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Creamy rich, dairy free Powdered Vanilla Coffee Creamer is possible, and it couldn't be easier to make!

Powdered Vanilla Coconut Creamer: Home Sweet Homestead - Creamy rich, dairy free Powdered Vanilla Coffee Creamer is possible, and it couldn't be easier to make! #coffeecreamer #homemadecoffeecreamer #dairyfree

Powdered Vanilla Coconut Creamer

I can not get my day started without my morning cup of coffee, two if it was a rough night. I literally can't wake myself up without it. I love creamer in my coffee, but after finding out I was allergic to dairy, I had to give it up. I was not a happy camper.

So I tried non dairy creamer for awhile, but hated the fake chemical taste it had. Plus, they are not truly dairy free. So I started experimenting with making my own, and had amazing success with using powdered coconut milk.

Home Sweet Homestead - Powdered Vanilla Coconut Creamer - Creamy rich, dairy free Powdered Vanilla Coffee Creamer is possible, and it couldn't be easier to make! #coffeecreamer #homemadecoffeecreamer #dairyfree

I like my coffee creamer flavored, so I added a little vanilla powder and Stevia, and knew I had a winner after the first sip. That's right, just three ingredients is all you need to make a delicious dairy free powdered coffee creamer! The slightly sweetened flavors of coconut and vanilla come together to make my morning coffee delicious, and starts my day off just right.

This creamer gives your coffee a creamy rich mouthfeel, because of the coconut oil in the powdered coconut milk, and an ever so subtle hint of coconut flavor, which I absolutely love. I use two tablespoons per cup of coffee, and it is perfect for me. My favorite coffee cup holds 12 ounces though, so you may want to use more or less for yours.

Vanilla Coconut Creamer - Home Sweet Homestead - Creamy rich, dairy free Powdered Vanilla Coffee Creamer is possible, and it couldn't be easier to make! #coffeecreamer #homemadecoffeecreamer #dairyfree

The creamer does clump a little, but the lumps can be easily removed by stirring it a few times before scooping it out of the jar. It will dissolve completely once you put it in the hot coffee.


Printable recipe

Powdered Vanilla Coconut Creamer

Ingredients

2 cups powdered coconut milk
2 tablespoons Stevia (regular granulated sugar may be used, but you will have to double the amount)
2 tablespoons powdered vanilla (not liquid vanilla extract)

Directions

Place the powdered coconut milk, Stevia, and vanilla powder in a bowl and whisk well to combine.
Transfer to an airtight container and store in a cool, dark place.
Use within 3 months. (Not a problem for me, it usually last me about two weeks)

April's tips:

  • Switch up the flavor possibilities of this creamer, by adding your flavored powder of choice. Add 2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon, or 2 teaspoons of pumpkin pie spice, or 2 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa. Leave vanilla powder at the same amount as stated in the recipe, and adjust Stevia or sugar to taste.
  • This creamer is a-m-a-z-i-n-g in hot cocoa! 
  • Where can I find powdered vanilla, or powdered coconut milk? Sometimes health food stores carry them, or you can purchase them on Amazon. Just click on the items below.



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A little sweet, a little tangy, cool and crunchy Classic Coleslaw is the perfect side dish for all your BBQ's and cookouts this summer.

Classic Coleslaw: Home Sweet Homestead - A little sweet, a little tangy, cool and crunchy Classic Coleslaw is the perfect side dish for all your BBQs and cookouts this summer.

Classic Coleslaw

When summer arrives it seems like we're either hosting a cookout, or  attending one at a family or friends house just about every weekend. Either way, Classic Coleslaw is one of the dishes I always wind up making.

It's a cool and refreshing dish during the hot summer months, and goes with just about any main dish that's served at a cookout. Hot dogs, burgers, chicken, pork chops, even steak!

Home Sweet Homestead - Classic Coleslaw - A little sweet, a little tangy, cool and crunchy Classic Coleslaw is the perfect side dish for all your BBQs and cookouts this summer.

It's super easy to make. I just shred up some cabbage and a little onion, throw a couple of carrots in the food processor to chop them up finely, whisk together the dressing, then just dump everything in a bowl to mix together.

The coleslaw needs to chill an hour in the fridge to allow the flavors to mingle, then it's ready to serve. Easy right? If you want to make the recipe even simpler, buy one of those bags of coleslaw mix at the store, and use in place of the cabbage and carrots.

Home Sweet Homestead: Classic Coleslaw - A little sweet, a little tangy, cool and crunchy Classic Coleslaw is the perfect side dish for all your BBQs and cookouts this summer.

What's my favorite part about this recipe, besides it's great taste? No cooking is involved, which makes it the perfect summer dish.

Don't miss the collection of yummy BBQ Foods that my fellow Blogging friends made, after the recipe!


Printable recipe

Classic Coleslaw

Ingredients

6 cups finely shredded cabbage
1 cup finely chopped carrots
1 cup mayonnaise
3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons grated onion
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 1/2 teaspoons Stevia (1 tablespoon granulated sugar may be used)
1/2 teaspoon salt
Fresh ground black pepper (optional)

Directions

Place the cabbage and carrots in a large mixing bowl.
In a small bowl, whisk the mayonnaise, apple cider vinegar, grated onion, Dijon mustard, Stevia, and salt to combine.
Pour the dressing over the cabbage and carrot mixture, and toss together until well combined.
Cover and allow the coleslaw to chill in the refrigerator for at least one hour, to allow the flavors to mingle.
Serve topped with a little fresh ground black pepper if desired.

Store coleslaw covered in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.


April's tips:

The cabbage in the coleslaw will release some liquid as it sits in the refrigerator after a day or two. Just give it a couple of good stirs to mix everything together, then scoop servings out with a slotted spoon.

Don't skip the step of refrigerating the coleslaw before serving. It's an important part of the recipe, so the flavors have a chance to mingle.



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This creamy, tangy Tzatziki Dip features a blend of coconut cream, cucumber, dill, lemon, and garlic, for a tasty dairy free, Greek inspired dip you'll love. It also makes a great salad dressing and sandwich spread, so make extra because you'll want to put it on everything!

Tzatziki Dip: Home Sweet Homestead

It's time for another monthly Food ‘n Flix movie review and recipe! Our host for May is Wendy from A Day In The Life On The Farm, with her movie pick Mamma Mia, Here We Go Again.


This recipe for Tzatziki Dip was inspired by the movie, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again. Now i'm not a big musical fan, so i'll admit I was a bit apprehensive about watching the movie. But, I was pleasantly surprised because all of the songs were from ABBA, which I was a fan of when I was a child. I actually remembered most of the words of the songs, and caught myself singing along a few times.

The setting of the movie is in Greece, and is both a prequel and a sequel as the film goes back and forth in time to show how relationships forged in the past resonate in the present. The film tells two stories: present day as Sophie prepares for the grand reopening of her mother Donna’s hotel, and 1979 when young Donna first arrives on the island. There are some big stars in the movie, including Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan, Amanda Seyfried, and Cher, so there is a lot of big star talent to see.

Home Sweet Homestead - Tzatziki Dip

I love the aromatic spices and herbs used in Greek recipes, and one of my all time favorites is Gyros with Tzatziki sauce. But when I sat down to watch the movie a second time, (yes, I'm one of those people) I wanted something to snack on. My mind went straight to turning Tzatziki sauce into a dairy free dip, to enjoy with crudites.

Tzatziki is a Mediterranean Greek recipe that’s traditionally made with yogurt. but I substituted canned coconut milk in place of the yogurt. It's my favorite trick for making recipes dairy free.


Fun Food Fact: Did you know that Greece is one of the oldest wine-producing regions in the world, and among the first wine-producing territories in Europe. Yamas!

Be sure to join us next month as we head into the kitchen with our host Heather at All Roads Lead to the Kitchen, and whip up recipes inspired by the movie This Beautiful Fantastic.


Printable recipe

Tzatziki Dip

Ingredients
1 can full fat coconut milk, refrigerated for 24 hours
1 medium cucumber, peeled, grated and excess moisture squeezed out in a kitchen towel
1-2 cloves garlic, minced (I love garlic, so I used 2)
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh dill
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste

Directions
Remove can of coconut milk from the refrigerator and separate the solid part on top from the liquid. Save the liquid to use in smoothies.
In a medium bowl, stir together the coconut milk, grated cucumber, garlic, dill, lemon juice, and salt until combined.
Refrigerate for at least one hour to allow the flavors to mingle, then taste for seasoning.
Serve with your choice of crudites, or some gluten free crackers if you'd like.
Will keep covered in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

April's tips:

  • Don't skip the step of squeezing out the excess moisture of the cucumber. If you do it will make your dip thin and watery. You'll be surprised how much water you can get out of a cucumber.
  • Don't skip letting the dip chill out in the fridge for at least an hour either. This gives all of the ingredients a chance to mingle, and the full flavor of the dip to come together.
  • Make sure you use a good quality, full fat coconut milk. Once mine was refrigerated, almost the whole can of milk turned solid. If you use lite coconut milk, you will get half or less of what you need for this recipe.
  • To turn this dip into a salad dressing, just thin it out with a tablespoon or two of coconut milk, or non-dairy milk of choice.
  • If dairy isn't an issue for you, feel free to substitute strained Greek yogurt for the coconut milk.


FoodnFlix was a great group started by Heather of All Roads Lead to the Kitchen. Heather has been on a bit of a sabbatical lately but the members of this group she started love it so much that we are continuing on during her absence with our friend Cam of Culinary Adventures with Camilla at the helm.


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No dry burgers here! These Green Chile Turkey Burgers are moist, tender, and packed with Southwestern flavor.

Green Chili Turkey Burgers - www.homesweethomesteadx.com - No dry burgers here! These Green Chile Turkey Burgers are moist, tender, and packed with Southwestern flavor.

Did you know that May is National Burger Month? To celebrate I'm joining in with some of my blogging friends, to share creative and delicious burgers in the #FantasticalFoodFight.

This fun monthly event is run by Sarah from Fantastical Sharing of Recipes. Everyone makes a recipe according to the theme that Sarah picks each month, then shares them on the same day.

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While these burgers are lean thanks to the turkey, they're packed with flavor, which more than makes up for the lack of fat. Green chiles, onion, and cilantro, along with several other ingredients, combine together to equal one delicious burger.

Turkey burgers get a bad rap. They are notorious for being dry because of the lack of fat. But with the addition of those extra ingredients, it adds that moisture back in.

homesweethomesteadx.com - Green Chili Turkey Burgers - No dry burgers here! These Green Chile Turkey Burgers are moist, tender, and packed with Southwestern flavor.

My husband and I eat a lot of turkey, since I was diagnosed as being allergic to beef a couple of months ago. (I've been allergic to chicken as well for 6 years) So I've become pretty good at using turkey in place of them both. Burgers, tacos, lasagna, soups... They all taste amazing with turkey and the right seasonings.

This recipe couldn't be easier to make, you just dump everything into a bowl, mix it up, shape into patties and fry.

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Don’t miss the link up below the recipe, to see what everyone else whipped up this month!


Printable recipe

Green Chile Turkey Burgers

Ingredients

1 1/2 pounds ground turkey
1 - 4 ounce can diced green chiles, drained
1/2 cup diced red onion
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
1 garlic clove, minced
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon salt
Fresh ground black pepper to taste
Corn tortillas or lettuce leaves for "buns" (regular hamburger buns may be substituted)
Queso Fresco, Pico de Gallo, and lettuce for topping the burgers

Directions

Place the ground turkey, green chiles, onion, lime juice, cilantro, garlic, cumin, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Mix the ingredients until well combined.
Divide and shape the mixture into five patties. The mixture will be fairly wet.
Cook the burgers in a greased skillet until they are cooked through, and well browned.
Serve each patty on a corn tortilla, or a regular hamburger bun if gluten isn't an issue, topped with queso fresco, pico da gallo, and lettuce.

April's tips:

Want to spice these burgers up? Try swapping out the queso fresco for pepper jack cheese.

This recipe would make amazing meatballs too!

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Mini Rhubarb Muffins: Tasty little bites of goodness, perfect for a tea party, snack, or quick breakfast on the go.

Home Sweet Homestead: Mini Rhubarb Muffins

#BakingBloggers, a group created by Sue from Palatable Pastime, get together once a month to vote on a baking project. For May, the winner was Baking for a Tea Party, so I brought Mini Rhubarb Muffins.

Rhubarb muffins have been on my kitchen bucket list for quite awhile, so this month's baking event gave me the push I needed to finally make them. But instead of making them regular sized muffins, I made most of them mini size, which is the perfect size to serve at a tea party.

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A rainbow of garden fresh vegetables come together, for a deliciously simple Fresh Summer Corn Salad. It's the perfect side for your summer cookouts and BBQ's.

Fresh Summer Corn Salad: Home Sweet Homestead

I enjoy salads almost all year long, but when summer vegetables come into season, I can't get enough of garden fresh salads.

And does anything say summertime more, than fresh corn on the cob? This salad is bursting with fresh from the garden yumminess. Along with the corn it's loaded with tomato, bell pepper, cucumber, onion, and fresh basil, for an unforgettable salad. It's the perfect way to enjoy summer's garden bounty.

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Cambodian Spring Rolls are packed with a delicious mix of pork, carrots, cabbage, fresh ginger, and more, then baked to crispy/chewy perfection.

Cambodian Spring Rolls: Home Sweet Homestead

This was my first time making spring rolls, and I have to admit it took me a few tries, to learn how to work with the rice paper wrappers. You have to soak them in warm water for just the right amount of time. If you leave them in the water to long, they become a sticky mess that is hard to handle. The rolling part takes some getting used to also.
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Dill Pickle Soup: A unique and creamy potato-based soup, laced with tangy dill pickles and fresh dill throughout.

Dill Pickle Soup - Home Sweet Homestead

As a self professed dill pickle addict, I am totally in love with this soup! I originally found the recipe on Wheat Free Meat Free, and after a little investigating found out this soup has a Polish history.

Authentic dill pickle soup, or Zupa ogórkowa in Polish, is prepared with Polish-style brine-cured pickles. I don't have access to that kind of pickle, but I was assured in several articles that a good quality dill pickle can be substituted. The main ingredients of the soup are broth, pickles and potato, but can also include other things such as celery, carrot, cream, and egg yolk.

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Creamy New Potato and Leek Soup is filled with baby potatoes, delicate leeks, and a kiss of thyme. You'll definitely want seconds. AND it's vegan!

New Potato and Leek Soup: Home Sweet Homestead

This thick and creamy soup is comfort food at it's best. It's smooth, cozy, and totally hits the spot. Don't let the word creamy fool you though, this soup is vegan. There isn't a drop of dairy in it, because I used vegan butter to saute the leeks and garlic, and canned coconut milk to give the soup it's creaminess.

And the best part? The coconut milk is almost undetectable, and gives the soup just the slightest hint of sweetness. It adds a delicious "wow" factor, that's very tasty.

Thyme Tea is a healthy drink that can help support the immune system, soothe a sore throat and cough, and so much more.

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Mention thyme and people automatically think of cooking. It does add delicious flavor to things like chicken and fish, as well as vegetables. But did you know you can also make tea with it? Thyme tea is antimicrobial, and has antifungal and antiviral properties. It also has some of the highest antioxidant levels among herbs.

Breakfast Tacos: Warm tortillas layered with crispy diced potatoes, flavorful sausage, soft scrambled eggs and toppings of your choice. ¡A comer!

Breakfast Tacos: Home Sweet Homestead

Welcome to my first post for a fun monthly event called Food ‘n Flix. Camilla from Culinary Adventures with Camilla is hosting this month with her movie pick, Spinning Plates.

#FoodnFlix - Home Sweet Homestead

The idea behind #FoodnFlix is to create a yummy recipe, based off a movie the host chooses for that month. I really enjoyed it, and was able to watch a very intriguing movie named Spinning Plates, that I probably never would of picked to watch on my own.

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Sourdough Bread Salad: A tasty salad made with toasted sourdough bread cubes, fresh tomato, cucumber, onion, and garlic, and tossed in a simple oil and vinegar dressing. It's perfect for summer fresh produce.

Sourdough Bread Salad: Home Sweet Homestead

When my bloggy friends Sue of Palatable Pastime and Valentina of The Baking Fairy invited me to participate in their Earth Day Event, I signed up right away. I have a lot of food allergies and eat a mostly vegetarian diet, so I was excited to join in and spread awareness of eating sustainable foods.

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