Posts tagged ‘organic’

May 19, 2011

Strawberry Pickin

Happy Thursday friends! I finally told my employers that I was moving…It only took me 3 days :/ Oh well, it’s done – They are excited for me but the 5-year-old gave me a couple of dirty looks…Let’s hope she doesn’t start acting up!

To change the mood I suggested we head to the U-Pick Strawberry Farm. I used to go with my Grandma when I was younger and it was always so much fun. Who would’ve thunk the strawberries would be so cheap!? A pound was $1.35… That’s what I’m talking about!

Since the strawberry patch just opened there were a lot that still needed some growing time.

Umm Lysi, is this all there is?

Nevermind, we found lots!!

All of our strawberries only cost $3! Hmm now what should we make?? Went through a couple of phases… Wanted to make strawberry mousse, then strawberries & cream scones and of course strawberry cheesecake ice cream. We honestly could’ve probably made them all with the amount of strawberries we had – but when cooking with kids (or me) some of your ingredients get “lost” aka eaten.

We ended up with none of the above recipes. I have a lot of bookmarked recipes so I decided to go through those. That’s when I came across Angela’s Healthy Strawberry Oat Squares. Winner Winner Chicken Strawberry Oat Square Dinner!

These are Vegan, healthy, sweet and addictive.

Vegan Strawberry Oat Squares

adapted slightly from Oh She Glows

Ingredients

Ingredients:

For Oat Base:

  • 1.5 cups quick oats
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 cup Sucanat
  • 1 chia egg (1 tbsp chia seeds+ 4 tbsp warm water, mixed)
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tbsp Earth Balance, melted
  • 1/4 cup agave
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds (for topping only)

For Strawberry Jam:

  • 2 & 1/4 cups chopped strawberries, chopped into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 1 tbsp Nunaturals Stevia
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
Directions
  • Preheat oven to 350F.
  • Line a square pan (I used a 8×8) with parchment paper.
  • In a medium sized pot, add the chopped strawberries and sugar.
  • Heat over low until the strawberries begin to sweat and it gets a bit watery. Once it heats down a bit, add in the chia seeds, and stir well.
  • Bring to a boil and then simmer over low to medium heat for at least 10 minutes. Once it has thickened a bit, remove from heat and cool for 5-10 mins.
  • In a small bowl, mix the chia or flax egg and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, mix the oat base dry ingredients: oats, flour, Sucanat/brown sugar, baking soda, salt.
  • In a small bowl, mix the melted earth balance, maple syrup, almond milk, and chia egg. Stir well.
  • Add the wet mixture to the dry and mix well.
  • Reserve 1/2 cup off mixture to side.
  • Pour the remaining oat mixture onto the square pan and press down with fingers.
  • Pour on strawberry mixture and smooth out. Now sprinkle on the reserved 1/2 cup oat mixture and sprinkle on.
  • Now sprinkle on 1 tbsp of sesame seeds.
  • Bake at 350F for approximately 30 minutes.
  • Allow to fully cool for at least 30-40 minutes before gently removing from pan. Slice and then store in a container in the fridge to keep firm.
Thank goodness for bookmarked recipes. I semi-burnt dinner tonight so I enjoyed 3 squares of these. Nothing beats homemade jam… Especially warm with oatmeal squares…and maybe a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream 😉

QUESTIONS: Have you ever burnt dinner and not had energy to re-create it so just kind of “snacked” instead?? Have you ever picked your own strawberries?



March 7, 2011

Feeling kinda snacky (sunday)…

I always have weird eating habits on Sunday… But not today! I’m sticking with my March Goals so far, so good!

  • I went to the gym 7 times during the week…my goal was 5!
  • To not overindulge on weekends and stick to my weekly routine – CHECK!
  • Get more than 5 hours of sleep a night – Averaging 8!
  • Set a weekly budget and stick to my list – A+.

This weekend I was able to squeeze a zumba, body pump and killer spin class in – i just love me some weekend workouts! During the week I always go after work but morning workouts always make me feel more accomplished and energized.

I made a “menu” for myself for the week that included 3 meals, a snack & dessert (can’t go without it!) each day – I jotted down my grocery list, headed to Trader Joe’s and actually stuck to it without buying one extra item! I’m so proud of myself… The best part about it? I got all of these organic goodies:

for $34… I can’t remember the last time I only spent $34 at the grocery store! I have a lot of yummy recipes for the week planned so I’m ready for Monday to start. Whoa, did I just say that? This will probably be the first and last time you hear me say those words in a sentence together.

I have some news for you…

The good news is – I’m loving the honey scented blueberry muffins i made on Friday…

The bad news is I’m eating them like I’m never going to see them again…

The good news is they are only 100 calories 🙂 But, the bad news is I’ve been dousing them in my new favorite Peanut Butter.

I just keep telling myself it’s OK it’s a protein… AND its national peanut butter month so it’s only right that I support it 😉

The good news is I made some seriously good hummus for the week to snack on.

Spinach and Artichoke Hummus! This was my first homemade hummus and it turned out ah.maze.ing. Sorry whole foods, you won’t be collecting 6.00 a container from me anymore 🙂 The bad news is, I forgot this was a weekday snack and almost finished it off by myself TODAY. I wasn’t kidding when I said I was feeling snacky!

The good news is, while I was gawking I found a recipe that caught my eye so I also made some Peanut Butter Pretzel Granola Bars for a healthy easy treat while were on vacation.

The bad news is I just couldn’t help but drizzle chocolate all over them.

You’re right, that’s not bad news… But it would’ve been awesome news if I would’ve opened the dark chocolate bar instead of the milk! Don’t feel sorry for me… They were still delicious – they had peanut butter AND chocolate, how could they not be?

The bad news is I was still feeling snacky – so I turned it into good news and whipped up some s’mores cookies “to take to work” tomorrow. Or, at least that’s what I told myself.

I won’t tell you how many or if i even have any of these left…

But the good news is… I’m going to share all 3 recipes with you, right here, right now.

Spinach and Artichoke Hummus

Ingredients

  • 1 (15 oz.) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup frozen spinach, thawed and drained
  • 1 can of artichoke hearts, quartered
  • 2 Tbsp. tahini
  • 2 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup Olive Oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and smashed
  • sea salt and pepper, to taste
  • a sprinkle of parmesan cheese to make it a little more like the dip.

Directions

  • Combine all ingredients in food processor until smooth.

OOO…AHHH….  Choose your dipping weapon of choice. I chose gluten-free unsalted pretzels. I enjoy them more than the Whole Wheat ones but they can get pricey – Maybe next I’ll make my own pretzels?!

Next up on Snacky Sunday:

Peanut Butter Pretzel Granola Bars

Ingredients

  • 1 cup natural peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup chopped peanuts
  • 1/2 cup pretzels (I chose gluten-free)
  • 4 bananas, mashed
  • 2 cups of old-fashioned oats
  • dried fruit, chocolate chips, chocolate, coconut etc (optional)

Directions

 

  • Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees, line a 13×9 pan with parchment paper
  • Mash bananas
  • Add peanut butter to bananas and heat in microwave until combined
  • Add oats and peanuts, mix well.
  • Fold in pretzels
  • Spread mixture in lined pan and bake for 20 minutes or until top is browned
  • Let cool and cut into 12 squares
  • Drizzle with chocolate if you love it as much as me

These remind me of a cookie mixed with a granola bar. They are also pretty big in size so its perfect for breakfast on the go!

Last but not least…

 

S’mores Cookies

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups flour
  • 1 1/4 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup mini marshmallows
  • 2 chocolate bars, chopped

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Combine the butter and sugars until fluffy.
  • Mix in egg and vanilla until combined.
  • Add the flour, graham crackers, salt, and baking soda, and mix well. Stir in the chocolate chips.

IMPORTANT STEP: Eat a spoonful of cookie dough

  • Drop by rounded tablespoon onto cookie sheets
  • Bake for 8 minutes, and remove from the oven.
  • Push 3 to 4 marshmallows and a few pieces of the chocolate bar into each cookies.
  • Return to the oven and bake an additional 3-4 minutes until fully cooked. Cool cookies on a wire rack.

The marshmallow, graham crackers and chocolate combo is really trying hard to steal the number one spot in my heart(clearly chocolate + peanut butter is #1)… I’ve got to admit, these cookies MIGHT have me switch over. If you make these, make sure you get the colored marshmallows…They’re more fun 🙂

Hi ho, Hi ho…Back to work I go. Happy Monday 🙂

QUESTIONS: What good news do you have to share? What is your favorite combination of food?