Thursday, August 28, 2014

Coconut Avocado Pistachio Stacks and Chocolate Chip Cookie Bark with Enjoy Life's Cookies and their NEW Look!


Enjoy Life is one of my most favorite products, and here they are sporting a new look!  

When I received this box of Enjoy Life cookies, my whole family was thrilled!  
Now, it was time to try something new!


 

We made these absolutely wonderful Coconut Avocado Pistachio Cookie Sandwiches!
We used Raia's Recipes for our filling and topped them with Enjoy Life's Double Chocolate Cookies!

Filling:
1 avocado
1/4 cup honey
6Tbsp coconut oil
1-1/2 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
3/8 tsp pistachio extract

Place the avocado, honey, coconut oil, and extract into a high speed blender (Vitamix or Blendtec) until smooth. Place into a bowl and stir in the shredded coconut.  (I used finely grated coconut.)  Line an 8x8 baking dish and pour in the filling. Spread into an even layer.  Place in the freezer until hardened.  Cut into circles.  Sandwich the filling between two Enjoy Life Double Chocolate cookies and serve.
YUM!

*If you wanted to make these grasshoppers,  just add the peppermint extract instead like Raia's recipe suggests.



Next, up was the cookie stack flop!
Okay... I have to confess that this was a beautiful disaster.  I made coconut whipped cream and totally messed it up!  I broke a beater, and thought,"Why did I decide to get into the kitchen today?"   I used my "unfluffy" cream, mixed in chunks of Enjoy Life Chocolate Chip cookies, and froze until hardened.  Cut into squares and Viola! Cookie bark!  Super simple with extraordinary taste!

I have thoroughly enjoyed my Enjoy Life box with its BRIGHT new packaging.
And I am still loving the same GREAT taste!

*I receive NO compensation for this review. 




Sunday, April 6, 2014

Vegetable Bouillon Mix - Gluten Free



I found this recipe on Nourishing Joy  and absolutely loved having the choice of a powdered version, or to make it into cubes using palm shortening.  I opted not to use the palm shortening but if you wanted to, just add the mix to 10 Tbsp of palm shortening and package into individual cubes.   Remember that when you add this seasoning, you may want to add salt.  There is a ton of salt in store bought broth!  So you should adjust the salt to your taste or dietary needs.  Also you may need to add more powder to get that stronger taste.  

Mix all the ingredients below and store in an airtight jar.   
If you want a fine powder, run it through a blender.

1/3 cup of nutritional yeast
2 tsp salt
1-1/2 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp turmeric
1 tsp dried dill
1/4 tsp celery seed
1/4 tsp dried basil
1/2 tsp dried thyme
1 tsp dried parsley

Ramen Noodle Mix - Gluten Free with no MSG


When I make ramen, I add a teaspoon of the dry mix to one package of dry noodles. 
 Be sure to add to your broth, gluten free soy sauce or fish sauce to taste.

Mix all the following ingredients below and store in an airtight container:

1-1/2 tsp sugar
1/2 Tbsp pepper
2 Tbsp onion powder
2 Tbsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp celery salt
1 tsp salt


And if you are looking for gluten free ramen noodles 

* Can't remember where I came across this recipe on the internet.  
That said, I am not the author of this recipe, but I do use it often.




Mayonnaise - My favorite if you can use eggs



I have found since raising my own chickens that several of my kids no longer show allergic reaction to eggs!  It was an awesome discovery!  So here is my favorite whole egg that I found on Allrecipes.  This recipe needs no tweaking for me.  It is creamy and delicious .  I love the Immersion Blender method.   If you haven't tried it, I strongly recommend it.  It is way easier, than drizzling and waiting for the emulsion process.  


Ingredients: 

1/2 teaspoon dry mustard powder

1/2 tsp salt
2 tablespoons lemon juice or white vinegar
2 eggs
2 cups extra light virgin olive oil

Directions:  


In a quart canning jar, crack the eggs into the jar.  Add the mustard, salt, and lemon juice or vinegar. Pour the oil on top.  Place your immersion blender all the way on the bottom of the jar.  This is important.  You will not want to lift the blender when you are doing the following short bursts.  Give 6-8 short bursts or pulses of the blender.  About one second bursts.  Then you can blend until normal mayonnaise consistency.  


If you find my instructions confusing, check out this video from Chef John from Allrecipes.  He does a great job of illustrating the immersion blender method.  Click here to watch a video using the immersion blender method.






Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Enjoy Life's NEW Dark Chocolate Chips and Double Dark Chocolate Cookies - Gluten Free


Have you tried those NEW Enjoy Life Dark Chocolate morsels?  They are heavenly straight out of the bag!  I had to stop myself from snacking on them and make these double dark chocolate cookies for the kids.  Enjoy Life has scored another hit with these dark chocolate morsels!  Super Yum!!

Ingredients:
1-2/3 cup of Enjoy Life Dark Chocolate morsels, divided
1 cup Better Batter flour
1/4 cup baking cocoa powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup palm shortening
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1/4 cup sugar
1 flax egg (3 Tbsp hot water mixed with 1 Tbsp flax meal, let sit for 10 minutes)
1 tsp vanilla extract

Directions:
Preheat oven to 325˚F
Melt 2/3 cup chocolate chip morsels in a microwave safe bowl. 
 Heat every 30 seconds and stir until the chips are melted.  Set aside.


In a mixing bowl combine flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt.


In a medium bowl, beat shortening, brown sugar, and sugar until creamed.


Add flax egg, melted chocolate, and vanilla extract until well blended.


Stir flour mixture in until blended.  Stir in remaining 1 cup of morsels. 


Drop dough by tablespoonfuls onto prepared baking sheets.



Bake for 10 minutes.
Cool on baking sheets for 5 minutes.  Remove to wire rack to cool completely.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Broccoli and Rice Casserole - Gluten Free, Dairy Free


This casserole is super easy!  Mix all the ingredients.  Bake and viola! 
If I don't have frozen broccoli on hand, I often steam fresh broccoli and it works fabulous!

Ingredients:
2 (10oz) packages frozen chopped broccoli
Cream of mushroom soup, recipe below
2 cups cooked rice
3/4 cup chopped onion
1 (8oz) package of Daiya Cheddar Cheese or cheese substitute
salt and pepper to taste


Directions:
  • Preheat oven to 350˚F.
  • Cook broccoli as directed on package and drain.
  • Mix together broccoli, cream of mushroom soup, rice, onion, cheese, and salt and pepper.  
  • Place in a greased 9"x13" dish.
  • Bake for 30 minutes.


Cream of mushroom soup
1-1/2 cups of mushrooms, chopped
6 Tablespoon extra light virgin olive oil
6 Tablespoons sweet rice flour*
1-1/2 cup chicken broth
1/2 cup hemp milk
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 tespoon dried basil
Salt and Pepper to taste

Saute the mushrooms in the 2 tablespoon of oil.  Set aside. Heat the  6 tbsp olive oil over medium heat and add the sweet rice flour.  Stir the flour until it has abosrbed the oil.  Cook for 1 minute.  Add the chicken broth a little at a time, constantly stirring and adding a little more chicken broth until all of it is added.  (*Note that at first the flour absorbs the broth and forms a ball.  However, as you keep adding liquid it will expand and loosen up.)  After all the chicken broth has been added, slowly add the milk.  The mixture will be thick.  Stir in the mushrooms, onion powder, thyme, basil, and salt and pepper.  

Cook's note:  If you are like me.  I sometimes don't stir fast enough as I add the broth.  I wind up with a lumpy soup.  I give mine a whirl on high in my blender for just a few moments and it is smooth; no lumps!  

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

New Enjoy Life's Baked Chewy Bar - Product Review



Two years ago in November of 2011, I reviewed Enjoy Life's Chewy Bars.  Back then they had undergone a major overhaul compared to when I first tasted their bars.  Today, almost two years later, they have again improved their bars, with the inclusion of ancient grains.  Let's see how they did during our taste testing....


Cocoa Loco
Cocoa Loco bars still ranked number one in our house.   I found this time (and this was just me - my kids didn't notice) that it was a little gritty.  That wasn't true before, but overall it still tasted good.


Sunbutter Crunch

Sunbutter Crunch bars were the families second favorite.  This really was a great bar!  Great texture and equally great taste.  We all loved this one!


Mixed Berry

The Mixed Berry Chewy Bar , for me was the biggest improvement.  This one really reminded me of a gluten granola bar.  Before, this bar didn't have much taste.  Now, I can actually taste the berries and it tastes like I imagined it would.  The family gave this one a thumbs up!


Caramel Apple

The Caramel Apple Chewy Bars have improved in taste and texture.  It was far better than its predecessor.  However, it still didn't really work for me.  I am not a big apple fan, so that may be part of it.  But in fairness to the product, it had a great texture, not gritty, and it did taste more like apple this time.  Previously none of my kids liked it and now three out of nine liked it.  So that is improvement!


The Verdict:
You can pick up any of these bars and really can't lose.  The taste is great and it is convenient for lunches, hikes, or to toss in your purse.  This bar really competes with their gluten counter part granola bars.  I love the fact that it contains the ancient grains.  We have been trying to include more of them in our regular diet, so I was pleased to see them in this bar.  I am glad to say that Enjoy Life is keeping up in taste and healthiness.  Another round of winning product by Enjoy Life!


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