|Gluten-free, chocolate almond/cashew cups
I had a craving for peanuts and chocolate last night, so I decided that I would whip up something fun. These nut cups are modified from the protein bars I made previously, and are quick and easy to make, no cooking (unless you count a microwave for a few seconds) and yummy. I even had a few for breakfast.
Quick and Easy Chocolate Almond/Cashew Cups
1/2 cup raw almonds
1/2 cup raw cashews
1/4 cup flax meal
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
1/4 cup unsalted, natural peanut butter
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/2 tsp sugar
1/2 Tbs honey
1/2 Tbs GF vanilla extract
1/2 cup Enjoy Life GF, DF, CF chocolate chips
1. Spray a mini-muffin tin with nonstick cooking spray.
2. In a small food processor, combine almonds, cashews, flax, sunflower seeds and peanut butter until it forms a paste.
3. Heat coconut oil, sugar, honey and vanilla in a small bowl in the microwave for just 15 seconds.
4. Pour coconut oil mixture into nut mixture and process until mixed (just about 10-15 seconds).
5. Put about a TBS of mixture in each tin and place in the freezer while you make the chocolate. This made 24 cups.
6. Heat chocolate in microwave for 20 seconds, then stir, then heat again for 10 seconds. Keep doing this until it’s all melted. Be careful not to overcook.
7. Remove cups from the freezer and put about a tsp of chocolate on top of each cup and spread it out. Work quickly, it cools and hardens fast on the cold nut mixture. After you’ve put all the chocolate on, you can add more if you like.
8. Return cups to the fridge or freezer (depending on how fast you want to eat them).
9. When hardened, remove the cups from the tins and put in an airtight container in the fridge. They melt quickly so keep them in the fridge.
|Egg “noodles” with marinara
I’ve been absent for a bit, taking care of school work and remodeling work. But never fear, I’ve still been cooking and eating. After so long trying to curb the amount of grains in my diet, I fell off the wagon and went gangbusters on cookies, cakes, cupcakes, etc. for the past month. Finally, I’m back on track and feeling so much better.
Which means I’m still hungry, I just have fewer items on the menu. Noodles are one of my favorites and trying to find alternatives can be difficult. I’ve used raw zucchini in long, thin strips and it’s wonderful with pesto, and I love spaghetti squash as a pasta alternative, but what if I’m trying to add more protein in my diet as well?
Aha, it hit me today while watching Jamie Oliver on TV while he made crepes and cut them in long, thin strips for a salad. Why not do that with eggs? I scrambled 2 eggs and 2 egg whites with a bit of salt, pepper and garlic powder. The rest is so easy it’s crazy.
|These are the “noodles” without sauce so you can see. Pretty, huh?
In a hot skillet with a little butter, add a small amount of eggs, just enough to cover the pan without leaving open spots (how much you use depends on the size of your pan. Just imagine you’re making a crepe). Swirl it around until you get an even layer. Then let it cook without touching it for about1- 2 minutes depending on the size of your pan. It should start to get well done on the edges. Then gently lift it from the pan and flip it. (you might need to get the hang of this, but it’s easy after the first one.) Cook another minute on the other side.
After you have a few of your egg “crepes,” stack about 3-4 of them and roll them in a tight cigar shape. Then cut in strips from one end to the other, essentially making pinwheels. When you uncurl them and fluff them, you now have long, thin egg “noodles” to add anything you want. I had some marinara and shredded Parmesan, which was wonderful. The noodles were chewy and had a nice bite, reminded me of an egg noodle from long ago. But it’s not a real noodle so don’t look for that texture. I liked the egg taste of it and the way it worked with the sauce and cheese. Perhaps using them as manicotti and rolling some cheese might work, or serving with pesto, goat cheese, Parmesan, roasted mushrooms, etc. The possibilities are endless. Yum.