Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Peanut Butter Love-- Healthy blondies

Peanut Butter Love
Makes 12  squares

Kids will love these peanut butter chip squares. They resemble a Blondie or a Nestles Toll House Cookie--crispy on the outside-- gooey and chocolaty on the inside. One bite is all it takes to become the sweetest mom on earth.

16 oz  natural  ( no sugar added) peanut butter/ almond butter/ cashew butter (room temperature)
2 eggs
1 cup pure maple syrup or honey
I teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon of vanilla
1 cup of dark, semi sweet chocolate chips
butter, or oil such as coconut for greasing the  pan

1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees
2. In a bowl, mix peanut butter and maple syrup. Then mix in beaten eggs, vanilla, salt, and baking soda .
3. Mix until well blended and smooth.
4. Stir in half the chocolate chips.
5. Pour batter into a well-greased Pyrex dish
6. Scatter the remaining chips on top
7. Bake for 35 minutes – checking after 25 minutes to make sure the edges do not get too brown. If top looks very brown, cover with foil and bake for the remaining 5-10 minutes 
8.  Cool and serve 

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Super Burrito For Super Bowl Sunday

Super bowl Sunday is here. The average football fan can pack away an entire day’s worth of calories during the game. Instead of snacking on chips, pizza and other high -calorie, low- nutrient snacks. Try serving this easy, delicious, healthy burrito

Step #1: The ingredients
All the ingredients you need for a homemade burrito are whole-grain tortillas, organic shredded mozzarella cheese, and organic black beans. Guacamole, or sliced avocado, and salsa are optional to add in. I have included great recipes for guacamole and salsa below.

Step #2: Cooking
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
Warm the tortilla in a toaster oven then sprinkle it with organic shredded mozzarella cheese
Add the black beans and place the burrito in the oven until the cheese starts to bubble
Take the burrito out and add the guacamole and salsa (optional)
Fold and enjoy!

4 avocados - peeled, pitted, and mashed 
1 tablespoon lime juice
1 tablespoon orange juice
1-tablespoon pineapple juice
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin (optional)
1/2 cup coarsely chopped cilantro
Salt to taste
Blue corn chips for dipping

1. In a large bowl, stir together the avocados, lime juice, orange juice, pineapple juice, cumin, cilantro and salt.
2. Mix in hot pepper sauce if using. Serve immediately, or refrigerate until serving. Place one of the avocado pits into the bowl to help keep it fresh. 

½ can chopped tomatoes --store leftover tomatoes in a container, never leave them in the metal can)
¼ cup chopped green onions
¼ cup chopped cilantro
2 garlic cloves chopped (or the equivalent)
1 tablespoon of oregano
1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil (extra virgin is much healthier than pure olive oil)
3 teaspoons of lime juice
Add a bit of salt and pepper depending on how much you like.
Blue corn chips for dipping