I own a lot of cookbooks. Fifty or sixty at last count.
Most of them don’t get opened very often. Why not?
- many are from my pre-clean eating days (I prefer healthy recipes these days)
- my children don’t appreciate ‘interesting’ food (where ‘interesting’ is their word for healthy)
- ‘Pinning’ is more fun than scrap-booking
- my Facebook and Twitter streams are filled with new healthy recipes daily
I often Instragram and Tweet my meals and snacks and of course, somebody always wants to know what the recipe I used was.
Rather than try and respond in 140 characters or less, I thought I’d share some recent culinary successes with you here. The first three are healthy recipes from other bloggers. I’ve included links to their original posts, the substitutions I made (I’m all about the substitutions…), and some photos showing you what my version looked like.
The fourth is a healthy recipe of my own (you can find more of my culinary inventions on my Clean Eating Recipes page). Something warm and healthy to come home to, after a busy day out and about. Slow cookers are the best invention for busy moms!
1. Paleo pumpkin walnut muffins from Carrots and Cake (what a great blog name, don’t you think?)
I substituted real maple syrup for the honey (my cupboard was bare) and pumpkin seeds for the walnuts (I personally, am not that fond of walnuts and thought that roasted pumpkin seeds would be the perfect complement to the canned pumpkin)
These were fabulous! Moist and almost cup-cake like. Great with a little almond butter on top. The recipe made eleven muffins. Great for the freezer!
2. Paleo pumpkin cookies from The Humble Foodie
I substituted unsweetened almond milk for the coconut milk (none in my pantry), pumpkin seeds for the walnuts (again; see above) and cranberries for the raisins (I love how festive-looking cranberries are). I am not opposed to adding chocolate chips to this recipe either… I also added 1/3 cup quinoa flakes (to up the protein content) and increased the almond milk to 1/3 cup to compensate for the extra dry ingredients.
To die for! I happily turned down my hubby’s home-made chocolate chip cookies (so sweet, they made my teeth hurt!) to munch on these. The recipe made 20 cookies and I froze most of them immediately upon cooling; it was a bad willpower day, what can I say.
3. Almond butter pancakes from Peanut Butter Fingers (another totally creative blog name!)
Shockingly, I made absolutely no substitutions to this recipe! There’s a first time for everything!
I love pancakes for breakfast and have been experimenting with a lot of different grain-free recipes. This one was perfect. They rose, were light and fluffy, cooked through without burning and had a wonderful mouth-feel. Great with a little greek yogurt or banana and Canadian maple syrup.
The recipe made 6, good size pancakes. I could only eat 2 in a sitting. The remainder froze well and still tasted great when reheated in the microwave.
4. Spicy chicken and veggie slow cooker stew
- 4 organic, chicken/turkey Italian sausage
- 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- 4 Tbsp dried Italian seasonings
- 2 Tbsp EVOO
- 1 onion, chopped
- 2 cups of carrots, baby or chopped
- 2 red, yellow, orange or green peppers
- 12 white mushrooms
- 4 cloves garlic, crushed
- 28 oz can low sodium tomatoes
- 1 cup water
- Cut chicken breasts in large, bite size pieces. Sprinkle with Italian seasoning, turning to coat. Let sit for 1 hour.
- Remove casings from sausage and slice into 1 inch pieces.
- Heat oil over medium heat in a large saucepan.
- Add chicken and sausage pieces, stirring to brown. Approximately 5 minutes.
- Place poultry in the bottom of slow cooker.
- Return saucepan to burner and add all veggies, except for garlic. Saute for 6-8 minutes, until onions are soft and mushrooms are brown. Add garlic and stir for another 2 minutes.
- Add veggies to crock pot.
- Cover poultry and veggies with undrained, diced tomatoes and water.
- Replace cover on slow cooker and leave for 6-8 hours.
- Serve with a warm, crusty bread and a small green salad!
Have you tried any healthy recipes that you’ve recently found via blogs or Pinterest?
Please share! I love filling my Pinterest boards up with culinary projects!