Friday, June 26, 2015

Allergen-free Chocolate Chunk Blondies

Allergen-free Chocolate Chunk Blondies

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When I saw this recipe, I had to try it.  And, these blondies are quite delicious!  :-)  

1 Cup Brown Rice flour
1 TBS coconut flour
1/2 Tsp Baking Soda
1/4 Tsp Gluten Free Baking Powder
1/2 Tsp Salt
1/3 Cup Walnut Oil
1 Cup Packed Brown Sugar
1 Tbsp Vanilla Extract
Chia Gel (grind 2 tbs chia seeds into powder and then add 1/3 cup warm water)
Enjoy Life Chocolate Mega Chunks 

Substitutions I made:
I decided to adjust it a little to also make it sugar free.  I used xylitol for the sweetener.  
I chopped stevia sweetened chocolate bars for the chocolate chunks.  
For those who can have dairy, you can substitute butter for the oil.
For those who can have eggs, you can substitute 2 eggs for the chia gel.
Chopped nuts would also be a nice addition to this recipe. 

I also suggest refrigerating these after baking.  This helps keep them from being crumbly.

Friday, June 19, 2015

How to Grill a Beef Roast

How to Grill a Beef Roast

Well, we didn't think it was possible, but we gave it a try and it turned out great!

Beef Chuck Roast
Garlic Powder
Barbecue Sauce  (We like Stubbs

Here's how we did it..... 

Preheat your grill.
Using a sharp knife, score the roast.  (You may want to view the larger version of the picture by clicking on it so you can see the scoring in the picture.)

 Apply salt generously to both sides and pound the roast with your thumb to work the salt into the meat and to tenderize it.

Apply a thin layer of garlic powder on each side of the roast   Pound the roast again to work the garlic powder into the meat.

Place the roast on a very hot grill and sear both sides.

Remove from the grill and place on a sheet of tin foil.  Apply barbecue sauce to one side of the roast.  (We like Stubbs Spicy Sauce.)

Spread the sauce evenly on the roast and wrap in the aluminum foil.

Place the roast back on the grill and slow cook for about 1-1 1/4 hr. (time may vary depending on your grill and the size of the roast.)

Cut into thin slices and serve.

Bon Appetit!

Friday, June 12, 2015

Refreshing Water Infusions - A Great Idea for Summer!

 Refreshing Water Infusions - A Great Idea for Summer!

Home grown orange mint basil water with store made cucumbers

This idea was contributed by Chad's mom.

Why not try infused water?  The combinations are endless.  We've used mint, lemons,  limes, & cucumbers.   Just be sure to remove the fruit/herbs from the water after 24-36 hours.

For many more ideas and directions for how to make them, click here.

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Saturday, June 6, 2015

Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookie Coconut Chews

Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookie Coconut Chews

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This week I tried this recipe.  These cookies are very delicious and the recipe is versatile.  And, they are chewy, which is why the recipe calls them "chews".  These cookies are also allergen-free, which is great. 

Click here for the recipe.

Here are some substitutions I made / recommend:
-I did use the chia seeds in the recipe.  But, if you can have eggs, you can substitute an egg instead.
 -I can't have the brown sugar, so I substituted Organic Coconut Palm Sugar which is low-glycemic and also brown in color and has a delicious caramel taste.  You can use it to substitute any recipe that calls for conventional sugar, honey, or agave with equal amounts of coconut palm sugar.
-I increased the chocolate chips in my recipe, but I don't recommend that.  Just use the amount the recipe calls for...unless you love a LOT of chocolate.
-The recipe calls for Kosher salt.  I recommend using a fine salt because I noticed little chunks of salt taste in the cookies.
-For the nuts, I used chopped almonds - they were delicious.

Bon Appetit!

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