When I am not busy taking care of my two energetic little boys, or working on an interior design project~ I play in the kitchen! For the last 15 years, I have been juxtaposing new flavors and ideas; it’s finally time to document my recipes...

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Friday, May 20, 2011

Almond Bread

Oh my my. I found a new love. Almond flour. This bread recipe is super easy and fun to do with the kids. I just learned (thanks Leslie) that you can make almond flour by putting almonds in the blender. Surprise!
Right before they become almond butter- the nuts are flour! Seriously, its amazing. This recipe DOES not taste like some of the SICK gluten free bread I have purchased. This bread is moist and nutty~ and packed with protien. I love my muffins topped with a little earth balance butter or cream cheese with my coffee in the am...

2 1/2 Cups Almond Flour
2 eggs
1/8 cup honey
1/4 cup applesauce (don't have applesauce? add another egg instead)
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
dash of cinnamon
1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar (I love Bragg's) 

Fun additions~I add em all, plus whatever other fruit is sitting around
1 mashed banana
1 handful of raisins
1 handful of dried cranberries 

Beat eggs and honey, add applesauce and vanilla. Add rest of ingredients. Add whatever fun addition you like.

Coat whatever pan you are using with pam/cooking spray/butter. 

Cook on 300 deg for 20-35 minutes- depending what pan you select. I like to make em into muffins which take about 25-30 mins. Watch the bread. It tastes horrible if it is overcooked. Take it out of the oven once the top gets brown and the middle is not geeewey. 

AC Vinegar is really good for you. 

Apple cider vinegar has long been used as a health aid for weight loss and circulatory health. It is a very safe supplement, even for children. There are no known side effects resulting from using it. It is obtained from the fermentation of apple juice. The fermentation provides alcoholic apple cider that is combined with oxygen to produce acetic acid. The pH of ACV (apple cider vinegar) is very beneficial for the body.
Apple cider vinegar is quite rich in minerals, vitamins and other substances. It contains vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin, A, vitamin P, vitamin B1, vitamin B2 and vitamin B6. ACV also a lot of beneficial minerals like manganese, iron, calcium, sodium, magnesium, sulpher, copper, phosphorus, silicon, chlorine and fluorine.
ACV provides enzymes, amino acids, aldehydes, potash, alcoholic acids, propionic acid, and apple pectin. Apple pectin is a dietary fiber that is an essential component of a healthy diet. With more than ninety substances and a great deal of minerals and vitamins, apple cider vinegar can be one of the most important ingredients in a healthy diet.

Blood pressure:

The potassium in ACV along with other substances makes the blood thinner and is helpful in controlling blood pressure.

Cholesterol control:

Many heart attacks are caused by high fats and cholesterol in your blood. The fiber in ACV helps to absorb fats and cholesterol by expelling them from the body as waste materials.


The dietary fiber in ACV is also helpful in controlling glucose levels in the blood.

Arthritic pains:

Many suffer from this disease in the west and it is caused by the gathering of metabolic toxic waste in the tissues. In this context, ACV speeds up metabolism and excretes the toxic wastes from the tissues.

Strong Bones:

Minerals like manganese, calcium, magnesium, silicon and iron develop bone mass and make them stronger.

Yeast Infections:

ACV is also useful for yeast infections like Candida caused by the unbalance of acid levels in the body. Making a solution of ACV in warm water and douching can help with the symptoms.

Chest congestion:

Apple cider vinegar is also useful in flu or chest congestion. Applying ACV with pepper on the chest can help relieve some of the congestion.

Sore Throat:

If you have a sore throat, gargle with ACV mixed with water.


In your digestive system hydrochloric acid and pepsin are two essential components that break down the food to be digested properly. The lack of these components can cause food poisoning. ACV has ability to enhance their functionality and help prevent food poisoning.

Nasal Congestions:

Apple cider vinegar is sometimes helpful in nasal congestion.

Apple cider vinegar and weight loss

It helps to detoxify the liver which plays an important role in weight loss. There are historical facts that Egyptians took apple cider vinegar for weight loss. Some claim ACV speeds up the metabolism while some claim it burns the calories to reduce appetite. To lose weight just take 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar, mixed in water, before every meal.
ACV is also available in tablets and capsules. According to some nutritionists the combination of apple cider with kelp, vitamin B6 and lecithin is much more effective for weight loss than ACV alone.
gracias~ www.healthrecipes.com

Going Bonzo for Roasted Beans

These little suckers are sweet and addicting. My boys loved them! I was brainstorming ways I could get more protein in Cruz (he does not like meat) and My Gf Dani gave me the idea to roast garbanzo beans...

What you need
* 1 Can of Garbanzo Bean
* 1/4 tsp olive oil
* pinch of salt
* squeeze of honey or agave or pinch of brown sugar
* dash of cinnamon

Coat a pan with oil & turn on on med-high heat. Throw in all ingredients. Turn to medium. Roast. Takes about 4 minutes for the honey to brown. Enjoy. 

~ Oh, I added a little pinch of yellow curry powder to my second batch...yummm

Here are many health benefits of Garbanzos.

Fiber Advantage and Weight Loss
Like other beans, Chickpeas, are rich in both soluble and insoluble dietary fiber. Soluble fiber forms a gel-like substance in the digestive tract that snares bile (which contains cholesterol) and ferries it out of the body. Research studies have shown that insoluble fiber not only helps to increase stool bulk and prevent constipation, but also helps prevent digestive disorders.

Protein for Vegetarians
Chickpeas are a good source of protein. Combined with a whole grain such as whole-wheat protein, they provide amount of protein comparable to that of meat or dairy foods without the high calories or saturated fats.

Manganese for Energy Production

Garbanzos are an excellent source of the trace mineral manganese, which is an essential cofactor in a number of enzymes important in energy production and antioxidant defenses. Just one cup of garbanzo beans supplies 84.5% of the daily value for this mineral.

Iron Boost
Garbanzos can boost your energy because of their high iron content. This is particularly important for menstruating women, pregnant or lactating women and growing children. Iron is an integral component of hemoglobin, which transports oxygen from the lungs to all body cells, and is part of key enzyme systems for energy production and metabolism.

Stabilizing Blood Sugar and Low Glycaemic Index (GI)
Soluble fiber helps stabilize blood sugar levels. If you have insulin resistance, hypoglycemia or diabetes, beans like garbanzos can help you balance blood sugar levels while providing steady, slow-burning energy. They have low GI value of 28 – 32 means the carbohydrate in them is broken down and digested slowly. This is helpful for weight loss as it controls appetite.

Heart Healthy 
Regular intake of Chickpeas can lower LDL (bad) and total cholesterol. Garbanzos contain the significant amounts of folate and magnesium. Folate lowers the levels of the amino acid, homocysteine and strengthens the blood vessels. Studies have found chickpeas lower the risk of heart attack

For Women 
Garbanzo contain phytochemicals called saponins, which can act as antioxidants. It could lower the risk of breast cancer, protect against osteoporosis and minimizes hot flushes in post-menopausal women.

Weight Loss
Due to high fiber content and low GI, chickpeas are excellent for weight loss diets. Salad with chickpeas are tasty and can keep you full longer, controlling the appetite.

thanks to: www.tips4.net