Thursday, April 18, 2013

2 Ingredient Recipes - Can they really be good?

All of this started with this email from StumbleUpon, 34 Insanely Simple 2 Ingredient Recipes.  I was  curious.  My first thought was, "What can you cook with two ingredients, and it really taste good?"

So I tried a few that sounded good to me....

              I jumped in and tried the Banana Cookies from The Burlap Bag...
This recipe called for 2 bananas and 1 cup of oatmeal.  I just couldn't resist throwing in the chocolate chips.  These cookies were really good!  I was pleasantly surprised.  
Mash up the bananas, stir in your oatmeal and bake at 350˚F for 15 minutes.  Soooo simple! 
8 out of 9 kids loved this.  This one is perfect for little hands to learn to cook.

            Next were the Banana Crackers from Undressed Skeleton...
        This recipe called for 1 banana and 1/2 cup of flax seeds.  After reading some reviews, I decided to go with flax meal because of the health benefits of them ground up over the whole seeds.  Now,  I must admit that I strayed from the recipe in that respect.  It was another mash the banana, stir in seeds and bake for 20 minutes at 300˚F.  I have to tell you, not very tasty.  Unfortunately, no one here liked it.  

          I tried Ice Cream Bread from a Well Seasoned Life... and it was so bad, that I chucked it, and didn't even take a picture.  It called for ice cream and self rising flour.  I used dairy free ice cream and made gluten free self rising flour  by add salt and baking powder and it just wasn't good, at least not my dairy free, gluten free version.  In all fairness, she did warn not to use low fat ice cream.  This might account for the poor translation into a good gluten free, dairy free bread.

           My last recipe was No Bake Coconut Cookie Dough Balls from Chocolate Covered Katie
This recipe called for a scant 2/3 cup of pitted dates, 1-1/2 Tbsp of coconut butter, and I added in the optional shredded coconut. Whirl it all in your food processor until combined.  Shape into balls and then munch.  I wasn't crazy about this recipe but it wasn't awful either.  

So out of the 35 recipes, I found three that really came through ---the banana and peanut butter ice cream from Two Peas and Their Pod , the magic shell recipe - which I think everyone already knows about, and those banana oatmeal cookies.  

 I think I will continue to give those two ingredient recipes some consideration.  
There are some really healthy and delicious recipes out there!

Sunday, April 7, 2013

GF Cereal Bars - Rice Free!

I stumbled upon this recipe from the Tessa Domestic  She has a wonderful website chock full of allergy free recipes.  I didn't think I would love this recipe, but my whole family loved them!  I have several kids that can't have oatmeal or rice, so we used quinoa flour instead of oat flour.  We also used our homemade jelly and they turned out heavenly!

Dry Ingredients:
  • 1 cup gluten free oat flour or quinoa flour
  • 1 cup teff flour (or more oat or brown rice flour) 
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup palm sugar (or other granulated sugar)
  • 2 tablespoons chia meal or flax meal
Wet Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup apple sauce
  • 1/4 cup melted coconut oil (or other oil)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/4-1/2 cup favorite jelly  (If your jelly is very thin like some low sugar jelly’s are, it is ok to add a couple of tablespoons of tapioca flour or arrowroot starch to thicken it up!)
  • Alternative: Simmer on a stove 12 ounces frozen blueberries (or other favorite frozen fruit), 2 tablespoons sweetener of choice, 3 tablespoons tapioca or arrowroot starch.  I also added a few drops of stevia to taste, this will greatly depend on the fruit you are using! Once cooked through and thick, puree with an immersion blender for texture-averse kiddos!
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Whisk the dry ingredients together in a medium bowl.
  3. In a liquid measuring cup, whisk the wet ingredients.  Pour into the dry mix and blend until a soft dough is formed.  You may add a couple tablespoons milk if it is necessary.  Divide the dough in half.
  4. Grease an 8 x 8 pan or line with parchment paper.
  5. Place half the dough on a piece of parchment, place another piece of parchment over the top, and roll it out into a rough 8 x 8 square (the dough should be too wet to roll without the parchment on top. I have used plastic wrap, waxed paper, and a Silpat for this job too with success, just be sure you don’t try and bake the plastic wrap or waxed paper!)   Invert the rolled dough into the pan, pressing and smooshing until the bottom crust is dispersed.  Gently remove the parchment.  Spread your filling evenly over the bottom crust.  Roll out the top crust in the same manner, and flip over onto the top of the filling.  Press and smoosh with the parchment in place and then remove when you are happy!  I have also just moved pieces of the dough and overlapped pieces as a top crust…works great too!
  6. Bake for 20-25 minutes until the center is set.

Seed Party

The weather is getting warm and it is almost spring time again!  I love spring!  I have started my seedlings under my grow light and awaiting the warm weather so I can begin to turn the soil to add my plants.

I love starting things from seeds, and my kids love to mess in the dirt and call it helping.  If you want to share that passion with friends, try throwing a seed party.  I found this wonderful template to make your own decorative packets.   Click here for the envelope and then click here for the labels.  To view the whole idea you can check it out here!

I used scrapbooking paper and instead of using the labels they provided, I color copied the front of my seed packets.  I did use their labels for the back, which gives directions.
These would make great gifts to give to neighbors with a sampling of your home grown veggies.  

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Hummus Fried Chicken - 2 ingredients!

I saw this recipe in Reader's Digest and couldn't resist making this super simple two ingredient recipe!  Chicken and hummus!  I used my favorite hummus from Whole Foods, a jalapeno hummus because I love spicy chicken.  It is not a crispy hard crust, but a soft crust.  I love this recipe!  It is tasty without all the oily fat calories!

On a baking sheet lined with foil and sprayed with cooking spray.  Take your favorite cut of chicken and slather on a thick coating of hummus.  Bake your chicken until it is done.  How is that for a simple dish?