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Yes, At My House We Eat Cookies For Breakfast!

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As the morning air starts to turn cooler, I tend to move away from having a green drink in the morning. I begin to look for breakfast ideas that will warm and nourish my body as I head out the door for the day. Let’s be honest: when it’s cool outside, the last thing you want to put into your body is something cold. This is where these breakfast cookies come in!

 

As I started to think about developing these cookies, I was searching for a healthy alternative to the sugary donuts we all crave. These warm cookies with a cup of coffee will start any day, warm or cold, off to a healthy start.

 

They contain dairy but are gluten-free – unless the oats purchased have been contaminated by being grown close to wheat or any other crops that contain gluten. Anyone with a gluten intolerance should use caution when selecting oats. I am sure there will be some who question the healthiness of the cookies when they find out there is butter in the recipe. However, there is some research that shows it is not as bad as we have been led to believe. (Here are a couple links from Body Ecology and Authority Nutrition giving a little background on it.)

 

The oatmeal carries many health benefits for us. Oats are filled with fiber and minerals, like selenium, magnesium, and zinc. Oats have been shown to lower your risk of heart disease and colorectal cancer. Oat flour is ground up oatmeal and can be used in the same amounts as all-purpose flour.

 

To sweeten the breakfast cookies, I used coconut sugar and dark chocolate, as well as raisins that are naturally sweet. I’ll let you in on a secret about chocolate: I don’t buy chocolate chips anymore! In fact, I use Trader Joe’s 72% dark chocolate bars. I break off a few larger pieces and put them into a plastic bag. Then, using my meat tenderizer, I can break the pieces into smaller ones for the cookies. I have found that this works well and it’s better for you than chocolate chips. The coconut I use is unsweetened, which adds flavor without the sugar.

 

Below you will find my recipe and I hope you enjoy it. Feel free to omit the optional ingredients that your family doesn’t like. You could change out or add ingredients that your family likes. The point to cooking is to have fun and make it your own. I love looking at recipes as just a suggestion then change them to suit my preferences all the time!

 

For more quick breakfast ideas check out the article I wrote earlier this year called “6 Quick Healthy Breakfasts for On The Go”.

 

 

Happy Cooking,

Patricia

 

 

Breakfast Cookies 

 

2 Organic Eggs                                                                     IMG_1142

¼ Cup of Water

¾ Cup Organic Butter

¾ Cup of Organic Coconut sugar

1 tsp. Vanilla extract

3 Cups of Organic Oatmeal

1 tsp. Sea Salt

½ tsp. Baking Soda

1 ¼ Cup of Organic Oat Flour

1 Cup of Dark Chocolate pieces (Optional)

½ Cup of Organic Raisins (Optional)

¼ Cup of Organic Unsweetened Coconut (Optional)

 

  • Preheat oven at 350 degrees.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine the first 5 ingredients and mix well.
  • Add the oatmeal, sea salt, and baking soda.
  • Add oat flour and combine well.
  • Add dark chocolate, raisins, and unsweetened coconut.
  • Mix until well combined.
  • Drop spoonfuls of dough on a greased cookie sheet and bake for 13 to 15 minutes. Serve hot or cooled.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Not Your Regular Burger

Finished Chicken Burgers on a bed of Spinach with a couple slices of spicy cheese!

 

 

I love to cook, but I have a hard time following recipes. Anyone who knows me can testify to this being true! I either don’t have or like some of the ingredients in the recipe.

 

I taught myself to cook 28 years ago after becoming a stay at home mom with little money. One day, I thought “how hard really can this cooking thing be?” Little by little, I began to fall more in love with it. I would even spend Sunday afternoon’s watching cooking shows to assist in my learning. I was soon changing ingredients in recipes or just adding something to spice it up.

 

Getting creative in the kitchen over the years has become my stress reliever. This last Saturday night, I found myself without dinner plans.  My husband was gone to a Badger football game and since I am tired of eating salads all summer due to being home alone, I decided it is time to get creative in the kitchen.

 

As I started to think about what would really sound good for dinner it came to me – ‘chicken burgers’. I use to make them years ago when my children were little. The kids thought they were boring, but even though maybe they were a little more boring than other dishes, I still kind of like them. Voila! I now knew what my creative time in the kitchen was going to be used for.

 

I got comfortable in my yoga pants and turned on jazz music loud in the house. (I figured it was only my two big dogs and I there – who cares?!) I poured myself a glass of wine and went to work jazzing up my old chicken burger recipe. They turned out awesome!

 

You will find my recipe below. It is gluten- and dairy-free. I hope you give it a try and let me know your thoughts. If you have other additional ingredient suggestions, please let me know!

 

I believe trying new recipes, ingredients, and techniques in the kitchen keeps cooking and eating fun!

 

It’s the spice of life! Happy cooking to each and every one of you!

 

Patricia

 

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Not So Boring Chicken Burgers

 

  • 1 lb. Organic Ground Chicken
  • 1 Medium Onion, Chopped
  • 2 Garlic Gloves, Chopped
  • ¼ C. of Fresh Cilantro
  • ¼ C. of Golden Greek Pepperoncini- Chopped

    The Chicken burgers while cooking!

    The Chicken burgers while cooking!

  • Sea Salt and Ground pepper to taste

 

  • Sauté chopped onion and garlic in 2 tbsp. of olive oil
  • Put ground chicken into mixing bowl and add sautéed onion mixture.
  • Mix in chopped fresh cilantro, along with chopped Greek pepperoncini.
  • Add sea salt and ground pepper to taste. Blend well.
  • Heat the same sauté pan the onions were cooked in, adding additional olive oil if necessary, and form the chicken burgers. Using this same pan adds extra flavor to your burgers and saves on clean up!
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Pumpkins, Pumpkins & More Pumpkins, Please!

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Pumpkin Pancakes

Last week, the morning air here turned a little on the chilly side. I am not complaining what so ever. Fall is one of my favorite times of the year here in Wisconsin. But the cooler air gets me in the mood for pumpkin flavored foods, sweaters, apple crisp and hot coffee.

So, I decided to start working on developing a pumpkin recipe. I have heard many people mention on runny the dough can be when you add pumpkin to a regular pancake recipe.

I started with a basic recipe for pancakes that I have made over the years for my family. I decided the first thing to do was change out the regular flour with oat flour. Oat flour offers more fiber to our diets, which we all need. If you are gluten-free intolerance you may be able to get away with using oat flour. In fact, you can get the oats that are gluten-free and they will usually say that on the label. Then, take and grind them yourself in a Vita Mixer or blender. When the label states they are gluten-free they have not been processed in a factory with other wheat products.

Below is the recipe I developed and wanted to share with you. Here are some photos to feed your eyes as well! I look forward to hearing how you and your family like them.

Happy Autumn!

Patricia

 

Adding the last cup of Oat flour!

Adding the last cup of Oat flour!

 

Pumpkin Pancakes on the grill cooking!

Pumpkin Pancakes on the grill cooking!

 

 

Right before enjoying hot Pumpkin Pancakes!

Right before enjoying hot Pumpkin Pancakes!

Pumpkin Pancakes

¾ c. Almond Milk

2 Eggs

1 c. Pumpkin ( I used canned organic pumpkin)

1 tsp. Vanilla

4 Tbsp. Grapeseed Oil

4 Tbsp. Coconut Sugar

5 tsps. Baking Powder

½ tsp. Sea Salt

1 to 2 tsp. of Cinnamon

2 c. Oat flour

 

Preheat your griddle or skillet over medium-high heat.

Combine all the liquid ingredients together and blend them well. Add coconut sugar, baking powder and sea salt into bowl with the liquid. Blend well. The baking powder usually starts to fluff up.

Then add the oat flour one cup at a time to make sure it doesn’t get to thick. You can always add a little more oat flour as needed.

Once griddle or skillet is heated, drop about a ¼ cup of pumpkin pancake batter in a circle. Cook 2 or 3 minutes on each side or until you feel they are cooked inside.

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Let’s Get Warm From the Inside Out

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During these cool winter days, there is nothing taster than a cup of something warm to sip on. In fact, you will usually find me sipping on a cup of coffee, tea or this hot pumpkin pie in a cup as I have named it.

Years ago, I came across a recipe in some magazine; I don’t know which one to be honest for a cold pumpkin drink. I decided to modify it and developed this recipe. I have made it cold as well and for that you decrease the milk to just a ½ a cup, then add ice.

However, I usually make it hot because when it is cool outside I tend to enjoy pumpkin flavored foods more.

This recipe is gluten-free and low on the glycemic scale by using Grade B maple syrup.

Let’s not forget all the great benefits that pumpkins offer us from Vitamins A, C and B6, along with magnesium and many antioxidants.

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Hot Pumpkin Pie in a Cup

 

½ c Organic Canned Pumpkin

1 c. Almond Milk

1 Tbsp. Maple Syrup, Grade B

1 tsp. Pumpkin Pie Spice or just Cinnamon

 

Place all these ingredients into a Vita-Mix and turn it on the soup setting. Let it blend.

*If you don’t have a Vita-Mix, you can mix in a blender. Then just heat in a saucepan to desired temperature.

 

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do!

Here is to your health!

 

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One of the Great Superfoods: Chia Seeds

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Do you remember the Chia Pets of the 70’s? Well, who knew they were healthy seeds that we should be eating and not planting in the terracotta animal figures to look at in the windowsill. Chia seeds are listed as a superfood and promote overall health.

What is a superfood? Superfood is a marketing term that means the food is a nutrient powerhouse. They are packed with large amounts of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. These foods have shown to lower the risk of chronic disease as well.

Chia seeds come from a flowering plant that is part of the mint family. They come from Mexico and Guatemala. In fact, the Aztec warriors ate Chia Seeds to increase their stamina and endurance.

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6 Quick Healthy Breakfasts for On The Go

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It’s very apparent that we are all on the run these days, and most of us forget to have breakfast while we’re on the go. But eating just a little something will aid in kick starting your metabolism for the day. By simply planning ahead a little bit your mornings can run more smoothly, which is especially important as you are trying to get you and your family out the door.

Here are 6 ideas for quick and healthy breakfasts that are easy to grab and go in the morning.

  • Overnight Oats- This is the ultimate on the go breakfast. Before going to bed combine ½ cup of milk (whatever kind you prefer), 1/3 cup of oatmeal, ½ of a mashed banana, ¼ cup of chopped nuts (whatever kind you prefer) with a little cinnamon. Just make sure to place all the ingredients in a jar or a Pyrex glass container so that it will be ready to be warmed up in the microwave. In the morning, simply place the jar in the microwave right before you leave the house or save it and heat it up at work.
  • Greek Yogurt Parfaits- The night before take a small jar or Pyrex glass container and layer in some Greek yogurt. On top of this layer, put your favorite fruit and then another layer of yogurt. Then add in the raw nuts of your choice or a combination of raw nuts. Refrigerate and grab this delicious parfait on the way out your door. Just don’t forget a spoon!
  • Apple Slices topped with natural Peanut Butter- If you cut apples into round pieces they can be put together like a sandwich after the apple has been cored. If you prefer natural Almond or Cashew Butter that works well in between the apples. Just put the butter on your apples and add raw nuts or raisins between the apple slices if you’d like for a tasty breakfast.
  • Breakfast Cookies- Usually cookies are not a good breakfast, but if the cookies are made with vitamins, why not? These types of cookies are filled with oatmeal, raisins, and nuts, which makes them a healthy choice for breakfast. Most of the recipes are gluten-free and can be found online, so pick one that your family will like.
  • Breakfast Wraps- The floured tortilla shells for breakfast wraps are filled with an egg done your favorite way. However, keep in mind that scrambled eggs seem to work very well and then you can add celery pieces or chopped red peppers with a small amount of cheese of your choice. Right before rolling it into the whole-wheat tortilla shell top it off with salsa. You can vary it each day to keep it interesting.
  • Quick & Easy Granola- Preheat the oven to 300 degrees. In a large bowl, combine ¾ cup of raw organic pumpkin seeds, 1 1/2 cups rough-cut oatmeal, ¼ cup Chia seeds, ½ cup dried cherries, ½ cup of raw silvered almonds, and ½ cup of shredded unsweetened coconut. In another smaller bowl, mix together 3 Tbsp. Natural peanut butter, ½ Tsp. Sea salt, ½ cup of grade B maple syrup and ½ tsp. Pure vanilla extract. Pour liquid over all the dry nuts and blend well. Put mixture onto a parchment lined pan or cookie sheet. Bake for 40 minutes. Cool and put into containers for a grab and go.
  • Muffins- The variety of muffins recipes online are many. Be adventurous and try different kinds to not only keep it interesting for you, but also your family.

Even though it is better for all of us to sit down and eat our breakfast together, this is not always possible. When families do not have time to eat together because of their busy schedules, these are great go to healthy breakfasts for you to make and enjoy.

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Spaghetti Sauce & Recipe

 

 

 

 

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Who says you have to be Italian to make a great spaghetti sauce?

This spaghetti sauce has been around since grad school days. Those were the days that I really didn’t know how to cook and that was okay by me. Not to mention the only spices or herbs in my kitchen were salt and ground pepper.

This recipe has come a long way and become one that my family loves. I would say this recipe is my go-to meal when I don’t know what to make or it is the night before getting groceries. These ingredients are always on hand that I make sure of.

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Going Gluten-Free with Almond Flour Pizza

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Pizza is one of those foods that most people think of as a comfort food. It offers them nostalgic and sentimental emotions usually from the past.

However, now you need to be gluten-free and have given up on eating pizza. Well, I am here to tell you that it isn’t necessary. When I went gluten-free, I tried many different pizza crust recipes. To be honest, most of them left me unsatisfied for that real pizza crust taste and left an aftertaste unlike a regular pizza crust.

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Cranberries: Health with Benefits

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Cranberries are not just for the holiday season anymore. If we only eat them during the holiday season, we are missing out on some great health benefits.

According to Dr. Jeffrey Blumberg of Tufts University, cranberries contain polyphenols, which promote a healthy urinary tract. They have also been known to fight against cardiovascular disease, along with a number of other chronic conditions.

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Tropical Quinoa Salad

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Are you looking for a healthy, tasty dish to make quick and take to any get together? Next time you are in need of such a dish, consider making this Quinoa Salad. It’s so, simple to make and it will be a big hit at the party or get together.

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