Monday, October 17, 2016

Breakfast Smoothie

Low sugar breakfast smoothie!


Ingredients

Frozen banana - I froze the banana before peeling because I thought it might turn brown, if I peeled it first. The frozen banana was very difficult to peel, so I plan to try peeling it first next time.
½ cup unsweetened almond milk, or any flavor or variety
½ cup chilled coffee
¼ cup rolled oats
Spoonful of creamy natural peanut butter

Directions 

Place all ingredients in blender, and process until smooth. Delicious!

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Ground Turkey and Acorn Squash Casserole

I was looking for a way to use half of a cooked acorn squash, so I searched the Internet for recipe ideas. After reading a few recipes, I combined the following ingredients for a superb and easy fall dinner. This recipe serves 2 to 4, depending what side(s) you serve with it. I suggest serving it with Pear Tossed Salad, a recipe I will share next.

Ready to bake

Ingredients

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
½ to ¾ lb. ground turkey
1 tablespoon onion, minced
¼ cup celery, chopped
½ jalapeƱo, chopped - optional
½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
½ teaspoon kosher salt
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ acorn squash, cooked and cubed
1 apple, cored and chopped - peel, if you prefer. I left some some skin on the apple
2 to 3 tablespoons raisins
1 tablespoon truvia brown sugar blend
2 to 4 tablespoons pecans or walnuts, chopped - I used pecans
1 tablespoon Smart Balance buttery spread, melted

Directions

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Whole-Wheat German Apple Cake

I do not recall where this recipe originated. I know I have prepared this before; cutting down the sugar (again), and adding in whole-wheat flour. I also added unsweetened applesauce to the batter this time.

Delicious!

Topping Ingredients

½ cup chopped walnuts or pecans - I used pecans this time, although I have used walnuts before
1 to 2 tablespoons truvia brown sugar blend
¼ cup whole-wheat flour
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 tablespoons olive oil

Cake Ingredients

¾ cup olive oil
3 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
¼ cup unsweetened applesauce
1¼ cups whole-wheat flour
¾ cup all purpose flour
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
4 cups peeled, and finely chopped apples

Mixed topping ingredients

Directions

Coat a glass pan with cooking spray. In a small bowl, combine topping ingredients and mix together until large crumbs form. Set aside.