Red Lentil Soup

I used to have a similar recipe but could not find it and I had already rinsed the lentils to make soup so I went partially on memory and a bit of improvisation using fresh swiss chard from the garden.  I believe the recipe I was trying to remember called for spinach but there was a bounty of swiss chard just waiting to be used.  So here is my creation of red lentil soup with curry!Red Lentil Soup

Ingredients:

•    1 tbsp olive oil
•    1 large onion, finely chopped
•    1 1/2 cups red lentils, rinsed
•    2 -3 tsp curry powder
•    1 tsp turmeric
•    6 cups water
•    2 1/2 cups  swiss chard
•    Sea salt and ground black pepper to taste

Instructions:

Heat olive oil in soup pot and saute onion until golden brown.  Add lentils and water; bring to a boil.  Turn heat down to simmer, stir in curry and turmeric and cover.  Gently simmer for 35 minutes.  When lentils become mushy stir in swiss chard.  Allow swiss chard to wilt, season with additional curry if desired, sea salt and black pepper to taste.  Simmer for an additional 5 minutes.

Enjoy!

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Ezekiel Bread

So here is another bread recipe I would like to share with you.  This recipe requires you to have a grain mill (I have a grain mill attachment for my Kitchen Aid mixer).  The grains are ground into flour and the wheat berries are especially tough the grind if you do not have a grain mill.Ezekiel Bread

Ingredients:

•    4 cups lukewarm water
•    1/2 cup olive oil/flaxseed oil mixture (1/4 cup each)
•    3/4 cup honey/agave nectar mixture (1/2 cup honey – 1/4 cup agave nectar)
•    2 tbsp active dry yeast
•    2 1/2 cups hard red wheat berries
•    1 1/2 cups spelt berries
•    1/2 cup whole hull-less barley
•    1/4 cup millet
•    1/4 cup petite french green lentils
•    2 tbsp great northern beans
•    2 tbsp red kidney beans
•    2 tbsp pinto beans

Instructions:

Mix whole grains together and pour into the grain mill.  Grind until all grains become flour.  Measure water, honey/agave, oil mixture and yeast in a large bowl.  Allow to sit for 5 minutes to activate yeast.  Add 2 teaspoons sea salt and the flour mixture to the yeast mixture.  Mix until combined.

Coat two loaf pans with cooking spray and pour mixture in equal quantity.  Place loaf pans in a warm place to allow mixture to rise until 1/2″ from the rim of the pan.  Preheat oven to  350° F and bake bread for 40-50 minutes.

Enjoy!

Banana Bread

So autumn is upon us and it’s time to get back into the kitchen and start creating!!  Here is a healthier version of the classic banana bread.  This version may be even yummier than the original – I think so but I’ll let you be the judge!  Simple to make and a great way to use up the extra bananas.  You can also add walnuts or cacao nibs to add more crunch and texture!  Makes a great quick breakfast toasted and topped with almond butter!Banana Bread

Ingredients:

•   1/3 cup natural unsweetened applesauce
•   1/2 cup natural brown sugar
•   3 egg whites
•   3 bananas, mashed
•   2 tbsp chia seeds
•   1/3 cup water
•   1 1/3 cups whole wheat flour
•   1/3 cup coconut flour
•   1 tsp baking soda
•   1/4 tsp baking powder
•   cooking spray

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350° F.  Mix applesauce and brown sugar in a large mixing bowl.  Gently stir in egg whites then add mashed bananas and water.  Add dry ingredients and stir until well combined.  Coat a loaf pan with cooking spray and then pour in mixture.  Bake for 55 – 60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Enjoy!

Chewy Crispy Chocolate Almond Butter Bars

So here is another easy bar recipe.  I got the original recipe ideas from Clean Eating magazine nutrition edition 2006.  I have made a few changes to the original recipe to suit my tastes and experiment with “raw”ingredients.  I decided to make these over the weekend and they were a big hit.  Pretty sweet due to the agave nectar which is sweeter than honey but you could always use the honey if you can’t find agave nectar.  Coconut nectar is another raw option which is really sweet!  These bars rival any candy bar and so much healthier for you!  Get creative add any dried fruit mixture or use peanut butter or cashew butter instead!  The beauty of cooking is getting to create and then play around with different ingredients!  So much fun and so yummy to eat!

Ingredients:Crispy Almond Butter Bars

•   3 cups crisped rice cereal
•   1 cup oats
•   1 cup chopped dried fruit (apricots, raisins, cherries)
•   1/3 cup sliced raw almonds
•   2 tbsp ground flaxseed
•   1/3 cup cacao nibs
•   1/4 cup brown sugar
•   1/3 raw agave nectar or raw coconut nectar
•   1/2 cup raw almond butter
•   1/2 cup raw cacao powder
•   cooking spray

Instructions:

Coat a large mixing bowl with cooking spray and add first five  ingredients except brown sugar, agave nectar, and almond butter; stir to mix well.  Combine brown sugar, agave nectar, and almond butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat.  Stir until completely melted and smooth.  Remove from the heat and stir in cacao powder.  Pour chocolate almond butter mixture over cereal mixture and stir to coat evenly.  Press mixture into a 9x 13 pan than has been coated with cooking spray.  Place in refrigerator to cool completely.  Cut into bars.

Enjoy!

Agave Energy Bars

A little pick me up after your workout or for an afternoon sweet treat!  Healthy and so much better than a candy bar!  Even my 16 year old likes to snack on these bars.

Ingredients:Agave Energy Bars

•   1 cup crushed wheat flakes (or your favorite cereal)
•   1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds
•   1/2 cup sesame seeds
•   1/3 cup sliced raw almonds
•   2 tbsp ground flaxseed
•   1 tsp lucama powder
•   1/4 cup raw cacao nibs
•   1/3 raw agave nectar or raw coconut nectar
•   cooking spray
Instructions:

Coat a medium mixing bowl with cooking spray and add all ingredients except agave nectar; stir to mix well.  Bring agave nectar to a boil over medium heat.  Reduce heat to low and simmer about 6 minutes.  Pour over cereal mixture and stir to coat evenly.  Press mixture into a 8×8 pan than has been coated with cooking spray.  Place in refrigerator to cool completely.  Cut into bars.

Enjoy!

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