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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Cinnamon Sweet Potato Wedges (DF, GF) - Take 2




I LOVE sweet potatoes....and I think they are SOOOOO much better oven roasted !!!!  These have a nice combination of flavor - nothing overpowering.  




Ingredients:
2 cups sweet potato, cut into wedges
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg

1/2 tsp paprika

Directions:
Rinse the potatoes to get them wet so the spices stick to them.  Put the sweet potatoes and spices in a bag and shake well until the potatoes are coated with the spice mixture.

Lightly spray a baking sheet with oil and arrange the potatoes in a single layer on the baking sheet.


 Bake at 425 degrees for about 20 - 25 minutes or until tender (turning once).




Of all the miracles God works, we cannot understand a one.
Job 9:10 (CEV)



Sunday, May 17, 2015

Dried Spicy Chickpeas (DF, GF)




These are REALLY good...they are on the spicy side ...eliminate the cayenne pepper if you do not want them spicy.

My taste testers thought these were REALLY good.  These are a GREAT and nutritional snack.  Get the benefit of beans while snacking on something delicious !!!!

Ingredients:
1 can Chickpeas, drained and rinsed
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1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp paprika
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp cardamom
1/4 tsp coriander
1/8 tsp turmeric
1/8 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp garlic powder
1/8 tsp curry powder

Directions:
Drain and rinse the chickpeas.  Leave them a little wet so the spices will cling to the water on the chickpeas.

Toss all ingredients in a bowl or plastic bag.

Spread the chickpeas in a single layer on dehydrator trays and dry at 150 degrees.  Dry until the chickpeas are dry and crunchy (about 6 to 8 hours).


and he keeps a close watch on everything I do.
Job 31:4 (CEV)





Saturday, May 16, 2015

Dehydrator Crunchy Chocolate Cookies (DF, GF)


Comments from taste testers:  LOVED these!!!  Loved the crunch !!  Hint of banana, but not overpowering.  Loved the pumpkin seeds - nice combo with the coconut.  Liked the "cookie-like" texture.   Nice spice blend - nothing overpowering.  



Ingredients:
1 cup dates
2 really ripe bananas
2 Tbsp water
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1/2 cup natural peanut butter
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1/2 cup nuts
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2 tsp vanilla extract
1/8 tsp salt
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 cup oats (I use Quaker)
2 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder (I use Hershey's)
1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
3/4 cup raisins
1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut

Directions:
Blend dates, bananas and water in a blender or food processor until desired texture.  I actually leave some date pieces....this makes it chewier.  Add peanut butter and blend until combined.  Add nuts and pulse until nuts are chopped.

Pour blended ingredients into a bowl.  Add the rest of the ingredients and stir with a spoon until well combined.

Press into flat circular cookies.  

Place on dehydrator tray in a single layer and dry until desired consistency.  I dried them between 4 to 6 hours.


Estimated Nutritional Value per cookie based on 30 cookies:  Calories 106, Total Fat 5.6g, Cholesterol 0mg,  Sodium 30mg, Carbs 12.6g, Fiber 2g, Sugars 7.5g, Protein 3g



I am in Christ, and I am telling you the truth; I do not lie.  My conscience is ruled by the Holy Spirit, and it tells me I am not lying. 
Romans 9:1  (NCV)

Friday, May 15, 2015

Dried Sweet and Spicy Chickpeas (GF)




These are SOOOO good... One of my friends came up with this recipe !!!

My taste testers LOVED these.  These are a GREAT and nutritional snack.  Get the benefit of beans while snacking on something delicious !!!!



Ingredients:
1 can Chickpeas, drained and rinsed
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1/2 tsp chili powder
1/4 tsp chipotle powder
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp salt
1 and 1/2 tsp packed brown sugar

Directions:
Drain and rinse the chickpeas.  Leave them a little wet so the spices will cling to the water on the chickpeas.

Toss all ingredients in a bowl or plastic bag.

Spread the chickpeas in a single layer on dehydrator trays and dry at 150 degrees.  Dry until the chickpeas are dry and crunchy (about 6 to 8 hours).



So God shows mercy where he wants to show mercy, and he makes stubborn the people he wants to make stubborn.
Romans 9:18 (NCV)


Saturday, May 9, 2015

Banana Spice Mousse - Take 2 (DF, GF)






Adapted from this recipe. 

Comments from taste testers !!!  This is DELICIOUS !!!!   

This is a GREAT way to eat more chia seeds, which are high in fiber, Omega-3 fatty acids, calcium, manganese, phosphorus, and protein.

I actually make the mousse and then leave it in the freezer for about a week before I take it out to eat it.  I think it has a better flavor - this gives it time for all the flavors to "blend together".



Ingredients:
4 medium really ripe bananas, sliced
1 cup pumpkin puree
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/8 tsp salt
1 tsp ground cinnamon 
1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp ground cloves
8 large dates, chopped
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2 to 3 Tbsp Chia Seeds (I use Bob's Red Mill) (depending on desired thickness)

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.

Pour into a glass jar with tight fitting lid.


Then refrigerate for a few hours or overnight.
  


Estimated Nutritional Value per serving based on 4 servings:  Calories 197,  Total Fat 1.5g, Cholesterol 0mg,  Sodium 79mg, Carbs 46.7g, Fiber 7.8g, Sugars 27.3g, Protein 3.2g





A day is coming when people will sing, "Give thanks to the Lord!  Call for him to help you!  Tell all the nations what he has done!  Tell them how great he is!  
Isaiah 12:4 (GNT)






Saturday, May 2, 2015

Lentils and Rice (DF, GF)




This was GOOD !!!  I LOVED the spinach in with the lentils and rice.  This has a bit of "heat" at the end,  so reduce or eliminate the cayenne pepper if desired.


Comments from taste testers:  Good flavor and texture.  I REALLY like this.  This is REALLY good.



Ingredients:
1 cup dry brown rice (I used brown rice and wild rice)
1 can lentils, with liquid 
1 onion, chopped
1 red pepper, chopped
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
3/4 tsp ground cumin 
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper 
1 cinnamon stick
1 tsp minced jar garlic
1 10-oz package frozen spinach
1 cup water
1/3 cup almond slivers or pine nuts (optional)

Directions:
Place all ingredients in a rice cooker and cook until done.


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.  


Estimated Nutritional Value per serving based on 6 servings:  Calories 193, Total Fat 1.7g, Cholesterol 0mg,  Sodium 342mg, Carbs 37.5g, Fiber 5.4g, Sugars 1.9g, Protein 8.2g


..."What no one ever saw or heard, what no one ever thought could happen, is the very thing God prepared for those who love him."
1 Corinthians 2:9 (GNT)

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Review of Nielsen-Massey Pure Coffee Extract




I LOVE Nielsen-Massey's Pure Extracts  !!  I use their Pure Almond Extract, Pure Chocolate Extract, Pure Coffee Extract and Pure Peppermint Extract on a regular basis.

They ALL are high quality extracts and add such a GREAT flavor to whatever I am making.  I use the extracts in SOOO many of my recipes !!


I was SOOOO excited when Nielsen-Massey (#NMVspring) contacted me about writing a review of one of their extracts.   I chose the Pure Coffee Extract because I happen to LOVE the coffee flavor in LOTS of my recipes !!!!

You will NOT be disappointed with ANY of Nielsen-Massey's Pure Extracts!!  Be sure to check out their website and see all the GREAT Pure Extract flavors they carry - you will find they can be used in several types of recipes to enhance the flavor !!!!




Check out the recipes I made using Pure Coffee Extract:







Daniel Fast Coconut Raisin Banana Nut Muffins - Wheat Flour




These are REALLY REALLY good...

These are moist and chocolaty !!!!  LOVE the raisins and crunch from the nuts.

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.

Adapted from this recipe.

This was a thicker batter.





Ingredients:
1 and 1/2 cups whole wheat flour (I use Bob's Red Mill Whole Wheat Flour )
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder  (I use Hershey's)
1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut 
3/4 cup raisins
3/4 cup ground nuts
2 tsp ground cinnamon 
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1/2 tsp ground ginger 
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground cardamom 
1/4 tsp salt 
1 tsp corn starch
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1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
8 large dates, chopped
2 Tbsp water
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2 Tbsp white or apple cider vinegar (I used white)
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce 
1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk 
2 tsp vanilla extract 
1/2 cup natural peanut butter (no sugar) 
4 medium very ripe bananas, mashed  (if your bananas are smaller, you will probably need to increase the liquid by 2-4 Tbsp)

Directions:
Blend the milk, dates and water in a blender or food processor until well blended.

Mix vinegar, applesauce, milk, vanilla, peanut butter and mashed bananas in one bowl.   Add the blended dates (with the milk and water) and stir until well combined.

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.  


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 278,  Total Fat 11.5g, Cholesterol 0mg,  Sodium 70mg, Carbs 39.4g, Fiber 5.2g, Sugars 16.3g, Protein 6.9g



Each time he said, "My grace is all you need.  My power works best in weakness."  So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.
 Corinthians 12:9 (NLT)



Friday, April 10, 2015

Mocha Coconut Banana Mousse (GF)




LOVED the coconut in this !!  

Comments from taste testers:  This is REALLY good.  I LOVE this.  REALLY like the coconut in it.  This is one of my favorites !!!!!

Adapted from this recipe .



Ingredients:
4 medium REALLY ripe bananas, sliced
1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut 
1/8 tsp salt
2 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder (I use Hershey's)
1/4 cup instant coffee granules
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3 to 4 Tbsp Chia Seeds (I use Bob's Red Mill) (depending on desired thickness)
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1/4 cup vegan chocolate chips (optional)

Directions:
Place all ingredients (EXCEPT chia seeds and chocolate chips) 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.  Stir in the chocolate chips.

Pour into a glass jar with tight fitting lid.

Then refrigerate for a few hours or overnight.


Estimated Nutritional Value per serving based on 4 servings:  Calories 223,  Total Fat 10.6g, Cholesterol 0mg,  Sodium 81mg, Carbs 33.7g, Fiber 7.8g, Sugars 15.5g, Protein 4g



Christ obeyed God our Father and gave himself as a sacrifice for our sins to rescue us from this evil world. 

Galatians 1:4 (CEV)

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Banana Spice Mousse (DF, GF)




This was a BIG HIT with the taste testers !!!  They thought it was DELICIOUS !!!!   AND......the taste tester that is not a big fan of bananas, did NOT even know there were bananas in it !!!!  SUCCESS !!!!!!!

This is a GREAT way to eat more chia seeds, which are high in fiber, Omega-3 fatty acids, calcium, manganese, phosphorus, and protein.

I actually make the mousse and then leave it in the freezer for about a week before I take it out to eat it.  I think it has a better flavor - this gives it time for all the flavors to "blend together".


Ingredients:
2 Tbsp unsweetened almond milk 
4 medium really ripe bananas, sliced
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/8 tsp salt
1 tsp ground cinnamon 
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp ground cloves
8 large dates, chopped
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2 to 3 Tbsp Chia Seeds (I use Bob's Red Mill) (depending on desired thickness)

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.

Pour into a glass jar with tight fitting lid.


Then refrigerate for a few hours or overnight.
  

Estimated Nutritional Value per serving based on 4 servings:  Calories 172,  Total Fat .7g, Cholesterol 0mg,  Sodium 83mg, Carbs 42.9g, Fiber 5.7g, Sugars 26.2g, Protein 2.1g



Let everyone who lives in Zion shout and sing!  Israel's holy God is great, and he lives among his people."
Isaiah 12:6 (GNT)

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