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A Lot of Work, But Worth It April 29, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — mom4health @ 12:47 am

The recipe I am going to talk about on this post has a long name which gave me a strong hint that it would also be long in preparing.  I was right! The recipe was Spicy Chickpea Patties with Cilantro, Lime, and Chilies with Onion Chutney! Long, huh? My kitchen was such a disaster when I was done preparing these, I thought I would take a picture of what I go through just to make more tasty and healthy meals!

Isn't this a mess?

The patties were very tasty as they contained a lot of ingredients such as red onion, jalapeno, curry, cumin, cilantro, scallions, etc. I really liked the lime flavor in the patties. The Onion Chutney was easy to prepare. It called for red onion, green pepper, ketchup, hot pepper sauce, white wine vinegar, paprika and cayenne pepper. How can you go wrong with these many flavors combined?

Along with the patties I prepared Vegan Creamed Spinach. It landed up having more cream than spinach because the frozen bag of what I thought was spinach landed up being broccoli!! So, instead of the 16 ounces of spinach that the recipe called for, this dish only had around 8 ounces! I would have prepared it another time, but I already had most of the recipe completed before I realized I didn’t have enough spinach. But, it didn’t hurt it at all. It was very creamy and very good! The cream was a basic milk based sauce that contained a touch of nutmeg and Parmesan Cheese. There is also a small amount of bacon bits added which added kind of a smoke flavor which was very good!

The boys overall liked this meal. I loved it! The onion chutney was so flavorful. I decided I would like to make it again when I fix a roast sometime. Garry and I both gave both dishes a 10 and Caleb gave the patties a 7, the chutney a 9 and the spinach an 8. Jonathan gave the patties a 7, the chutney an 8 and the spinach a 5. He just can’t get into spinach. Telling him about Popeye doesn’t do a thing for him!

One of my favorites!

I have fixed several other dishes I will post later. Tonight the Chou’s are coming over for supper and I am fixing them something very interesting… (Hope they like it!)

Until the next recipe…

Dome Rock Trail we hiked last summer! Looking forward to wildflowers!

So, long from Colorado!


It’s Fun to Share! April 23, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — mom4health @ 1:30 am

I continue to cook away! Abby brought the grandkids over yesterday and I was able to share some of my recipes with them! Abby got to taste the Chocolate Angel Food Cake I made previously and while they were here I decided to make the Apple Berry Freeze. This is an unusual fruit drink that you blend any kind of firm, crisp apple, including the skin along with frozen strawberries, dates, apple juice and strawberry juice. It was very good. The dates add a nice sweetness and help form the body of the drink. Hudson really enjoyed it!

Hudson enjoying the Apple Berry Freeze!

Last night I decided to make the Tuscan Vegetable Saute. This was a hit with the family, though Jonathan’s first reaction when he saw it cooking on the stove is “I bet that is going to make me gag!” It’s funny, they really don’t enjoy the sight of all these veggies and herbs, yet when they taste it, they are surprised! Jonathan actually landed up giving it an 8 and Caleb a 9. Garry and I definitely gave it a 10. It is a wonderful recipe with so many fresh vegetables and herbs. It consisted of red onions (had to take them out of Garry’s serving, of course), green peppers, red peppers, yellow squash, zucchini, fresh tomatoes and Kalamata olives (which Garry and Caleb both took out themselves!). Along with these vegetables I added chick peas, fresh rosemary and basil (how I love the smell of fresh herbs) and dried Italian Herbs. I served it over Chilean Sea Bass and it was delicious. I don’t remember ever eating whole chickpeas, have used them processed for other things, but they are good! We all decided that this would be a great topping for spaghetti or some other kind of pasta since it had the Italian flavor. This is a recipe I will definitely make again!

Can you believe the boys actually liked this!

And remember the Chocolate Angel Food Cake I made the other day. Well, I had 12 yolks left over and looked on the internet for ideas. I decided to make a simple sponge cake recipe with them. It didn’t raise real well and kind of had this ‘dip’ in the top of the cake, so I filled the dip with strawberries and bananas and then topped the fruit with banana pudding! Cut a piece and add whipped topping and a little strawberry syrup and you have a yummy dessert. This didn’t come from the Whole Food Cookbook, but thought I would share it with you in case you ever get daring enough to make a homemade angel food cake! The boys love it, of course! Anything with sugar gets a 10+!

Pretty tasty way to use up 12 yolks!

Tonight, let me see, Spicy Chickpea Patties with Cilantro, Lime and Chilies topped with Onion Chutney. That should be interesting!

Until the next recipe…

Calla enjoying the backyard slide and the beautiful Colorado day!


Spaetzle, One at a Time! April 21, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — mom4health @ 5:32 am

It has been awhile since my last post. Busy, busy! Trying to finish up another year of homeschool, bookkeeping for the shop, and lots of cooking! I continue to make a major mess of my kitchen with each recipe, have tons of dishes afterwards, but I am still  loving every minute of trying these unique recipes! I have also finished Round #4! I am going to share with you a wide variety of dishes which we thought were all very tasty!

The first recipe I prepared was Adzuki Bean Loaf. I had no idea what Adzuki was before this recipe. Any guesses? Well, adzuki (or aduki) beans have been cherished in Japan and Asia for centuries and are usually served at festive occasions according to the Whole Foods Cookbook. They are small,  sweet ruddy-colored beans with a white crack running down the center. The bean loaf consisted of these beans with a cooked potato, onion, celery, carrot, pita bread (torn in pieces and soaked in water), parsley and herbs and spices. It would be what I would call a meatless meatloaf. Garry actually liked it better than meatloaf as he is not real big on meat. You can top it in the same way you make meatloaf. We topped it with catsup and the boys topped it with the Honey Jalapeno BBQ Sauce (they use this on everything it seems!). Caleb gave it a 7 and Jonathan a 5. Garry and I both gave it a 10. And the next day it made a great sandwich for Garry’s lunch!

Chock full of great ingredients!

The next recipe was one of my favorites! It was Fire-Roasted Vegetable and Hummus Club. I learned from this recipe how wonderful roasted vegetables are. You can roast any type of vegetable by either roasting in the oven or on the grill. For these sandwiches I roasted red and green peppers, red onion, zucchini and yellow squash. For the hummus I made the Black Bean Hummus, which was very flavorful and wonderful on raw vegetables. I spread the hummus on sourdough and then piled the roasted veggies on top. Then placed another piece of sourdough spread with hummus on top and WOW, what a great sandwich! The boys both ate a whole sandwich! My boys are actually eating these wonderful vegetables and liking it. Kind of looks like this whole plan is working! The boys both rated them an 8! Garry and I rated them another 10.

Isn't this a great looking sandwich?

I thought the next recipe was going to be fun! I told Caleb to get the camera ready and take a picture!! I prepared Roasted Three-Onion Stock with homemade Spaetzle (also had no idea what this was before this recipe!). The soup consisted of several kinds of vegetables including 3 kinds of onion. You wouldn’t think this would be a recipe that Garry would like, but he did! He is coming along as well! 🙂 Well, the spaetzle is what I thought would be fun. It is a very sticky gooey dough that supposedly you prepare and then PUSH through the holes of a colander.

Kind of fun, like playing with playdough!

I squished the dough for several minutes and then placed a blob in my colander. Then I took a spatula and proceeded to press the dough, supposedly, through the holes into a pot of boiling water. All I was accomplishing was getting these little bitty blobs coming out VERY slowly! It would have taken me hours to finish all the dough! So, I took a sturdy baggie and cut a small hole in the corner and then placed the dough in the baggie and squeezed the dough through the hole. Of course, this method meant I made one noodle at a time. It took quite a long time, but was elated when I squeezed the last of the dough out of the baggie. The spaetzle is like a dumpling and very good! But it was too much trouble unless someone can give me some advice on how to make spaetzle easier! The stock with the spaetzle was very tasty. The boys both gave it a 9! I personally didn’t like it as much. I gave it a 7. I am not sure I would make the stock again, but might get brave and try the spaetzle again someday!

3 Onion Stock with Spaetzle

The next recipe was one of my favorites as well. In fact, we are having it again tonight with some BBQ chicken. It is Spelt Penne with Peas and Walnuts. This was a very unusual pasta dish that tastes good warm or cold. It was simple and not spicy, but very flavorful because of the spelt and roasted walnuts. I like it better cold than warm.

Great picnic meal!

The last recipe is a 10+ with us all! Another great recipe that isn’t actually healthy because it is another dessert. Today I made Chocolate Angel Food Cake. My first angel food cake ever! And it isn’t as hard as I imagined it would be. It was fun! I made sure that the dozen egg whites were room temperature before I beat them. The recipe called for a TBLS of lemon juice in the whites before I beat them to soft peaks. I wonder if that helps them form peaks better? Not sure. Then once the egg whites are stiff then you alternate the flour/sugar mixture with shaved dark chocolate after you add vanilla and orange extract. I melted a few chocolate chips with orange extract and spread it over the top of the cake. I placed an orange slice on each piece. It is yummy to take the orange slice and squeeze the juice into the cake before eating. A very pretty dessert and very good!

Almost too pretty to cut!

Well, onto Round #5! It is hard to believe how many recipes I have made all ready! I am always excited about what I am going to prepare. And I love grocery shopping at Whole Foods looking for such unusual ingredients. Let me see, what was different this last shopping trip. I had to ask about tomatillos and had a hard time finding chickpea flour.

These are my next recipes:

Tuscan Vegetable Saute

Vegan Creamed Spinach

Tomatillo Sauce

Apple Berry Freeze

Orange Glazed Sweet Potato Oven Fries

Spicy Chickpea Patties with Cilantro, Lime and Chilies w Onion Chutney

Sound good?? We will see! Until the next recipe…

Calla in Curlers! This expression is priceless! So long from Colorado!


Very Tasty to “Won’t Fix That Again!” April 10, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — mom4health @ 10:19 pm

I have been cooking up a storm since the last post! I have accomplished four different recipes! And we have been all over the world with these various recipes.

To start off, I prepared Spinach, Garlic & Rosemary Griddlecakes. I couldn’t eat very much of these (because of the potatoes) but they were very good! This recipe consisted of mashed potatoes, one whole onion (Garry never knew), fresh rosemary, spinach, feta cheese, along with several other seasonings. You place all the ingredients in a large bowl and blend well then fry them in olive oil. I smothered them with marinara sauce and mozzarella cheese. This was a hit with all the family!

Spinach, Garlic & Rosemary Griddlecakes

My next recipe was what I personally call ‘Blech Burgers!’ The actual name is ‘Feel Your Oats Burgers’. Well, I managed to eat one, though I wasn’t crazy about it. And I did feel the oats! I didn’t feel well the next day. With my ongoing illness I am sensitive to foods and this was just not what my body wanted me to eat! What is surprising is the guys didn’t think they were too bad! You never know! They are pretty bland so I drizzled pineapple ginger sauce on them to add some flavor. But, this is the recipe I will not repeat! This recipe starts out with 4 1/2 cups of rolled oats soaked in tamari. And while it is soaking you chop up and saute 2 large onions (Garry did know but they were chopped well enough!), 1 red pepper, 2 large carrots and some herbs and seasonings. I expected more flavor, definitely a disappointment. But, since everyone has different tastes I gave what I had left to Abby and her family and I am eager to find out what they thought of them!

The salad and the butternut squash soup was good! 🙂

This third recipe was made because Jonathan was craving some more Asian food! I love it! He begged me to make this recipe and even talked me into making an extra trip t0 Safeway to buy the rice noodles for the recipe! And this recipe did not disappoint! The recipe is Javanese Roasted Tofu with Pepper Rainbow! This is my second time to use tofu and we have enjoyed it! The tofu is baked with a peanut sauce that is oh, so good! Just a little spicy!  I placed the tofu and peanut sauce on top of rice noodles and then topped it off with sauteed green, red and yellow peppers. It was so pretty! Everyone gave this meal a 10! In case you didn’t know Javanese is Indonesian.

A dish this pretty has to be good!

My last recipe was great but also a disaster! This was my favorite recipe to make so far! Moroccan Toasted Couscous with Spiced Honey Citrus Dressing! The recipe called for Israeli couscous and, thankfully, Whole Foods carries it! It is a larger version of couscous. Along with the prepared couscous you add red pepper, yellow pepper, red onion, dried figs, dried apricots, raisins, pistachio plus some herbs and seasoning. The dressing consists of cumin, cardamon, cinnamon, lemon and orange juice, ginger, honey and lemon oil. After these ingredients are prepared properly you mix this all together and yum! Was one of my favorite recipes so far. Now this meal wasn’t what the guys particularly liked. I believe they give it a 6. And then! After Garry took a few bites, he made the comment that his feet were starting to itch. I became alarmed and told him he better stop eating it. Within the next half hour he was itching all over, a little swollen and his face was as red as a beet! An allergic reaction! And with all these new and different ingredients, we don’t know what caused it! So, needless to say, Garry had to give this a big zero!

Lots of tasty ingredients!

Well, the cooking continues on. Today for lunch before we head out to hike I am preparing Fire Roasted Vegetable and Hummus Club!

Until the next recipe…so long from sunny Colorado!

Caleb and Jonathan on a hike at Red Rocks Canyon


Snapdragons Are Beautiful and Yummy! April 6, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — mom4health @ 1:12 am

The Whole Foods cookbook not only contains delicious recipes, but pretty as well!

The ingredients for the summer rolls, so pretty!

Abby and her family came over last week so that she could help me fix the Garden of Eva Summer Rolls with Peanut Sauce. Abby has made summer rolls many times before, so I was happy to have her experience in preparing them. And, of course, I love her company when I am cooking!

While Abby made the Peanut Sauce for me, I sliced the cabbage and spinach and other herbs in my food processor. Again, I am so impressed with this machine! It took just a few seconds and it is done!

We mixed the cabbage, spinach, edible flowers, mint, etc. all together and prepared to make the rolls. It was fun! Abby made several of the rolls then I attempted it for the first time and did alright! Abby told me that this is a fun kind of recipe to make when you have company. You can set out the ingredients and let everyone make their own rolls!

Abby, busy putting the summer rolls together

Along with the summer roll, I prepared the Kung Pao recipe I had made previously, only this time instead of tofu I used chicken.

Extreme flavor and yumminess!

And then…came the desert, Rum Painted Pineapple Orange Bundt Cake.  Jonathan watched me make it and commented that it didn’t look too healthy! Well, the recipe did call for 3 sticks of butter and 3 cups of sugar! Yikes! I wouldn’t call it healthy, but after all it is a desert! Rum isn’t something that I have normally, but I knew someone who did! Abby! No, it’s not what you think! Actually, Eric was given a large bottle of rum from his boss at Christmas! And it actually has come in handy for cooking! The rum is in the glaze. You heat it with a stick of butter and sugar and then ‘paint’ the glaze on! Never painted a cake before! Of course, any desert with those kind of ingredients can’t help but be very delicious. The first bite and the boys quickly rated it a 10+!

This is me 'painting' the bundt cake

This cake weighed about 5 pounds! Seriously!

It was a great meal. Caleb ate a whole roll and Jonathan ate most of his. It was so delicious and the peanut sauce was very tasty and spicy! Good job, Abby! Caleb rated the summer rolls a 7 and Jonathan gave them a 9. I believe the rest of us would give them a 10!

That was a fun meal, getting to enjoy the recipe with our kids and grandkids! That’s always a treat in itself!

Calla giving Hudson a big squeeze!

I hope you all had a great Easter! Because He has Risen, I think it is the greatest day we celebrate all year!

Until the next recipe…


Creamed Spinach and a Couple of Recipes April 3, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — mom4health @ 1:42 am

It has been a busy week of cookin’! I have made several recipes, but this time I will only feature one. And I am including a couple of recipes that Abby asked for. She especially wanted to get the recipe for the Honey Jalapeno BBQ sauce as she Hudson was anxious to try it! 🙂 He loves spicy food and he is only a little over a year old!

The spinach recipe was Garlic Creamed Spinach with Arugula. I loved it! And so did Garry. It was very rich as it called for real cream. Also, I experienced another first, a leek! Again my food processor came in very handy as I had to chop the leek. (Have I mentioned how I don’t know how I ever got by without one!) 🙂 I wasn’t sure how to cut it, whether you used the whole vegetable or not. But I was able to check in the Whole Foods Cookbook I am using and it has tons of helpful information and tips. I found that you cut off the end of the leek and then the part where the dark green begins to turn to light green. You throw the end and the dark portion away and use the rest. Again, the boys were anticipating that it was going to be gross! It is green, right? But Caleb was surprised and gave it a 7. Jonathan didn’t like it very well and gave it only a 5. Garry and I definitely gave it a 10!

Along with the spinach I used the Honey Jalapeno BBQ sauce on grilled chicken. You have got to try this sauce! And baked sweet potatoes. The boys just recently discovered they like sweet potatoes. I add real butter, a little honey, cinnamon and a few chopped walnuts! Yummy and so healthy!

A very tasty meal!

Here are the recipes I promised:

Honey Jalapeno Barbecue Sauce

2 C ketchup

2 C honey

1/2 C dijon mustard

1/2 C seeded and minced jalapeno pepper

1/4 C rice vinegar

2 tsp. hot sauce

1/4 C + 2 TBLS sugar

1/8 C curry powder

1 TBLS paprika

2 tsp. soy sauce

4 cloves garlic, minced (2 tsp.)

2 tsp. canola oil

2 tsp. worcestershire sauce

2 tsp. lemon juice

1 tsp. freshly  ground pepper

Combine the ketchup, honey, mustard, jalapeno, rice vinegar, hot sauce, sugar, curry powder, paprika, soy sauce, garlic, canola oil, worcestershire sauce, lemon juice, pepper in a medium sauce pan. Bring the sauce to a simmer; cook for 15 minutes until smooth and thickened.

Fluffy Cottage Cheese Pancakes

1 large egg, lightly beaten

1/8 C cottage cheese

1/8 C unbleached all-purpose flour

1 1/2 TBLS sugar

1 TBLS butter

In a mixing bowl, combine the egg, cottage cheese, flour, and sugar together with a fork. Heat a non-stick pan over moderate heat, and add the butter. When the butter is hot and begins to sizzle, drop the batter by tablespoon fulls into the buttered pan. You don’t want the butter to turn brown, as it will burn before the pancakes are cooked. Cook for 3 minutes until lightly browned. Flip the pancakes and brown the other side.

Watch for my next post! Last night Abby and her family came over to help us make and eat the Summer of Eva Rolls with Peanut Sauce! It was a great meal and I have some great pictures!

Until the next time…


Chicken! Only Not the Edible Kind! April 1, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — mom4health @ 2:21 am

Life just continues to be eventful! We were able to go about a month without anyone getting sick. And then the boys started feeling poorly last Sunday. I couldn’t imagine what was wrong with them. They were overly tired, not really hungry and Jonathan had a blister right below his eye. I was concerned as it seemed to be such a mystery. THEN when we got home from church Sunday night, they were running a low-grade fever. The next thing we knew they were covered in little red bumps! Chickenpox!! So, I figured that it would be awhile before I could prepare any of my Whole Foods recipes. But, thankfully they still had enough of an appetite for me to fix Fluffy Cottage Cheese Pancakes and Apricot Ascension!

I am more impressed and excited with each recipe as the boys do not fuss about the ingredients in what I am preparing. I expected them to be grossed out at the prospect of eating pancakes with cottage cheese chunks! But they acted eager to try them. Wow! We have come a long way!

The pancakes were great! They are listed under the children’s section of the cookbook. I believe that may be because the pancakes are mostly eggs with a little flour and the cottage cheese, plus a few other ingredients. The recipe doesn’t make very much, so I doubled it. It would take several eggs to make very many, but if your children dislike eggs, there you go! They will never know! And my boys do not like eggs! I smeared strawberry jam on them with a little honey and the boys gave them a 10+! I had one myself, gotta say it was pretty yummy!

You can't tell but his face is about as red as the topping on the pancakes!

One of Jonathan's favorite foods!

The boys love smoothies. I love making them smoothies as I use Kefir, frozen organic fruit, coconut oil, goat protein powder, flax seed oil, bananas and honey to make them. What a wonderful combination! We have these for breakfast about twice a week. Apricot Ascension is a type of smoothie drink, so they were eager to try that! It consists of frozen bananas, apricot juice, papaya juice and lime with a touch of mint sprigs. They gave this a 10 and 10+. It was so refreshing. It would make a great summer drink.

Apricot Ascension

Tonight I make the Creamed Spinach with Arugula. And tomorrow night Abby and her family are going to come over and help us eat the Eva Summer Rolls with Peanut Sauce. Have you ever eaten a Snapdragon?

Until the next meal!

These ladies say "Yum!" to all my recipes! 🙂 Actually expectant mommas who came to a tea party Abby and I had at her house Saturday! Aren't their bellies sweet! (And so are the ladies!)