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DIY Foods

Recently I watched a documentary called “Fed Up” about obesity in America. The documentary talked about how many items in your average grocery store have tons of added sugar people aren’t aware of. According to the documentary: out of the 600,000 food items sold in America, 80% have added sugars. The film’s central premise is that the consumption of industrially processed food is the primary culprit in our society’s obesity epidemic.

Conversely, at Triform, most of the foods we eat, we make from scratch. As such we know exactly what ingredients and the quantities of the ingredients we are consuming, and we benefit from an inherently healthier balance of nutrients relative to sugars. The following are a few of the foods we make at Triform that I personally use to buy in stores. What are the pros and cons of making them at home?

CONS
  • Time consuming (however all the foods below you can make over weekend and save for weeks)
  • Require additional tools in your kitchen
PROS
  • Control of the ingredients and quantities used
  • Ability to be creative and add your own twist
  • Greater appreciation of the food you consume
  • Saves money because you make a lot more for the same price

Cashew Butter:

I’ve always loved peanut butter and almond butter but the other day another coworker introduced me to cashew butter. It tasted so good! I was disappointed when I learned that they didn’t sell any cashew butter in the grocery store nearby, so Marius and I decided to make some at home. The following instructions work for any kind of nut butter you want to make, but if you haven’t tasted cashew butter before, I highly recommend you do!DSC_0042

Ingredients:

  • Cashews (or nuts of preference)

Tools:

  • Food processor
  • Spatula

What you do:

  • Place cashews into food processor
  • Blend, blend, blend (sometimes stopping and pushing the sides down with a spatula)
  • Blend until the consistency is smooth

That’s it! Then enjoy on a rice cake with some bananas on top for a delicious and quick breakfast or snack.

Apple Sauce:

Right from the tree, at Triform we pick apples and then process them into apple juice, apple cider, apple butter, and applesauce. The apples I chose to make applesauce with were very red and so the applesauce ended up a pretty pink!DSC_0013 Ingredients:

  • 4 parts apples
  • 1 part water

Tools:

  • Pot
  • Large spoon
  • Food mill

Steps:

  • Cut apples in quarters (leaving their skin, seeds, stem, everything)
  • Place apples into pot
  • Add water
  • Heat pot and stir apples (regularly so they don’t burn on the bottom) until soft
  • Place soft apples into food mill and grind

 Naturally sweet and so tasty with a sprinkle of cinnamon!

Granola:

The bakery at Triform regularly delivers homemade granola to each house. For this blog post I wanted to make everything again on my own so I knew for sure I could do it. I had a list of all the ingredients but not their quantities so I experimented and ended up using too much honey (it was still so good though). Here is the new and improved version of the recipe. DSC_0026 Ingredients:

  • Honey (1/4 cup)
  • Sunflower or vegetable oil (1/4)
  • Rolled oats (3 cups)
  • Sunflower seeds (1/2 cup)
  • Cashews (1/2 cup)
  • Coconut shreds (1/2 cup)
  • Raisins (1/2 cup)

Tools:

  • Big bowl
  • Large spoon
  • Knife
  • Tray
  • Spatula

Steps:

  • Set oven to 300°F
  • Mix honey and oil in bowl
  • Add rolled oats and mix
  • Chop sunflower seeds and cashews
  • Add sunflower seeds, cashews and coconut shreds into bowl
  • Mix all together
  • Spread on to tray and place in oven
  • Let cook for 1 hour, stirring the granola once in a while
  • Let granola cool down and add in raisins

A bonus to this recipe is that your kitchen will smell amazing! DSC_0034

The foods above are all fairly sweet but there are many other foods such as tomato sauce, guacamole, hummus, etc. that once I’m settled down I definitely want to make at home rather than buy at a store.

I love how natDSC_0013 2ural food is such an important part of life at Triform. In the mornings you’ll find people at the farm milking the cows for milk that will later be poured over granola or used to make yogurt. In the garden you’ll find people planting and harvesting all sorts of vegetables and herbs.

And at every meal of the day you will find people around the table enjoying deliciously prepared meals and each other’s company.DSC_0006

5 Comments »

  1. Great ideas. It is ridiculous how much unnecessary sugar is added to processed foods! Applesauce is sweet enough! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Is that Rebecca’s amazing granola recipe?? I forgot to copy it before I left. I lived in christofferus last year 🙂 (a friend showed me you’re blog)

    • Hey Silvia! I heard a lot about you. Wish we had overlapped! Hahah no thats the bakery’s recipe, i can ask a friend who’s still at christofferus now if you want though?

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