Monday, March 29, 2010

Green Smoothies

About 2 c baby spinach
1c frozen peaches
1c unsweetened vanilla rice milk
1 scoop chia seeds

add milk, spinach & peaches to blender and blend
add chia seeds near end of blending cycle
pour into your favorite glass and enjoy

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Potato, Kale and White Bean Soup

This is a quick and easy soup recipe I came across on Shedding It's blog. It's so yummy and freezes well too!

Potato, Kale & White Bean Soup 

One bunch kale, leaves torn from tough stems and chopped into bite-sized pieces
One pound potatoes (weigh it…I only needed one large potato), chopped into bite-sized pieces
Two tbsp olive oil
Two onions, thinly sliced
Four cloves garlic, chopped
Six cups chicken broth (look for low-sodium)
One cup white beans (I threw in an entire can)
Salt and pepper to taste

Heat the olive oil in a large pot and add the onions.
Cook until tender and browned, about 12 minutes. Then add the garlic and cook for another minute. Finally, add the kale and potatoes (and a generous dash of salt) and cook for about four minutes.
Add the broth and bring to a boil. Once it’s boiling, reduce to a simmer and let it go for about 30 minutes, or until the potatoes and kale are tender. Just before serving, stir in the beans. Grind some pepper and sea salt into it and serve, topped with a little fresh Parm if you like!

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Peanut Butter Banana Bread Muffins

I found this recipe on How Sweet's blog and I knew I had to make them immediately!

Peanut Butter Banana Bread Muffins
adapted from allrecipes
makes 12-15 muffins

1 cup sugar (I used 1/2c...bananas and applesauce are already sweet)
1 egg
2 cups all-purpose flour (I used 3/4c whole wheat flour, 3/4 c all-purpose flour & 1/4c ground flax meal)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
3 ripe bananas, mashed
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup peanut butter morsel (I used 3/4c b/c I LOVE peanut butter!!)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place muffin cups in muffin tins

Mix sugar, applesauce, and egg until creamy and light yellow. Add bananas and vanilla. Add flour, baking soda, and salt. Stir until completely smooth. Fold in peanut butter chips. Spoon the batter into the muffin tins.
Bake for 25-30 minutes, until toothpick poked in center muffin comes out clean.

These muffins are amazing! I even added a few chocolate chips to the last 3 muffins. I have to say though, the ones without the chocolate were so much better! You don't even need butter on these...they are that good. Enjoy!