Monday, 08 May 2017 12:13

Beauty Bowl

This is a crazy good way to start the day. For an antioxidant filled breakfast this morning, I pulled a recipe from my 14 Day Eat Real Food Cleanse.
This is called the Beauty Bowl and I had it with 2 hard boiled eggs.

It was very satisfying and filling, and the taste is like sunshine in a bowl.

1 granny smith apple washed and cubed (any kind of apple will do)
2 celery stalks washed and diced
3 tbsp hemp seeds
1 tbsp of chia seeds
1 tbsp of unsweetened coconut
and an ounce of organic dried cranberries (you could also use goji berries or raisins)

Drizzle with the juice of half an orange, and enjoy!

Published in Breakfast
Wednesday, 07 December 2016 15:50

Cranberry Sauce

 

A Christmas Dinner would not be complete without the cranberry sauce, but I don't love all the added sugar and gelatin you find in the store bought canned versions.  My daughter and I make cranberry sauce every year over the holiday and often times the recipe will vary with what we might add to it like apples, oranges, pineapple, cinnamon, ginger or cloves.  

 

Not So Sweet Cranberry Sauce

Ingredients
2 bags of fresh cranberries (they are usually 12 ounce bags)
3/4 cup water
1/2 cup maple syrup stevia to taste
2 tsp cinnamon
tsp nutmeg
½ tsp cloves
Juice and zest of one orange

Directions
Put cranberries and water in a saucepan and bring to a boil.
Keep on medium heat, stirring constantly until the cranberries start to explode (about 10-15 minutes).
Reduce to a simmer and pour the juice and zest over the cranberry mixture, add in the maple syrup and stevia to taste.
Simmer 10-15 minutes and remove from heat.
Cool completely and store in fridge at least 4 hours but preferably overnight before serving.

NOTE: This is not as sweet as store versions. Taste at the end of cooking. Add a little more maple syrup if needed.

Published in Dinner
Thursday, 06 October 2016 16:14

Crockpot Apple Butter

If you like apple butter then this is the simplest way you could make it.  I don't use a lot of it so I canned the leftovers since it won't likely last more than 3-4 weeks in the fridge.  I used small jars to keep it fresh.

Ingredients:

8 large apples, peeled and quartered
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup raw cane sugar
Cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves to taste

Peel and quarter the apples. You may want to chop them smaller to decrease cooking time. Place apples, sugar and spices in a crockpot and cover with the lid.

Cook on high for about 4 hours stirring occasionally, then remove lid and continue to cook on high till the water evaporates to desired consistency another hour or two. Blend till smooth, place in Mason's jars and process.

Enjoy!

 

 

Published in Dips & Spreads
Thursday, 06 October 2016 14:42

Coconut Flour Apple Muffin

I love Autumn and apples.  This year I made homemade applesauce and apple butter.  Leaving in Grey County we are so close to the local orchards in Meaford, that I make several trips over each fall to stock up and make applesauce.  While good on its own, I also like to make other apple treats, like these gluten-free, dairy-free muffins.

I'm not big on almond flour, and to be honest it is quite pricey.  Coconut flour is a great alternative if you have the right recipe.  It is also pretty economical when you only use 1/2 cup in a recipe.  Mind you, you must like the coconut flavour for these muffins to be a hit, the flavour is definitely coconut and apple.  Yum!  2 of my favs.

 

INGREDIENTS:

½ cup coconut flour
4 eggs, at room temperature
¼ cup melted coconut oil
6 Tbs applesauce
2 Tbs raw honey (could use maple syrup)
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. apple cider vinegar
½ tsp. baking soda

INSTRUCTIONS:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line 10 muffin cups with liners.
Stir together the coconut flour and eggs until a smooth paste forms. Stir in the coconut oil, then the applesauce and honey. Then mix in the spices, cider vinegar and baking soda. (If you don't have the cider vinegar just use regular)
Spoon into muffin pan. Bake for about 25 minutes, until golden and the top springs back when lightly pressed.

I divided these into 10 muffins, just the perfect 100 calorie snack, loaded with healthy fat from the yolks and coconut oil.

Published in Breakfast