Monthly Archives: January 2012

Banana Cookies

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A non guilty pleasure!

Flax seeds are rich in Omega-3 and also and fibers, don’t be shy to add some when you’re cooking!

Servings

18 large cookies

Ingredients

* 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour

* 1/2 cup butter or margarine

* 1 cup old fashioned oats

* 1/2 cup packed brown sugar

* 1 large egg

* 1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

* 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

* 2 ripe bananas, chopped

* 1 cup carob chips

* 1/4 cup flax seeds

Directions

* Preheat oven 350′F

* In a bowl combine flour, oats, flax seeds, salt and baking soda.

* In another bowl, cream butter and brown sugar. Add the egg and vanilla. Mix. Add the chopped bananas. Mix again.

* Pour liquid mixture into flour mixture. Mix.

* Add carob chips.

* Drop by spoonfuls on a baking sheet . Do not push on them.

* Bake for 14-16 minutes.

* Remove from the oven and let cool a few minutes before putting them on a cooling rack.

* Enjoy!

Easy Fudge

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Easy… but always good!

Servings

24 small squares

Ingredients

* 300 ml sweetened condensed milk

* 2 1/2 cups chocolate chips

* 3/4 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

Directions

* A low heat, heat milk. Once hot, remove from heat and pour into the bowl containing the chocolate. Stir to melt chocolate.

* With a hand mixer, stir for about 2-3 minutes.

* Pour the mixture into a 9-inch square baking pan greased or silicone.

* Sprinkle with chopped walnuts.

* Refrigerate for several hours. Cut into squares.

* Enjoy!

Cheese Dog Cookies

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Oh gosh! I thought last time i made some homemade dog cookies that they were the best for Meya (my big boxer dog), I was wrong.. hahaha!

She likes them A LOT!!!!!

I like to do it myself, that way I really know what she eats and it cost almost nothing!

Servings

24-26 medium cookies (bones)

Ingredients

* 2 cups whole wheat flour

* 1/2 cup cornmeal

* 1/3 cup olive oil

* 2/3 cup chicken broth

* 1 large egg

* 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Directions

* Preheat oven, 325′F

* In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients. Mix (with your hands, it’s easier!).

* Roll out the dough without making it neither too thin nor too thick. Cut out biscuits with a cookie cutter or just with a knife. (I used a bone shaped cookie cutter)

* Place cookies on a baking sheet and bake for 35-40 minutes.

* Remove from the oven, cool.

* Serve to your furry friend!

(You can keep them few days at room temperature in an airtight container of in the refrigerator. You can also freeze them! )

Banana Bundt cake

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Yesterday was my husband’s 31th birthday, so I made him a delicious banana-blueberry bundt cake.

Last year I made him a crazy peanut-honey-walnuts-chocolate cake..

but this year I wanted to make one more… healthy, haha!

The cake is incredible, so fresh, moist and delicious.. I think I’m gonna go downstairs to eat another slice…

Servings

1 cake (about  10-12 slices)

Ingredients

* 1/2 cup softened butter

* 1 1/2 cup sugar

* 2 large eggs

* 3 large ripe bananas

* 2 cups whole wheat flour

* 1 teaspoon baking soda

* 1 teaspoon baking powder

* 1/2 cup milk

* 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

* 1 cup fresh blueberries

* 1 cup walnuts, chopped

*  chocolate (to decorate the cake, but it’s optional)

Directions

* Preheat oven 350′F

* In a large bowl, cream the butter with the sugar and bananas.

* Add eggs one at a time, mix between each one.

* Add the flour, the baking powder and the baking powder to the mixture. Mix. Add milk, vanilla. Mix.

*Add the blueberries and nuts. Mix gently.

* In a bundt cake mold, pour the mixture. Cook for 60-70 minutes. When a toothpick comes out clean, the cake is ready.

* Remove from the oven and cool few minutes.

* You can add some chocolate over the cake, but it’s optional, I did because my hubby really enjoys chocolate!

Pineapple, Orange & Dates Muffins

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Another easy and nutritious muffin recipe…

Servings

12 muffins

Ingredients

* 2 cup whole wheat flour

* 1/3 cup sugar

* 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

* 1/2 teaspoon salt

* 6 tablespoons butter or margarine, softened

* 1 large egg

* 1 cup crushed pineapple (I used 1 1/2 cups fresh diced pineapple to make 1 cup crushed)

* 1/3 cup orange juice (about 1 medium fruit)

* Grated peel of 1 orange (the same you used for the juice)

* 1/2 cup dates, chopped

Directions

* Preheat oven 400F

* In a bowl, combine  flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Set aside.

* In other bowl, whisk together egg, softened butter, orange juice and grated peel, crushed pineapple and chopped dates.

* Pour the pineapple mixture into the flour. Mix gently.

* Spoon the mixture into muffin pan and bake. The silicone molds are a great eco-friendly option. No need to throw papers muffins anymore.

* Bake for about 20-25 minutes. If a toothpick comes out clean, the muffins are ready.

Sweet Potato Soup

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This is a recipe for slow cookers.

I had lots of leftovers in the fridge, so I decide to make a soup…

In Quebec, we had an enormous amount of snow, soups are always great when it’s cold and all white outside!

You can use an other kind of pasta, also if you have another kind of meat it’s ok too! Be creative!

After a big bowl of that soup, you will not have any room left for dessert!

Servings

4-6 bowls

Ingredients

* 1 large sweet potato, diced

* 3 carrots, diced

* 3 stalks celery, diced

* 1 large onion, chopped

* 3/4 cup dry red lentils

* 2 cups cooked turkey

* 1 cup cooked Orzo (pasta)

* 1/2 teaspoon fresh ginger

* 1 teaspoon curry powder

* 1 teaspoon turmeric powder

* salt/pepper to taste

* 7 cups water

* 2 cloves garlic, minced

* 1 tablespoon olive oil

* 1/2 teaspoon curry powder (again)

* 1/2 cup fresh Italian parsley, chopped

Directions

* Wash, peel and cut vegetables.

* Combine veggies, water, curry (1 teaspoon), turmeric, lentils, water, ginger, salt and pepper in the slow cooker.

* Close the lid and cook on LOW settings for 8 hours.

* With a potato masher, mash the sweet potatoes coarsely.

* In a skillet, heat oil, garlic and curry (1/2 teaspoon) for about 1 minute.

* Stir in pasta, turkey, the oil mixture, cover and cook for another 10-15 minutes.

* Add the chopped parsley.

* Turn off the heat and serve. (With homemade bread)

Chocolate & Orange Cookies

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Delicious cookies with such a sweet orange taste!
It’s not an obligation to make cookies this way, they can be done in a very ordinary too!

Servings

20 cookies

Ingredients

* 3/4 cup butter or margarine

* 3/4 cup sugar

* 1 large egg

* 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

* 1 1/4 cup flour

* 1 teaspoon baking powder

* 1 pinch salt

* 1/3 cup pure cocoa powder

* zest of one orange

Directions

* Preheat oven 350′F

* In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar together. Beat in the egg and vanilla extract.

* In another bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt. Stir into the creamed mixture.

* Divide the dough in two. In the first half add the orange zest and mix. In the second one add the cocoa powder and then mix.

* Roll the dough. Place them on each other. Create a log.

* Refrigerate few minutes, it will be easier to cut slices.

* Cut in slices, bake for 10-12 minutes.

* Remove from the oven, cool and Enjoy!

Pickled Red Onions

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A really simple (and cheap) recipe!

I finally done some for my husband, we was always asking for.. haha!

Servings

3 x 500ml jars

Ingredients

* 8 cups red onions wedges (about 3 pounds)

* 4 cups red wine vinegar

* 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped

* 1 tablespoon Herbes de Provence

* 3 glass jars (500ml)

Directions

* Start by washing  jars.

* In a large pot, boil water. Boil your (Mason) jars to sterilize them. Turn off the heat. Leave the jars in water until use.

* Peel and cut onions.

* In a pot, combine wine vinegar and garlic. Bring to boil. Simmer for about 5-6 minutes. Add the onions wedges and the tablespoon of Herbes de Provence. Reduce heat and cook for another 4-5 minutes. Don’t over cook the onions.

* Remove from heat.

* Pour the mixture in the jars.  Be careful not to overfill. Leave 1 cm (half inch) of space.

* With a wooden stick, remove all air bubbles in the jars.

* Put the lid, but do not overtighten.

* In a pot of water, put the jars and boil the water. For 500ml jars, it takes about 10 minutes. Turn off the heat, remove the cover and wait 5 minutes.

* Remove from water, place on a cloth and stop touching them.

* Wait to hear a POP to tighten the lid completely. (If the jar does not POP, do again the step in the water.)

* Wait until the jars are room temperature before storing.

*Enjoy!

Peanut Dog Cookies

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I have a big Boxer dog named Meya, I love her a lot, well in fact my daughter Dalie loves her too. They are like best friends.

Today I made her some homemade peanut butter cookies.

She loves them so much, it’s crazy! She was watching the oven when they were in it… after that she was following me everywhere to have more cookies… haha!

Servings

30 medium cookies (bones)

Ingredients

* 2 cups whole wheat flour

* 1 cup old fashioned rolled oats

* 1/4 cup wheat germs

* 1/3 cup smooth peanut butter

* 2 tablespoons olive oil

* 1 cup warm water

Directions

* Preheat oven, 300’F

* In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients. Mix (with your hands, it’s easier!).

* Roll out the dough without making it neither too thin nor too thick. Cut out biscuits with a cookie cutter or just with a knife. (I used a bone shaped cookie cutter)

* Place cookies on a baking sheet and bake for 1 hour.

* Turn off the heat and let them in the oven for another 15-20 minutes to let them dry.

* Remove from the oven, cool.

* Serve to your furry friend!

Basic Pie Crust

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Why buy  already made pie crust when it’s so easy to do it yourself…

Servings

1 x 9 or 10 inch double crust

Ingredients

* 2 1/2 cups flour

* 1 1/4 teaspoons salt

* 3/4 cup chilled vegetable shortening

* 3 tablespoons cold butter or margarine

* 6 tablespoons ice water

Directions

* Stir together the flour and the salt. Add the shortening and butter.

* Cut the shortening into the flour mixture with a pastry blender, two knives or with your hands until it has the consistency of pea-sized pieces.

* Sprinkle the dough with the water. Blend it gently into the mixture until it just holds together. You may need to add some more water. (1 spoon at a time)

* Divide the dough in half and shape into a disk.

* Store in the refrigerator or use.