Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Cranberry Orange Bread
1 c. sugar
2 bananas, mashed
1 orange, zest (you can squeeze some of the juice in as well if you would like. I used 1/2)
2/3 c. coconut oil, melted (or butter, but I always use coconut oil)
2 c. whole wheat flour (or 1 1/2 c. wheat flour + 1/2 c. almond meal flour)
1 t. baking soda
1 t. baking powder
1 bag fresh cranberries, rinsed
1 c. walnuts, chopped (optional)
In mixer, beat eggs & sugar until fluffy (6-7 minutes). Then add the mashed banana & orange zest. Mix in. In a separate bowl, combine all the dry ingredients (flour, soda & powder). Then gradually add the dry ingredients to the mix, alternating with the coconut oil until they are all well combined. Mix for another minute or two. Then fold in the cranberries & walnuts. Pour into pans sprayed with oil or lined with parchment paper.
I baked mine in mini loaf pans (4), but you can bake them in a 9 X 13 as well. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes (if using 4 mini loaf pans) or for 40-45 minutes if using a 9 X 13 pan. Bake until golden brown on top & the middle is cooked through.
When finished, pull them from the oven & let rest for a couple minutes. Then remove the mini loaves from the pan & place them on a cooling rack. Cut & serve warm (preferably). Bon Appetit!
Thursday, September 20, 2012
I learned to make these this summer from Jeff Novick, a chef for Whole Foods. He is amazing and has some wonderful stuff online, so check him out!
My 11 year old twins even enjoy these burgers. Try them at your next party and I think you'll be surprised how many people will enjoy them!!
This is what your bean mixture should look like when you're done smashing the beans.
Thursday, August 16, 2012
One morning my sister and I had a bowl together and I had already had a smoothie, so I wasn't very hungry. I didn't finish mine because I was so full, and as we sat and talked, I watched my bowl expand and grow to twice it's size as the grains all soaked up the almond milk. It was eye opening to me because it made me realize that it's doing that in my stomach as well, and that's probably why I don't get hungry in the mornings at all when I eat it! It's full of whole grains & goodness!
Big Bowl Breakfast
2 c. rolled oats, raw
2 c. Grape Nuts or Ezekiel brand equivalent
2 c. Kashi cinnamon or island vanilla shredded wheat squares
2 c. Oatmeal Squares or Uncle Sam Cereal
1/4 - 1/2 c. ground flaxseed meal
1/2 c. raisins or golden raisins (you can omit the raisins if you are using fresh fruit)
1/2 c. nuts, raw (walnuts or almonds are my preference)
I assemble all these ingredients in a large Ziploc bag or a cereal container if you have one, shake them up all together and you're ready to go! Just pour desired amount in a bowl and add your favorite milk substitute (almond, rice, & coconut are my recommendations) & fresh fruit (I prefer any berry, especially blueberries & bananas). Coconut is higher in fat so if you're watching your fat calories, then go with rice or almond. If you are just starting to use milk substitutes I would recommend getting the vanilla versions or the sweetened versions, but if you're trying to cut calories & sugar, get the unsweetened versions. My kids favorite is coconut, vanilla flavored, because it's very sweet and I don't mind the extra fat because they could use it! I have very skinny boys.
Tip: My husband loves to take this with him while traveling. He buys a bowl of fruit at the airport or the grocery store and throws it in with this dry mix and eats it just like that. No milk or anything. You can even use water if you'd like. One of my boys loves this mix and I think it's a great breakfast if you can get your kids to eat it because it will help them focus at school with a full belly!
Thursday, June 7, 2012
White Chicken Chili
1-2 T. extra-virgin olive oil
1 onion, diced
2-3 garlic cloves, peeled & minced
4 c. chicken broth
6 c. Great Northern beans or any white bean (add liquid from can too)
4-6 chicken breasts, cooked & shredded or chopped small
2 t. cumin
1/4 t. cayenne pepper
3 cups 0% fat Greek plain yogurt
1 7 oz. can diced green chili's (you can add more if you like them a lot)
1 1/2 t. oregano
1/2 t. pepper
2 t. salt
Heat up a stock pot over medium high heat, add olive oil & onion. Sauté for about 3-4 minutes or until onions are becoming clear. Reduce heat to medium and add minced garlic. Sauté for another minute. Then add all the rest of the ingredients. Stir well until all the ingredients are mixed in. Cook on low for 30 minutes or so to let the flavors meld together. If you're in a hurry, just eat it when the soup is warm.
This is a soup you can do in the crockpot if you would like. Just throw in all the ingredients in the order listed and let it cook on low for at least 4 hours. (Add the greek yogurt for the last 1/2 hour)
I like to add a little bit of crushed tortilla chips on top for some crunch, but that's definitely optional and it's healthier without it. I just love a good crunch!
Thursday, April 26, 2012
This is one of my most favorite dinners! It is honestly a winner that everyone enjoys and it's very low-fat & healthy! It's perfect for a summer BBQ. It also makes great leftovers. The salsa stays fresh with the vinegar on it, so it's still good the next day. WARNING: The coconut brown rice is addicting!! I'm just warning you :)
Peanut Ginger Chicken Marinade:
1/2 c. hot water
1/2 c. all natural peanut butter
1/4 c. chili garlic sauce (found in the Asian section of your grocery store)
3 T. Bragg's Liquid Aminos (or low sodium soy sauce)
2 T. olive oil
2 T. vinegar
1 T. fresh grated ginger or 1/4 t. ground ginger (fresh is always best)
6 boneless skinless chicken breasts or 18 chicken tenderloins
In a small bowl, stir hot water into peanut butter. Stir in the next 5 ingredients until well mixed. Place chicken in a bowl or bag & pour marinade over the chicken. Hint: I like to use chicken tenderloins or slice my chicken breasts into thin slices so they can absorb more marinade and they don't take as long to cook. I never have to worry about dry overdone ends and pink in the middle of the breast. It's easier to serve that way too. Marinate at least a couple of hours, but up to 24 hours. Mix or turn bag occasionally.
Grill chicken on a medium heat grill for about 5 minutes on each side. They may not take that long, just test them for doneness. Serve with mango salsa & coconut rice.
2-3 mango's, diced
1 cucumber, diced
2 T. thinly sliced green onion
1/4 c. fresh cilantro, chopped
1 tsp. sugar or agave
1 tsp. vinegar ( I like Bragg's apple cider vinegar)
Combine all ingredients in a bowl, cover & chill. This can be made ahead, so I like to do it a couple hours before.
Coconut Brown Rice:
2 c. sweet brown rice (or any type of brown rice)
2 c. lite coconut milk (1 can)
2 c. water
1/2 t. sea salt
1/4 c. sugar
1/4 c. dry shredded coconut (unsweetened)
1 T. coconut oil
Rub coconut oil on pan. Add all the ingredients & bring to a boil over a high heat. When it boils, cover & turn down heat to low (about #2 on your stove dial). Allow for 1 hour to cook or until rice has absorbed all the liquid. If it seems like the liquid is not absorbing, take the lid off and let it cook some more. Allow it to sit for 5 minutes or so and then fluff with a fork.
This can also be made a little ahead of time because it can sit in the pan with the lid on and stay warm for about an hour without any heat or on very, very low heat.
Thursday, April 19, 2012
This is a wonderful way to curve your sweet craving for the day! It's the perfect blend of cacao and peanut butter (or almond butter). It is like drinking a deluxe chocolate milk but getting the wonderful health benefits of cacao. If your kids like chocolate milk, they will love this. It's also a great way to get in some protein after a workout or for a quick breakfast. It's very filling and satisfying. Try it out and see what you think. Feel free to play around with it. There are many versions of this type of smoothie, so do what works for you!
If you're not sure what cacao is, it's the unprocessed beans that are used to make chocolate. The word "cocoa" is actually a misspelling of the word cacao. It is rich in antioxidants as well as good fats (minimal), and minerals such as calcium, zinc, iron, and potassium. It can suppress overactive appetites :) Yeah! That's always a plus! Start using it in your smoothies & baking. Because the chocolate we buy today is sweetened with sugar and cream, you will be surprised that it does have a bitter flavor, so make sure you sweeten it with something. In this smoothie, it's the bananas!
PB Cacao Smoothie
1 c. Organic rice or almond milk
1 T. raw cacao powder (purchase at the health food store)
1 T. all natural peanut butter or almond butter
1 frozen banana
Pour your milk into the blender, add the rest of the ingredients, and mix well. Make sure you use a frozen banana to help thicken it up a little and keep it cold. You also want to make sure that your milk is cold to begin with. It makes a difference. If you want it sweeter, you can sweeten with some honey, agave, or more banana. If you like it with more chocolate, add a little more cacao. Just play with it and find your perfect blend. I promise it will take your chocolate craving away for the day :) Bon Appetit!
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
1/2 c. flax seeds or flax meal
1/2 c. wheat germ (optional)
This is my favorite yogurt in the whole wide world!! It's a honey flavored greek yogurt. (see the little honey symbol on the bottom left corner? Make sure it has that symbol) You have to try it. You'll never want another flavor again :) Well, at least I never want any other flavors! It's not the healthiest in the world and it does have high fat content, but I only eat about 1/2 c. at a time. A healthier option would be to buy the plain yogurt and drizzle a little honey over the top if needed. I usually top with fresh fruit as well. Delicious :)