Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Quite possibly the best food blog...

No, not this one, Elana's Pantry.
Elana's Pantry is my favorite food blog.  I don't have any food allergies and I (can) eat pretty much anything.  But, I generally feel like if I can substitute an ingredient with something healthier, I'll do it.  When I cut flour out of my diet (maybe by about 75%, not completely) I started feeling really great.  Cutting back on that and sugar have been great changes in my diet, and I feel great.  I think cooks who work with limitations (vegan, veg, gluten-free), definitely come up with creative recipes.  For sure, they have a keen awareness of seasoning and an ability to balance flavors well.  Elana's Pantry's baked recipes use mostly blanched almond flour (basically just blanched, ground almonds).  It's a lot more filling than regular wheat flour and full of all of the great things almonds are full of.  I don't really miss flour at all anymore.

Here are some of her recipes that we made last weekend.

#1.  "Bran" muffins.  These are made with a combination of ground flax and almond meal and sweetened with (in our case) about a dozen dates.  They are awesome, especially when you're hungry.  

#2.  Kale almond pesto.  Geez, could food get any better?  This is basically a spread for crackers but if you want to use it as a sauce just increase the olive oil (on pizzas we cut back on the lemon juice too).  My wife would eat this every day if she could.

#3.  Carrot cake cupcakes.  The better half's favorite dessert is carrot cake.  We double the recipe and tried this amazing recipe for the frosting.  Wow. 

Check this blog out.  Very much worth it.


  1. I really have to try some of these recipes.

  2. Oh, how I do love carrot cake and the kale almond pesto. I might draw the line at eating them together, though :)

  3. Maria, try the kale almond pesto as a spread for crackers. It's probably one of my (our) top 5 favorite recipes.

  4. Looks delicious! Do you grind you own almond flour?

  5. Isn't Elana cool......I've spent the last couple of weeks cooking my way through her recipes like I've never done before and they WORK! I like the sound of the kale pesto. Superb

  6. You can can buy it direct from Honeyville (http://store.honeyvillegrain.com/). Including shipping, it is cheaper than buying bulk almonds from our local market. Also, Trader Joe's has almond meal which is the same but not from blanched almonds. We use it pretty frequently as a substitute.
    And yes, Elana is very cool. There's little I've tried that I haven't liked. But the kale pesto is out of this world!


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