Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Simple yet so yummy

I thought I would share a couple yummy recipes. Enjoy!

My family LOVES homemade granola. Either in crumbles for cereal or in bars for healthy snack foods. This is my favorite recipe and I change it depending on the mood or what is in my cabinet.

4 cups rolled oats
1 cup of any seed or nut, i.e. almonds, pecans, walnuts, sunflower seeds, or pumpkin seeds
1 cup of any dried fruit, i.e. cranberries, raisins, apricot, etc.
1/3 cup coconut oil (you could use canola oil, olive oil, what ever you use.)
1/2 raw honey
1 tsp Mexican vanilla

Preheat oven 300

I just combine everything, dump in a cake pan, then throw in the oven.

I bake for 10 minutes, stir and cook for another 10 minutes. Let cool completely before storing.

No Rise Whole Wheat Biscuits

2 cups whole wheat flour
4 tsp baking powder
1 tbsp organic sugar or honey
3/4 tsp salt
1/4 cup butter
1 cup milk

Combine flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt. Cut in butter until it resembles course crumbs. Stir in milk until just moistened. For here you can either do drop biscuits, super easy but not as nice looking. Drop biscuits are just a spoon full of dough dropped on a baking sheet. OR the dough can be rolled out 3/4 inch thick and use a biscuit cutter (or circle cookie cutter) and cut 2 1/2 inch circles. Place on a ungreased baking sheet and cook at 450 for 10 - 12 minutes or until lightly brown. Serve warm.

Mock Potato Soup
(AKA Cauliflower Leek Soup)

Don't let the name fool you on this one. It truly is amazing and the whole family will love it.

2 Tbsp olive oil
3 tbsp butter
3 leek, cut into 1 inch pieces
1 large head of cauliflower, chopped
3 cloves garlic, finally chopped
8 cups vegetable broth
salt and pepper to taste (salt is a must)
1 cup heavy cream (optional)

Heat olive oil and butter in a large pot on medium heat, and saute leeks, cauliflower, and garlic for about 10 minutes. Stir in the vegetable broth, and bring mixture to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer 45 minutes. (Sometimes I do less because of time and it turns out just fine)

Remove the soup from heat. Blend the soup with a immersion blender or hand mixer only if you like it smooth. My family likes it chunky. Season with salt and pepper. Mix in heavy cream.

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