Friday, December 6, 2013
So Britney and I had a lot of fun this morning. We were on "Good thing Utah". We shared this recipe with them and talked a little bit about our cookbook and grains. They were fun to talk to and pleasant to be around. It was a fun new adventure being on TV. Britney had done it before with a cookbook. I had never done it. We are having fun experiencing and learning new things. It is wonderful to help people learn some of the things we have learned about grains and eating healthier. We will put up the link from the show once it is available. Have a great weekend.
When I was young we used to make some yummy treats called "peanut butter puffs." They had peanut butter, special K cereal, sugar, and corn syrup. It brings back many happy memories. :) I would guess you have had something similar. Well I wanted to make a healthier version of them, and I was very happy with the end result. I caught my son eating some as well, so that must mean they were good. :) It is nice to have them for a yummy snack. They are quick and easy to make.
1/2 C almond butter
1 C old fashioned oatmeal
1/4 C honey
1 tsp vanilla
*granola (to roll them in) optional
*You could also add raisins, chocolate chips, coconut, etc..)
1. In a bowl mix the almond butter, honey, and oatmeal together until it is all combined. Then stir in the vanilla. (You could add chips, coconut, seeds, or raisins.)
2. Form the batter into small balls. Then roll in granola. (Or coconut!) Eat them or save them for later in an air tight container or bag in the fridge or freezer.
Enjoy! I already need to make another batch of them.
* Here is an update a new variation to this recipe.
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
|Bean and Avocado Wrap|
I have had this the past two days for Lunch. Both times it was sooo good. I thought today. I don't think I would have enjoyed a cookie anymore than I enjoyed this wrap. I love the way I feel so satisfied afterwards. Yum! So I thought I would have to share it. This is a great meal to take on the run too.
3 T cider vinegar
2 T grape seed oil
1 T chopped chipotle in adobe sauce
1/3 tsp salt
2 C shredded red cabbage
1/3 C carrot thinly sliced or shredded
1/3 C chopped cilantro
Optional* Thinly sliced red or yellow peppers
1-15 oz can of white northern beans rinsed and drained
1 avocado (ripe)
2/3 C shredded sharp cheddar cheese
3 T red onion
1 T lime juice
1/2 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp garlic powder
dash cayenne pepper (optional)
4 whole grain tortilla
Directions (Serves 4)
1. Beat together with a wire whisk vinegar, oil, chipotle chile, and salt in small bowl. Stir, cabbage, carrots, and cilantro * (peppers optional) stir until combined. Set aside.
2. Pour beans and avocado in a blender and blend until creamy. Then sir in the onion, lime juice, chili powder, garlic powder, and * opt. cayenne,
3. Take the 4 wraps and lay them out flat. Divide the avocado mixture evenly on to the 4 wraps. Spread the mixture on to the wrap.
4. Pour the cabbage mixture on to the avocado mixture in even amounts. Roll them up. Serve.
(If you are eating them one at a time you could just store the avocado and cabbage mixture into separate containers in the fridge. Then you could make them one at a time. It should stay good for 3-4 days.
*Spinach or tomato basil wraps would be great also
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
I heard a sweet story of someone bringing a bottle of canned cherries. (which I love) To a family after their mother died. It has been years since this event happened, but it still is a very clear memory for him. It was a very thoughtful gesture that reminded him of sweet family times. Every time I hear him tell the story it gives me a warm feeling
If you have canned goods you want to share this is a very thoughtful gift. That would mean a lot to those who receive them.
Here is where you can find a recipe for cooked apples. That would be a great gift to give away. It is wonderful to eat plain. Would be great on pancakes or waffles or in muffins. There are lots of options. You could can them or just put them in containers that go in the fridge.
Here is a fun idea. Giving your neighbor some candied or smoked nuts. You could also just give them plain nuts with nothing done to them. Nuts are always a treat in my book. They are a great thing to eat and to share.
|Homemade Fruit Topping or Jam|
Here is a recipe for a healthier fruit topping or jam.You could use any kind of fruit. You could also can it if you don't want to make it a freezer jam. I used to love to go to my aunts she always had yummy freezer jams for breakfast. Foods can bring back so many fond memories.
Here is a yummy granola recipe. It would be a fun treat to package up and give away. A lot of people never make it. It could be eaten plain or in yummy parfaits. Some other granola options: raw granola maple almond whole grain granola
and soaked granola.
Also mulling spices is fun too.
It is fun to think of fun healthy options to give to friends, family and neighbors. There are so many unhealthy options during the holidays it is nice to finds some healthy ones to share. We can make the world a healthier place. Happy giving.
Monday, November 25, 2013
4 large sweet potatoes cut in half
1 C coconut milk
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp ground pepper
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg (fresh grated if you have it)
optional: 1 tsp cardamom
1/4 C chopped up pecans
Directions (heat oven to 325)
1. Bring a large pot of water to boiling. Place the sweet potatoes in the pot. Cook until they are soft when poked with a fork.
2. Take off the peels and whip until they are all blended.
3. Pour in the coconut milk and whip until all creamy.
4. Whip in the the vanilla, salt, pepper, cayenne, cinnamon and nutmeg (*cardamom optional). Beat until nice and smooth.
5. Put in casserole dish. Sprinkle on pecans. Heat in the oven about 8 to 10 min. Until it is warmed all the way through. Serve warm.
Thursday, November 21, 2013
Note: Our new book was featured yesterday in the Daily Herald! Read the article about us and our blog here!
I'm really excited for this month's Recipe Redux theme, which is "Adding Merriment to Mixes." Just think of all the mixes you will find in our links today--mixes for cookies, hot cocoa, and healthy bread that you can keep shelf stable! It's perfect for the busy holiday season, and even more perfect if you like to give friends and family homemade gifts!
We decided to make a beautiful mulling spices mix. Also known as wassail, this is a drink that will make your house smell like the holidays. Wouldn't that cute little jar in the picture above make a great gift for the host or hostess of your Thanksgiving meal?
8 cinnamon sticks
3 whole nutmegs
.62 oz. container of whole allspice berries
.62 oz. container of whole cloves
1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees. Zest the orange and lemon and place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Peel the orange and lemon, trying not to include too much of the pith, and place them on the cookie sheet as well. Bake in oven until dry and crispy--about 1 to 1.5 hours.
2. Place the remainder of the ingredients in a freezer bag. Get out your holiday aggression by smashing them with a rolling pin or bottom of an old frying pan. Read our suggestions on holiday aggression. :)
This is what the crumbs will look like. A pretty potpourri! (And it really does smell fantastic.)
3. Take the dried orange and lemon peels and cut into pieces the same size as your spice mix. Mix them and the zest with the spices.
4. To serve, mix 2 tablespoons of the mixture with 1/2 gallon of apple cider. Simmer mixture on the stove for 30 to 40 minutes. Warning: This will make your house smell really, really good. Strain out spices with a wire mesh strainer and serve.
We thought it would be cute to package it for the holidays either in a little mason jar, or you could give your friends the package of apple juice with a serving of spices attached to the top in a little baggie. Be sure to include the instructions so it will be easy to make!
Here are some other healthy hostess and gift giving ideas
Posted by GrainCrazy at 12:01 AM