Wednesday, May 22, 2013
2 C unsweetened Almond milk (I used 3/4 C of kefir to replace 3/4 of almond milk)
30 Ice cubes
1/2 tsp vanilla
2 frozen bananas chopped up
5 frozen strawberries
*1 T unsweentened cocoa (You could not use the cocoa and make it vanilla instead)
* 1 T honey If you want it sweeter. I did not add this to mine.
Directions: Makes 3-4 servings
1. Pour in the liquid first. (You may have to make 1/2 the recipe at a time depending on your blender. I did it all at once with my Blendtec. ) Then add the rest of the ingredients. Blend until all combined. Enjoy a wonderful frosty treat.
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
*You could garnish with chopped almonds, whipping cream, and or chocolate chips
1. Start with the granola. Preheat oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit. Mix together coconut and oats in a bowl.
2. Add cocoa, salt, honey, coconut oil, and vanilla to a sauce pan. Heat, stirring, until just combined. Take off heat and pour over oat mixture. Stir until all combined.
3. Place parchment paper on a cookie sheet. Pour over granola in a thin layer. Bake for 30 minutes. You could stir once during the baking.
4. Mix together yogurt ingredients.
5. Layer the ingredients in a glass just before serving.
Thursday, May 16, 2013
1 C almond milk
1 1/2 frozen chopped banana
2 C fresh spinach
2 C ice cubes
1/2 tsp peppermint extract
1 T honey
1/4 C dark chocolate chips
1. Pour in the milk first and then the other ingredients except chocolate chips on top. Blend until nice and creamy. Add the chips and just pulse a couple times to keep the chips in pieces. Enjoy!
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
It was a really warm day yesterday. I am not complaining. I love sunshine. I thought it would be fun to whip up a smoothie to refresh with. That could go with our dinner. ( I usually have a smoothie in the morning this was a nice change.) This is what I came up with. It was a great way to eat some of our greens for the day.
Ingredients: Serves 3
5 basil leaves *optional
1 C spinach
1 frozen banana
1 C plain yogurt
2 C ice cubes
1 tsp vanilla optional
1. Blend all together putting in the yogurt and ice first. Blend until all combined and smooth. Enjoy today!.
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
|Good Morning !|
Good Morning! I was looking out the window this morning, and had to take a picture of it. I love mornings. It is such a peaceful time of day. It is a new beginning too. It is so wonderful to watch the sun come over the mountain. It is a perfect time of day to go on a walk. My daughter and I planted our garden yesterday. We will proabablly add some more along the way. We got it all planted and it started to rain. It was perfect. It was nice spending time out in the sunshine.
My daughter requested I make these last night. They were delicious. I love using the lettuce to wrap the chicken in. It is a nice way to get some greens into your meal. It is a complete meal you don't really need anything else. It is a fast meal to serve if your chicken and brown rice are already cooked.
Ingredients: serves 4
1 1/2 C cooked shredded chicken
1 T oil
2 T chili garlic sauce
3 cloves of minced garlic
1 T lime zest
3 T Lime juice
7 T fish sauce
2 T honey
1 tsp salt
3 C cooked brown rice
1/4 C fresh basil chopped
4 green onions chopped
Romaine lettuce leaves washed
1. Heat skillet to medium heat, add oil and chicken. Cook and stir a couple minutes.
2. Stir in the garlic sauce, garlic, zest, juice, fish sauce, honey, salt, and brown rice cook and stir about 5 minutes.
3. Stir in basil and green onions. Take off the heat and scoop on to lettuce leaves. Serve.
Monday, May 6, 2013
|Happy Graduation Kirsten!|
It has been a busy and happy couple weeks. One of my daughters graduated from College. :) She is off to Peru for an internship. I don't like the goodbye part, but I am happy for her. My youngest son won region in tennis. :) I had a wonderful relaxing get away with my husband. We enjoyed soaking in the sun, and the warm water. :) My youngest daughter came home for a school break. She has been a wonderful help around the house. She has planted flowers outside. :) Life is very nice. I love my family.
I made this salsa the other day and really enjoyed it. I loved the added mango. It is hard to go wrong when you use mangos. Yum! It was gobbled up by my family. My daughter took a picture of this. When I get it from her I will post the picture.
4 Diced tomatoes
2 mango diced
1/4 minced red onion
1 jalapeno pepper minced
3 garlic cloves minced
1/2 C chopped cilantro
juice from 3 limes
salt to taste
1. Combine all the ingredients except the salt.
2. Then stir in the salt a little bit at a time until the desired taste is reached. Serve
Sunday, April 21, 2013
This month for Recipe Redux, we're talking about the subject "To cupcake or not to cupcake." Some of the posts will be delicious cupcakes, and others will be offering other suggestions on handheld treats. We chose the Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie instead.
We don't hate cupcakes, but we don't think they are all they are cracked up to be. You don't get a lot for how much you pay for them, and they aren't that much better than other treats. Delicious treats? Yes. But worth the fad they've created? No.
We'd also like to announce to you our upcoming cook book! We've mentioned a little bit about this on Facebook, but not here. We've been working hard on getting the final edits done to get to the printer. Our publishing company, Familius, has been awesome, and we're so excited!
Isn't the cover so cute!!! You can already preorder the book on Amazon here.
This Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe is one that I got ages ago off a box of oatmeal. My husband loves Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies, and we've made these several times. But with the exception of the whole grain oatmeal, they're not particularly healthy. But how do you change a recipe?
Step 1: Change out 1 or 2 ingredients
We recommend starting the "healthifying" process slowly. In this case, we've chosen to change the all-purpose flour included in the orignally recipe and change it into whole grain flour. We chose to substitute all-purpose flour with a mixture of whole grain spelt and Kamut flours. Those are both varieties of wheat, so they substitute easily. We could go all crazy and switch out the oils for healthier ones, the sugar for honey, the chocolate chips for dried fruit, and lessen the amount of sugar, but we've chosen to start slow. It's no fun making all those changes and then discovering the whole batch you've just made didn't turn out.
Step 2: Record your Success
We like to do this right on the recipe or in the cook book. Or on the pin, if you've maybe pinned it on pinterest. Just record it somewhere where you'll remember what you've done.
Step 3: Continue with your change, and make new ones
Yay! Your experiment worked! Now continue forward. Don't give up on your healthy changes and find another way to make a change. Our Oatmeal Chocolate Chip cookies turned out AWESOME! The texture was fantastic. Unfortunately they're all gone. Writing this recipe is making me crave more.
See how simple? There will be more details in our book about how to make specific changes. Now here's the modified recipe:
Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies1/2 pound butter, softened
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups whole grain flour (we used equal parts spelt and Kamut)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 cups old-fashioned oats
1 cup chocolate chips
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. Cream together butter and sugars.
3. Mix in eggs and vanilla.
4. Mix together dry ingredients, except oats. Add to wet mixture.
5. Stir in oats and chocolate chips.
6. Scoop 1-inch balls of dough onto cookie sheet.
7. Bake for 7 minutes or until golden brown.
Makes about 3 dozen cookies.
Posted by Britley at 5:00 AM