyone* will want to eat! Imagine BAGELS. If you’ve cooked from “Beyond Flour”, you already know that these fantasies can be reality – it’s all in the development of the recipes. Order your copy here.

Mango Salad Recipe

Short and sweet blog entry today – I knocked off this recipe this morning, and have a bunch of friends waiting on me to share it… so, good excuse to post this blog!

Shortly after moving to Ontario, we happened across a Vietnamese restaurant on our way into Toronto one day. We’d gone in wanting pho, or maybe a vermicelli noodle bowl… but we were intrigued by the mango salad on the menu. I’d never seen it before, and it sounded amazing.

Blew. My. Mind.

After that, we noticed it on other Asian restaurant menus – at the sushi place we like, at a Chinese restaurant we’d met friends at. I guess it’s a *thing* here… but none of those other salads lived up to that first one.

We’ve been back to that restaurant a few times, and that salad has me happily rocking in my seat each time.

… We may actually need to rename “The Sushi Rock” “The Mango Salad Rock”. (It’s one of my happy Autistic stims. Basically the complete opposite of my “IKEA 2 days before Christmas Flap”!)

Excuse my crappy cellphone photo of the source material. It’s kind of amazing I actually managed to get a photo before inhaling it!

I love the bright colours and flavours of it. It’s such a sunny dish, and the taste of it lingers (and burns a little!) on the lips for a fair amount of time afterwards, just a drawn out reminder of how amazing it was. Pretty sure it’s actually my favourite dish, now.

Anyway, I shared a photo on my personal Facebook this past weekend, raving about how amazing it was. Friends who don’t live in Ontario hadn’t heard of it, and I promised I would share my recipe as soon as I replicated it.

… and here we are.

Look at this other crappy cell phone photo of the preparation:

Even the separate ingredients just look amazing! LOVE.

Anyway. For this recipe, you’ll want under ripe mangoes – pick ones that are pretty hard. They’ll have the best texture for this, and besides… it’s a salad, not a dessert! It’s also vegetarian and gluten-free!

When it comes to servings… I have no idea. I can put away a truly embarrassing amount of this salad in one sitting, so it’s hard to estimate how much it makes. I’d say 3 as a main dish, and maybe 6 as a side?

Enjoy!

Mango Salad

Makes 3-6 servings

2 under ripe mangoes
1 Large red bell pepper, thinly sliced
½ Small green bell pepper, thinly sliced
1/4 Red onion, thinly sliced
1/4 cup Cilantro, chopped
1/4 cup Fresh mint, chopped
3 Tbsp Fresh lime juice
4 Tbsp Vegetable oil
2 tsp Granulated sugar
1- 1 ½ tsp Crushed dried chilies
1/4 tsp Pepper
1/4 tsp Salt
Cashew halves or pieces

Peel mango, slice fruit into long, thin strips (thicker than matchstick). Place in a large bowl, along with peppers, onion, cilantro, and mint – mix well.

In a small food processor or blender, combine lime juice, oil, sugar, chilies, pepper, and salt. Blitz until well combined, and chilies are finely chopped.

Pour dressing over salad, toss well to fully coat. Chill for 30 minutes or so before serving… assuming you can wait that long. (I could not)

Serve topped with a handful of cashews.

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Chicken-Based Swedish Potato Sausage Recipe – Potatiskorv

Today’s recipe was a fun challenge to tackle.

As I’ve mentioned before, my husband is no longer able to eat pork or beef, which has been … interesting… to work around. It’s not a religious or ideological thing, his body just can’t handle either any more.

SO, for the most part, he just eats chicken, fish, or vegetarian dishes, and doesn’t normally miss the pork or beef – save for the odd cheeseburger craving. For the few favourites that he didn’t want to give up, I’ve had great success with replicating the taste and texture, using non-pork ingredients. For instance, my Chicken and Mushroom Tourtiere, or my Vegan Donair “Meat”.

Early on in our marriage, my husband made mention of potato sausage he used to get as a kid. His extended family all went in on a bulk order of the stuff from some unnamed (to him) supplier, and they’d split it up, freeze it all, and eat it over the following month or two.

We bought a few different kinds over the years, all of which he found to be “meh” – they weren’t THE ONE. He knew.

Last year – our final Christmas in the US – I happened across a little Scandinavian store in Minneapolis, and picked up a bit of their sausage for the hell of it. As luck would have it, that was THE ONE.

Unfortunately… it’s a pork and beef sausage. He braved the consequences and had some anyway, just in the name of nostalgia, but I promised him I’d make a safe version. It felt like big shoes to fill, having seen how “meh” he was over everything that wasn’t IT.

I played around with chicken, mushrooms, potatoes, and spices, and came up with a recipe that was BANG ON, bringing him right back to his childhood on the first bite! Even his father was shocked and in disbelief – He seemed to think we were pulling his leg when we told him that we’d made it at home, and it was chicken!

The only problem? When frozen and thawed, my sausage turned all kinds of ugly colours – like blue black, marbled in. After making some calls, we learned that this was safe – if unappetizing – it was just the raw potato oxidizing. The solution? Cook the potatoes first.

I tweaked the recipe, tested it out, and here we are! Once stuffed into casings, this sausage can be boiled right away, put in the fridge for a day or two if needed, or frozen – so do whatever makes the most sense for your needs, without worry about discolouration!

Note: Sausage making can be a bit of an… undertaking. This recipe can easily and successfully be halved, for a smaller batch!

Swedish Potato Sausage Recipe, Chicken Version.
Makes about 10 lbs of sausage

2 lbs Boneless skinless chicken breast
4 lbs Boneless skinless chicken thighs
3 lbs Russet potatoes
1 ½ lbs Yellow onions
1 lb Baby Bella / Crimini mushrooms
3 Tbsp Salt
2 Tbsp Pepper
1 ½ tsp Allspice
3/4 tsp Nutmeg
1/4 cup Milk
Casings*

* We used pork casings, available at most butchers, as it doesn’t cause him a problem, and it’s easy. If you need it to be NO pork, you’ll want to use synthetic casings – I have no experience with those, so I don’t have any advice there.

Peel potatoes, chop into 1″ cubes. Place in a large microwave safe dish and cook on high for 10-15 minutes, or until fork tender. Set aside

Peel and chop your onions, chop mushrooms. Add both to a food processor, process until finely chopped / pureed. Add to bowl of cooked potatoes, mash until not quite smooth. Set aside.

Set your food grinder with the coarse disk, and process the chicken down. In a large bowl, combine chicken with potato mushroom mixture. Add remaining ingredients, mix well.

Following the instructions on your meat grinder / sausage stuffer, set it up with the appropriate nozzle to make sausages. Make the sausages whatever size you like – we usually aim for about the diameter and length of a kielbassa ring, but you can make them longer or shorter – a whole coil, as pictured, or individual sausages. Tie off ends:

Use a fork to poke a few holes in each sausage.

To cook, place in a pot of boiling water, turn heat down to a simmer, and allow to cook for about 30 minutes.

To serve: Pan fry cooked sausage in butter, either whole or sliced up.

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Replica Recipe: Trader Joe’s Tofu Edamame Nuggets (Gluten-Free)

A while back, a friend of mine posted on Facebook, lamenting the discontinuation of a food they were very fond of – Trader Joe’s Tofu Edamame Nuggets. One of my “big autistic superpowers” is being able to accurately replicate commercially produced food products (See: a big chunk of the recipes in “More Than Poutine!), so I wanted to help.

Problem 1: I’d never tried the source material.

Problem 2: The source material was no longer available… and my friend lived very far away!

I DO love a challenge though, so I offered to give it a go anyway. My husband is borderline vegetarian himself, and is always up for fun new treats.

First level research was easy: Finding the ingredient listing, nutritional data, and product images online – both commercially photographed, and photos from customers who bought them.

This gave me a good idea of what I’d need for my recipe – minus a few unnecessary commercial ingredients.

The next step was to fill in the missing pieces, the information that’s not as easily obtained through an ingredient list.

This is where thorough questioning came in. Lucky for me (and them, and all of you!), my friend is as good at answering questions as I am at asking them. Within a few minutes, I had a long list of very detailed information about the textures, mouth feel, ingredient sizing and proportions, and much more.

My lovely friend is also autistic, which was absolutely a blessing – NO ONE notice, catalogs, and clearly and efficiently relay fine details about things like an autistic!

Between the nutritional data and my friend’s detailed notes, I was able to put together a fantastic recipe. Aside from the “leave out unnecessary commercial ingredients” adjustment, I also developed this recipe to be gluten-free, as my friend has wheat issues.

I’m basically an obligate carnivore, and I’ve got to say – these are really tasty. REALLY tasty!

I’ve done up the directions so that you can cook and eat these fresh, OR be more true to the source material and par-cook them before freezing, so they’re available as a “throw it in the oven” convenience food, later on.

If you were a fan of the source material, be sure to try these and let me know what you think!

Replica Recipe: Trader Joe’s Vegetable Nuggets

Makes about 28 nuggets

Filling:

1 Brick medium-soft tofu, about 1 lb
½ White onion
1 Egg
1 Tbsp Soy sauce
1 ½ tsp Nutritional yeast, optional
3/4 cup Soy flour
1/4 cup Corn starch
1 tsp Garlic powder
½ tsp Pepper
3/4 tsp Salt
2/3 cup Shelled edamame
1/3 cup Shredded carrot (Large shred, not fine)

Drain tofu, wrap in 3 layers of paper towels, and place in a strainer. Add something a little heavy – we used a peanut butter jar – on top, to press. The tofu will mush a bit, that’s OK. Allow to stand for ten minutes. Discard paper towels, chop up pressed tofu and transfer to a food processor.

Grate onion. With clean hands, squeeze out as much water as you can. Measure 2 Tbsp squeezed onion into a food processor, along with egg, soy sauce, and nutritional yeast, if using. Blitz until smooth and well combined.

In a medium-large mixing bowl, combine soy flour, corn starch, garlic powder, pepper, and salt. Add tofu mixture, stir until smooth and well combined. Add edamame and carrot, stir until vegetables are well distributed.

Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Using two tablespoons, scoop mounds of filling onto the prepared baking sheets – you’ll want rounded Tablespoons, close to about 2 Tbsp in volume. Use a wet finger to smooth mound into a “nugget” about 1.5″ x 2.5″, and about ½” thick. Once all nuggets are formed, transfer pans to freezer and allow to chill until firm.

Once your patties are prepared, heat vegetable oil to 375 F. You can use a deep fryer, or a heavy pan. If not using a deep fryer, use a deep, heavy pot, filled to at least 3″ deep. As oil is heating, prepare your batter:

Batter:

½ cup Masa flour
½ cup White rice flour
1/4 cup Corn starch
½ tsp Baking powder
1/4 tsp Paprika (for colour)
1 Large egg
1 tsp Soy sauce (does this need salt?)
1 1/4 cup Cold water

Whisk together dry ingredients. Add egg and soy sauce, whisk until well combined. Add a small amount of water, stirring to combine. Continue adding cold water, stirring gently until just combined – mixture can be a bit lumpy.

For best results, set bowl of batter in another, larger bowl that is filled with ice. The colder the batter, the better the coating!

Gently dip chilled patties in the batter one at a time, slowly removing from the batter and allowing excess to drip off. Carefully transfer to heated oil. Fry a few at a time – turning every couple of minutes.

To eat immediately:
Fry until golden, about 5-7 minutes. Transfer fried pieces to platter lined with paper towels. Salt lightly – if you’d like – and serve hot!

To freeze and heat/eat later:
Fry only until batter is no longer wet and is only lightly golden, about 2-3 minutes. Remove from oil, transfer to paper towels, and blot well. Cool to room temperature. Arrange on baking sheet lined with parchment paper, freeze. Once frozen, transfer to airtight freezer container until use.

To bake frozen nuggets:
Preheat oven to 350F. Place frozen nuggets on a baking sheet, bake for 10 minutes. Flip each nugget, bake for 10 more minutes. Serve hot!

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Banh Mi Power Bowls (Gluten Free!)

One thing I’m loving about our new life in Ontario is the multiculturalism – and the food, by extension. Even the most mainstream grocery stores have a wide variety of interesting ingredients and prepared foods from around the globe. I can go grocery shopping, and hear 6+ different languages spoken, as I wander the aisles! LOVE IT.

There’s also an abundance of ethnic food available from restaurants. No exaggeration, you can find shawarma easier than a mainstream fast food chain: Shawarma places are everywhere, along with every other cuisine you can think of. There are several different places that specialize in banh me (Vietnamese sandwiches) AND deliver through the major services!

Our first few weeks here saw us eating banh mi on an almost daily basis. It was cheap, easy, full of good stuff, and was only $3-3.50 for a meal. Can’t beat it!

I’ve been getting more into making power bowls at home for meals lately. Combine that, with our love for banh mi, and the fact that our favourite place is a 15 minute drive away, and … today’s recipe was bound to happen. I’d seen mention of a banh mi bowl on social media, and decided to make my own take on the idea.

We eat a lot of chicken in this house, so that was the protein I chose. You can use whatever banh mi fillings you like, though. There’s a “dry” tofu that our fav Banh Mi place uses – we initially thought it was some kind of mushroom! – that we’ve since found at a local Asian grocery that would be great, sliced up over this. Use BBQ pork, or whatever else you like.

This makes a bit more pickled veggies than you’ll actually need for 4 servings. I like to use the extras to make actual banh mi, to put on other meals (they add a flavour punch to a variety of foods!), or just to munch on.

Also: To make this gluten-free, just be sure to use a GF soy sauce – it’s that easy!

Banh Mi Bowl

Serves 4

Pickled Veggies:

1 large carrot
1 small daikon radish
1 jalapeno
1 cup water
½ cup rice wine vinegar
1/4 cup sugar
1 Tbsp salt

Peel carrot and radish, slice jalapeno in half and remove the seeds (optional). Use a vegetable peeler to create long strips of the carrot. Even the smallest daikon radish is going to make a lot more strips than a large carrot, so I like to peel enough daikon to create about the same volume of strips as the carrot. Feel free to make more or less, depending on your tastes. Slice jalapeno into long, thin strips. Set vegetables aside.

In a medium bowl, whisk together water, vinegar, sugar and salt. Add carrot, radish, and jalapeno strips to this mixture, stir well to combine.

Cover bowl, refrigerate for at least 6 hours.

Marinated Chicken:

2 large (or 3 medium) chicken breasts
1/4 cup soy sauce (Gluten-free if needed)
1-2 Tbsp ginger/garlic paste*
2 Tbsp rice vinegar
1Tbsp Sriracha
1 Tbsp brown sugar
2 tsp fish sauce

* This is a paste I buy in jars, and use a lot when cooking Asian or Indian dishes. You can find it in Indian and/or Asian grocers, and sometimes in the Asian aisle of mainstream grocers. We use 2 Tbsp for a potent flavour, but you can cut it back to 1 Tbsp if you prefer more mild flavours.

Slice chicken into whatever form you prefer – strips, small cubes, etc – and place into a bowl or plastic baggie for marinating.

Whisk together soy sauce, ginger garlic paste, rice vinegar, Sriracha, brown sugar, and fish sauce. Pour over cut up chicken, stir well to coat. Cover and chill for at least 2 hours.

For serving:

3 1/4 cups chicken broth**
1 1/2 cups uncooked brown rice
1 Tbsp olive oil
½ an English cucumber, sliced
Cilantro, chopped
Green onions
Sesame seeds

** Here in Canada, Campbell’s makes a “Thai” chicken broth, which is what we use for this. Regular chicken broth works just fine if you can’t get this, though!

To Assemble:

45 minutes before you want to serve it, cook the brown rice in the chicken broth.

When the rice is almost ready, use a slotted spoon to strain excess liquid off chicken (don’t throw out the marinade!), transferring chicken to a nonstick frying pan along with olive oil. Cook until browned, then add the leftover marinade and simmer for 2 minutes, or until chicken is cooked all the way through.

Divide rice among bowls. Top with cooked chicken, pickled veggies, cucumber, cilantro, and green onions. Drizzle with a little cooked marinade from the pan, sprinkle with sesame seeds, and serve immediately.

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