Saturday, July 30, 2016

Strawberry Mango Bliss

 

Good Morning, 
Today I still had half of my mango and strawberry ices. So I made a bit of granola to go in it...thus the spoon. I'm going to need a straw too. Do you eat your mint? I do. It's growing like crazy, why not eat it?

Mango smoothie recipe

Peel & Chop 2 mangos.
Freeze 2 mangos.
I let them mine soften just a tad because my freezer is crazy cold...
Blitz in the blender or food processor until smooth.
 Serves 2  greedy mango lovers


Loving Body Benefits of
  Mango, Strawberry and Mint

Mango  Boost your immune system,  some B6,  Eye and Skin Care and beat the heat back with it's natural cooling effects. 

Strawberry Wrinkle preventative? who knew, antioxidant and more, so much more.

Mint If breath freshener isn't enough benefit...??  This little gift helps your digestion, gives boost of iron and making almost any smoothie taste way more palatable. After Thyme it's my favorite herb.



Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Fresh tomato salsa





Salsa for tortilla tonight. I'm always in the mood for the red, yellow or orange peppers...rarely the green ones. Still I chopped one into the salsa anyway.  I also added a few tart strawberries  in too.They are full of vitamins and an extra way I get H2O! After that, a few onions, cilantro, and herb spices, with lime juice.  I let it sit a few minutes in the fridge.
In the mean time I'll whip up some coconut cream with a bit of lime and mint. Chop, chop, chop, yum!

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Mr. Rogers Neighborhood Granola Recipe

My daughter  mixed this whole recipe herself, when she was small an still does it. I did the stove work, then she'd form granola balls. This the recipe I remember off the top of my head...just add whatever fruit or extras you want. It's also the granola I layer in my yogurt and strawberry Parfait!

Mr. Rogers Granola..easy as 1, 2, 3

Ingredients
3 c. Old fashioned oats uncooked
1/3 c. vegetable oil (olive for
1/3 cup honey
1/4 c firmly packed brown sugar
1 tsp. vanilla

*mix in nuts and chocolate or even a trail mix.


  • You'll want a large bowl...mix everything. Then place on a cookie sheet. 
  • Bake in the oven at 350° for 15-20 min. Turning with a spatula 2 -3 times.  Until you notice a golden brown hue all over. 
  • Every oven Cooks different, so be careful to check it often.
  • Remove the granola from the oven to cool and then add other ingredients like chocolate, yogurt covereed fruit and the like.
  • Pack in a large jar with a lid or sandwich baggies. 
EASY AND DELICIOUS ....ENJOY!



Cabbage Greens:


This is the way I dream of cooking fresh home grown vegetables....

1.Fresh from the Garden
2. Never has having a Big head been
a great compliment
3. Washed outer Cabbage Greens


4. Sauted in olive oil with garlic, onion and s/p


Cook as long as you want to achieve desired tenderness,  adding a splash of Apple cider
Vinegar and water to keep them simmering/steaming in a covered pot.




I chopped the cabbage head and saute for Yakasoba dinner the next day

I love Fresh, Simple and Delicious!



Simple snacks

1. Blanch the leave, let them get cool to touch and fill them with your favorite filling
as you would stuffed shells... 
  • cooked beans, 
  • seasoned Quinua with peppers, 
  • brown rice caramelized onions.

2.  Add to a cup of soup
3. Blanch and roll like a log then cut quite thin....add to your salad


How to Blanch ... Granted you can blanch without salt at all...

Ingredients and tools

1 c. Salt
1 Gallon of water
Xtra large bowl filled with edible clean ice and water..
a scooping tool or extra long tongs to fish out the vegetable

  • 1 gallon of water to 1 c. of water...Formula I was given....but I use  less salt depending on if I'm consuming the vegetables and paring it with. ...So adjust the salt to your needs.
  • Boil the water. 
  • Once the water is boiled carefully place the vegetables into the water...

  • 2-5 min...while still bright green.
  • Place in the ice bath
  • Place on paper towels to pat dry
  • Place in a pan or prepare to fill.

Friday, July 8, 2016

Honey Almond Butter

I have always wanted to make almond and cashew butter.  After my father in laws 90th birthday we came home with a whole can of mixed nuts. So I just had my dd pick out the almonds. Then I brushed off the excess salt. Walla. I added a touch of honey for a bit of sweetness. Now I have another way to get a meatless protein.
I could have gotten an even creamier texture but I don't have the best processor, besides i think it looks more like crunchy.
Nuts can be a bit pricey...plus I'm always making trail mix or some other quick treat.
Well who knew making a nut butter was this easy...The machine does all the work after you pick out
the nuts you want. So I made almond butter this time. Next time I'll make Brazillian...I love those.

Here's the recipe...

1 cup almond butter
a food processor
1 Tbsp. Honey

Instructions
Place the almonds into the processor
Close it properly
Turn on the machine and let it go until smooth....I took about 20 min.

There are 1000 ways to use Almond Butter. Literally anywhere you'd use peanut butter. Here's 5.

 Chocolate covered  almond cups
Almond Butter Glaze 
Almond Sauce for Pasta
Almond Butter Cream
Dipped pretzels sticks