Thursday, February 27, 2014

Natural Pancake Toppers

What do you put on top of pancakes and waffles?  Here are some more natural options:  

Applesauce (natural kind, sugar free)

Apple butter (natural kind, sugar free)

Maple icing (1:1 ratio of maple syrup to vanilla yogurt)

Honey butter sauce (1:1 ratio of butter to honey, melt in pan)

Buttered maple syrup (2:1 ratio of butter to maple syrup, mix with stick blender)

Jam Syrup (1:1 ratio of fruit sweetened jam with water.  Mix together with stick blender.)

Cinnamon & Sugar (1:1 ratio of cinnamon and evaporated cane juice.  Spread butter on, then sprinkle.)

Berries & cream (thaw frozen berries or chop fresh strawberries.  serve with whipped cream - dairy or not)

Berry sauce (Place frozen berries in a pot, add water to about 1/2 the height of the berries.  Bring to a boil, let simmer until berries are soft.  Blend with a stick blender. Keep berry sauce simmering.  Put mix cornstarch and water in a jar at a 1:1 ratio - start with 1 TBS of each.  Shake it up.  Slowly pour into berry sauce while whisking.  Add more cornstarch to get thickness you like.  Add 1 tsp of vanilla.  Then add agave, honey or stevia to taste.)

Tips: Pinhole or put in squirt container so you don't pour too much

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Baked Beans

I got this recipe from a church dinner.  Hearty enough as a meal in and of itself! 

Brown 2lbs hamburger with chopped onion

2 large cans pork & beans
2 small cans red kidney beans
2 sm cans white beans

Mix in separate bowl, then add.
1 c ketchup
1 t mustard
1 t salt
1/2 c brown sugar
1 t dry mustard
1 T vinegar
1/2 t pepper

Put in crockpot on low 4 hours or 13x9 dish at 350 degrees 40 minutes

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Three Bean Salad

My daughter and I were lucky to hear one of the ladies from speak and they shared this recipe with us.  We loved it, and my daughter didn't even think she liked beans.  I have adapted it a bit for our tastes.

1 can red beans, drained & rinsed
1 can pinto beans, drained & rinsed
1 can black beans, drained & rinsed
1/2 red pepper, chopped
1/2 green pepper, chopped
1 c. frozen corn  (thawed, or add frozen and wait to eat it) (optional, buy organic for non-gmo.)
1/2 red onion, chopped
5 green onions, chopped
1/8 c cilantro, chopped
1/2 cup Italian dressing
1-2 T lime juice
1 clove garlic, minced

Combine it all and eat.  Chill in fridge before eating for better flavors.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Chocolate Strawberry shake

Toss this in your blendtec and enjoy!  Kind of funny because the littles (4 &2) didn't really like this, but everyone else thought it was fantastic.  

5 c. frozen strawberries (approx)
4T cocoa powder
1 can coconut milk
approx 1/3-1/2 sweetener (can use honey, agave, etc.  I like to do part coconut sugar with a little stevia.)
2 c. water (or so, depends on how thick you want it)

Blend.  Drink.