Sunday, July 8, 2012

Sugar substitutes- what's best for what???

Need to look into other alternate natural sweetners- I usually use stevia but it has a different taste, very distinct. I've also used brown rice syrup and a few other things.  Have yet to try rapadura or sucanat.

Ice cream cake

Today I want to try to figure out how to make ice cream cake!
I'm going to use the bean cake recipe I made the other day, but maybe try cocoa rather than the chocolate chips to reduce the sugar more.
I want to use stevia and beans rather than sugar and flour.
Also, I don't have an ice cream make. Soooo.... here's what I am going to try.

I watched a video they had featured on for ice cream making without the maker.

So I am going to try this:
1/2 c coffee
2 c heavy cream
sweetened condensed milk recipe below
a little almond extract

beat until right consistency- it will be thick

To substitute for sweetened condensed milk I found a recipe at That I will modify a bit.

1 1/2 c. whipping cream
1/2 or 2/3 cup stevia
Put these in a heavy pan and carefully bring to a simmer- don't scorch it!
Let it stay on the burner on really low heat for about a couple hours to reduce it. check it.

Now whisk in remaining ingredients
3 T butter
1 tsp vanilla 

Monday, July 2, 2012

Summer veggies in soup and stir fry

cabbage soup
- add diced tomatoes and beef broth
to cabbage, onion, and spices
zucchini time!

stirring up some squash, onion, and garlic
with a little olive oil

Garbonzo Beans for Dinner and Dessert

bean pattie with side salad of olives,
tomato, cucumber, mozarella cheese 
garbonzo bean patties
mix beans in food processor
with chopped onion,
crunched rice crackers,
thyme, a little salt

portabella mushroom, side salad,
cottage cheese, rice noodle with pesto,
chicken with sun dried tomatoes,
bean patties

Chicken with sun dried tomatoes

stir up chicken with garlic, 
when chicken is almost done add sundried tomatoes, and fresh spinach

Pesto Noodles
make a pesto of parsley, walnuts, garlic, olive oil
mix with spiral rice noodles and butter

Easy Portabella Mushrooms
drizzle mushrooms with olive oil and balsamic vinegar 
bake in 350 degree oven about 20- 30 min.

flourless chocolate cake
garbonzo beans about 16 oz, with 4 eggs,
1 1/2 c melted dark chocolate,
1 c stevia,  1 t baking powder
top with whipped cream and fresh strawberries- YUM!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012


easy chocolate candies

melt together the following on low heat
1/2 stick butter
dark chocolate- I've used bars or chips to equal about 1/2 to 1 c

stir in any combo of the following:
chopped nuts
chopped dried fruit
heath bar bits

blob spoonfulls of mixture onto foil or parchment paper to cool- can be cooled in fridge

One of our favs: giralldelli chips, dark choc chips, heath bar, pecans

Another good turnout: dark choc, pecans, butterscotch chips

peanut butter cookies

1 Cup Peanut Butter
1 Cup Stevia
1 teaspoon Baking Powder
1 Egg

1. Preheat oven to 350
2. Cream peanut butter and stevia together. Beat in the baking powder. Add the egg. Mix until all is well combined.
3. Roll the dough into balls. Place on baking sheet. Press down on the ball with a fork in each direction  to make it look nice and then put in oven.
4. Bake for 10 minutes. They should still be a little soft but they will harden in about 10 more minutes when they cool. Enjoy

Makes approximately a dozen cookies

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

pancakes, chicken casserole

cooking down berries for sauce to go with pancakes

Trying gluten free Bisquick for the first time!

We liked the pancakes, but wish they didn't have sugar.
It's a little too much sugar for us- so it will be a once in a while treat.

limes sliced and ready to be juiced for lime smoothies :)

Chicken casserole with spinach, leeks, onion...