Tuesday, July 1, 2014

My New Craze

It may seem like a small thing-everyone has already probably discovered this delicious treat-but I absolutely LOVE it. Like can't keep my hands out of the bowl love. It doesn't stay around very long so I've made it four times this week already. Kettle Corn. Better-for-You Kettle Corn, 'cause I use coconut oil instead of regular oil. 

2 Tb. Coconut oil, unrefined
2 Tb. Brown sugar or cane sugar
1/2 tsp. salt (or to taste)
1/2 cup popping corn 

In a Whirly-Pop type mechanism, heat oil, sugar, and salt over medium high heat then add popping corn and continuously turn the handle until corn begins to pop and it gets too difficult/full to turn. Pour into a large bowl. I usually double this recipe for our family of six. 

Enjoy this super easy, super tasty snack! 
This recipe was inspired/created by my friend, Stephanie Howard, during an evening of fun fellowship.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Going Green

It's a brand new morning! There's nothing better than waking up early, spending time in quiet reflection and prayer, getting a good run in and rebooting my metabolism with an awesome green juice. 

I'd like to share my favorite green juice recipe with you. We invested in a Breville Juice Fountain a year ago, after watching a documentary on the benefits of juicing. I try to juice at least a few times a week, not as a weight loss method, but to add a nutrient boost to my diet. 

I call this Pineapple Limeade. 

2 leaves curly kale, washed
Handful of mint, washed
2 small green apples
1 medium lemon, washed and half of peel removed
1 medium lime, washed and half of peel removed
Quarter sized 1/4-in. thick slice of ginger, peeled 
1/3 of a pineapple, peeled (of course!)

Feed through your juicer and enjoy the tangy sweet zinger! 

Makes 24 oz. 

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Southwestern Quinoa Soup

This soup is pretty versatile. Swap chickpeas for black beans and add curry powder (to taste) for a different twist on flavor. Throw in a few handfuls of chopped kale during the last several minutes of cooking time for an added nutritional boost. If you're not fond of cilantro, you can omit that ingredient. 

2 Tbs. Oil
1 sweet potato, peeled and diced
1/2 red pepper, diced
1/2 yellow or orange pepper, diced
1/2 onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 15-oz can black beans, rinsed
1/2 cup quinoa, rinsed
6 cups vegetable broth or water
1 Tb. Vegetarian chicken seasoning 
1 tsp (or more) cumin
Salt, to taste
Dash oregano
Handful of cilantro, chopped
1/2 a lime, squeezed (opt)

Sauté all veggies (except beans) in oil until softened. Add quinoa and cook for a few minutes. Add beans, broth, and seasonings. Bring to a boil, then turn down to a medium boil until veggies are cooked through and potatoes and quinoa are tender. Add lime juice and cilantro during the last few minutes of cook time. Adjust seasonings to your taste. 

Serves 4-6

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Monster Breakfast Cookies

As a busy wife and mother, I'm always looking for new ways to provide a nutritious and quick breakfast for my family. These breakfast cookies pack a protein punch with a combination of almond butter, chia seeds, and crunchy almond pieces. Plus, you get some hearty omega-3 action from the addition of ground flax seeds. I hope you enjoy these tasty, breakfast-on-the-run style cookies.


1/2 cup margarine (such as Earth Balance)
1/2 cup unrefined coconut oil
2/3 cup brown sugar
1 tsp. baking powder (I use aluminum free.)
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
6 Tb. chia gel (made from 2 Tb. chia seeds mixed with 1 cup water and allowed to set)
2 tsp. pure vanilla
1 1/2 cups Gluten Free flour blend (I used King Arthur's, but you can use your favorite.) or 
                regular all-purpose flour
2 1/4 cups regular or rolled oats (I used half quick, half rolled oats.)
1/3 cup ground flax seeds
1 heaping Tb. almond or peanut butter
1 1/2 cups dried fruit, nuts, coconut, etc.


Preheat oven to 375. In a medium sized bowl, cream margarine and coconut oil together. A hand mixer works well for this. Add brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt, and beat to combine. Spoon chia gel and vanilla extract into mixture and once again beat to combine, scraping down sides of bowl as necessary. Beat in flour, oats, flax and nut butter until well combined. Stir nuts, dried fruits, chocolate chips of whatever combination you desire into the dough. (I used 2/3 cup chopped almonds, 2/3 cup dried cranberries, and a handful of unsweetened coconut flakes.) 

Using a large ice cream scoop or 1/3 cup measure, scoop dough out and place on a lightly greased cookie sheet. Using the palm of your hand, gently press each cookie into a 4-inch circle. 

Bake for 12 minutes or so, until the tops of the cookies are lightly browned. Cool on the pan for a minute or so. Transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool completely. After cooled, wrap individual cookies in plastic wrap for optimum freshness. :-)

Yield: 11 cookies
Approx. 298 calories per cookie (This depends on the nut and fruit combos, too.)