Oatmeal Without The Oats

Well it seems winter is here is Michigan now.  The snow is falling from the sky and the Weather Channel has issued an advisory, only to end it early.  I’ve come to realize if snow is going to fall from the sky, we will get some sort of advisory.  Seems a few snow flakes can’t fall without an advisory being issued.  Not really sure what the purpose is for an advisory if they are going to be issuing them constantly, kinda like the little boy who cried wolf.

With cold weather brings a desire to eat comforting food. I loved oatmeal growing up as a kid.  My dad use to make it on Saturday’s and fill it with green apples, raisins and sugar.  This recipe is very versatile and can be used as a base to lots of great toppings!  As I have grown up, I come to love adding dark cherries to mine.  The options really are endless…
Oatmeal Without The Oats

Oatmeal Without The Oats

Servings: 14

Ingredients

1 1/2 cup almonds

1 cup pecans

1 cup coconut flakes

1/3 cup chia seeds

1/3 cup golden flax seeds

1 tablespoon cinnamon

1 tsp maple syrup per serving Continue reading

Tomato Basil Salad

It’s a lazy day at our house.  Our home is currently being dusted by white stuff (aka: snow) which causes me to hibernate.  The husband is going on week two of his ankle surgery recovery.  Needless to say, it’s been a busy past two weeks and I’m not complaining about consuming a few extra DVR recordings today!  I’m catching up on NCIS, NCIS:LA and CSI:CYBER.  Up next will be Quantico…I’m three episodes behind.  Guess one could say, I enjoy the mystery and solving them within an hour television show (they hold my attention).  Do I dare venture into the Hallmark Movie’s….those suck me in for a while.

Ok, onto food…Are you looking for a simple side dish next week?  If so, my tomato basil salad could be the recipe for you!  If not, but are looking for an easy simple recipe, then this is your recipe!  I’ll admit, we make this on Christmas because of the colors (red & green).  This dish goes over very well and family members have asked for the recipe (and then laugh because it takes amazing and is so simple to make).

Tomato Basil Salad

Ingredients

1 pint of cherry tomatoes

10 basil leaves

1 tbsp olive oil

1 tbsp salt Continue reading

Butternut Squash Muffins

It is squash season here in Michigan.  At the farmers market you can get a full bag of squashes for $10.  Needless to say, this is a great deal and leads to lots of creativity!  With squash growing out my ears now, I decided I would create butternut squash muffins.  For those who are unaware, butternut squash is great for moisture when cooking.  It is comparable to oil, pumpkin or apple sauce.  If you are like me right now, squash is also cheap and will help save a few pennies if you bake a lot.Butternut Squash Muffins

Butternut Squash Muffins

Ingredients

1 cup cooked butternut squash

6 eggs

1 cup almond flour

3 tbsp coconut flour Continue reading

Pecan & Apple Muffins

These pecan and apple muffins got me through the last week of the 21 day sugar detox.  They kept me sane when I had a craving for bread.  Well, perhaps I thought I stayed sane…the verdict may still be out from my husbands stand point.  For those who are not looking to remove sugar from your diet, these are awesome!  They taste like a bite of apple pie all tucked into a muffin!  The spices blend them all together and remind me of a fall day or spiced Chai!

Pecan & Apple Muffins

Pecan & Apple Muffins

Ingredients

1 – green apple

1 tbsp ghee

6 eggs

1 tbsp. vanilla

2 tbsp. apple cider vinegar

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp ginger

1/4 tsp cloves

1/4 tsp cardamom

1/2 cup coconut flakes

1/2 cup coconut flour

1/4 cup chopped pecans

1/4 cup maple syrup (omit if doing 21dsd)

Directions

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2.  Take the green apple and remove the peel.  Cut the apple down to have small squares (slice the apple thinly horizontal and then slice small lines vertically).

3.  Place a small skillet on medium heat and add ghee to the pan.  Allow the ghee to melt down.

4.  Place the apple squares into the pan and slowly cook them down until soft, but not mushy (about 5 minutes) and remove from heat.

5.  Get out a large bowl and whisk together the eggs, maple syrup, vanilla, apple cider vinegar, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, cardamom and cloves.

6.  Stir the coconut flakes and pecans into the egg mixture.

7.  Sift the coconut flour into the egg mixture and stir the batter all together.

8.  Fold the cooked apple pieces into the batter.

9.  Place batter into muffin liners within the muffin pan.

10.  Bake the muffins for 15-18 minutes.

Cabbage Hash with Fresh Mint

Five days out of the week, I create a great protein coffee drink.  However, those two other days….I love to spend more time making an amazing breakfast!  We love bacon, eggs and hash on those days.  Cabbage hash is one of our favorites.  I love adding different items to a cabbage hash ‘base’.  Often we add fresh mint to create a great taste in your mouth as you chew it.  The mint also leaves behind a great small hint of the taste. Normally we have a later morning breakfast, a decent afternoon snack and then a great meal on Saturday and Sunday’s.  I guess when time is not consumed with responsibilities, one has more freedom to decide what they want to do and eat.

Completing day 13 of the 21 day sugar detox.  I must say, I’m enjoying this journey and feeling healthier from the inside out.  I know my system is very sensitive to sugar.  Unfortunately, my body retains an obscene amount of water (about 4lbs) for 48 hours when I indulge with a sweet treat.  My body needed a chance to recover for longer than the work week and heal.  I decided to go one phase 3, which is no dairy.  I have always admitted I’m 80/20 Paleo.  I allow for the occasionally dairy items as treats when we go outside our house for parties or dinners.

Cabbage Hash with Fresh Mint

Cabbage Hash with Fresh Mint

Ingredients

4 cups thinly chopped cabbage

1 cup chopped white onion

1/4 cup thinly sliced fresh mint

3 tbsp coconut oil

salt and pepper to taste Continue reading

Clam Chowder

This recipe is off the hook and it is dairy free!  I have created a dairy free chowder base using creamed cauliflower.  My husband was very impressed with how well this recipe turned out.  Now he wishes restaurants would sell it as a dairy free option!  This recipe is perfect for a cool fall day or a blustery winter day.

ClamChowder

Clam Chowder

Ingredients

4 cups chicken broth

1 head of cauliflower

2 cans of clams in water

1 large leek thinly sliced

5 strips of bacon

1 cup chopped carrots

2 cups chopped jicama

1 tsp smoked paprika

1/2 tsp dry mustard

1/4 tsp dry ginger

1/8 tsp ground cayenne

salt and pepper to taste

hot sauce if desired Continue reading