Wednesday, October 28, 2015

No bake energy bites, melt-in-your-mouth chicken, chicken and veggie nuggets

No bake energy bites:

I didn't make any modifications other than leaving out the chocolate chips and using creamy peanut butter vs crunchy, however if baby is under 1 you can sub the honey for maple syrup and make the bites really tiny.  :)
Melt-in-your-mouth chicken breasts

I used thin cut chicken breasts (1 kilo worth- so a little over 2 lbs).  I also used 1/2 c mayo and 1/2 c plain full fat yogurt.  Next time I'll try a lower ratio of mayo so it's even healthier-- like 1/4 c mayo, 3/4 c yogurt.  I also used reduced sodium season salt, but if baby is under 1 you might want to use even less.

This recipe is SO easy and fast, and it tasted AMAZING!
Chicken and veggie nuggets:

I didn't have carrot, so I finely chopped 1/2 a red bell pepper instead.  These turned out great, and I put a ton in the freezer for later!

Apple Cinnamon Donuts

This post deserves some love, and I'll get a purty picture up when I have a chance, but it's MY FIRST RECIPE!  Like, mine, not modified from anyone elses! :)

I was looking for something fallish, and I love donuts/muffins as an easy grab for breakfast.  Pumpkin is really expensive here, and though I'm sure I'll cave and get some, or get one of their huge pumpkin like gourds to roast myself, apple cinnamon did the trick for a fall feel.

So here ya go- my first recipe!  These turned out so soft and moist, and I was pretty impressed with the subtle apple flavor.  There's a delicious apple aroma as they bake and the flavor didn't disappoint.

Apple Cinnamon Donuts

1/2 a cup of butter, softened
1/2 c coconut sugar (any sugar will do, but I prefer this to white refined)
1 egg
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 a cup of 100% apple juice (no sugar added)
1 whole apple, cored and grated (I didn't peel)

Preheat oven to 350 f/190 c.

1.  Mix flour, baking powder, and cinnamon in a medium sized bowl.
2. In a large bowl, blend the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, around 3 minutes.
3. Add the egg and beat an additional minute.
4.  Add in the flour a little at a time, alternating with the juice until fully encorporated.
5.  Mix in grated apple.
6.  I let my batter sit for 20-30 minutes.  The whole wheat flour is not as pulverized here, and I find it helps with the moistness of the batter.
7.  Fill greased mini donut tins (or mini muffin tins) 2/3 of the way full.  Bake for 15 minutes, until donuts are golden.  *Note:  I find filling a piping bag with batter and piping it in to be the easiest way to fill the pans.

This recipe yielded 36 mini donuts.

Cheesy Loaded BBQ baked potatoes, chicken kiev, sweet potato black bean burger, vegan garlic pasta

Cheesy Loaded BBQ baked potatoes:

I changed nothing except that I used cashews instead of pecans (nuts are super expensive here, especially pecans).  SO SO AMAZING!

Chicken Kiev:

I also changed nothing here, except that we didn't have parsley, so I omitted it.
Sweet Potato Black Bean Burgers:

Amazing.  No changes needed.
Vegan Garlic Pasta:

Another no modification hit from minimalist baker.  Except I used cow's milk (making it not vegan) because almonds and almond milk are $$$.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Banana Oatmeal Blender Muffins

Banana Oatmeal Blender Muffins:

I didn't actually make any modifications.  I didn't use any mix-ins either.  If baby is under 1, you can use pure maple syrup instead of the honey.  I did use regular full fat yogurt vs greek, because we can't get greek here.  :)

Corn and Cheese Enchiladas

Corn and Cheese Enchiladas:

I made these pretty much exactly like the recipe calls for.  HOWEVER, I attempted to double the recipe (in the end I had a little less corn, so I got 10 enchiladas vs 16-- but even with the amount of corn called for, I think I'd only get 14ish).  I also used white cheddar vs pepper jack.  We can't get pepper jack here anyway, and I'm not sure they babies would eat it.  Also, I was curious when reading the recipe how the milk would thicken as it boils, since there was no thickener added.  Sure enough, it only thickened slightly, so after 10 mins of simmering, I added a bit of flour (2 T ish?) and it thickened up right away.  Arrowroot powder is a good substitute for cornstarch as well.

10 minute enchilada sauce:

I did modify this one, and next time I'll try less oil, or maybe try half coconut oil, half butter.  Or maybe I'll dabble with ghee, since it's pretty available here too!

With modifications:
1/4 c vegetable oil
1/4 c flour (I used whole wheat)
8 oz tomato sauce (we can't find it here, so I get canned chopped tomatoes and blend them)\
1 1/2 c water
Spices to taste:  chili powder (I was light on this one because of our previous rejections of spicy foods.  Maybe 1/8-1/4 tsp), cumin, garlic powder, onion powder, salt (use sparingly, the cheese in the enchiladas also has a lot of salt).  

Monday, October 5, 2015

Holy Yum Chicken, Sweet Potato & Pea Pancakes, Sloppy Joes

I actually didn't need to make any modifications on these guys, they were healthy and sugarless as is! :)

Holy Yum Chicken:

Sweet Potato & Pea Pancakes:

Sloppy Joes: (this time I used beef because we can't get ground turkey here :( )