Elite Health Foods https://elitehealthfood.com Thu, 31 Mar 2022 20:27:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=6.1.1 203711547 Grand Opening!! https://elitehealthfood.com/2022/03/12/grand-opening/ https://elitehealthfood.com/2022/03/12/grand-opening/#respond Sat, 12 Mar 2022 16:55:12 +0000 https://elitehealthfood.com/2022/03/12/grand-opening/ We are happy to announce our new Natural & Organic Products store and website! For our Grand Opening we are offering a 10% discount on your first order. Use code Grand10 at checkout. Thanks for visiting us and have a very blessed day!

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We are happy to announce our new Natural & Organic Products store and website!

For our Grand Opening we are offering a 10% discount on your first order. Use code Grand10 at checkout. Thanks for visiting us and have a very blessed day!

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Mango-Chili Tofu Stir-Fry (Vegetarian, Vegan) https://elitehealthfood.com/2022/02/12/mango-chili-tofu-stir-fry-vegetarian-vegan/ https://elitehealthfood.com/2022/02/12/mango-chili-tofu-stir-fry-vegetarian-vegan/#respond Sat, 12 Feb 2022 10:54:04 +0000 https://elitehealthfood.com/?p=181102 This post originally appeared as a guest post on Better Homes & Gardens! I’m a pretty big fan. So I was super excited when they invited me to take one of their popular recipes and make it meatless for my readers. A lot of people think that vegetarian cooking is intimidating or difficult, but I promise you it [...]

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This post originally appeared as a guest post on Better Homes & Gardens! I’m a pretty big fan. So I was super excited when they invited me to take one of their popular recipes and make it meatless for my readers.

A lot of people think that vegetarian cooking is intimidating or difficult, but I promise you it doesn’t have to be. And you can take just about any recipe and make it meatless. Yes, really, you can!

Is there anything more satisfying than taking a meaty recipe and making it vegetarian? Okay, yes, there are probably a lot of things more satisfying than that. (Winning the lottery? Definitely more satisfying.) But I still love that feeling of victory I get when I take something I can’t eat and make it into something tasty and meatless.

I wanted to challenge myself, so I choose their Mango-Chili Chicken Stir-Fry recipe. I prefer not to use processed meat substitutes in my cooking, so I decided to replace the chicken with a package of extra-firm tofu.

Wait! Don’t click away! Don’t give me the side-eye.

When you prepare tofu the right way, it’s delicious. So I’m going to show you the best way to make it.

Making Tofu that Tastes Good

Tofu is packaged in water, so in order for it to absorb the flavors of the dish you’re preparing, you need to press that nasty tofu water out. If you just take the tofu out of the package, dice it up, and throw it in a stir fry, you will not like tofu. It needs pressing!

Making Mango Chili Tofu Stir Fry

After pressing the tofu, I cut it into 16 triangles. There’s no real reason for triangles, but they look nice, right?).

Next, I heated 2 tablespoons of grapeseed oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat, and cooked the tofu for about 3-5 minutes on each side, until it was browned and crispy. (Oh, and you can use any kind of cooking oil you like–no need to go out and buy grapeseed oil if you don’t have it on hand.)

Remove the tofu from the skillet and set it on a few layers of paper towels to absorb some of the excess oil, then stir fry the peppers, add the tofu back in, and stir in the fiery mango sauce.

The only other slight change I made to the original Mango-Chili Chicken Stir-Fry recipe is that instead of using dried chile peppers, I tossed in a pinch or two of red pepper flakes and I added some black sesame seeds at the end.

Oh, and I diced the mango instead of slicing it because I still haven’t figured out how to slice a mango without potentially losing a thumb.

I served this with brown rice and it was absolutely delicious–we loved the sweet-and-spicy mango sauce with the crispy, chewy tofu. If you’re looking for an easy Meatless Monday dinner, this is it!

 

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How to Make Fruit Leather https://elitehealthfood.com/2022/02/12/how-to-make-fruit-leather/ https://elitehealthfood.com/2022/02/12/how-to-make-fruit-leather/#respond Sat, 12 Feb 2022 10:53:07 +0000 https://elitehealthfood.com/?p=181099 I’ve posted fruit leather recipes before, but if I haven’t convinced you yet, let me try again – Making your own fruit leather is super easy. Super easy. And when you make it yourself, you’re making it without food coloring, without sugar, and without artificial flavors. Just fruit, nothing else. This is a great fun and tasty [...]

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I’ve posted fruit leather recipes before, but if I haven’t convinced you yet, let me try again – Making your own fruit leather is super easy. Super easy.

And when you make it yourself, you’re making it without food coloring, without sugar, and without artificial flavors. Just fruit, nothing else. This is a great fun and tasty summertime activity for kids too.

So are you convinced? Yes? Well, let’s make some homemade Strawberry Banana Fruit Leather!

How to Make Fruit Leather

Start with high quality strawberries. Not those crunchy apple-sized ones that taste like a whole lotta nothing. You’ll need about 2 cups of strawberries and 1 large banana.

Cut the tops off the strawberries (be sure to wash them first!) and cut the banana into large chunks. Throw them in a blender or food processor and process until smooth.

Taste the mixture to see if any sweetener is needed. If the fruit was ripe, you shouldn’t have to add anything. But if the berries were a little tart, stir in honey or agave nectar to taste.

You can put the mixture through a fine mesh sieve if you want to remove the seeds, but it’s really not necessary.

Because fruit varies in water content and ovens vary in how they cook, I can’t tell you exactly how long the fruit leather will need to bake. This particular batch took 2 1/2 hours, which seems to be about the norm for my oven.

Note that my fruit leather is thinner than many other recipes, which is why it takes less time. I like it this way!

You want the leather to be pliable, but not wet; you should be able to touch the fruit leather without leaving an indentation.

You may notice the edges of the fruit leather are done before the center, particularly if the puree wasn’t spread evenly on the baking sheet before going into the oven. That’s okay! Just cut the edges off and return the fruit leather to the oven until the rest of it is done.

Once the fruit leather is done baking, cut it into strips or shapes using a pizza cutter, knife, or kitchen shears and when it’s cooled completely, wrap or roll in plastic wrap or wax paper.

We usually eat ours within a day or two, but according to the National Center for Home Food Preservation, it will last up to 1 month when wrapped in plastic and stored at room temperature or 1 year in the freezer.

Now wasn’t that easy? I told you it was!

 

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Butternut Squash and Caramelized Onion Flatbread https://elitehealthfood.com/2022/02/12/butternut-squash-and-caramelized-onion-flatbread/ https://elitehealthfood.com/2022/02/12/butternut-squash-and-caramelized-onion-flatbread/#respond Sat, 12 Feb 2022 10:52:07 +0000 https://elitehealthfood.com/?p=181096 Cook once, eat twice! You can get two meals out of this recipe: Butternut Squash and Caramelized Onion Flatbread and Butternut Squash Penne. Beautiful Food I’m pretty excited about this post. It features some of my favorite ingredients: butternut squash, caramelized onions, and sage. And it’s perfect for fall! But best of all, it’s a [...]

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Cook once, eat twice! You can get two meals out of this recipe: Butternut Squash and Caramelized Onion Flatbread and Butternut Squash Penne.

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I’m pretty excited about this post. It features some of my favorite ingredients: butternut squash, caramelized onions, and sage. And it’s perfect for fall! But best of all, it’s a collaboration with an amazing food photographer, Rikki Snyder. Oh, and it has a concept too! A concept!

After emailing back and forth for a while, Rikki and I decided to work together on a few posts. I’ve always felt that my strength as a food blogger is recipe development; while I love taking pictures, I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t a struggle at times. And since Rikki takes gorgeous photos, it seemed like a fun idea for me to develop some recipes and for Rikki to photograph them. Today I’m posting the first recipe, a Butternut Squash and Caramelized Onion Flatbread, and tomorrow Rikki will be publishing a recipe for Penne with Butternut Squash and Kale on her blog.

The common denominator in the recipes? Butternut squash! (And caramelized onions too.) Fall is typically a busy time. The lazy, relaxed days of summer are over. Now the kids are back in school, days are shorter, and easy meals are much-needed. Well, here are two meal ideas to make life a little bit less hectic—at least around dinnertime.

About the Recipe

Both the pasta and the flatbread start with roasted butternut squash and caramelized onions. You can make these over the weekend or the night before. You’ll use half of them in each recipe. While the roasted squash and caramelized onions take a little bit of time to make, they’re fairly hands-off recipes. With both of those prepared in advance, the pasta and flatbread are each done in 20 minutes or less.

The best thing about these two meals is that not only are they easy, but they’re delicious. Because even though fall is a busy time, rushed meals don’t always have to come out of a box or a can—with a little bit of planning, you can have a quick homemade meal like this rustic butternut squash flatbread. And trust me, having eaten many meals from a box in my day, this flatbread is way better.

 

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