Saturday, November 16, 2013

Breakfast Quinoa

I discovered this website (Chocolate Covered Katie) a little while ago - and I love it! I just wish I had enough time to try all of these recipes!

I made this for breakfast today:


It was pretty tasty if you ask me, but the kids weren't too fond of it. My only taste-testers that were home were the 3 girls and the little boy. I thought the chocolate chips would make them happily eat it all, but the fact that they are not quinoa fans won out.

I bet if the husband were here he would like it though.

I'm still going to keep this recipe because I like it and it gives a little variety to breakfast.

Here you go, from Chocolate Covered Katie:
Breakfast Quinoa
Adapted from How to Cook Quinoa
  • 1 cup raw quinoa
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 4 cups milk of choice
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/8 tsp pure stevia extract, or 1/4 cup sweetener of choice
  • 2/3 cup raisins or chocolate chips, optional
  • 1 tsp cinnamon, optional
Breakfast Quinoa: Rinse quinoa well in a fine mesh strainer. Drain. Combine the raw quinoa with the salt and water, and bring to a boil uncovered. When it starts to boil, cover and cook on low for 20 minutes or until the water is absorbed and quinoa is light and fluffy. Uncover, add the milk of choice and optional raisins and cinnamon (if using), and bring back to a boil. Turn heat to low-medium. Cook for 25-30 minutes, stirring very occasionally, until the breakfast quinoa texture is thick like oatmeal. Turn off the heat, and stir in the vanilla and sweetener of choice. Makes 4 servings. NOTE: When found in nature, quinoa has a natural coating of bitter-tasting saponins. These occur naturally in the quinoa to prevent insects from eating the plant. Most packaged quinoa will be pre-washed; however it is always a good idea to wash it again, just in case.

Friday, November 15, 2013

White Chocolate Candies

Caramel Maca White Chocolate Cookies
I got this recipe from a friend (here).

I had the recipe in my purse for probably over a month. I needed one ingredient - cacao butter.

After I finally ordered it, it took me a few weeks to pull the recipe out and try it.

Glad I did!

This is how I made it:

Ingredients:
1 cup cacao butter
6 Tbsp lucuma powder
1 Tbsp maca powder
1 Tbsp honey (optional)
1/2 tsp vanilla powder
1/4 tsp sea salt

 Directions:
Grade cacao butter and melt cacao butter over very low heat into a liquid. Transfer to a bowl and add in rest of ingredients. Taste and adjust flavors. Pour liquid into molds or an ice cube tray and place in freezer to set. Store in tightly covered container in freezer or refrigerator. Share with loved ones! 

Yum!


I'm gonna have to try these again to find out why mine came out more brown - maybe I need more cacao butter or maca powder?? Good excuse - these are so good! 

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Working kids



These kids were working so hard together that I just had to take a picture!

These are my Big 4. The Fantastic 4!

These 4 kids were born withing 4 years and 10.5 months. Those were some CRAZY times!

But they were SO much fun!

Now these Big 4 are in middle school and high school already. The youngest of this group (and our premie) will be 12 next week.

How did that happen!!

One of my most favorite times of the day is when these 4 kids come home for lunch. I just love it!

They are so much fun and so funny! It is so fun to see them interact with each other.

And it is pretty healthy for my to hang out with these kids - they just crack. me. up!

I just wish I could freeze time - can life get any better than this?

Monday, November 4, 2013

Puffy Oven Pancakes




We also have a similar recipe called Hootenanies.

The kids really like these:

Puffy Oven Pancakes
2 Tbsp butter
2 eggs
1/2 cup whole grain flour
1/2 cup milk
1/4 tsp salt

Melt butter in pie plate and spread around. (I do this in the oven) In the meantime, beat eggs. Add flour, milk, and salt. Pour into pie plate and bake 400 degrees for 25-30 minutes.

These taste really good with maple syrup!

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Peanut Butter Cookies


Easy Peasy!

Easy Peanut Butter Cookies
1 cup peanut butter
1 cup sugar
1 egg

Mix. Bake. Enjoy!

Friday, November 1, 2013

Substitutions

When making recipes healthier, here is what I do - here are my most common substitutions:

Melted butter for vegetable oil
Melted coconut oil for vegetable oil
Coconut oil for Crisco
Coconut sugar for brown or white sugar 
Sea salt for salt
Butter for margarine
Raw Cacao for Cocoa powder
Organic for non-organic
Whole grain flour for all-purpose flour

Sweeteners I commonly use:
Stevia
Xylitol (sparingly)
Coconut Sugar (my most favorite!)
Honey
Brown Rice Syrup
Maple Syrup