Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Raw Granola

Kate's Raw Granola
4 cups blueberries - dehydrated 8-9 hours (or substitute craisins or raisins)
2 cups almonds - coarsely chopped in food processor
1 cup cashew pieces
1 cup shredded coconut
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1/4 cup whole buckwheat - soaked for 3 hours then drained
1/4 cup flax seed - soaked for 2 hours
1/2 cup agave
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
1/3 cup chia seed
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon real salt
1 apple - grated
1 pear - grated

Dehydrate blueberries and soak buckwheat and flax seeds first! Then mix everything in a large bowl. Spread onto dehydrator and dehydrate 8-10 hours.

Eat alone as a snack or pour a bowl with your favorite milk!

Saturday, July 23, 2011

A Banana, A Baby | A Little Story About Baby Food

This is a little story about one sad lonely ripe banana, a very hungry baby and a mommy who likes the idea of giving her baby the very best she can. 

Take said lonely banana

try to calm hungry baby down by telling her you are about to make her the yummiest yummy mushy gooshy wooshy.  (babies like it when you talk baby talk, so now is a good time to talk it up)

 Break that little lonely banana and put it in a magic bullet or in a bowl to mush on your own with a forky-fork. 

 Press down and watch the magic begin!
I love my little baby making food thingy. I've used it with all my kids, it's so easy to use and clean up is a breeze. Plus it's kinda fun. (did I just lose all my credibility saying it was fun?!)

Instant yummy baby food, no fillers, no added whatevers, no preservatives. 
Just plain ol' perfect fruit for your perfect little bean. 
(the bean is the baby, for some reason i like to call my baby"bean". go on hate me for it!)

Grab a spoon


Feed that hungry little bean to get a happy baby! A taste for the babe, a taste for you!

 "Thank you Mommy!!!"
 "Thank you lady!"
Wanna know the best part? It seriously took under 1 min for me to make this and I bought a whole bunch of very ripe lonely bananas for $1.29. Wanna know the cost of ONE jar of baby food? 50 cents, for an itty-bitty jar, 50 cents for ONE itty-bitty serving! My one banana gave me at least 2 servings. So let's bust out those brains and figure this math puzzle out...

Banana Bunch $1.29
2 servings per banana, 6 bananas = 12 servings total
One small jar baby food $0.50
$0.50 x 12 servings = $6.00
Overall savings? $4.71

Freeze extra servings in ice trays for later.
Now go get your baby food making groove on!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Side Dish | Quinoa Pilaf with Cranberries and Almonds

I made this yummy savory sweet dish to take as a side for family Sunday dinner. Everyone who tried it absolutely loved it! I came home with an empty bowl and a new recipe to put in the "keep" folder. I know you'll love this dish too! Quinoa is a super food and is great as a main dish too. Try adding this recipe to a beautiful bed of lettuce for a main course, and if you wish, top with grilled chicken and you are set! I certainly didn't make enough of this and I'm planning on making more tonight to keep in the fridge for lunches this week. Could be served warm or cold. I see summer picnic afternoons with this pilaf! ENJOY!

Quinoa Pilaf with Cranberries & Almonds 

Recipe from Whole Foods

Serves 6

Quinoa is naturally wheat and gluten free and is a good source of complete protein for vegans and vegetarians. Try it in this quick and flavorful pilaf.


1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 small red onion, chopped (about 1/2 cup)
1 cup uncooked quinoa, rinsed and drained
2 cups chicken or vegetable broth
1/2 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup dried cranberries
2/3 cup sliced almonds 


Heat oil in a medium pot over medium high heat. Add onions and cook, stirring often, until just softened, 2 to 3 minutes. Add quinoa and toast, stirring constantly, for 1 minute. Stir in broth and salt and bring to a boil then reduce heat to medium low, cover and simmer for 10 minutes. Stir in cranberries, cover again and continue to cook until liquid is completely absorbed and quinoa is tender, 8 to 10 minutes more. Toss with almonds and serve.

Sides| Broiled Caprese Tomato Sliders

There are three ingredients that can never go wrong when put together; basil, fresh mozzarella and tomato.  It's like music to my ears... er tongue. So sweet, so delicious so simple and scrumptious. When I think of summer, I think of these three amigos and everything is lollypops and gumdrops. 

This recipe is great alone or try drizzling extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegrette on top. If you really want to go crazy and take this from side dish to main dish, put it on a fresh baguette and you've made yourself a summer sandy (short for sandwich ya know). Enjoy!

Broiled Caprese Tomato Sliders
tomato, sliced
sliced fresh mozzarella
fresh pesto
salad greens, chopped

1.  Turn on your broiler.
2. Slice tomato and mozzarella. 
3. Lay sliced tomatoes onto a cookie sheet, top with mozzarella and put into broiler. Broil until cheese is nice and bubbly. Take out of oven. 
4. Top cheesy tomatoes with desired amount of pesto, then top off with chopped salad greens. Add salt and pepper as needed. 

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Dinner | Chicken in Tomato Basil Cream

{Just so you know, I added a package of mushrooms to this recipe 
in case you were wondering what those brown thingys were in the photo}

Chicken in Tomato Basil Cream
by More Favorites pg 150

1 1/2 lbs chicken tenders
3 tablespoons butter
1 small onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
dash red pepper flakes
2 (15 oz) cans tomatoes, undrained 
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper

Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. In batches brown chicken on both sides, cooking until no longer pink. Remove from skillet and place in a 9x13" dish. 

Add the remaining 1 tablespoon of butter to the same skillet and cook onion, garlic and red pepper flakes until onion is tender, about 5 minutes. Add undrained tomatoes and simmer an additional 5 minutes. (I used fresh vine tomatoes. We had a huge costco size bunch that need to be used up, so I threw them in the blender and until I got 1 cup of blended tomatoes and then also used one can of stewed tomatoes) Stir in cream and cook until slightly thickened. Remove from heat. Add basil, salt and pepper. (I also threw in a package of fresh sliced mushrooms)

Pour tomato sauce over the chicken in baking dish. Bake uncovered at 450 degrees for 8-10 minutes or until bubbly. 

SO creamy and yummy and warm and comforting! Serve this delicious dish over your favorite hot pasta or with some rice. We coupled ours with fresh asparagus and parmesan. YUM! A new family favorite!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Breakfast or Snack | Citrus Blast Smoothie

I've been hit hard this month with a bad case of strep throat. In fact I've had the virus two times in the last three weeks! Two different times going to the Dr's and two different prescriptions. NO FUN if you ask me! So I've decided to up my vitamin C intake with a yummy Citrus Smoothie. My four most favorite foods in the whole wide world are: Sweet Potatoes, Avocado, Grapefruit and frozen Jr. Mints (yes you read that right, frozen Jr. Mints... best treat in the world! Try it, I know you'll like it!)

Whole Living says, "As you might have guessed, grapefruits are full of vitamin C, a major antioxidant that helps fight infection, may shorten the duration of colds, and protects against free radicals."

Read more at Wholeliving.com: Power Foods: Grapefruit 

So with that tid bit of knowledge I knew it was time to indulge in one of my top favorites. And nothing feels better on a sore throat than a nice cool slushy drink! I hope you try it and like it! 

Juice from one orange (or you can throw the whole thing in, it's up to you!)
1 whole Grapefruit peeled
2 handfuls of Spinach
5 ice cubes

Blend all ingredients but ice cubes in blender until smooth. Add ice cubs and blend to desired slushy. Pull out a straw and sip away to citrus heaven!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Sides | Slow Roasted Tomatoes

Cherry, grape or small Roma tomatoes
Whole gloves of garlic, unpeeled
Olive oil
Herbs such as thyme or rosemary (optional)

Preheat oven to 225°F. Halve each cherry or grape tomato crosswise, or Roma tomato lengthwise and arrange on a parchment-lined baking sheet along with the cloves of garlic. Drizzle with olive oil, just enough to make the tomatoes glisten. Sprinkle herbs on, if you are using them, and salt and pepper, though go easily on these because the finished product will be so flavorful you’ll need very little to help it along.
Bake the tomatoes in the oven for about three hours. You want the tomatoes to be shriveled and dry, but with a little juice left inside–this could take more or less time depending on the size of your tomatoes.

Either use them right away or let them cool, cover them with some extra olive oil and keep them in the fridge for the best summer condiment, ever. And for snacking.

*We roasted these tomatoes to put in our panini. It was sooo yummy! Our panini went like this: Country bread, a spread of pesto, fresh mozzarella, fresh basil leaves and roasted tomatoes. DIVINE!