Saturday, February 18, 2017

Daniel Fast Cranberry 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 !!  

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)
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp ground allspice
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1 and 1/2 cups cranberries (I used dried - no sugar)
1 cup orange juice (no added sugar)
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce 
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 medium to large very ripe bananas, sliced
6 large dates (I use medjool dates)

Blend the orange juice, vanilla, bananas, and dates in a blender or food processor until smooth.  Pour mixture into 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 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 !!!

Acknowledge that the Lord is God!  He made us, and we are his.  We are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
Psalm 100:3 (NLT)

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Lentils and Rice with Broccoli (DF,GF)

I put the broccoli in the rice cooker but if you want the broccoli firmer, cook the broccoli by itself and add to the rice after the rice is cooked. 

1 cup dry brown rice (I used brown rice and wild rice)
1 can lentils, with liquid 
1 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground coriander
1 onion, chopped
1 tsp minced jar garlic
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp ground cumin
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp black pepper
1 cup water
1 12-oz package frozen broccoli
1/4 cup shelled pistachios

Place all ingredients in a rice cooker and cook until done.  Stir in pistachios after the rice is cooked.

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.  

Worship the Lord with gladness.  Come before him, singing with joy.
Psalm 100:2 (NLT)