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Whole Wheat and Oatmeal Pancakes

I make these on a regular basis, because my kids like pancakes, and I like to make them- especially when I can make them healthy! So, try th...

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Party On! Spinach Artichoke Dip- with white beans!

I wanted to make a spinach artichoke dip for Christmas day since we were going to a friend's house for dinner, but my friend has a very restrictive diet, and I couldn't bear to make a dip with store-bought mayonnaise; so I re-vamped a recipe, and I am happy to say that it was a WICKED hit with my kids, and husband. So, I thought I would share it with you, just in time for 2014:

Spinach Artichoke Dip with White Beans
2 cloves garlic
1/2- 3/4tsp. salt
3 C. white beans, cooked
4 c. spinach, washed
1 can Artichoke hearts, in water
1/4-1/3 c. cream cheese
1/2 c. parmesan cheese Olive oil, and water for consistency and taste

Soak and cook beans according to package directions. Add garlic and salt to food processor, and process until minced. Add spinach and process again until chopped small. Add beans, artichokes, and a few drizzles of olive oil, and process until ingredients are combined. If needed, add some water until you reach a creamy consistency. Now for the secret ingredient: add cream cheese, and parmesan cheese until combined. Taste... enjoy! Add more salt if needed; but not too much! Tell me what you think! (I'm sorry, I would have posted pictures, but my computer was being stupid!)

Monday, December 30, 2013

Sprouted Quinoa with Sundried Tomatoes, Bacon and Feta

I discovered this delicious combination tonight as I was searching my kitchen as usual, wondering what in the world to make for dinner- or I should say, how to make it tasteful enough for everyone to enjoy it. First, we have my wonderfully patient, and always complimentary husband, Sam, who will eat anything I cook (no matter what it might look like- he's such a good sport!), especially so the kids will eat it. Gary, I'm not worried about. The four year old who used to be our pickiest eater, is now our most willing taste-tester, and exotic food connoiseur. Gracie, however, has gone from the girl who eats anything, to the girl who won't touch it, even if she likes all of the ingredients, if it doesn't look good. And Nicole, who is very vocal, and very opinionated when it comes to something she doesn't think she'll like. So, as you can see, it causes me a little bit of stress if I don't have a meal I am absolutely sure they will love and devour! Well, tonight I had some ingredients on hand that I knew they would eat, so I thought I would try them together- and it worked! Simple, and quick, this meal takes just a little bit of preparation, but is well worth your time. At least, that's what I think. You'll have to make it and tell me what you think! So, this is what you need: 1 1/2 c. Quinoa, sprouted (This is easy, I promise! Just pour your measured Quinoa into a glass jar or bowl the night before, add a Tablespoon of plain yogurt- or the whey from it- and soak it overnight. In the morning, rinse and drain your quinoa, and by the time you are ready to cook it, it will have sprouted- growing cute little tails. Congratulations! You have literally turned this nutritional little seed into a vegetable!) 3-4 sun-dried tomato halves, chopped 1 Tbsp. Bacon fat, from uncured, natural bacon - the less chemicals, nitrates, and preservatives, the better! 1/2 small onion, diced 1 clove garlic, minced 2 tsp. dried parsley 1/2 tsp. salt, to taste Feta cheese, to top. After sprouting the quinoa, add to a small pot of boiling water, and cook for 5-10 minutes, until quinoa is soft and chewy, but not mushy. Drain quinoa and set aside. Add bacon fat to a skillet. Add onion and saute for 5 minutes, then add garlic, tomato, and remaining spices. Add quinoa, and 1-2 Tbsp. of water to create some steam. Cover and cook about 5 more minutes until ingredients are combined. Remove from heat. Top with cheese and serve. Serves 5-6 So, what did you think? Would you make any modifications?