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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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Quinoa “Meat” Balls (Meatless, Gluten Free)

Using Aleia’s Gluten Free Bread crumbs (a staple in my house) and this recipe as a base, I made some delicious protein packed Meat-less meatballs.
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Quinoa “Meat” Balls (Meatless, Gluten Free)

Ingredients

  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1 can red kidney beans
  • 1 small can of tomato paste (with Italian herbs, if possible)
  • 1/4 tsp garlic salt
  • 1/4 cup Aleia’s Gluten Free Bread Crumbs
  • fresh or dried basil, oregano, parsley to taste (optional)

 

Preheat oven to 350F (180C). Line two cookie sheets with parchment, or spray with nonstick spray.
In a large bowl, mash the beans with a potato masher or large fork until almost smooth (but leave a little texture). Add remaining ingredients, including quinoa, and, with clean hands, knead the “dough” to combine well.
Using a small ice cream scoop or tablespoon, scoop the mixture and roll into balls. Place on cookie sheets and bake in preheated oven 25-35 minutes, rotating the pans about halfway through, until the balls are dry and well browned on the outside.

Serve immediately, or store in a covered container in the refrigerator up to 5 days. Makes about two dozen. May be frozen.

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Red Velvet Chocolate Beet Smoothie

Red Velvet Beet Chocolate SmoothieThis beet and chocolate smoothie pleasantly surprised me. This was the first smoothie I’ve made that contained chocolate.

It has a slight beet flavor, which may be because the beets were roasted ahead of time then cooled in the fridge. The recipe may work with raw beets, as this recipe suggests. I have some light colored beets left over (see the picture to the right) so I will certainly try this easy-to-make smoothie again with raw beets to compare.

Not a fan of chocolate? Try the Bodacious Beet Protein Smoothie.

Ingredients:

2 Beets, raw or cooked (2″ dia)
3/4 cup Blueberries, Whole, Frozen
1 Banana, ripe, Frozen (7″ to 7-7/8″ long)
2 tbsp Cocoa, dry powder, unsweetened
1/2 cup Coconut Milk, Unsweetened, Vanilla  (or milk of choice)
33 g  Lettuce, red leaf (about a hand full, optional)
1/2 cup to 3/4 cup Water (additional water to desired smoothness)

 

Total Calories: 309 (including lettuce)

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Sweet Potato Squash Red Onion Frittata With Quinoa

It is difficult to find a veggie packed breakfast. This tasted great warm or cold and was packed with vegetables. Feel free to make adjustments and pack in more vegetables. The original recipe can be found here.

 

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Total time: About 1 hour 15 minutes plus 10 minutes cooling time

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 red onion, chopped
  • 1 leek, white and light green parts only, cut in half, cleaned thoroughly, and chopped
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme
  • 2 ounces non-dairy Parmesan or mozzarella cheese, grated/shredded
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup non-dairy milk
  • 1/2 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1 1/2 pounds butternut or kabocha squash, peeled, seeds and membranes removed, and cut in small dice (1/2 to 3/4 inch) (about 4 cups diced) How to roast butternut squash
  • 1/4 cup Aleia’s Gluten Free Italian Breadcrumbs

1. Cook squash if needed. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Oil a 2-quart baking dish or casserole dish.

2. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a medium skillet and add onion. Cook, stirring, until it begins to wilt, about 3 minutes. Add leek and a generous pinch of salt and cook, stirring, until onion and leek are tender, another 3 to 5 minutes. Add garlic and thyme and cook, stirring, until the garlic is fragrant, 30 seconds to a minute. Remove from the heat.

3.  In a large bowl, beat eggs and add salt and pepper to taste (I use about 1/2 teaspoon salt). Whisk in milk. Add onions, leek mixture, squash, cheese, and quinoa. Combine well. Scrape into the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle with breadcrumbs.

4. Bake 35 to 40 minutes, until set and the top is lightly browned. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 10 minutes or longer before serving.

Yield: Serves 6

Advance preparation: The roasted squash will keep for a couple of days in the refrigerator. The frittata will also keep for 2 to 3 days and freezes well. Reheat in a medium oven for about 20 minutes.

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Sweet Potato Casserole (Gluten Free, Dairy Free)

This is the recipe my mom traditionally uses for Thanksgiving dinner and I’ve modified it to be gluten free. The casserole can be cooked, cooled then frozen – it tastes delicious warm or cold. I just love the crunchy topping mixed with the sweet smooth sweet potato filling. I often eat it cold as a dessert or for breakfast!

Some sweet potatoes are more stringy than others. If you don’t like the stringy texture, a food processor works wonders. I’ve used my Vitamix to blend the casserole ingredients, which also eliminated the need to melt the butter.

To cook sweet potatoes, wash off the dirt then cut into similar sized chunks (I typically cut one sweet potato into 3-4 sections). Boil the chunks with skins on in a pot of boiling water until the potato slides quickly off a fork when pierced (10-20 minutes). Drain and let cool. Once they can be handled, peal the skin off and discard the skin. Two large sweet potatoes can equal 3 cups. This recipe doesn’t have to be precise, if you have 3.5 cups or 2.5 cups of sweet potato, it will work just fine in this recipe. You can also substitute butternut squash for sweet potato in this recipe.

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Casserole filling:

  • ~3 cups sweet potatoes, cooked and mashed
  • 2 eggs (beaten)
  • 1/2 cup margarine, melted (melt it in the microwave, 30 seconds at a time)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/3 cup coconut milk (or milk)
  • 1/2 cup sugar

Topping:

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup gluten free flour (I use gluten free corn flour or homemade oat flour)
  • 1/3 cup margarine, cold

Instructions:

  • Combine the filling ingredients in a food processor or mixer. Pour into ungreased 8″ x 8″ or 9″ x 11″ pan.
  • Mix topping ingredients and cut with a pastry blender until crumbly then sprinkle over sweet potato mixture.
  • Sprinkle top with 1/2 cup finely chopped nuts (walnuts or pecans). You can put plastic wrap over the casserole at this point and place in the fridge to cook tomorrow.
  • Bake 350 degrees until the center has risen to the level of the firm edges
    • 8″ x 8″ for 35 minutes (you might need 10 extra minutes if the mixture was prepared the night before)
    • 9″ x 13″ (double recipe) for 80 minutes

Here are some other sweet potato recipes to try.

Note: I’ve tried adding 3 Tbsp ground Chia seed or add 1 scoop of protein powder, however, both changed the flavor from the sweet potato casserole I remember growing up.