Monday, January 27, 2014

cinnamon flax muffins

These tasty little treats look like bran muffins but are made with flax. The texture is perfect and they are fiber and nutrient rich (so drink plenty of water). They are great plain or for a more decadent treat top with plain greek yogurt, mascarpone, or butter plus some honey or jam. Adapted from Trim Healthy Mama.

makes 12 muffins (well it is supposed to but I always seem to get one less muffin out of a recipe :)


3 eggs and 3 egg whites
3/4 cup plus 1 Tbsp. water
3 Tbsp. coconut oil (melted or olive oil)
1 tsp. vanilla
2 cups flax meal (I used mostly golden flax seeds - just grind it them in the blender) or you can mix 1 1/2 cups flax with with almond meal or ground dried coconut (what I chose) just as long as it adds up to 2 cups
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
4 Tbsp. cinnamon (yes, you read that right, tablespoon not teaspoon)
1/4 cup sweetener like honey or molasses or the equivalent in stevia (I used coconut sugar and stevia)


1. Preheat oven to 350º
1. Put flax (or the mix you choose) in a large bowl.
2. Add baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and sweetener (if it is a dry form). Mix well.
3. Blend wet ingredients (including sweetener if it is wet) in blender for 20 seconds. Add to dry, mix well, then let sit for 5 minutes to thicken.
4. Place in greased muffin cups and bake for 20-25 minutes (check at 19 minutes)

Thursday, January 23, 2014

roasted cumin spiced cauliflower

These tender golden gems are a great alternative to roasted potatoes
1-2 heads cauliflower
olive oil
cumin seeds or ground cumin
salt and pepper
garlic brown butter bread crumbs (optional)

Preheat oven to 400º

Separate cauliflower into florets. Place on roasting pan and drizzle generously with olive oil. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, and cumin. Roast until tender and crispy (about 20 minutes), shaking pan or stirring half way through. Top with garlic brown butter bread crumbs if desired during the last couple minutes of cooking time.

sautéed garlic parmesan green beans

inspired by a recipe from Trim Healthy Mama, these beans are so flavorful and nutritious (plus they are very easy to make) 

green beans
coconut oil
garlic powder
salt and pepper
Brag Liquid Amenos (super healthy soy sauce alternative)
freshly grated parmesan

Add a generous dollop of coconut oil to a large pan over medium high heat. Once the oil is melted and hot add beans, sprinkle with garlic powder salt and pepper and sauté until slightly tender and nicely browned in spots, stirring occasionally. Drizzle with Liquid Amenos to taste and continue to cook for another couple minutes. Sprinkle with parmesan then serve.