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Jun19

Sunday Recipe Makeover: Banana Ice Cream

Posted on Jun 19 by

Ingredients 1 large ripe banana One other fruit if you like (we like strawberries or mango) Instructions Start with ripe bananas. Peel the bananas and cut them into pieces. Put the bananas in an airtight container: A freezer-safe glass bowl is fine, or you can use a freezer bag. Freeze the banana pieces for at least 2 hours: Freeze for at least 2 hours, but ideally overnight. Blend the frozen banana pieces in a small food processor or powerful blender. Keep blending  the banana will look like oatmeal.  It will get smoother but still have chunks of banana in it so just scrape down the food processor. The mixture will change from blended banana to creamy, soft-serve ice cream texture. Blend for a few more seconds to aerate the ice cream. (If adding any mix-ins, like peanut butter or chocolate chips or other fruit do it now.) Transfer to an airtight container and freeze until solid: You can eat the ice cream immediately, but it will be very soft. You can also transfer it back into the airtight container...

Jun12

Sunday Recipe Makeover: Vegan Smoothie Breakfast Bowl

Posted on Jun 12 by

Ingredients For your base: 1 cup chopped kale or baby spinach 1 tablespoon chia seeds 1 cup unsweetened almond milk (or milk of your choice) 1½ cups frozen mixed berries ½ frozen banana 1-2 teaspoons light agave   Suggested Toppings ½ banana, sliced ¼ cup blueberries 2-3 strawberries, sliced 1 teaspoon chia seeds 2 tablespoons chopped almonds 2 tablespoons unsweetened coconut shavings, raw or toasted ¼ cup granola of your choice   Preparing your Vegan Berry Crunch Smoothie Bowl: -Place the kale or spinach, chia seeds, and milk in a blender or food processor and puree until smooth. Make sure it’s smooth so that you are not left with any crunchy greens in your bowl. -Add the frozen mixed berries, banana and agave to the blender. -Puree, scraping down the sides of the blender periodically, until relatively smooth. -Pour smoothie into a bowl. Top with toppings of your choice and enjoy! This makes an amazing break! Especially during the...

Jun05

Sunday Recipe Makeover: Black Bean Brownies

Posted on Jun 5 by

Ingredients 1 1/2 cups black beans (1 15-oz can, drained and rinsed very well) (250g after draining) 2 tbsp cocoa powder (10g) 1/2 cup quick oats (40g) 1/4 tsp salt 1/3 cup pure maple syrup or agave (or honey, but not for strict vegans.) (75g) pinch uncut stevia OR 2 tbsp sugar (or omit and increase maple syrup to 1/2 cup) 1/4 cup coconut or vegetable oil (40g) (See nutrition link for substitution notes) 2 tsp pure vanilla extract 1/2 tsp baking powder 2/3 cup chocolate chips (115-140g) Makes 9-12 brownies   Directions Preheat oven to 350 F. Combine all ingredients except the chocolate chips in a food processor, and blend until completely smooth. It is important that you take the time to blend the mixture really well so that when they bake, the texture is right. If you don’t have a food processor, you can use a however we find the texture and taste are much better in a food processor.   Then stir in the chips with a spatula and then pour into a greased 8×8 pan....

Jun03

18 Ways to Stay Safe This Summer

Posted on Jun 3 by

Summer is a great time for families to enjoy different indoor and outdoor activities. This is why you need to keep your family safe, especially if you have young children. This is also a great time to learn ways to keep your whole family safe and healthy while they enjoy the summer fun. Here are 18 ways to stay safe this summer   Water Safety   Water-related activities are very popular this time of year. Here are some tips to stay safe while having fun in water:   Learn how to prevent water illnesses and know what water ways are safe to play in. Help kids learn water safety basics like not running around the pool. Drownings are the leading cause of injury death for young children ages 1 to 4, and three children die every day as a result of drowning. Make sure you always have proper supervision when any child is around water. Swimming lessons can protect young children from drowning. Learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Your CPR skills could save someone’s life. Install a four-sided fence around...

May29

Sunday Recipe Makeover: Healthy Baked Mac & Cheese

Posted on May 29 by

Healthy Baked Mac & Cheese Recipe  Mac & cheese can be a true comfort on a gloomy day, and our healthy update takes advantage of extra-sharp Cheddar balanced with creamy low-fat cottage cheese and tucks a layer of spinach into the middle, which may help picky eaters down their vegetables.   INGREDIENTS 3 tablespoons plain dry breadcrumbs 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil 1/4 teaspoon paprika 1 16-ounce or 10-ounce package frozen spinach, thawed 1 3/4 cups low-fat milk, divided 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour 2 cups shredded extra-sharp Cheddar cheese 1 cup low-fat cottage cheese 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1/4 teaspoon salt Freshly ground pepper, to taste 8 ounces (2 cups) whole-wheat elbow macaroni, or penne PREPARATION Put a large pot of water on to boil. Preheat oven to 450°F. Coat an 8-inch-square (2-quart) baking dish with cooking spray. Mix breadcrumbs, oil and paprika in a small bowl. Place spinach in a fine-mesh strainer and press out excess moisture. Heat 1 1/2 cups milk in a large heavy saucepan over medium-high heat until steaming. Whisk remaining 1/4 cup milk and...

May22

Sunday Recipe Makeover: Crispy Onion Rings

Posted on May 22 by

Crispy Onion Rings Recipe Have a craving for onion rings but don’t want the fat and grease that go along with deep fried rings? We have just the thing for you then! INGREDIENTS 2 medium yellow onions 3/4 cup all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons baking powder 3 large eggs 1 1/2 cups fine dry breadcrumbs, preferably whole-wheat (see Note) 1 tablespoon seasoning blend, such as Cajun, jerk or Old Bay Olive oil or canola oil cooking spray   PREPARATION Position racks in upper and lower thirds of oven; preheat to 450°F. Coat 2 large rimmed baking sheets with cooking spray. Cut off both ends of each onion and peel. Slice into 1/2-inch-thick slices; separate into rings. (Discard the smallest rings or reserve for another use.) Place the rings in a medium bowl; cover with cold water. Combine flour and baking powder in a shallow dish. Lightly beat eggs in another shallow dish. Combine breadcrumbs and seasoning in a third shallow dish. Working with one ring at time, remove from the water, letting any excess drip off. Coat in flour, shaking off...

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