Broccoli stems CAN be used!

Here’s the deal: if it’s a green vegetable and mom likes it- I’ve accomplished my goal. Last night while eating these, she took three bites in a row without needing another food as distraction. You’ll have to try them yourself to see if they pass the test…

I Grated about 1.25 cup of broccoli stems. Then I used the shredder setting on a food processor to make life simple and threw into a medium bowl. Next I added 2 cloves of minced garlic, 1/2 chopped sweet onion, 2 whisked eggs, 1 cup almond meal, 1 Tbsp garlic powder and mixed everything together.

After heating about 2 Tbsp olive oil in a pan, I formed balls of the mixture and set them in the pan. They cooked for about 4 min. and then it’s time to flip and flatten with a spatula! (Don’t flatten until after the flip) And then another 3-4 min on this side. Bon Appetit!broccoli stems

Holiday meal

Three dishesMenu for December 25, 2012 at the Dallman-Weiss family home

Butternut Squash Lasagna

Preheat to 400ºF. In a saute pan brown 1 bl hot Italian sausage, 1 diced red onion onion and 3 cloves of garlic. Now peel and cut one small butternut squash (I cut into quarters and then 1/4 inch thick strips)

Make the sauce by blending one 15 oz can pizza sauce, 1/2 cup red peppers, and 1/4 cup olive oil.

In a 8×11.5 baking dish, use the sauce to lightly coat the bottom. Next add an even layer of squash, then spoon on the sausage mixture, followed by the sauce. Repeat until all ingredients are used (the sauce should be the final top coat).

Bake for 40 minutes and cover with tinfoil for 30 min to solidify!

Brussels Sprouts

So simple! put 3 tablespoons coconut oil (try Ziggy Marley orange almond coconut oil for extra citrus flavor) and 1/2 cup yellow onion, finely diced into the frying pan. Slightly caramelize, then add 1 lb Brussels sprouts, halved and then cut into strips. Once wilted throw in ½ cup chopped walnuts and ½ cup dried unsweetened cherries. Turn to low, then in a separate small pan heat 2 teaspoons raw organic honey, 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar and 1 tablespoon olive oil. Put sprouts in serving dish and pour liquid mixture over the top.

Fruit Pizza

*see previous post

Fruit pizza

“And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow, stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so? It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags. And he puzzled and puzzled ’till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before. What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.”

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Fruit pizza: Crust
Set oven to 350 degrees, mix together 1/2 cup almonds, chopped finely, 3/4 cup almond flour, 1 egg, 1/4 cup honey, 1/4 cup coconut oil, 1/4 tsp. salt, 1/4 tsp. vanilla, 1/4 tsp. baking soda and spread flat onto a pizza stone (about the size of a 9×13). Mine browned after about 11 min. and I let it cool completely before adding the filling: 1 Tbsp. coconut oil, 2 Tbsp. honey, 1/4 tsp. lemon juice, 1/2 tsp. vanilla, 1/8 cup coconut flour, 2 Tbsp. almond butter. Once you are happy with the consistency and flavor, spread on the cooled crust and cover with whatever fruit floats your boat!

Pigs in a blanket? sort of…

Pigs in a blanket? sort of...

Set the oven to 425. Cut your sweet potatoes in wedges and coat with salt and olive oil, then wrap each slice in 1/2 strip of bacon. Add pepper or any other seasoning you might want. Place the pieces on a wire rack that is set on top of a foil-lined jelly-roll pan! Bake for about 40 min. depending on how crispy you like your bacon

Whey cookies

Whey cookies

Found in the Max Sports and Fitness Magazine, but with my own twist. I am starting to lift pretty heavily and looking for extra ways to fuel my muscles. For these I whisked one egg and added 4 scoops of chocolate whey protein powder, 1/4 cup chopped cherries, 1/3 cup honey, 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips, 1 tsp. vanilla, 3/4 cup coconut flour, 1/2 cup unsweetened organic cherry applesauce. The oven should be at 350 and they bake for about 12-14 min.

Zucchini banana bread (with cherries)

Preheat your oven to 325. Mix the following together: 1/2 c. coconut flour, 5 eggs, 1/6 c. olive oil, 1/3 c. of either agave, honey or maple syrup, 1/2 c. shredded zucchini, 2 ripe bananas, 1 tbsp vanilla, 1 tsp baking soda, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1/4 tsp salt, 2/3 c. crushed walnuts, 2/3 c. fresh OR frozen cherries- make sure you half them. Pour mixture into a loaf pan (greased) and top with extra walnuts if you’re feeling fancy (I wasn’t in photo). Bake for about an hour or so, using the toothpick test to ensure it comes out clean. Cool the loaf- in pan- on rack before cutting!IMAG3433