Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Cinnamon Rolls

So I was really craving some cinnamon rolls...started Googleing (is that an official word yet?? haha), and I found this on you tube.

Oh man, they came out so yummy. Here is a picture. I thought they looked so pretty!

Sweet Potato & Beet "Chips"

These were inspired by previous recipe. We had some extra sweet potatoes and beets on hand, so I thought this would be good since the chicken recipe was so delicious. This can also be made with just sweet potatoes. It makes a great side dish.

2 sweet potatoes, sliced
2 beets, sliced
1-2 Tbsp coconut oil

Preheat oven to 350. Coat bottom of baking sheet with coconut oil. Place sliced potatoes and beets on top and move around to coat with oil. Top with Himalayan salt. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until soft. For crisper chips use thinner slices and increase temperature in oven 25-50 degrees.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Roast Chicken over Beets & Sweet Potatoes

Give Donna a big hug next time you see her, this was so yummy! She passed this recipe to me and said I had to try it, so I put it together last night and it was delicious!

What I love about roasting a chicken is it makes great leftovers and then you can use the carcass to make chicken stock for soups. (I put the whole thing in a big pot of water with some celery, onion, bay leaf, salt & pepper and bring to a boil. I skim off all the ucky stuff on top and then simmer for a few hours. Strain put in containers and keep in freezer for next time you need stock)

The red stuff is beet juice, not blood... :-)

Roast Chicken over Beets & Sweet Potatoes

1 large chicken (I used a free range chicken from Justin Lingle-see contact info on 3/19 post)
4 sweet potatoes, sliced
2 beets, sliced
10 cloves of garlic, smashed under a metal spatula, skins on
1 sprig of rosemary
1 spring of thyme
Juice of 3 lemons (save 3 of the juiced lemon halves)
olive oil

Heat oven to 425. Wash chicken inside and out, pat dry.
In a large bowl combine lemon juice, 3 cloves of garlic, rosemary, thyme and s&p.
Set chicken in a bowl and coat with lemon/herb mixture.
Slice sweet potatoes and beets.
Drizzle olive oil in the bottom of a roasting pan, layer beets and sweet potatoes. Add remaining garlic cloves.
Stuff bird with the 3 lemon halves and herbs.
Place chicken on vegetables in roasting pan and top with remaining lemon/herb mixture.
Tuck wings under, tie legs together and drizzle with olive oil.
Bake 1.5 hours


Thursday, May 13, 2010

Chia Seed "Rice" Pudding

This is super easy and tastes so good. Jude approved it and we had to keep showing him that is was all gone because he kept crying for more!
Not sure if you have ever used chia seeds or have even heard of them, but they are an amazing super food. Here is a link so you can read more information: http://chiaforhealth.com/chin.html
If you want to just sample them they are available at ONF in the bulk spices section. We now buy our seeds in bulk. A good brand is Nativas Naturals (we also used their gogi berries, cacao powder and a few other things). You can find them online.

1 1/2 C Vanilla Almond Mylk (see recipe in older post 2/21/10)
4 Tbsp chia seeds
drizzle of honey or maple syrup (optional)

Mix in chia seeds really well and let them sit and gel up for a minimum of 10 minutes. That's it! SOOOO easy! Yum!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Tropical Smoothie

Just in time for the warm weather...I LOVE LOVE LOVE smoothies. I think they make a delicious breakfast, snack or dessert. I make them a thousand different ways and add all kinds of things into them, but here is a good tropical smoothie...it's one of my favorites :-) You can also pour this into a popsicle maker or dehydrate for fruit leather.

1/4 C coconut milk
1 banana
1/2 orange (with a little peel left on)
1/2 C frozen pineapple
1 TBSP flax seed, optional
handful of spinach, optional

Blend in vita and enjoy!