Friday, April 29, 2011

Spirulina Berry Smoothie

I've been adding 1 tsp of Spirulina to my smoothies these days. It is full of protein, iron, vitamins, antioxidants, and important fatty acids. You can learn more about the health properties here

 In this smoothie I used a banana, frozen mixed berries, spirulina, non diary milk, and a little lemon juice. 

 It's super tasty and is even husband approved in the taste test. Trust me, he has no problem telling me that some of my creations just aren't gonna work....This one passed the test!

 The berries hide the spirulina, but it's in there I promise! 


Monday, April 25, 2011

Banana Chocolate Cream Pie

There is a pie that I have been drooling over for quite a while now. My birthday was on Saturday so I knew it would be the perfect dessert to celebrate with. I used the recipe from The Spunky Coconut she creates gluten free, casein free, and sugar free recipes that are absolutely delicious. I have made several of her dishes and haven't been disappointed yet.

 mixing up flax meal, coconut oil, applesauce, and honey for the crust

 blended walnuts and coconut flour are also mixed in

 The pie dough is ready!

 press it into the pie pan

 bake it up

 blend cocoa powder, dates, banana's, and chia seeds together

 Let it chill for several hours and add the birthday candles

 Make a wish

Dig in! I received a whip cream dispenser for Christmas and if I put canned coconut milk in it I get whipped coconut cream! It all tasted so good! 

Wednesday, April 13, 2011


I have been getting gluten free oats and making muesli. Living Young has some great info about properly prepared grains. When I made muesli in the past I never soaked my oats but after reading about the health benefits I have changed my ways!

 I soak the oats in water and fresh lemon juice overnight, then drain it in the morning

Scoop some of the soaked/drained oats into a bowl and add banana slices 

Next I warm up some frozen berries and place them on top 

Then I pour in some cashew milk 

Sometimes I add 3 drops of stevia and give it a couple of stirs. For those of you who enjoy your milk turning pink from those artificial breakfast cereals, you are lucky you will get the same result without the ill effects. 

Soak 1 cup of gf oats in 2 cups of water with fresh lemon, orange, or apple juice. 
In the morning drain the oats and scoop some oats into a bowl. 
Add toppings that you like: fruit, nuts, seeds, cinnamon, nutmeg, or nut butters
Pour non-dairy milk over the top and enjoy!

Sunday, April 10, 2011


I get a lot of questions about stevia. What is it? Why do you use it? Is it better than sugar? Well I love Kelly's blog and she made a short video about stevia that I thought was great so I wanted to share it. 

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Curried Sweet Potatoes and Black Beans

I have made this dish vegan with roasted chickpeas but I have also roasted organic free range chicken. Both ways are delicious and I am sure both ways will be made again.

 I found the recipe at A Good Appetite  they make theirs in a crock pot (which I've done). However this last time I baked the potatoes and cooked everything separately. Both ways taste great!

 I put the curry on top of spinach for dinner, but I prefer the spinach chopped and mixed in better

For lunch the next day I chopped up the spinach and mixed it in. I like the texture better this way. 


1 c dry black beans
1 small onion ,chopped
1 clove garlic minced
2 T curry powder
2 c chicken or veggie broth
3-4 sweet potatoes
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1/4 cup raisins
3 c spinach, chopped
1/2 cup coconut milk (whole fat cream from a can)
Adding roasted chickpeas or chicken is optional


Soak and Cook the black beans. Other wise use 2 cans of black beans that have been rinsed and drained.
Bake 4 sweet potatoes on the oven at 400 degrees for 1 1/2 hours while the beans cook.

Once the sweet potatoes are done, caramelize the  onion and garlic in a large pot. Take the skin off of the sweet potatoes, chop them up and add them to the large pot.

Mix in the black beans, curry powder, broth, cayenne pepper,  raisins, chopped spinach, and coconut milk. Simmer for 15 minutes.