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Adventures of a recipe tinkerer and food explorer


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Taco Bowl

I started using eMeals.com for weekly meal planning. Little did I know that $5/month would save me headaches and time spent looking up/deciding which recipes to make for the week. Although the app has a favorites feature, this recipe will get overlooked because it’s a side dish (eMeals.com March 22 – 28, 2017).

In wanting to document this recipe for future use – because I have made it twice now in a short 3 days span – I’ve transformed it in the below recipe to be a meal instead. I’m on the vegetarian plan so the below meal is vegan, but it can easily be paired with shredded chicken or taco meat and even some cheese.

Serves 2

INGREDIENTS:

  • ¾ cup long-grain brown or white rice
  • ½ Tbsp olive oil or coconut oil
  • 1 cup frozen corn kernels, thawed
  • ½ (15-oz) can black beans, drained and rinsed (or about 1 cup cooked beans)
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 Roma or small tomatoes, chopped
  • ⅛ tsp salt
  • ⅛ tsp pepper
  • 4 cups unpacked spinach
  • 4 Tbsp salsa (your favorite brand and spice level)
  • 1 avocado, sliced

 

DIRECTIONS:

Cook rice according to package directions. Meanwhile, heat oil in a skillet over medium heat; add corn, beans and garlic, and cook 2 minutes.

Stir in tomato, salt and pepper. Heat for 2 minutes. Add rice to skillet, and toss to combine. Heat for 1 minute.

In a single serving bowl, place half of the mixture on 2c bed of spinach and top with 2 Tbsp salsa and 1/2 avocado. Repeat in a second single serving bowl with the remainder of the ingredients.

* Top with pre-cooked meats or cheese if desired.


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Overnight Breakfast Polenta Bowl

After a stint with Thistle meal delivery service, I was introduced to polenta and decided to make an overnight polenta breakfast similar to overnight oats for quick morning meals.

I have tried to make polenta in the past and didn’t care for the time and attention it needed, so I switched to the tube of polenta (no herbs or flavorings added). If you want to make polenta from scratch for this recipe, I’m sure it would work. Kitchn has a quick way to make polenta.

Polenta bowlIngredients

  • 1/2 tube of already cooked polenta
  • One small piece of whole fruit (nectarine, apple, peach, pear, 1/4 cantaloupe, cherries or dried cranberries) or 1/4c jam
  • 1/4 cup milk (coconut, cows, rice, etc)
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon sweeter of choice (maple syrup, honey, sugar, stevia, brown sugar, etc)
  • 1 tablespoon diced nuts (walnuts, almonds) or granola

Heat polenta in a bowl for 1 minute. Smash polenta with a fork. Add 1/4 cup milk and heat 30 seconds more. Smash polenta with fork some more. Add extra milk for desired consistency.  Stir in the vanilla, cinnamon, maple syrup into polenta mixture.

Layer 1/2 diced whole fruit into a pint mason jar then 1/2 polenta mixture. Finish with remaining fruit then polenta mixture. Put in refrigerator over night. Top with nuts or granola and enjoy.

 

 


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Blueberry Carrot Protein Smoothie

I impressed myself with the taste of this ‘thrown together’ smoothie. Used up left over carrots to account for the veggies to balance out the fruit, veggie, protein, omega3 protein smoothie. I like blueberries and this is the first time I’ve made a smoothie made mostly with blueberries. I’m quite pleased with how it turned out.

I put my carrots in a sealed plastic bag with a paper towel to keep them from going rubbery on me. I have not tried rubbery carrots in this smoothie, but I bet it would be a good use for them instead of putting them in the compost.

Ingredients:

1 cup Coconut Milk, Unsweetened, Vanilla (or milk of choice)
1 scoop Vega Vanilla Sport Protein Powder
1 tablespoon flaxseed (optional)
2 medium carrots, pealed and cleaned
2 cups Blueberries, Whole, Frozen
1 Banana, ripe, Frozen
1 cup Water (additional water to desired smoothness)

 

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Calories = 590

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Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

IMG_0899-1.JPGI was incredibly surprised with the amount of moisture in this banana bread, the golden crunchy outside and how it didn’t taste grainy on the inside! You don’t even have to click on the picture to the right to see the moisture oozing from this bread.

This is a great banana bread even if you aren’t gluten free. I had to slice this bread and put it in the freezer asap because I had already eaten 3 pieces of it and it should be savored.

Delicious!

The amount of banana in this recipe may be reduced to 12oz or about 4 medium bananas. Nuts and dried fruit are optional, feel free to mix in your favorites.

Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

INGREDIENTS
1/2 cup All Purpose Gluten Free flour or Rice Flour
1.5 cup Almond flour or Oat Flour
3 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup plus 2 tbsp margarine or butter
1 1/4 cups sugar
16 oz bananas (about 5 average sized ones)
4 large eggs
3/4 cup chocolate morsels (0r cranberries or other dried fruit)
1/2 cup nuts (optional)

DIRECTIONS

  • Preheat oven to 350 and lightly spray two loaf pans.
  • Sift flours, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl.
  • In a large bowl, beat the butter, sugar and bananas together until smooth.
  • Briefly stir in the eggs to the banana mixture.
  • Pour the flour mixture into the banana mixture until blended. You will see lumps of butter if your butter was cold.
  • Pour into loaf pans and bake for 60 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean and the cake is just firm. If you have a glass or dark metal loaf pan, you may want to keep an eye on the loaf and put tin foil over it if the edges start to brown early.
  • Cool for 10 minutes before serving or once completely cool, slice and freeze for up to a month.

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Nutritional Information (per serving)
Serving = 16 (with 16oz of banana)

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Modified from this recipe.


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Bodacious Beet Protein Smoothie

This is the same recipe as the Red Velvet Beet smoothie, minus the cocoa and adding berry flavored protein powder.

Ingredients:

2 Beets, cooked (2″ dia)
3/4 cup Blueberries, Whole, Frozen
1 Banana, ripe, Frozen
1/2 cup Coconut Milk, Unsweetened, Vanilla (or milk of choice)
1 scoop Vega Bodacious Berry Protein Smoothie Powder
33 g  Lettuce, red leaf (about a hand full, optional)
1/2 cup to 3/4 cup Water (additional water to desired smoothness)

 


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Tolerant Black Bean Rotini (pasta)

Ever wonder how to reduce the starch in pasta? How about noodles made entirely from black beans or lentils? I couldn’t wait to try this high protein substitution for pasta and it exceeded my expectations.

Product: Tolerant Black Bean Rotini
What I paid: $??
Buy again: Yes
Recommend to friends: Yes

  • High in protein – 22g per serving
  • High in fiber – 15g per serving
  • High in iron and a low glycemic index
  • One ingredient! Black beans!
  • Held it’s shape
  • A good flavor, if you like black beans =)
  • Gluten free
  • Cooks in the same amount of time as regular pasta
  • You will feel good about eating it!


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Chocolate chip peanut butter oat zucchini brownies (gluten free, dairy free)

Chocolate chip PB Oat Zucchini browniesOh my gosh, these are delicious. As you can see, I ate two before realizing I should photograph them.

What to do with one cup of frozen shredded zucchini? Not enough for zucchini bread or zucchini muffins.

I found this flour less zucchini brownie recipe and was about to put 1 cup of peanut butter into the mix when I decide that was just WAY too much peanut butter. Not for the flavor but because of how much fat and calories are in peanut butter. So I modified the recipe to include oats and an egg and less peanut butter. Next time I will reduce the sweetener or use baking Truvia.

The peanut butter flavor is mild and it’s so moist and fluffy (because of the egg addition). The oats and zucchini give it a healthy, “good for you” texture. I used a combination of pancake syrup and honey for the sweetener.

Chocolate chip peanut butter oat zucchini brownies (gluten free, dairy free)

Serves 9

Chocolate chip PB Oat Zucchini browniesIngredients
1 1/2 Cup Quick 1-minute Oats, Dry
1/3 cup Cocoa – Dry powder, unsweetened
1.5 Tsp Cinnamon
1/4-1/2 tsp Nutmeg, ground (depending on your preference)
1 tsp Baking soda
1/2 cup Natural Peanut Butter or other nut butter
1 cup Zucchini, includes skin, shredded
1/3 cup Applesauce Unsweetened
1 large Egg – Whole, raw
1/4 – 1/3 cup honey or maple syrup (pancake syrup) or sweetener of choice (add a little water if needed if using Truvia or a dry sweetener)
1 tsp Vanilla extract
3/4 cup Organic Chocolate Chips – Semi-sweet

Directions

  1. Spray bottom and sides of 8 x 8 glass baking dish with oil
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  3. Peel and grate the zucchini.
  4. Mix dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
  5. Add remaining ingredients except chocolate chips and stir until well combined.
  6. Add chocolate chips and combine.
  7. Pour into an 8 x 8 baking dish. Spread evenly.
  8. Bake for 30 – 35 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.
  9. Cool and enjoy!

 

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