Pumpkin Bacon Pancakes

Pumpkin Bacon Pancakes

According to the Health News Library, you don’t have to wait for Autumn when pumpkins are normally harvested to enjoy their cancer fighting benefits. They write saying that research performed at Tufts University with pumpkins showed that 1/2 cup of canned pumpkin or fresh cooked pumpkin has five times the daily quota for beta-carotene (vitamin-A) per day.

If you were able to read our article Curried Apple Pumpkin Soup, and was able to prepare it, you would find yourself with some left over pumpkin. Well, no worries, as the 1/2 can of left over pumpkin can be used in our featured recipe: Pumpkin Bacon Pancakes.

Here is what you will need…

1/2 cup whole wheat flour

1/2 cup all-purpose flour

Pumpkin Bacon Pancakes - close up3/4 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice

1/4 tsp. baking soda

pinch of salt

3/4 cup buttermilk

1/2 cup pumpkin purée

2 large eggs

2 tbsp. coconut sugar

1 tbsp. coconut oil

4 to 5 strips crumbled cooked bacon

 

Whisk together in a large bowl the first 6 ingredients, and set aside.

In a separate medium bowl whisk together buttermilk, pumpkin, eggs, coconut sugar, and coconut oil.

Gently stir buttermilk mixture into flour mixture. Heat a cast iron griddle coat with butter over medium heat. Drop heaping tablespoons of batter onto griddle to form a 3 to 4 inch pancake. Drop some of the crumbled cooked bacon. Cook until golden, about 2 minutes each side.

Plate and drizzle with real maple syrup.

Prevention magazine (October 2012 issue) says, to better absorb the beta-carotene in the pumpkin add a healthy fat to the recipe, and in this case it  is the coconut oil. If you choose, you can use olive oil. If you cannot get your hands on some coconut sugar, then you can substitute raw honey.

 

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Curried Apple Pumpkin Soup

 

Curried Apple-Pumpkin Soup

We found this recipe Curried Apple Pumpkin Soup, in the October coconut sugar2012 issue of Prevention. This soup is a gluten-free and vegan food.

Pumpkin is full of cancer fighting properties, which includes beta-carotene (read more here: Pumpkins Ability to Fight Cancer). For better absorption of this phytonutrient, pair it with a healthy fat, which we did using coconut oil.

Phytonutrients or phytochemicals are natural occurring chemicals that help protect plants from germs, fungi, bugs, and other threats. In turn when you eat the plant food and its phytonutrient, you get that protection as well.

Okay, enough of the science, and on to the featured recipe. Oh, by the way, you will note we used coconut sugar in the recipe.

Coconut sugar is a perfect 1:1 replacement for refined sugar. It has naturally occurring nutrients like magnesium, potassium, zinc, iron and 8 vitamins and amino acids.

Here’s a FACT: The coconut palm tree produces up to 75% more sugar per acre than cane sugar and uses only 20% of the resources.

Coconut sugar will not spike your blood sugar, making it a great food for diabetics.  Coconut sugar is a vegan food and great for gluten-free cooking and baking.

ingredients for Curried Apple Pumpkin SoupOn to the featured recipe, and here is what you will need:

1 large Granny Smith apple

1 tbsp. coconut oil

1 small yellow onion, chopped

1 tbsp. red curry powder

2 tbsp. ginger, fresh, grated or chopped

1 tsp. garlic, minced

2 cups fresh water

2 cups pureed pumpkin

Himalayan salt and coconut sugar to taste

Preparing Instructions

Melt oil in a soup pot over medium-high heat. Next add chopped apple and cook until golden in color. Next add onion, curry powder, ginger, and garlic. Reduce the heat to medium and cook, stirring until soften and when you are able to smell the onion and garlic.

Stir in the water and pumpkin (add more water if too thick). Simmer stirring occasionally, about 15 minutes.

Season the soup with Himalayan salt and coconut sugar, if desired. Serves 4 soup bowls.

We found the soup has a warmer flavor of ginger when aloud to set for a day or two. Enjoy!!

 

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Enjoying the New Main Dish Salads

Enjoying the New Main Dish SaladsWith all the latest information we have on the nutritional value of different fruits and vegetables, salads have become more than just a dinner salad. With the introduction of vegetables that include leafy greens and root vegetables, like black radishes, endive, kale, arugula, purple, white, and yellow carrots, just to name a few, and with an array of different fruits as well, like figs and pomegranates. They have always existed, but not common to the produce section, as in recent years.

close up for detail of Kale Sweet Potato and Chicken Salad

Kale Sweet Potato and Chicken Salad – Click to Get Recipe

If anyone can remember, kale always adorned a salad buffet bar, but was never part of the salad you would put on your plate.

As we mentioned at the on set of the article, salads have become more than just a dinner salad, they have now become a Main Dish Salad. Sure there has always been a Caesar Salad, and if you asked, they added chicken. But now there are a lot more dressed up salads, than just a Caesar Salad.

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Because of all the new options available to us, salads have become front and center as meals of their own. Main Dish Salads can prepare in 40 minutes or less. By the way, the term salad is even changing, the in thing is”leafy greens.”

To make Main Dish Salads, does require planning ahead to make sure you have all of the nutritious ingredients. This means working out a meal plan for the week, prepping, shopping, stocking your pantry, and cooking. It isn’t as hard as it sounds.

Sunday morning with your coffee, tea, or juice in hand, think what you and your family want for dinner the coming week. Once you have thought it out, make a list of the leafy greens, fruits and vegetables you will need, as well as the meat you want to top or mix into the Main Dish Salad.

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Chicken Avocado and Watercress Salad – Click to Get Recipe

Having a main dish salad is both healthy and time saving as they are prepared with vegetables and require little cooking and prep time. A main dish salad can be prepared to reflect the season (though with world trade, most produce is available year round).

Such as preparing main dish salads with produce that is naturally harvested in Spring (like beets, fava, leeks, herbs, peas etc.), Summer (like bell peppers, berries, corn, eggplant, peaches, zucchini and other summer squash etc.), Autumn (like cabbage, apples, figs, pears, broccoli, sweet potatoes etc.), and Winter (like endive, watercress, celery root, fennel, citrus, winter squash etc.).

Spanish Chicken Salad

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As for the meat, use shredded rotisserie chicken, cooked chicken breast, breaded chicken, tuna, cooked beef, turkey, turkey ham, and pork ham. Include some cheese like goat, feta, Romano etc., and croutons if you wish.

Once you find the salad recipes you like, you can use the ingredients to create your own combinations of a Main Dish Salad.

Link here for more Main Dish Salad ideas: Salads as a Main Course 

 

 

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Apple Mango and Radish Salad

Apple Mango and Radish SaladThe principle cleansing system of the body is the liver, it is always working at burning fat and cleaning and purifying the blood. The liver produces bile for healthy digestion of food, and then disposes of toxins, a by-product of the food we consume.

It also cleans the blood of medicines, alcoholic beverages, and external toxins we may breath in or that could be absorbed by the skin.

Keeping the liver functioning well is vital if we want good health. There are several foods that promote the liver to detox our bodies regularly, and radishes are one of those foods.

Our featured recipe is Apple Mango and Radish Salad, and besides tasting great it is healthy for you and your liver as well.

The recipe contains fresh dill, and scientific studies have shown the oil of dill is toxic to five bacteria’s that are harmful to us, including Staphylococcus aureus. A study at the University of Vienna reported that dill extracts taken from seeds, and that were stored for 35 years, were still able to kill several fungal strains such as the mold Aspergillus niger and the yeasts Saccharomyces cerevisiae and Candida albicans.

What makes this salad so wonderful tasting is the flavor of the dressing.

The dressing consists of:

2 tsp. creamed horseradish

1 tbsp. chopped fresh dill

½ cup sour cream

You mix up those three ingredients and pour it over:

2 Fuji apples, peeled, cored and thinly sliced

8-12 radishes, sliced thinly

2 celery stalks, sliced thinly

1 ripe mango, peeled and cut into chunks

Once you have poured the dressing, mix in with the fruits and vegetables until well coated.

Apple Mango and Radish Salad -close upThe salad pairs well with any barbecued food, or to take to a potluck.

Enjoy the color, the flavor, and health benefits of Apple Mango and Radish Salad.

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Almond Coconut Breaded Chicken with Peaches

Almond Coconut Breaded Chicken with Peaches

Those that read Splendid Recipes and More may have noticed our favorite way of using chicken is in salads, and therefore Salad as a Main Course. We bought some Herb Blend salad greens, which are a mix of red and green Romaine, red and green Oak leaf, Lollo Rosa, and Tango. Those are the different lettuce leafs. The herbs included all organic: red and green Chard, Mizum, baby Spinach, Arugula, Frisbee, Radicchio, Parsley, Dill, and Cilantro.

Wow that’s a lot of green and red leafy greens with lots of flavor. Did you know Swiss chard contains fiber and syringic acid, both of which help to regulate blood sugar levels. Its great to the health of your skeletal system, as it contains calcium, magnesium, and vitamin-K.

It has cancer preventative properties because of the fiber, chlorophyll, phytochemicals, and other plant pigments it contains. Studies have found that leafy green vegetables are particularly beneficial against colon cancer.

This leafy green is high in iron, essential for maintaining the health of the circulatory system and the prevention of anemia. The vitamin-K it contains helps with blood clotting and prevents excessive bruising and bleeding.

Research has reported that 30 mcg per day of biotin is great for the health of your hair and one cup of Swiss chard contains about 10.5 mcg. Swiss chard is also high vitamin-C and vitamin-A, both of which assist the hair follicles in the production of sebum.

One cup of Swiss chard contains 9,276 mcg of lutein, an antioxidant that is essential for eye health. It is suggested we consume 6,000 to 10,000 mcg of lutein for excellent eye health and preventing eye degenerating diseases.

The last herb green mentioned is Tango. It is full of vitamin-A, C, and folates. It also has vitamin-k which plays a role in Alzheimer’s disease patients by limiting neuronal damage in the brain. So if your worried about getting this age related disease, just do the tango with the Tango green leaf herb.

This is what you need for the – Almond Coconut Breaded Chicken with Peaches -.

almond and coconut flour

Mix the two flours in a medium to large mixing bowl and set aside. Depending on the number of person’s you are serving, you will need 2 to 4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts.

Cut each breast in half, then slice vertically into three slices, and cut each slice diagonally into three pieces.

breading chicken fillets for Almond Coconut Breaded Chicken Salad with Peaches

Now throw some flour out onto a cutting surface, and bread the fillets on both sides liberally.

frying breaded chicken in coconut oil

Place the breaded chicken into a large heated pan with 3 to 4 tablespoons of coconut oil. Cook until done, about 4 to 5 minutes on each side. Pieces should cook to a golden brown. Plate and set aside.

Herb Salad Mix with avocado oil and lemon

To a salad bowl add 1/4 cup avocado oil, juice of 1/2 of a lemon, 1/4 teaspoon of Himalayan salt, and 1 teaspoon of dried basil. If you want you could add 2 to 3 tablespoons of wild honey. Next add the mixed greens, about 4 to 5 handfuls. Mix greens with avocado oil and seasoning until the greens are well coated. Adding the oil, lemon juice, and other seasonings to the bowl first, and then the greens last will assure an even coating.

Do this with any salad you make. If you add the greens first, then the nuts, dried cranberries, and grated or chucked cheese, and add the dressing last, it will not coat evenly and the nuts, cheese, and cranberries will always seem to not mix in evenly, with some mixed in and others at the bottom of the bowl.

Always add your dressing or vinaigrette, nuts, cheeses, cranberries and the like first, then the leafy greens last, so when mixed together everything is evenly mixed in the salad bowl.

Hiamalya Salt

You note we mentioned to use Himalayan salt, we posted an image so you can see the difference in regular table salt and rock salt in its original form when ground. In the image you can see darker specks, which are trace minerals apart from the salt. These trace minerals are vital to your diet and your health.

 

Almond Coconut Breaded Chicken with Peaches‏

Plate the herb greens, top with some breaded chicken and some peach slices. We used fresh frozen peaches, when thawed they have the same flavor as a fresh peach. Fresh peaches though, when in season are a better choice. Enjoy!!

 

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Frequently Asked Questions about Healthy Cooking

Frequently Asked Questions about Healthy Cooking

For many years, you have thought about eating healthier. You have always wanted to, but keep putting it off. Thinking that healthy eating may cost more money than eating fast food or precooked packaged foods.

Most of our foodies inside of us would have a mini stroke just thinking about food’s that are healthy, worried whether a healthy food option will separate you from the foods that you love and the comfort that you receive from them. But, you still want to try. You have decided that you owe the health of your body that much.

So you have finally taken the dive and are now actively trying to cook and eat healthy meals, but unfortunately the water is icy cold, you can barely see anything and have no clue in which direction you should swim.

These doubts and uncertainties are only natural, questions that need to be answered crop up in every mind about the right way to eat healthy. Those questions will be answered in this article, some of them at least, and they will help and guide you.

Questions and Answers about Healthy Cooking

Question 1: Should we avoid cooking oils, some of them are healthy, right?

A: The old information on cooking oils was to avoid them as much as possible, because the fats in them were the leading cause of heart disease.

New medical research has shown that diets high in omega-6 fatty acids as well as sugar, and especially HFCS (High Fructose Corn Syrup) are the cause of inflammation in the body, and it is inflammation that is causing the diseases we experience as we age, heart disease being one of them.

Opting to steam, bake, or roast your food don’t require the use of a lot of oil. Stir-frying is still great cooking, as the food is diced or cut into small pieces, using a small amount of  oil, all making it so the food cooks fast, and you receive maximum nutrients. The best oils to use are coconut oil, olive oil, and avocado oil.

Question 2: Fats are bad, right? Should I aim for a zero fat diet?

A: Not at all! All fats are not bad, in fact, some are essential. Our body cannot produce the essential fatty acids required for survival, so we must get them from food. It is not healthy fats, or unsaturated fats, that are bad, but rather Tran’s fats, found in the processing of seed oils, like canola oil, soybean oil, or corn oil. Also excessive consumption of fats, even if they are good for you is not good.  It is recommended that 20% to 35% of the total calorie intake should come from fats.

Question 3: What are good fats?

A: The good fats are the monounsaturated fats and the polyunsaturated fats. Some examples are the fats found in natural foods like walnuts, avocados, olives, nuts (peanuts, almonds, and macadamia nuts), flaxseed, sunflower seeds, pumpkin, and sesame seeds. Including fish rich in omega 3 fatty acids, like tuna, salmon, trout, herring, mackerel, and sardines.

Also olive oil and avocado oils have healthy fats, and with new medical research, coconut oil, believe it or not, also is healthy for you and the membranes of ever cell in your body. The same fat in coconut oil is the same fat that protects your cells.

Question 4: I have learned there are fats that are good for you, but I still prefer not to use oil and other fatty items like cheese and cream in my cooking. What should I do to make them taste better?

A: Even though fats feel satisfying, you can still have the same quality of satisfaction by using the large varieties of herbs and spices for seasoning. Along with adding flavor, all of them have additional health benefits too. Go and get some of the commonly used ones to start your journey into the mystical land of mouthwatering combinations of flavors.

You can easily find herbs like oregano, rosemary, basil, thyme, sage, mint, marjoram, garlic, chives, and much more.  Also useful is marinating the food item to be cooked beforehand. This is a good trick when it comes to meats. Use of  lemon, and vinegar, mixed with spices according to your preferences not only will make the meat tender but also induce a lot of flavor even before you have started cooking. You could leave it overnight for marinating with the herbs and spices and enjoy a hearty and healthy meal the next day.

Keep in mind though that extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil, and avocado oil actually contain healthy fats.

Question 5: Is Healthy Cooking More Difficult Than Other Types Of Cooking?             

A: Not at all healthy cooking does not take much more effort or time than any other type of cooking. It’s more about learning the proper techniques and how to cook healthier recipes and use healthier ingredients.

Question 6: Can I cook my veggies?

A: When it comes to vegetables, eating a variety of them is what matters the most. Many people have this erroneous notion that cooking destroys a majority of the nutrients, and this is far from the true.

Cruciferous vegetables need to be cooked so as to break down the enzymes they contain, that otherwise our digestive system would not be able to if these vegetables were eaten raw.

Cruciferous vegetables include kale, cabbage, broccoli, spinach, Brussels sprouts, just to name a few.

Some vegetables do lose some nutrients when cooked, especially if they are overcooked, gentle methods like steaming or roasting do not result in a major loss.

Some vegetables like tomatoes and carrots actually benefit from cooking, some of the compounds that function as antioxidants increase in number after cooking. Buy fresh carrots and steam or broil them yourself, avoid canned foods. Do the same with tomatoes, make your own tomato sauces, keeping in mind the longer the sauce sets, the more lutein that is present in the sauce, an antioxidant good for heart function.

The important thing is to eat vegetables, if you can’t eat them raw, cook them and eat them. You don’t have to feel guilty. You are still getting their inherent goodness.

Question 7: What Are The Best Pans For Healthy Cooking?

A: Depending on what you are cooking, using ceramic coated pans offers the best advantage, as ceramic coated pans do not leach harmful toxins into your foods (Read more here about Ceramic coated pans). Cast iron is also a great choice to cook with (Read more here about cat iron cookware). Though hard ionized pans have a good rating, still if you over heat them and over time, they will leach toxins into your food.

Question 8: How do I buy healthy foods in the supermarket?

A: First of all, steer clear of junk or processed foods. Also, organic foods are healthier in general. If you want to buy packaged food items, buy naturally processed food items and look at the information provide on the packaging – it will give you a general idea on the calories, fats, proteins, vitamins and minerals. Avoid anything with Tran’s fats.

When in season and the weather allows, instead of heading over to the supermarket for your produce, buy local by going to the farmer’s market. They have the best produce when it comes to fruits, and vegetables. Even the herbs are fresher, as well as the eggs.

Most venders at the local Farmer’s Market don’t use pesticides and other unnatural ingredients while growing the food crop’s you prefer to consume.

Question 9: Are all packaged foods unhealthy? What are the alternatives?

A: Not necessarily, but most of the time they contain preservatives for longer shelf life of the food item. It is best to avoid them. Mostly, we tend to buy sauces, jams, and oils in terms of packaged foods. You could make the sauces, and jams yourself. It takes a little time to can foods, but in the long run is less expensive, and you have canned jams and other canned food items for months.

The best thing about healthy cooking is that there is no fad dieting. Dieting basically tries to limit your calorie intake, as well as limit some foods. Healthy cooking lets you eat what you like, by cooking it right in the first place.

Healthy cooking also stresses on a more holistic approach to food, whole clean foods. Whole foods, those are sure to encourage a healthier lifestyle.

Question 10: Is There A Way To Enjoy A Healthier Version Of Fried Chicken?

A: Yes, coat the chicken with bread crumbs and bake instead of frying. This will eliminate a lot of the fat content and when baked at high heats, the chicken will be crunchy and delicious. Also, preparing homemade shake and bake makes a more tasty and natural coating with the addition of herbs, that otherwise would lose their flavor being deep fried.

Healthy cooking with whole clean foods is worth the cost. Just keep in mind, pre-cooked packaged foods may be cheaper, or the dollar menu may be cheaper, but is it really worth it if your hospital bill, due to complications of inflammation casing disease’s cost you $50,000 out of pocket? You decide, it’s your health.

 

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Spiced Apple Cream Cheese Coffee Cake

Spiced Apple Cream Cheese Coffee Cake

An apple a day keeps the doctor away. We all know that statement. But do we understand why it was coined or when it was coined?  History.com says it was first coined at the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair by Missouri fruit specialist J.T. Stinson. But there is also the earliest known written use of the phrase, in a magazine edition called  Notes and Queries, printed and distributed in Whales around 1866. As to this fraise it is written, “A Pembroke shire proverb. Eat an apple on going to bed, And you’ll keep the doctor from earning his bread.”

In 1866 or 1904 they may have not known the reason why apples where healthy for you, they just knew they where. But in the 21st century we do.

Apples have flavonoids quercetin, epicatechin, procyanidin (B-2), and additionally, they are also good in tartaric acid. Together, these compounds help the body protect itself from the debilitating effects of free radicals.

The apple is also a good source of B-complex vitamins such as riboflavin, thiamin, and pyridoxine (vitamin B-6). Together these vitamins help as co-factors for enzymes in metabolism as well as in various synthetic functions inside the body.

The fruit also contains a small amount of minerals like potassium, phosphorus, and calcium. Potassium is important to cell and body fluids, as it  helps control heart rate and blood pressure, and in turn counter acts the negative influence of sodium.

Now for our featured dessert. Here is what you will need:

lineing with parchment paper a 8 inch sprin form pan

First preheat your oven to 350°F and line the bottom of a 8-inch round spring form pan with parchment paper. Then lightly grease the rounded sides with your choice of butter, avocado oil, or coconut oil. Coconut oil is neutral in flavor and will never add additional flavor to your cooked or baked goods. Be sure to cut off any excess parchment paper.

Topping for Spiced Apple Cream Cheese Coffee Cake

For the topping:
2 tbsp. unsalted butter
3 whole cloves
1 ¼ lbs. tart apples, such as Granny Smith, cored, peeled and chopped into 1/3-inch cubes
2 tbsp. sugar
½ tsp. ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp. freshly grated nutmeg

First  peel, core and chop apples into 1/3-inch cubes. Mix together apples, sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg in a medium bowl. Make sure apples are well coated with the sugar mix. Heat butter in a large non-stick frying pan (even better if you have a ceramic coated pan) over medium heat until the foam subsides. Add whole cloves so they infuse the butter and then add the apple mixture.

butter infused with clove. Cooking coated apples in infused butter.

Toss apples about until they just begin to soften, but not mushy, about 3-5 minutes. Transfer apples back to the bowl, discard cloves and set aside to cool completely while you prepare the rest of the cake.

Cheese cake batter for Spiced Apple Cream Cheese Coffee Cake

For the cheesecake:
1 8 oz. cream cheese, at room temperature
¼ cup granulated sugar
½ tsp. pure vanilla extract
¼ tsp. ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp. each freshly grated nutmeg and ground clove
1 large egg yolk
1 tsp. flour

In a medium bowl and a hand mixer, beat cream cheese until smooth and creamy. Add sugar and vanilla extract and beat on medium speed until smooth and the sugar is mostly dissolved, about 40 seconds. Beat in the cinnamon, nutmeg and clove until combined. Add egg yolk and flour and beat just until incorporated and batter is smooth. Set this aside while you make the cake batter.

Here is what you will need:

For the cake:
1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
½ tsp. ground cardamom
¼ tsp. salt
6 tbsp. unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1 large egg
½ cup evaporated milk

In a small bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, cardamom and salt. In another medium bowl, beat butter with both sugars until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Beat in vanilla until combined. Add egg and beat until well incorporated and batter is fluffy, about 30 seconds. Add one-third of the flour mixture and beat on low speed until mostly combined. Beat in half of the evaporated milk until blended. Repeat this step by adding half the remaining flour mixture followed by the last of the milk, beating no more than 15 seconds between additions. After the last bit of milk has been added, beat on medium speed for 3-5 seconds to just make sure the batter is smooth. Fold in the last of the flour mixture by hand using a rubber spatula until evenly combined.

Scrape batter into prepared pan and spread it out evenly. Spread cream cheese mixture over the cake batter. Gently spoon cooled apples over the batter in an even layer.

prepared Apple Spice Cake to cook

Bake cake until the cake wobbles ever so slightly in the middle, 45-50 minutes. Transfer pan to wire rack and let cool completely. Plate and serve.

Spiced Apple Cream Cheese Coffee Cake

Spiced Apple Cream Cheese Coffee Cake

For the cake:
1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
½ tsp. ground cardamom
¼ tsp. salt
6 tbsp. unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1 large egg
½ cup evaporated milk

For the cheesecake:
1 8 oz. cream cheese, at room temperature
¼ cup granulated sugar
½ tsp. pure vanilla extract
¼ tsp. ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp. each freshly grated nutmeg and ground clove
1 large egg yolk
1 tsp. flour

For the topping:
2 tbsp. unsalted butter
3 whole cloves
1 ¼ lbs. tart apples, such as Granny Smith, cored, peeled and chopped into 1/3-inch cubes
2 tbsp. sugar
½ tsp. ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp. freshly grated nutmeg

Preheat the oven to 325°F.

Lightly grease an 8-inch round spring form pan with butter and line the bottom with a round of parchment paper.

To make the topping, fold together apples, sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg in a medium bowl. Heat butter in a large non-stick frying pan over medium heat until the foam subsides. Add whole cloves so they infuse the butter and then add the apple mixture. Toss until they just begin to soften, but not until they’re mushy, about 3-5 minutes. Transfer apples back to the bowl, discard cloves and set aside to cool completely while you prepare the rest of the cake.

To make the cheesecake batter, beat cream cheese in a medium bowl until smooth and creamy. Add sugar and vanilla extract and beat on medium speed until smooth and the sugar is mostly dissolved, about 40 seconds. Beat in the cinnamon, nutmeg and clove until combined. Add egg yolk and flour and beat just until incorporated and batter is smooth. Set this aside while you make the cake batter.

In a small bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, cardamom and salt. In another medium bowl, beat butter with both sugars until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Beat in vanilla until combined. Add egg and beat until well incorporated and batter is fluffy, about 30 seconds. Add one-third of the flour mixture and beat on low speed until mostly combined. Beat in half of the evaporated milk until blended. Repeat this step by adding half the remaining flour mixture followed by the last of the milk, beating no more than 15 seconds between additions. After the last bit of milk has been added, beat on medium speed for 3-5 seconds to just make sure the batter is smooth. Fold in the last of the flour mixture by hand using a rubber spatula until evenly combined.

Scrape batter into prepared pan and spread it out evenly. Spread cream cheese mixture over the cake batter. Gently spoon cooled apples over the batter in an even layer. Put cake into oven and bake until the cake wobbles ever so slightly in the middle, 45-50 minutes. Transfer pan to wire rack and let cool completely.

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Honey Roasted Nuts

Honey Roasted Nuts

A part from being a mouthwatering snack, honey roasted nuts have nutritional benefits as well.

Nuts have protein, fiber, antioxidants and mono-saturated fat. It’s the fat that protects you from chronic heart disease. Some studies have reported that consuming one ounce of nuts daily reduces the risk of developing diabetes.

To receive the value of 6 grams of protein in Almonds you need to eat one ounce (about 24 nuts). There is also the benefits of vitamin E and the trace mineral magnesium.

To get 4 grams of protein from Cashews it is also one ounce (about 18 nuts) along with these trace minerals: selenium, magnesium, phosphorus and iron.

Twenty halves of pecans will give you 3 grams of protein along with vitamin B-1 for energy and the trace mineral zinc.

Now let’s get to roasting!!

Here is what you will need:

ingredients for Honey Roasted Nuts

In a medium bowl pour in three cups of mixed nuts, almonds, cashews and pecans. Pour 1/4 cup of honey over the nuts. Cut up 3 tablespoons of butter into small chunks
and disperse over nuts. Add 3 teaspoons of orange zest and sprinkle in the 1/2 teaspoon mixed cinnamon and nutmeg. To make it a better choice snack for the health of your heart replace the butter with 3 tablespoons of coconut oil (read our article about: Adding a Little Zest).

mixing all ingredients together for roasting

Next place bowl into microwave for 4 to 7 minutes. The time will depend on your microwave. I was able to roast the nuts in 4 minutes. Half way through the roasting stir
the mixture up. Place back into the microwave and continue to roast. While you are waiting place a sheet of parchment paper onto a cookie sheet or jelly roll pan.

preparing  finished roasted nuts for cooling

When nuts have finished roasting, remove the bowl and pour nuts out over parchment paper. Allow the nuts to cool for about 20 to 30 minutes.

adding sugar, dried cranberries and dried coconut
Next, with clean hands break up cooled roasted nuts and place into a large bowl. After you have broken apart the roasted nuts add about 1/4 cup or less of sugar (optional). The amount of sugar is to your liking. Mix up the nuts to coat them with the sugar. The amount of dried cranberries and shredded coconut is also to your liking. I added two handfuls of cranberries and two handfuls of coconut. Now mix in these additions until well incorporated.

Take your Honey Roasted Nuts and place them into a jar or container with a tight fitted lid. Enjoy!!

Honey Roasted Nuts packed into a Jar

You can have Honey Roasted Nuts with your next party or dinner gathering along with these other favorites Party Favorites .

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Fruit and Nut Sensation

Fruit and Nut Sensation

Sensation refers to the faculty of perception of stimuli. So just looking at the image above should be stimuli enough to prepare this recipe for breakfast or any time you feel like something nutty and fruity.

Here is what you will need:

Fruit and Nut Sensation ingredients

Not on the cutting board is 1/4 cup flax seed, crushed.

Preparation of Fruit and Nut Sensation is as follows:

In a large glass mixing cup; smash bananas. Add the egg and mix in well; add flax seed and mix again until well incorporated.

Place a large skillet over medium-high heat. Once heated add coconut butter. Pour banana mix to form a medium or large banana cake. Cook on each side 2 to 3 minutes. Remove to plate. Add the toppings; strawberries and pecans. Pour over maple syrup.

Makes 3-4 medium cakes or 2 large cakes

Enjoy the sensation.                                                                                                                                                                                         

Fruit and Nut Sensation close-up

2 medium bananas

1 large egg

¼ cup flax seed, crushed

6 medium strawberries, chopped

1 tbsp. white chocolate

1 tbsp. pecans, chopped

1-2 tbsp. Coconut butter

¼ cup real maple syrup

In a large glass mixing cup; smash bananas. Add the egg and mix in well; add flax seed and mix again until well incorporated.

Place a large skillet over medium-high heat. Once heated add coconut butter. Pour banana mix to form a medium or large banana cake. Cook on each side 2 to 3 minutes. Remove to plate. Add the toppings; strawberries and pecans. Pour over maple syrup. Enjoy the sensation.

Makes 3-4 medium cakes or 2 large cakes

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Crepes with Sour Cream and Orange Marmalade

Crepes with Sour Cream & Orange Marmalade

This appealing and appetizing recipe has lots of protein in it with four eggs. Each egg contains about 21 grams of protein if it is a medium egg. The whole milk provides another 8 grams and the marmalade has no protein in it.

Thou it does have 13 grams of carbohydrates, and that is about 5% of your daily need based on a 2000 calorie diet. The right protein, such as eggs have will make us fell full and we will not eat other fatty sugary foods later.

 

Here is what you will need:

crepes ingredients

To fill the crepes and top them…you will need:

crepes filling and topping

Use whole fat sour cream. The low fat or non-fat is too runny. And you don’t want your crepes running away before you can eat them. As the whole fat sour cream is thick you can use a little milk or cream to help thin it out some.

For the marmalade depending on how many people you will be making crepes for, 1 10 oz. jar may not be enough. So use 2 – 10 oz. jars. To warm the jam, empty the jar of jam into a small pot and warm it, making sure not to scorch the pot or burn the jam.

Another option is to heat some water to boiling point in a small sauce pan and place the jar of jam into the hot water. Remove the lid before putting the jar into the water. Turn off burner. While you are preparing the crepes, the jam will be warming to liquid form.

As stated in an image above you can replace butter with coconut oil. Place the two tablespoons for about thirty seconds in a microwave to liquefy the oil. As it is a hard substance. Beat the four eggs and then pour in the coconut oil and mix in well.

mixing coconut oil with eggs for crepe batter

Next in a large bowl mix together the flour, sugar, salt, milk and eggs and whisk well. You should have about 3 cups of crepe batter.

crepe batter three cups

Next lightly grease with some olive oil a medium size frying pan (crepe pan if you happen to have one) on medium-high heat. Pour 6 tbsp. of batter onto pan and grab the pan by the handle and swirl the pan until the batter is spread out thin.

If you get the batter spread out thin enough, it will cook through. No need to turn crepe like you do with pancakes. Allow to cook 1 to 2 minutes or until golden brown.

allow crepe cook through

Notice how the outer edges of the crepe are cooked and center still needs a few seconds to be cooked all the way through. Once done crepe will slide right out onto a plate.

Spoon out sour cream over center of crepe, about 2 to 3 tablespoons.

preparing crepes with sour cream

 

After spooning on sour cream roll crepes. Place two side by side. Pour some warm orange marmalade over top.

 

creppes with orange marmalade

These type of crepes stuffed with sour cream are known as “Continental Crepes”. If you wish you can enjoy some fried bacon and a cup of coffee with this dish. Two are very filling but your 3 cups of batter should make about 10 crepes which is 5 servings.

Crepes with Sour Cream and Orange Marmalade
4 eggs

1 1/3 cups milk

2 tbsp. butter, melted*

1 cup flour

2 tbsp. sugar

½ tsp. salt

In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, melted butter (coconut oil), flour, sugar and salt until smooth. Heat a skillet or crepe pan over medium-high heat. Grease pan with a small amount of olive oil. Apply with a brush or paper towel. Spoon 6 tablespoons of batter onto hot pan. Grab pan by the handle and tilt pan in a circular motion to let batter spread out. The crepe must be thin on pan. Cook 1 to 2 minutes on one side only or until golden brown.

*optional: 2 tbsp. coconut oil, melted

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