September 20, 2009

Cabbage and Ham Hash

Complements of: Better Homes and Gardens, "New Dieter's Cook Book".

1/2 cup chopped onion
2 cups chopped cabbage
3/4 cup shredded carrot
1 - 2 tablespoons butter
1 cup chopped ham (leave out for vegetarian option)
2 cups chopped cooked potatoes (great way to use up left over baked potatoes)
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/8 teaspoon pepper
salt to taste

In a skillet cook onion, cabbage and carrot in hot butter till vegetables are tender. Stir in ham, potatoes, Worcestershire sauce and pepper. Spread mixture evenly in skillet. Cook over medium heat for 5 minutes, turning occasionally with spatula. (Try adding a fresh diced tomato after you have removed from heat!). Serve. Enjoy!
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September 15, 2009

White Chicken Chili

1 tablespoon oil
3/4 pounds boneless organic chicken breasts, cubed
1 large onion
2 cloves of garlic
3/4 cup dry white wine
1/4 cup organic chicken broth
2 cans great northern beans, drained
1 teaspoon dried mustard powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
corn tortilla chips (optional)
1/2 cup shredded cheese (optional)
sour cream

Heat oil over med-high heat. Add chicken and cook until no longer pink. Remove chicken and set aside. Add onion and garlic to skillet and cook until tender. Place chicken, onion and garlic in crockpot. Add wine, chicken broth, beans, dried mustard, cumin, salt and pepper. Cook on low 5-6 hours (I have also cooked in a pot over the stove and let it simmer 1 1/2 hours, but either cooking methods turn out great). Place in serving bowls and top with cheese and sour cream (optional) and eat with tortilla chips (optional). Enjoy!
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September 14, 2009

Honey Sweetened Brownie Bites

1 cup butter
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1/2 cup unbleached white flour
3 eggs, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/3 cup cocoa

Beat the butter with mixer until creamy. Add the salt and honey and beat until well combined. Beat in the eggs, vanilla and cocoa. Add the flours. Mix well. Place in greased mini muffin tins and bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. You could also bake in a 9X13 inch pan at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Enjoy!
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September 8, 2009

Gluten Free Peanut Butter Cookies

This is a wonderful alternative to an unbleached white flour peanut butter cookie. It uses sorgum flour which you can find fairly inexpensive at any health food store (or Fred Meyer). Sorgum is a grass that is harvested similar to the way you would harvest wheat. I don't use it very often, but in a cookie like this it is an excellent alternative to wheat and our bodies will thank us for the change! This recipe does use white sugar and brown sugar so maybe I should put it under my "pure indulgence" section ;).

1/3 cup brown rice flour
1/3 cup sorghum flour
1/3 cup cornstarch
1 cup quinoa flakes (or rolled oatmeal, but quinoa flakes are a wonderful alternative and highly nutritious)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons oil
6 tablespoons peanut butter
1/2 cup cane sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup vanilla rice milk (sorgum flour tends to be dry so adding an extra liquid helps)
1 teaspoon vanilla

Place all dry ingredients in a bowl and set aside. In a mixer add oil, peanut butter, cane sugar, brown sugar, vanilla rice milk and vanilla. Blend well. Add dry ingredients and mix until blended. To make them a nice giant size (like the picture) scoop 1/3 cup of dough and roll into a ball. Then use a fork to flatten out. You can fit about 6 on a cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes (or until brown on the tops). Enjoy!

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