But because I have been so consumed with spring-time fun in the sun and the gift of planting and gathering your own food, I have needed some quick and healthy food to sustain us in the meantime.
I have been making Tangy Kale Slaw, almost every week in a big batch and keep in the fridge to eat all week with everything. Also, been making easy fresh meals that include lots of finger fruits and veggies and hummus and greens. Also making an easy protein bar or trail mix bar has been super helpful and nourishing for on the go.
3 cups of pre-cooked quinoa (1 cup of dry quinoa with 2 cups of water cooked for 30 minutes)
1 cup of gluten-free flour (or favorite blend) of choice (I used fresh ground buckwheat)
1/3 cup of shredded unsweetened coconut
1/3 cup of raw sunflower seeds
1/3 cup of raisins
1/3 cup of chopped dates
2 TB of soft extra virgin coconut oil
2 TB of homemade apple butter (or apple sauce)
1/2 ts. of sea salt
dash of cinnamon, cloves or nutmeg
2-3 TB of raw honey or local maple syrup
3/4 - 1 cup of non-dairy milk (I used So Delicious Coconut Milk)
Mix all of the above ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Use 3/4 cup of milk to moisten it all up, but if your quinoa was a little dry to start you may need to add another sprinkle of milk to make it smooth. Your goal is a thick biscuit-like textured batter or a thick cracker batter. Then spread the batter over a parchment-papered 11x15 baking cookie sheet. Spread like you are spreading a thick cake batter. Make sure to smooth out the top how you like it because when you bake it it will look that way when it is done. Spread thin and bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 30 minutes. Or you can make it a touch crispier if you bake it on a lower temp of 275 for 45-50 minutes. Bake, cool and then cut in square-sized bars. You should get about 20-24 bars from this recipe spread over a 11x15 cookie sheet.
I hope to post some garden and strawberry creations soon. In the meantime- I hope the start of summer vacation greets you well and you enjoy each moment summer gives!
Much love as always!