12/26/12

Gluten Free Brown Rice Muffins

Merry (late) Christmas to everyone.  I hope you all made some memories with families and friends during this busy time of year and took time to reflect on the true reason for the season.

Yesterday, one of the gifts that I received from my parents was a set of muffin tins.  Yup… I actually asked for those!  I have been wanting some for quite some time now.  The main reason was because I found a recipe in “The Feed Zone” book that I wanted to try.  I wasted no time and decided to try to make them today:

Brown Rice Muffins (Gluten-Free)

  • 2 cups cooked brown rice
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup applesauce (I used a whole apple which was about one cup chopped instead)
  • 2 Tbsp molasses
  • 1/4 to 1/3 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup soy milk
  • pinch of salt
  • vanilla extract
  • ground cinnamon

  1. Heat oven to 325 and lightly grease the muffin tin
  2. Combine all ingredients in a food processor and blend til a nice batter is formed
  3. Divide into muffin tins and bake for about 15-20 minutes

This recipe made 10 muffins for me.

12/19/12

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Every fall I buy up a bunch of pumpkins, butternut squash, and spaghetti squash.  Each time I cut one of them open, I save the seeds.  I place them in a bag and place them in the freezer until about this time of year when the squash and pumpkin is no longer in season and becomes super expensive again.  It’s funny how you can buy a couple pie pumpkins and get enough seeds out of two pumpkins that would probably cost twice or three times as much some seeds by themselves in a health food store.

The process of baking up some pumpkin seeds takes a little bit of time:

1. Thaw the seeds in some warm water

2.  Place seeds in a strainer and run water over them to get the slime off of them.

3.  Transfer seeds to a mixing bowl and fill with water.  Stir the seeds in the water (this helps separate the pumpkin seeds from the pumpkin “guts” that tagged along during the whole process.  The seeds float and the guts sink to the bottom of the bowl).

4. Heat the oven t0 400 degrees

5.  Season the seeds with any concoction that sounds good.  (I’ve done salt and pepper, cinnamon, ginger and garlic, salt and Worcestershire sauce in the past and all have been really good.)

6.  Spread seeds on a cookie sheet thinly

7.  Bake at 400 degrees for about 30-35 minutes

 

Below are some pictures of the process:

12/5/12

Athlete Friendly and Gluten Free Pizza

I do my best to eat well.  I am a firm believer in the importance of what we ingest on a daily basis plays a significant role in our body’s immediate health, health down the road when we get older, and athletic purposes.  Choosing the right foods to eat at specific times of the day will help the body recover from previous stress placed on it during training and as a result help us perform better in the races.

Like everyone else out there, I crave junk food every once in a while and succumb to the pressure.  When our body craves something, it may be lacking a nutrient found in the food… the trick is knowing what the body wants and finding other ways to fill that need.  Over the last few days, I was really craving pizza.   I decided that I was going to make my own pizza from scratch to make it healthier and full of good protein sources.  And like every good pizza, it starts with a good crust (in this case, gluten-free) with very simple ingredients:

Crust Ingredients:

  • 1 cup brown rice
  • 1 cup lentils
  • 1/2 9oz bag of spinach
  • 3-4 carrots, shredded

Preparing the crust:

  1. place rice and lentils in water and soak for about 8 hours
  2. Drain the water and place all ingredients in a food processor (adding water if needed to help it blend together) until it forms a paste
  3. Spray a cookie pan with nonstick spray
  4. Bake at 400 degrees for about 15-20 minutes
  5. remove crust from oven

I decided to make a Mediterranean style pizza.  I put artichokes, olives, mushrooms, and spinach on it (I wish it was summer and had a garden fresh tomato to put on it too).  I covered it with about 1.5 lbs of mozzarella cheese and put it back in the oven until the cheese just started to turn golden brown (about 15 more minutes)

I let it sit for a few minutes, then cut it.  To finish it off, I sprinkled some balsamic vinegar on it.

If you want to make it vegan, simply do the following and use instead of the cheese.  Pour over the pizza toppings and enjoy:

Vegan mozzarella

1 c Water

2 sm Cloves roasted garlic

2 tb Fresh lemon juice

1 tb Tahini Paste (the larger amount the cheesier it is)

1/4 c Nutritional yeast

3 tb Quick-cooking rolled oats

1 tb Arrowroot (or cornstarch)

1/8 ts Dry mustard

1 1/2 ts Onion powder

1/2 ts Salt; or salt-free seasoning

 

Place all ingredients in a food processor or blender, and process until completely smooth.

 

 

11/5/12

Vegetable Cashew Saute

Ingredients

  • 1 (16 ounce) package whole wheat rotini pasta
  • 2 tablespoons dark sesame oil
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1/4 cup dark sesame oil
  • 3 cups chopped broccoli
  • 1 cup chopped carrots
  • 1 green pepper, chopped
  • 1 cup chopped red bell pepper
  • 2 cups chopped fresh mushrooms
  • 1 bag frozen peas
  • 1.5 cups chopped unsalted cashew nuts

Directions

  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook the rotini 10 to 12 minutes, until al dente, and drain.
  2. In a small bowl, mix the 2 tablespoons sesame oil, soy sauce, vinegar, and sugar.
  3. Heat the 1/4 cup sesame oil in a skillet over medium heat. Stir in the broccoli, carrots, red bell pepper, mushrooms, shelled edamame, and cashews. Mix in the sesame oil sauce. Cover skillet, and cook 5 minutes, or until vegetables are tender but crisp. Serve over the cooked pasta.

 

10/19/12

Potato and Spaghetti Squash Casserole

Ingredients:

  • 5 cups potatoes, diced
  • 6 cups spaghetti squash, baked
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 14.5 oz cans diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 1 8 oz package cream cheese
  • ¾ cups parm. Cheese
  • 4 egg whites
  • 9 oz bag spinach
  • Parsley
  • Basil
  • Oregano
  • Rosemary
  • Garlic salt
  • Flax seed (optional)

 

Directions:

  1. Boil potatoes until tender and then drain water
  2. Add spinach, salsa, and diced tomatoes and wait until the spinach cooks down
  3. add onions, cream cheese, parm cheese, egg whites, squash, and spices/salt
  4. cook until bubbly and all the cheese is melted
10/19/12

Mock-Cheese Zucchini, Rice, and Lentil Casserole

 Ingredients

  • 1 cup rice
  • 1 cup lentil
  • 2 medium zucchini, sliced
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 jar spaghetti sauce
  • 1 cup nutritional yeast
  • ½ cup soy milk
  • Garlic salt
  • 2 vegetable bouillon cubes
  • 3.5 cups water

 

Combine all ingredients in 9×13 pan and bake covered w/ aluminium foil w/ holes poked in it at 350 for 2 hours.  Uncover for about the last 10 min of baking.

10/19/12

Sweet Peppers and Wild Rice

Sweet Pepper Wild Rice Salad

½ cup uncooked wild rice

1 can (14.5 oz) chicken broth, divided

1 ¼ cups water, divided

¾ cup uncooked long grain rice

1 medium sweet red pepper, chopped

1 medium sweet yellow pepper, chopped

1 medium zucchini, chopped

2 tbsp olive oil, divided

4 green onions, chopped

½ tsp salt

¼ tsp pepper

2 tbsp lemon juice

 

In a small saucepan, combine the wild rice, 1 cup broth and 1/2 cup water.  Bring to a boil.  Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 50-60 minutes or until rice is tender.

Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, combine the long grain rice and remaining broth and water.  Bring to a boil.  Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 15-18 minutes or until rice is tender.

In a large nonstick skillet, saute the peppers and zucchini in 1 tbsp oil for 3 minutes.  Add onions; saute 1-2 minutes longer or until vegies are tender.  Transfer to a large bowl.

Drain wild rice if necessary; stir into vegie mixture.  Stir in white rice.  Sprinkle with salt and pepper.  Drizzle with lemon juice and remaining oil; toss to coat.  Serve warm or at room temperature.

 

10/19/12

West African Stew

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 cups sliced onions
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 pound sweet potato, peeled and cut into 1/4-inch half slices
  • 1 large tomato, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 (10.5 ounce) can condensed cream mushroom
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 (15 ounce) can chick peas (garbanzo beans), rinsed and drained
  • 4 cups coarsely chopped spinach

Directions

  1. Heat oil in skillet. Add onion and garlic. Cook until onion is tender.
  2. Add potatoes and tomatoes. Cook 5 minutes. Add raisins, cinnamon, red pepper, broth and water. Heat to a boil. Cover and cook over low heat 15 minutes.
  3. Add chickpeas and spinach. Heat through. Serve over cooked rice or couscous, if desired.

 

10/15/12

Crock Pot Steel Cut Oats

Crock Pot Steel Cut Irish Oatmeal

Required ingredients:

  • 1 c. steel cut (Irish) oats
  • 4 c. skim milk, soy milk, rice milk, or almond milk

Optional toppings:

  • Dried cranberries
  • Dried figs
  • Raisins
  • Fresh or dried blueberries
  • Maple syrup
  • Brown sugar
  • Coconut milk
  • Banana
  • Strawberries
  • Walnuts
  • Almonds
  • Ground flax
  • Wheat Germ

In a slow cooker, combine all required ingredients and set to low heat. Cover and let cook for 6 to 9 hours.

Stir and remove to serving bowls. This method works best if started before you go to bed. Then your oatmeal will be finished by morning.

Tips
Add toppings right before you eat the oatmeal.