Thursday, February 17, 2011

Juice monster

I've created a monster, a juice fiend if you will.  He asks for it, he begs for it, he says no to OJ and only wants this juice. 

And frankly, I am ok with that......

Paulo's green juice

1 Romaine heart, stem removed
1 apple, washed and cored
1 lemon, yellow peel removed, pith remains

Process through the juicer in the order above, if desired, add a small bit of agave to sweeten the deal. 

Seriously, this is Paulo's favorite morning drink.  I started giving it to him about six weeks ago to try to up his green quota, he drank it, but he didn't love it.  After a couple of weeks he started asking for it and now, if I run short of time or run out of an ingredient, I get the know the look, the one that says Mom, I'm so disappointed in you!  I love that he loves his green juice. 

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Carrot cake muffins

I love carrot cake, but I have a hard time justifying sending it in my kids' lunchbox.  Now a carrot muffin on the other with flax, sunflower seeds, good healthy ingredients, that can go!

Carrot cake muffins, gluten free and vegan

Preheat oven to 350 F.

1/2 cup brown rice flour
1/2 cup sorghum flour
1/4 cup tapioca starch
1/4 cup potato starch
1/2 cup GF oats
1/2 cup white sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon xanthan gum
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
3 teaspoons ground flax

Combine the dry ingredients in a large bowl, set aside.

1 tablespoon egg replacer mixed with 1/4 cup warm water, blended
1 tablespoon honey
1/4 cup light olive oil
1 cup vanilla coconut milk
1/2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Combine the wet ingredients and mix well.  Add to the dry ingredients and stir until just combined.

1/3 cup raisins
1/3 cup sunflower seeds
2 carrots, peeled and shredded, excess water removed

Fold in the raisins, seeds and carrots.  Prep your muffin tin, either with paper or by spraying the tin.  Fill each cup about 2/3 cup full and bake for 20-25 minutes.  I was able to make 15 full sized muffins with this recipe.  Remove from the oven and allow to cool on a wire rack.  Once cool, split one open, slather it with butter and enjoy getting some extra veggies into your body!