Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Strawberry Baked Oatmeal

This is a delicious baked oatmeal that everyone loves.  Except my husband who hates strawberries.  I still cannot figure out how anyone can not like strawberries...  You can substitute blueberries, but we all like it way better with strawberries. 

5 cups regular rolled oats
1 TBS baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
2 cups milk (can sub rice or almond milk)
4 large eggs1/4 c. melted butter
2/3 cup honey
1-2 tsp vanilla
2 cups chopped fresh or frozen strawberries

Combine the dry ingredients in a large bowl.  Combine all wet ingredients except strawberries in a medium bowl.  Add wet to dry and still till mixed.  Fold in strawberries.  Pour mixture in greased 9x13 pan. 

Bake 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes until golden brown and set in the middle. 

You can serve this with milk and/or butter on top, but it's delicious as is. 

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Oatmeal Apple Bars

Tasty for a snack or breakfast.  And gluten free! 

3 c. rolled oats (not quick)
2-1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 TBS cinnamon
6 TBS sweetener (honey, agave, or sucanat)
1 can coconut milk
2 eggs
1/2 c applesauce
1/4 c melted butter
2 tsp vanilla
1 apple, diced.

Mix all the dry ingredients in a medium bowl.  Mix all the wet ingredients in a small bowl.  Add the wet to the dry.  Stir in the apple dices.  Pour into greased 9x13 pan.  Bake 350 for 25-30 minutes. 

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Honey Caramel Popcorn

It's harder than you think to find a sugar-free caramel corn recipe!  This is delicious and no one will miss the refined sugar.  

12 c. popped popcorn (6 TBS unpopped)
4 TBS butter
4 TBS honey
Dash sea salt

Pop your popcorn, using either an air popper or use 2 TBS coconut oil in a pot or old fashioned popcorn popper. In a small saucepan, heat butter and honey at medium high heat, just until completely melted. Add dash of sea salt and mix.

Pour honey butter over popcorn, stirring to coat all pieces.  Bake at 325 degrees for 8-10 minutes, stirring often.  Cool slightly on pan.  Store in airtight container.   

Friday, December 7, 2012

Crockpot Beef Stew

Simple, delicious and easy.  Makes a big crockpot full (feeds my family of 9).

1-1/2 to 2 lbs beef stew meat.  Cut into 1" pieces.
1/2 c. flour or cornstarch (or other thickener)
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 bay leaves
2 tsp worcestshire
1 onion, chopped or pureed
5 c. beef broth
6 -8 potatoes, diced
4 carrots, sliced or chopped
2 stalks celery, sliced or chopped

Put meat in crockpot.  In a little bowl, mix together flour or cornstarch, salt & pepper.  Toss with meat and stir to coat.

Add garlic, bay leaves, Worcestershire sauce, onion, broth, potatoes, carrots and celery.  Stir it up.

Cover, cook on Low for 10-12 hours or High for 4-6 hrs. 

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Gluten Free Skillet Cornbread

This good enough to eat even when you're not gluten free. 

1 TBS oil
1-1/2 cups yellow cornmeal
1/2 c tapioca starch (or other starch)
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 eggs
2 TBS oil
1/2 c buttermilk (or any other kind of milk with 1 TBS vinegar or lemon juice to make 1/2 cup)
2 - 4 TBS honey (depending on how sweet you like it, can omit completely)

*For oil, I use olive oil.

Turn oven on to 425.  Pour 1 TBS oil in cast iron skillet.  Put the skillet in the oven.   If you don't have a cast iron skillet, you can grease a 8x8 pan with a stick of butter.  The cast iron skillet gives a nice crisp crust.

In a medium bowl, mix all the dry ingredients together.  In a small bowl, mix wet ingredients.   Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix until moistened.  Pour into preheated skillet or 8x8 pan.  Put into oven and bake 15-18 minutes until golden brown and crisp. 

Serve with honey butter