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Beet Chia Crackers

24 Apr

While I’m on the discussion of chia crackers….

I know, I know!….for someone who doesn’t like beets, I sure keep bringing up the topic. Anyway…

I thought I would experiment with the last beet in our fridge (good riddance!).

I really wanted to duplicate a red tortilla cracker. The color is really cool. Why not. So I thought I would juice a beet and soak the chia seeds in it.

And Viola! Red chia crackers. Yah!

Well not so much.

Why you ask? Because the CHIA CRACKER now tastes like a BEET! ugh!

My husband really likes it though.

So if anyone else thinks it might be cool….

Recipe

Juicer and dehydrator required

1/2 cup water

1/2 cup chia seeds

1 beet

salt

garlic

Instructions:

Juice the beet, mix the chia seed in the water and add BOTH the beet pulp and beet juice. Add more water if needed. Chia seeds will gel with liquid. Let it soak for approx 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Spread mixture onto Teflex sheet and put in dehydrator on 105 degrees for 15-20 hours till dry and crunchy.

Bon appetit

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‘Everything’ Cracker

24 Apr

Thank you Peggy for this inspiration:)

Someone…..was eating my favorite bagel the other day at work. An ‘Everything’ Bagel. Oh gosh, how I miss the smell and the taste of the  poppy seeds crunching between my teeth.

Being I gave up all breads and crackers, well, flour to be more specific, I am always on a continuous search for new chia cracker ideas. It’s not easy finding a substitute for bread, crackers, chips, pancakes, waffles, pasta, couscous, cake, muffins, cookies, biscuits, mac and cheese….Oh, the list goes on and on.

Here’s my take on the Everything Chia Cracker.

Recipe

1 c water

1/2 cup chia seeds

3/4 cup poppy seeds

1/2 cup sesame seeds

1/4 cup garlic, minced

1 onion

1 tsp salt, or more to taste.

Instructions:

First mix the chia seed and water together and let it sit for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. The chia seeds will turn into a gel.

In the meantime, place onion into food processor on shred, discard any excess water.

Add the poppy seeds, sesame seeds, garlic, salt and onions to the chia mixture.

Spread onto Teflex sheet evenly. I like to score the crackers before putting them into the dehydrator so they will break easily when dried.

Dehydrate on 105 degrees for 15 hours.

Crackers are best with any dip such as hummus or guacamole.

 

 

Chocolate Chip Larabars

18 Apr

I’ve had a quite a few requests for these, so here’s the recipe.

Recipe

1 cup cashews

2/3 cup dates, pitted

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 oz cacao nibs (or semisweet chocolates)

2 pinches of cinnamon

add a pinch of chili chipotle for fun:)

Finely grind the nuts in food processor , then add all remaining ingredients. The mixture should be crumbly in your hand. Scoop the entire mixture into your hands at once, knead together until it sticks together, then press firmly and evenly into a greased glass bowl (I use a very small amount of coconut oil). Place in fridge for 2-3 hours to before serving.

Homemade Kiwi Banana Fruit rollups

14 Apr

You can buy premade fruit rollups for your kids, and this is what you will feed them….

General Mills Fruit Rollups:
pears from concentrate
corn syrup
dried corn syrup (this sounds yummy doesn’t it)
sugar
partially hydrogenated cottonseed oil
acetylated monoglycerides (what is this??)
dextrose
natural flavor ( interesting the ‘natural’ flavor is at the bottom of the list)
food colorings: blue 1, red 40 and yellows 5 and 6
Wow, doesn’t that taste fresh and wholesome????
Ok, now for the ingredients in  Homemade fruit rollups:  Bananas and kiwis….
Yep. That’s it. No special equipment needed. This can be made in the oven, I use my dehydrator.
Roughly chop the bananas and kiwis, throw into a food process until pureed.
Pour mixture onto a Teflex sheet and put into dehydrator at 105 degrees for 6-8 hours until it peels easily from the sheet. Some dehydrators take a little longer and it also depends on how thick you make the mixture. Be careful not to make it crispy.
This is what it will look like before putting the tray in the dehydrator.
Oven directions:
Line cookie sheet in parchment paper (not wax paper, this will melt, trust me)
Set the oven to its lowest setting (every oven is different, 140-170 degrees)
It will take approximately 5-6 hours to dehydrate.
Use scissors to cut the roll ups in strips.
I haven’t personally used the oven method. I had to googled the instructions on the internet.

Coconut Cream Pie Larabars

12 Apr

I love to make different flavor Larabars. If you love coconut, you’ll love this one.

Recipe

food processor required

1 cup almonds

1 cup coconut flakes

12 medjool dates

1 tsp Coconut oil

Process almonds in food process and finely chopped. Add coconut flakes, pulse again. Add dates and process for another 1-2 minutes. Add coconut oil.

Mixture should still be crumbly. Knead the mixtures together. Grease the inside of a 7×5 glass bowl (use coconut oil) and firmly press mixture evenly into bowl. Refridgerate for 2-3 hours. Cut into pieces and serve.

Muhammara

21 Mar

I was so proud of myself for discovery this dish and ‘expanding my horizons’. One day at work, I started talking to a coworker from Jordan about my new find. I was so elated that I had finally moved beyond the standard hummus and couscous. Not knowing very much about muhammara, I was asking questions about it origins, how it’s served, what to eat it with, etc. Only I couldn’t pronounce it correctly. Not even close. My coworker kept looking at me, well you know, with that ‘crazy girl’ look. Frustrated, I finally googled it with a picture. Oh, he says (light bulb glowing brightly), moo hahm’ mah rah.

Sigh!!!

Muhammara, by the way, means ‘of reddish origin’, or something like that. It’s traditionally made with red berries native to the middle east. Because we don’t have these berries in North America, this dish is often substituted with pomegranate juice or molasses. I’ve never seen pomegranate molasses so I substitute good ol’ Pom brand pomegranate juice.

This is a hot pepper middle eastern dish made of walnuts, sweet and hot red peppers. Don’t worry, you can adjust the ‘hotness’ to your liking.

Food processor required.

Recipe

2 cups walnuts, soaked in water for 8 hours

4 red bell peppers, quartered

1 cup sundried tomatos

1 garlic clove minced

1 lemon, juiced

1 Tbs olive oil

4 Tbs pomegranate juice

1/2 tsp cumin

salt to flavor

red pepper flakes, to flavor

1-2 tsp water, only if needed

Instructions:

1. Rub peppers in oil, place in dehydrator, sprinkle with salt, dehydrate on 115 degrees for 4 hours till soft. Of course, bell peppers can be roasted, or store bought too.

2. Drain walnuts and place in food proccessor. Process till crumbly.

3. Add red bell peppers,  sun-dried tomatos, lemon juice, garlic, olive oil and cumin in processor, process till smooth. Add water if needed.

4. Season with red pepper flakes.

Serve with bread pieces, or crackers. I use *chia crackers*. (recipe posted)

When gathering with friends and family for parties, reunions, game night, etc, there is always junk food everywhere…. chips, dips, cheeses, ooey-gooey tempting macaroni and cheese, pasta salad, chicken wings slathered in sauce, desserts made with sugar and flour. So, I always try to bring dishes I know won’t stray to far from my lifestyle. If other people enjoy my dish, then that’s wonderful.

This dish was definitely a hit at a small family gathering. Instead of exchanging super secret cookie recipes, these ladies wanted my muhammara dish. Fabulous:)

Chia Crackers

19 Mar

Dehydrator needed

These seeds are super high in omega-3’s and an excellent source of calcium.

The key to this recipe is to make sure the chia seeds have soaked long enough to absorb all the water. The seeds become gelatinous when placed in water.

Recipe

1 c chia seeds

2 c water

salt

seasoning of choice (any combonation will work such as dried herbs, wasabi paste, apple cider vinegar, hot sauce, etc

Mix chia seeds, water and seasoning together in a bowl. Let seeds soak for at least 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Spread mixture onto Teflex sheets, spread evenly approximately 0.5 cm thick. Score the crackers prior to putting in the dehydrator, they will break apart much easier. Place in dehydrator at 115 degrees. In about 6-8 hours, peel Teflex away from the crackers and flip over, continue dehydrating for another 6 hours.

I use the crackers to eat with hummus, guacamole, etc.

Photo coming soon

Sesame Bars

15 Mar

Dehydrator required.

This snack bar is a great way to bring food while traveling.

Its super healthy, tastes great, doesn’t need refrigeration, stores easily in a purse or backpack.

Sesame Bar

1 cup unhulled sesame seeds

1/4 c walnuts

1/8 cup raw honey

1/4 cup raisans or cranberries

approx 15 almonds

1  1/2 tbs sunflower seeds

1 1/2 tbs pumpkin seeds

Mix together thoroughly, the honey needs to mix well with the other ingredients because this will be the binder.

Place mixture on texflex sheet, form into square bar about 1/2 inch height.

Place in dehydrator for 24 hours.

Should still be pliable, but will hold together when eating.

Will harden further upon cooling.

Cut into 8 bars

NUTRITION

200 calories

177   calcium

3 Iron

24 folate

Kale Chips

11 Mar

Hello. Welcome to my blog.  My first real attempt at blogging failed…. so here we go again.

The following are the details in which I make my Kale Chip Recipe.

First of all, I’m proud to say the kale comes straight from my garden, right outside our front door.  Say hello to my future Kale Chips:)

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