Posts tagged ‘peanut flour’

February 10, 2011

Obsessions – Vegan Day 3

Day 3 Vegan completed!! Overall I am feeling great… A couple of struggles here and there but I can tell that I am less bloated which means my belly is flatter which means I am HAPPY!

Breakfast: My new breakfast obsession… Oatmeal & Banana Fro yo parfait w/ sliced strawberries

Lunch: Fajita Pita (Grilled mushrooms as the meat, red peppers, green beans and guacamole)

Dinner: Peanut Flour Chocolate Chip Dip (I was in the mood for dessert!)

Finally I found a way to use this beloved flour I had been on the hunt for!

Thank you to Stefanie for always posting amazing recipes with Peanut Flour! If you have some I definitely suggest you try this recipe!

Peanut Flour Chocolate Chip Dip

Ingredients

  • 2 T. peanut flour
  • 1/2 T. ground flax seeds
  • 1 t. cinnamon
  • 1/2 T. vegan carob chips
  • 1 packet of stevia
  • 1/2 C. coconut milk
  • 1/8 tsp xanthan gum

Directions – These can get confusing…so follow carefully.

  • Blend all the ingredients up in a blender/food processor.
  • Top with more carob chips, fruit or a 3/4 of a box of cinnamon graham bunnies like I did.

  • Sorry you are seeing the same picture twice – I was so excited and hungry that I took one shot and headed to the table.

These are my new obsession… Vegan Chocolate Chip who?

Another reason I had no motivation to make dinner and move straight to dessert was because I finally received my iphone in the mail!! No more blackberry… No more turning off randomly and rebooting for 25 minutes only to kill my battery and leave me phoneless.

Obsession Number 3

This will most likely take over my life… I’ve already downloaded 20 apps! Do you guys have any fun ones you would recommend? So far I have the basics – Groupon, Facebook, Twitter, WordPress, Weather Channel, Whole Foods, Southwest etc… But I want more! So give me some good ideas 🙂 Please and thanks!

My workout was 90 minutes of Bikram Yoga. 1 month Unlimited for $15 = Obsession number 4. I have never done yoga religiously…or really at all but this is an amazing workout without feeling like a workout. Does that make sense? I burned a total of 864 calories in 90 minutes. I will take advantage of my 1 month unlimited pass and go as often as possible because it’s normally $20 a class!

Have you ever done Bikram? It was obvious I was a newbie because I was overdressed in my workout pants and t-shirt. Everyone was half-naked in bikinis, speedos and sports bras. I ended up having to take off my shirt… Very risqué of me.

I also made a little something for my Valentine 🙂 Guess what I used…

Just another obsession of mine. Number 5 I believe…

Aren’t they pretty!? These aren’t Vegan and after I was done baking them I couldn’t decide if I was happy I was Vegan this week or if I was mad. Happy because I didn’t eat these (or lick the bowl or my fingers with frosting) and end up regretting it OR mad because I didn’t get to eat them (or lick the bowl or my fingers with frosting).

I guess in the end happy… I can always make them another time!

But if you’re not Vegan, feel free to make them…

Valentine Funfetti Brownies

Ingredients

  • Brownie Mix
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup Vegetable Oil
  • 1/4 cup Water
  • Frosting
  • M&Ms
  • Sprinkles

Directions

  • Mix brownie mix, eggs, oil and water together until combined.
  • Add Valentines colored sprinkles
  • Pour into a 13 x 9 cake pan lined with foil (Make sure you spray the foil with non-stick spray)
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes
  • Cool completely
  • Set in freezer for 30 minutes
  • Lift foil from pan
  • Use heart-shaped cookie cutters to cut them from brownie cake

You will have lots of leftover brownie pieces… I’ll leave it up to you to decide what you do with it 😉

  • Frost and decorate

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again…Funfetti is AMAZING.

QUESTIONS: What are some apps to download on my iPhone? Have you ever done Bikram? What are some of your obsessions?

Day 15: Favorite Bible Verse

1 Corinthians 13: 4-7

“Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”

I am a sucker for all things love ♥

Another one of my favorite bloggers is having a giveaway! Check out Maryann’s blog to enter to win the ever so popular discontinued Peanut Flour – Then you can make Stefanie’s awesome recipe I listed above!

January 18, 2011

Mondaze

Happy Tuesday everyone! Glad you enjoyed my pumpkin chocolate chip bread recipe… I’m wishing I still had some leftover 😦

I was lazy allll day until 4pm when I decided to make my first trip to Trader Joe’s! Yes, you read that correctly – I had never been until yesterday. I was a Trader Joe’s virgin. I LOVED it. It was definitely smaller than Whole Foods but a lottt cheaper. I’ve been getting ripped off! But now that I know of TJ’s (we’re already on a nickname basis) I’ll be visiting again soon. Here are some of my favorite buys.

It’s just like the gnocchi I attempted to make last Monday…only A LOT prettier.

Biggest container of blueberries EVER. $5! I saw some at Whole Foods 1/4 of this size and it was the same price. Expect to see these all week.

FINALLY I found this…and now I forget what I needed it for… Oh well, I’m sure I’ll think of something!

Clearly I bought these and some more better n peanut butter. I’m not sure how I survived since last Thursday.

Something I’m not so happy about purchasing..

Pumpkin Pie Mix!!! Instead of Puree.. and it was $4 a can. UGH! I’ll have to figure out something to make with this one since I already opened it… Hopefully they will take the other ones back.

My Meatless Monday meals were

Whole Wheat English muffin toasted, spread with Goat Cheese and drizzled with Agave and a side of grapes.

Strawberry, Peach and Banana protein smoothie with a Double Chocolate VitaMuffin

Pumpkin Enchiladas w/ a side of greek yogurt! Yum. I also had a handful of vegan chocolate chips and some blueberry flax granola for dessert. I can’t get enough of either of those!

I got the idea for the pumpkin enchiladas from Julie and was excited to get started on these!

Pumpkin Enchiladas

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 yellow onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 10 oz can of red Enchilada Sauce
  • 2 cups pure pumpkin
  • 3/4 cups of black beans
  • 1/2 cup of brown rice
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. cumin
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • 1/2 cup shredded organic white cheddar cheese
  • 4 large whole wheat tortillas

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  • Sauté onion and garlic in a pan sprayed with cooking spray
  • Pour a thin layer of enchilada sauce into 8×8 pan
  • Add the rest of the enchilada sauce to onion and garlic
  • Add pumpkin and stir until combined
  • Add rice & beans
  • Add cilantro, cumin and chili powder. Combine
  • Fill tortillas with an even amount of sauce and beans
  • Roll tortillas and place in the pan with the folded edges facing down to keep them closed
  • Top with remaining sauce and sprinkle with cheese
  • Bake for 10 minutes or until cheese melts (I also stuck mine under the broiler)
  • Serve with a dollop of plain Greek yogurt or sour cream if desired
  • ENJOY!

I’ll admit I was skeptical when first trying these out… But they didn’t disappoint!

I’m going to enjoy another one for lunch today!

As i promised – here is another recipe from my cousin’s birthday party. Thanks Jessica 🙂 I didn’t change anything because…well, it looked perfect as is. I might use lighter ingredients if I wasn’t bringing it to a party full of growing boys.

Bacon Spinach Artichoke and Cheese Dip

Ingredients:

16 oz of softened regular cream cheese

1/2 cup sour cream

1/2 cup mayonaise

1 cup shredded parmesan cheese

1 cup shredded smoked mozzarella cheese

2 tablespoons olive oil

1-6 oz bag of fresh spinach

2 garlic cloves, minced

1/2 shallot, chopped

8 slices of bacon, fried and crumbled

1-12 oz can of marinated artichokes, drained

Preheat oven to 400.

Heat a skillet on medium heat, and add olive oil. Add spinach, garlic and shallots, stirring until spinach is wilted and cooked down. Set aside.

In a large bowl, combine cream cheese, mayonnaise, and sour cream. Beat with an electric hand mixer until smooth. Fold in 1/2 cup parmesan cheese, 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese, spinach, artichokes, and crumbled bacon. Pour into a baking dish and top with remaining cheese.

Bake at 400 for 20 minutes. Serve with pita chips, veggies and pretzels.

After consuming this entire dish you should probably go ahead and buy yourself a pair of these.

Tomorrow I will post the cake recipe 🙂 I also baked a couple of cakes last night which I will be turning into something fun for my little cousin to take to school for his Birthday. Everyone stay safe on the roads…They are icy!