Hey guys! I’ve been testing some healthier recipes that I’ve found in books and online. Today’s experiment was cauliflower rice! I hate cauliflower, but this actually had a nice taste 😁😁😋
1 large head fresh cauliflower (about 2-3 pounds)
2-3 tablespoons coconut oil (for cooking & flavoring) *you can also try lemon or garlic infused coconut oil or butter or ghee*
1/2 medium onion, diced (about 1/2 cup)
1 clove garlic, minced (about 1 teaspoon)
1/2 teaspoon Aleppo pepper (or crushed red pepper flakes)
zest from 1 lemon (about 1 tablespoon)
2 teaspoons lemon juice (I used 1 1/2 tbsps ♥️ lemon)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 cup fresh parsley leaves, minced (about 2 tablespoons)
Prep the cauliflower. Break the cauliflower into florets, removing the stems. Place the florets in the food processor bowl and pulse until the cauliflower looks like rice. This takes about 10 to 15 one-second pulses. You may need to do this in a few batches to avoid overcrowding (which leads to mush).
2. Cook the aromatics. Place 2 teaspoons coconut oil in a large, nonstick skillet and heat over medium-high, about 3 minutes. Add the onion and cook until it’s translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and Aleppo pepper and stir-fry until fragrant, about 30 seconds
3. Finish it up. Add 1-2 tablespoons coconut oil to the pan, along with the cauliflower, lemon zest, lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Stir everything together and sauté until the cauliflower is tender, about 5-7 minutes. Stir in the parsley, try a bite, then add more salt and pepper, if necessary.
MIX IT UP!
Replace the lemon zest & juice with lime and swap in cilantro instead of parsley.
Keep the lemon and replace the parsley with fresh or dried rosemary.
🎄🎅Season’s greetings everyone!!🎄🎅 We’re 22 days away from Christmas and since I’m in the spirit, I thought I’d whip up a batch of sorrel! Sorrel (Hibiscus) is a popular drink in Caribbean homes throughout the Christmas season.
I recently received my December Callaloobox and it was full of goodies! Sorrel, lime pepper sauce, hot chow, mixed essence, black cake and split peas *which isn’t in the picture because I have no self-control and I ate it right away 😂😂*. Check out Callaloobox to get these products I’ve used in this recipe and a whole lot more! The boxes would make great presents for those who love Caribbean food or those who are ready to spice up their kitchens 😊. Callaloobox is a new U.S. based subscription box service featuring seasonings, marinades and hot sauces from the Caribbean. Each box contains different products considered to be cornerstones of Caribbean cooking. When you receive the box, you’ll find an info sheet describing the main ingredients in each product along with some uses and helpful hints! Check them out here
I made a quick video showing how easy it is to make this delicious drink!
3 oz dried sorrel
2 cinnamon sticks
3 grains clove
1 1/2 cups sugar
4 1/2 cups water
1 tsp mixed essence
1. Bring the water to a boil
2. Add all the other ingredients and stir for 1 minute.
3. Cover and remove from heat and let steep for at least 1 hour.
4. Taste for strength and sweetness. If it’s too strong, add water. If too tart, add sugar.
5. Strain liquid into a jug or bottle and refrigerate.
Hey all! We experimented with crepes this morning because we’re getting bored with scrambled eggs. It was easy and pretty quick to throw together. I paired it with a fresh mixed berry compote and all was well at the breakfast table again 😂😋😋
1 cup flour
1 1/2 tbsps sugar
1/4 tsp coarse salt
3 tbsps butter (melted)
1 1/2 cups milk
1. Put all ingredients in a blender for about 30 secs until smooth and bubbles appear on top
2. Let the batter sit for about 15 mins, then warm a 12″ pan over medium/low heat.
3. Add a little butter to the pan and pour about 1/3 cup of batter into the pan and swirl till it reaches the edges
4. Cook for 2-3 mins then gently flip and cook for another minute.
5. Roll the crepe onto a plate and serve with your favorite toppings.
My mini chef and I experimented with pumpkin muffins today and it was quick and super easy! They are moist and yummy, can’t wait to have another for breakfast!
Filling Ingredients 8-ounces cream cheese, softened 1/4 cup granulated sugar 1/8 teaspoon vanilla Muffin Ingredients 1 package spice cake mix 15-ounces canned pumpkin Optional: confectioners sugar to sprinkle on top
Directions 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Put muffin liners into pan. 2. Beat filling ingredients together until combined. 3. Beat muffin ingredients together until combined. (only use the mix and the pumpkin, nothing else) Batter will be thick. 4. Drop about 1 tablespoon of the batter into each muffin cup, spreading it to cover the bottom.
5. Drop in a level tablespoon of filling. 6. Cover with enough batter to fill the muffin cups full. 7. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes Makes 12 muffins
So today was the first day of my diet….. and I made cinnamon rolls 😂😂😂 The universe was trying to tell me something because this recipe from twopeasandtheirpod kept appearing on my news feed! You must try this recipe! It’s so delicious!
yield:30 CINNAMON ROLLS
cook time: 17 MINUTES
FOR THE CINNAMON ROLLS:
2 packages yeast (4 1/2 teaspoons), dissolved in 1 cup lukewarm water
6 tablespoons shortening (Crisco)
1 cup granulated sugar
8 cups unbleached all-purpose flour (you might need more if the dough is sticky, up to 9-10 cups)
2 cups hot water
2 eggs, beaten
1 tablespoon salt
FOR THE FROSTING:
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
2 cups powdered sugar
4 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1. Add yeast to cup of lukewarm water and sprinkle in a little sugar. Set aside for about five minutes. 2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, add shortening, sugar, and salt to hot water and beat for 30 seconds, using the beater blade. Let cool to lukewarm temperature. Stir in 2 cups of flour and mix until smooth. Add yeast mixture and mix until well combined. Mix in the beaten eggs. 3. Gradually stir in the remaining flour and mix with the dough hook for about 2 minutes. Remove dough from the bowl and place on a lightly floured counter. Knead by hand, add a little flour if the dough is still sticky. Knead until dough feels satiny and smooth.
4. Cover and let rise for 30 minutes. After the dough has doubled in size, remove it from the bowl and divide it in half. With a rolling pin, roll one half of the dough into a rectangular shape. Spread dough evenly with softened butter. Sprinkle dough with brown sugar, raisins, and cinnamon. Make sure you use LOTS of brown sugar…you can omit the raisins, but my family loves them, and sprinkle on loads of cinnamon.
5. Roll up dough into one long roll. Cut rolls, using a piece of dental floss or thread, about two inches thick. Place rolls in greased 9X13 baking pans. Now follow the exact same steps with the other half of the dough.
6. Let the rolls rise until double in bulk. Bake at 425 degrees for 10 minutes. Reduce heat to 350 degrees and bake until brown-only about 5-7 more minutes. Remove from the oven and let the rolls cool to room temperature.
7. While the rolls are cooling, make the frosting. In a medium bowl, whisk together butter, sugar, milk, and vanilla. Frost the cooled cinnamon rolls generously!
Hey guys! So I’m all about quick and easy breakfasts and I’ve added a new recipe to the collection. I found this recipe on BuzzFeed and it is yummy and super easy for a busy morning. As they said “Ain’t nobody got time for that!” 😂😂
Here’s the recipe:
4 cups pancake mix
2 cups milk
1 peach, sliced
1 cup blueberries
1. Preheat oven to 425˚F (220˚C).
2. Pour pancake mix, milk, and eggs into a bowl and mix just until combined.
3. Pour batter onto a parchment-lined baking sheet and spread to the edges.
4. Place peach slices on top of the batter, followed by the blueberries.
5. Bake for 15 minutes, or until golden brown.
6. Cut into squares and serve immediately, or freeze up to 1 month. To reheat, place on a microwave-safe plate and heat for 20 seconds per pancake on the plate
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Grease and flour two 8 x 4 inch loaf pans. Set aside.
In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda. Set aside.
In a medium bowl, combine sugar and lemon zest. Rub together with your fingers until fragrant.
In a large bowl, whisk together the lemon sugar mixture, eggs, olive oil, lemon juice, and vanilla. Whisk until smooth. Stir in the dry ingredients until combined, the batter will be thick. Stir in the zucchini and pour the batter into the prepared loaf pans.
Bake for 60-65 minutes, or until tester inserted in the center comes out clean.
Place the loaves on a cooling rack and cool for 15 minutes. Loosen the sides of the bread with a knife. Carefully remove the loaves from the pans. Let cool completely on rack.
While the bread is cooling, make the lemon glaze. In a small bowl, combine powdered sugar and lemon juice and zest. Whisk until smooth. Drizzle the glaze over the loaves. Slice and serve.
Hey guys! I’ve been missing in action for a while, again! But I’m back to cooking and baking and today I tried this wonderful recipe from Two peas in a pod! It’s called chocolate zucchini bread and it’s so moist and delicious I just had to share! And I mean it’s healthy because it has a ton of Zucchini in it 😂😂
I followed the recipe pretty closely except I added more sugar because I used unsweetened cocoa and I also used milk and semi sweet chips. To keep the chips from sinking to the bottom, I dusted them with flour before mixing them in.
Here’s the recipe
prep time: 15 MINUTES
Cook time 50 MINUTES
total time: 1 HOUR 5 MINUTES
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup Dutch process cocoa
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
2 large eggs, at room temperature
1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled
1/4 cup canola, vegetable oil, or melted coconut oil
3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups packed shredded zucchini
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips, divided
Preheat your oven to 350°F. Grease a 9-by-5-inch loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and sea salt. Set aside.
In a large bowl, add the eggs, melted butter, oil, vanilla extract, and brown sugar. Stir until smooth. You might have a few small brown sugar clumps and that is fine.
Stir the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients, don’t overmix. Stir in the shredded zucchini until just combined. Stir in 3/4 cup of the chocolate chips.
Pour batter into prepared pan. Sprinkle the remaining 1/4 cup of chocolate chips over the top of the bread. Bake for 50-60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the bread comes out mostly clean, you might have some melted chocolate chips on the toothpick and that is fine. You just don’t want a lot of gooey batter.
Remove the pan from the oven and set on a wire cooling rack. Let the bread cool in the pan for 15 minutes. Run a knife around the edges of the bread and carefully remove from the pan. Let the bread cool on the wire cooling rack until slightly warm. Cut into slices and serve.
Note-if you use coconut oil, make sure it is melted and slightly cooled. The bread will keep on the counter, wrapped in plastic wrap, for up to 4 days. This bread also freezes well. To freeze, cool the bread completely and wrap in plastic wrap and aluminum foil. Freeze for up to 1 month. Defrost before slicing.