So, using the beloved Magic Bullet we blended our kefir with organic strawberries, bananas, chia seeds and a few drops of liquid stevia. Oh, so good smoothie of probiotic goodness!!!
Here’s a recipe for my grain-free, sugar-free brownies. These goodies are seriously fabulous! When eaten warm they are gooey like regular brownies. But if you chill these “brownies” they are almost like eating chocolate cheesecake in their consistency.
1 Can Coconut Milk (Full Fat)
1 Cup Coconut Oil
2 Cups Almond Flour
1 Tsp Baking Soda
1/2 Tsp Salt
6 Droppers Liquid Stevia
1/3 Cup Unsweetened Cocoa
PREHEAT OVEN TO 350
1.) Melt the coconut oil
2.) Mix the cocoa into the melted oil till the cocoa has melted thoroughly into the oil
3.) Add the stevia to the chocolate/oil mixture
4.) In a different bowl combine coconut milk and eggs – mix well
5.) Combine coconut milk mixture with cocoa mixture
6.) In ANOTHER bowl mix the salt and baking soda with the almond flour
7.) Combine wet ingredients with dry ingredients
8.) Grease an 8×8 pan with coconut oil & pour in “brownie” batter
9.) Bake at 350 for 45 minutes
Here’s a Real Food dinner recipe from the other night.
Cilantro Rice – as prepared above.
Coconut-fried chicken –
1 lb of boneless, skinless organic chicken thighs cut into inch-sized bites. Drench chicken in beaten egg and toss in a mixture of organic rice flour, sea salt and pepper. Fry in coconut oil.
Brussels Sprouts – Slice 2 lbs of brussels sprouts in halve and saute with a half cube of butter.
Dinner was a success and the Bean ate all of his food – getting a great does of detoxifying cilantro in the process!!
I use an oldie-but-goodie- ACME juicer I bought used last year off of craigslist. We love it. I’m pretty sure it cost me $30. There always seems to be just a ton of reasonably priced used juicers on craigslist. – I love craigslist (if you haven’t already noticed) –
Beans loves “helping” with the juicing process. His participation usually guarantees that he will drink a glass of juice (no matter how tart or bitter) because he feels an ownership of the juicing process. I’ll throw an extra apple or half beet in the mix if the juice is just too potent for the kiddo.
So grab some veggies and get to juicing. Its a real pick-me-up in these winter months…
I bought my culture, rennet and cheesecloth at our local supply store, Grains, Beans & Things.
Here’s the ingredients you need:
1 quart of raw goat’s milk
1/4 cup sterilized water
1 drop of single strength Animal Rennet
1/16 teaspoon Mesophilic Culture
1/4 Sea Salt
Here’s the equipment you need:
2 medium squares of fine cheesecloth
Stainless steel colander
Stainless steel bowl
Large glass bowl
small glass bowl or cup
– You want the colander to be able to be suspended over stainless steel bowl
Firstly, make sure all your equipment is sterilized. Wash it with soap, rinse, pour boiling water over it all and then thoroughly dry it all.
– this includes the cheesecloth.
Pour quart of raw milk into the large glass bowl and sprinkle culture on the top of the milk. Give the culture a few minutes to re-hydrate and then mix gently but thoroughly with a wooden spoon. In the small glass bowl combine sterilized water with one drop of rennet. Add 2 tablespoons of rennet solution to milk mixture, mixing with the wooden spoon.
Cover bowl of milk with a towel and allow to culture at room temperature for 24 hours.
Place colander inside of stainless steel bowl and line with cheesecloth.
Pour cultured milk into cheese cloth – it should be a mixture of curds and whey at this point.
Tie up the ends of the cheesecloth to make a little bag for the cheese. The whey will drain through the cheesecloth and colander and be caught in the bottom of the stainless steel bowl. I slipped the wooden handle of a spatula through the top knot to further suspend the draining cheese.
Let drain for 24 hours for moist cheese – longer for dryer cheese. Even though many recipes said to allow the cheese to drain in the kitchen, I – being a paranoid first-time-raw-goat-cheese-maker – let my cheese drain in the ‘fridge.
When the cheese has drained, free it from it’s cheesecloth shroud.
I saved the drained whey in a jar to be used in another project and scraped the new cheese from the cheesecloth into the stainless steel bowl.
Add the sea salt.
Mix in the sea salt with a wooden spoon.
Store the finished raw cheese in clean (preferably glass) container.
This chèvre is seriously good stuff! I am SO excited to try new cultures for different cheese. If I can do this, anyone can do this.
My son helped me make the cupcakes for his party. He had a Thomas the Train themed party (go figure) so we used Thomas cupcake liners and toppers for the cupcakes. We baked both ‘yellow’ and chocolate cupcakes – IMO they were just “aright”. But we made a fantastic frosting that really set them off. I found this Buttercream recipe online. I doubled the original recipe and only added half the amount of vanilla. In lieu of milk I used hazelnut coffee creamer. The frosting was sugary and faintly salty all at once and held it’s shape wonderfully. I don’t often find a need to make frosting but would certainly make this buttercream again!