Saturday, June 27, 2015

Protein Powder Chocolate Chip Muffins

This morning, I had some extra time, and wanted to make something yummy. I love my sweets, but don't love the crash I get after eating sweet, starchy snacks. I found a recipe on Petite Athlete that I tweaked a bit. This makes a great breakfast, or snack, or just a quick pick-me-up any time you need a boost! These are INFINITELY better cold, so do yourself a favor and hold off eating them until they have cooled completely.

Aunt LoLo's Protein Powder Chocolate Chip Muffins
Makes 10 muffins
(Adapted from Petite Athlete)

1 cup unsweetened applesauce
2 eggs
1/4 cup heavy whipping cream (or full fat coconut milk)
1 Tbsp. chia seeds
2 scoops protein powder (I used Combat Protein Cookies & Cream)
3 Tbsp. coconut flour
1/4 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. baking powder

Preheat your oven to 325, and prepare a muffin tin with non-stick spray.

In a medium bowl, combine all ingredients and stir until just combined. You might want to whisk the eggs first, and then add everything else. Or, be like me, and just kind of mash up the eggs in the bowl in the middle of everything, and then stir to combine. Whatever floats your boat. Just don't over-mix.

Let it sit for about 5 minutes to plump up the chia seeds, then divide into 10 muffins.

Bake at 325 for 30-35 minutes. Remove from oven, allow to cool briefly, and then remove to a cooling rack to cool completely. Enjoy! Store uneaten muffins in the refrigerator.

By my calculations, these muffins have 98 calories each, 4 grams of fat, 8 g. of carbohydrates, and 7 g. of protein.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Homemade Taco Seasoning

Adapted from Against All Grain, this is my new go-to taco seasoning! (By the way, I love almost every single recipe I make from Against All Grain. It's great to find someone with taste so similar to my own preferences!)

Aunt LoLo's Taco Seasoning
(Adapted from Against All Grain)

In a glass jar, combine:
2.5 Tablespoons chili powder
1.5 Tablespoons sea salt
1.5 Tablespoons ground dried cumin
1 Tablespoon dry parsley
2 Tablespoons granulated garlic
2 teaspoons smoked paprika
1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Cover, shake to combine. Will keep in the pantry for as long as the original ingredients would.

To use, sprinkle approximately 1 tablespoon over 1 pound of ground meat, and cook it up on the stovetop.


Sunday, January 4, 2015

My Yearly Apple Cider

For YEARS, my sister and I have hosted an annu caroling party. And for as long as we have hosted the party, there has been hot apple cider waiting in the crock pot for us when we got home from singing. In the early days, it was my father's creation. Now, it is mine. My children have come to absolutely love it, so I thought it would be worth it to write it down! 

Hot Apple Cider 

1gallon apple juice
1 small orange 
2 6" sticks cinnamon 

In a large crockpot, combine the apple juice and cinnamon sticks. Cut your orange in half. Squeeze the orange juice into the apple juice and then add the ribs as well. 

Heat on low at least an hour, to let the flavors combine. 

Enjoy! Great on a cold winter morning as well. 

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Blue cheese Carrot Slaw

This carrot slaw just came together with pantry items, and it's pretty darn tasty! 

Blue Cheese Carrot Slaw

7 medium sized carrots, stem end cut off, grated 
1 cup raisins
1/2 cup blue cheese dressing
1 green onion, chopped
Salt, to taste

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl, and add salt to taste. Allow to sit at least half an hot for flavors to really meld. Enjoy! 

Monday, October 27, 2014

Spaghetti Squash with Brown Butter Vinnaigrette

My husband loved this.  Truly loved it.  I have never seen the man do anything more than tolerate squash, so this is a keeper!

One spaghetti squash

One cube butter (mine was unsalted)
One bunch green onions
White vinegar
Lemon juice
White sugar
Parmesan cheese

Pierce the squash and roast on a cookie sheet, 350 degrees, for about an hour and a half.  

Brown the butter- melt in a 12" skillet over medium heat.  It will melt, foam, stop foaming, and finally small particles will sink to the bottom and begin to brown.  Slowly cook until particles are medium brown, stirring occasionally.

Chop bottom half of onions, discarding the roots.  Reserve leafy tops for another recipe.  Should be about 3/4 cup.  You could also use leeks.

Sauté onions in browned butter until soft,about five minutes.  Whisk in white vinegar, about 1/4 cup, and a few splashes of lemon juice.  Add about 1/2 tsp of salt, 1 tsp sugar, and a few grinds of pepper.  Seasonings are to taste.  It should be balanced- the sugar is just enough to balance the vinegar, not enough to make it sweet.

Halve the squash and scoop into a bowl. Stir in hot vinaigrette and 1/2-3/4 cup Parmesan cheese.  (I used Ball cheese)

We served this with meatballs and a salad.

Monday, October 20, 2014

"Cheezy" Garlic Popcorn

This is one of our favorite popcorn topping mixes- small flake nutritional yeast tastes startlingly like Parmesan cheese but is dairy free and high in B vitamins.  My preschooler is currently on his fourth bowl of popcorn- a clear winner!

We get our nutritional yeast in the bulk "natural foods" section of the grocery store.

Big batch of topping:
1/2 cup small flake nutritional yeast
1 Tbsp granulated garlic
1 tsp salt
1 tsp ground black pepper

I like to pop a big batch of corn, maybe 1/4 cup, in my stirring popcorn popper with a spoonful of coconut oil, then drizzle with olive or avocado oil and sprinkle with about two tablespoons of topping mix.  Mix it up good and scoop into bowls.  It's delicious and savory!

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Aunt LoLo's Grain Free Molasses Cookies

This morning, I wanted a cookie. BADLY. However, I know that eating a normal white flour/white sugar cookie will not lead to good things for me. (Not that I haven't tested the theory multiple times!
I had seen a recipe recently for The Perfect Molasses cookie, and even better, the recipe was grain free! Don't ask me why this makes it just does.

Anyhow, the original recipe called for an entire stick of butter. Seeing as how I was trying to give these cookies at least a few redeeming qualities, I opted to replace half of the butter with applesauce. The resulting dough was so sweet, I was also able to forgo the honey entirely (the original recipe called for honey and molasses).

My second sheet cooked a bit longer than my first, and I preferred the dryer cookies. The first sheet has slowly turned back into dough over the course of the day. They didn't quite dry out enough.


Aunt LoLo's Grain-Free Molasses Cookies
(Adapted from Deliciously Organic)
Makes 2 dozen+ cookies
(ie - my batch made 29 cookies)

2 cups almond meal
1/4 cup corn starch
6 Tbsp. coconut flour
1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tbsp baking soda (I would decrease this to maybe 1 tsp)
1 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp salt
1 egg
4 tbsp butter, melted
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/3 cup molasses

Preheat oven to 375. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk together all dry ingredients. Add wet ingredients and stir to combine.

Using a small cookie scoop, scoop cookie dough out onto parchment lined baking sheets.

Bake for 10-15 minutes. The outside of the cookie should be dry and start to crack.