Blog of the Belly Biter:

Some plant-based, some unhealthy, some super healthy but ALL good. Kid tested and mother approved!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Apple Walnut Surprise.

This is a great snack. The first time I made this, I did it exactly as the recipe calls for - with the raisins. The kids weren't a fan. Tried again - sans raisins - and sans day-ahead prep time, and they love it! After I make it, I keep them in little rubbermaid containers so they can grab one for a snack. Perfect!

1 cup raisins or currents
1/2 cup water
8-10 apples, peeled and cored
1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts
4 heaping tablespoons ground flax seeds
1 1/2 heaping tablespoons ground cinnamon

Soak raisins or currents in the water in a container with a closed top overnight in the refrigerator to soften.

Next day: pour off the water into a pot with a tight lid and add the peeled and cored apples. Let simmer over a low flam for 7 minutes. Pour the apples and the little liquid that remains off into a chopping bowl or hand chopper and dice up the softened apples into small pieces.

Mix the apples, raisins, walnuts, flax seeds, and cinnamon in a bowl and mix well. Store in refrigerator to serve for meals and snacks.

Disease-Proof Your Child, pg 204

Friday, October 23, 2009

Ginger-Garlic Fish in Parchment

I had this the week before I had Corynn and thought I was in heaven it was so good. I was a little worried that post pregnancy taste buds wouldn't think it was so good, but it was even better.

Parchment paper
4 (6 to 7-ounce) portions sea bass {$$$, I use a cheaper but still yummy Tilapia}
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 bunch scallions, cut into 3-inch pieces on an angle
1/2 pound shiitake mushrooms, stemmed and sliced
3 to 4-inch knob ginger, peeled and thinly sliced
4 large cloves garlic, peeled and thinly sliced
3 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
3 tablespoons tamari sauce {bragg's liquid aminios}

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Rip off 4 pieces of parchment to form packets each about 12-inches long. Season fish with salt and pepper. Place a piece of parchment in a shallow dish then in the center of the paper stack 1/4 of the scallions and shiitakes, layer with slices of ginger and garlic and top with fish.

Combine the honey, vinegar and tamari and pour 1/4 of the sauce over fish. Fold over the top of the parchment then roll the sides in to form a sealed pouch. Repeat with remaining parchment and ingredients.

Arrange the pouches on a baking sheet and roast in hot oven 12 to 14 minutes.

Rachael (b/c by now, we're on a first name basis) puts a Lemon Chive Noodle with this, which I've never made. I just cook up some thin spaghetti whole wheat noodles and dump the packet of fish, shrooms and juices on top of it. All the juices from the pack works perfectly for a sauce. Amazing. Plain and Simple.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Mexican Spaghetti

This is SO yummy!! Defiantly going into the rotation!

2 ancho chili peppers, stemmed and seeded {i found a big bag of them at Wal-mart}
3 cups chicken stock
1 tablespoon EVOO - Extra Virgin Olive Oil
3/4 pound ground beef
3/4 pound fresh chorizo {i used soyrizo - couldn't taste the difference at all - neither could Shayne and it's way healthier!}
1 onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, pasted (finely chopped then mashed with salt) or grated
1 bay leaf, fresh or dried
Salt and pepper
2 pinches cinnamon {i omited}
1/4 cup tomato paste
1 12-ounce bottle Mexican beer, such as Dos Equis {i used beef stock}1 pound spaghetti or whole wheat spaghetti
1/2 cup grated queso asadero, cotija or Jack cheese, plus more to pass at table
Finely chopped scallions, cilantro or parsley, to garnish

Simmer peppers in stock for 15 minutes to reconstitute, then purée stock and softened peppers in a food processor.

Meanwhile, heat EVOO in heavy pot over medium-high heat. Add beef and chorizo, brown 12-15 minutes then add onion, garlic, bay leaf, salt and pepper, and cook 8-10 more. Sprinkle in a little cinnamon then add tomato paste and cook 1 minute, stirring.
Add beer {stock}, stir a minute more then add the stock and pepper purée. Reduce heat and simmer 15 minutes.

While sauce simmers, bring water to boil for spaghetti. Salt water and cook pasta to al dente. Heads up: save a cup of starchy cooking water just before draining. {i didn't need this, my sauce was the right thickness for us}

Toss pasta with reserved water, half of the sauce and a couple of handfuls of grated cheese.
Serve in bowls with extra sauce on top, garnished with more cheese, scallions and cilantro or parsley.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Pasta with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

I had some red peppers and cream that I needed to use up and found this yummy Pioneer Women dish. I'm still on the fence if I'll do it again... if I'm gonna do cream in a dish I'd rather have chicken scallipine - my all time favorite. But with all the good antioxidents of the red peppers, doesn't it balance out all of the cream? It was still really good, and she was right about the salt. I needed to put more salt in then I normally do to make it taste right.

3 red bell peppers

2 tablespoons pine nuts (optional)
1/2 medium onion, finely diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup heavy cream
Flat leaf parsley, finely minced
Fresh Parmesan, shaved or grated
1/2 to 1 pound pasta: orecchiette, penne, fusilli, etc.

Roast red peppers, then place in a Ziploc bag to allow to sweat. Peel the charred skins from the peppers, then removed seeds. Set aside.

Lightly toast pine nuts in a skillet. Set aside.

Puree peppers with pine nuts. Set aside.

Cook pasta according to package directions.

In a skillet or pot over medium heat, drizzle in olive oil. Add diced onions and garlic and cook until soft. Pour in pepper puree and stir together. Add plenty of salt.

Pour in cream and stir to combine. Taste and add more salt, if necessary. Add cooked pasta, then stir together.

Place pasta into a bowl, top with chopped parsley and plenty of shaved Parmesan.