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Friday, January 28, 2011
Recently we tried out a chocolate chip cookie mix.
The cookies were a little dry and crumbly, so with half the batter still in the bowl, I added in enough plain yogurt to make it more the consistency of cake batter.
The result was a tasty, moist chocolate chip cake, perfect with some ice cream on top. Sweet tooth satisfied...
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
This recipe came to me from my sister, who received it from a friend, who got it from someone else, originating who knows where. It's become a regular around here, not only for its ease and taste, but also for how healthy it is. The batter starts the night before, with whole grains that are blended with yogurt, kefir or buttermilk and left to soak overnight. Allowing the grains to soak in the cultured dairy helps to break down the phytates present in grains that can prevent your body from absorbing nutrients. The room for play in this recipe keeps it at the top of our breakfast list... different combinations of grains, fruits and vegetables make it easy to come up with new, equally satisfying versions. And getting a headstart on breakfast the night before makes for an easy morning.
Soaked Grain Pancakes
Mix in blender at high speed for three minutes:
1 Tbs. Olive oil
1 cup cultured dairy (buttermilk, yogurt or kefir)
1/2 cup uncooked oats (rolled or whole)
1/2 cup uncooked brown rice (try buckwheat, millet, barley, spelt, kamut, or any other whole, raw grain)
Cover blender and leave out overnight.
Just before baking, add and reblend for 3 more minutes:
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking soda
Other add ins:
pureed pumpkin, squash or sweet potato with warming spices
ripe bananas and cinnamon
This will be a thin batter, but you can adjust the consistency as needed by adding flour or liquid.
I usually make a double batch. Our favorite version uses brown rice, cinnamon, chopped almonds and homemade applesauce. We serve it along with my simplified version of:
Cinnamon Poached Pears
Place 2 pears, peeled, sliced and cut to desired size, in a small saucepan or frying pan. Add a few tablespoons of water, a dash of salt and a generous amount of ground cinnamon. Cover and simmer for a few minutes, until the liquid reduces and becomes a syrup.
Hmm, it seems every time I tried to take a picture of this breakfast, someone kept snatching the pears!
This post is part of Pennywise Platter over at The Nourishing Gourmet, as well as on Monday Mania at The Healthy Home Economist.
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Saturday, January 15, 2011
glazed roast pork tenderloin with sweet and sour red cabbage
roast fresh pork belly
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Monday, January 10, 2011
Sophia helped make some herbal bath tea bags.
The tea bags are filled with a blend of organic witch hazel, chamomile, comfrey root, calendula, lemon verbena and lavender -- herbs that help promote healing. Used in a sitz bath, these can soothe and comfort the body after birth.
I also made a heat pack for her, similar to these. This one has straps for tying around places that need warmth. (I should mention that the idea for these comes from a doula friend, Holly, who used to sell hers on etsy.)
Again, filled with flax, rice and lavender.
A nice little bundle to help welcome hers.
Saturday, January 8, 2011
This dinner meets all the marks around here - easy to prepare, delicious to eat and good for you, too.
We seasoned the salmon filets, pan seared them, then baked them until done. The fish was served alongside steamed green beans, roast potatoes, and lentils that were cooked with a few cloves of garlic and sprigs of thyme.
The time we spend together around the table each night is even more enjoyable when the food is so good. These types of meals are my favorite, nourishing in so many ways.