Kitchenspiration: All Your Favorite Recipes, But With A Twist

Sunday, September 03, 2017

Like most people, you know what you love. But sometimes, eating exactly the same recipes week after week can get a little dull. But fear not, you don’t have to raid the supermarket to find something entirely new. Why not just tweak your favorites for a new experience? Here are some popular recipes, but with an interesting twist.

Swap Out Regular Pasta For Zucchini

Is there anything that zucchini can’t do? If you’re trying to cut back on refined carbohydrates, like soba noodles or instant noodles, zucchini might be the perfect fix. The best way to make zucchini noodles is to use a spiralizer. But even if you don’t have one, you can make them by hand. Either use a mandolin - preferably with the right attachments. Or just use the grater, making sure to use long strokes the maximise the length of each “noodle.”

Go For A Portobello Burger Instead Of Beef

According to estimates from Britain, people eating plant-based diets has increased by nearly 300 percent over the last decade. Thus, it seems as if we’ve reached a threshold, with more and more people willing to try meat-alternatives.

One of the most popular “meat alternatives” - and something which has been around forever - is the portobello mushroom. Unlike many meat substitutes, products which use industrial processes to mimic the flavor and texture of meat, portobello mushrooms are all-natural. Most people think that portobello mushrooms are a different kind of mushroom from regular white mushrooms, but it turns out that they’re just regular white mushrooms you find in the store which has been allowed to mature for a few extra days and open up.

Want a delicious tasting burger that’s something a little different from the usual? Try making a spelt, mushroom, avocado burger.

To Make The Spelt Roll

Spelt is an ancient grain that is related to modern wheat. Unlike modern wheat, however, it has a dense, nutty flavor. First, put the spelt, some active yeast and a tiny bit of sugar into a bowl and mix it up. Then add lukewarm water and knead with your hands until you get a doughy, non-sticky texture. You’ll need to fold the dough a few times to make sure that all the particles of flour are incorporated into the mixture.

Next, leave the yeast to react for about an hour. The yeast will feed on the sugar in the dough, creating pockets of air which will then give the spelt rolls a large rise. Finally, cut the dough into roll-size balls and place them on baking paper, put them in the oven at 200 degrees celsius for 20 minutes.

To Make The Mushroom Burger

While the spelt rolls are cooking, it’s time to make the mushroom burger. Take the portobellos out of the packet and put them on a baking tray. Get some garlic, black pepper and thyme and crush it all up to make a paste. Smear the paste on the gills of the upturned portobellos and put them in the oven for 15 minutes with the spelt rolls.

While the rolls and mushrooms are cooking, grab a couple of avocados and mash them up in a bowl. When the rolls are done, cut them in two and smear them with the mashed avocado, just like you would do if you were making avocado toast. Then add your choice of toppings. Pineapple rings, seitan, chopped sundried tomato, salsa, and salad leaves all work really well.

Mix Up Your Morning Milk

When it comes to milk, we’re living in extraordinary times. Just a few years ago, the only alternative to cow’s milk was plain, bland soya milk. Now though, there are dozens of different kinds of milk, including goat milk, almond milk, hazelnut milk, rice milk and even milk made from oats. Try pouring a different kind of milk on your muesli the next time you sit down for breakfast.

Almond Butter Cups Instead Of Reese's Peanut Butter Cups

Love Reese's peanut butter cups? You’re not alone. But did you know that there is a whole world of nut butters out there, all of which are equally, if not more, delicious than peanut?

Almond butter is probably one of the tastiest, especially if the almonds have been roasted beforehand. What’s more, almond butter pairs really well with chocolate.

To Make The Almond Butter Cups

To make almond butter cups you’ll need seven ounces of dark chocolate, ½ a teaspoon of vanilla extract, a tablespoon of granulated sugar, 2 tablespoons of maple syrup and half a cup of almond butter.

First, make sure that the chocolate is perfectly melted. The best method is the steam method. This is where you put the chocolate in a metal bowl over a pot of simmering water beneath which melts it without burning it. Once the chocolate is melted (no lumps), start lining a mini muffin tin. Put around a teaspoon of chocolate into each of the wells and tilt the tin so that it coats both the bottom and the sides.

Next mix all the other ingredients together until you’ve made a smooth filling. Gather up a ball of it and push it down into the well with the chocolate, forcing the chocolate up the sides slightly. Then cover the top of the almond butter paste with the remaining chocolate and set in the fridge to chill.

Banana Bread To Replace French Toast

There was once a time when banana bread was only associated with hippies from the 1960s. But since then, it’s been growing in popularity, and now many people prefer it to regular French toast. Thanks to its high fiber content, banana bread is also a lot healthier than regular French toast made with white flour.

Making Banana Bread

Making banana bread is relatively straightforward. Grab some yeast, wholemeal flour and a pinch of salt. Mix it all up in a bowl. Then grab around seven very ripe bananas and put them in a food processor. Make sure you get rid of most of the lumps. Then add the banana mix to the flour and keep adding extra water until you get a soft dough. Put the dough in the oven or in your breadmaker for as long as is required, depending on the amount of flour you’ve used.

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