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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Overnight Steel Cut Oats (DF, GF)




Steel cut oats just take TOOO long to cook in the morning.  I have seen several recipes for overnight oats, so decided to give it a try.  I combined a few recipes to make a version with "things I like in my oatmeal" !!  This would probably work just as well with regular oats... I need to try that !!!

This does not come out mushy in the morning - it is a nice chewy texture.  I actually warmed mine up in the microwave (I like warm oatmeal) and topped it with a cut-up banana.  I also added some more milk to mine in the morning.

I actually preferred the 2nd jar which had been in the fridge for 2 nights.  The oats that had been in the fridge for 2 nights were a little softer (not mushy, but softer).  





Ingredients:
1 cup Steel Cut Oats  (I use Bob's Red Mill)
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup raisins
2 Tbsp brown sugar or date syrup    (DF - use date syrup)

Directions:
I put 1/2 the ingredients in 1 jar and 1/2 of the ingredients in another jar.  I found that was easier than mixing everything together in 1 bowl and then trying to divide it between 2 jars.   I put it in 2 jars with a lid, to make sure the lid was tight fitting and shake until well combined. Then refrigerate overnight.   I use an "old" 16-oz glass peanut butter jar.

Warm up in the microwave for about 90 seconds or eat cold.

Estimated Nutritional Value per serving based on 2 servings:  Calories 320, Total Fat 4.6g, Cholesterol 0mg,  Sodium 99mg, Carbs 67.2g, Fiber 6.6g, Sugars 30.6g, Protein 7g


To you, O Lord, I offer my prayer
Psalm 25:1 (GNT)

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Quinoa Corn Bean and Edamame Salad





This is great for a side dish or for lunch !!  Quinoa, corn and black beans are always a good combination; quinoa and edamame is also a good combination - so why not combine all of them into one !!!  The edamame and celery give the salad a crunchy texture !

Edamame are immature soybeans in the pod and are popular in Japan and  China.  

I made this for company a couple of weeks ago and they LOVED it !!!  They liked the crunch from the edamame and they LOVED the flavor... there was NO leftover salad after they were gone !





Ingredients:
2 cups cooked Quinoa
1 can corn, drained
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 onion, chopped
1 bell pepper, chopped
1 - 8 oz package of edamame (shelled), cooked
1 Tbsp dried cilantro
1 Tbsp dried parsley
1/4 cup brown rice vinegar
1 tsp minced jar garlic
1 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp assorted chili peppers spice (I used  Nanami Togarashi  ) or use  1/4 tsp crushed red pepper
2 tsp Bragg Liquid Aminos
2 stalks celery, chopped


Directions:
Mix everything together in a bowl - serve immediately or after it has been in the fridge.  I thought it tasted better after it had been refrigerated first.


Estimated Nutritional Value per serving based on 8 servings:  Calories 300, Total Fat 5.4g, Cholesterol 0mg,  Sodium 414mg, Carbs 76.7g, Fiber 8.4g, Sugars 3.4g, Protein 14.6g



...ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding
Colossians 1:9 (NASB)

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Toffee Peanut Butter Crunch Bars





This recipe was adapted from Katie's BetterFinger Bars .  These have the chewy texture of toffee with the crunch from the corn flakes.






Ingredients:
1 Tbsp molasses
2 cups corn flake cereal, crushed
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1 cup peanut butter
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1 cup chopped dates
3 Tbsp almond milk


Directions:
Blend dates and almond milk in blender until smooth.  

Melt the peanut butter in the microwave.

Then combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix together.
Press into an 8x8 pan and store in fridge.


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 bar based on 16 bars:  Calories 150 , Total Fat 8.8g, Cholesterol 0mg,  Sodium 102mg, Carbs 15.8g, Fiber 2.1g, Sugars 9.6g, Protein 4.6g


so that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects....
Colossians 1:10  (NASB)


Saturday, January 26, 2013

Black and Refried Bean Salsa Burgers




OK...so I know this sounds REALLY weird with a banana in a bean veggie burger ...but I couldn't really taste any banana flavor.  And.. I had a banana  I wanted to use so I figured...why not !!!   For the salsa, I actually used pumpkin salsa.




Ingredients:
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 can refried beans
1/2 cup salsa
1-1/2 cups crushed corn flake cereal
1 cup Quaker old fashioned oats
1/4 cup Wheat Gluten 
1 Tbsp dried cilantro
2 tsp dried minced garlic
1 tsp dried minced onion
1 tsp ground coriander
1/8 tsp black pepper
1 stalk celery, chopped
1/3 cup green bell pepper, chopped
2 Tbsp peanut butter
1 mashed banana

Directions:
In a bowl, mash the black beans to desired texture.   Mix in all the rest of the ingredients.

Form into patties and cook.  I cook them on my   Cuisinart 5-in-1 Griddler for about 15 minutes.  If you want to bake them in the oven, bake at 350 for 20-30 minutes.


Estimated Nutritional Value per burger based on 8 burgers:  Calories 235 , Total Fat 3.8g, Cholesterol 4mg,  Sodium 512mg, Carbs 36.8g, Fiber 7.4g, Sugars 3.9g, Protein 17.1g


Trust God, my friends, and always tell him each one of your concerns.  God is our place of safety.
Psalm 62:8 (CEV)

Friday, January 25, 2013

Daniel Fast Chocolate Fudge Brownie Bars



The Daniel Fast Chocolate Peanut Butter Muffins have such a chocolate fudge taste to them, that I thought they would taste good as a bar - they make such a good snack !! The muffins were SOOOOO good !!!

This recipe was adapted from my Daniel Fast Chocolate Peanut Butter Muffins.  The recipes are pretty much the same except I added nuts and ground cardamon and baked it in a square pan instead of a muffin pan.




Ingredients:
1 cup Quaker old fashioned oats
cup Oat Flour
1/4 cup Hershey's Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground cardamon
1/3 cup nuts, chopped (I used almonds)
1/3 cup Unsweetened Shredded Coconut  (I use Bob's Red Mill)
1/4 cup Ground Flaxseed
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1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 mashed banana
1/2 cup date syrup 
1/2 cup peanut butter (no sugar), slightly melted

Directions:

Mix the applesauce, mashed banana, date syrup, and peanut butter 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.  


Press into 8x8 and bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.  


Estimated Nutritional Value per bar based on 16 bars:  Calories 159, Total Fat 7.3g, Cholesterol 0mg,  Sodium 39mg, Carbs 21g, Fiber 3.6g, Sugars 9.2g, Protein 6g


...You have given me an inheritance reserved for those who fear your name.

Psalm 61:5 (NLT)

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Spanish Rice (DF, GF)






Putting all ingredients in the rice cooker, makes this dish quick and easy to make.  This is good as a side dish or to take for lunch the next day !!!







Ingredients:
1 cup brown rice
2 cups tomato juice or tomato based vegetable juice
1 tsp dried basil
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp salt
1 tsp dried parsley flakes
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper
3/4 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp dried chopped chives
1 tsp minced jar garlic
1/3 cup green bell pepper, chopped
1 small onion, chopped
1 small tomato, chopped

Directions:

Put everything in a rice cooker.   Set the rice cooker for the regular cycle and cook until done.


I really like the Rival 6-cup Rice Cooker w/Steamer.   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.  


Estimated Nutritional Value per serving based on 4 servings:  Calories 209, Total Fat 1.5g, Cholesterol 0mg,  Sodium 912mg, Carbs 44.8g, Fiber 3g, Sugars 6g, Protein 5.1g


Let me live forever in your sanctuary, safe beneath the shelter of your wings !
Psalm 61:4 (NLT)

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Lima Bean Barley Soup (DF)





This recipe was adapted from a recipe in Breaking the Food Seduction .






Ingredients:
1 cup dry lima beans, soaked overnight and drained and rinsed
1 onion, chopped
1 bell pepper, chopped
1 cup carrots, sliced (I actually used a can of sliced carrots)
3 stalks celery, chopped
1 cup dry pearl barley
6 cups water or vegetable broth
1 Tbsp minced jar garlic
1 tsp dried thyme
1 tsp dried rosemary
1/2 tsp black pepper


Directions:

Put everything in a crockpot and cook on low for 10-12 hours.


Estimated Nutritional Value per serving based on 8 servings:  Calories 113, Total Fat 1.5g, Cholesterol 0mg,  Sodium 591mg, Carbs 18.4g, Fiber 4.1g, Sugars 2.9g, Protein 6.7g


We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps.
Proverbs 16:9 (NLT)

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Lentil Corn Salad (DF, GF)





This salad is quick and easy to make.   This is great for a side dish or for lunch.  If you do not have canned lentils, you can use 1-1/2 cups of cooked lentils.  It has a little "kick" from the red pepper.





Ingredients:
1 can lentils, drained and rinsed
1 tsp minced jar garlic
1 small onion, chopped
1 small bell pepper, chopped (I used 1/2 green and 1/2 red)
2 stalks celery, chopped
1 Tbsp dried parsley
1 tsp dill weed
1/2 can corn (no added sugar), drained
1/2 can diced tomatoes (no added sugar)
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper


Directions:
Mix everything together in a bowl - serve immediately or after it has been in the fridge.  I thought it tasted better after it had been refrigerated first.


Estimated Nutritional Value per serving based on 4 servings:  Calories  146, Total Fat 1.1g, Cholesterol 0mg,  Sodium 162mg, Carbs 28.5g, Fiber 5.5g, Sugars 5g, Protein 7.7g



Then you will experience God's peace, which exceeds anything we can understand.  His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:7 (NLT)




Saturday, January 19, 2013

Goji Berry Peanut Butter Granola Bars




These are SOOOO good - I like the taste of all the goji berries !!  The  oats give it a granola bar texture.  I don't think these have as strong of a peanut butter flavor as the Fruit'n Nutty Peanut Butter Granola bars - maybe because of all the oats.

This recipe was adapted from my Fruit'n Nutty Peanut Butter Granola Bars.







Ingredients:
1 cup almonds, chopped
2 cups Quaker old fashioned oats
1/4 cup Ground Flaxseed
1 cup peanut butter, melted
1/2 cup date syrup
3/4 cup Goji Berries, soaked first (or any other unsweetened dried fruit)

Directions:
Mix everything together in a bowl. 

Press into an 8x8 pan and store in fridge.  Each day these bars tend to get more flavorful.


Estimated Nutritional Value per bar based on 16 bars:  Calories 224, Total Fat 12.7g, Cholesterol 0mg,  Sodium 75mg, Carbs 23g, Fiber 4.1g, Sugars 11.5g, Protein 8.5g


Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything.  Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.  
Philippians 4:6 (NLT)

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Daniel Fast Chocolate Peanut Butter Muffins



I decided to try a chocolate peanut butter muffin - that just sounds good to me !!!!  Chocolate, peanut butter and banana - what a GREAT combination !!! Plus it provides protein from the peanut butter, making it a good breakfast muffin !!  These just get better and better every day !!!

I should have called these "Daniel Fast Chocolate Fudge Muffins" !!!  They have a chocolaty fudge taste to them - they are REALLY good!!!!

Since you cannot use baking powder or baking soda on the Daniel Fast, these muffins do not rise.  They are dense and chewy, but not quite as moist as the Applesauce Raisin muffins.  They are great for either breakfast or a snack.


This recipe was adapted from my Daniel Fast Applesauce Raisin Muffins.





Ingredients:
1 cup Quaker old fashioned oats
1 cup Oat Flour
1/4 cup Hershey's Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/3 cup  Unsweetened Shredded Coconut  (I use Bob's Red Mill)
1/4 cup Ground Flaxseed (I use Bob's Red Mill)
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1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 medium to large very ripe bananas, mashed
1/2 cup date syrup 
1/2 cup peanut butter (no sugar added), melted

Directions:

Mix applesauce, mashed banana, date syrup, and peanut butter 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 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 207, Total Fat 9.3g, Cholesterol 0mg,  Sodium 52mg, Carbs 27.8g, Fiber 4.7g, Sugars 12.1g, Protein 7.5g


So encourage each other and build each other up,  just as you are already doing.

1 Thessalonians 5:11 (NLT)

Defining God From A to Z




During this Daniel Fast, we were challenged to praise God more often and     to describe God with one word (OK...so some of mine are 2 words....but they still meet the criteria of describing God !!!!!), using all the letters of the alphabet from  A - Z. 

This is the list I have come up with so far - words I have found or thought of.  This will be a dynamic list,  as I will update it as more words come to mind.



A
awesome, almighty, amazing, Abba, All-Powerful, Alpha, All-Knowing, authority, advocate

B
beautiful,  bountiful, beginning

C
compassionate, creator, caring, counselor, comforter, control, companion

D
deliverer, divine, Deity, Daddy, defender

E
eternal, everywhere, Emmanuel, everlasting, end

F
faithful, forgiving, first, fair, Father, friendly, first-born, first- fruits, friend

G
great, glorious, good, gracious, guide, Godhead, grace

H
holy, happy, healer, helpful, hope, High-Priest, Holy One

I
I am, infinite, intimate, indescribable, Immanuel, invisible, invincible, immortal , infallible, involved, immutable

J
Jehovah, just, jealous, Jesus, joy, judge, 

K
King, knowing, kind, knowledgeable

L
lasting,  living, Lord, light, loving, Lamb, last

M
marvelous, mighty, merciful, Messiah, magnificent, majesty, Master, Most-High, Maker

N
near, Nazarene, now

O
 omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent, owner, order, Omega, One

P
physician, perfect, powerful, pure, provider, peace, patient, persevering, protector, Promise-keeper, Prince

Q
quiet, quick 

R
resurrector, righteous, refiner, redeemer, rock, Ruler, refuge, 

S
shepherd, Savior, sacred, sincere, special, shield, salvation, strength, sovereign, strong, sustainer, spirit, supreme

T
teacher, trustworthy, truth, Trinity, True-Vine, transcendent

U
unchangeable, unequalled, understanding, unfathomable, uncontainable

V
victorious, 

W
willing, wise, wonderful, 

X
eXhalted

Y
Yahweh, 

Z
zealous



Does anyone have any other words they would like to add to this list ????