No-Bake Energy Balls Monday, Jul 15 2013 

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I am preparing for the arrival of our third baby soon, and wanted to make some no-bake energy balls in the freezer for the labour, or post-partum. My husband and boys LOVE these as well, so hopefully there will be a few left for the midwives and I by the time the baby arrives!!

There are easy to make, and don’t heat up the house on these hot summer days. They are wonderful to bring on a car ride, picnic, play date at the beach or park, or anywhere else you go.

The recipe is a slight adaptation from here.

No-Bake Energy Balls

1 cup oatmeal (I use large flakes so they take longer to digest, keeping one feeling full longer)
1/2 cup natural peanut butter
1/3 cup honey
1 cup coconut flakes
1/2 cup ground flaxseed/chia seeds/psyllium husks/hemp hearts
1/4 cup mini chocolate chips (or use cranberries, etc!)
1 tsp vanilla
Mix all ingredients together, and put the mixture in the fridge for at least 20 minutes (to make it easier to handle). Shape into balls, and freeze on a cookie sheet. Once frozen, transfer them to a container or ziploc bag and either store in fridge or freezer – if they last that long!
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Sunshine Muffins Friday, May 3 2013 

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Last year, I was given an old recipe box, with lots of old newspaper clippings, with recipes. This recipe is from one of those clippings, so I don’t know where to give the credit! Of course, I did my own variations anyways. ๐Ÿ™‚ ย We all loved this recipe, and so did our neighbour kids! The 3.5 dozen (double recipe) didn’t last 2 days! Very moist, fresh, and delicious! Definitely will be making it again.

It’s a versatile recipe, feel free to change the add-ins to sunflower seeds, poppy seeds, grated apples instead of the grated carrots, dried fruit, etc.

Sunshine Muffins

2 cups flour (I did 1/2 cup white, 1 1/2 cup spelt)
2 tsp baking soda
3/4 cup sugar
1 Tbsp cinnamon
2 Tbsp ground flax
2 Tbsp hemp hearts
1 Tbsp sesame seeds
1/3 cup sunflower seeds/poppy seeds, etc (optional)
1/3 cup coconut
1/3 cup chocolate chips
2 cups grated carrots
1 banana, mashed
3 eggs
1 cup oil
2 tsp vanilla

Combine flour, baking soda, sugar, and cinnamon together. Stir in sesame seeds, coconut, chocolate chips, carrots and banana.

Beat together eggs, oil, and vanilla. Stir into flour mixture until just moistened. Spoon into greased/lined muffin cups and bake at 375F for 15-20 minutes.

Makes 1.5 dozen.

Cool Individual Apple Crisps Monday, Nov 19 2012 

 

I found this idea online, and was excited to give it a try! Not only does it look cool, it’s also so much easier than the traditional apple crisp, as there is no need to peel and slice all the apples. Very cool, and I’ll definitely be making apple crisp this way again!

I like how it also limits the portions, because when it comes to apple crisp, my husband and I can eat waaaaaay too much! ๐Ÿ˜€

 

 

Cool Individual Apple Crisp

4 apples

 

Crisp Topping

1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup ย flour (white or wheat)
1/2 cup oatmeal
1/3 cup butter/margarine
1/2 tsp cinnamon

Mix ingredients together to make a crumb.

Wash apples, cut in half, cut out the core.

Divide on top of each apple half. Place apples on a cookie sheet and bake at 350F for 20-25 minutes, until apples are soft (insert sharp knife). The length of cooking will vary greatly depending which type of apple you use. Macintosh apples will cook much faster than gala.

Oven-Baked Granola Bars Friday, Oct 19 2012 

These granola bars are chewy with crispy edges, sweet, and an excellent dessert. ๐Ÿ™‚ ย My friend Sara adapted this recipe, and I think its awesome. I’m glad she doesn’t mind me sharing it here! ๐Ÿ™‚

My son (4 yrs old) said they were the best in the whole world! He uses that expression a fair bit recently, but basically means he realllllly likes it! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Oven-Baked Granola Bars

7 cups oatmeal (can use all quick, or 2 cups old fashioned and 5 cups quick)
1 1/3 cups shredded coconut/chopped slivered almonds/hemp seeds/flax (I did 2 Tbsp ground flax, then 1/2 coconut and 1/2 almonds for the rest)
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
1/2 cup maple syrup (if you do not have maple syrup, use 1/2 cup brown sugar in it’s place)
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 1/3 cup butter

Mix oatmeal and coconut/almonds/flax in a large bowl.

Melt butter, brown sugar, and maple syrup in a pot. Heat until most of the sugar has melted.ย  Stir thoroughly to incorporate the butter and other ingredients, then add vanilla.ย  Stir well.ย  Pour over oatmeal mixture.ย  Stir well.

Divide mixture between 2 greased cookie sheets (I used parchment paper instead of greasing the pans) and press down evenly.ย  Once it is packed down, bake at 375F for 10-15 minutes, until bubbling and golden on edges and top. Cut while warm.

Makes 64 bars.ย  They may be stored at room temp for quite a while, but keep very well in the freezer too.

Simple Fruit Dip Tuesday, Oct 16 2012 

 

Simple Fruit Dip

This fruit dip is excellent! Made to your taste buds, simply mix together:

Greek yogurt (regular yogurt will work, just be a thinner dip)
Peanut butter (I used all natural)
Cinnamon
Honey, to sweeten to taste!

The boys and I had it as a snack with slices of apples and its delicious! I usually stay away from dips (don’t want the extra calories), but I felt quite comfortable eating this dip! Simple ingredients, super quick to make, and so yummy!

Zucchini Bread Wednesday, Oct 10 2012 

 

Zucchini Bread

1 1/2 cup zucchini, grated
1/2 cup oil
1/2 cup honey (or brown sugar)
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cup wheat flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/2 cup nuts, chopped

Beat together oil and honey. Add eggs, vanilla and zucchini; mix well. Sift dry ingredients and add to liquid mixture. Stir in nuts

Bake in greased 9×5 bread pand at 350F for 50-60 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in middle comes out clean. Cool in pan for 10 minutes, then take out of pan and finish cooling on cooling rack. Freezes well.

Recipe from Whole Foods for the Whole Family.

Bacon Cheese Stuffed Bread Saturday, Sep 29 2012 

 

I’ve seen a few recipes for this type of stuffed bread floating around on Pinterest. One night, I decided to indulge and try it. ๐Ÿ™‚ ย Yum! Very good, and a definitely treat. ๐Ÿ™‚ ย I basically followed this recipe, with a few tweaks. I also didn’t measure how much cheese or bacon bits I used, just until the bread looked stuffed enough. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Bacon Cheese Stuffed Bread

1 unsliced loaf of breadย (round is preferable)
8-12 oz cheese, thinly sliced or shredded
3 oz bag bacon bits
2 Tbsp butter, melted
1 Tbsp Parsley, optional
Using a sharp bread knife cut the bread going both directions, being careful not to cut through the bottom crust. Place cheese and bacon bits in between cuts. Sprinkle butter over bread. Sprinkle with parsley, if desired. Wrap the entire loaf in foil and place on a baking sheet. Bake at 350F for 15 minutes. Unwrap. Bake for an additional 10 minutes, or until cheese is melted.

Homemade Salami Friday, Sep 21 2012 

Years ago, my Mom found a recipe for homemade pepperoni, and we made it quite regularly. We loved eating it plain, on crackers, or on pizza.

About four years ago, I decided to try a couple variations of it, a summer sausage and a homemade salami from Tammy’s Recipes. I fell in love with the salami recipe, and that’s the main one I’ve been doing every since.

So, if you’re looking for healthy homemade meats for easy lunches (great with cheese slices and crackers), to send on school lunches, or on pizza, make sure to try this yummy recipe! ๐Ÿ™‚

The only thing I do different, is that I like them to be cracker size, so I make 10 rolls from the recipe instead of 3 like the recipe says. ๐Ÿ™‚

Homemade Salsa Wednesday, Sep 19 2012 

I looooove salsa. One of my favourite snack at night, once the boys are in bed, is tortilla chips and salsa, while snuggled up to my husband watching a movie. *love* ย I used to be able to buy salsa in a fairly large container locally, for a decent price, but when they stopped carrying that size, I couldn’t bring myself to pay the price for the little jars. I like salsa too much to go without, and decided to find a recipe. What I found is that the recipes all used fresh tomatoes. I live in northern Canada. Fresh tomatoes are expensive. And I don’t want to always have some on hand as they don’t last long.

So, I decided to experiment with canned tomatoes and was surprisingly delighted at the taste! Yes, its different than store-bought salsa and I wasn’t sure how much I liked it at first. But it really grew on me and now I love it. I also love how easy it is to make. Takes 5 minutes or less, and since I buy my canned tomatoes on sale, it’s so cheap to make! You definitely can use fresh tomatoes too, if desired. I’ve done that when I bought too many tomatoes this summer and it was very delicious too!

Without further ado, here is the recipe! I usually don’t measure, but go by taste. ๐Ÿ™‚

Homemade Salsa

1 can (28 oz) diced tomatoes, drained well
1/4 cup onion, chopped finely
1 clove garlic, chopped finely
1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
Green peppers, diced or green onions, chopped, optional (looks pretty!)
Salt, to taste
Pinch of cayenne pepper, optional (if you like to add some kick to it!)

Put it all through the blender quickly, just enough to chop to the consistency you want. Taste, add apple cider vinegar or salt to taste. Best eaten right away (gets watery if put in the fridge for the next day, but still good!)

Quick and Easy: No Bake Granola Bars Thursday, Aug 30 2012 

 

This week, my son started JK. I can’t believe school has entered our household!! With that, means school lunches. I’ll share more ideas as time goes on, as it is very important to me to send lunches and snacks that are homemade and as healthy as possible. I have a really good granola bar recipes (this one!), but the problem with it is it gets soft pretty quickly and crumbles up. Not as good for school lunch, probably, although it would totally still work wrapped in plastic wrap individually.

I came across this No Bake Granola Bar recipe, tried it, and loved it! My sons and husband did it. ๐Ÿ™‚ ย I had to quickly sneak out a few pieces to stick in the freezer for a school lunch!! But, it’s so quick and easy, that I don’t mind making it again. And again. And again. ๐Ÿ™‚

Only SEVEN ingredients, and about 5 minutes of work. I can handle that. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Hmm, so good. I barely had time to snap a picture of the granola bars on a plate before he grabbed one. ๐Ÿ™‚

Next time, I’ll add some ground flax to it, and may substitute some of the rice cereal for sunflower seeds or something. But it really doesn’t need any changing, it’s quite yummy as is. ๐Ÿ™‚

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