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Monday, May 28, 2012

Citrus Cream Punch Ice Lollies

Before you make this one, you will want to freeze some Maple or Vanilla Yoghurt in an icecube tray. You will be using 4 cubes.
Once Yoghurt Cubes are frozen, make the following punch:

1C. Orange Juice
2Tbsp. Lemon Juice
2Tbsp. Agave Syrup
10Drops Liquid Stevia Sweetener (plain, unflavored)
2C. Water
2.Tsp. Vanilla Extract

Mix ingredients well. Set aside in refrigerator while preparing the moldes.
To prepare moldes:
Remove Yoghurt Cubes from tray and chop each into fourths.
Divide cubes equally between portions of the molde.
Add Punch to nearly fill each molde.
Place sticks in moldes and freeze 2 hours or until completely solid.
Remove from moldes and enjoy!

(Note: Any left-over punch can be mixed with equal parts water and enjoyed as a delicious beverage.
Also, experiment with amounts of sweetener, as everyone has different preference. Just remember that frozen treats should always be a bout twice as strong and twice as sweet as you would drink.)

Friday, May 25, 2012

'Perfect' Banana Shake

This is what I invented this morning for the kiddos so they could cool off and at the same time let me enjoy my mango virgin pina colada (recipe in future post).

Not a recommended daily treat:

1C. Whole Milk
1/2C. Hevy Whipping Cream
*1tsp Bee Pollen Grain
2tsp. Vanilla Extract
2large Bananas
13 Ice Cubes

Place first 4 ing. in blender and turn on high.
Add ing #5 (bananas).
Allow to whip up nicely (15-30 sec.)
Turn blender to low setting.
Add ice cubes 1 or 2 at a time at a steady pace, allowing to crush a bit between each addition.
After adding last ice cube, turn blend back to high setting for a few more seconds for 'fluffiness'.
Enjoy.

Makes 2 servings.

*Adds extra B vitamins. Can be left out without effecting the integrity of the shake.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Pancakes (The simple kind)

Now, the reason I am posting such a simple recipe is that you can take just seconds extra to mix up as much dry mix as you wish and have 'instant' pancake mix whenever you want.

One batch:

2C. Flour (all-purpose, whole wheat or 1/2 white-1/2 wheat) of your choice
2tsp. Baking Powder (more on making an aluminum-free DIY version of this ingredient another day)
1dash Salt
3Eggs
1 to 1 1/2C Milk (whole is best, as it has the essential nutrients)
1tsp. Vanilla Extract

Sift dry ingredients. Add milk and eggs. mix just until moist and stir in vanilla. Cook in hot, buttered skillet over medium to medium-high heat until bubbles pop, leaving small holes on top of batter but not dry. Flip and continue to cook until center springs back when lightly touched with finger. Remove to plate and enjoy with your favorite toppings.

*Please comment to share your topping faves.

Bulk mix:

8C. Flour
2 1/2Tbsp. Baking Powder
1/4tsp Salt
3/4C. Dry Egg Powder
2C. Dry Powdered Milk

To use:

Mix 1 1/3C. dry mix with
3/4C. water

Stir until just moist and stir in a dash of Vanilla Extract.
Cook as directed above.

For larger bulk batches:

16C. Flour
1/4C+1Tbsp. Baking Powder
1/2tsp. Salt
1 1/2C. Dry Egg Powder
4C. Dry Powdered Milk

Prepare as instructed above.

or

32C. Flour
5/8C. (1/2C.+2Tbsp.) Baking Powder
1tsp. Salt
3C. Dry Egg Powder
8C. Dry Powdered Milk

Prepare as instructed above (in blue highlight).

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Green Power Smoothy


0k. This one is cortesy of my 9-year old DS. Through these hot months, many recies will be for drinks, coolers and blender-friendly concoctions.

Green Power Smoothy:
2C. Unfilterd Apple Juice (fresh made or in a bottle from the local health store)
2 Med. Bananas
1 Large handful of Fresh Baby Spinach
1 roundish teaspoon (the kind one might use to stir coffee or tea) Spirulina Powder

Combine all ingredients in blender. Give 'em a whirl and drink it down. This is super for all day energy and is so full of mucronutrients. Experament with adding a couple of baby carrots or (carefully) a few broccoli florets. We have recently had it a few times with a couple of sprigs of cilantro (corriander leaf).
Enjoy!

This is how much spinach we usually use:











And this is what it looks like done:

Monday, May 21, 2012

Desortade

This is a needed staple during the 10-month summers here in the 'desort' regions of AZ.

You will want to mix up this concentrate in advance to have plenty on hand!
Combine:
3C. 'clear' juice concentrate (I use a 12oz container each of apple and white grape.)
3C. lemon juice (fresh-squeezed if you have a tree or from a bottle)
1Tbsp. Sea Salt or Morton Lite Salt
 - Make sure all salt dissolves and store in fridge.

To Drink:

Mix 1/2C. above mixture with 1/8tsp. baking soda (not baking powder!) and enough filtered or purified water (about 3 1/2C.) to make  1Qt.(4C.). Chill and enjoy!

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