Spiced Banana Loaf

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Ingredients:

1/2 cup grape seed oil

1/2 cup coconut oil

1/2 cup ground flaxseed

3/4 cup cassava flour or tapioca flour

1 1/2 cup split pea flour

1 cup sugar ( I see brown cane sugar but soon I’ll be using palm sugar!)

2tsp baking powder

1 tsp sea salt

2 tsp cinnamon powder

1 tsp clove powder

1 tsp nutmeg powder

1/2 tsp spice

2 ripe bananas

Method:

Grease a 4×8 inch loaf pan and set the oven to 350.

Mix all of the dry ingredients together except sugar in a bowl. Mash the banana in a small bowl and add the sugar and oil.

Mix banana mixture into flour mixture. The dough should be very sticky. Spoon batter into a 4×8 inch loaf pan and bake for 25-30 minutes or until a knife come out clean.

I did not have a loaf pan sine I threw out my non-stick pans. I am going to get stainless steel pans. So until then I will be using my circular pans.

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Banana Bread

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I wanted cake to eat so I decided to make this a few hours ago.

Ingredients:

3 ripe bananas mashed

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp nutmeg

1/2 tsp clove

1/4 cup almond flour, or quinoa flakes

1/2 cup flax meal

1 1/2 cups cassava flour 1 1/2 cups brown rice flour

3 tbsp honey

2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 cup oil

1 1/2 cup coconut milk

Method:

Preheat oven at 350. In a bowl mix dry ingredients together. In another bowl, mix wet ingredients Together. Pour dwelt ingredients into dry ingredients and mix well. Pour mixture into greased baking pan and bake until a knife comes out clean.

 

Quinoa Blondie with Strawberry Preserves

This week we were looking at letter h and I decided to make heart and house shaped cookies with both children’s.

Well, my son had already put the flour in the bowl and I turned away to look at my eggplant on the stove for a moment. Then he said,”I’m going to Putin the water.” And I told him not to do it since I had not measured it out beforehand. He insisted he was going to put in the water and I again said no. But, before I could get back to him, he said “I am pouring it in.” And in went the entire contents of the water jug. Thank goodness it was not full.

Anyways, it was WAY too much water and so I had to add in a combination of brown rice flour and tapioca flour to try to save it. I poured it sin a square pan and bake it.

What we ended up with was some lovely blondies that were absolutely delicious!! And guess what. I don’t have a recipe for it. So now I have to try to reproduce these blondies.

 

I made some strawberry preserves and now I’ve got a little recipe that I am trying to perfect.

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Eggplant Casserole

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My sister gave me some tomatoes and we went to a farm and got some eggplant so I thought a casserole with some homemade tomato sauce was in order.

My son (you know my sweetheart who called my pancakes feet lol) refused to eat it! I can’t blame him though as I thought eggplant was so nasty when I was young. Since getting older I have come to love it along with many other things that I did not like. some of it also has to do with pregnancy and those hormones that made me eat things I never liked like yam and papaya. If you read my post on Vegan, Pregnant and HG you would remember ther was very little I could eat so eating those foods of all thing was such a surprise, but also a relief that I had something to eat.

Anyways, ramble over, here’s the recipe.

Ingredients:

2 eggplants

1 tsp dried oregano

1 sprig fresh thyme or 1/2 tsp dried thyme

1 tsp turmeric powder

1 tsp Finley dices chives

1 shallot finely diced

5 ripe plum tomatoes

2 cups coconut milk. I made mine

salt to taste

Oil for frying. I used grape seed oil

Method:

Slice eggplant (I sliced mine ninth rings) and soak in salty water to get rid of the bitter taste.

Dice tomatoes and cook them in a saucepan on low heat along with the herbs and coconut milk. Salt to taste.

While tomato sauce is cooking, heat a frying pan and add a small amount of oil for frying eggplant As the eggplant will absorb a lot of oil when fried.  Fry eggplant until golden brown And place on a napkin to soak up some of the oil.

Arrange eggplant in a baking dish.

When sauce has been reduced by about 1/3 remove from heat band blend. Pour over eggplant and bake for 15 minutes.

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This one I did on Saturday and tossed in some cooked garbanzos in hopes that my son would eat since he LOVES garbanzos. He picked them out and left the eggplant lol.

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Living THROUGH HG Part 1. Some of the things HG sufferers like myself experience!

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A while back I posted Vegan, Pregnant and HG Part 1 which was a very little insight into how it was to be vegan and have HG and still maintain the vegan diet despite being so sick.

Well this post is really about a lot of the challenges that women who suffer from HG face and what it was like for me going through it.

Several women with HG usually find out earlier about their pregnancy because of the high HcG levels

When I got pregnant back in 2009, my husband and I were both thrilled! We found out very early because I was not so patiently waiting for the earliest time that I could test. Well to be completely honest, I first tested a week too early because I just could not wait! Anyway, when I got the positive result it was VERY positive so we were hoping for twins. But nope. No such luck. The very positive result was because of high HcG levels, which is common in women who suffer from HG.

I felt so terrible I literally thought I was going to die at any moment!

A week or so after finding out I was pregnant, I began to feel TERRIBLE! I felt listless and not just listless but lethargic and not just lethargic, bu ON THE VERGE OF DEATH. I literally thought that something was horribly wrong and I probably was going to die! My back hurt, my stomach hurt, my head hurt, my muscles and joints ached. I could not concentrate. I had no appetite, I felt so terrible that I was convinced that at any moment I was going to die!

Not all medical professionals understand what HG is all about!

I quickly went to a GP because I could not believe that my symptoms were pregnancy related and I wanted to get into any doctor as soon as possible. Well the doctor simply told me that it was just the pregnancy and to eat mints, use ginger, chamomile tea and take some vitamins and I should be better.

My appointment came with the Ob/Gyn and by this time I had figured out that I really was producing a lot of saliva and if I swallowed it I threw up immediately. So to avoid throwing up, I had to spit. Well, at the Ob/Gyn’s office, I was called in to see the nurse and when she saw that I was spitting she said (notice that I am directly quoting. This statement is part of the list of things said during HG that I will never forget)

“You need to train yourself not to spit. Just swallow it. The reason women spit is because they get into the habit of spitting it out and if you just swallow it you will stop.” 

Well I went into the see the doctor and told him everything I was experiencing and he prescribed some medication, talked about using ginger, sweets, eating in smaller quantities etc. 

I went home and tried all of these things and nothing worked!

I was suffering from debilitating, chronic nausea

I constantly felt nauseous and I could hardly move or do anything. When I woke up, I would often not want to get out of bed because I woke up feeling so ill, even before I moved to do anything. The nausea was so bad that I often had to sit because I was just so sick to my stomach that I could not move. My stomach felt bloated, upset,and when it was like that I wished that I could just throw up to get rid of that feeling. But, throwing up did not get rid of that feeling. Throwing up was a WHOLE other story which is actually A LOT WORSE than the nausea!

Things started to get very quiet and lonely

Because I was experiencing the pthyalism, I started to speak less when I realized that the more I spoke, the more I swallowed the saliva and the more I through up. It was getting silent and lonely as I chose rather not to talk instead of throwing up. Conversations with friends and family disappeared and were limited to very short interactions with some of my family or girlfriends who would call to check to see how things were going.

I’m going to stop here for now. If I don’t this post will get extremely long as I have almost 9 months of HG struggles to talk about. So look out for Part 2 of my HG struggles.

If you are interested in finding out more information about HG visit http://www.helpher.org/

Pancake Recipe Fail!

This morning I decided to try out a new recipe for pancakes that I had been dreaming up for some time. They contain quinoa. I love quinoa!

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Anyway, I started making breakfast around 5:30 this morning since I was up before 5 am (my daughter is on this crazy early time since this week). So, I whipped up those pancakes and was feeling all excited.

Then at 7:00 am we were all sitting at the table and I served my 3 year old son those pancakes. He gave one a bite and said “I don’t like it!” and pushed it away. Fine. He’s 3, he will have his moments.

Well I was eating them at lunch and he asked to taste another one. Same reaction, only this time he added,

“This is feet!”

I asked him to repeat since 3 year olds don’t always speak clear.

Again he said while holding the piece of pancake that he spit out into his hand, “This is feet”.

So I asked him, “Do you mean the pancake?”

He nodded “yes” and then said, “The pancake taste like feet!” lol

So I have concluded that those pancakes are not a big hit…ok well actually they are a fail!

Back to the drawing board I go. I have to make this a recipe my son loves. So look out for a new pancake recipe containing quinoa. And don’t worry, by the time he is finished with it, it will be perfect!

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