Thursday, December 2, 2010
Sunday, November 28, 2010
2 chopped roma tomatoes
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
8 small apples or 6 medium to large apples (Granny Smith are the best)
1/3 c whole wheat flour
1/3 c quick oats
1/8 c brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/4 c unsweetened applesauce
3 tbsp lemon juice
Preheat oven to 325. Peel and slice apples into wedges. Place in small baking dish. In a separate, small bowl mix flour, oats, brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg. Once mixed well, mash applesauce into the mixture with a fork until you have a somewhat moist, but still crumbly texture. Spread mixture over the apples evenly. Thoroughly spray or sprinkle lemon juice over the top of mixture and apples. Bake in oven for 30-35 mintues or until top is browned and apples are no longer crisp. Remove and let cool. Serve with vanilla icecream if desired.
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
A few weeks ago I discovered the joy of making my own pizza crust and we made amazing Chicken Spinach Pizzas. So good! I found a recipe from allrecipes.com and modified it to make it whole wheat and work in my bread machine. Easiest thing in the world. On allrecipes there are directions for doing this without a bread machine, so if you don't have one, you can go check those out.
Whole Wheat Pizza Crust
1 1/2 c. warm water
1 tbsp. olive oil
1 tsp. sugar
1 tsp. salt
3 1/2 c. whole wheat bread flour (regular whole wheat flour is fine)
1 tbsp. active dry yeast
Put ingredients into bread machine starting with wet ingredients followed by dry. The trick is that after you add the flour, make a small intentation or well into the mound of flour and add yeast into the well, keeping it dry and apart from wet ingredients. Put on "dough" setting of your bread machine.
Preheat oven to 425. Once dough is done, take it from the machine and separate it onto two equal parts. Using a bit of extra flour and a rolling pin roll out your two pizza crusts to the size and shape you want. We make ours into two 16" round pizzas. Cover with your choice of sauce, cheese and toppings.
Bake for 17 to 20 minutes depending on thickness and how well done you like your pizza. I like mine a little crispy. Enjoy!
Sunday, October 17, 2010
It's been a while since the last post, we traveled around for the summer and didn't do much cooking. In August I started my PhD program and Zac started his MFA. However, though we haven't been posting, we have been cooking some great, homemade, healthy recipes and will begin again to share them. I'll start with a great one we made last month. Peach Cobbler! I got the foundation for this recipe from www.peachcobbler.org/healthy-peach-cobbler-recipe.html However it was a little t00 organic-y for me. I don't have all those organic and soy ingredients so I modified for my very average cupboard, switched butter for applesauce, cut down on the massive ammounts of honey, and added some oats to boot! Here is what I came up with. It was super good!
Whole Wheat and Oat Peach Cobbler
6 c of sliced fresh or frozen peaches
2 tbsp lemon juice
1 1/2 c whole wheat flour
1/2 c and 1 tbsp. of quick or traditional oats
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp nutmeg
1 tbsp baking powder
1 c skim milk
1/4 c unsweetend applesauce
2 egg whites
1/2 c honey
1 tsp vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 375. Place sliced peaches in the bottom of a greased (pam prefferred) 9" x 13" glass or meatal pan. Pour/spread lemon juice evenly over peaches. In a small/medium bowl, combine dry ingredients (except for the extra tbsp of oats) and mix together well. In a larger bowl, combine wet ingredients and whisk. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and stir thoroughly. Spread this mixture over the peaches in the pan evenly. Sprinkle on the last tbsp of oats for a pretty look. Bake at 375 for 35-40 minutes.
We enjoy this with Bryers 1/2 fat vanilla ice cream and it's AMAZING!
Saturday, June 26, 2010
We do this for a quick meal fairly often.
Chicken Vegetable Stir Fry
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 bag Birds Eye Steam-Fresh Asian Medley Frozen Veggies (or any frozen stir fry medley that you like, I just know this is a good one- I add extra broccoli to my taste)
1 can pineapple chunks with 100% juice
1 tbsp sesame seeds
1/2 barbecue sauce
1/8 c honey
Dice chicken in bite-sized cubes. Pour the pineapple juice from the can into a large skillet or wok and cook chicken thoroughly in the juice. When chicken is about half-way cooked, add frozen vegetables and pineapple. Once the vegetables and pineapple have cooked, cover in barbecue sauce, honey, and sesame seeds. Mix together in pan. Serve over brown rice. Top with sesame seeds to make it look pretty.
Note: The picture I used here is steak. You can pretty much use any meat you want.
Friday, June 4, 2010
1/2 medium white onion
1/2 bunch cilantro
1Tbsp lime juice
1/4 tsp sugar
3 jalepenos (seeded)
Remove paper husks from tomatillos and rinse. Cut in half and place cut side down on afoil lined baking sheet. Place under broiler for 5-7 minutes until skin begins to blacken. Combine all ingredients including tomatillos in food processor. Chop all ingredients together to desired consistency. Salt to taste. Pour into a large skillet and sautee for 10 to 15 minutes (this is the secret step). Serve warm or cool in the refrigerator.
(well, mostly) and delicious dinner option.
Some of the ingredients may sound a little
odd, but they work together really well.
1 pound ground turkey
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup dry oats
1 celery stalk (finely chopped)
2-3 Tblsp spicy brown mustard
Salt and pepper
Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl
Form into burger patties and cook on skillet or grill
Cover patties with sauce
Serve on bun (we recently discovered Orowheat
thin hamburger buns. These work really well)
Serve with lettuce, tomatoes, and avocado
We eat this with an amazing sauce that is semi-healthy. For the sauce: Mix together equal parts spicy brown mustard and apricot jam. It really makes the burger. Suggestion: Serve with Fresh Potato Fries.
Thursday, June 3, 2010
I had to go buy a muffin pan just for this recipe, but it's a FABULOUS muffin recipe. Not too difficult either. I started with a recipe from Green Lite Bites (a healthy food blog I love and highly recommend) then added blueberries and made a few other changes like including oats. They are divine.
Monday, May 31, 2010
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Saturday, April 24, 2010
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Monday, April 19, 2010
I threw together two simple recipes tonight, a spinach chicken salad and roasted red potatoes. I thought I may as well jot down what I put in my salads at least and how I do the potatoes. I have some good ideas and a few tricks to share. In the future, however we will try to put some more complex recipes on here so it's not boring. :)
Sunday, April 18, 2010
2 medium sweet potatoes
2 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/2 tsp Mrs. Dash Original Seasoning
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
Preheat oven to 375. Dut the sweet potates into wedges. This can be a fairly difficult task as they are dense and hard to cut. Do your best. Put oil and seasonings into a gallon-sized freezer or strorage bag. Add potato wedges to bag, seal and mix the bag around so the potaoes get evenly seasoned and oiled. Place seasoned wedges on a large cookie sheet covered in tin foil. Bake in oven for 3o to 35 minutes or unitl cooked through and crisp. If they don't get crispy and are limp, you can turn the oven up to 400 for a mintue or two. This helps get them crispy but also can burn the edges. Remove and cool.
Makes 2 or 3 servings depending on your serivng size. This makes 2 servings for us. We also do this exact recipe with regular potatoes and you could add or use any seasonings you want. With regular potatoes we throw in some garlic powder too. It's a fairly healthy way to have your french fry fix. :)