Monthly Archives: February 2014

  • White bean chili with sweet potatoes and jalapeno
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    White Bean and Turkey Chili with Sweet Potatoes and Jalapeno

White Bean and Turkey Chili with Sweet Potatoes and Jalapeno

White bean chili with sweet potatoes and jalapeno White bean and turkey chili with sweet potatoes and jalapeno

This chili has been very popular with the kiddos for dinner, and will be a new winter staple in our house.  That’s my 3 year old’s chili – the supermodel in the above pic. It’s a sweet, savory, and if you want, slightly spicy take on chili.  Half-way between a traditional chili and a white chili it’s not too acidic, which I really enjoy with the traditional savory chili spices (and it’s easier on sensitive tummies).

I served mine with a little grated white cheddar cheese, some sliced green onions, and a spoonful of plain yogurt – delish.

Possible adaptations: omit the turkey if you’re vegetarian and add an extra can of beans, or a little diced firm tofu.  If you’re not into sweet potatoes (my husband isn’t), simply omit those – it’ll be just as good without them, and a little more traditional.

Recipe:  White Bean and Turkey Chili with Sweet Potatoes and Jalapeno

From: Eat Happy Meal Plan: 2/17/14
Total Prep Time: 45 minutes
Active Time: 30 minutes
Serves:  4 with leftovers

Ingredients
4 ½ cups cooked white beans, such as cannellini, from 1 ½ cups dried or 3 cans
1 lb ground turkey, preferably free-range and pasture-fed
1 jalapeno minced small, seeds removed if you want less spice
2 poblano or green bell peppers, minced (use bell peppers if you want less spice)
4 teaspoons minced garlic, from about 4 cloves
3 teaspoons ground cumin
1 ½ teaspoons ground coriander
1 teaspoon chili powder
4 cups chicken [...]

Decadent Brownie Tart

Brownie tart batter Brownie tart batter..the precursor to the best brownies ever

That’s not tofu, my friends.  And the cleanse is over.

That’s the real deal: chocolate, butter, eggs, sugar.  These are simply the best brownies ever, and I just had to share for Valentines Day.

The most wonderful thing about these brownies is how delicious they are.  They are rich and fudgy and almost a hybrid between brownies and molten chocolate cake – in fact if you under-baked them they could be quite molten in the middle, if you wish.

The second most wonderful thing is how little flour they call for.  That’s just good brownie protocol to begin with.  But it also makes them very easy to substitute with gluten-free ingredients if you wish.  I have used rice flour, gluten-free baking mixes, oat flour, or combinations of all of those.  They all work fine.

I’m going to give the real artist the credit here: this is Ina Garten’s recipe for Brownie Tart.  I did make a few changes: I didn’t bother with the chocolate drizzle on top, although that would look lovely, and I omitted the walnuts for a very pure chocolate brownie.  I also reduced the sugar by about 20%, just to make them a little more of a dark chocolate experience.  But I’ve made the recipe at least 10 times, tinkering just slightly like so, and it’s always amazing.

I made them in the tart pan this time, but I’ve also made them in an 8 x 8 square pan, which leads to a thicker more brownie-like size.  I did the tart pan this time because I plan on [...]

By |February 14th, 2014|General, Gluten Free|
  • Whole Grain Waffles
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    Whole Grain Waffles with Fresh Strawberry Sauce and Toasted Pecans

Whole Grain Waffles with Fresh Strawberry Sauce and Toasted Pecans

Whole Grain Waffles Whole grain waffles (gluten free) with fresh strawberry sauce and toasted pecans

Yesterday I absolutely delighted my daughter when she asked me what was for dinner.  I wish that was a daily occurrence, but it isn’t always – she is 3, after all.  When I responded with “waffles”, her immediate response was “that’s crazy” (she meant in a good way!) and all through dinner she had a big smile at the treat that was breakfast for dinner.

I figured if I was going to make waffles for dinner I should make them good.  So I took a little more time and made some tasty toppings to pair them with: toasted pecans and a fresh homemade strawberry sauce.  The end result was a family-pleasing dinner treat.  And the waffles were still nutritious, as I primarily used rolled oats, ground into flour in the food processor, along with some buckwheat flour and sorghum flour (you could certainly use whole wheat or all-purpose flour).

So here is how to delight your family with dinner!

Whole Grain Waffles with Fresh Strawberry Sauce and Toasted Pecans

Ingredients:
1 3/4 cups rolled oats
1 1/4 cups any whole grain flour or all-purpose flour (I used 1/2 buckwheat and 1/2 sorghum, but you can use whatever you like)
2 cups whole milk (sub dairy-free milk if you like)
4 eggs
2-3 tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 package frozen strawberries, with no added sugar
1 1/4 cups raw pecans
5 tablespoons butter
real maple syrup
sea salt or kosher salt
high-heat oil for your waffle maker, if necessary

Directions:

  1. Heat a [...]
By |February 13th, 2014|Gluten Free, Soy Free|