Recipe: Cranberry Date Bliss Balls

Ingredients:

  • 8 dates
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 2 tablespoons raw cacao powder
  • Any other dried fruits, nuts, or seeds you desire (optional)

Directions:

Pulse dates in a food processor or blender until they form a soft dough. Add the dates into a bowl along with the cacao powder and dried cranberries. Mix everything together thoroughly, and then roll into bite-sized balls and enjoy!

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Recipe: Pasta with Spinach and a Lentil Bolognese Sauce

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 a box of pasta
  • 1 cup of pre-cooked lentils
  • 1 jar of pasta sauce (or make your own!)
  • 1⁄2 pound of spinach
  • 2 tablespoons Italian seasoning
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1 bell pepper
  • 1/4 onion

Directions:

First, boil a pot of water and cook the pasta according to the instructions on the package. Chop up the garlic, bell pepper, and onion and add it all into a pan along with the remaining ingredients (keep the noodles separate for now).

Cook on a low setting until the onions and bell peppers are soft. Then add in the pasta and cook for another 2-3 minutes.

Recipe: Sweet Potato Fries with Garlic Basil Hummus

Ingredients:

  • 1 large sweet potato or 2 medium sweet potatoes
  • 1 tsp Olive Oil
  • 2 cups chickpeas (from food prep)
  • 2 handfuls of basil
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 2 tablespoons tahini
  • 2 lemons, Juiced
  • 1/2 cup of water

Directions:

Sweet Potato Fries

Slice up your sweet potato into fries and place onto
on a baking sheet with parchment paper and bake in
oven at 425 degrees until lightly crispy on the outside.

To make the Hummus

In a food processor or blender, add in your chickpeas,
basil, garlic, tahini and nutritional yeast, lemon juice
and 1/2 cup of water and blend until smooth. Pour
into a bowl and use sweet potatoes to dip into the
hummus.

Simple and Delicious Applesauce Recipe

With all the apples we’ve got in our apartment, I’ve been looking for ways to keep them around but also not rotten. One of my go-to projects this fall is cooking up mass amounts of applesauce. It’s a great way to prolong the life of our apple bounty, and heat the apartment too!

Simple and Delicious Applesauce Recipe:

Ingredients

  • 4 Apples (peeled, cored and diced)*
  • ¾ Cup Water
  • ¼ Cup Sugar (White, Brown, None, etc to taste)
  • ½ tsp Ground Cinnamon

*I have actually been doubling this recipe since we have so many apples, I’ve noticed it takes about 8 apples to fill a quart-sized mason jar.

Step 1- Cook all of these ingredients in a covered pot for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally until the apples are soft (If you are doubling the recipe they may need to cook a bit longer than 20 minutes).

Step 2- Allow the applesauce mixture to cool for 20 minutes, or until it stops letting off steam

Step 3- Sauce it! If you like your applesauce on the chunky end of the spectrum, I recommend mashing with a fork or wooden spoon. If you dig it smoother, a blender is a good way to go (pulse on low, then increase the speed as needed).

Step 4- Transfer to a jar or sealable container for storage.

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Homemade applesauce!

 

Apple Butter from Scratch

Fall is upon us here in Albany! My first east coast fall has been full of cold days and finding things to make with all the apples we’ve picked! One of my favorites is a basic apple butter. It’s great for spreading on toast (or more apples!) and makes the apartment smell amazing.

Apple Butter Recipe:

Ingredients

  • 5 Apples (cored, loosely peeled, and diced)
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼ Cup maple syrup or brown sugar (to taste)
  • Fresh Ginger to taste
  • ¼ tsp cloves (optional)
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Mix all ingredients together and cook in a covered pot for 1-2 hours

Step 1- mix all of these luscious ingredients together and cook it all in a covered pot until it has reduced (this will take about 1 to 2 hours).

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Reduced Apple Butter mixture, ready for blending!

Step 2- Allow the mixture to cool for about 15 minutes, or until the mixture stops steaming.

Step 3- Puree in a blender or food processor until it is buttery smooth (or a bit chunky if you prefer!)

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Blend into butter

Store butter in a clean mason jar or an airtight container in the fridge for up to a month.

Note: If you would like a thicker consistency for the butter, you can return it to the heat after blending for a few more minutes, just be sure to allow it to cool again before storing.