Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Raw Chocolate Fudge


Today we had a couple of cousins over and one of them is having a birthday today. My kids wanted to go and get ice cream, but I had a different idea. I made a Chocolate Cake (Paleo style) and I used this for the frosting.

I found this recipe here.

I added a little bit of rice milk to it to get it runnier.

I served it in cute little cups with cute little spoons. 

No complaints at all!!

It's definitely a keeper!

Monday, June 16, 2014

Granola Bake Off

As I was going through my recipe box I noticed that I had 6 different granola recipes! And I couldn't remember which one(s) we liked.

SO a few weeks ago me and the kids took 3 of the recipes and had a bake off.

It was pretty fun!

Here they are in order that we liked them.

No-Bake Granola Bars:


No Bake Granola Bars

1/2 cup coconut sugar
1/2 cup honey
3/4 cup butter
1 tsp vanilla
4 cup rolled oats
1 cup chopped nuts
1 cup add-ins (coconut, nuts, raisins, etc.)

Cook sugar, honey and butter in small pot over low to medium-low heat until slowly bubbling, stirring often.
Leave on the heat for at least 10 minutes after boil.
In large bowl, mix oats, nuts, add-ins (except chocolate chips).
When liquid is finished on stove, remove from heat and add vanilla.
Mix liquid into oat mixture (Add chocolate chips after cooled - fi desired).
Press into 9x13 pan lined with wax paper.
Refrigerate and cut into bars.

Pecan Granola:

Pecan Granola

1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
1/2 cup coconut sugar
1/2 cup honey
1 Tbsp vanilla
3/4 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
3 cups rolled oats
2 cups pecans, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup unsweetened coconut

Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
Spray 2 baking sheets with Pam.
In large bowl combine oil, sugar, honey, vanilla, cinnamon and salt.
Add oats and pecans.
Divide mixture between 2 baking sheets.
Bake 15 minutes - stirring occasionally.
Add 1/4 cup coconut to each sheet and bake 15 more minutes.
Let cool.

Pecan-Molasses Granola:


Pecan-Molasses Granola

1/3 cup unsulfered molasses
2 Tbsp coconut oil
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
3 cups rolled oats
1 cup coconut
1 cup pecans, roughly chopped

Whisk molasses, oil, cinnamon and salt.
Add oats, coconut, pecans.
Put on baking sheet.
Bake 325 degrees for 20 minutes.
Let cool 30 minutes.

*Be careful not to cook too long. I think we cooked ours a little too long (25 minutes)*


SO, which granolas made the cut?


The first and second:
No-Bake Granola Bars and Pecan Granola



Don't they look so yummy!!

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Let it go!




The boys. See how excited they are to get working!


Job of the day (week, month). Clean the area over by the barn and semi's. Living out in the sticks we collect a lot of JUNK. Not everyone calls it that though. But that's what it is. Can you see it all up there? Yep - all junk!

We have 2 semi trailers full of stuff and they have collected quite a lot of junk and trash around them. 
It was time to clean this up!


WOW! Just look at these after pictures! It was a LOT of hard work. We hauled a lot of stuff to the dump! But now I just LOVE to go over to this area and admire our work. It looks SO good.


Next, we were cleaning up along the tree line by the semi's. 
See how much we have collected over the years?



And look at it now!
Wowzers!
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it!
Now we can see our neighbors beautiful field (and I bet he's excited he doesn't have to look at our mess!)

So, why am I posting this on a "health" blog?
Well, because this is healthy for me. This feels good!

Health isn't just about eating right. No, it requires so much more. Positive attitude, exercise, water, work, pleasure, fun, family, faith.

It was like we were cleansing and getting rid of all of the gunk that we had collected over the past 18 years. It felt so good to throw things in the dumpster. Some things that others (not to be mentioned here) think that we will need in case times get hard. But really, will we need junk and garbage when times get hard? Do we need it now?

Compare that to our lives. Are there things that we have been collecting all of our lives that we need to get rid of? False beliefs, negative situations or experiences, regrets?

Does it do any good to hang onto them? Will we need them when times get hard?

NO!!

Now is our time to learn from our experiences, repent, forgive others. Get rid of all of the gunk that we have held onto. Let go of the grudges that we hold.

Love.

Be happy.

Do your best.

Clean up and clean out.

Move on. 

It's simple but not easy. I know!

Some things can only happen with the help of the Lord. Somethings are beyond what I can do. There has to be a change of heart. And that requires help from Him.

But it is worth every effort. 

And I bet while cleaning out all of the gunk you will find treasures! Treasures you didn't even know you had because it had been buried for so long. 


We found a clothes line that we didn't know we had either! Now I have a place to hang up our clothes. (We have SO many loads of laundry each week it is nice to be able to hang them up without having to run the dryer!)

Get cleaning! :)


Thursday, June 5, 2014

Cauliflower pizza



I found this recipe on Instagram!

This passed the test with my kids. They were a little worried though.

It was a fun way to eat our cauliflower.

Cauliflower Pizza Crust

1 head cauliflower 7-8" wide
1 large egg
1/2 cup Parmesan or Mozzerella cheese (grated/shredded & not packed)
1 tsp Italian herb seasoning
1/8 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground pepper

Preheat oven to 375 degrees and line round pizza baking sheet with parchment paper.
Rinse cauliflower, remove outer leaves and separate into florets with a paring knife. Place cauliflower florets in a food processor and process until (rice) texture. 

Place on prepared baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes.

Remove cooked cauliflower from the oven and transfer to a bowl lined with a double layered cheesecloth.

Then squeeze the liquid out of the ball, cauliflower inside the cheesecloth, as hard as you can.  Be patient and do this a few times until barely any liquid domes out.

Increase oven temp to 450 degrees. Transfer cauliflower to a mixing bowl along with egg, cheese, herb seasoning, salt, pepper and mix to combine. Transfer cauliflower mixture onto the same baking sheet you used to roast the florets. Flatten with your hands until thin pizza crust forms. Bake 15-20 minutes and remove from the oven.

Top with your favorite toppings and bake again until cheese on top turns golden brown.

Slice and enjoy.

Credits: original post @ifoodreal
Recipe listed: @healthyfitnessmeals

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Homemade Tater Tots

This recipe came from this cookbook by Erleen Tilton

This book saved me 5 or 6 years ago when I was trying to eat healthier!

Ky is our beautiful model here. She was really hamming it up that day!




 I am in the process of going through our recipe box and cleaning it out. We have so many recipes in there that we hardly ever use. So one of my projects is to re-make these recipes and see if we really want to keep them in our box. 

These were one of our first ones to try because I needed to use some potatoes.

The kids were pretty happy about these:

Homemade Tater Tots

4 medium sized russet potatoes (cooked)
1 cup whole grain flour
1/4 minced shallot (or onion)
1 Tbsp salt
1 Tbsp pepper
Dash of cayenne pepper

Shred potatoes. 
Absorb extra liquid in a clean towel or paper towels. 
Set aside. 
Combine the dry ingredients. Add to the shredded potatoes and mix well.
Get fryer ready (I used coconut oil in a pot) she recommended a deep fryer but this worked.
Shape your tots - squeeze a little bit into your palm and push it together.  Shape into desired form.
Cook tots for about 8 minutes, or until golden brown.
Remove from fryer onto paper towels.
Season liberally right when they come out.
Keep warm until serving.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Homemade salsa





This yummy goodness doesn't exactly have a recipe, I just start throwing things in.

Homemade Salsa
5-6 tomatoes, quartered
1 onion, quartered
1 handful of cilantro
Can of diced green chilis or about 3 roasted chilis, diced
1 Tbsp lemon juice
Salt and pepper to taste

Put all in a food processor and it's done.

This stuff doesn't last long!

Monday, June 2, 2014

Lunch



I love when lunch is easy to put together!

I guess it is easy to put together if I make things ahead.

I tried the Cilantro Lime Brown Rice with long grain instead of short grain brown rice 
and I think I like it better!

I also made some homemade salsa with our homegrown cilantro. SO good! I dipped my bell peppers in the salsa instead of having chips like the rest of the fam.