Monday, February 27, 2017

My Mom's Gluten Free Chocolate Muffins

Yummy!!!! I'm a lucky girl!😍
My mommy made me gluten free chocolate muffins with zero added sugar. 
The sweetness came from bananas and vegan chocolate Shakeology.😋
And they are sooooooooo good!!!!!
Honestly, you could easily leave out the oil.  They were super moist and you probably wouldn't have missed it much. Perfect little snack before we head to the pool.

Happy Baking!

My Mom's Gluten Free Chocolate Muffins 
2 eggs
1/4 cup oil
3/4 cup almond milk
2 overripe bananas, smashed
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 cup peanut flour
1/4 cup soy flour
1/4 cup coconut flour
1 scoop Vegan Chocolate Shakeology

Mix the dry ingredients in a medium bowl and set aside.   Add the wet ingredients and stir only until combined.  Do not over mix.  
Bake 350 for 15 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.  

Makes 12 muffins (less than 2 grams carbs each)

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Shrimp Stir-Fry in a Flash

Dinner tonight was a quick shrimp stir-fry.  And a BIG hit!!!  You can serve it over rice or eat it just on its own.  So yummy!
And super simple!!!
Happy Cooking!

Shrimp Stir-Fry in a Flash
1 lb of shrimp, peeled & deveined 
1 T olive oil
3 cups shredded Napa cabbage
1.5 cups shredded carrots 
1.5 cups snap peas
1 red bell pepper, sliced
1/2 cup Trader Joe's Island Soy-Yaki Sauce (probably the healthiest "teriyaki" type sauce I've found) 

In a large frying pan over medium high heat, stir-fry the veggies in olive oil for 5-7 minutes until crisp tender and cabbage has wilted.  Put the veggies to the side, add the shrimp into the pan and cook until done.  Then add everything back to the pan with the sauce and stir to combine. 
Easy peasy!!!  Hope you enjoy!

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Taco Seasoning

It's simple… Why purchase taco seasoning in a packet with additives and preservatives when you can make your own and just a matter of minutes?
Feel good about the food you feed your family.
And let the kids do the measuring!!
They'll love it!
You can use this recipe anytime it asks for a taco seasoning packet.

Happy Cooking!!!

Homemade Taco Seasoning
1 tablespoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder1/4 teaspoon onion powder1/4 teaspoon dried oregano1/2 teaspoon paprika1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin1 teaspoon sea salt1 teaspoon black pepper

Mix all the ingredients together in a small bowl. 
Store in an airtight container.
This recipe is the equivalent of 1 packet of seasoning, good for 1 lb of lean ground turkey or beef. 

And if you want to stick with some black beans and taco meat, then make yours into a salad.  Yum!

Lightened Up 7-Layer Dip


Here is a lighter version of a 7 -Layer Dip that is heavy on fresh veggies and uses nonfat refried beans and low-fat yogurt instead of sour cream. 

As a lifelong connoisseur of taco dips, I can attest to its tastiness. You might like to make it with spicier beans and add sliced black olives or chopped jalapeño.

Happy Cooking and Enjoy the big game!!

Lightened Up 7-Layer Dip
2 medium ripe avocados
2 Tbsp. fresh lime juice
1 dash sea salt (or Himalayan salt)
1 dash ground black pepper
8 oz low-fat plain Greek yogurt
2 tsp. all-natural taco seasoning, no salt added
1 (15-oz) can nonfat refried beans, warm
4 medium tomatoes, chopped
1 yellow pepper, chopped
1 bunch green onions, ends trimmed, sliced thin
2 Tbsp. shredded cheddar (or pepper jack) cheese (½ oz)

Mash avocados in a medium bowl.
Add lime juice, salt, and pepper; mix well. Set aside.
Combine yogurt and taco seasoning in a medium bowl; mix well. Set aside.
Top serving platter with beans, avocado mixture, yogurt mixture, tomatoes, peppers, green onions, and cheese.
Serve with baked tortilla chips.