4.15.2014

Orange Sweet Potato Puree

4 medium Sweet Potoates
1/4 c. cream
1/2 tsp salt (more to taste)
zest and juice from 1 large orange
1 TBS brown sugar (optional)

-Wash sweet potatoes.  Cut into fourths, place in large soup pan, cover with water, and bring to boil.  Boil for 25 minutes until potatoes tender. Drain water. When cooled, remove skins and combine potatoes with all other ingredients.  Using a hand-held mixer, whip puree until smooth an creamy.  Add additional salt to taste.
-Note: in place of the brown sugar, you can substitute a pinch of cayenne and some freshly ground pepper.

3.05.2014

Kale-Blueberry Smoothie

  • 1 ripe banana, peeled and frozen
  • ½ cup frozen blueberries
  • 2 teaspoons ginger, peeled and finely grated
  • 2 cups kale leaves, loosely packed
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds (optional)
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons to 1 tablespoon raw honey
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until completely smooth. If necessary, add more almond milk to help your blender process the frozen fruit.

2.24.2014

Ginger-Peanut Chicken Salad Wraps

I have had this recipe for years and years!  I remember making a gourmet picnic lunch for my husband many years ago and using this.  This is really tasty:)

  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • ¼ cup creamy peanut butter or almond butter
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1/2 sweet onion Carmelized with 1 tsp brown sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon ground red pepper (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 large red bell pepper, chopped
  • 3/4 cup shredded carrots (or broccoli slaw)
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 cup cucumber, chopped, seeded and peeled
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon minced, peeled fresh ginger (or 1/4 tsp dried)
  • 6 (4 oz.) skinless, boned chicken breast halves, cooked and chopped

  • -Combine all ingredients in bowl.  Mix together well.  Serve on your favorite tortillas.  You may also add lettuce/spinach and roasted peanuts if desired.

    1.20.2014

    Apple Cider muffins or Apple Cider Bundt Cake

    I had a large container of fresh apple cider juice and came up with this recipe combining a few I found on the internet.  I guess you could call these triple apple muffins with the apples, apple cider, and applesauce!  These are a tasty and hearty muffin.

    1.15.2014

    Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes w/ Maple Frosting


    These are very very very good!  The original recipe comes from Barefoot Contessa, but I did a lot of tweaking.  I love this recipe because the cupcake is a perfect balance of not too light and not too heavy.  I also tend to really like anything pumpkin...!!!