Monday, September 21, 2009

Basic Muffin Recipe

I'm all about basic recipes that are able to be tweaked and altered to my heart's content. So tonight I found a basic recipe for muffins, and I'm giving it a try for snack for Mairi's preschool tomorrow. I probably won't eat one (being on JC and all) but I'll have Keith taste test it and report back as soon as they are out of the oven (5m or so)

Basic Muffin Recipe

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (205 degrees C).
  2. Stir together the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar in a large bowl. Make a well in the center. In a small bowl or 2 cup measuring cup, beat egg with a fork. Stir in milk and oil. Pour all at once into the well in the flour mixture. Mix quickly and lightly with a fork until moistened, but do not beat. The batter will be lumpy. Pour the batter into paper lined muffin pan cups.
  3. Bake for 25 minutes, or until golden.
Here are my tweaks, as per usual.

A)I just dumped everything in a bowl and mixed it, LOL.
B)I used white whole wheat flour and raw sugar
C)I turned down the oven to 375 when I put the muffins in
D)I added a handful of wheatgerm
E)I used applesauce (berry!) instead of oil
F)I added 1C of misc berries
G)I did 3/4C soymilk and 1/4C vanilla yogurt

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Basic Granola Bars

  • 2 Cup Oats
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 Cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 Cup honey
  • Any dried fruit, nuts, seeds, chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, etc.

Mix all ingredients and press into greased pan, 11 X 13. Dough will be very dry and crumbly, but press until dough forms with pan.. Bake at 325 for 20 minutes or until edges are browned. Take out and let cool entirely. Cut into strips and store in snack size bags.

Chicken Floss Curry

This is incredible. Mairi scarfed it down, Keith's still eating it, and I'm thinking about more veggies. So good, SO SO easy, and very healthy!

Friday, September 11, 2009

CousCous Lasagna

I've had this recipe hanging around since I was doing WW Core last year, and never got around to making it. Keith and Mairi both adore couscous, and we are trying to be more meatless, so tonight was the night. It was delish! I'm back on JC so I just had a couple try it bites, but for such a simple recipe, it blended together fabulously! It would taste good with some chicken in it too though :D

CousCous Lasagna

1C couscous
1 1/2C boiling broth
1/2t salt
lg diced onion
3 garlic cloves minced
28oz can diced tomatoes, drained (reserve 1/3C of the juice)
1t dried basil
5C finely chopped spinach
1C mozz. cheese

Combine couscous and broth
let stand 5 minutes
preheat oven to 375
saute onion and garlic in EVOO
add tomatoes, cook 10m
stir mix into couscous
add reserved juice, basil, pepper and spinach
mix til combined
spread half in a 9x13 pan
sprinkle mozz
top with more couscous
cover and bake 30m