Flourless Oatmeal Muffin Goodness

Oatmeal Goodness1. These started as cookies.
2. I don’t own cookie sheets, only baking stones.
3. My dislike for baking = fail
4. Try again = WIN

INGREDIENTS

1/2c unsalted butter, softened OR sub in coconut oil
1c PB2
1/2c water
1/2c sugar
1/2c brown sugar
1 ripe banana
2 eggs
1t vanilla
3c old fashioned oats, gluten-free
1-1/2t baking soda
1/2c almond meal
1/2c unsweetened coconut
1/2c cacao nips (super food)
1/2c chocolate chips
– OR just use 1c chocolate chips
ADD-INS
1/2c dried cranberries (optional)
1/2c chopped walnuts (optional)
1/2c shredded carrot (optional…then you’d need to add allspice, nutmeg, coriander…YUM)

PREP

1. Preheat oven to 350.
2. Mix butter, PB2, water, sugar, brown sugar, and banana till smooth. Add eggs and vanilla. Mix.
3. Add your oats, baking soda, almond meal, and coconut flakes. Mix till everything is moist. Do not over mix.
4. Hand mix in your chocolate/berries/etc.
5. If using cookie tins, rock on. Otherwise, grab your muffin tin (mini or small) and coat with coconut oil. Add a small spoonful of batter for each muffin.
6. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 min depending on the size of your muffin. If doing cookies, 10-15 min will do!

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Refried Beans

INGREDIENTS

3c dry pinto beans, rinse to clean
water, veggie broth, chicken broth (you choose!)
1/2 medium onion, don’t chop…just peal outside layer/skin
2T minced garlic or 4 garlic cloves. If using garlic cloves, remove skin and add whole.

OPTIONAL

cilantro, dry or fresh
black beans instead of or in addition to pinto
salt
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PREP

1. Add beans to slow cooker. Add enough water/broth to fill the slow cooker 3/4 of the way full. Add onion and garlic (as well as any other additional items).
2.¬†Cook on low until beans are soft, about 8-10 hours OR about 6hrs on high…stir occasionally during cooking process. You may have to add more water/broth as beans absorb liquid, so check on them periodically.
3. Strain beans or pour off juice; saving the juice in a separate bowl.
4. Use a hand blender/pureer to mash the beans. Add additional juice as needed for the consistency you want. You’ll want to leave them slightly runny because they will thicken as they cool off.

Black Bean and Quinoa Burger

Black Bean & Quinoa BurgerINGREDIENTS

1c quinoa (any color. pictured is red)
2c liquid (water or broth…if broth, add an extra 1/4c)
1t roasted garlic powder
– new fun item in my kitchen.
1t dried cilantro
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1T+ EVOO
1/2c peppers (any color)
1/2c yellow onion
1t garlic powder
2 eggs
1/2 to 1c gf bread crumbs
Salt
Pepper

PREP

1. In a medium sauce pan add quinoa, liquid, garlic powder, cilantro, salt, and pepper. Bring to boil, then simmer for 15-20min…till liquid is gone. Set aside and allow to cool.
2. In a saute pan add EVOO, peppers, and onion. Saute till onions are translucent, about 10 min.
3. Mash black beans till there is just partial chunks. Not smooth, but not whole beans. You need something to hold it all together. Add sauteed mix, garlic powder, eggs, and 3 cups of the cooked quinoa. Add 1/2c bread crumbs. Mix. This should easily be made into a patty with out being overly sticky. If you need more bread crumbs, add and remix.
4. On a skillet, add a bit more EVOO. Place patties on medium pre-heated surface and grill for 5-7 min on each side, or until crispy.

Bun, bagel, toasted bread, or naked…top with your favorite toppings.

Optional items: carrots, corn, fresh garlic, different type of bean, different spices (basil & oregano or a Thai blend?)

Pizza Dough | Gluten-Free

INGREDIENTS

3c gluten-free flour mix
4-1/2t baking powder
1t kosher salt
1/2t garlic powder or roasted garlic powder
2T EVOO
1T honey
10-11oz luke warm water (you’ll need to eye this one)

PREP

1. Preheat oven to 350.
2. Mix all dry ingredients with a stand mixer and paddle attachment. Once mixed, make a well. Add all wet ingredients. Mix on low till well mixed.
3. Using additional EVOO, coat your pan. Press dough firmly into place.
4. Bake dough only for 15 minutes. It will crack and look dry.
5. Add your sauce and all your favorite ingredients.
6. Bake just until your cheese is melted. Wait 5 minutes before cutting and serving. Enjoy!

Red Quinoa Black Bean Salad

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Salad:
1c uncooked red quinoa
14oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 red/yellow/orange pepper, chopped
1/4c fresh cilantro, finely chopped
1/2c sweet onion, finely chopped OR 2 green onions, chopped
1c fresh, canned or frozen corn
1 small avocado, chopped 1″ pieces

Dressing:
4-5T fresh lime juice, or juice from 2 small limes
1/2t sea salt
1/2t freshly ground black pepper
1 clove of garlic, minced
1/4c fresh cilantro, finely chopped
1/4c extra virgin olive oil
1/2t ground cumin

PREP

1. Add 1 cup of quinoa to 2-2.5 cups of water/veggie or chicken broth. Bring to a boil, and then reduce heat, cover and cook until tender and liquid is absorbed.

2. While quinoa is cooking, chop veggies and prepare the dressing. Mix dressing by hand.

3. Allow quinoa to cook after cooking for about 5 minutes, then fluff with a fork. Add beans and veggies, toss well. Drizzle the dressing over the salad and add salt and pepper to taste.

Crockpot Sloppy Joe’s

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3lbs ground beef OR turkey (pictured)
1 onion, finely chopped
1 green pepper, seeded and chopped
2 – 8oz cans tomato sauce
3/4c ketchup
2T brown sugar
1t yellow mustard
1T garlic, minced
1t chili powder
1/4t pepper
1/4t salt

PREP

Brown beef in skillet and drain off fat. Put in crockpot; add remaining ingredients.  stir thoroughly. Cover, cook on low 8-10 hours (high- 3-4 hours). Salt and pepper to taste.

Serve on buns, add a slice of sharp cheddar and dill pickle, and enjoy!

PICTURED: Gluten-free Udi’s Everything Inside bagel.

TIP: Add cooked/pureed carrots to hide a veggie. You can also puree the green pepper and onion for picky eaters.

Turkey Brine – Traditional

Traditional Turkey BrineINGREDIENTS

1 gallon veggie broth
1c sea salt
1T dried sage
1T dried savory
1T dried rosemary
1T dried thyme
1T garlic
1c cooking sherry (optional)
1 gallon ice water

PREP

1. In a large stock pot, combine the vegetable broth, sea salt, sage, savory, rosemary, thyme, garlic, and sherry. Bring to a boil, stirring frequently to be sure salt is dissolved. Remove from heat, and let cool to room temperature.

2. When the broth mixture is cool, pour it into a clean 5 gallon bucket. Stir in the ice water.

3. Wash and dry your turkey. Make sure you have removed the innards. Place the turkey, breast down, into the brine. Make sure that the cavity gets filled. Place the bucket in the refrigerator overnight.

4. Remove the turkey carefully draining off the excess brine and pat dry. Discard excess brine.

5. Cook the turkey as desired reserving the drippings for gravy. Keep in mind that brined turkeys cook 20 to 30 minutes faster so watch the temperature gauge.

PS. These measurements are for a 12-15lb turkey.