Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Healthy Muffins-Carrie Hansen

In a sauce pan add 3 cp. milk, 2 cp. oatmeal, until it is thick.

Set aside to cool.

In a large bowl mix 4 eggs, 3/4 cp. oil, 1/2 cp. flaxseed, 1/4 cp. oil, 2 cp. Splenda, 2 tsp. salt, 1/4 tsp baking soda, zest of 2 lemons, plus juice, 2 cp. Orange Juice. Use either 4 cp. wheat flour and 2 cp. white flour. ( or 6 cp. Wheat). Mix.

Then in a large bowl add the oatmeal mix to all the rest of the ingredients.

Add craisins, coconut, chopped pecans, raisins, etc. Too taste.

Put in cupcake pan fill to almost full.

Bake @ 350 for 20 min.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Guacamole *lauren Perry*

I always make guacamole when I make my salsa! It is super easy!

3-4 large ripe avocados
1/2 - 3/4 cup fresh salsa (recipe in post below)
1 tomato chopped good size chunks
1/2 tsp ground cumin
a small handful of chopped cilantro (because the salsa has plenty of cilantro in it)
2 shakes of garlic salt
1 tsp lime juice

I don't like my guacamole to be pureed. You can over mix the avocados and it is not very good that way. I scoop out the avocados into a bowl and gently press and lightly mix to get major chunks broken down. It will be mixed a bit more, you just don't want to OVER mix it early on. Add the salsa and briefly mix it in the bowl for like 10 seconds. Add seasoning, lime juice, cilantro and tomato chunks (the salsa has smaller chunks, you want some decent size chunks of tomato in your guacamole) and refrigerate for about 30 minutes

Salsa *Lauren Perry*

I am always skeptical to share this recipe. I never really measure it out when I make it, I just kinda go to taste. Its always a hit at parties, so it is hard for me to share a signature favorite... but I have had a few requests for it! I say "about" with the seasoning because you don't want to over do the seasoning until the salsa has had a chance to sit for an hour in the refrigerator. It takes a while for the seasonings to mix and be flavorful- so I always add a little bit more according to taste after it has had a chance to sit.

4-5 large ripe tomatoes
red onion (about 1/3 - 1/2 cup)
cilantro (a bunch! chopped)
lime juice (about 1/4 - 1/3 cup)
about 1 tsp ground cumin
about 1 TBS sugar
a few shakes of onion powder
2 shakes of garlic powder
a few good shakes of garlic salt (about 1 TBS)
about 1/4 tsp lemon pepper
about 1/8 tsp cayenne (or you can take 1 serrano chili and food process it really fine if you want it spicy, I like my salsa mild to medium though)

Take 4 tomatoes and slice them in 1/4 and throw them in your food processor and chop it up really good. You don't want to puree it, but you don't want HUGE chunks either)
Take 1 tomato slice it in 4, take the middle seeded part out and chop it by hand with smaller chunks.
Put the both sets of tomato in a bowl
in a food processor, mix up the red onion and a bunch of cilantro until finely chopped, add to tomato mixture in bowl
add cumin, sugar, garlic salt, pepper, garlic and onion powder, lime juice and cayenne (or the finely finely chopped serrano chili) and give a brief mix by hand.
Refrigerate for an hour and taste- adjust seasons accordingly. Add less seasoning ahead of time and adjust one the flavors have had time to sit together in the refrigerator

Deviled Egg Dip *Lauren Perry*

I wish I had posted this closer to Easter, so that you guys could have had fun with all of your leftover Easter eggs :) This was super yummy and everybody LOVED it

5-7 hard boiled eggs
1/2 cup mayo
1/2 stick of melted butter
2 tbs chopped onions
a bunch of chopped green onion
4-6 pieces of cooked bacon (I think the more, the merrier!)
sour cream
garlic salt, pepper
dash or 2 of Tabasco sauce :)

In a food processor: mix the eggs, melted butter, mayo, white onion garlic salt, pepper, Tabasco to a puree- leaving no lumps

By hand, mix in chopped green onion and bacon

Put in a serving dish, top with sour cream. You can make it pretty by adding a little bit of chives brumbled bacon or a few splashes of Tabasco to top it.

Serve chilled with Ritz crackers!