Saturday, November 5, 2011

Soaked Oatmeal

I know it seems funny to post a recipe that consists of just rolled oats, fruit and natural sweetener, but that's what makes this so powerful, and beautiful. Soaking your oats is like soaking any other grain, seed or flour. It releases the phytic acid which then allows your body to fully absorb the vitamins and minerals that are yours for the taking. Soaking also increases the protein and fiber content. Interesting huh? Try it once, and see if you are not hooked.
*Here's a basic recipe:
1 Cup rolled oats
1 Cup (use your own good judgment and use just enough to soak the oats- not make them float around separately) kefir, buttermilk, or water with 1 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar.
Soak overnight. In the morning, combine oats and 1 cup of milk or water in a saucepan. Add flaxseeds, or raisins, and up to 1/4c. real maple syrup. Cook on med-low until creamy. Remove from heat. Enjoy with a topping of soaked walnuts or a sprinkle of brown sugar. Enjoy!

*If you find you have LOTS of extra oatmeal, and you want to change it up a little, try this:
Heat skillet or griddle on med-high heat. In a mixing bowl, beat 2-3 eggs. Add 1 tsp. vanilla, and 1/2 tsp. cinnamon. Add your already cooked oatmeal. Pour onto skillet in small pancake form. Flip when bottoms of cakes begin to brown and curl up. Enjoy with a little drizzle of maple syrup. DELICIOUS! 

Monday, May 2, 2011

Spinach and Ricotta Lasagna Rolls

A recipe I created tonight after seeing a similar one on allrecipes.com. This is a little healthier and SO TASTY!
I hope you enjoy it!

6 whole wheat lasagna noodles
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 oz. neufchatel cheese (the less expensive and tastier version of cream cheese)
1 c. part-skim ricotta cheese
2-4 c. spinach, washed, and chopped fine in food processor (more or less according to personal preference)
1/2 onion, diced, or 2 T. onion powder
1 can chicken breast in water (opt.)
1 can (15 oz) crushed tomatoes
salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 375. Cook lasagna noodles according to directions. Combine all ingredients except crushed tomatoes in separate bowl. Set aside. Spoon in a little bit of the tomatoes on the bottom of a 9x13 pan. Take each noodle, lie it in the pan, and spoon in some of the ricotta mixture and spread it evenly along each noodle. Carefully roll the noodle up and lie finished end on the bottom. Fill all noodles, cover with remaining tomatoes, and top with sprinkles of mozzarella cheese. Bake for 30 minutes or until heated through. Enjoy!

Power Fruit Smoothie

It's been forever since I have posted something, but we loving New York City, and are enjoying the creative ways to cook here.
We bought some bananas and a mango while walking home one day, and decided to make a smoothie. Who knew it would be SO DELICIOUS! It was as if I was suddenly on a tropical island, and I enjoyed every moment of it! :-) So, in hopes of you getting to spend a moment on a tropical island and enjoy life, I'm sharing our creation with you now-
Ingredients:
1 Mango, peeled and cut off from pith
1 banana, peeled
1 apple, peeled and de-cored
1 cup non-fat, plain yogurt- I used greek yogurt
1/4c. coconut milk
ice or water to desired consistency

Combine all ingredients in blender, leaving ice for the last. Blend until smooth, adding water until desired consistency. Then add ice and blend until no large ice chunks remain. Share this with someone, and enjoy!