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Oatmeal Cookies

(Nope, I didn’t leave anything out there really isn’t flour in these cookies)

2/3 c. butter (real butter)                      1/2 tsp cinnamon

3 cups oats (gluten free if needed)     1 tsp vanilla extract

1 cup dark brown sugar

1/4 tsp. salt

2 eggs

Melt butter and let cool.  Whisk in eggs, salt, cinnamon, and vanilla.   Using hands mix oats and sugar to get rid of clumps.  Pour butter mix over oats and sugar and mix well.  Chill dough for 20 minutes.  Drop by rounded tbsp. onto cookie sheet covered with parchment paper.  Flatten slightly with a spoon.

Bake at 350 degrees for 13 minutes.  Take out of oven and let cool on pan for 10 minutes.

Ginger Beef and Shrimp

1 lb. minute, round, or sirloin steak

20-30 small deveined and peeled shrimp

3 carrots peeled and cut into strips

1 medium onion sliced into rings

1 red bell pepper or 3 banana peppers cut up

1 tbsp olive oil

2 tbsp minced garlic

1 tsp dried mustard

1 tsp dried red pepper

2 tsp ginger

1 tsp chili powder

1/4 cup soy sauce

2 cups brown rice

Cook rice according to directions.  Heat olive oil in pan over medium heat.  Add vegetables and saute for about 5 minutes.  Add Meat and spices.  Cook until meat starts to brown.  Add Shrimp and soy sauce.  Reduce heat and cover.  Cook for another 10-15 minutes.  Serve over Rice.  Makes about 4 servings.

Buckwheat Pancakes with Blackberry Compote

1 cup buckwheat flour

1/4 tsp baking soda

2/3 tsp baking powder

pinch of salt

3 tbsp. maple syrup or honey

1 1/4 c. half and half or whole milk

1 tbsp. butter melted

1 egg

Whisk together dry ingredients.  Beat egg and add to melted butter, syrup, and milk.  Combine wet and dry ingredients until mixed.  Heat skillet on med heat.  Grease with butter.  Cook 1/4 cup of batter until top starts to form surface bubbles.  Flip pancake and cook until bottom is browned.  Makes about 7 pancakes.

Blackberry Compote

Boil 1 1/2 cups blackberries with 1/2 cup water and 1/4 cup brown sugar. Turn heat to low and stir until you have a lumpy syrup.  Serve over hot pancakes.

Vegetable Soup                                                      

Peel, dice, quarter, slice, cut, etc.  the following

1 onion

7-8 carrots

5-6 celery ribs

1/2 head cabbage

Put in stock pot and add 1 tbsp minced garlic, 1-2 tsp oregano, 1/2 tsp thyme, salt and pepper.  Cover with water and simmer over low heat for about 20 minutes.

Peel and cut up  6 medium size potatoes.  Add to pot.  Turn up heat to medium.

Brown 1 lb. hamburger (I prefer venison burger)  Add to pot.  Add 1 can corn and 1/2 large can tomato juice.  Add 2-3 more cups of water.  Salt and pepper.  Simmer on med. low heat until ready to serve.

Ladle into bowls and forget about any other veggie soup you have had before.

Fish sticks

3 large swai fillets cut into strips

1 cup corn meal

1/2 cup Masa (corn flour)

1/2 cup to 1 cup olive oil

2-3 tbsp. butter (not margarine!)

salt to taste

Heat oil and butter over medium heat in skillet.  Mix together corn meal and masa.  Coat fish with corn meal mix.  Test oil by splashing water off your fingertips into skillet.  If it sizzles it is ready. cook fish on both sides until golden brown 6-10 minutes per side.

remove from heat and put on plate covered with a towel or paper towel.  This will help absorb excess grease.  Salt to taste.

Oven Fries

Preheat oven to 400 degrees

Clean 5-6 potatoes ( can be white or sweet)

Peel if you would like ( l like them with the peels the girls do not)

Cut into wedges or 1/4 in. to 1/2 in. strips

Grease a cookie sheet and spread potatoes on sheet.  Make sure they are all separated.  Salt lightly.

Bake for 30 minutes. Salt lightly when you removed them from oven.

Jackie’s Dip

1/2 cup Daisy Sour Cream

1-2 tsp Dried Chives

Chopped green onion or 1/2 tsp onion powder.

Stir together and taste.  Add more chives or sour cream to suit your taste.

Corn tortillas  (can be refrigerated or frozen)

2 cups masa (corn flour)

1 tbs lime juice

1 tsp salt

1 1/3 cup water

Mix all ingredients together and seperate into 12 balls.  Dough should not be stick but should be soft and stay together.  If dough is dry dip balls in cold water before rolling out.  Roll out with rolling pin turning a corner turn each time you roll until you have  a round tortilla.  Cook each tortilla in a skillet for 30 seconds to 1 minute on each side.  Serve warm.

Poached Eggs

Fill skillet with water that is about 2 inches deep Heat on medium until water is hot. (You can add a tsp. or so of vinegar and lemon juice if you have trouble with you egg staying together) Crack egg shell and drop egg into water.  Cook 3-4 minutes until white is cooked but yoke is still soft.  Egg should be easy to lift out of water with a slotted spoon.

Grilled Corn with Zucchini and Peppers

1 pint of fresh, frozen, or canned whole kernel corn (Drained)

1 cup of chunked up or sliced zucchini

1/2 cup diced of green, red, or orange peppers

1/4 cup diced onion

1-2 tbsp olive oil

1/2 tbsp minced garlic

1 tbsp dried cilantro (fresh is great if you have it!)

salt and pepper to your liking

Mix all vegetables with oil and spices.  Wrap in foil and place on grill for about 20-30 minutes.  You can also roast it in a casserole dish in the oven set at 350 degrees for the same length of time.  Delicious!

Almost Fresh Salsa

1 can diced tomatoes

1/2 of one small onion diced

1/2 on one pepper diced ( I like to use red ones)

1 tsp olive oil

1-2 tsp minced garlic

2-3 tsp cilantro

salt to taste

1 tsp. lime juice (optional)

Mix, together all ingredients.  Scoop out 1/2 to 3/4 of mixture and process or blend together 1-2 minutes.  Add back into the rest of the mixture.  Add lime juice if desired. Stir and chill for at least 10 minutes.  Serve with chips and favorite foods!

The Green Monster

1 banana

1/2 cup spinach or 1/2 cucumber or 2 stalks celery

1/2 cup berries (any kind) or 1 apple or pear

2-3 tbsp plain yogurt

1 tbsp raw honey or blackstrap molasses

1/3 cup water

4-5 ice cubes

1/4 cup oats or flax seed (optional)

Blend all ingredients together in blender or food processor until smooth.  Pour into cups.  Makes 2 servings.  I usually drink both. :)



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Whole Foods Flourless Brownies

1 15 oz. can black beans drained
3 whole eggs
1/2 cup butter melted
1/4 cup cocoa
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup plus 2 tbsp. brown sugar
1 cup dark or semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven 350 degrees
In food processor or blender puree beans, eggs, butter, cocoa, vanilla, and sugar until smooth. Stir in choc. chips and spread in greased 8×8 pan or Perfect Brownie Pan. Bake for 28 minutes. Let cool. Then cut.


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