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Easy Plantain Bread

The most creative recipe name ever…    it’s just easy.

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This bread is an alternative to our corn bread “go to” that my kids love to eat all day, every day. Our favorite breakfast is cornbread, beans and fried egg. Yeah, we like that Central American fare- It’s easy.

This plantain bread is delicious and very versatile. With only a few ingredients, it is perfect for all of you Paleo people out there.  Personally, I like it with butter and honey drizzled on it. Some people may want to put almond or peanut butter on top. You get it, get creative.

I found a million recipes on Pinterest but they all seemed to be the same. Here is the one I followed by All Recipes.com.

NOW for Plantain Waffles. <— I will let you know!      These will be so, so good. No question about it.

Easy Plantain Bread
 
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You can add cinnamon and honey to your batter. I saw a lot of people do that in the comments. I did not add either one but I did top it with both. I have also seen people make this batter into muffins as well which is a great idea.
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Recipe type: Grain Free
Ingredients
  • 2 large plantains << mine were over ripened and so it turned out pretty sweet, which is fine with me>>
  • 2 eggs. Remember, pasture raised is best
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon of salt or more if you love salt
  • add a tablespoon of honey to sweeten. Cinnamon to bring out the sweet... You can also use this mixture to fry up some pancakes! Just use this recipe for the batter and make just like you would a pancake...
Instructions
  1. preheat over to 350 and line a baking sheet with parchment paper
  2. add all ingredients to a food processor and blend
  3. spread the plantain batter into a rectangle, about ½ inch thick
  4. bake about 15 minutes and let cool
  5. If frying into pancakes, do as usual! Enjoy :)

 

Be nice everyone! It’s the right thing to do.

Love, BEC

Kind of Insane Roasted Broccoli Salad

roasted-broccoli-saladI LOVE BROCCOLI.  Not like cold, gross, hard, raw broccoli.  But roasted, caramelized, nutty, delicious broccoli.  I took my roasted broccoli to the next level and made a super simple, warm salad.  Salty and delicious. Measurements aren’t scientific so give it a whirl and add/take away wherever you like.

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Recipe type: Side dish, Salad
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  • 1 head of broccoli, cleaned and trimmed and chopped into small pieces
  • EVOO
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  • 1 tsp coconut sugar (optional)
  • 1 cup of toasted pecan pieces
  • Dried tart bing cherries (no added sugar)
  • ½ raw red onion
  • ⅓ cup of feta cheese
  • Lemon wedges
Instructions
  1. Cook the chopped broccoli at 350 for thirty-forty minutes with the evoo, salt and pepper and the coconut sugar (it helps everything to caramelize). Very finely chop the half of a red onion. After the broccoli is done and cooled enough to touch (but still warm), chop it into tiny pieces. Throw in a bowl and add the toasted pecans, raw red onion (leave it out if you don’t like it but I love the crunch!), cherries, feta and a squeeze of fresh lemon. Ready to eat!

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Superfood Oatmeal (my new best friend)

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Thanks to my friend Ted, blogger of Zensfans,  for inspiring me  to one up my oatmeal. I thought I was already killing it with my recipe……but this new one blows it away. Oatmeal……. can get boring, way too mushy, and absolutely colorless. Never again.  I added some of my stand by superfoods that were sitting in my cabinet getting ready to be dumped in my Vitamix for smoothies. Now, they have a whole other meaning. Meet this superfood oatmeal, my new best friend.

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Oddly enough, one of the best parts about this beauty is that it is not in a bowl. This is a huge 14 inch plate and helps me see all the goodies and get a scoop of my favorites in each and every bite. And just by the looks of it I feel like I am eating triple the portion I am in reality. This can be your breakfast, lunch, 3:00pm slump or even a dinner. It takes 2 minutes and 45 seconds in a microwave,(I know, I know, but I still use it) throw on your toppings (of course in the most loving way having them perfectly spread throughout) and enjoy life.

Superfood’s can be expensive. But if you look closely, I haven’t used much. This probably cost me between $2.00-$2.50 per serving. Lets face it, it doesn’t get much cheaper than that. You will feel full, ENERGIZED, and be soooooo happy.

Superfood Oatmeal (my new best friend)
 
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Serves: 1
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  • ½ cup organic oats (one cup if you are having for dinner or just want more)
  • 1½ teaspoons organic dark chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon mulberries
  • 1 tablespoon wild blueberries
  • 1½ teaspoons unsweetened coconut and chia mix (I always have available in fridge)
  • 1 tablespoon goji berries ( I normally hate but they taste great in here)
  • 1½ teaspoons of crushed walnuts
  • ¼ cup of organic raspberries (or berry of your choice)
  • ½ cup unsweetened nut milk or organic whole milk
  • local honey to taste
  • cinnamon to taste
Instructions
  1. Take oats and cover with water. Feel free to follow instructions on your oatmeal box. I microwave for 2 minutes and 45 seconds because I'm always in a rush. Stove top is always better if you have time (don't do as I do….avoid microwave if possible).
  2. Take out and add your nut milk or whole milk. (this part is super important or your oatmeal will not be creamy)
  3. Sprinkle all your delish toppings and drizzle with honey.
  4. Cherish every bite.

Yum Yum to all,

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A food to keep you young and hydrated

 

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Vitamin D! I am so happy to walk outside and feel the heat. I am even more happy that a lot of our favorite fruits and veggies are in season. It is the time of year our bodies want to naturally cleanse the few extra pounds we may have put on in the colder months. That means eating a lot of water dense food that keeps us hydrated and feeling great. Today I am featuring the mot beautiful, delicious veggie that does not get enough attention, The Cucumber. When you look up the benefits of cucumber so many different articles pop up. One of the first things I read is that cucumber is considered one “the worlds healthiest food” .. which a lot of nature’s food has been coined. But I did find that research on the anti-cancer properties of cucumber (still in the preliminary stages)  show that cucumber contains unique compounds that can help fight cancerous cells. It is a nutritional powerhouse that we would love for you to incorporate in your every day diet. Additionally, I found some other benefits that may be a bit more exciting to you: strait from natural news.

1.Quick pick me-up – Cucumbers are a good source of B vitamins. Put down your sodas and coffee and eat a cucumber slice.

2. Rehydrates body and replenishes daily vitamins – Cucumbers are 95 percent water, keeping the body hydrated while helping the body eliminate toxins. Cucumbers have most of the vitamins the body needs in a single day. Don’t forget to leave the skin on because the skin contains a good amount of vitamin C, about 10 percent of the daily-recommended allowance.

3. Skin and hair care – If you don’t like to eat the skin, it can be used for skin irritations and sunburns as aloe would be used. Place a slice over puffy eyes and its anti-inflammatory properties help reduce puffiness. The silicon and sulfur in cucumbers help to stimulate hair growth.

4. Fight cancers – Cucumber are known to contain lariciresinol, pinoresinol, and secoisolariciresinol. These three lignans have a strong history of research in connection with reduced risk of several cancer types, including breast cancer, ovarian cancer, uterine cancer and prostate cancer.

5. Home care – Eliminates a foggy mirror. Before taking a shower, rub a cucumber slice along a mirror and it will eliminate the mirror fogging up. Instead of WD40, take a cucumber slice and rub it along a squeaky hinge and your door will stop squeaking.

6. Relieves bad breath – Take a slice of cucumber and press it to the roof of your mouth with your tongue for 30 seconds, the phytochemcials will kill the bacteria in your mouth responsible for causing bad breath.

7. Hangover cure – To avoid a morning hangover or headache; eat a few cucumber slices before going to bed. Cucumbers contain enough sugar, B vitamins and electrolytes to replenish many essential nutrients, reducing the intensity of both hangover and headache.

8. Aids in weight loss and digestion – Due to its low calorie and high water content, cucumber is an ideal diet for people who are looking for weight loss. The high water content and dietary fiber in cucumbers are very effective in ridding the body of toxins from the digestive system, aiding digestion. Daily consumption of cucumbers can be regarded as a remedy for chronic constipation.

9. Cures diabetes, reduces cholesterol and controls blood pressure – Cucumber juice contains a hormone which is needed by the cells of the pancreas for producing insulin which has been found to be beneficial to diabetic patients. Researchers found that a compound called sterols in cucumbers may help reduce cholesterol levels. Cucumbers contain a lot of potassium, magnesium and fiber. These work effectively for regulating blood pressure. This makes cucumbers good for treating both low blood pressure and high blood pressure.

10. Promotes joint health, relieves gout and arthritis pain -Cucumber is an excellent source of silica, which is known to help promotes joint health by strengthening the connective tissues. They are also rich in vitamin A, B1, B6, C & D, Folate, Calcium, Magnesium, and Potassium. When mixed with carrot juice, they can relieve gout and arthritis pain by lowering the uric acid levels

Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/036769_cucumbers_health_benefits_rehydration.html#ixzz3boNO29M0

Okay, the real reason I wanted to write about cucumbers is because I am slightly obsessed with cucumber sandwiches, cucumber water, cucumber juice, and cucumber gazpacho. Now that you know you are eating a perfect food… here are some recipes I found to help motivate you to eat more! When we purchase cucumber from the store it may contain a waxy coating that we want to avoid. Try to find an organic cucumber or buy local. We have cuc’s growing in the backyard right now. They are the best.

First and foremost…

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Cucumber Sandwich
 
the easiest recipe I will ever submit.
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  • 2 pieces of bread from the local market or Ezekiel bread, or your favorite gluten free bread. (you can also make this an open face sandwich like we do)
  • a bit of organic mayo
  • sliced cucumber
  • seasoning like salt, pepper, dil, garlic, or whatever you want
Instructions
  1. dress bread with mayo. Put sliced cucumber on top. Salt and pepper it. Top with favorite seasoning.

 

Try this beautiful and tasty cucumber infused water. 

cucumber waterOr this delicious mixed drink for hot summer nights (or days). The cucumber basil gimlet. Hell yes.

Cucumber-Basil-GimletDrink your infused water and your gimlet and eat Basil Cucumber Gazpacho for an appetizer. (with a Cuc Sandy)

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The possibilities are endless! Take care and clean a cucumber. No seriously, it’s hilarious to watch someone clean a cucumber under water.

Love!

Mary

 

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