Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Cranberry Sauce

Soak in a pan overnight or for an hour or so:

1-1½ C dried cranberries
freshly squeezed orange juice to just cover
(a dash of red wine, maybe 1 T)

Before cooking, add:

a small amount of sugar, about 1 t 
a pinch of salt

Simmer over a very low fire for about 15-20 minutes, or until the liquid reduces and the sauce thickens slightly. Cover and set aside until you're ready to serve.

Friday, December 26, 2014

Fried Rice

Heat in a frying pan:

1 T oil (olive, or a mix of olive and sesame)

Stir fry:

½-1 minced onion

2-5 cloves of minced garlic
200 gm minced chicken

When the chicken is almost completely cooked, add:

1 finely grated carrot
2-3 chopped shiitake mushrooms
1-2 C minced vegetables, such as cabbage, spinach, broccoli stalks, red peppers, etc. (Add the vegetables that take longer to cook first. Think about adding a variety of colors. If you need more color, add some green onions at the very end, after you mix in the rice.)

When vegetables are cooked, push them towards the edges of the pan, make a well in the center and cook:

2-3 scrambled eggs (mixed with ¼ t salt and ½ t sugar)
Add and mix in:

2-3 C cooked rice

Season with:

Salt and pepper

If you are making more than this amount, you can just mix the cooked vegetables and meat with the cooked rice in a large mixing bowl. No need to cook the rice together with the vegetables in a frying pan.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Whole Grain Crepes

Place in blender and blend until smooth:

1½ C milk
3-4 eggs
2-2½ T grape seed oil
1 t vanilla
2 T honey
½ C raw oatmeal (old fashioned - or whatever you have)
1 C whole wheat flour (or ½ C whole wheat + ½ C white)
1 t baking powder
1 T flax seeds
1 T chia seeds
¼ t salt

Pour it into a mixing bowl and stir it before making each pancake. The batter will be kind of thin, but it will thicken up as time passes due to the chia and flax.

Heat frying pan, and set fire to medium/low. If you have a non-stick pan, don't use any oil on the pan. If you don't have a non-stick pan, pour a tiny bit of oil on the pan and spread it very thinly with a folded paper towel. Do this before making each pancake.

Pour or scoop about 2-3 T of batter on the hot pan, and tilt the pan so the batter spreads to a big circle. Flip when bubbles come up all over it and it's browned on the bottom. 

Here are some ideas for fillings:

Any combination of cut strawberries, blueberries, banana slices, kiwi slices, peach slices, mango slices, and Greek yogurt or whipped cream.

Apple sauce, a slight sprinkle of cinnamon, yogurt.

Jam and yogurt.