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Banana breakfast muffins (gluten free! coconut flour! low fat!)

27 Sep

As I mentioned in my last post, I took the plunge and bought myself a Costco membership.  It’s a bit of a drive for me so I’ve only been there once, which is good because I blew through $200 like nobody’s business on that first trip.  Granted, I did pick up a lot of “junk” for zee boyfriend.  Costco has great prices on meat and some packaged stuff, but for fruits and veggies and such (I’m a human calculator to the point of being a little obsessive compulsive) the savings are negligible. Oh well, lesson learned a little late… I don’t think I’ll be renewing next year.

There’s something about the combination of fluorescent lighting, giant warehouse, and “DEALS DEALS DEALS” that put me into sort of a trance and I made a lot of – no, exclusively impulse buys.  Somehow I ended up with 16 cartons of egg whites.  How Jenny Craig of me!  But let me explain myself.  If you’ve ever cooked with coconut flour you know the recipes call for an absurd amount of eggs.  I’ve never had much success coconut flour recipes, not being a fan of dense, soggy, cardboardy baked goods. That is, aside from my microwave chocolate cake, which calls for egg whites and turned out terrible the one time I used a whole egg.  So I set out on a mission to make the perfect coconut flour muffin.

SUCCESS, my friends! I started with this recipe and substituted whites for half of the eggs, then cut back a single whole egg, then to none at all.  Guess which one was best?! While my yolk-less muffins rose beautifully, they were still a bit soggy and oily- so I cut back on the oil until I achieved perfection!  I’ve been tweaking the basic recipe all week with different add-ins and will continue to post my best concoctions until, well, I’m sick of muffins. Which will be NEVER.

Banana Muffins
Raspberry & Coconut
Makes 8

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 c. coconut flour (I like Bob’s Red Mill)
  • 1 t. baking powder
  • 1 t. cinnamon
  • 1/8 t. salt
  • 1.5 c. egg whites (equivalent to 6 whole eggs)
  • 1 T. oil (melted coconut oil, butter, or macadamia nut oil all worked for me)
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 1 t. vanilla
  • 1 dropper full liquid stevia (optional)
  • 1/2 c. chopped walnuts (optional)

Directions:
1. In a food processor or medium bowl, combine dry ingredients- coconut flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon.
2. Add all other ingredients aside from walnuts and blueberries, if you’re using them.  Process in food processor or mix with hand blender until there are no lumps- I use my Cuisinart hand mixer.  Fold in walnuts (or berries or chocolate chips…).
3. Pour batter into lined muffin cups. Bake at 400 degrees F (205 C) for 20- 25 minutes.

 

Nutritional Stats (per muffin- without nuts): 94 calories | 3 g. fat | 11 g. carbs | 3 g. fiber | 6 g. protein

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Creamy Curry Red Lentil (yes, lentil!) Soup

20 Sep

Hi Everyone!!!

I’ve been on somewhat of a hiatus for a while, as there’s been a lot going on and was trying to squeeze the last few rays of sunshine from summer!

To be honest I’m also getting sick of “summer food” and this is another reason I haven’t been posting so often- most of my meals have been some sort of salad or grilled meat/veg/potato combo.  I’m excited for soup season!!!  Wohoooo soup!!  I’ve had quite a weekend, from finding out that I am really, REALLY allergic to dog dander, to the Food Star competition (which I did not make it to the final round but still had fun, more on that soon!), to preparing cheesecakes, cobblers, and cabbage and noodles for hundreds at the Scottdale Fall Festival.  By the time I arrived home Sunday night, I was tired, sore, and already feeling a little “phlemmy.”  To top it off I had aired out my apartment from said dog-sitting adventure and it was FREEZING.  Yep, I’m pretty sure I’m getting my annual cold.  I am such a delicate flower.

I ventured to Costco yesterday for the first time (again, expect a post soon as I am thrilled with my “haul”) and I picked up some red lentils for perhaps my favorite soup of all time.  Yes, I am perfectly aware lentils are on the “Paleo Blacklist” along with oats, beans, grains, etc. for phytic acid and lectin content.  But whatevs.  My opinion is that if it makes you feel bad, avoid it.  This is the case with beans, grains, and oats- in MY experience- but not rice, split peas, or lentils.  These are pretty low in phytic acid content anyway, and I always soak for at least an hour just to be safe.  Maybe I’m just biased as this is one of my favorite recipes from vegan days-gone-by and my idea of “comfort food.”  It keeps my tummy happy for hours and gives me plenty of flu-fighting energy!’

Creamy Curry Red Lentil Soup

Vegan, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Soy-Free
Raspberry & Coconut
Serves 8

  • 1 c. dry red lentils
  • 1 Tablespoon coconut oil
  • 2 leeks, sliced paper thin
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 t. minced ginger
  • 32 can diced tomatoes
  • 1 Tablespoon Red Curry Paste
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 1 Tablespoon packed brown sugar (you can omit this but it’s “worth it” IMHO)
  • 2 T. fish sauce (sub Tamari if vegan)
  • 2 limes, zest and juice
  • 4 c. (fresh) or 2 c. (frozen) spinach

Wash the lentils in cold water until the water runs clear, then soak in a bowl of warm water for about an hour.  Drain and add to a pot with enough water to cover by about two inches.  Bring to a boil, stir, and reduce heat to a simmer for ~10 minutes.  Drain and set aside.

Heat the coconut oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the thinly sliced leek and sauté until beginning to brown, then add the garlic and ginger and sauté for another minute. Stir in tomatoes, lentils, and curry paste and bring to a low boil.  Reduce heat to low and stir in the remaining ingredients.  Allow to simmer for 20-30 minutes before serving.  As with any curry dish, it makes for awesome leftovers and freezes well- the flavors meld together the longer it sits!

Epic Meatloaf

12 Sep

This is Special Occasion Meatloaf.  Like it’s-somebody’s-birthday-and-his-favorite-food-is-meatloaf- meatloaf.  It takes elbow grease but is SO worth it.  The bacon is totally optional but definitely takes it to a new level of epic-ness.

This recipe makes 2 meatloafs (meatloaves?), which are awesome for leftovers and freeze exceptionally well.

Epic Meatloaf
Raspberry & Coconut
Serves 8-10

Step 1:  In a large skillet, saute’ the ingredients below (except garlic) until slightly browned, 4-5 minutes.  Add the garlic and stir for one a minute so it does not burn.

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped celery
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped green onions
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic

Step 2:  In a large mixing bowl, combine the sauteed veggies and the ingredients listed below.  Hold off on mixing for the moment.

  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 lb. ground pork
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 c. almond meal

Step 3: In a separate bowl, combine the following ingredients.  Set aside 1/3 c. of this mixture, adding the rest to the other meatloaf ingredients.

  • 1 6oz tin tomato paste
  • 2T water
  • 1 t salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 T. Worcestershire sauce (I use gluten free)
  • 2 t Tabasco sauce

Step 4:  Mix by hand until thoroughly combined.

Step 5: As I said earlier, the bacon is optional- if you’re not using it, grease your loaf pans.  Lay a few strips of bacon on the bottom of two glass bread pans.  Shape your meatloaves and place over the bacon.  Now rub the meatloaf with the remaining sauce and cover it, again, with more bacon.

  • BACON

Step 6: Bake uncovered at 350°F for 25 minutes, then raise the heat to 400°F and continue cooking until done, about 35 minutes longer.  Allow to cool for 15 minutes before (carefully!) removing from the pan.  Serve with sweet potatoes and peas.  Enjoy the unabashed praise of your loved ones, but don’t expect any leftovers.

Summer squash “corn”bread

27 Aug

I’m SWIMMING in summer squash! Usually I just slice it in half-moons, roast it with a little olive oil and eat it as a side or throw it on top of salads for weekday lunches. Craving pizza for lunch, I had the idea to make a “crust” of squash puree, coconut flour, and egg- it didn’t hold together well but it tasted almost EXACTLY like cornbread! I LOVE cornbread! So I whipped up another batch in bread form. OMG was it good with a schmear of pastured butter and a side of the best gazpacho ever!

Summer squash “corn”bread
Raspberry & Coconut

Ingredients:

  • 1 yellow squash
  • 1/4 c. coconut flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1 t. baking powder
  • 1/4 t. salt
  • Fresh or frozen corn kernels- completely optional!

Directions:

Finely grate your squash- you can do this by hand or use a food processor with a grating blade (the same one you’d use to grate Parmesan cheese).  Do NOT puree it!

You’re going to have to drain as much water as possible from the grated squash. Grab a handful, squeeze it over a trash can or sink, and plop it down on a cookie sheet. Repeat. Spread the squash over the cookie sheet and cover with a clean towel. Press the towel down to soak up the “juice.” Wring it out and repeat. I think it took me 5 or 6 times to get it right.  You want it to be firm and mold-able, like cookie dough.

It’s perfect when you can do this…


Squashasaurus!

Mix your squash with the other ingredients in a separate bowl. Spread the “dough” in a small, greased bread pan, and bake at 350 for 45-55 minutes. Let it cool to room temperature before slicing- as you can see, I was too impatient and it crumbled. STILL fabulous, though!  Especially smothered in Kerrygold!

The best gazpacho you’ve ever had

25 Aug

Anyone else overrun with garden veggies right now?  You’re in luck, this recipe is ah-may-zing, simple, and uses the “big 3” we’re all swimming in right now- tomatoes, red peppers, and cucumbers.  (Now if only I could get rid of this yellow squash!)

 

The trick to making a proper gazpacho instead of a bowl of salsa is to roast the tomatoes, peppers, and garlic. This really mellows the garlic and cuts the acidity of the tomatoes, and the addition of sherry vinegar makes it “pop.”  It’s good right away but even better if it sits in the fridge overnight, allowing the flavors to mingle.

 

Roasted Pepper Gazpacho
Raspberry & Coconut
Adapted from a very old issue of Bon Appetit

  • 4-6 tomatoes
  • 2 red bell peppers
  • 2 cucumbers, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 head garlic
  • 2-3 tablespoons sherry (or red wine) vinegar
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced fresh tarragon leaves
  • ~1 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • ~1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, or to taste

Cut the red peppers on the vertical and remove seeds. Place cut-side down on a cookie sheet along with tomatoes and peeled whole garlic cloves. Roast at 375 for 35-45 minutes, until tomatoes and peppers are slightly charred. You can do this on a grill as well. Let the roasted veggies cool to room temperature.

Set aside your chopped cucumber and three roasted tomatoes. Add all remaining ingredients to the food processor and blend until almost puree’d. Add cucumbers and tomatoes, and pulse until the gazpacho reaches your desired consistency.

Quick n fluffy 48 calorie chocolate shake

18 Aug

Craving a chocolate shake but don’t have any gelatin prepared in advance?  I’ve perfected the art of “quick setting” gelatin in a shake using ice and a blender!   I daresay it’s better than the original recipe, but it’s also lighter and fluffier- if you’re craving something more substantial check out the original gelatin shake recipe.

The shake I made in the demonstration video was absolutely perfect!  It takes a bit of tweaking to get it just right- too much gelatin, you’ll get fluffy mousse that’s delicious but has to be eaten with a spoon, too little, your shake will be runny, too much ice and you’ll have more of a slushie than a shake.  Also- my experience adding fats (avocado/ almond milk) has not been good, as these seem to “un-fluffy” the “fluffyness.”

Fluffy Chocolate Shake
Raspberry & Coconut
48 calories / 0.7 g fat/ 3.5 carbs/ 1.8 fiber/ 7.1 protein

  • water*
  • 1 T. gelatin
  • ice
  • 2 T cocoa powder
  • generous pinch of salt
  • stevia
  • 1 t. vanilla

*let the gelatin “flower” in 2/3 c. water before microwaving 30-45 seconds.  Add the rest after pouring the mixture over ice, as demonstrated below.

Salisbury Steak

13 Aug

Here’s one of the first videos I made and never got around to posting before summer hit- but it’s 10 degrees from chilly right now and a perfect time for something a little more substantial than traditional summer fare!  It actually snowed yesterday!  Batman is filming downtown- super fun to watch but super annoying to commute through.

Anyway- quickie post, as I’m out of town for a bit.  I’ll update with a recipe recap on Monday, but for now you’ll have to make do with the video!

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