Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Protein Breakfast Bars

 Perry mentioned to me lately that he has been feeling really hungry in the mornings.  He hates to get up extra early to eat breakfast before he leaves for work, so I thought I could make him some sort of 'energy' bar that has a good amount of protein in it.  I think this one fits the bill.  It has healthy fats (virgin coconut oil and almond butter), a little fruit (banana) and lots of seeds and other goodies.  I tasted one a little while ago and it's really delicious.

Here's what I did...

I peeled a banana and put it into a bowl

 Mashed it with a fork

 Added 1/2 cup raw honey and 1/2 cup organic almond butter

 Mixed it all together and added 1/4 cup virgin coconut oil (which is pretty liquid at this time of year)

 Meanwhile, I toasted 1/2 cup coconut flakes in a small pan

 Added 2 cups rolled oats and the coconut to the mixture

 Then I added 2 tbsp. chia seeds, 1 tbsp. brown flax seeds and 1 tbsp. golden flax seeds

 Then I added 1/4 cup hemp seeds, 2 tbsp. maca and 1/2 tsp. Celtic sea salt

 I added 1/2 cup 62% cocoa chocolate chips and 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds

 Mixed it all together and then added 1 cup puffed quinoa

Gave it a final mix and pressed it all into a 13x9" glass baking pan.  Popped it into the freezer for a couple of hours
Cut it into bar shapes and wrapped and froze them individually.

Thank you to my dear friend Teresa for typing this recipe out for me :-)

Protein Breakfast Bars

Put in a bowl and mix:

banana mashed
1/2 cup raw honey
1/2 cup organic almond butter
1/4 cup virgin coconut oil
1/2 cup coconut flakes toasted in a small pan
2 cups rolled oats
2 tbsp. chia seeds
1 tbsp. brown flax seeds
1 tbsp. golden flax seeds
1/4 cup hemp seeds
2 tbsp. maca
1/2 tsp. Celtic sea salt
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1/4 cup pumpkin seeds

Mix it all together and add 1 cup puffed quinoa.
Press it all into a 13 x 9" glass baking pan.  
Freeze for a couple of hours.
Cut it into bar shapes. Wrap and freeze them individually.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Gluten-free Lemon Flax Cookies

These cookies are so delicious!  I found
this recipe last week and thought it sounded wonderful.  My Mum has decided to try eating gluten-free for a while, so I figured I might as well start working on some recipes.

I'm a huge fan of citrus zest in cookies and I thought the addition of a little dried rosemary would make for an interesting combination.  It definitely works and the texture of the cookies is just right.
Here's what I did...

I gently melted 5 tbsp. coconut oil in a large bowl over a pot of simmering water.  Added 1/2 cup maple syrup and 1 tsp. vanilla extract.
Then I added 2 tbsp. lemon zest and 1 tsp. lemon juice.  I noticed after I added the maple syrup (from the fridge) that the coconut oil started to solidify, so I very gently warmed it again and then mixed it all together.
I added 1/2 cup ground flax seed and 1 cup brown rice flour
 I mixed it all together then added a couple of pinches of dried rosemary (partially ground in my spice grinder) and 1/2 tsp. Celtic sea salt
 I dolloped tablespoons of the mixture onto 2 parchment-lined cookie sheets and baked at 350F for about 22 minutes, rotating the cookie sheets after about 10 minutes.
 Removed from the oven and left on the cookie sheets for about 2 minutes and then placed on a cooking rack.  Yum, yum!!

Sunday, August 07, 2011

Lamb Bhuna
My cousin Audrey posted a photo of lamb bhuna on Facebook the other day and I knew immediately what I was making for dinner that night.  She used this recipe.
I read it over, decided it was a winner and promptly ran out to buy the meat and chiles.  I completely forgot to buy the fresh methi, so I used the dried I already had in the cupboard.  I walked to the grocery store, found they only had red chilies, so decided to go with them as I figured it wouldn't make much of a difference.  I also used fresh tomatoes from the garden, rather than canned.  I also didn't bother adding the extra water at the end, as I didn't feel it needed it. I think I pretty much stuck to the recipe otherwise.  This was absolutely wonderful.  Best Bhuna I've made (and tasted) and all three of us just loved it.  I'll be making it again soon.
Here's what I did...

I put 4 roughly chopped chilies into the Vitamix (blender)
 Added 8 cloves of garlic
 About 2 inches of ginger
 Then I whizzed it until it became a paste

I removed half of the paste to a separate small bowl and then added 1/2 a very large onion (roughly chopped) to the blender
 I whizzed all this again until it was a fairly fine paste
 In a small pan, I dry-roasted 4 green cardamom pods, 4 cloves, 4 dried red chilies and a cinnamon stick
Then I ground the roasted spices in a spice grinder

 To a large bowl, I added 1 tsp. each of cumin, turmeric and white pepper

 I added 1 tsp. each of cayenne pepper, Celtic sea salt, coconut palm sugar, coriander and the ground spices

Then I added 1/4 cup dried methi (fenugreek) leaves and 3 tbsp. full-fat yogourt

 To the dried spices, I added the mixture from the blender

 I added 3 lbs. cubed lamb and mixed it all by hand until it was really well coated.  Covered it and left it for about 2 1/2 hours

 After the meat had marinated, I sautéed the other half of the large onion (sliced) until it was lightly browned

Then I added the remaining garlic/ginger/chili paste and sautéed for another few minutes

 Next, I added the chopped fresh tomatoes and cooked until they were softened

 I added the meat and brought to a light simmer.  Next, I covered the pot and let it cook for about half an hour.

By this time, it had let out quite a bit of liquid, so I uncovered the pot and let it simmer for about 2 more hours, stirring occasionally.

 I let it cook until the there was only a thick sauce coating the meat.

I served it atop cooked brown Jasmine rice.  Delish.! :-)

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Avocado Banana "Ice Cream"
I've been looking for some more healthful dessert ideas other than the various cookies and muffins I usually make.  Krestan loves ice cream and I hate for him to be eating the commercially made stuff with all the additives.  I saw this recipe and thought it looked like a keeper.
Here's what I did...

I put one (very) ripe avocado into my Vitamix
 I absolutely love this handy dandy avocado-scooping tool :-)
 Then I added 1 chopped, frozen banana
 I added a tsp. of vanilla extract
 Then I added 1/2 cup almond milk and 1/4 cup maple syrup
 Finally, I added 1 cup of ice and blended on high for about a minute
Until four peaks appeared on the surface.  Mmmm! :-)

The Lean Green Bean