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Quinoa Cheese Bites

29 Jul

ImageKeen-whaaaa!?  My husband does not want to eat this stuff!  But I was successful in finding one way that he would eat it right up, and enjoy every last bite.  Quinoa cheese bites! Mmm mmm! BONUS: These are the perfect, healthy, protein rich, finger food snacks for a baby or toddler.  Health Canada now says it’s okay to give babies under 1 year eggs.

Found this gem of a recipe at So Very Blessed

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Quinoa Cheese Bites

  • 2 cups cooked quinoa (1/2 C uncooked)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup shredded carrot
  • 2 stalks green onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 Tbsp whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 tsp seasoning salt
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground pepper

Method

  • preheat oven to 350 F
  • mix all ingredients together
  • distribute mixture into a greased mini muffin tin, filling each cup to the top
  • bake 15 – 20 min.
  • stuff it in your face!  either on it’s own, or with tzatziki or another clean dip!
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Chocolate Walnut Scones

11 Jun

ImageWhen I started eating clean, and giving up things like butter, sugar, and white flour, I didn’t think I’d ever find a satisfying replacement for the flaky, buttery, delicious scones that I used to enjoy making.  BUT then I found this glorious replacement recipe at Clean Program and I tried it, and I did a celebratory jig!  SO GOOD and once more, so healthy!!  Love them!  The recipe doesn’t need to be altered at all, it’s perfect, but I did switch up the method a bit.  Here is the recipe.

Chocolate Walnut Scones

  • 1/2 C coconut oil, melted and cooled to room temperature
  • 1/4 C water
  • 1/2 C dates, pitted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp baking soda
  • 1 Cup whole wheat flour
  • Pinch sea salt
  • 2 oz organic dark chocolate chips, or a generous 1/3 C (Camino is a great brand)
  • 1/2 C walnuts, coarsely chopped
    Method
  1. preheat oven to 350 F
  2. mix all dry ingredients together in a large bowl
  3. put dates, coconut oil, vanilla and water in food processor (or magic bullet) and pulse until it resembles a caramel colored paste of deliciousness (dates are mother natures gift to those of us who are sweet tooths!)
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  4. add the date paste to dry ingredients and stir together
  5. mix in nuts and chocolate (can substitute for anything you like.  try unsweetened coconut, dried cherries or cranberries, pecans etc.  options are endless!), dough should hold together (add a bit of water or flour if needed to get the right consistency)
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  6. form dough into a round (approximately an inch and a half thick) on a lightly floured surface, cut into 12 wedges
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  7. place on parchment paper lined cookie sheet and bake 12-15 min (or until lightly browned around the edges)
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  8. shove it in your face!!
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Chocolate Coconut Cake

2 Jun

ImageThis cake is SOOOOO stinkin deelish that I just about ate the whole pan of it in one day.  Definitely nothing left by the end of the weekend!  The secret ingredient (quinoa) seems weird, and might even make you hesitant to try it, but DON’T BE SCARED OFF!  It’s amazing!  Even hubby likes it, a lot, and he is a tough critic!  This is adapted from the Quinoa 365 Cookbook recipe for Moist Chocolate Cake.  It doesn’t rise a whole lot, and is quite dense… maybe more like a brownie-ish treat?  Either way, so good!

Chocolate Coconut Cake

  • 2/3 C quinoa
  • 1 1/3 C water
  • 1/3 C unsweetened almond milk
  • 4 large eggs (or substitute with some egg whites if you prefer)
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 3/4 C coconut oil, melted and cooled
  • 1 1/2 C coconut sugar (or sucanat)
  • 1 C cacao powder (or cocoa powder)
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt

    Method

  1. Bring quinoa and water to a boil on the stove, cover, reduce to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes. Turn off the heat and leave it on the burner for another 10 minutes. Fluff with a fork and allow to cool
  2. Preheat oven to 350 F, grease a 9 x 13 rectangle pan (or two 8″ round pans)
  3. Combine almond milk, eggs, vanilla, coconut oil and 2 C cooked quinoa in blender or food processor.  Blend until smooth.
  4. Whisk together dry ingredients in medium bowl.  Add liquid ingredients and stir well.
  5. Bake for approx. 40 min. (or until a knife comes out clean)
  6. (allow to cool and…) shove it in your face!
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