Breakfast, Cookies

Almond Butter Oatmeal cookies

A 5 ingredient wonder ! This is cookie is rich and moist and guilt-free ! So here goes !

Mix the following in a bowl:

1 cup quick-cooking oats

1/4 honey

1/4 crunchy almond butter (use smooth if you like)

2 eggs

2 tsp of ground cinnamon

Drop batter to form cookies, I made 5 large cookies for breakfast, you could get a dozen small cookies.

Bake at 350F for 20-25 minutes.

Enjoy with coffee or a cold glass of  milk !

Breakfast, Brunch

Raspberry Coconut Cereal Bake

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Yet another gluten-free, dairy-free breakfast dish that is delicious hot or cold–perfect or those busy summer mornings when you need a good start to your day.

Ingredients:

3 cups rice cereal

1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes

1/4 cup honey

2 eggs

2 egg whites

3/4 cup almond milk

1tsp vanilla extract.

1/4 cup frozen raspberries, crumbled

non-stick cooking spray.

Method:

Preheat oven to 350F.

Spray a baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.

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Spread cereal on the bottom layer and drizzle with  half the honey.

Sprinkle the coconut over the cereal and the remaining honey.

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Mix eggs, egg white and almond milk with a 1tsp of vanilla and pour over cereal mixture.

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Crumble frozen (not thawed) berries over the top.

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Bake for 20-25mins till the eggs set.

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Serve warm or cold.

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Classics, Comfort food, Poultry

Celebrating 1000 followers!!

A while ago this blog hit a milestone of 1000 followers ! Never in my wildest dreams did I see that happening, so thank you to all those have been a part of this flavor quest ! As a celebration, the initial plan was to go out for a nice dinner and update you all about the adventure. But instead I decided to challenge the boy and asked him to make me dinner instead ! The only rule was that he could not prepare something that we have made before ! So he decided to make a wonderful lemon rosemary roast chicken with potatoes and Brussels sprouts. Here are some pictures from the cooking event ,

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Comfort food, Soups, Stew

Winter Minestrone

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Ingredients:

Olive oil

1 1/2 cups chopped yellow onions

1 can of peas and carrots

2 cups (1/2-inch) diced celery (3 stalks)

1 acorn squash, roasted, peeled, chopped

1 1/2 tablespoons minced garlic (4 cloves)

2-3 Tbsp thyme, rosemary and sage

2 14.5 oz cans diced tomatoes, with juice

4 cups low sodium, fat free chicken broth

1 bay leaf

Kosher salt

Freshly ground black pepper

2 tsp of red pepper flakes (optional)

1 15 oz can of red kidney beans, drained

1 package of Swiss chard.

 

Directions:

Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat in a large pot. Add the onions, carrots, peas, celery, garlic, red pepper flakes and herbs and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, for 8 to 10 minutes, until the vegetables begin to soften.

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Meanwhile, in an oven preheated to 375F, roast 1 acorn squash

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Add the tomatoes, chicken broth, chicken, the bay leaf, 1 Tbsp salt, and 1 1/2 teaspoons pepper to the pot. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer uncovered for 30 minutes, until the vegetables are tender.

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Discard the bay leaf. Add the beans and Swiss chard and roasted, cubed squash. Continue to cook till the chard wilts and soup comes to desired consistency.

Serve hot with crusty, buttery bread !

 

Breakfast, Brunch

Cranberry Almond breakfast bars

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There is something about baked goods that just sounds delicious and sinful. I have always been a fan of scones, muffins and bakery treats for breakfast. However, my tummy is not that happy with them. Trying to be careful of what I eat for breakfast, I have been experimenting with different types of “bakes”. This is a gluten-soy-lactose free breakfast bar that turned out really great !
Ingredients:
¾ cup of oatbran
½ cup creamy almond butter
½ cup liquid egg whites
1 cup of almond milk
1 tsp of baking soda
1tsp of baking powder
2/3 cup shredded coconut (sweetened)
1 cup dried cranberries

Method:
Preheat oven to 375F
In a 2 cup measuring cup, measure out almond butter, eggs and milk-add to a mixing bowl and whisk thoroughly.

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Next add the oat bran, baking soda, baking powder and mix well.

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Stir in the cranberries and coconut at the very end.
Pour batter into a greased 9”x9” baking pan.
Bake for 20 minutes.

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Serve warm with a drizzle of honey, agave or maple syrup—it would also taste good with yogurt and fresh berries !

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Breakfast, Brunch, Cake

Honey Lavender Cake

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Here is another kitchen experiment that turned out quite well—you can have it for breakfast, brunch, tea or even a night time pick me up. It also happens to be gluten-soy and lactose free.
Ingredients:
¾ cup of oatbran
¾ cup ground almond flour
¾ cup coconut flour
½ cup liquid egg whites
1 cup of almond milk
1 tsp of baking soda
1tsp of baking powder
1Tbsp of crushed lavender
2 tbsp agave
2 tbsp of honey

Method:
Preheat oven to 375F
Mix all the dry ingredients in one bowl and set aside.
In another bowl, whisk eggs and milk and slowly add into the dry ingredients, whisking as you pour.
At the very end fold in honey and agave.
Pour batter into a greased 9”x9” round cake pan.
Bake for 20-25 mins till pale golden on the top.
Serve warm—this is would pear well it poached pears and a dollop of honey greek yogurt !

Breakfast, Brunch

Pumpkin Apple Breakfast Cups

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This a gluten free, healthy breakfast that has all the flavors of fall.  I made this recipe mostly to clear out my pantry and it turned out really well.  So if you want to clean out the bottom of cereal box and use up the last of pumpkin puree–this is a good go to recipe.  The best part, it tastes like dessert, but it is a healthy breakfast.
So here we go.

Mix 3 eggs, 1/2 cup pumpkin puree, 1/4cup apple butter or applesauce, 1/4 cup almond milk and mix thoroughly –till smooth.

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Fold in 1.5 cups of rice chex cereal and 1/8 cups of dried cranberries.  Add a dash of pumpkin pie spice (or just plain cinnamon) and 1/8 cup of honey or agave.

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Pour into greases ramekins and bake for 40 min in a water bath at 350F.  The top will turn brown and the custard will release from the side of the ramekins.  the custard should spring back to touch.  Its is done !

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Serve warm or even piping hot with maple syrup !

Enjoy !