Sunday, March 11, 2018

Homemade Gummies

ingredients:

  • 2 cups fruit juice (I often use Lakewood Black Cherry, Blueberry Blend or Grape)
  • 1-2 T lemon or lime juice
  • 1/2 cup gelatin powder (I use Great Lakes Gelatin)
  • 1 - 4 T maple syrup (depending on desired sweetness)
directions:
  • Bring fruit juice and maple syrup to a simmer
  • Slowly add gelatin to the simmering juice, use a whisk or immersion blender to avoid clumps
  • Once gelatin is dissolved pour mixture into silicon molds 
  • Put gummies into the refrigerator or freezer till the gelatin is set


Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Lavender Honey Latte


 Add 1 T culinary lavender and 1-2 tsp honey to about 1 1/2-2  cups of almond



 Simmer milk mixture while you brew espresso

I use a stovetop espresso pot because it is simple and makes great espresso.

Strain lavender from the almond milk, froth milk if desired, fill your mug 3/4 full of lavender infused honey milk, then pour your desired amount of espresso over the top.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Caper and Olive Tuna Salad


Ingredients:
  • 1 can of tuna (I love Wild Planet's Albacore Tuna...and you can find it at Costco!)
  • 1-3 T mayo (depending on your preference)
  • 1 T capers
  • 3-4 olives (I used giant green ones, but use what you like)
  • 1 dash lemon juice
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1 T onion, chopped
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Directions:
Mix it all together and serve it over your favorite combination of greens. I'm using an organic spinach and arugula blend that I found at Aldi! I find that this combo of greens doesn't get slimy as fast as some of the more delicate greens.

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Almond Butter Brownies

- recipe adapted from Elana's Pantry "Gluten Free Brownies"

Ingredients:

  • 1 (16 oz) jar of almond butter 
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup or honey (I have cut this to even 1/4 cup and still delicious)
  • 1 T vanilla
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 t sea salt
  • 1 t baking soda
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
Directions:
  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees
  • Blend almond butter till smooth with a hand blender
  • Blend in eggs, honey/syrup and vanilla
  • Blend in cocoa, salt and baking soda, then fold in chocolate chips
  • Line a 9x13 pan with parchment or grease the pan
  • Pour in batter
  • Bake at 325 degrees for 25-40 minutes. I like my brownies gooey, but done. So, usually around 30 minutes. Check them with a toothpick in the center. If the toothpick is clean, you are good! Don't over cook them!

Friday, March 2, 2018

Chinese Five Spice Soup

Ingredients:

  • 1 T coconut oil 
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 inch fresh ginger grated, or about 1/2 tsp dried ginger root
  • 1/2 to 1 tsp Chinese 5 Spice
  • 1/2 cup celery, chopped
  • 1 cup carrots, chopped
  • 4 cups chicken bone broth, chicken stock, miso broth or veggie stock
  • 2 tsp coconut aminos
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • cilantro and/or scallions for garnish
  • hot sauce if desired
  • ramen or rice noodles if desired

Directions:
  • Heat coconut oil in a pan
  • Add onions and cook on low till transluscent
  • Add garlic, ginger and 5 Spice, cook 2 minutes
  • Add celery and carrots, cook on medium heat till veggies begin to soften (about 10 minutes)
  • Add broth of choice and coconut aminos, bring to a simmer and cook 10-15 minutes.
  • Add salt and pepper to taste
  • Serve garnished with cilantro and/or scallions. Add hot sauce if desired. 
  • Add cooked ramen or rice noodles to bowl when serving if desired.