Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Healthy No-Bake Peanut Butter Treat

This is a super easy recipe.  No baking required ..... just freeze, slice and enjoy.

1/2 cup of natural peanut butter
1 banana, mashed
2 tbsp. coconut oil
a bit of maple syrup, if you want

Mix all ingredients together and press into a pan.  Top with anything you prefer.  I topped mine with fresh cranberries, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seed and trail mix.  Freeze until solid.  

So good!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Kiwi Pie with Oatmeal Crust

I made this pie for dessert last night to use up some kiwi's that have been in our fridge.  It was delicious!

The crust was made with oatmeal combined with an egg, milk and cinnamon (no measuring) and flattened in a greased pie plate.  I put a thin layer of pure peanut butter on top. For the next layer, I used 3 kiwi's, mashed, and added a bit of lemon marmalade to it.  On top of the kiwi, I layered some strawberry yogurt mixed with no fat sour cream.  Then topped it off with honey berries from my garden, red walnuts, unsweetened coconut and a drizzle of Nutella.  Baked at 350 degrees F. for about 20 minutes. Yummy!!!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Meatball Sub Casserole

I made this last night but I can't take credit for the recipe as it's all over the place on the internet.  I tried to make a healthier version.  It sure was good and it definitely takes the craving away if you're craving a meatball sub!

I made the meatballs using ground turkey, rather than beef.  I used an egg and oatmeal to form them along with alot of different Italian spices .... and tons of garlic.

For the bread, I used multi-grain bruschetta bread and spread them with minced garlic.

I made the sauce using a can of tomato paste and two chopped tomatoes, again with tons of spices, fresh crushed garlic, chopped onions .... and I added two chopped asparagus spears ... picked from our garden.

Line up your bread around the pan.  You can use any bread.  Add meatballs in the center.  Sprinkle with parmesan and any other cheese of your choice.  I used cheddar as that's what I had on hand.  I would of preferred mozzarella ..... but there will be a next time making this recipe since it was so good!  Cover the whole pan with sauce .... add more cheeses and bake covered in a 350 degree oven for about 20 minutes.  Then take cover off and bake for another 5 or 10 minutes.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Watermelon Cake

I made this No Bake Watermelon Cake last night for dessert.  I used the recipe from this site:

No Bake Watermelon Cake

Mine didn't look as nice as the one on the recipe site, but the taste was all there.  I used coconut milk for the icing.  I topped it off with fruits, nuts, seeds and then drizzled the top with a chocolate sauce I made using unsweetened cocoa.  What a nice summer treat!

Friday, May 16, 2014

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Black Bean Chocolate Coffee Peanut Butter Coconut Walnut Brownies

I made this last night just by using a basic black bean brownie recipe, but I started adding other ingredients and wow .... it tasted almost like truffles!  Hard to believe it was made with beans.

Here's the recipe ..... nothing really measured.

All in one bowl, puree or use a food processor:

1 can of black beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 cup of oatmeal
instant coffee (as much as you want .... I used about 1/4 cup)
pure cocoa (again, as much as you want ... I used more cocoa than I did coffee)
1 tsp. of vanilla
1/2 tsp. of baking powder
1/4 cup or so of maple syrup
1/4 cup of melted coconut oil

Once it's pureed, stir in a handful of unsweetened coconut and walnuts.  Spread in a baking pan and drizzle pure peanut butter on top with more coconut and more walnuts.

Bake at 350 degrees for about 15 - 20 minutes.   I used parchment paper to prevent sticking.  Otherwise, grease your pan first.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Overnight Tuna Asparagus Strata

I made this recipe taken from the Taste of Home website.  I changed it up by using tuna rather than ham.  Also, I did not have English muffins, as in the recipe, so I used sliced up/chunked up, homemade whole-wheat bread.

It turned out so good!  I prepped it the night before and put it in the oven first thing in the morning.  What a great breakfast!  The recipe is here:

Overnight Asparagus Strata - Taste of Home

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Parmesan Crepes in Soup

Yesterday I made homemade crepes stuffed with parmesan cheese and tightly rolled, and topped with hot soup.  This is a soup my Mom would regularly make as I was growing up.  It was always one of my favorites.  It's a simple soup idea....and so yummy .... but the ones my Mom used to make were even yummier!  I sure miss all her good Italian cooking.

Here is my Mom at 80 years old.  She passed away last year peacefully at 90.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Cauliflower Crust

I made this cauliflower crust recipe, which has been circulating around Facebook and blogs lately.

Here it is:

Cauliflower Crust

It is really good....and healthy!  I will definitely be making it again and putting more toppings on it. Next time I would like to top it with some tomato sauce, veggies and ground chicken or turkey. Yummy!!

Friday, November 15, 2013

Oven-Fried Chicken Recipe

I found this recipe at Just A Pinch Recipes site.  There are so many good recipes on the site and all made from real home cooks.  It's free to join and a fun interactive site.

Here is the Oven-Fried Chicken Recipe that I tried and loved!  I will definitely be making it again.  So tasty.  I sprinkled paprika on top.

I made sesame seed coated sweet potato wedgies as well as a side-dish since both baking pans fit in the oven at the same time.  Yummy!

Monday, October 7, 2013

Roasted Cheesy Cauliflower with Gemelli Pasta

This was my first attempt at making homemade Whole-Wheat Gemelli Noodles and I will definitely be making them again.  I found instructions on You Tube on how to shape them.

Cauliflower Cheese Sauce

1 small cauliflower, chopped
1 onion, sliced
2 cloves of garlic
2 tbsp. olive oil
1 1/2 tbsp. thyme
salt and pepper
2 cups of broth (I used turkey broth)
1/2 cup or more of cheese (I used cheddar and mozza) - Swiss would be good too
1/2 cup of plain Greek yogurt or fat-free sour cream
bread crumbs to sprinkle on top
Gemelli Pasta ... or any pasta

In a large bowl, add the cauliflower, onion, garlic and spices and coat with olive oil.  Roast in a 425 degree F oven until golden brown.  When roasted and slightly cooled, transfer the vegetables to a blender and add the broth.  Blend until smooth.  Pour in a medium saucepan and bring to a simmer. Whisk in the cheese and yogurt and add more spices as desired.  

Add sauce to cooked pasta and sprinkle with spiced bread crumbs. You can end it there and enjoy. I, however, baked mine in the oven with extra cheese sprinkled on top.  Very yummy!

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Oven Baked Barley Vegetable Stew

We had some leftovers from the Barley Soup turned Stew I made the other day.  I decided to oven bake it with cheese on top.  What a nice change it was....yummy!!

Monday, September 23, 2013

Vegetable Barley Soup turned into Stew

I made this barley soup yesterday but I simmered it too long and the broth evaporated so I decided to make it a stew instead lol.  The taste is still all there. I used a mixture of veggies....some from my garden and some store bought.

Barley is a hearty and nutritious grain.  I love the texture. Here are some of the nutrients it contains.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Apple Cinnamon Monkey Bread

This is a  monkey bread I made yesterday.  It turned out so good.....although I thought it wouldn't due to the fact that I used a mixture of Whole Wheat Flour and Duram Atta Flour (which is usually used to make flatbreads, roti's, etc.).  I did add some vital gluten to it to make the dough more pliable.  I didn't use any white sugar in my recipe, but other recipes do contain it.

This is the recipe I used.  You can make it with white flour too.

2 tsp. yeast
1 1/3 cup warm water
2 tbsp. olive oil
3 1/2 cups flour 

2 apples
coconut oil
maple syrup (I used nutmeg syrup that we bought while in Grenada)

Put yeast in warm water and let sit for about 5 minutes.  In a large bowl, mix the flour and the oil together with the yeast and knead for 7 - 10 minutes.  Coat bowl with oil and cover for about 1 1/2 to 2 hours with a tea towel, until it's about double in size.  Then punch down the dough and make small balls of dough and coat them in cinnamon (you can use a cinnamon/sugar combo if you want more sweetness).  Place the balls of dough in a bunt pan.  At the half-way point, you can put a layer of sliced apples and cinnamon and drizzle with maple syrup, and then continue with more dough balls on top -- or you can just leave it all as a topping.  I put the apples and cinnamon throughout.  Drizzle some melted coconut oil and maple syrup over the top and bake at 350 degrees F for about 30 minutes.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Whole-Wheat Banana Bread

Well summer is over and it's back to baking and cooking heartier meals.

For a start, I made Cookie + Kate's banana bread recipe and it is one of the best I've ever had.  So addicting!  Here is the link to her recipe:

Cookie + Kate Honey Whole Wheat Banana Bread

The first one I made, I followed the recipe exactly.  So good!!

Last night I made it again, but I added chopped dates, walnuts, coconut and sunflower seeds on top. Yum!!  I will definitely be making this again and next time will add something different....maybe lemon zest and poppy seeds .... anything goes!