Monday, July 21, 2014

3 Ingredient Banana Cookies

We haven't been eating our daily banana lately and they just get too ripe too fast. I just found this recipe and gave it a go. Oh wow, yum! How easy are 3 ingredients? I happened to have some new Chex Gluten Free Oats to use up so this was perfect timing. They don't spread out, they hold their shape and they bake up a little bit dense and chewy and so delicious! 

Skinny Banana Cookies 
from Six Sisters' Stuff

2 medium ripe bananas, mashed
1 cup uncooked gluten free oats
1/4 cup chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Mix the mashed bananas and oats in a bowl. Fold in the chocolate chips. Using a small scooper, scoop up the batter and place on the cookie sheet. Bake for 12-15 minutes.

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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Homemade Vegetable Juice

This whole juicing thing has really taken off with me. I really got the juicer because my oldest wanted it for juicing but hasn't liked any of the ones I've made. So she sticks to her smoothies. I thought I'd make juice here and there, but it'd end up being another appliance on the shelf. Well, not so! My body has taken to juicing and actually craves it now!  I'll be busy with my day and get that scent of juicing in my mind and then I'll want some. We went to a juice bar the other week and I walked in and the aroma in there "was like MY kitchen!" when I juice. I even went out and bought a case of glass jars to keep my extras in I am loving it so much.

It's only been a few weeks but I have noticed a little difference already. I have notched my belt smaller! So it's been a bonus for me as I am not juicing to lose weight (well that and taking my walks more often have helped).

So, I was thinking of more recipes to try and I've been wanting that V8 juice lately. So I looked around online and found this one. I'm sticking with more green/veggie juices since I can't have too much of the fruit juices. This recipe came out fantastic! Everything compliments each other well. I love that it made me 3 servings so I can grab one out of the fridge tomorrow.

Homemade Vegetable Juice

6-8 small tomatoes
8 carrots, peeled
4 celery stalks
1-2 handfuls spinach
1/2 bunch parsley
1/4 small onion
1/4 beet
1 clove garlic
1 jalapeno, seeded if desired
Salt to taste

Add the salt to the jar you're juice is juicing into to help better dissolve it. Juice all ingredients and serve (I like mine chilled). Makes about 3 pints.

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Monday, June 23, 2014

Ruby Red Juice

I love red grapefruit juice so I knew I may like this recipe. It's very refreshing and tasted great! The carrots help sweeten it a little but you'll still find some of that grapefruit tartness. This will be a keeper!

Do you juice? Have any favorite recipe to share with me?

Ruby Red Juice
from The Little Red House

1 grapefruit, peeled
1 lemon, peeled
2 carrots, peeled
1/2" ginger

Add all to your juicer and enjoy!

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Thursday, June 19, 2014

Wink's Homemade Dog Food

Having a dog hasn't always been in our family future, I am more of a cat person, so I thought. We've been petless for 7 years since I had to put my last cat down, it was heartbreaking. We've always told the kids they can have a dog when they're grown lol. WELL, that all changed one day last November at the kid's race banquet when our friends brought one of their fosters with them to hang out. His name is Winks. He's a mix chihuahua (we think Chipuggle) and he's had eye trauma sometime before in his short 2 years so he only has use of his right eye, thus he's called Winks. Well Mr. took him as well as the kids, I was still hesitant but I LOVE the idea of a rescue pet. SO we decided to try out the 2 week foster to adopt with him. We loved him from the get go as well as he loved us! So he became ours. You can find him on Instagram as #MrWinks. :)

I got the idea of making his food from a friend online. I love the idea of making real food and not some processed dog food with who knows what. I've done a lot of reading and decided to combine some recipes to make mine. It's everything that you'd eat, chicken, veggies and brown rice. NO seasonings, they're not good for dogs. Winks loves it!! 

(I used chicken pieces this time)

Wink's Homemade Dog Food
1 batch should make 36 -1/4 cup size balls

4-5 C. cooked brown rice
2 plain whole chickens, about 4 lbs each
2 medium orange sweet potatoes (yams), chopped
8 whole carrots, chopped
16 oz frozen peas
2 small bunches fresh parsley leaves
2 small-medium bunches kale, stems removed
8 eggs
*I also now add an apple or two (peeled, quartered)

Roast chicken in 350' oven for about 1 hour 25 minutes or until juices run clear. As chickens are roasting, cook the rice (4 C. water & 2 C. rice) and let cool.

Peel and chop yams, and carrots, add to a large stock pot with about 1/2 cup water. Add in peas, kale and apple. Allow to boil then simmer until carrots and yams are tender, about 30 minutes. Transfer with a slotted spoon to remove any liquid to a food processor, add fresh parsley and pulse until pureed.

Cook scrambled eggs, plain.

Cool chicken, then pick apart and add meat to a large stand mixer. On medium speed, mix until chicken is shredded. Add in cooled rice, veggie puree and eggs . Using an ice cream scooper, scoop out portions onto a lined baking sheet. Flash freeze then place portions in a freezer safe container/baggie.

To use, keep a day or two worth in your fridge to thaw. I microwave thawed portions for 22 seconds, frozen for about 45 seconds. Feed to your furry baby.

Our dog is about 11 pounds and eats 1/2 C. - 3/4 C. of food a day.

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Monday, June 16, 2014

Homemade Green Monster Juice

I acquired a used juicer for a great price from our local yard sale group on Facebook (check your area for one near you, they're great!) and decided to give it a try. This was my first ever juicing recipe and I have to say it was delicious and sweet  BUT strong of ginger so just use a teeny piece (I used about 1"! eek!). This make about 3 1/2 cups worth. Since I am diabetic I have to watch my sugars including those naturally found in fruits so I drank about 1 cup worth and left the rest for my oldest. I have a few more recipes I want to try so watch for those coming soon!

Homemade Green Monster Juice

2 apples
1/4 pineapple, peeled
2 handfuls spinach
1 banana
1/4" fresh ginger (more if you like)
1 mango, peeled, seeded
1 kiwi

Add to juicer and drink. Makes about 3 1/2 cups.

My container is too small, will use my big measuring cup for now on.

I heard placing a plastic bag in the compartment makes for easier cleanup. Sure does work! I also read that using that pulp in other recipes is great too.


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