Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Baked Parmesan Zucchini Sticks




Just like everyone else right now, I'm overloaded with zucchini!  I've been searching Pinterest and the Internet for some interesting recipes. I found this baked Parmesan recipe the other day that was a big hit , and it was easy easy to make too. It did require the use of oven, but I worked early in the morning, so I wouldn't heat up the house too much.

Use 3 of this size 
I simply cut the zucchini into wedge-like sticks. It will depend on the size of your zucchini how many sticks it will make. I used 3 medium zucchini for my first batch.











 It tasted amazing when it first came out of the oven because it was sizzling and crispy, but I also put some in the refrigerator, reheated and it was still very very good.


The original recipe that I found on Jo Cooks called for some Panko breadcrumbs along with the Parmesan cheese for the coating. Truthfully, I believe they do sell Panko Gluten free breadcrumbs, but I didn't bother to even try to find them. Ive stopped eating grains ( 3 months)   and after all who needs the extra carbs?  The recipe came out great and no one missed the breadcrumbs.

This is a great way to eat zucchini. Everyone will love it because it comes out of the oven so nice and crunchy, you may not even realize you are eating zucchini. Let's face it zucchini is everywhere right now so its a convenient and economical buy at the farmer's markets.  If you are growing your own, you are probably overloaded.

This is one of those cut, dip, dredge and bake recipes. I used coconut flour ( grain free and low carb) .


Zucchini is one of those vegetables that is mild and most people will eat it. Made this way, most people will love it!

What's the nutritional benefits of zucchini?

1. A cup of zucchini has only 36 calories
2.  Rich in potassium
3.  Has lots of protective Antioxidants
4.  Provides Lutein and carotene for the eyes
5.  No fat or cholesterol



Ingredients: adapted from  Jo Cooks
3 medium zucchini
3/4 cup of coconut flour
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1-2 eggs
Pepper to taste

Directions: 
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F
Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper 
Cut zucchini into 8 ( or more ) sticks depending on size of your zucchini
( Cut zucchini in half , then cut each half in half lengthwise, then each quarter in half again until you achieve zucchini sticks) 
Beat the egg ( s) in a small bowl and add pepper.

In another small bowl place the coconut flour
Put the Parmesan in another small bowl
  1. Dip each stick in the egg  and then dip and roll in the coconut flour 
  2. Dip in egg again and then cover with Parmesan cheese
  3. Bake for about 20 minutes or until golden brown and crispy.
  4. Serve with Ranch dressing or Marinara sauce.


I grated my own Parmesan and then crushed it a little


The recipe made 2 trays 






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Friday, August 8, 2014

Grain Free Baking Recipe Roundup ( Crepes, cookies, cake, pancakes, )




Some of the best and easiest gluten free baking recipes can be made without the use of any grains at all.
Although corn meal, rice flour, and other gluten free grains are permissible on a gluten free diet and can be used for baking, many people think they actually feel best when they eliminate all grains from their diet.  Some feel that grain may be contributing  to inflammation in the body and may be a culprit for joint pain, eczema, arthritis, fatigue, etc.
Brownie Recipe

 The Paleo diet, a popular healing diet,  eliminates all grains and many Paleo bloggers have found easy and delicious ways to bake without grains.

Because I recently decided to eliminate grains from my diet, I have been on the look out for recipes. Grain free baking can taste just as good as regular baked items.

I made the switch after reading two bestselling books 

Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health

Grain Brain- Dr. Perlmutter 

Both books explain the health concerns and weight problems that are felt to be caused by today's genetically modified grains which in their new forms can contain 3 times the carbohydrate content  from what our parent's grains contained. ( this sets us up for weight gain and other problems)  not to mention the toxic foreign substances that the body doesn't recognize in GMO Corn, Soy, Wheat which are three big offenders.

Scroll down for 25 Grain Free Delicious Recipes 


The books are worth the read. Sometimes what you don't know ( especially about our changing food industry) might hurt you.

The good news is that even if you choose to eliminate grains from your diet, you can still make and enjoy grain free baking which is absolutely easy and delicious You can still enjoy your breakfast pancakes, muffins, breads, cakes, cookies, donuts that are made from grain free alternatives from real food that contributes to health and not ingredients that drain your health.

Coconut flour and almond flour are two excellent choices for alternatives to grain and are used on the Paleo diet. For those not following the Paleo diet but would still like to eliminate grains, many bloggers use black beans in cake, brownies, and cookie recipes.


Recipe 

Coconut flour is available in most health food stores and many supermarkets in the gluten free section. Almond flour is usually available in most health food stores. Black beans and white beans can be found in all supermarkets.
  • Coconut flour is not a grain , and it is made into a great tasting low carb flour. It does require more liquid or eggs in it's recipes, since it can be dry otherwise. But these recipes are made specifically for coconut flour which is available at any health food store or Whole Foods. 
  • Some of the gluten free recipes use beans, almond flour or almond butter. 
  • These recipes are from a variety of blogs to help introduce you lots of gluten free recipe sites where you can find additional gluten free recipes.
                            cookies that are grain free on a plate

Grain Free Breakfast Ideas: 

Crepes

2 Ingredient pancakes light and delicious

Coconut Flour pancakes

Blueberry Muffins 


Grain Free Desserts


Baked Maple Donuts 

Brownie Recipe 

Gingerbread Cake 

Almond Butter Brownies

Blender Muffins 

Dark Fudge Brownies

Chocolate cake 

10 minute chocolate  muffin 

40 Grain Free Cookies

Grain Free Tortillas

Apple Crisp

Grain Free Coffee Cake


 Chocolate cake with shredded coconut crust

Lemon Pound Cake

Lemon Berry Skillet Cake

Blondies

Dinner rolls ( non yeast) 

Peanut Butter and Jelly Muffins

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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Overnight Apple Pie Oatmeal

  

                         


Grated apple, grated fresh ginger, fragrant cinnamon, vanilla, organic oats, and nuts make this Apple pie oatmeal sensational and a healthy way to start the day.

Everyone says that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. I agree, and I also think what you start out eating, sets the tone for what you eat the rest of the day.

If  I start the day with fast carbs ( like pancakes ) ,  I feel bloated and crave more of the same all day long.

If I skip breakfast, then I end up really hungry and around 10:30 am and I start grabbing what ever is around

A good wholesome slow carb breakfast like oatmeal keeps my blood sugar stable and keeps me satisfied. ( Make sure you buy gluten free certified oats)

This recipe for apple pie oatmeal is fragrant  flavorful and healthy. It is a tasty mix of fruit and oats with  an aroma from the cinnamon and vanilla that is tantalizing. What's more, the recipe is quick and easy to make.

I've read many articles that say that oats are also good for helping to lower cholesterol. This oatmeal is high in fiber and rich in antioxidants. In addition,  cinnamon can help stabilize blood sugar and the walnuts and chia seeds provide some Omega 3's.

Since reading the scientific studies about how nuts can help reduce your risk of developing diabetes, I always add walnuts to my oatmeal recipes.

  •   Why did I call the recipe apple pie flavored oatmeal? Because it contains many of the spices and ingredients of apple pie.
  •  Are oats gluten free? Yes, only if you buy oatmeal  labeled " gluten free oats" which is found in most health food stores ( Trader Joe's has their own brand of gluten free oats) . Many with gluten intolerance tolerate gluten free oats; however, some may not. Organic oats are best! 
  •  Why aren't all oatmeal gluten free ? I wrote a blog post about oats last year. To understand why you need to purchase certified gluten free oatsl  Read this

I make this recipe three different ways:

The absolutely most delicious way to make oatmeal is to make it overnight!

  • Overnight oatmeal requires no cooking, so you have no mess and no pot to clean. 
  • Overnight oatmeal is eaten cold, so it tastes more like a delicious parfait. 
  • Overnight oatmeal is convenient because it's ready for you in the morning or for a real food snack anytime of the day. 
  • You can make multiple containers so your entire family can enjoy. 
  • You can make overnight oatmeal using different recipes for different flavors. I sometimes make blackberry or blueberry oatmeal or strawberry parfait oatmeal. 
  • It's always healthiest to soak oats for best digestibility. So, overnight oatmeal is a good choice. 
  • Overnight oatmeal is a perfect summer choice. 
  • Overnight oatmeal is great for when you have overnight guests- serve it for breakfast


However, in the winter, you may want a nice bowl of hot oatmeal. I have a really fast method for when I am in a hurry and don't want a dirty sticky pot to clean.  To make the oatmeal quickly,  I just combine the boiling water with the oats in a mug and then add all the ingredients, cover and allow it to steep for 5 minutes. This oatmeal comes out a little looser, but I still like it.

If you don't mind cleaning the pot and like a thicker oatmeal, just follow the directions for cooking the oatmeal, and  it will be thicker and pasty like regular oatmeal.

Ingredients:
This recipe makes oatmeal for one or you can double the oatmeal  and boiling water if you are making it for two, and adjust the other ingredients.
Make them to taste. Perhaps 6 walnuts , chopped for two people..
1/4 cup of uncooked oatmeal ( I use certified gluten free oats)
1/2 cup water, boiled ( or substitute vanilla flavored unsweetened almond milk)
1tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp fresh ginger , grated
1 tsp real vanilla extract
1/2 "Delicious" apple, grated
3 walnuts, chopped
1 Tablespoon chia seeds
** for overnight oatmeal you can add 1/4 cup greek yogurt or coconut yogurt for vegans

Directions:
Cook it Method 
Bring water to a boil in  a saucepan .
Add oatmeal and stir until it becomes pasty . Shut off heat and add remainder of ingredients. Stir and eat..

No cook fast  method:
Put all ingredients ( except water) in a mug. Add the boiling water, and let sit covered for 5-10 minutes . Stir and eat- ( this method makes a looser oatmeal)

Overnight method: This is my favorite way of making oatmeal. You do not cook the oatmeal. You simply assemble and mix all of the ingredients in a cup or wide mouth small mason jar. Place in the refrigerator overnight. The oats will thicken, the flavors will mingle and the taste will be delicious. Please note that Overnight oatmeal is eaten cold. I love eating it this way in the summer months. I substitute almond milk for the water when I use this method. It tastes like a delicious cold parfait in the morning. I've made overnight oatmeal other ways with different fruit as well.

oatmeal with grated apple, ginger and cinnamon
                                             Blackberry Parfait Oatmeal Recipe ( overnight version)


Gather the Ingredients for the  oatmeal
apple pie oatmeal breakfast
Combine the ingredients with boiling water . The oatmeal will be looser oatmeal.
                                       
                         Since I'm the only one eating oatmeal on a weekday mornings, I make it for one.
                This recipe is well balanced and provides lots of nutrition with oats, fruit, nuts, and spices!
                                        Add some coconut oil or butter if you like.


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Good Reads: 

Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health

Grain Brain- Dr. Perlmutter - How to achieve optimal brain health

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