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Oyster Mushroom Curry (Vegan & Gluten-Free)

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Oyster Mushroom Curry

Yes, I am truly obsessed and really enjoying simply curry recipes. All of my curry recipes (to-date) have been gluten-free, vegan, oil-free, no-GMO, no msg, no added sugar, corn-free, soy-free, and nut-free.

I try and start simple - dry roasting my typical spices (turmeric, garlic, ginger, black pepper, fresh curry leaves, mustard seeds, and cinnamon sticks) -IF I think I will want a little more "comfort" to the dish, I will add a little cumin as well. After about 30-seconds dry roasting, I begin to mix in water. Now, the amount of water will vary, you will want to watch this throughout the entire cooking process and be sure have enough not to burn the pan!

I like a little heat, so I usually choose to add a spicy pepper, whole thing, seeds and all, but this is a preference thing and not necessary. 

After all of my base curry ingredients have simmered to a tender touch - I add in my hearty portion of the dish. In this case, I added a mango and oyster mus…

Shiitake Mushroom and Spinach Stirfry (Vegan & Gluten-Free)

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What happens when I head to a farmers market alone? Well, I purchase cases and cases of food for myself...so off to cooking and preserving (drying, freezing, canning...) I go.
So expect many blog posts about preserving my goodies in the near future.

Shiitake mushroom and spinach stirfry.
Ingredients:
-Fresh turmeric
-Fresh garlic
-Fresh ginger
-Chopped Onion
-Lemon juice
-Curry leaves
-Cilantro
-Spinach
-Black Pepper
-Cayenne

Process:
Dry sauté the ginger, turmeric, garlic, and onions, slowly add water to the pan. I added a couple curry leaves and left everything to soften before mixing in my mushrooms (chopped thinly) to sauté. About 4 minutes later, my mushrooms had softened up. I removed everything from the pan and then quickly added some lemon juice, water, and spinach to the pan to sauté for 2 minutes.

Then assemble as you wish. I decided to add my curry carrots (recipe to come soon) and pickled beets. Top with fresh black pepper and a dash of cayenne.


Work Lunches Allergy-Free (Vegan & Gluten-Free)

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While at times, eating allergy-free for work events can be rather frustrating and may take a lot of extra work to prepare - I do love when I learn to let go, trust the process, and allow others to use their amazing chef-talents to create a safe, allergy-free meal.

In this particular case, the meal of choice was a gluten-free and vegan vegetable sandwich (mushroom, red pepper, red onion, lettuce and an avocado spread).

It was the perfect day for something simple, light and full of healthy proteins and fats!


Green Banana Flour Pancakes (Vegan & Gluten-Free)

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After having made a ton of green banana flour, I needed to get creative on my recipes and I really do love breakfast - so pancakes it is!

I simply added a bunch of ingredients to my Vitamix (banana flour, applesauce, cinnamon, lemon juice, banana...) and let it sit overnight. In the morning, I added a tad bit of water to loosen it up and then cooked my pancakes on the nonstick griddle.

While these took an extremely long time to cook and I was very worried that this would be a fail recipe, it all seemed to work out! I topped my pancakes with fresh blueberries, banana slices, and Norms Farm Elderberry Jam!


Life's Purpose

The past month- I have engaged in a number of conversations with others in regard to life and the purpose of life or more so our own purpose- how do we know we are living life’s purpose? I’ve defined my life’s purpose; now how can I achieve such? 
These are all difficult questions that we need to work through on our own and to toss in another monkey wrench, our purpose will change as we continue on this rollercoaster called life. 
When we, “society” ask for you to sit down and have these conversations with yourself- we are not asking you to become obsessed with such- don’t drive yourself crazy, just be open to exploring options and willing to take chances that help align with your purpose and happiness- because in the end, life’s purpose,  no matter who you are, your life’s purpose encompasses happiness and personal peace. 
By no means am I an expert on this subject matter- in fact, as I am sitting here typing this out, I am personally on that journey of determining my ow…

El Sol Mexican, Harrisburg PA (Vegan & Gluten-Free)

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I am definitely adding you to my favorites list! You have gone above and beyond to accommodate my allergies and the food was creative, fresh, and full of flavor! My hats off to the chef and his wife for owning such an amazing establishment!

From the bottom of my heart, thank you! Thank you for preparing an unforgettable dish.

For those curious on what I ate, I had a chargrilled mix of veggies (cactus, zucchini, red pepper, portabello, red onion, tomato, and avocado) with a homemade spicy Mexican sauce.

I call it the Nicole Special!

I will give it to El Sol, for being rated one of the best Mexican in all of Pennsylvania, I'd say, I am sure they are worth the ranking!