Yummy Deliciousness

Banana bread “cake”

1 c ground oats
1/4 c ground flaxseed
1/4 c whole oats
1/2 c sugar
2 over-ripe bananas
1/3 c chopped pecans (or whatever you have on hand, optional)
1 c water
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp cinnamon

Mixed it all together, pour into a 6x8 baking dish and bake at 350 for 45-60 minutes (until the toothpick comes out clean).

So good!!

Slow Cooker Red Beans and Rice

1 c dried kidney beans
1 1/2 c brown rice, not cooked
6-8 chicken legs (with bones)
1/2 an onion, chopped (almost a cup)
1 Tbsp Old Bay
1/2 tsp Cayenne pepper
2 Tbsp Chili powder
1 tsp Garlic powder
Salt and pepper to taste

Soak the beans over night. After the beans have soaked, place the chicken legs in the bottom of the crock pot. Cover them with the rice, beans, onion and spices. Cover everything with water, about 4-5 cups. Cover with the lid and cook on low for 5-6 hours. Remove the chicken legs and let them cool just enough to clean the bones. Remove the meat from the bones and place the meat back into the crock pot. Give it a good stir. If it’s the right consistancy, (beans should be tender, rice soft and thick) serve and enjoy! If it isn’t flavorful enough for you, add more chili powder and/or Old Bay. Want more heat? Add more cayenne pepper.

Alternative: Add a bag of 3 peppers and onion to the crock pot and/or chopped celery.

Amazing pancakes
I couldn’t stop thinking about the pancakes from yesterday, so I took the time to figure out the measurements.

1/4 c Bisquick gluten free pancake mix
1/4 c Oatmeal (I keep a measurement cup in the oats)
1/2 c Almond milk
Dash - 1/4tsp Cinnamon

Mix it all together and cook it like regular pancakes. Top with maple syrup or you favorite pancake topping.

Pancakes

Just made pancakes this morning and I’m pretty sure I heard a choir sing as I ate them!! Not sure of the measurements, but here’s what I did…

Bisquick gluten free pancake mix
Almost 1/4 c Oatmeal (I keep a measurement cup in the oats)
Almond milk
Cinnamon

Mix it all together and cook it like regular pancakes.

I enjoy pancakes, but let’s face it… they aren’t very nutritious. Adding the almond milk and oatmeal increases the nutrition, adds fiber so you’ll stay fuller longer and adds a tiny bit of protein, something that was missing before. Top with real maple syrup.

Tuna Salad

1 can of tuna in water, drained
1/4 avocado
2 Tbsp chopped fresh onion
1 tsp lime juice
2 white mushrooms, finely chopped
Salt to taste

Mix it all together and serve with crackers.

Mediterranean No Cook Salad

1 can or jar of whole black olives (about 10 oz)
1 can or jar of whole green olives (about 10 oz)
1 can or jar of artichokes (about 10 oz)
1 can or jar of mushrooms (about 10 oz)
1 can or jar of sweet banana peppers (about 10 oz)
1 packet of Italian Seasoning
Olive oil
Red wine or baslamic vinegar

Drain the liquid from all your jars/cans and pour the rest of the contents a serving bowl. Add the Italian seasoning packet. Add olive oil and vinegar to taste. Mix well. Either serve right away, or chill and serve later.

Cauliflower Pizza
1 bag of frozen cauliflower
2 eggs
1 Tbsp Italian seasoning
1/2 salt

Roast cauliflower for 10 -15 minutes at 350. Remove cauliflower from the oven and pat dry with towels.  Add dry cauliflower, eggs, and seasonings into a blender or processor and blend until smooth. Pour into a sprayed 12 inch baking dish. Bake at 450 for 15-20 minutes until golden brown. Top with sauce and you favorite toppings. Bake for another 5-8 minutes, until cheese bubbles.

Cauliflower Pizza
1 bag of frozen cauliflower
2 eggs
1 Tbsp Italian seasoning
1/2 salt

Roast cauliflower for 10 -15 minutes at 350. Remove cauliflower from the oven and pat dry with towels. Add dry cauliflower, eggs, and seasonings into a blender or processor and blend until smooth. Pour into a sprayed 12 inch baking dish. Bake at 450 for 15-20 minutes until golden brown. Top with sauce and you favorite toppings. Bake for another 5-8 minutes, until cheese bubbles.

Experimenting with more smoothies for breakfast.  I’m trying to not have too many fruits at once to avoid sugar spikes.

1 banana
1/2 avocado
1 c kale
1/3 of a large cucumber
1/4 c oatmeal
2 Tbsp flax seeds
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
1 c almond milk
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Dash of cinnamon

And the kitchen sink.

Throw everything into a blinder and mix for a bit. Makes two servings.

Experimenting with more smoothies for breakfast. I’m trying to not have too many fruits at once to avoid sugar spikes.

1 banana
1/2 avocado
1 c kale
1/3 of a large cucumber
1/4 c oatmeal
2 Tbsp flax seeds
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
1 c almond milk
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Dash of cinnamon

And the kitchen sink.

Throw everything into a blinder and mix for a bit. Makes two servings.

Blueberry, Banana Muffins

Decided to make muffins for the next few mornings.

1/2 c oatmeal, ground to flour
3 Tbsp flax seeds, ground to flour
3 Tbsp oatmeal, not ground
3 Tbsp sugar
1/2 c water
1 banana
1/2 c blueberries
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp almond extract
1/4 tsp baking soda
pinch of salt

Mix it all together. Bake at 350 for 30-40 minutes, until the toothpick comes out clean. Makes 6.

Enjoy!!