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she {hearts} chia seed pudding

I’ve got a sweet tooth! Surprised huh?!  I’m curbing it with another chia seed recipe.

This chia seed pudding is much healthier version than using traditional pudding mix.  Check out the recipe and try it! Feel free to change or add items to create it to your enjoyment.

This will make one serving.  Gather your ingredients:

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  • 2 tablespoons of chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa
  • pinch of salt
  • pinch of cinnamon (optional)
  • 1 dropper full of liquid stevia
  1. In a mason jar combined all ingredients together and mix it up!
  2. Refrigerate at least one hour. After the first 30 minutes, stir pudding with fork so it doesn't stick together.
  3. After an hour it's ready to eat! Top with fruit or nuts if you want!

Enjoy!

Organic Whole Grain Bagel Recipe

Today it rained. Something about rainy Mondays makes me want to bake. Not sure why but the smell of freshly baked goods in the oven when you are trapped inside, only makes the day better. I decided today I would brave trying to bake up some home made bagels! I have wanted to attempt this recipe for some time… but kept putting it off.


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I got out my trusted Bread Becker Cookbook (which btw everyone should purchase, I use it weekly – best of all its only $5). Their recipe was easy to follow and came out great. Below is the recipe with a few snazzy photos to show you the yumminess it created. Hope you enjoy :)

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2 1/4 cup warm water
2 Tbs. honey
2 1/4 tsp. salt
5 cups freshly milled hard white wheat
2 tsp. yeast
1/3 cup honey (for boiling later in recipe)
1 egg (for topping cooked bagels)
topping of choice (see instructions below)

Directions:

Combine honey, water and salt together in large mixing bowl. Once blended together add in half the flour and yeast. Add in the remaining flour and yeast and knead into a stiff dough ball.

Let this rise until doubled (keeping it covered with a wash cloth).

Once risen, divide dough into 12 pieces. Shape it into balls.

Once shaped into balls fill up a large stock pot with at least a gallon of water and 1/3 cup of honey. Get it hot enough that it begins to boil. Once water is ready you will then take those dough balls you made and punch your thumb through the middle… using your thumb as a guide to shape a hole into the middle of the ball of dough. Keep doing this until hole is at least an inch wide.

Allow shaped bagel dough to sit for about 5 minutes then place into the prepped boiling water. Allow it to boil for 1 minute. If the bagel sinks, thats ok. It will begin to float. Make sure both sides of the bagel are cooked for at least 1 minute each side.

The bagel will not looked done btw… it will feel wet to the touch but firmed up slightly. Place your boiled bagels onto a greased baking sheet or pampered chef stone (what I prefer). Bake them at 425F for 35 minutes. Turn them half way through the baking process.


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Once baked brush them with 1 beaten egg and 2 Tbs. water. Sprinkle them with topping of choice. You can use poppy seeds, garlic, sesame seeds or even cinnamon sugar (which is what I chose to use).

Cut in half, toast, serve warm, lather with butter or cream cheese and enjoy :)

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she {hearts} chia seed jam

I’m sure you have heard of these little seeds.  I have heard of them but it was from YEARS ago and that jingle comes to mind every time. Chia pets!

I did not realize you could eat them and how healthy they are for you!

These tiny little seeds are packed with fiber, which means it keeps them fuller longer and provides more energy. Chia seeds also have a small percentage of protein, many essential vitamins and minerals, like potassium and calcium, and a very high amount of omega-3. The seeds actually do contain extractable oil, a reason why the Aztecs called the seeds chian or oily.

Some additional benefits of eating chia seeds include:

  • Feeling full and losing weight without starving
  • Balancing blood sugar levels
  • Help prevent diverticulosis and diverticulitis
  • Add healthy omega-3 oil to your diet
  • Feel more energized all day long
  • Bake with less fat
  • Age defying antioxidants
  • Reduces cravings for particular unhealthy foods
  • Adds a flavorful punch
  • Saves you money

Are you ready to try them?

Here is a EASY way to make your jam!

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she {hearts} chia seed jam
  • 1 cup fruit
  • 3-4 tablespoons agave
  • 3 tablespoons chia seeds
  1. 1. Put 1 cup of fruit of your choice (you can use fresh or frozen) into pot on stove and heat on medium to low for about 5 minutes. Then mash fruit with potato masher.
  2. 2. Stir in 4 tablespoons of agave (You could certainly use less or more depending on sweetness you desire) along with 3 tablespoons of chia seeds. Cook on low temp until it thickens, usually in about 5 minutes. Continue to stir so the jam doesn't stick to pot.
  3. 3. Remove from pot and pour into jar and let it cool. It's ready to eat!

Try it just as it is or on some homemade bread or mix it in some plain greek yogurt.  It is delish any way you eat it! Enjoy!

She {hearts} Whole Grain Double Chocolate Zucchini Muffins

I’ve been doing my best to make our breakfasts lately, instead of just relying on a box of cereal.  Price wise and health wise, I believe that it’s much better to eat a homemade whole grain muffin than “whole grain” cereal from the store.

My sister in law brought me some zucchini from her garden recently, and I decided to try my hand at whole grain zucchini muffins.  I added some cocoa and chocolate chips to make them more appealing to the kids, but otherwise, these are super healthy.

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I started by milling 1 cup of soft wheat in my Nutrimill.  I use my mill on a daily basis.  Whether I’m making muffins, bread, biscuits, or cakes, I try to use whole grains as much as possible.

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To the flour, I added quick oats, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.

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After whisking that together, I stirred in the chocolate chips, extra virgin olive oil, honey, zucchini, and buttermilk. (I normally add an egg, but I forgot this time!) 

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I used a large cookie scoop to fill my muffin liners, and then popped the pan in the oven for about 20 minutes.

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Mmmm… delicious whole grain breakfast!

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Whole Grain Double Chocolate Zucchini Muffins

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 12 muffins

Whole Grain Double Chocolate Zucchini Muffins

  • 1 cup Soft Wheat Berries (measure before milling)
  • 1/2 cup Quick Oats
  • 3 Tbsp Unsweetened Cocoa
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/2 tsp Salt (I use Redmond's Real Salt)
  • 1/2 cup Chocolate Chips
  • 1 1/2 cups Shredded Zucchini
  • 1/2 cup Buttermilk (I use 1/2 cup milk with 1 Tbsp vinegar)
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 1 egg
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Mill wheat.
  3. Add the rest of the dry ingredients. (Quick oats, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, salt, chocolate chips.)
  4. Whisk together.
  5. Stir in the wet ingredients. (Zucchini, buttermilk, honey, oil, egg.)
  6. Scoop into lined muffin pan with a large cookie scoop or spoons. (I love using parchment liners.)
  7. Bake for approximately 20 minutes.
  8. Remove muffins from pan and allow to cool on a cooling rack.

She {hearts} brine

We’ve recently started brining our pork, chicken, and turkey. It adds a whole new level of juicy goodness to these easy-to-dry out meats!

Here’s a great article if you’d like to understand why brining works.

Brine

 

 

Pendergrass Brine

This will be enough to brine a turkey. Cut the recipe in half for smaller batches of meat.

A gallon and a half water
4 lemons
4 limes
2 oranges
2 onions
4 bay leaves
Tablespoon black peppercorns
Tablespoon thyme
2 cups kosher salt
1/2 cup brown sugar

Bring to a boil, then cool to room temperature. Put brine and meat in a container large enough so that the meat is covered. If needed, add a bit more water. Cover and refrigerate at least 24 hours. Drain brine. Rinse. Pat meat dry. Then cook and enjoy!

She {hearts} Crock Pot Creamy Ranch Chicken

I have really been looking for some new recipes for the Summer. Especially since it has been so hot, it is nice to use the crock pot instead of heating up the house even more by using the oven. I cooked this last week and we have already had it again. My husband Kenny really likes it and says it is even better the next day.

Crock Pot Creamy Ranch Chicken

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Crock Pot Creamy Ranch Chicken

    Ingredients:
  • 3-4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 (10.75 oz) can cream of chicken soup
  • 1 (1 oz) envelope ranch dressing mix dry
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can chicken broth
  • 8 oz. cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup of milk
  • 1/4 cup cooked and crumbled bacon (optional for sprinkling on top)
  • Egg Noodles
    Instructions:
  1. Spray slow cooker with cooking spray or line with a slow cooker liner.
  2. Place chicken breasts inside slow cooker.
  3. In a small bowl, combine cream of chicken soup, chicken broth and dry ranch dressing mix. Pour evenly over chicken breasts.
  4. Cover and cook on LOW for 3-4 hours or until done.
  5. Remove chicken and stir in milk and cream cheese until smooth and melted into sauce.
  6. Shred the chicken then put it back in to the slow cooker and make sure to cover with sauce.
  7. Serve over hot cooked egg noodles and pour on some extra sauce.
  8. If desired, crumble some cooked bacon over top.

She {hearts} Zipzicles

zipziclesLogoDSC_0147copyAs a kid, I remember enjoying icy freeze pops all summer long to beat the heat!  I know they are mostly high fructose corn syrup and artificial dyes, so I haven’t given any to my girls.  I was sad about them missing out on this childhood tradition until I found Zipzicles!

Zipzicles are clear skinny bags with zip tops that allow you to make and freeze your own popsicle freeze pops!  I can make all kinds of fun flavors for my girls and customize them based on their taste preferences and allergies.  You can simply wash and reuse the bags again when you’re finished!

There are tons of great recipes on the Zipzicles website, and I can’t wait to try a bunch of them!  For my first batch, I made what I called “Pineapple Orange Dreamzicles.”  (Recipe below.)

Pineapple Orange Dreamzicles
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 can of frozen pineapple orange juice concentrate (7 ounces)
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  1. In a blender, dump in water, juice concentrate, yogurt, and vanilla.
  2. Blend until smooth.
  3. Pour into Zipzicle bags (fill just to fill line) and zip shut.
  4. Place in a mug and freeze until solid (about 6 hours).
  5. Enjoy!

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Our family loved the Pineapple Orange Dreamzicles!  The girls thought the concept was so cool (eating a popsicle from a bag!), and they loved getting to experience this classic summer treat.  My husband and I enjoyed them too!

The Zipzicle bags washed up perfectly and now they’re already for my next batch!

I can’t wait to try more popsicle recipes (or even just frozen juice) this summer.

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