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Make Kefir – Non Dairy, No Sugar, Oil or Salt

amy-and-joanne-kefir.jpgHow to Make Homemade Nondairy Milk Kefir as seen on BeGreenWithAmyYouTube

Time: 60 minutes or more
Prep Time: 5-10 minutes
Fermenting time: 1 day or less do to temperature of room
Total Time: approx. 24 hrs
Servings: 4 cups
Author: JoAnn 
Ingredients
1-2 Tbsp kefir grains
4 cups Silk Protein Nut milk or nondairy milk of choice (won’t be thick as with protein nut milk)
***If using homemade nut milk or nondairy milk other than Silk Protein Nut milk
1 tsp date paste 
Supplies
½ gallon mason jar  with plastic cover 
Non-metal slotted spoon
Funnel
Fine mesh non-metal colander
Jar for storing finished kefir
Instructions:
1. Clean: Clean everything well with regular soap (avoid antimicrobial
soaps). I’m talking the hands, glass jugs, spoons, everything!
2. Assemble: Add 1 Tbsp (ish) of the kefir grains and 4 cups of nondairy
milk to a large glass jug. Cover the jar with either a cover fitted loosely or a paper coffee filter. Secure with a rubber band/ or mason jar band to prevent any bugs or dust from getting in.
3. Ferment: Set in a warm, out of sunlight spot (65 to 85 degrees F) for about 24 hours or less if it is ready. You’ll know your kefir is done when it has slightly thickened and smells fermented. If your kefir has separated into yellowish watery-looking whey and curds, that’s fine! It’s just a sign that you can either reduce the length of fermentation next time or use more nondairy milk next time.
4. Strain: Place a fine-mesh non-metal strainer into the funnel and place in the clean jar
Pour your finished kefir into the strainer, stirring with a plastic or wooden spoon to gently force kefir liquid through. The grains will be left.
5. Start new batch: add the grains back into the large jar that you fermented the grains it. Add 4 cups of fresh nondairy milk (plus date paste) to start the process again for a new
batch.
6. Store fresh kefir: Tighten the cover on your kefir and store in the fridge. It will keep    4-6 weeks but the flavor will continue to ripen and the kefir may get slightly fizzy. 

Special thanks to Green Star Meetup member JoAnn for this recipe and demo as seen on BeGreenWithAmyYouTube. JoAnn is a fabulous vegan cook who expertly transforms vegan and non-vegan recipes into whole food, plant based, sugar, oil and salt free gems. We are so fortunate to have JoAnn as a member of our Meetup group. If you don’t have a whole food, plant-based Meetup group near you, find out how to find one here: Meet Others: Socialize with like minded people so you don’t lose your mind.

JoAnn recommends this FaceBook kefir/ferment sharing group:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/181445115312844/­
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Waffles With Barbecue Sauce SOS Free

tofu waffle

Tofu? Tofu Waffle? BBQ? Sooooo delicious and easy to make.

As a Meetup leader, I have the privilege of being surrounded by nice people who follow a whole food, plant-based diet. Meet Others: Socialize with like minded people so you don’t lose your mind.

We are fortunate to have some wonderful cooks in our group, who are willing to do recipe demos. They are talented and able to convert SAD recipes to compliant, whole food, plant-based, sugar, oil and salt free recipes. These members earn a Green Star each time they do a demo for our group. 

Here is a YouTube BBQ Waffles demo from our Green Star members Beverly & John:

Recipe:

Barbecue Tofu Waffles Sauce

14.5 oz. can Organic Fire roasted tomatoes
6 oz. can organic tomato paste
1⁄2 c. organic dates
3 cloves organic garlic
1⁄4 c. apple cider vinegar
2 tsps. organic chili powder
1 tsp. organic smoked paprika
1⁄4 tsp. vegan Worcestershire sauce ( Beverly likes Wizard brand)
1⁄2 tsp. liquid smoke
Blend in high speed blender or food processor then heat in saucepan for about 30 minutes.
Let cool and store in refrigerator.

Barbecue Tofu Waffles

Drain one carton of firm or extra firm tofu. Cut in slices that will fit your waffle maker. Place it on paper towels or a clean tea towel, cover it with the same, and press gently with your hands to remove some of the water.
Place BBQ sauce on a shallow plate and drag each piece of tofu through the sauce until it is coated on all sides.
Preheat your waffle iron on its highest setting. Once it is hot, place the tofu on the waffle iron. Save the extra sauce for applying afterward when serving. Gently close the waffle iron and set a timer for 4-5 minutes.
Keep the waffle iron closed for at least 4 minutes (unless you smell something burning). Waffle irons vary so check it after 4 minutes and then at 1-2 minute intervals. It should be uniformly browned not wet.

If some pieces cook more quickly than others remove them as they get done.
Brush with extra barbecue sauce.

Serve alone or on sandwiches.

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