Pumpkin Spice Pancakes
Before we get to the recipe though, let's talk a little bit about the book itself. Visually stunning, it is packed with colorful, vibrant photos. There is lots of information, too- you will read about why Christy chooses not cook with garlic and onions, tips on essential kitchen tools, cooking and cutting techniques and how you can find your bliss eating whole foods, simply prepared.
Lemon Dill Green Beans
There are over 175 recipes and they are arranged by category first (breakfast/brunch, appetizers/soups, salads/dressings,vegetable sides, whole grains/carbs, sea vegetables, proteins and desserts) and then, with the exception of the sea vegetable section, by season, making it easy to cook with what is fresh for the season you are in. There are also sample menus which are quite helpful. I sampled recipes from different seasons, and found all of them quite flavorful and easy to prepare.
Black-eyed Pea BBQ Stew
I made several of the recipes at home and tried a few at Christy's event. I enjoyed them all. I made them exactly as written, without garlic and onions, and found them to be quite flavorful. While I can't say I will adopt a no garlic and onion policy in my kitchen (heck, I know I won't!) it is good to know you can cook savory foods without them that still taste good!
Man n' Kale Salad
As you can see from the photos the food is delicious. As someone who almost never uses a cookbook this is one I would recommend. The recipes are well written, easy to follow, not overly complicated, flavorful and healthy. Sounds like a pretty good combination to me.
Magical Raw Tacos
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Curried Sweet Potato and Carrot Soup
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Now, on to that pancake recipe!
Pumpkin Spice Pancakes
1/2 cup whole wheat four
1/2 cup all purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
Pinch sea salt
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 tbsp maple syrup
1 1/2 cups unsweetened almond milk (I love the new So Delicious Original Almond Plus)
1/3 cup canned organic pumpkin
1 tbsp olive oil
Cooking oil spray for pan
Mix together the flours, baking powder, baking soda, sea salt and pumpkin pie spice in a bowl. In a second bowl combine the maple syrup, almond milk, pumpkin and olive oil. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry. Mix thoroughly until no lumps remain.
Heat a griddle or skillet over medium heat. Once pan is nice and hot pour pancake batter in 1/4 cup measurements into the pan. Be careful not to crowd them so they do not run together. When the sides begin to get firm and you start to see bubbles in the batter flip the cakes and cook for a few more minutes.
Move pancakes to a plate and repeat with the remaining batter.
Serve with maple syrup and some vegan butter (if desired).