Thursday, May 19, 2011

Peanut Butter & Strawberry Quick Jam Burritos

From Vegetarian Times

8oz. fresh strawberries, hulled
3 TBS. agave nectar
4 8-inch whole wheat tortillas, warmed
8 TBS. crunchy or creamy all-natural peanut butter

1) Combine strawberries & agave in heavy medium saucepan over medium heat & cook 5-10 minutes, or until strawberries soften & juices thicken, stirring gently & often. Cool slightly.

2) Working with 1 tortilla at a time, warm tortillas directly over flames of gas burner until they are heated through & slightly charred but still pliable, moving them around on burner to ensure they cook evenly, about 20 seconds per side. Spoon 2 TBS. peanut butter down center of each tortilla. Spoon strawberry jam over peanut butter. Roll up tortillas, leaving one end open.

***You can substitute sliced apples or bananas for the jam***

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Garbanzo Poppers

1 can of garbanzo beans, rinse & dry them
Drizzle w/olive oil
Sprinkle w/garlic powder & sea salt
Roast on 400 for 20 minutes, stirring often.

I literally ate the entire batch w/in 45 minutes. By myself. Soooooo good.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Peanut Butter Playdough

- 1 cup peanut butter
- 1/2 cup honey
- 2 cups powdered sugar

Mix ingredients in a bowl and voila! Store in an airtight container or plastic baggie with air sucked out of the bag.
Tip: Spray your measuring cups with oil before measuring peanut butter & honey so they will come out easier.

Seriously yummy! :)

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Finger Foods

Max is now 9 months old (HOW did that happen?!) & now I'm digging to find finger foods for him.

Cheesy Vegetable Nuggets

oz (1 cup) frozen broccoli florets
4 oz (1 cup) dry breadcrumbs
6 oz (1 1/2 cups) Cheddar, grated
2 1/2 tbsp water
2 1/2 tbsp olive oil
1 1/2 tsp baking powder

Heat the oven to 375 deg F, 190 deg C.
Cook the broccoli, then drain and chop well.
Combine with the remaining ingredients and mix well.
Form the mixture into nugget shapes and place on a greased baking tray, about 3in apart.
Bake for 20-25 mins, turning halfway through the cooking time.
Serve warm.

Butternut Squash Ravioli

2 oz (1/2 cup) flour (unbleached)
2 oz (1/2 cup) semolina flour
2-3 fl oz (1/3 cup) very warm water
1 tbsp olive oil
around 6 oz (3/4 cup) butternut squash, peeled, cooked and mashed
pinch of sweet paprika (optional)

Mix the flours together, then slowly add the oil and water, mixing well (this is easiest to achieve with a food processor set at the lowest speed).
The mixture should become a ball of dough - if it seems too dry, add a teaspoon of water at a time until a ball is formed.
Knead the dough thoroughly, then divide into two pieces.
Roll out each piece VERY thinly.
Stir the paprika into the butternut squash.


Take heaped teaspoons of the butternut squash and place at intervals along 1 sheet of pasta.
Place the other sheet of pasta over the top and press down around the 'mounds' of butternut squash.
Next, cut around the butternut squash mounds with a very sharp knife.
Create a decorative edge for your ravioli by pressing all the way around the edge with the wet prongs of a fork.


Splash out on some ravioli moulds.

They are inexpensive and make it much easier to create perfect ravioli shapes!


Bring a large pan of water to the boil, then carefully slide in your ravioli shapes (we find it best to cook just three or four at a time).
When the shapes rise to the surface of the water, they are ready. Carefully remove them with a slotted spoon.
Serve as they are - with a fresh tomato sauce for babies already enjoying tomatoes - or even with a sauce of another veggie puree thinned with a little stock!

- Organic Cheerios
- Cubed baked sweet potato
- Scrambled egg yolks (whites are tossed or you can scramble them for yourself)
- Cut up banana

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

My favorite Onion Soup!

I have no idea how this came about, but I've been eating this for years & years. I absolutely love French Onion Soup but it always has beef stock in it, so I make my own soup with an onion soup/dip packet. Just follow the directions on the box (generally 4 cups of water, bring to a boil, add packet, simmer for 5 minutes). I then pour some soup into a heavy duty bowl that can go into the oven (I have these bowls with handles that are super duper heavy duty). Tear up some bread (I sometimes lightly toast it so that it doesn't immediately soak up all the soup) to put on top & then put some shredded mozzarella on top. I know mozarella isn't the type of cheese generally used, but that's what I've always done. Set in oven & turn on broiler- let cheese get bubbly & brown. Mmmmmmmm......
I'm currently sick & have had 2 bowls of this already today. And may have more!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Baked Apple Oatmeal (Betty Crocker)

2 2/3 cups old-fashioned oats
1/2 cup raisins
4 cups milk
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 medium apples, chopped (2 cups)
1/2 cup chopped walnuts, if desired
Additional milk, if desired

1.Heat oven to 350°F. In 2-quart casserole, mix oats, raisins, 4 cups milk, the brown sugar, butter, cinnamon, salt and apples.

2.Bake uncovered 40 to 45 minutes or until most liquid is absorbed. Top with walnuts. Serve with additional milk

***I haven't actually made this yet, but it sounds soooooooooo good!

Baked Apples

Delightfully Baked Apples
Gina's Weight Watcher Recipes
Servings: 4 • Serving Size: 1/2 apple with topping • Points: 3 pts
Calories: 152.8 • Fat: 6.3 g • Protein: 1.1 g • Carb: 26.4 g • Fiber: 3.4 g
2 large apples, cut in half
2 tbsp butter, melted
2 tbsp brown sugar
2 tbsp flour
4 tbsp quick oats
pinch of cinnamon
Preheat oven to 350ยบ. Cut apples in half and remove core and seeds with a small pairing knife or spoon.

In a small bowl combine butter, brown sugar, flour, oats and cinnamon. Spoon on top of the apple halves and sprinkle with cinnamon. Place on a cookie sheet and bake in the oven for 30 minutes. Serve warm with fat free whipped cream or low fat ice cream.