Thursday, September 27, 2012

Pumpkin NoBake Energy Bite - gimme some oven

  • 8 oz. (about 1 packed cup) chopped dates
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 Tbsp. chia seeds or flax seeds
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 cup old-fashioned oats (dry, not cooked)
  • 1 cup toasted coconut flakes
  • 1 cup toasted pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
Combine the dates, honey, pumpkin puree, chia (or flax) seeds, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and salt in a food processor, and pulse until smooth and combined.
Transfer the mixture to a large bowl, and stir in the oats, coconut flakes and pepitas until evenly combined. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
Once the mixture is cool (and easier to work with), use a spoon or cookie scoop to shape it into your desired size of energy balls. (Mine were about 1-inch in diameter.) Alternately, you can line a small baking pan with parchment paper, and press the mixture evenly into the pan, let it cool, and then cut into bars.
Store covered in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. (Storing them in the refrigerator especially helps the energy bites hold their shape.)

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Almond Flour Zucchini Bread - Against All Grain

Ingredients (makes 2 mini loaves)

1-1/2 cup blanched almond flour
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
3 eggs, beaten
1/4 cup honey
1 ripe banana
1 cup shredded, unpeeled zucchini  Directions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Farenheit.
Combine the dry ingredients in a small bowl.
Place the wet ingredients in the bowl of a stand mixer, then beat on medium for 1-2 minutes until frothy and fully combined. Add the zucchini and beat again just enough to incorporate.
Slowly add the dry ingredients with the mixer running, until all of the flour mixture has been incorporated.
Spoon the batter into 2 mini loaf pans. You can also use this batter to make muffins.
Bake for 30-35 minutes until the middle is set and a toothpick comes out clean.

Sauteed Shredded Zucchini - Annie's Eats

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5 medium zucchini (about 8 oz. each), ends trimmed
1½ tsp. table salt
2 shallots, finely minced
1 tbsp. olive oil, divided
1-2 tsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice
Freshly ground black pepper
Shred the zucchini with the shredding disk of a food processor or a large box grater.  Toss the zucchini with the salt in a colander set over a medium bowl; let drain for 5-10 minutes.  Wrap the shredded zucchini in a kitchen towel, in batches if necessary, and wring out the excess moisture.
Add the zucchini to a medium bowl and toss to break up any clumps.  Add the minced shallots and 2 teaspoons of the olive oil and toss to thoroughly combine.
Heat the remaining 1 teaspoon of olive oil in a 12-inch skillet over high heat.  Add the zucchini mixture to the pan and distribute in an even layer.  Cook without stirring until the bottom layer browns, about 2 minutes.  Stir well, breaking up the clumps, and cook once more until the “new” bottom layer browns, about 2 minutes more.  Off  the heat, stir in the lemon juice and season with salt and pepper to taste.  Serve immediately.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Fajita Chicken Salad - Health Bent


  • 1- 1½ lbs chicken, cooked anyway you like & chopped (breasts or a mix of breasts & thighs or leftover rotisserie chicken)
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 1 handful cilantro, chopped
  • 1/3 c mayo, preferably homemade
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • salt, to taste
  • hot sauce or chili garlic sauce, to taste


In a medium bowl, whisk together the mayo, lime juice, cilantro, salt and chili sauce. Add the chopped chicken, bell pepper and green onion. Mix to combine. Let the salad sit in the fridge, so the flavors can meld, at least 30 minutes. Serve cold.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

MOW - 9.2.12

Meal of the Week - 9.2.12

Tomato and Gorgonzola Cheese salad

Brown Sugar and Balsamic Glazed Pork

Brown Sugar Balsamic Glazed Pork

1 (2 pound) boneless pork tenderloin (or regular pork loin)
1 teaspoon ground sage
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 clove garlic, crushed
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon arrow root
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1/2 cup water
2 tablespoons soy sauce
Combine sage, salt, pepper and garlic. Rub over roast. Place in slow cooker with 1/2 cup water. Cook on low for 6-8 hours. About 1 hour before roast is done, combine ingredients for glaze in small sauce pan. Heat and stir until mixture thickens. Brush roast with glaze 2 or 3 times during the last hour of cooking. Serve with remaining glaze on the side.