Thursday, April 19, 2012

More Good Times with the Dehydrator

Since I had already brought the dehydrator in from the garage to make peanut kale chips, I figured I would get some more use out of it before I returned it to its exile. (Does anyone really have the counter space to keep a dehydrator in their kitchen on a permanent basis?)

First I made dried bananas. Very easy. Toss three sliced bananas with 2 Tbsp. maple syrup and 2 Tbsp. lemon juice (to prevent browning) and dehydrate for...a long time. They do take awhile but the result is chewy and sweet as candy.

I also made another batch of kale chips, since my kids have become such fans. Who am I to deny them the awesomeness of kale? This time I made pizza kale chips using this recipe. I didn't have any sunflower seeds or hemp seeds, so I just used 1/2 cup cashews. These are delicious. The fennel seed and sundried tomato really do impart a pizza flavor.

I didn't use the dehydrator for these, but I also made some baked falafel patties. We made quick work of them with some Veganaise/cucumber/dill dipping sauce. 

And for dinner I made Spaghetti Squash Casserole. I think this was my first time preparing spaghetti squash. It really does resemble spaghetti and has a neutral flavor. I really liked this recipe, but next time I will omit the 2 tsp. each of oregano and basil. The marinara sauce I used already contained basil and the additional dried herbs were overkill, giving the casserole a slightly bitter flavor.

I'll leave you with this little guy who was hanging out on my trash can when I took out the recycling.


  1. Can we talk a little bit about how jealous I am of your dehydrator AND the awesome treats that came out of it! The dried bananas sound so yummy and I really want to make raw kale/veggie chips. The baked falafel sounds great and the spaghetti squash casserole is another item I've wanted to try! Lots of yumminess happening here!

  2. I just got a dehydrater recently too! I've only made a couple things so far though. I make the same sauce as you with my falafels :) I love dill with them!

  3. I have a dehydrator that I really must use. Thanks for sharing.