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Bakers Gonna Bake: 5 Tips for Healthier Holiday Sweets

8 Dec
My own stash of liquid gold for special occasions aka blueberry muffins.

My own stash of liquid gold for special occasions aka blueberry muffins.

…as if you aren’t already sweet enough.

Cookies will be baked and brittle will be broken this holiday season. So, why not make your holiday treats as amazing as possible with a lot of love and a little less blood sugar imbalance.

1. Liquid Gold. Practice swapping processed refined sugar for the real deal. Try using local honey, pure maple syrup or low glycemic coconut nectar and coconut palm sugar. Conversion: 1 cup refined sugar = 3/4 cup liquid sweetener. If you are using the coconut palm sugar, which is a fab replacement for brown sugar, the conversion is 1:1.

2. Go Herbal. You can really lower calories and the glycemic load by replacing your processed refined sugar with stevia. This natural herb is low glycemic and just 1 tsp of powered or liquid stevia equals 1 cup of sugar (1 Tbsp of sugar = 1/4 tsp powered stevia or 6-9 drops liquid). The Sweet Leaf Stevia brand is a great choice. NOTE: using too much will leave a bit of a bitter aftertaste.

3. Go Nutty. Since most recipes call for processed refined flours which jack-up your blood sugar levels, try using lower glycemic almond or coconut flour. For incredibly yummy recipes utilizing these flours, please visit Danielle Walker’s and Elena Amsterdam’s websites.

4. Cut the Crust. Channel your inner 4-year-old and skip the crust. Bake individual ramekins filled with your favorite custard or pie. Not only does it control portion size, but it adds a sense of fancy-pantsness to your meal. Yes, that is a real word… to me.

5. Chocolate Black Out. Melting dark chocolate (70% cacao or more) and dipping fruit, almonds, cashews or hazelnuts in it is the Bee’s Knees! Not only is it lower in sugar, but it is super easy too.

Wishing you and your family a tasty and healthy holiday season! Steph

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Spice-Roasted Acorn Squash

9 Sep

IMG_1952Just 1 cup of this cute little pumpkin (including all other winter squashes) is loaded with Vitamin A (60% of DV), C (26%), 5 grams of fiber and plenty of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. Winter squashes are also shown to reduce inflammation and regulate blood sugar levels…. so how do you cook this delectable veggie? Well, while I love to use butternut squash in soup, I find simply roasting acorn squash in spices and herbs to be warm and comforting too!

 

Ingredients:

1 acorn squash

1/2 tsp coconut oil

1/2 tsp sea salt

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1/2 tsp cinnamon

***you can also skip the spices and use herbs such as thyme, oregano and parsley with the sea salt

 

Directions:

1. Pre-heat oven to 375°. Wash acorn squash thoroughly and pat dry. Cut off stem and bottom of squash, then slice in half and scoop out the seeds. You can discard the seeds or roast them. The skin is edible, so I don’t peel it, but you can if you want or if you’ve purchased a non-organic squash.

2. Cut the halved squash in half again, then cut into 1/4″ wedges (I follow the natural grooves of the acorn squash) so they resemble steak-size fries.

3. In a mixing bowl, combine coconut oil and spices (or the herb options with sea salt).

4. Place the acorn squash wedges in the coconut mixture and coat well. Place on a rimmed baking sheet and roast for 40 minutes.

Serves 2-4

Orange Ginger Chicken

20 Jan

This Asian delight satisfies taste buds minus the salty, bloated feeling from the rice and soy sauce. Plus, it is packed full of fiber, vitamins and minerals from all of the veggies and it is soy-free, dairy-free, grain-free and low glycemic. Flavor-free? Why of course not, Silly!

 

IMG_1880Ingredients for Chicken:

2 lbs  chicken breast

1/3 cup coconut aminos

1/8 cup apple cider vinegar

zest of one orange

1 orange, juiced (about 1/4 cup)

3 garlic cloves, minced

3 tsp fresh ginger (or 1 1/2 tsp ground)

3/4 tsp sea salt

1 tsp red pepper flakes

30 turns black pepper

1 tsp olive oil

1/4 cup frozen peas

2 red bell peppers, diced

sea salt to taste

broccoli or cabbage slaw

cashew pieces to garnish

2 green onions, chopped, to garnish

 

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Cauli-rice

Ingredients for Cauli-rice:

2 cloves minced garlic

1 tsp olive oil

1 head cauliflower, cut into florets

1 green onion, chopped

sea salt to taste

 

1. Pre-heat oven to 325°. (This can also be cooked in a slow cooker). Place chicken in the dutch oven (or slow cooker).

2. In a separate bowl, mix coconut aminos, apple cider vinegar, orange juice, orange zest, garlic, ginger, sea salt, red pepper flakes and black pepper. Pour over chicken.

3. Bake for 2 hours (or 4-5 hrs in the slow cooker). About 20 minutes before chicken is finished cooking, place cauliflower florets in food processor and pulse into rice-sized pieces. Place garlic and olive oil in saute pan and saute for 1 minute. Add cauliflower, green onion and 1/4 cup water to pan and steam for 5-7 minutes until cooked. Salt to taste and set aside.

4. When chicken is finished, add bell peppers and peas (or remove from slow cooker and place in large saute pan) and cook until liquid is reduced and peppers are soft.

5. Serve chicken over cauli-rice, slaw and garnish with cashew pieces, chopped green onions and a dash of coconut aminos.

 

Serves 6

 

Recipe courtesy of Stephanie Bell

 

 

 

 

Farmer’s Market Frittata

5 Aug

IMG_1665Frittatas are my lazy answer to healthy and inexpensive cooking. I throw in everything but the farmer in this protein, vegetable and fiber packed dish. Got something from your local CSA and you have no clue what it is? Chop it up and throw it in a frittata. Why not?

Ingredients:

2 red bell peppers, diced

1 bunch green onions, sliced

4 baby zucchini, diced

2 carrots, diced

4 garlic cloves, minced

1 lb spinach, chopped (or 1 lb package frozen chopped spinach, thawed)

2 T fresh basil, chopped

1 T fresh oregano, chopped

10 free range eggs

8 egg whites, free range eggs (or 1 carton of organic 100% liquid egg whites)

black pepper to taste

sea salt to taste

coconut oil

Directions:

1. Sauté bell peppers, green onions, zucchini, carrots and garlic in coconut oil for 5-8 minutes. Set aside to cool.

2. Use coconut oil to grease an 9×13 glass baking dish. (That’s right, this is a super lazy frittata. No fancy “cooking it on the stove, then placing it in the oven.” Some may categorize this as an “egg bake.”). Preheat oven to 325°.

3. Whisk eggs and egg whites together. Add remaining ingredients, making sure sautéed vegetables have cooled so they don’t cook the eggs. Pour into glass dish.

4. Bake in oven for 35-40 minutes until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.

5. Enjoy plain or serve topped with sliced tomatoes, avocado, kalamata olives or a touch of goat cheese.

Serves 4-6

Recipe courtesy of Stephanie Bell