Easy Way to Eat Veggies + Use Fruit for Food Art

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Someone asked me recently how to use Dehydrated Veggie Flakes. Because they “grow” back to full size in liquid I’ve always used them in soups, but hadn’t given other options much thought.
I did a little research and here’s what I found.

 

The dehydration process slowly evaporates the water from food, which prevents bacteria from growing. This gives the vegetables a longer shelf life without the addition of chemicals or preservatives! It also locks in the richness and enhances the sweetness of the veggies while retaining their nutritional value.

 

I was amazed at all your can do with dehydrated veggies. Grind them into a powder in the blender. Then, throw in marinades or salad dressings or use them as a flour to reduce the amount of grains in your diet. You can also add the powder to smoothies, soups, puree mixes, juices, sauces, burgers, and curries.

 

Using ground sundried tomatoes (available here), you can make your own ketchup. How cool is that?! It’s easy, healthier and you can tweak the spices to fit your taste. Check out this recipe right here. I’m not a huge clove fan, so I leave it out. But go ahead and taste it as you go to make sure you love it.

 

Other dried veggies available:
Natural Vegetable Flakes (potato, carrot, red bell pepper, celery, green bell pepper)
All Natural Soup Greens (carrot, onion, red bell pepper, celery, tomato, green bell pepper, spinach)
Sweet Bell Peppers:  Red & Green
SunDried Tomatoes
Shiitake Mushrooms

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Upside-Down Cake

Serves 10
Ready in 1 hr & 15 min
Isn’t this pretty? Just perfect for Mom. Purchase the fruit – all the rest are pantry items.
Choose from the following fruit:
*1 1/2 pounds peaches or plum, peeled, halved, and cut into eights
*3/4 pounds of cherries or strawberries, pitted/stemmed, cut in half
 
3 tbsp. plus 1/2 c. (1 stick) butter, softened*
1/2 c. packed light brown sugar*
Choice of fruit (see above for measurements)
1 1/2 c. all-purpose flour*
2 tsp. baking powder*
1/4 tsp. salt*
1 c. granulated sugar*
3 large eggs*
1 tbsp. vanilla extract*
1/2 c. whole milk
* Ingredients available at The Country Cupboard
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2.  In 12″ heavy skillet with oven-safe handle, melt 3 tablespoons butter on medium, swirling to coat side of pan. Sprinkle brown sugar evenly over butter and continue to cook 1 minute. Remove from heat. Add fruit, cut sides down, to fill entire bottom of skillet.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, and salt. In another large bowl, with mixer on medium speed, beat remaining 1/2 cup butter and granulated sugar until light and fluffy, scraping side of bowl occasionally. Beat in eggs, 1 at a time, then vanilla until well blended. With mixer on low, beat in flour mixture and milk, alternating, until just blended.
  4. Pour batter over fruit in skillet; gently spread into even layer. Bake 35 to 40 minutes or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean. Cool cake in skillet on wire rack 15 minutes. Loosen sides of cake from pan with mini offset spatula or paring knife.
  5. Place large serving platter over skillet. Carefully invert cake onto platter and remove skillet; cool slightly to serve warm or cool 2 hours and serve at room temperature.

 

A Peek in the Pantry

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