Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Minimally Processed Snacks - NO Crackers!

Who can make it through the day without snacks? Kids definitely can't, and I've gotten used to having a snack with them. A couple of snacks a day can be healthy, but forget all the pre-packaged over-processed commercial snacks. Here's a list of 25 (what I consider to be minimally processed) snacks that are delicious and easy. Not all "low fat, low calorie" snacks, but are nutritious and natural.

1. Grapefruit/Avocado Salad - cut out the sections of a grapefruit & mix with cut-up avocado
2. Popcorn - heat a little olive or safflower oil in a pan, add plain popcorn kernels & pop
3. Yogurt with blueberries, raspberries & honey (I use frozen berries if I don't have fresh)
4. Tortillas - with fruit only jam or nut/seed butters
5. Hard boiled eggs
6. Applesauce (plain, fruit-only or homemade) - can add honey & cinnamon
7. Fruit Salad - when you have a crowd, everyone can bring one piece of fruit & add to the salad
8. Grapes & Cheese
9. Apples with a nut/seed butter
10. Hummus (ground chickpeas - make your own or buy it) and carrots
11. Some sort of bean spread & vegetables
12. Homemade Salsa & corn tortillas
13. Roasted Chickpeas
14. Smoothies (homemade)
15. Smoothie Pops (homemade)

Monday, July 27, 2009

Gluten Free Crepes (still contain eggs & dairy)

I think you can take away the dairy & wheat from Crepes and still come up with something decent...but it seems best if you don't omit the eggs. If you have an egg sensitivity, you might still be able to have yolks, try it without the whites and let me know!

1 c. sorghum flour
1/2 c. buckwheat flour
1/2 t. baking powder
1/2 t. salt
1/2 t. xanthan gum (holds the crepe together since it's gluten free)
2 c. milk (or rice/almond/soy milk)
1 T. honey
2 T. melted butter (or ghee where the proteins are removed, or olive oil)
1/2 t. vanilla
2 large eggs

Mix the flours, baking powder, salt, and xanthan gum in a large bowl. Whisk the milk, honey, melted butter, vanilla and eggs together separately, then whisk them into the dry ingredients. You really should use a well-seasoned crepe pan. Heat the pan on medium-high and melt a little butter in it. When the butter has foamed (but before it burns), add about 1/4-1/3 c. batter, and swirl it around in the pan. When the crepe starts looking "dry" on top, but still a little wet, flip it with a large half-moon shaped spatula. Cook the other side about 30 seconds - 1 minute, then place on a plate, fill with strawberries & bananas, or jam or anything you like.

You can freeze these between wax paper too.

Mexican Beans/Rice (no tomatoes, cheese optional)

Hmmm, what can I make for lunch today? Or dinner tonight?

If you're like me, you're always asking that question. Today was one of those days where I realized I had no meat in the house, and had to think of a decent protein source for lunch.

I had leftover rice and a can of beans. So I created this stir-fry:

2-3 T. olive oil
1 small yellow onion, minced
2 small garlic cloves, minced
chili powder to taste (about 1/2 t.)
1 red bell pepper, chopped
about 1 cup frozen sweet corn
about 2 cups leftover brown rice (I use brown basmati)
1 can black beans, drained (but not rinsed)
fresh cilantro from the garden
salt & pepper to taste

Heat a large skillet or wok on medium-high heat. Fry the onion & garlic for about 5 minutes until tender, then add the chili powder and cook for 1 minute longer. Next add the bell pepper & corn, fry about 1-2 minutes, then add the rice and beans, cover, and cook until hot (about 5 minutes).

Add cilantro & salt & pepper. Serves about 4.

We sprinkled some shredded cheddar cheese on ours. But you really don't need the cheese.