March 05, 2017

Whole Wheat Pancakes

Do you like pancakes? We do too! I usually I make them about twice a month and until now,  I used to always make them with all-purpose flour but in my desire to eat healthier,  I decided to give whole wheat flour a run. I was actually impressed! Nice texture and great taste, not to mention, a lot more fiber :-)

We like to eat them with fresh fruit, (depending what I have at that moment) like papaya, cantaloupe, strawberries and blueberries. Sometimes I use frozen strawberries or blueberries and cook them up slightly with a little bit of cornstarch to make a sauce, or other times, I serve them with canned peaches.  Delicious!

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Ingredients:
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 tsp. sugar
2 tsp. baking powder   
1/4 tsp. salt
1 egg
1/4 cup oil
1 cup 1% milk
1 tbsp. lemon juice


Directions:
In a medium size bowl combine whole wheat flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Set aside.

In another  bowl, whisk  together egg, oil, milk and lemon juice. 
Add it to  the flour mixture and mix with the fork just until all  moistened. Do not over mix. 

Heat a non-stick pan on medium high heat.  Drop batter with a small ladder into the hot pan. Turn over when bubbles pop on top and cook until golden brown. Place them into a covered  dish to keep them warm until all pancakes are done.

Serve them with hot blueberry sauce and  with fresh sliced fruit of your choice.

Makes  8 pancakes


TIP: Make breakfast fun for kids by making different shaped pancakes, that they would love to eat.

February 08, 2017

Chewy Granola Bars

 My husband likes granola so we bought some the other day. I started nibbling at it myself, even though, I can't say, I love granola that much (not as my husband does) but I found myself going back for more, until  I realized, this sweet treat wasn't quite the best choice as it had high sugar content, a bad culprit, among other things, so I decided to try and make some granola bars instead. Using ingredients such as oats, nuts, dried fruits and seeds, this bars make a delicious, and great vegan snack. It was a breeze to make them and the end result, fantastically delicious granola bars!

Hope you'll enjoy them as much as we do,

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Ingredients:

1-2/3 cups oats
1/3 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup chopped dried apricots
1/2 cup dried cherries
1/2 cup flaked coconut
1/2 cup chopped walnuts, cashew or almonds
1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
2 tbsp. coconut oil, melted
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup agave syrup
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1-2 tablespoon water


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Directions

In a large bowl, combine oats, flour, salt and cinnamon; mix well. Stir in cranberries, apricots, cherries, coconut, walnuts, pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds; set aside.


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 In another bowl, whisk together coconut oil, maple syrup, agave syrup, vanilla and 1 tablespoon of water.  Add this to the oat and fruit mixture; stir to mix well adding the remaining water if needed to hold together.

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Pat into a greased 9 inch x 13 inch baking pan. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until edges start to brown.

Cool in pan for 10 minutes. Cut into bars. Keep in an airtight container.

Enjoy!

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Happy Baking!

Leia

January 31, 2017

Simple ways to Lower Your Grocery Bill

This post is about making your trip to the grocery store less stressful and more efficient while saving you time and money.

I don't know about you but for me, shopping for groceries is not the trill once used to be and I crinch every time I see a price increase specially on items I buy regularly.


Do you also feel that prices just keep going higher and higher? Well, you and me, are not alone!

Yes, we all seen the cost of food going up and if you think about the fact that most consumers throw out 40% of the food they buy, makes us come to the realization that we could do better in lowering our bills by doing a little plan-ahead before actually going out shopping.


Here are a few tips to help save time and money on your next trip to the grocery store.

  • Plan your weekly meals and write them  down. Using grocery coupons and store specials can also help you not only plan your meals but also cut down on your spending. 
  • Make a grocery shopping list! Going grocery shopping without a list is most likely an open invitation to overspend.
  • Check you refrigerator for vegetable and other thing that you might have already on hand so you don't spend extra because you forgot about it. 
  • Shop your freezer and your pantry. 
  • Plan meals using leftovers (if you have any).
  • Go shopping grocery list in hand and stick to the items on the list
  • Never shop when you are hungry. You will buy more things than what you need! (you mean it never happened to you?)

Another way of saving money is buying produce in season at the local Farmer's Market and freeze (or can some ) for latter use, in off season, when prices are higher and you would pay way more. This produce, not only tastes better than what  you would buy in the grocery store but you can also save money if you buy by the case.

Among the things I especially like to buy for the freezer are yellow/green beans, cherries and sour cherries, red peppers (which I freeze to use later to make stuffed peppers), and corn on the cob. (I found it quite expensive during the winter months). For canning my favorites are peaches.

If you are not used to go to the Farmer's Market, I encourage you to check it out. There is always a wonderful selection of fresh fruits and vegetables straight from the growers as well as organic meats and dairy products, something for everyone.

I found this article on the subject of grocery shopping written by Mairlyn Smith, a Professional Home Economist that is packed with fantastic ideas and suggestions.

You can read the whole article here:
  "Grocery Shopping 101"

Hope you find the ideas useful and helpful in saving  you money on your next grocery bill!

Cheers!

Leia





October 03, 2016

Easy Lemon Cake

Hello again,

I haven't posted in a while...No, I didn't stop cooking... (in case you were wondering) I just didn't do so much of it. My life has been very busy as I find more things that I have to do all the time. I'm sure many of you can relate... Seems there is never enough time to do all that we want to do in a day, is there? That's why we all need simple, easy and FAST recipes. Let's be realistic! Cooking takes time and energy but if you like doing it or you just love your family to pieces, you are going to have to spend some time in the kitchen. So here it is a fast dessert recipe, an easy-breezy lemon cake. Can you do me a HUGE favor? If you do like it, just drop me a comment in the box bellow the recipe and let me know. Thank you so much!!


















Here is the recipe for my Easy Lemon Cake

Ingredients:
1 Box of Lemon cake Mix
3 eggs
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup milk
3/4 cup water

Filling and Topping:
1-250 ml (about 8-9 once jar) of lemon curd (or lemon pie filling)
1-1L Container of Cool whip, thawed
lemon rind, optional


Empty the content of the lemon cake mix into an electric mixer bowl.

Add eggs, oil, milk and water. Beat on low speed for 30 seconds, than on high speed  for 2 minutes, or until batter is smooth.

Pour into a greased 9 inch by 13 inch pan and bake in preheated oven at 350 F for about 30 minutes or until cake is done.

Let cool in the pan. Remove cake from pan onto a board and cut it in two, horizontally. Place the bottom layer back into the pan. Spread the curd on the bottom layer and cover with the top cake layer.
Spoon  cool whip on top of the cake and sprinkle the lemon rind on top. 

Cut into squares and enjoy!

NOTE: You can also leave the whole cake in the pan and spread the lemon curd on top of cake, than spoon the cool whip right on top of lemon curd.

Enjoy!

Leia

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