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Lentil Tacos or Chip Dip your Pick

29 Apr

This dish was brought to the Healthy Eats night by a sweet lady who has gone on a clean eating diet recently and has lost 15 pounds since January although it may have been more since last I talked to her. She found on Allrecipes.com a tasty submission by a Michelle Thomas http://m.allrecipes.com/recipe/222610/tasty-lentil-tacos-2
Lentils are a great nonfat source of protein, lots of fiber and folate all of which can lower cholesterol and help prevent breast cancer. It’s a power house in itself.
Ingredients:
1 C. Onion finely chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
1 tsp. canola oil
1 C. Dried lentils, rinsed
1 Tbsp. chili powder
2 tsp. ground cumin
1 tsp. dried oregano
2 1/2 C. Chicken broth or veggie broth
1 C. Salsa
12 taco shells (or chips if for dip)
1 1/2 C. Shredded lettuce
1 C. Chopped tomato
1 1/2 C. Shredded reduced fat cheddar cheese
6 Tbsp. fat free sour cream
In a large nonstick skillet, saut√© onion and garlic in oil until tender. Add lentils, chili powder, cumin and oregano; cook and stir for 1 minute. Add broth; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 25-30 minutes or until lentils are tender. Uncover; cook for 6-8 minutes or until mixture is thickened. Mash lentil slightly. Stir in salsa. If serving as tacos, assemble as usual. Could layer lentils, sour cream, cheese, lettuce, tomatoes as a chip dip. We had the lentils plain with chips which was also good. I thought it would work well layered as a taco salad minus the chips for a lower-carb option. — Submitted by Alicia Wood

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Gluten Free Mini Corn Dog Muffins

28 Apr

So it was son number three’s birthday today and he really wanted corn dogs. Despite corn being primary in the title most corn bread mix contains wheat and since we are gluten free for now that meant I had to get creative. I recalled seeing a Pinterest post by Iowa Girl Eats http://iowagirleats.com/2012/01/30/super-bowl-recipe-week-mini-corn-dog-muffins/ for these mini corn dog muffins, of course it used flour but then I recalled an easy GF corn bread recipe from the Gluten Free Cooking School http://www.glutenfreecookingschool.com/archives/gluten-free-southern-cornbread/ I decided to alter it a bit and thus this recipe was born.
Ingredients:
1Tbsp. Oil
1 1/4 C. GF white corn meal
1/2 C. Brown rice flour
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
1 Tbsp. Splenda or stevia or sweetener
2 eggs
2 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
2 C. Milk or soy milk
1 package low fat hot dogs, I used turkey dogs

Mix dry ingredients, then add wet ingredients. Blend well. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Grease or spray wells of mini muffin tray. Spoon corn batter into tin, cut hot dog into one inch pieces, mine made 4-5. Place hotdogs in middle of each muffin well with flat cut side down. Bake 15-18 minutes. Let cool 5 minutes. I had to use a flat table knife to run around each muffin at this point to allow it to release nicely as I pried them out with a fork. I might grease then dust inside with corn flour next time to see if it makes getting them out easier. The kids absolutely devoured them, I ended up making two batches, cooked up the entire package of hotdogs and used all my batter. There was nothing leftover when all was said and done. I let them dip them in ketchup, mustard or ranch.

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GF Peanut Butter Protein Power Balls

15 Apr

Ingredients:
1 C. Peanut butter
2 Tbsp. honey
1 C. GF Oats
1/4 C. Raisins
2 Tbsp. each of the following: milled flax seed, buttermilk powder, unsweetened chocolate powder, coconut
Mix it all together. Form balls with melon ball tool, pack in Tupperware in freezer. My boys really love these things. I packed a few in a small Tupperware container and put it in my purse for our youngest during church. He was able to pop it in his mouth and not even make a mess. A couple kept him full for the rest of church.

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