Thursday, February 9, 2012

Toe Shoe Vibram Cake

My daughter Allison wanted to do an AMAZING RACE birthday party. She wanted a fun cake to go with the theme.  Her friends and I thought this cake would be very appropriate for Allison.  (Especially if you know her - she is a wacky doodle)  The perfectionist in me doesn't like that I didn't take the time to make things to scale, but I was pressed for time and it turned out good enough in a pinch.  It was tasty too - Coconut cake with coconut cream cheese!  Yum!!

Monday, February 6, 2012

Stuffed Chiles

My family really liked this and I liked it because it was meat free and fairly easy to make.
I had never roasted and peeled poblano chilies before but it was really easy.  The trick is to broil them until  the skin is really blistered up and blackened.
Stuffed Chiles
(Recipe from Dr. Gott's No Flour, No Sugar Cookbook)
  • 6 Medium poblano chiles
  • One 15 ounce can black beans, drained
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cheese ( I use rice shreds for dairy free or cheddar)
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 cup eggs blended with a fork
  • 1 1/2 cup milk or milk substitute (I use almond milk)
  • 1/4 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper (even less if you don't like any heat - but we love the heat)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • Salsa (Herdez is my favorite)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Roast chiles under broiler until blistered on both sides.  Place in plastic bag 5 to 10 minutes.  Peel skin off.  Slice open one side and remove seeds and stems.  Place flat in casserole dish.  Layer beans over chilies with 1 1/4 cups cheese and onion.  Fold chiles in half over beans.  Mix egg with milk, cumin, oregano, cayenne, and garlic.  Pour over chiles.  Top with remaining cheese.  Bake until set, 30 to 40 minutes.  Serve with salsa.  (Just feeds my family of 5 with no leftovers).

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

I am always on the lookout for recipes with made with whole grains, no sugar, and taste good!
Houston, we have lift off!!!
These are dang good, but there is a secret - you have to use raw honey for these to come out fantastic.  Plain old honey, works, but then these cookies are just okay.  I buy my raw honey at Sprouts, or at local farmers markets.  My husband ate so many of these and my son couldn't believe they were whole wheat!
I loved that they didn't have sugar.  Enjoy!
Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
(Recipe from The Feel Good Cookbook)
Beat very well:
  • 2/3 cup butter (organic, pasture based is best)
  • 1/2 cup raw honey

  • 1 tsp molasses
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 egg

Add and gently mix in:
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Add then stir:
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut
Form into balls on cookies sheet and bake at 350* for 10-12 minutes.