Avocado Hummus with Chili Baked Plantain Chips

Recipe:

Hummus Ingredients:

1/2 large ripe Florida Avocado

1 15 oz  Organic Garbanzo Bean (no salt)

2 tablespoons Tahini

1/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1-2 cloves of garlic 

Salt 

Pepper 

Method:

In a food processor place all ingredients. Blend until smooth. Add more olive oil if the texture isn't to your liking. Season to you taste. 

 

Plantain Chip Ingredients:

2-3 Green Plantains

1 tablespoon coconut oil - melted

2 tablespoons Chili Powder

Sea Salt

Method:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Peel plantains. Slice thinly.

Mix chips and seasoning in a bowl. 

Place on the baking sheet and bake for 20-25 minutes. 

 

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    Banana Ice Cream  “Nicecream”

  Yields 1 serving

Ingredients:

1 ripe banana – sliced and frozen

¼ cup unsweetened Almond Milk

Toppings (optional):

         Crushed Hazelnuts

         Carob Chips

         Chocolate Chips

         Sliced Almonds

         Crushed Walnuts

         Sliced fruit


Method:

Place sliced frozen banana and unsweetened almond milk in a food processor or blender.

Process until it is smooth and blended. It will take a few minutes.

Add any add-ins and mix. Place in the freezer for at least 1 hour for the “ice cream” to set. Top with any toppings and serve.




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 Cornmeal Grape Muffins (Gluten-free)

  Yields 8-12; Serving size = 1 muffin

Ingredients:

1 cup cornmeal

½ cup AP Gluten-free flour blend

2 tablespoons Coconut Flour

1 teaspoon Baking Powder

½ tsp salt

2 large eggs

2 tablespoons olive oil

¼ cup unsweetened applesauce

¼ cup honey

2 tablespoons rice syrup

1 tsp vanilla extract

½ cup 2% organic milk

8-12 grapes – halved and pitted

 

Method:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a muffin tin with baking liners.

In a stand mixer and blend together, honey, rice syrup, applesauce, olive oil, and vanilla extract. Add 1 egg at a time, and on low blend until egg is incorporated.

In a separate bowl blend together the flours, baking powder, and salt.

In thirds add the flour, but alternate with milk. Flour, milk, flour, milk, end with flour.

Pour 1/3 batter in each lined muffin tin, place ½ a grape in the center, fill the muffin until 2/3rds filled and place another ½ of a grape in the center.

Bake for 18-23 minutes.

 

 

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    Zucchini Chocolate Chip Almond Muffins

   Yields 12 Muffins; Serving size = 1 muffin

Ingredients:

         1 cup grated zucchini

         1 ¼ cup Gluten- free All Purpose Flour (Can sub for regular AP flour)

         1 tsp baking soda

         ½ tsp salt

         1 tablespoon Chia seeds

         1 tsp Maca powder (optional)

         2 large eggs

         2 tablespoons honey

         3 tablespoons rice syrup (can sub for maple syrup or more honey)

         1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce

         1 tsp vanilla extract

         ½ cup chopped or slivered almonds

         ½ cup chocolate chips

 

Method:

         Preheat oven to 350 degrees, place the rack in the medium low section. Line a muffin tin with muffin liners.

         Using a fine grater, grate zucchini

         Combine all dry ingredients in a large bowl.

         In a stand mixer, mix together applesauce, honey, rice syrup, and vanilla extract. One at a time, mix in the eggs.

         Add slowly the flour mixture. Fold in zucchini, almonds, and chocolate chips.

         Bake for 15-20 minutes. Check with a knife to make sure the muffins are cooked through. Allow to cool for 10 minutes and remove from muffin tins.

        

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Eggplant based Pizza Bites 

Pizza is delicious. Preparing better for you pizza is health benefiting. This post was created because of the recent article released saying that childhood obesity has grown due to children eating pizza on a regular basis. A few years ago the Food & Drug Admin deemed pizza as a vegetable. This is horrifying. Pizza is not a vegetable and pizza is not one of the main reasons our children are becoming obese. The pizza served in school and mainly consumed by children is highly processed and does not resemble anything close food with real ingredients. Replace the highly chemically altered and preservative filled pizza like food objects with real ingredient nourishing foods. 

 

Ingredients:

Eggplant - sliced 

Vine ripe tomatoes - sliced

Parmesan Cheese

Fresh Basil Leaves

Fresh Parsley

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Salt

Pepper

Method:

Preheat oven 400 degrees.

Stack the pizza bites with the ingredients as listed above. 

Bake in the oven for 20-30 minutes. 

Sprinkle with more cheese and fresh herbs. 

 

Article:

http://www.medicaldaily.com/kids-are-eating-too-much-pizza-those-extra-calories-fat-and-sodium-are-adding-318682