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Sunday, February 22, 2015

Chocolate Mint Mousse (DF, GF)




This has a smooth texture and a nice minty flavor (not too strong!!!)

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
2 Tbsp unsweetened almond milk
1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1/3 cup natural peanut butter
1/8 tsp salt
1 tsp peppermint extract
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 Tbsp dried mint flakes
2 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder (I use Hershey's)
6 dates, chopped
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2 Tbsp Chia Seeds (I use Bob's Red Mill) 

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.

Place 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 318,  Total Fat 14.2g, Cholesterol 0mg,  Sodium 151mg, Carbs 44.9g, Fiber 7.3g, Sugars 24.5g, Protein 6.7g



Be exalted, O God, above the highest heavens.  May your glory shine over all the earth. 

Psalm 108:5 (NLT)

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Coconut Banana Muffins




These are REALLY REALLY good..

Comments from my taste testers:  These are nice and moist.   These are REALLY good...I LOVE these!!!  I LOVE all the coconut!!!

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 Sucanat   (or brown sugar) (I use Barry Farm Sucanat) 
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder  (I use Hershey's)
1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut 
2 tsp ground cinnamon 
1 tsp ground ginger 
1/4 tsp ground cloves 
2 tsp baking powder 
1/2 tsp baking soda 

1/8 tsp salt 
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1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce 
1 cup almond milk 
2 tsp vanilla extract 
4 medium very ripe bananas, mashed  (if your bananas are smaller, you will probably need to increase the liquid by 2-4 Tbsp)

Directions:
Mix applesauce, milk, vanilla and mashed bananas 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 20-25 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 222,  Total Fat 10.7g, Cholesterol 0mg,  Sodium 85mg, Carbs 30g, Fiber 4.2g, Sugars 10.3g, Protein 3.6g





For your unfailing love is higher than the heavens.  Your faithfulness reaches to the clouds. 
Psalm 108:4 (NLT)



Thursday, February 12, 2015

Creamy Mac and Cheez (DF)




This is SOOOOOOO good...  Both dad and I LOVED this.  I just wanted to keep eating it !!!!!
This has a nice creamy texture.  I sprinkled paprika on top.


Ingredients:
2 cups unsweetened almond milk
1/2 cup raw cashews
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1 cup mashed potatoes (I use sweet potatoes)
1/4 cup  Nutritional Yeast Flakes  (I use Now Foods)
1 tsp salt
2 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/2 cup pimentos
1/2 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp black pepper
2 tsp mustard
1/2 tsp turmeric
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16 oz whole wheat macaroni, cooked

Directions:
Blend milk and cashews in a blender until the cashews are totally ground up and there are no cashew pieces remaining.  

Then add the rest of the ingredients (EXCEPT macaroni) in the blender and blend until smooth and creamy.

In a saucepan, add the macaroni and sauce. Stir until well combined and heat over medium heat until warm.



Estimated Nutritional Value per serving based on 8 servings:  Calories 313, Total Fat 6g, Cholesterol 0mg,  Sodium 369mg, Carbs 56.9g, Fiber 7.4g, Sugars 2.7g, Protein 13.2g


I will thank you, Lord, among all the people.  I will sing your praises among the nations.
Psalm 108:3 (NLT)


Saturday, February 7, 2015

Coffee Peanut Butter Mousse (GF) - Bean Based






I actually came up with this recipe for a taste tester who is not a big banana fan...since most of my mousses are banana based, I needed to find something different to use as a thickener .  White beans were the answer !!!!  She LOVED it and she had NO idea beans were in it !!!!!

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".

This picture is with 2 Tbsp milk.



Ingredients:
2 to 4 Tbsp almond milk (depending on desired thickness)
1 can white beans, drained and rinsed (I use Cannellini)
1/4 cup natural peanut butter  
1/4 cup maple syrup
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/8 tsp salt
1 tsp ground cinnamon 
1/4 cup instant coffee granules
6 dates, chopped
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1 to 2 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.

Place 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 276,  Total Fat 8.5g, Cholesterol 0mg,  Sodium 292mg, Carbs 42.7g, Fiber 7.2g, Sugars 20.9g, Protein 11.1g





Let them praise the Lord for his great love and for the wonderful things he has done for them.
Psalm 107:8 (NLT)



Sunday, February 1, 2015

Peanut Butter Banana Date Mousse (DF, GF)






This is SOOOOO delicious...I could NOT stop eating it.  If you do not have a high powered blender, you will need to add more water or make it in a food processor.  It is pretty thick!    

This is my NEW "make all the time" snack !!!  This was a BIG hit with my co-workers...they thought it was DELICIOUS !  One co-worker said this was her favorite so far !!!

The dates give this mousse a sweeter flavor.

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".
 
This recipe is adapted from this recipe.

This picture is with 3 Tbsp of water and a little under 1/2 cup peanut butter. 




Ingredients:
2 to 4 Tbsp water (depending on desired thickness)
4 medium very ripe bananas, sliced
1/3 to 1/2 cup natural peanut butter   (depending on desired thickness)
6 dates, chopped
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4 Tbsp Chia Seeds (I use Bob's Red Mill) 


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.

Place 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 340,  Total Fat 16.4g, Cholesterol 0mg,  Sodium 7mg, Carbs 42.3g, Fiber 6.1g, Sugars 24.3g, Protein 11.6g





Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good!  His faithful love endures forever.
Psalm 107:1 (NLT)

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Banana Date "Milk Shake" (DF, GF)






This is SOOOOO  tasty as a banana date "milk shake" !!!!  

I also made it thinner to use as "milk" for my overnight oats during the Daniel Fast.  Just add another 1 or 1-1/2 cups of water, depending on how thin you want it.
 
Adapted from this recipe.



Ingredients:
1 cup water
4 medium to large very ripe bananas, sliced
8 dates, chopped
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla extract

Directions:
Mix everything in a blender until smooth.



because you, Lord, are supreme forever.
Psalm 92:8 (GNT)




Saturday, January 10, 2015

Spicy Bulgur Kidney Bean Chili (DF)




This is on the spicy side, so reduce the chili powder or eliminate the chipotle powder if you want a milder chili.

The bulgur creates a "ground beef" texture in the chili.

My dad and sister-in-law LOVED this, they thought the bulgur added a nice texture and did not think it was TOOO spicy; although, they would not want it any spicier !!!




Ingredients:
1/3 cup dry bulgur
1 onion, chopped
2 tsp minced jar garlic
1 green bell pepper, chopped
2 cans kidney beans, with liquid
1 can corn, with liquid
1 cup water or veggie broth
1 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp onion powder
1 tsp dried oregano
2 tsp ground cumin
2 Tbsp chili powder
1/4 tsp chipotle powder
1/4 tsp black pepper

1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (I use Hershey's)
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1 can diced tomatoes, with liquid


Directions:

Place all ingredients (EXCEPT tomatoes) in a crockpot and cook on low for 8 to 10 hours or high for 4 to 6 hours.
Add the can of tomatoes when there is about 1 hour left of cooking time.


Estimated Nutritional Value per serving based on 10 servings:  Calories 154,  Total Fat 1.5g, Cholesterol 0mg,  Sodium 455mg, Carbs 31.8g, Fiber 8.9g, Sugars 5.7g, Protein 7.6g



How great are your actions, Lord! How deep are your thoughts!

Psalm 92:5 (GNT)


Friday, January 9, 2015

Pineapple Beans and Rice (DF, GF)




This has a mild curry flavor with a sweetness from the raisins and pineapple.  I like using pineapple tidbits because they are smaller than the chunks.




Ingredients:

1 cup dry brown rice
1 can adzuki beans, with liquid (or red kidney beans)
1 - 20 oz can pineapple chunks or tidbits, with liquid (no sugar)
1/2 cup raisins
2 tsp curry powder
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground cardamom



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 8 servings:  Calories 277,  Total Fat .8g, Cholesterol 0mg,  Sodium 124mg, Carbs 63.8g, Fiber 2.1g, Sugars 12.9g, Protein 4.2g



Your mighty deeds, O Lord, make me glad;  because of what you have done, I sing for joy.
Psalm 92:4 (GNT)

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Getting ready for the Daniel Fast ??



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Friday, December 19, 2014

Gingerbread Waffles



These are SOOOOO good.  I have been trying for a LONG time to come up with a waffle that is crisp, yet tastes good.  SOOOO many came out limp and tasteless OR incredibly dense and tasteless.  We have these all the time - breakfast and dinner.  They come out GREAT every time and are not limp or dense or tasteless!!!



Ingredients:

  • 1 cup spelt flour or whole wheat flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 Tbsp ground flaxseed
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 Tbsp molasses

Directions:
Mix all ingredients together in a bowl until just combined.  Let sit for about 5 minutes.

Spray waffle iron with oil.  Cook in pre-heated waffle iron.


Estimated Nutritional Value per waffle based on 2 waffles:  Calories 325,  Total Fat 1.8g, Cholesterol 0mg,  Sodium 938mg, Carbs 67.8g, Fiber 3.4g, Sugars 11.9g, Protein 7.2g



So then, everything depends, not on what we humans want or do, but only on God's mercy.
Romans 9:16 (GNT)

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