Homemade Organic Apple Crisp

Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • 4 organic apples (I used a mixture of tart and sweet), rinsed, cored and thinly sliced
  • 1 Tbsp. organic 100% lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp. unchlorinated and unflouridated water
  • 1 tsp. organic ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup organic rolled oats
  • 1 cup organic unbleached white flour
  • 2 Tbsp. organic brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. organic white sugar
  • 3-4 Tbsp. organic pasture butter, softened; OR organic coconut oil (for vegan option)
  • 1 pinch Real Salt

Here’s How I do it:

  1. Preheat oven to 350° Fahrenheit.
  2. Mix the water and lemon juice together in a small bowl, dip the sliced apples into it to stop them from browning, if desired.
  3. Arrange the sliced apples in the bottom of a 6-cup casserole dish; Sprinkle with cinnamon.
  4. In a medium mixing bowl, add oats, softened butter or coconut oil, pinch of salt and both sugars; Stir with spoon or use your hands until well blended.
  5. Press the oat mixture on top of the apples in the casserole; Make sure that it’s flattened on the top of the casserole.
  6. Bake for 30-45 minutes, or until the top is golden brown.
  7. Enjoy!

 

Homemade Organic Vegan Broccoli and Cauliflower Casserole

I scoured the internet to find a recipe that I liked, but there weren’t any, so I created this dish.

Here’s What You’ll Need:

For the Sauce:

  • 4 Tbsp. organic sunflower oil (Spectrum Organic recommended)
  • 4 Tbsp. bleached organic white flour
  • 3 cups Homemade Organic Vegetable Stock
  • 1 tsp. Real Salt
  • 1/2 tsp. freshly ground organic white pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. organic ground turmeric
  • 1/4 tsp. organic ground sage

For the Casserole:

  • 1 head organic cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 1 bunch organic broccoli, cut into florets (peel, dice and save the stems for another use)
  • 1 cup finely diced organic yellow onion
  • 3-4 organic garlic cloves, minced
  • 3-4 cups cooked organic brown rice
  • 1-2 cups crushed GMO-free potato chips (Use organic if you can find them!  Keeping the crumbs leftover from the bag is a frugal way to obtain the crumbs, too.  Kettle brand plain potato chips recommended)

Here’s How I do it:

  1. Prepare the rice, if it’s not all ready cooked.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350° Fahrenheit.
  3. Begin making the sauce:  Heat the sunflower oil in a medium pot over medium-high heat until hot, then add the flour and stir to combine; Cook for 1-2 minutes.  Then add the stock to the pot a little at a time (1/2 cup to start, then a cup at a time is okay.) whisking while totally incorporated.  Do this until all the stock is added.  Season with salt, pepper, turmeric and sage and whisk until well blended; Keep on the stove over low heat until ready to pour over casserole.
  4. Prepare the garlic, onion, cauliflower and broccoli, if not all ready done.
  5. Set the rice and vegetables into a 9″x13″ casserole dish, stir until well blended.
  6. Pour the warm sauce over the vegetable mixture and stir until completely incorporated.
  7. Top with the potato chip crumbs. (If making ahead, do not add crumbs until ready to bake, put the casserole in a cold oven and bake for an additional 20-30 minutes.)
  8. Bake for 30 minutes, or until the sides of the casserole are bubbly.
  9. Enjoy!

Homemade Organic Southwestern Cream Cheese Sandwich/Wrap Filling

Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • 1 pkg. [8 oz.] organic cream cheese
  • 1 tsp. organic 100% lime juice
  • 1 tsp. Real Salt
  • 1/2 tsp. organic smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp. organic ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp. organic tomato powder (?)
  • 1/4 tsp. organic roasted garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp. organic ground turmeric (optional)
  • 1/4 tsp. freshly ground organic peppercorn blend
  • 2 organic garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 Tbsp. finely chopped organic fresh cilantro
  • 1/3 cup shredded organic carrot
  • 1/4 cup sliced organic green onion
  • 1 Tbsp. finely minced organic sun-dried tomatoes

Here’s How I do it:

  1. Whip the cream cheese and lime juice with an electric mixer until fluffy.
  2. Add the salt, smoked paprika, cumin, tomato powder (if using), roasted garlic powder, turmeric, and pepper, then mix until well blended.
  3. Gently fold in the minced garlic, fresh cilantro, shredded carrot, sliced green onion, and sun-dried tomatoes.
  4. This spread is ready to use in wraps, sandwiches or dips.
  5. Enjoy!

Homemade Organic Apple Cinnamon Muffins with Streusel

For the Muffins:

Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • 7 Tbsp. [1 stick minus 1 Tbsp.] organic pasture butter, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup organic cane sugar
  • 2 large organic pasture eggs
  • 2 1/4 cups organic unbleached white flour, PLUS 2 Tbsp. for dusting shredded apple
  • 4 tsp. Homemade Baking Powder
  • 1/2 tsp. Real Salt
  • 1 cup grass-fed organic whole milk
  • 1-1/2 tsp. Homemade Organic Vanilla Extract
  • 1-1/2 cups shredded organic tart apples (such as organic Granny Smith)
  • 1-2 tsp. organic 100% lemon juice

Here’s How I do it:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375° Fahrenheit.
  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer on medium speed, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  3. Core each apple, then shred and combine with lemon juice; Set aside.
  4. Once the butter and sugar are creamed, add each egg into the electric mixer separately and mix well in between.
  5. In a separate mixing bowl, stir the flour, salt and baking powder together.
  6. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients in two segments, alternating with the milk and vanilla.
  7. Stir until just evenly moistened.  The batter will be slightly lumpy.
  8. Combine the shredded apple and 2 Tbsp. flour until well coated.
  9. Using a large spatula, fold in the shredded apples until just evenly distributed, no more than a few strokes.  Take care not to break up the fruit.  Do not overmix.
  10. Spoon the batter into each muffin cup, filling it level with the cup.
  11. Bake for about 12 minutes.
  12. Remove from the oven.
  13. Sprinkle each muffin with streusel.
  14. Place back into the oven and bake until golden, dry and springy to the touch, approximately an additional 8 – 13 minutes.  A toothpick inserted to the center of the muffin should come out clean.
  15. Place the muffins on a wire rack to cool for 5 minutes.  Serve warm or at room temperature.
  16. Enjoy!

For the Streusel:

  • 1/2 cup organic unbleached white flour
  • 2 Tbsp. organic cane sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. organic light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 tsp. organic ground cinnamon
  • 2 Tbsp. organic pastured butter, cut into small pieces

Here’s How I do it:

  1. Mix together the flour, sugar, light brown sugar, and cinnamon in a small mixing bowl.
  2. Using a pastry cutter or your fingers, cut the butter into the mixture just until coarse crumbs form.

Homemade Organic Copycat Chipotle Pinto Beans

Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • 1 cup dry organic pinto beans
  • 4 cups unchlorinated and unfluoridated water
  • 1 Tbsp. organic rice bran oil; OR organic extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1-1/2 tsp. organic 100% lime juice
  • 1-1/2 tsp. organic 100% lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped organic yellow onion
  • 1 large organic garlic clove, minced
  • 1 organic bay leaf
  • 1 tsp. organic chipotle pepper powder
  • 1 tsp. organic ground cumin
  • 1 tsp. Real Salt
  • 1/2 tsp. freshly ground organic black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. organic dried oregano

Here’s How I do it:

  1. Add all ingredients to a 2-quart pot; Bring to a boil, uncovered, for two minutes.
  2. Cover, and immediately reduce the heat; Simmer for 2 hours on low.
  3. Remove the bay leaf before serving.
  4. Enjoy!

Homemade Organic Copycat Chipotle Black Beans

Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • 1 cup dry organic black beans
  • 4 cups unchlorinated and unfluoridated water
  • 1 Tbsp. organic rice bran oil; OR organic extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1-1/2 tsp. organic 100% lime juice
  • 1-1/2 tsp. organic 100% lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped organic yellow onion
  • 1 large organic garlic clove, minced
  • 1 organic bay leaf
  • 1 tsp. organic chipotle pepper powder
  • 1 tsp. organic ground cumin
  • 1 tsp. Real Salt
  • 1/2 tsp. freshly ground organic black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. organic dried oregano

Here’s How I do it:

  1. Add all ingredients to a 2-quart pot; Bring to a boil, uncovered, for two minutes.
  2. Cover, and immediately reduce the heat; Simmer for 2 hours on low.
  3. Remove the bay leaf before serving.
  4. Enjoy!

Homemade Organic Pepper Jack and Chipotle Cheddar Macaroni and Cheese

Here’s What You’ll Need:

Here’s How I do it:

To Cook Macaroni:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350° Fahrenheit.
  2. Bring 2 quarts of unchlorinated and unfluoridated water to a boil along with a pinch of salt.
  3. Add the macaroni to the water and cook until just under al dente, approximately 3-1/2 to 4 minutes; Strain, and top with a little bit of butter or organic extra-virgin olive oil to keep them from sticking.

To Make Cheese Sauce:

  1. In a medium chef’s saucepan, melt 3 Tbsp. butter over medium-high heat; Add 3 Tbsp. flour, salt and ground chipotle pepper (if using) and stir until well combined, then cook for a minute.
  2. Add the milk to the butter mixture 1 cup at a time; Whisk in-between adding the milk to ensure that the sauce remains smooth.
  3. Once the mixture has thickened, begin adding cheeses one half-handful at a time; Stir in-between additions to keep the sauce smooth.

To Assemble Casserole:

  1. Combine the 1/2 cup seasoned breadcrumbs and 1/2 cup cheese mixture from the Homemade Organic Copycat Kraft Fresh Take Spicy Chipotle Cheddar recipe.
  2. Place the cooked macaroni into an 8″ X 8″ casserole dish.
  3. Pour the cheese sauce on top of the macaroni and stir until well combined.
  4. Sprinkle the seasoned breadcrumb and cheese mixture on top of the casserole.
  5. Bake at 350° Fahrenheit for 35 minutes, or until the mixture is bubbling at the sides, the breadcrumbs are lightly browned and the cheese is melted on top.
  6. Enjoy!