Peanut Buttery Coconut Bars

January 28, 2011 | By castironfoodie | 0 Comments

Peanut Buttery Coconut Bars 1
My friend Arielle gave me an incredible cook book, Hungry for Health (Susan Silberstein), that has an amazing assortment of comfort foods, but with a clean and healthy twist. She tried a dessert recipe from it and kept raving about how amazing it was so I had to try it out.
This weekend I was visiting my family and decided to put these coconut squares to the test. I substituted peanut butter for tahini and agave nectar for the honey and they were a huge hit. We ate the entire batch in one sitting! This easy recipe is a perfect healthy alternative if you have kids (or a boyfriend with an over-zealous sweet tooth) who want something sweet. They’re also great for an energy bar before working out.

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Low Calorie Bread Recipe

January 23, 2011 | By sean price | 0 Comments

Please help! I am looking for a homemade recipe for bread that has about 80 calories per 42 grams of bread (or 2 slices for a sandwich). I found some at the store, but would rather make it without high fructose corn syrup and guar gum. I have no allergies, so any grain will work. Thank you kindly.

A Real Crunchy Treat

January 22, 2011 | By zaarch | 0 Comments

A Real Crunchy Treat 1
Have you ever seen the movie “The Namesake” with Kal Penn? There’s a scene in the movie where the newly married Ashima Ganguli looks at her plain bowl of corn flakes and decides to spice it up a bit. I’m not sure if it’s because it was tasteless or because she was pregnant but I think her hormones made her do it. She chops up some onions and adds some masala to the cereal. I think it reminded her of the cooking back home in India.
Every time my mom makes her famous Corn Flakes mixture, I get reminded of the movie. The snack is so simple and easy that anyone can make it and enjoy.

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Naan Pizza

January 22, 2011 | By zaarch | 0 Comments

Naan Pizza 1
You know shoveling for 2 hours really works up your appetite. Instead of ordering out, we decided to make something quick for dinner and relax for the rest of the night. My mom being the culinary genius, came up with the idea of making pizzas with naan. I loved it because we can have personalized pizzas and get creative with our toppings. The best part is that it’s healthy. We each made our own, poured ourselves some juice, and watched a movie.
I think naan pizzas are great for parties of all sizes and fun to make with the kids. Everyone’s happy!

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White Beans and Kale

January 18, 2011 | By castironfoodie | 0 Comments

White Beans and Kale 1
1/2 yellow onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 head kale, washed and cut into strips
1/2 can of Eden Organic cannelloni beans
Extra virgin olive oil
Sautee onions in olive oil for 3 minutes or until tender
Add garlic and cook for 1 more minute
Slowly stir in kale and continue to stir as it cooks
After 1 minute, add the beans and cook for 2 more minutes
Season with salt and red pepper flakes
Sometimes, I mix this with whole wheat or brown rice pasta. If you’re into dairy, you can add 1/4 cup of grated parmesan cheese as well.

Headache Blunder

January 13, 2011 | By ornithophagus | 0 Comments

Can a headache be an excuse for a bad meal????
I made this before and everyone luvs it. Pan fried chicken/white rice/ cream sauce. I try to have dinner ready or almost done by the time my wife gets home,Wednesday I was right on time or was I . A massive headache come over me earlier in the day day and it was not going away regardless of what I took.The 500mg pain reliever I took shortly before starting this, might of had some thing to do with the bad meal or maybe the cook , (myself) was stuck on stupid for awhile

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To Rack or Not To Rack

January 9, 2011 | By sarah | 0 Comments

Is a $19.00us roasting rack really necessary or will a medley of winter veggies do just fine?

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Wild Turkey Wild Rice Soup Story

January 8, 2011 | By julie | 0 Comments

Wild Turkey Wild Rice Soup Story 1
Good company. Hearty appetites.
A painting on the wall of my uncle’s hunting farm in Southwest Wisconsin read that phrase. It sat right in the living room and when you walked into the kitchen you looked at the painting and knew it was true.
For ten years I was fortunate enough to spend time at the farm with the guys in the hunting party. Each fall we’d get together. Mostly we’d tinker around the house and the woods. We had some success hunting, but the fondest memories I have from that farm were the times spent around the kitchen table.
Dinner was always a big deal at the farm and every year Wild Turkey Wild Rice Soup was on the menu.
The recipe always included actual wild turkey harvested on my uncle’s hunting farm. The turkeys were everywhere so there was no problem having a 20 to 25 pound bird or two or five ready for the soup in the fall.

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Vegetarian Portobello Wellingtons

January 7, 2011 | By colleen at brunchner | 0 Comments

Vegetarian Portobello Wellingtons 1
Earthy mushrooms, creamy gruyere and tender sauteed baby spinach with a sassy little crunch of toasted pine nuts. But wait, there’s more. It is all encased in a tender puff pastry, like a perfect little wrapped package for your dinner guests to enjoy.
The portobello mushroom is “beefy” enough to make even the biggest meat eaters beg for more.

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Peppermint Meringue Cookies

January 4, 2011 | By castironfoodie | 0 Comments

Peppermint Meringue Cookies 1
My Aunt Patti is an incredible baker, bringing melt-in-your mouth cookies, pies, and cakes to every family event. My boyfriend fell deeply in love with her chocolate chip meringue cookies at a tree-trimming weekend in New Hampshire a few weeks ago so I pressed her for the recipe to surprise him last night. Little did I know that an electric mixer would have saved me 40 minutes of beating egg whites with a whisk and my bare hands, leaving me with a sore arm. On the plus side, at least I got some extra cardio over with!
One thing to note is that although I always try to make my food as healthy as possible, this is really just a sugar bomb and there is no escaping that, but it’s the holidays so I’ll forgive myself this time. On the other hand, I did make sure to use organic cage-free eggs, organic cane sugar, real Tahitian vanilla extract, and beet sweetened chocolate chips!

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