I wanted to create a snack that was both healthy and indulgent. The result is a not-overly-sweet edible cookie dough with protein and fiber benefits added from the red lentil base and reduced fat content from avoiding nut flours. The spices, extract flavor, and mix-ins can all be swapped out to create other flavors, but keep in mind that the raisins aid in the overall sweetness of the finished product. Some adjusting may need to occur to accommodate.
This makes a total of 3 cups of cookie dough which comes out to 12 servings at 1/4 cup each. The nutrition facts are as accurate as I could get them since the lentils ingredient was a generic “cooked lentils” as opposed to specifying red lentils. I used Elmhurst cashew milk for this recipe. You may sub 1+1/2 tsp of cinnamon for the spices above if you wish, but I cannot have cinnamon.
These chicken meatballs (right side of the image above) are going to pair well with an earthy, salty sauce. I personally wouldn’t add them to a tomato-based sauce. I think they could even do well with an alfredo-inspired sauce. I did not take structured notes for the sauce I made, but I basically just blended some veggies together. Here is what I can tell you about the sauce I made for them: 1 large celery bunch, 40oz mushrooms, 10oz broccoli, 1lb small yellow onions, parsley, rosemary, and thyme; pressure cooked for 15 minutes with 1.5 to 2 cups of water; added fresh chopped sage, salt, cumin, and olive oil before blending smooth with an immersion blender; next time I would make only half of what I ended up with and exclude the broccoli due to the ugly color result.
There are two methods for this and both are easy. One uses honey and vanilla to sweeten and the other uses fruit juice. If you come up with any additional methods, please feel free to share. My preference is the honey and vanilla version.
Update: I think the next time I make this, I will add a tsp of lemon juice to try to see if I can prevent the discoloration from the bananas.
Line a standard sized muffin pan and preheat the oven to 375F (190C).
Whisk the eggs and yogurt together well. Add the cheese and whisk until blended. Add in the onions, mushrooms, basil, thyme, salt, and pepper and mix well – as spoon or whisk may be used here.
Fill the muffin slots with the quiche mix.
Bake for 25 minutes or until the centers are baked through and there’s light browning on the tops.
Here is what I specifically used for this recipe: silpat muffin mold (no liner needed), 8 month intense manchego cheese (small dice), and simply organic dried thyme. A combination of shallots and onions may be used here as well.
I found a chicken nugget recipe online that uses sweet potatoes, but I cannot have those nor many of the replacements one might use in their place. So, I opted to go with bananas in this recipe. These are great with honey mustard or ketchup.
Preheat the oven to 400F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
Mix all but the ground chicken together well. Mix in the ground chicken using your hands until thoroughly incorporated.
Using two tablespoons, portion out ~1 tbsp of the mixture for each nugget. Lay out on the baking sheet and use the spoons to shape/flatten into a nugget.
Bake for 25 minutes or until the internal temperate is over 165F. Remove from the oven and cool for a few minutes before serving.
**A variety of squash, such as pumpkin or butternut, can be subbed 1:1 to replace the bananas. I intend to attempt using celeriac/celery root to replace the banana down the road. If you sub the banana with any of the aforementioned items, I suggest reducing the coconut flour to 2 tbsp and omitting the nut flour.
This is such a bright -flavored frozen yogurt. I feel like it would complement fruit pies well – especially blueberry, apple, or even sweet potato. Please let me know how it is, if you make it, by leaving a comment below. Enjoy!
I am exploring new breakfast ideas and want to make sure I am getting more protein in my diet. Please note that you may use whatever juice you want to use for this recipe. I used the Lakewood Organic brand of cherry juice. My preferred gelatin powder is from Great Lakes. Enjoy!
Preheat the oven to 350F. Prep a cookie sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking sheet.
Mix all ingredients except the dates until well blended. Mix in the dates.
Drop and flatten the cookies onto the prepped cookie sheet.
For 20 cookies, bake 10 minutes. For 15 cookies, bake 12 to 15 minutes depending on how crunchy you want them.
Remove from the oven and transfer to a wire cooling rack.
All ingredients from nutmeg down are interchangeable and optional. You can replace the tahini with any natural nut butter. Some other options to consider: ginger, cinnamon, coriander, allspice, pumpkin spice, chopped nuts, raisins, chopped apricots, chopped figs, etc.
The inspiration for this comes from Glen’s Chocolate Sauce. You will need 1/2 cup + 2tbsp of this sauce for the spread. I have altered the recipe ingredient amounts just slightly and redid the directions.
1.5 tbsp coconut oil (palm shortening may work as well)
Combine the hazelnut flour, honey, salt, and coconut oil in a food processor. If using whole hazelnuts, place them in alone first and pulse until it is the consistency of hazelnut flour (ground hazelnuts).
Process the ingredients until the consistency is that of hazelnut butter. It may not become smooth, but if tasted, the resulting spread will melt in your mouth. It will not be gritty. This takes about 15-20 minutes.
Add the chocolate sauce. Process until well mixed and smooth with the consistency of nut butter.