Saturday, October 26, 2013

Quinoa Spuffins

You may be asking yourself, "What the heck is a SPUFFIN?"  Well, I made up that term.  Since my son and I can't eat normal wheat/white flour, we have to use alternative ones.  Even though I have a wheat intolerance, spelt is fine in moderate amounts for some reason.  But when you bake with spelt, the texture is thicker and more dense.  Thus, I call spelt muffins, "spuffins!"  They also go with my old nickname which is Spam-a-lama-ding-dong :)

 1 Cup of uncooked Quinoa, rinsed (will use 2 cups of the cooked quinoa & have some leftover)
1/4 Cup of unsweetened applesauce (I just dumped in a single serving applesauce container that I put in my kids’ lunches)
1-3/4 Cup of gluten free all-purpose flour (spelt, rice flour, GF flour, ground oats, or whatever you like)
1/4 Cup of ground flax
1/8 Cup Chia seeds
1/2 Cup of brown sugar (maybe honey or raw sugar instead?)
1 teaspoon of baking powder
1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon
¼ to ½ teaspoon cardamom
¼ to ½ teaspoon nutmeg
3/4 Cup of almond milk (could use coconut, soy, or cow’s milk)
1 Large Egg
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1.                  Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray muffin tins with cooking spray and set aside. 
2.                  Bring 2 cups of water to a boil.  Add one cup of quinoa and cook on medium for about 12 minutes or until water is absorbed.  Turn off stove.  Stir and then leave it covered for 15 minutes away from stove.
3.                  In a medium size bowl, mix together sugar, egg, almond milk, flax, chia, applesauce, and spices. Mix in only 2 cups of the cooked quinoa (save any extra for another use or meal)
4.                  Add flour(s), baking powder, baking soda and vanilla.
5.                  Divide batter evenly into a 12 muffin greased tin. Bake until toothpick comes out clean and tops are firm to touch. Approximately 20 minutes. Don’t overcook.
6.                  Depending on what flour(s) you use, the muffins will be pretty thick and heavy but delicious.  Served warm smothered with butter (or at least that is how my teenage boys and hubby like them).  These will spoil quickly due to the very fresh ingredients to eat within a day or two or store in the freezer.  I used 1 cup of spelt flour and 3/4 cup of brown rice flour because we're not allergic to those.
7.                  You can add nuts, raisins, diced fruit, chocolate chips, etc. if desired.  Probably about ½ cup if you do that.  They taste good plain though.

Nutritional Information for 1 muffin: (12 muffins per recipe)
Calories - 185
Carbs - 25
Fats - 5 (healthy fat though)
Protein - 6
Sugars - 6

Friday, June 28, 2013

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Pretty Healthy Oat Bars (no white flour)

WARNING - These are a work in progress.  They didn't stick together well.  I am going to try using spelt instead of the ground oats and see if that works better.

2 cubes butter, softened
1 cup canola oil
1 cup white sugar
1 cup brown sugar
¼ cup honey
2 T milled flax seed
1 T chia seeds
9 T water
1 T dehydrated peanut butter
Orange essential oil
3 cups ground oats (or other flour)
3 1/2 cups oats
2 tsp. baking soda
1 cup shredded coconut
1-1½ cups chocolate chips
½ cup chopped pecans

Mix the butter, canola, honey and sugars.  In a little bowl, mix the flax and chia seeds with the water and mix well.  Add to the big bowl.  Add peanut butter, essential oil, ground oats, oats and baking soda and mix well.  Add coconut, chocolate chips and pecans.  Bake at 375 degrees in greased pan until done if you want thicker bars.  I had a hard time making sure they were completely done without getting too crusty so the next time I tried putting a thin layer of batter on a cookie sheet and made really, really thin cookie type bars.  If you make these as cookies, they are pretty dang flat and run together but you can sort of re-form them with the spatula and they still taste good.  But they are delicious though!

Could be used for a on-the-go breakfast if you take out the chocolate chips and use dried fruit or more nuts instead.  You can't really taste the peanut butter much but I wanted to add more protein.  Also, if you didn't have the milled flax seed and chia seeds, you could use 3 eggs instead and eliminate the flax and chia seeds and the water.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Spelt Muffins

1 1/4 cup almond milk
3 Tbsp. milled flax seed
9 Tbsp. water
(note, you can use 3 eggs instead of the flax seed and water)
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 Tbsp. coconut oil (or other oil of choice)
Cinnamon to taste
Cardamom to taste
1 Tbsp. baking powder
2 1/4 cups spelt flour

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Spray Pam on muffin tin.  Mix all ingredient together except for spelt flour and baking powder.  Add dry ingredients and mix just until moistened.  Put evenly in 12 muffins tins and bake for around 12 minutes or until done.

3 Weight Watchers PointsPlus Points per muffin

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Healthy Oat Banana Cookies

There is no added sugar in these cookies.  Also no eggs, fat or flour.  For missing all those key ingredients, they are still yummy cookies.  Jonah's quote:  "They're not bad.  They're good."

3 ripe bananas
1/3 cup applesauce
2 cups oats
1/4 cup almond milk
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp vanilla (optional)

Bake at 350 degrees until done.  It took 9 minutes in my convection oven.

I may try adding the following items in the future:  nuts, coconut, chocolate chips, cocoa, etc.  I also may try subbing out greek yogurt for some of the banana to add protein and lessen natural sugars.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Cheesy Mexican Rice

This is a delicious side dish that a gal from our elementary school (Tara Phelps) makes every year for our Teacher Appreciation luncheon.  The recipe is so popular that we actually make copies of the recipe to distribute and the teachers would be so sad if we stopped serving it.

2 cups cooked rice
1 can cream of celery soup
1 can (4 oz) chopped green chilies
1 cup shredded cheese
1/2 cup sour cream
3/4 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. cumin

Mix.  Put in square baking dish.  Bake at 325 degrees for 20 minutes.  Top with cheese and bake until melted.  Double recipe for a 9x13 pan.

I imagine you could add chicken to it and turn it into a casserole.  I'll try that out sometime.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Chicken Enchiladas

(original recipe from my dear friend and previous neighbor Raquel Larsen)

Flour Tortillas
Enchilada Sauce (red or green)
Green Chilies if you use green sauce, green onions if you use red sauce
Cilantro (optional)
Sour Cream
Grated Cheese

I never measure amounts on this recipe. I simply add whatever quantities I feel like at the time. Cook chicken and shred. I like to boil the chicken so that it is really moist and shreds easily. Mix chicken, some enchilada sauce, green chilies (or green onions), grated cheese and sour cream to taste (should be fairly thick, not too runny). Pour a little sauce to coat the bottom of a 9x13 glass pan. Put mixture into tortillas and roll. Place formed enchiladas into glass pan and line them up tightly. Pour more enchilada sauce on top and then sprinkle cheese on top. Cover with foil and heat at 350 degrees until heated through (usually around 35-45 minutes).

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Cucumber Salsa

Crisp Cucumber Salsa:
Note: 1/4 cup is only 16 calories

2 cups finely chopped seeded peeled cucumber
1/2 cup finely chopped seeded tomato
1/4 cup chopped red onion
2 Tbsp minced fresh parsley
1 jalepeno pepper, seeded and chopped
4-1/2 tsp minced fresh cilantro
1 garlic clove, minced or pressed
1/4 c reduced-fat sour cream (or greek yogurt if you like that)
1-1/2 tsp lemon juice
1-1/2 tsp lime juice
1/4 tsp ground cumin
1/4 tsp seasoned salt
Tortilla chips

In a small bowl, combine the first seven ingredients. In another bowl, combine the sour cream, lemon juice, lime juice, cumin and seasoned salt. Pour over cucumber mixture and toss gently to coat. Serve immediately with chips.  Could also serve in a lettuce wrap.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Pineapple Coconut Oil Banana Bread

2 large eggs
1/3 cups coconut oil, melted (or can use canola oil instead
1/4 cup Greek yogurt
1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
1/4 cup light brown sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 to 1 1/4 cups mashed ripe bananas (2 large or 3 small ripe bananas)
handful of shredded coconut

Preheat oven to 350F. Spray two 8-by-4-inch loaf pans with Pam spray; set aside. 

In a large bowl combine the eggs, coconut oil, greek yogurt, sugars, vanilla, bananas, pineapple and whisk to combine. Add the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and stir to just incorporate; don't overmix.  Pour batter into prepared pans and bake for about 45 minutes, or until top is golden and set, a toothpick inserted in the center comes out mostly clean (banana bread is gooey and it may not come out perfectly clean). My bread was browning too fast on the top, so I covered it with foil and lowered oven temperature to 325F in last 15 minutes of cooking. Allow bread to cool in pan for about 15 minutes before removing and transferring to a wire rack to finish cooling. Bread will keep for up to 1 week in an airtight container or large Ziplock at room temperatureMmay be frozen for up to 3 months.

I based my recipe off of this one I found on Pinterest.

Strawberry Bread

2 cups chopped strawberries (washed and hulled)
3 cups all purpose flour
1 1/4 cup sugar
4 1/2 tsp baking powder
4 eggs
2/3 cup canola oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
8-10 drops of Lemon Essential Oil

Begin by preheating your oven to 350 degrees.   In one bowl add your flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.  Whisk to mix well.  In another bowl whisk together the eggs, canola oil, vanilla extract and lemon zest.  Gently add the strawberries.  Don’t over mix.  Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients.  Place batter in two greased 4 X 8 baking pans in the oven for 45 minutes or until done.  Makes 2 fabulous loaves.

Lemon Zucchini Pineapple Bread

3 c. all purpose flour
1 1/4 c. sugar
4 1/2 tsp. baking powder

4 eggs
2/3 c. canola oil
1 8 oz. can of crushed pineapple, drained well (I chopped up pineapple chunks since I was out of crushed)
2 c. zucchini grated
8-10 drops of Lemon Essential Oil

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.  Grab 2- 4″ X 8″ baking pans and grease well.  In a medium sized bowl mix the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Mix well.  In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs, oil, pineapple, zucchini and lemon.  Add wet ingredients to the dry ingredients.  Mix until moistened.  Do not over mix.  This will look like a thick cake batter, and that is okay, it’s supposed to be that way.  Add the mixture to the two baking pans and bake for 45 minutes.  Makes two fabulous loaves.  Enjoy!

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Potato Casserole

2 lbs. Frozen Hash Brown Potatoes
1/2 Diced Spanish onion
1 can Cream of mushroom soup
1 lb carton Sour cream
1/2 stick butter
8 oz. package grated cheddar cheese
Salt and pepper to taste
Corn flakes or potato chips

Put all the ingredients except corn flakes (or potato chips) together in a 9 x 13 baking dish.  Top with 1 C crushed corn flakes or crushed potato chips.  Bake uncovered at 375 for about 1 hour.  Bake at 350 degrees if using a glass dish.

From Janet Garrick (Pam's mom)