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Friday, April 29, 2016

Baked Oatmeal with Sweet Potato (DF, GF)




This is DELICIOUS. My dad LOVES it (he actually eats it cold !!)  This can be eaten as oatmeal for breakfast or as a sweet potato casserole for lunch or dinner.

Adapted from this recipe.


Ingredients:
2 cups  Quaker old fashioned oats
cup chopped walnuts
2 tsp ground cinnamon
3/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup Unsweetened Shredded Coconut  (I use Bob's Red Mill)
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1 cup date syrup 
1 medium to large very ripe banana, mashed 
1 cup unsweetened almond milk  
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup unsweetened orange juice
1 and 3/4 cups cooked and mashed sweet potato
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce 

Directions:
Mix the wet ingredients 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 casserole dish bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes or until top is golden brown.

O Lord, keep me out of the hands of the wicked.  Protect me from those who are violent, for they are plotting against me.
Psalm 140:4  (NLT)


Sunday, April 24, 2016

Curry Rice with Chickpeas (DF, GF)




I thought this had a REALLY good flavor - a slight heat from the curry powder.



Ingredients:
1 cup dry brown rice
1 can chickpeas beans, with liquid  
1 Tbsp curry powder
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground ginger
2 Tbsp dried cilantro flakes
1 and 3/4 cups water
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16-oz package of frozen broccoli, cooked

Directions:
Place all ingredients (EXCEPT broccoli) in a rice cooker and cook until done.

Combine rice with cooked broccoli.


I really like the Rival 6-Cup Rice Cooker.   It makes cooking rice SOOO easy.  I just put all the ingredients in the cooker .  So my rice dish is complete with spices and veggies when the rice is cooked.  The 6 cup isn't a big rice cooker, but it is plenty for 2 people.  


O Lord, rescue me from evil people.  Protect me from those who are violent,
Psalm 140:1 (NLT)

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Baked Oatmeal with Apples (DF, GF)


This is REALLY good. When I warmed it up the next day I did add a little additional milk.  It is a thicker baked oatmeal.  I LOVE the crunch from the walnuts and the sweetness from the raisins.

This is a very filling breakfast !!!  It will keep you from being hungry for hours !!!!



Ingredients:
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 cup raisins
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup Unsweetened Shredded Coconut  (I use Bob's Red Mill)
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3/4 cup date syrup 
1 medium to large very ripe banana, mashed or sliced
1 flax egg (1 Tbsp Ground Flaxseed mixed with 3 Tbsp water)
2 cups unsweetened almond milk 
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce 
1 and 1/2 cups chopped apples 

Directions:
Mix the wet ingredients 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 casserole dish bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes or until top is golden brown.

Estimated Nutritional Value per serving based on 8 servings:  Calories 369, Total Fat 17.2g, Cholesterol 0mg,  Sodium 130mg, Carbs 52.4g, Fiber 6.5g, Sugars 35.1g, Protein 7.6g


They may say, "Come and join us.  Let's hide and kill someone !  Just for fun, let's ambush the innocent!
Proverbs 1:11  (NLT)


Friday, March 25, 2016

Baked Corn Chips (GF)


Homemade corn chips are easy to make and healthier than the fried store bought corn chips.


Ingredients:
Corn tortillas
garlic salt

Directions:
Cut tortillas into quarters.  Sprinkle with garlic salt and Nutritional Yeast Flakes .
 
Place on cookie sheet lined with Regular Parchment Paper .  Bake at 350 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes or until crisp.



My child, if sinners entice you, turn your back on them!
Proverbs 1:10 (NLT)


Thursday, March 10, 2016

Peanut Butter Mousse (DF, GF)


I was licking the spatula from making the wet ingredients for some muffins (Daniel Fast Chocolate Peanut Butter Muffins - Take 2 - yet to come) and thought it was SOOOOOOOOOOO good that I needed to make it into a mousse !!!

It is GREAT to satisfy a sweet tooth !!!   Eat it as a snack or for dessert. I couldn't stop eating it !!!


Ingredients:
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce 
8 large dates (I use medjool dates)
1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
2 medium to large very ripe bananas (about 1 cup)
1/2 cup peanut butter (no sugar added)
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2 Tbsp Chia Seeds (I use Bob's Red Mill)

Directions:
Place all ingredients (EXCEPT chia seeds) in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth.

Then add the chia seeds and pulse just until the chia seeds are slightly ground into smaller pieces.

Place into a glass jar with tight fitting lid.

Then refrigerate for a few hours or overnight.
  

My favorite food processor is the  KitchenAid  7-Cup Food Processor
For blenders, I use both the  Vitamix Blender and Ninja Master Prep Professional Blender

Estimated Nutritional Value per serving based on 6 servings:  Calories 203,  Total Fat 11.2g, Cholesterol 0mg,  Sodium 107mg, Carbs 23.9g, Fiber 3.5g, Sugars 15.9g, Protein 6.2g


What you learn from them will crown you with grace and be a chain of honor around your neck.
Proverbs 1:9 (NLT)


Sunday, February 14, 2016

Daniel Fast Sweet Potato Pineapple Raisin Muffins (DF, GF)



The pineapple, raisins and sweet potato provide sweetness and moisture to these muffins.  The blend of spices also give the muffins a nice flavor.

This recipe is adapted from this recipe.   One of my co-workers liked this muffin better because she liked having more pineapple and the raisins in the muffin.  I personally liked  this muffin  better because I liked it better with less pineapple !!!!

This is a thick batter.

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.




Ingredients:
1 cup Quaker old fashioned oats
1 cup Oat Flour   (I use Bob's Red Mill)
3/4 cup Unsweetened Shredded Coconut  (I use Bob's Red Mill) 
3/4 cup pecans, chopped
3/4 cup raisins
1 and 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1/4 tsp ground cardamom
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp salt
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1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
3/4 cup pineapple tidbits
1 cup mashed sweet potato
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 medium to large very ripe bananas, mashed (about 1 cup)

Directions:
Mix the applesauce, pineapple, sweet potato, vanilla and 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.  

My favorite food processor is the  KitchenAid  7-Cup Food Processor

For blenders, I use both the  Vitamix Blender and Ninja Master Prep Professional Blender

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 Pan,Casabella Silicone Large Muffin Pan, Casabella Jumbo Muffin Cups.


Estimated Nutritional Value per muffin based on 12 muffins:  Calories 223, Total Fat 10.3g, Cholesterol 0mg,  Sodium70 mg, Carbs 31g, Fiber 4.4g, Sugars 11.3g, Protein 3.9g



My child, listen when your father corrects you.  Don't neglect your mother's instruction.
Proverbs 1:8 (NLT)


Sunday, February 7, 2016

Sweet Potato Black Bean Pecan Veggie Burgers (DF)






I liked the Sweet Potato Black Bean Casserole SOOO much, that I decided to make it into a veggie burger.


Ingredients:
1 cup cooked and mashed sweet potatoes
1 cup pecans, chopped
1 cup corn
3 Tbsp tomato sauce (no sugar)
3/4 cup Unsweetened Shredded Coconut  (I use Bob's Red Mill)
2 15-oz cans black beans, drained and rinsed (no added sugar)
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
1 Tbsp garlic powder
1 Tbsp onion powder
1/4 tsp curry powder
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp ground cardamom 
1/2 tsp paprika
1/2 cup flour (NOT white flour)
1/4 cup Ground Flaxseed

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

Form into patties and cook.  I cook them on my   Cuisinart 5-in-1 Griddler for about 20 minutes.  If you want to bake them in the oven, bake at 350 for 20-30 minutes.


Estimated Nutritional Value per burger based on 10 burgers:  Calories 284, Total Fat 14.2g, Cholesterol 0mg,  Sodium 320mg, Carbs 32.5g, Fiber 8.4g, Sugars 2.7g, Protein 8.4g



Fear of the Lord is the foundation of true knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.
Proverbs 1:7 (NLT)

Friday, January 22, 2016

My favorite cooking tools and small appliances

I recently discovered BlueStar Cooking, and I was really excited when I was invited to write a post about my favorite and "essential" cooking tools !!!!  This also got me thinking about some dream kitchen appliances on my list...Check out this fun page where you can "build" your own BlueStar.  

Here is the range I configured !!!!!


How about this NEAT pink fridge from BlueStar Cooking!!!!





When I started to think about it, I realized how many tools I had that I considered "essential" to my cooking !!!!

So here is my LONG list !!!!


  • My Norpro Big Mouth Chopper, Slicer is REALLY handy  It saves SOOO much time for chopping veggies.

  • The  Epicurean Pizza Peel works GREAT for getting a homemade pizza from the counter to the oven.  The hardest part of making a pizza was getting the pizza from the counter into the oven without making a BIG mess.  My paddle wasn't big enough to hold the pizza and I could never get the pizza off the paddle without tearing it.  This pizza peel is AMAZING.  It is REALLY big - so I can actually make the pizza right on the peel, then it slides right off the peel onto the stone in the oven - the dough does not stick at all.   


  • I also LOVE LOVE LOVE the silicone baking pieces.  I use the Casabella Silicone 6-Cup Standard Muffin Pan all the time.  The muffins pop out SOOOOOO easily and I do not have to grease the pan.  

My wish item would be a REALLY REALLY REALLY nice set of waterless cookware !!!!


Thursday, January 21, 2016

Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge Bars (DF, GF)

These are SOOOOOOOO good - I can't stop eating them.  My co-workers LOVED them also !!!  The PERFECT combination - chocolate and peanut butter !!! I used crunchy peanut butter, so there was also a crunch from the nuts.

Adapted from this recipe.



Ingredients:
1 and 1/2 cup dates
1 cup peanut butter (no sugar) - I used crunchy
2 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder (I use Hershey's)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/8 tsp salt
2 Tbsp unsweetened almond milk

Directions:
Place all ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth.

Put in an 8x8 pan and pat down.  Put in freezer for a couple hours to firm.  I left mine in the freezer overnight before I had any.  I also left it in the freezer and just took out a few pieces at a time and let them warm up to room temperature.

My favorite food processor is the  KitchenAid  7-Cup Food Processor
For blenders, I use both the  Vitamix Blender and Ninja Master Prep Professional Blender 


Estimated Nutritional Value per piece based on 36 pieces:  Calories 54 , Total Fat 2.8g, Cholesterol 0mg,  Sodium 33mg, Carbs 6.8g, Fiber 1g, Sugars 5.2g, Protein 1.6g


by exploring the meaning in these proverbs and parables, the words of the wise and their riddles.
Proverbs 1:6 (NLT)


Saturday, January 16, 2016

Chocolate Pudding (DF, GF) - Take 2 - Sweet Potato Based



I wanted to make the Chocolate Pudding with sweet potato,  but did not have any unsweetened almond milk - so I modified the recipe. I LOVED it !!!! I could NOT stop eating it !!!

It is GREAT to satisfy a sweet tooth !!!   Eat it as a snack or for dessert.  The sweet potato REALLY makes this nice and creamy and smooth !!!  Plus you get fiber from the sweet potato !!!

This recipe is adapted from  this recipe .


Ingredients:
1 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder (I use Hershey's)
2 tsp ground cinnamon
2 very ripe bananas, sliced
1 cup cooked sweet potato 
4 dates
1/4 cup peanut butter  (no sugar)
2 tsp vanilla extract

Directions:
Place all ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth.

Place into a glass jar with tight fitting lid.

Then refrigerate for a few hours or overnight..
  

My favorite food processor is the  KitchenAid  7-Cup Food Processor
For blenders, I use both the  Vitamix Blender and Ninja Master Prep Professional Blender

Estimated Nutritional Value per serving based on 6 servings:  Calories 152,  Total Fat 5.8g, Cholesterol 0mg,  Sodium 62mg, Carbs 23.4g, Fiber 3.9g, Sugars 11.7g, Protein 4.1g


Let the wise listen to these proverbs and become even wiser.  Let those with understanding receive guidance
Proverbs 1:5 (NLT)