Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Raw Brownie Bites (healthy, delicious, and vegan!)

It's hard to believe that these are brownie bites and healthy.

It's true.
It's probably harder to believe that these actually taste good. Actually, they're delicious. I have a major sweet tooth, and these satisfy that crave. I'm also the kind of person who thinks that junk food shouldn't be healthy. This is my first exception!
Try it, you'll like it…I love them!

Healthy Delicious Brownie Bites
Yeilds: about 24 small bites
Recipe slightly adapted from paleogrubs.com
Ingredients______________________________________________________________
  • 1 1/2 cups walnuts
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 cup pitted dates
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • Squirt of agave nectar, honey, or maple syrup (optional)
Instructions______________________________________________________________
  1. Add walnuts and salt to a blender or food processor. Mix until the walnuts are finely ground.
  2. Add the dates, vanilla, and cocoa powder to the blender. Add the a bit of agave nectar, honey, or maple syrup if you want a bit of extra sweetness) Mix well until everything is combined. With the blender still running, add a few drops of water at a time to make the mixture stick together.
  3. Using a spatula, transfer the mixture into a bowl. Using your hands, form small round balls, rolling in your palm. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week.


Enjoy and bon appetit!
Cathy

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Healthy snack muffins
























I guess it's what I do with my 3 year old daughter, we make muffins! All the time. I actually started doing a challenge called "giveit100" where you video tape yourself doing your goal for 100 days. My goal is to spend a quality 30 minutes a day playing, dancing, baking, reading (whatever she wants) with my little 3 year old girl. She starts school next year, and I have a hard time just playing, so it's a challenge, but one that I am loving and enjoying and realizing is so very important and a priority. We bake a lot together, I've noticed…and she is a pro egg cracker! I coincidentally found this recipe at 100 days of real food….I'm all about 100 these days!

Healthy Snack Muffins
MAKES 12 MUFFINS






INGREDIENTS
  • 1½ cups whole-wheat flour 
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ⅛ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract (or half and half with almond extract)
  • ¼ cup oil (coconut oil is great for healthy)
  • ¾ cup orange juice or apple juice
  • About 1 cup of total filling (berries, fruit, nuts, etc. )

INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Heat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl with a fork or whisk mix the flour, salt, baking powder, cinnamon and nutmeg.
  3. Make a well (hole) in the center of the flour mixture and pour in the eggs, honey, vanilla, oil and orange juice. Mix the dry and wet ingredients together – do not overmix.
  4. Add 1 cup of filling, for example: grated carrot, mashed up banana & nuts, raisins, craisins, oats or mix and match. You can add any kind of filling you'd like!
  5. For mini muffins, scoop in 1 rounded Tbs into each hole. Slide the tray into the warm oven and bake for 10 – 15 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Serve warm or at room temperature and freeze some for a later date.


Enjoy and bon appetit!
Cathy

Friday, January 10, 2014

Best Ever Tuna Noodle Casserole

I made this tonight, and it was my best tuna noodle casserole ever, such a keeper! I adapted it from here, but made it totally my own and it turned out awesome, according to me of course..

Ingredients:

  • 6-8 ounces egg noodles (half of a large package)
  • 1/2 cup diced onions
  • 1/2 cup diced celery
  • 1/2 cup sliced mushrooms
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup
  • 1/2 cup mayonaise
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1/2 to 1 cup frozen peas
  • 2 cans tuna
  • 1/4 cup sharp or old cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 squeezed lemon (less than a Tbs if using bottled lemon juice)
  • salt and pepper to taste


Directions:
  1. Cook the egg noodles in salted water according to al-dente
  2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  3. In a frying pan on medium high, melt some butter and fry onions, celery, and mushrooms until the onions are translucent (about 5-7 minutes).
  4. Meanwhile, mix cream of mushroom soup, mayonnaise, and milk in a medium bowl. Add the fried onions, celery, and mushrooms. Stir in the peas, tuna, cheese, cooked egg noodles, lemon juice, and salt and pepper.
  5. Put the mixed ingredients in a casserole dish, and bake for 30-45 minutes or until slightly browned on top.
Bon App├ętit!
Cathy