Saturday, November 30, 2013

Best Breakfast Ever - Eggs, Salmon and Goat Cheese

It's leftover time, this being day 2, post Thanksgiving.

Lunch on Tday was light - bread, cheese, fruit, smoked salmon.  Just enough to take the edge off to make it till dinner.

Being who we are, there was food for 20, with only 8 attending.

So, in additon to having to much turkey, we had a lot of the above mentioned items left over also.

So is born, THE BEST BREAKFAST EVER.  All Caps, must be true.  Plus, this is going to be on the internet, so there

About 30 minutes before starting, take out the salmon and goat cheese - they need to be room temperature. You are going to need enough of each to cover however many english muffins or pieces of toast you are making.

Warm up teflon frying pan on low for five minutes.  This lets you insure there are not hot spots

Turn frying pan up to medium, add a tablespoon of butter.

Start toasting the bread, muffins, etc.

Crack eggs into pan.  Season with salt and pepper.  Cook for 2 minutes.  At 2 minutes, turn off heat, cover pan (this is going to set the top of the egg).  Cook for 1 minute or until top of egg is set (the white should just be a little milky looking, not clear.  If you want, you could flip them  instead.

Spread toasted bread items with room temperature goat cheese.  Layer on thinly sliced smoked salmon. Squeeze a little fresh lemon juice or add a few capers.  Place egg on top.  The egg needs to be runny, otherwise what's the point?

Eat.  Enjoy the Best Breakfast Ever.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Oatmeal Banana Apple Pumpkin Nut Bars - No added suger, no added fat

My wife said I had to write this one down, so here it is.

Turn oven to 350

Mash 3 ripe bananas
Add 1 cup milk, 2 tsp vanilla, 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice, 1 tsp apple pie spice, 1 tsp baking powder, 1/2 tsp salt
Stir well
Add 1 15 oz can pumpkin puree (not pie filling)
Add 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
Stir well
Add 1/2 cup nuts (walnuts, pecans, sunflower seeds)
Add 2 diced apples (cored and peeled)
Add other dried fruit or cocunut (no more than 1/2 cup)
Mix well
Add 3 cups Old Fashioned Oatmeal
Mix Well

Line 13x9 cake and brownie baking pan (pyrex) with wax paper
Spray wax paper with spray oil

Put the bar ingredients in lined pan
Layer 2 sliced apples on top of mix, push into bar material slightly
Put in oven

Bake for 30 minutes - you want the the bars to start to brown and pull away from the sides

This will be slightly sweet, but not hugely sweet. If you cut that into 20 even sized bars, it's about 70 calories a bar.

If you use almond milk or the like, use the unsweetened variety.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Pumpkin Oatmeal Bars - No Sugar

Sometimes you want something sweet, but lets face it, added sugar or things made with flour (whole wheat or not) are simply little bombs of diet destruction.

So, this recipe, from Runner's Plate, fits the bill for something reasonably healthy, moderately sweet, and, assuming you only eat one or two, a good fit for proper nutrition

I will substitute 1/4 cup no sugar homemade apple sauce for the egg (perhaps), or one very ripe banana, mashed, but as is, looks solid.  I will be making this today, probably without the raisins or dried cranberries, but with pepitos (dried, roasted pumpkin seeds)

This is a fairly savory bar - not sweet, even if you add raisins, etc.  I suggest cutting at least two chopped apples into this recipe to get the sweetness up, or cut the pumkin some and instead add a very ripe mashed banana.  Canned pumpkin is not sweet

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Apple Oatmeal Bars - No Sugar

Really good recipe from Two Chums

Simple to make, taste good (sweet, but just barely)

Also, I like this recipe because they don't label in "no sugar" and then add sugar such as honey or blue agave or other sugars.

Also, no fat - they use bananas and apple sauce.  Well, I suppose the walnuts have fat, Much as the apples have sugar.  But lets be real

Anyway, very fine and simple.