Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Vegetable Stir Fry on Rice Noodles




This is another recipe from my brother.  This is SOOOOO good.  Everyone at dinner LOVED this (including me)!!!!  There were NO leftovers (ALWAYS a good sign that people liked it !!!!!)






Ingredients:

Vegetables:
garlic, chopped
ginger, chopped
onions, sliced
carrots, sliced
celery, chopped
green and red bell pepper, sliced
mushrooms, sliced
green onions, sliced
cucumbers, sliced (you could use squash instead)
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1 - 8oz bag of Rice Sticks (Noodles)
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Sauce:
4 Tbsp soy sauce
2 tsp sugar
2 tsp corn starch
1/2 to 2/3 cup water (or veggie broth)
1 tsp sesame oil
1 Tbsp Thai style chili sauce (optional)

Directions:
Cook the rice noodles in boiling water for 3 minutes and drain.  Set aside.

Mix sauce ingredients together and set aside.

Cook vegetables (in oil) in a Wok until done.  Cook each in order shown for a few minutes (1st add garlic and ginger and cook for a few minutes, then add onions, celery and carrots and cook for a few more minutes, then add mushrooms and peppers and cook for another couple of minutes, then add green onions and cucumbers and cook another couple of minutes).

After the vegetables are done cooking, add the rice noodles and cook for about 5 minutes.  Then add the sauce and cook until thickened.


For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.
Philippians 4:13 (NLT)

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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Daniel Fast Apple Steel Cut Oat Muffins




The steel cut oats give the muffins a chewy texture.  As with all Daniel Fast muffins, since you can not use leavening agents (baking powder or baking soda),  they do not rise like "regular" muffins - resulting in a denser muffin.  These muffins are better the day after they are made.  Actually, I think ALL muffins taste better the day after they are made !!  

My co-workers REALLY liked these and thought they were DELICIOUS !!!!  They LOVED the apple chunks in them!!



Ingredients:
1 and 1/2 cups whole wheat flour (I use Bob's Red Mill Whole Wheat Flour )
1 cup Steel Cut Oats  (I use Bob's Red Mill)
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
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1 - 12 oz can apple juice concentrate (no added sugar), thawed
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 and 1/2 cups chopped apples, peeled
2 medium to large very ripe bananas, sliced
4 large dates



Directions:
Blend the bananas, dates,  and 1/2 cup of the apple juice concentrate in a blender until smooth.  Then mix this with the rest of the  apple juice concentrate, vanilla, and apples in one bowl. 

Mix the dry ingredients in another bowl.    

Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir just until the dry ingredients are moistened.  


Pour into muffin pan and bake at 350 degrees for about 20-25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.  

I like using the silicone bakeware for my muffins.  The muffins  come out so easily and I don't need to grease the pan.  My favorites are:   Casabella Silicone Standard Muffin PanCasabella Silicone Large Muffin Pan, Casabella Jumbo Muffin Cups.


The OXO Large Scoop  is GREAT for scooping out batter into the muffin pan.  It is MUCH neater than when I used a spoon to scoop the batter into the pan - I no longer get batter all over the muffin pan !!!


Estimated Nutritional Value per muffin based on 11 muffins:  Calories 142Total Fat .7g, Cholesterol 0mg, Sodium  3mg, Carbs 31.1g, Fiber 2.6g, Sugars  9.6g, Protein 3.1g



I want to know Christ and experience the mighty power that raised him from the dead.....
Philippians 3:10 (NLT)



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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Chia Seed Pudding (DF, GF)




This was SOOOOO  good.  My co-workers also liked this !!  I need to start making this on a regular basis - it is GREAT to satisfy a sweet tooth !!!   Eat it as a snack or for dessert.  This was smoother because of blending the banana and peanut butter before mixing in with the chia seeds and milk.  

This is a GREAT way to eat more chia seeds, which are high in fiber, Omega-3 fatty acids, calcium, manganese, phosphorus, and protein.

This recipe is adapted from this recipe.  




Ingredients:
1 and 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
1/4 cup Chia Seeds (I use Bob's Red Mill)
2 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder (I use Hershey's)
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1 small very ripe banana, sliced
2 dates
2 Tbsp peanut butter


Directions:
Blend the banana, dates, peanut butter and 1/4 cup of the milk in a blender until smooth.

Put all the ingredients into a glass jar with tight fitting lid and stir or shake until well combined.   
Then refrigerate for a few hours or overnight (shake or stir occasionally).
  


Estimated Nutritional Value per serving based on 4 servings:  Calories 125,  Total Fat 7.5g, Cholesterol 0mg,  Sodium 94mg, Carbs 15.2g, Fiber 4.8g, Sugars 6.9g, Protein 4.4g




It is good to give thanks to the Lord, to sing praises to the Most High.
Psalm 92:1 (NLT)



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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Top Athletes Following a Vegan Diet



I wanted to share a GREAT article Missi wrote showing that a person can be a top athlete while following a vegan diet.


Many athletes are now aware of the various health benefits that a vegan diet can bring; the low fat, clean, meat-free regime is great for trimming excess fat and providing the body with the key nutrients it needs to perform. Fruit and vegetables are great sources of numerous vitamins and minerals, as well as macronutrients – including protein. Grains, like quinoa and brown rice, are also fantastic sources of energy, busting the myth that a vegan diet will leave you tired and lethargic, especially if you’re an athlete.


For more on the vegan diet and the athletes that follow it, read this article

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Quinoa Sweet Potato Black Bean Casserole (DF, GF)




This came out SOOOO good.   It tasted GREAT as a side dish or as a filling for a burrito.  My taste tester thought this was REALLY good !!


Ingredients:
2 cups cooked quinoa
3/4 cup salsa (no sugar)
1/2 cup  Nutritional Yeast Flakes  (I use Now Foods) 
1 cup cooked and mashed or cubed or shredded sweet potatoes
1 - 15 oz can black beans, drained and rinsed (no added sugar)
2/3 cup chopped red bell pepper
2 tsp ground cumin
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp ground cardamom


Directions:
Mix all ingredients together in a bowl until well combined.

Put into a 9x9 pan or a casserole dish.

Bake at 350 degrees until the filling is hot, about 30 mins.


Estimated Nutritional Value per serving based on 6 servings:  Calories 250, Total Fat 2.9g, Cholesterol 0mg,  Sodium 480mg, Carbs 46.4g, Fiber 10.6g, Sugars 2.1g, Protein 15g



The promises of the Lord are promises that are pure, silver refined in a furnace on the ground, purified seven times.
Psalm 12:6  (NRSV)

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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Chocolate Coconut Peanut Butter Banana Chia Seed Pudding (DF, GF)




This was SOOOOO  good.  My co-workers also liked this !!  I need to start making this on a regular basis - it is GREAT to satisfy a sweet tooth !!!   Eat it as a snack or for dessert.

This is a GREAT way to eat more chia seeds, which are high in fiber, Omega-3 fatty acids, calcium, manganese, phosphorus, and protein.

This recipe is adapted from this recipe.  



Ingredients:
1 and 1/3 cups unsweetened almond milk
1/3 cup Chia Seeds (I use Bob's Red Mill)
2 Tbsp unsweetened shredded coconut (I use Tropical Traditions  )
1/2 very ripe banana, mashed
1 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder (I use Hershey's)
2 tsp brown sugar or maple syrup or date syrup (DF use date syrup)
2 Tbsp natural peanut butter (no sugar)


Directions:
Put all the ingredients into a glass jar with tight fitting lid and stir or shake until well combined.   
Then refrigerate for a few hours or overnight (shake or stir occasionally).
  


Estimated Nutritional Value per serving based on 4 servings:  Calories 114,  Total Fat 7.8g, Cholesterol 0mg,  Sodium 99mg, Carbs 9.1g, Fiber 3.1g, Sugars 4.2g, Protein 3.5g



You have been raised to life with Christ, so set your hearts on the things that are in heaven, where Christ sits on his throne at the right side of God.
Colossians 3:1 (GNT)


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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Apple Oat Bran Muffins - Wheat Flour




These came out REALLY REALLY good.  These are nice and moist and have a GREAT flavor.  The dominant flavors are the apple and cinnamon.

The batter is on the thinner side when pouring into the muffin tins.




Ingredients:
1 and 1/2 cups whole wheat flour (I use Bob's Red Mill Whole Wheat Flour )
1 cup Oat Bran (I use Bob's Red Mill)
1/4 cup Sucanat  (I use Barry Farm)  (or brown sugar)
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
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1 - 12 oz can apple juice concentrate, thawed
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 and 1/2 cups chopped apples, peeled
2 medium to large very ripe bananas, mashed (about 1 cup)



Directions:
Mix apple juice concentrate, vanilla, apples and mashed bananas in one bowl. 

Mix the dry ingredients in another bowl.    

Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir just until the dry ingredients are moistened.  


Pour into muffin pan and bake at 350 degrees for about 20-25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.  

I like using the silicone bakeware for my muffins.  The muffins  come out so easily and I don't need to grease the pan.  My favorites are:   Casabella Silicone Standard Muffin PanCasabella Silicone Large Muffin Pan, Casabella Jumbo Muffin Cups.


The OXO Large Scoop  is GREAT for scooping out batter into the muffin pan.  It is MUCH neater than when I used a spoon to scoop the batter into the pan - I no longer get batter all over the muffin pan !!!


Estimated Nutritional Value per muffin based on 12 muffins:  Calories 134Total Fat 1g, Cholesterol 0mg, Sodium  56mg, Carbs 31.2 g, Fiber 3g, Sugars  10.1g, Protein 3.6g


But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God's special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.
1 Peter 2:9 (NIV)




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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Coconut Peanut Smoothie (DF, GF)




 I LOVE the taste of peanut butter and banana !!!




Ingredients:
2 very ripe bananas, sliced 
1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1/2 cup raw peanuts

Directions:
Put everything in a blender and blend until smooth and creamy.  I sprinkled extra shredded coconut on top.



For it is by God's grace that you have been saved through faith.  It is not the result of your own efforts, but God's gift, so that no one can boast about it.
Ephesians 2:9 (GNT)



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Monday, April 7, 2014

Crock Pot Tortilla Soup (DF, GF)




This is SOOOO good !!  My friend, who gave me the recipe, thought it tasted really good - pretty much the same as her recipe !  

This recipe was adapted from a recipe a friend gave me (which had chicken in it - YUCK!!! ).





Ingredients:
1 - 14 oz can Hearts of Palm
4 cups water or vegetable broth
1 - 15 oz can pinto beans (I used the liquid)
1 - 15 oz can kidney beans (I used the liquid)
1 - 15 oz can of corn (I used the liquid)
1 - 15 oz can diced tomatoes (I used the liquid)
1 - 4 oz can diced green chilis
1 Tbsp minced jar garlic
1 Tbsp ground cumin
2 bay leaves
1/2 to 1 Tbsp chili powder (depending on how spicy you like it)
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
2 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp onion powder
1 Tbsp oregano
8 corn tortillas, torn into small pieces


Directions:
To prepare the hearts of palm, cut them in half by slicing half way into the hearts and pull out the middle of the hearts.  Then shred them with your fingers.  The tender, shredded inside part will go in the soup.

In a crock pot, combine all ingredients and cook on low for 10 to 12 hours.


Estimated Nutritional Value per serving based on 10 servings:  Calories 181, Total Fat 1.6g, Cholesterol 0mg,  Sodium 688mg, Carbs 35g, Fiber 8.3g, Sugars 4.6g, Protein 7.9g


 
This shows that the Lord is just, that there is no wrong in my protector.
Psalm 92:15 (GNT)



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Sunday, March 23, 2014

Coconut Apple Cinnamon Pecan Muffins (GF)





These are REALLY REALLY good.  These have a GREAT flavor.  You can definitely taste the cinnamon, coconut and apple pieces and there is a crunch from the pecans. 

My co-workers also liked them and thought they were really good.  

This recipe was adapted from this recipe.






Ingredients:
1 cup White Rice Flour  (I use Bob's Red Mill)
1/4 cup tapioca starch (I used Let's Do...Organic from Edward & Sons)
1/4 cup corn starch 
 (I use Bob's Red Mill)
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp Xanthan Gum  (I use Barry Farm)
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 cup Sucanat 
(I use Barry Farm)  (or brown sugar) 
1 cup pecans, chopped  
1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut  (I used Let's Do...Organic from Edward & Sons )
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2 Tbsp molasses
1 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/3 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 and 1/2 cups chopped peeled apples
2 medium to large very ripe bananas, mashed


Topping:
1 Tbsp brown sugar
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg


Directions:
Mix molasses, applesauce, milk, vanilla, apples and mashed bananas in one bowl. 

Mix the dry ingredients in another bowl.    

Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir just until the dry ingredients are moistened.  


Pour into muffin pan, sprinkle with topping mixture and bake at 350 degrees for about 20-25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.  

I like using the silicone bakeware for my muffins.  The muffins  come out so easily and I don't need to grease the pan.  My favorites are:   Casabella Silicone Standard Muffin PanCasabella Silicone Large Muffin Pan, Casabella Jumbo Muffin Cups.


The OXO Large Scoop  is GREAT for scooping out batter into the muffin pan.  It is MUCH neater than when I used a spoon to scoop the batter into the pan - I no longer get batter all over the muffin pan !!!


Estimated Nutritional Value per muffin based on 12 muffins:  Calories 224,  Total Fat  9g, Cholesterol 0mg,  Sodium  116mg, Carbs 33.9g, Fiber 3.5g, Sugars 11.6g, Protein 2.1g


"I was naked when I was born, and I will be naked when I die.  The Lord gave these things to me, and he has taken them away.  Praise the name of the Lord."
Job 1:21 (NCV)


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