Blog of the Belly Biter:

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

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Homemade Crunchy Maple Quinoa Cereal.

We love our favorite granola, but even the yummiest stuff needs a break. OhSheGlows has some gooood stuff, and this granola is one of them. I add some mixed nuts to roast with it because it's just gooood. I'll eat it like popcorn too.

1 1/2 cups cooked quinoa
1 tablespoons chia seeds
2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
1/2-3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla
pinch or two sea salt
1 1/2 cups favorite nuts, chopped (i like almonds, pecans and walnuts)

In a small bowl mix everything together. Pour onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Break up into chunks with a spoon and flatten with a hand as if you were making flatbread. Cook for 30-50 minutes at 325*F, being sure to check half way through and adjust cooking time if necessary. Flip cereal around with a spatula for more even cooking. Cereal should be slightly golden brown when finished. Remove from oven and cool.

Enjoy in a bowl with your favorite milk and toppings over top! Peaches please.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Lemon Chia Seed Muffins.

These are my new favorite muffins and have been for 6 months now (it's now May when I'm actually posting it). I love lemon. And I love the health benefits of chia seeds. The combo is a match made in heaven. Shayne even likes these, and he's not a huge lemon fan. Ya done it again Mama Pea.

"Slightly sweet, moist and just lemony enough, they are classic, but won't hinder any drug tests."
1/2 cup non-dairy milk (i use almond)
1 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
3/4 cup unbleached organic flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup chia seeds
1/3 cup coconut oil
2/3 cup agave nectar and/or maple syrup
1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 tablespoons lemon extract
1 tablespoon lemon zest

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

Combine milk and lemon juice and set aside.

In a large bowl, combine flours, baking powder, baking soda, salt and chia seeds.

To the milk mixture, add coconut oil, agave or maple syrup, applesauce, vanilla, lemon extract and lemon zest.
Add wet ingredients to dry and stir until just combined.
Fill each well of a muffin tin that has been lightly greased or line with muffin cups 2/3rds of the way full.
Bake for 20-25 minutes, until slightly golden and a toothpick inserted in the middle of a muffin comes out clean.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Baked Black Bean Taquitos.

After I devoured these Baked Creamy Chicken Taquitos over at Carrie's house, I thought about what I loved about them. The crunchiness. The guac. The salsa. I so could make these with a black bean dip and call it vegan. And call it really, really good. I did, and they are just that. Goooood. While the yummy creamy chicken ones have their place, I can have these any ole day I want and not feel a bit bad about it. And my family LOVE them. The kids take them for lunch the next day too.

The only problem with them - and a very minor insignificant one at that - is that the bean dip expands while cooking... which causes them to poop a little out the ends and the sides. Nice choice of words, huh? How you get around this, I don't know. And don't really care. It all goes down just as tasty!
about 20 corn tortillas
kosher salt

Heat oven to 425. Line a baking sheet with foil and lightly coat with cooking spray.
Make "Refried" Beans. Work with a few tortillas at a time and heat in the microwave until they are soft enough to roll without cracking. It helps to place them between damp paper towels. Usually 20-30 seconds will do it. If you find yours are cracking when you roll them or are coming unrolled right away, just try heating them longer and try the paper towel thing.

Place 2-3 tablespoons of the bean mixture on the lower third of a tortilla, keeping it about 1/2 inch from the edges.

Then roll it up as tight as you can.

Place seam side down on the baking sheet. Lay all of the taquitos on the baking sheet and make sure they are not touching each other. Spray the tops lightly with cooking spray or an oil mister and sprinkle some kosher salt on top.

Place pan in oven and bake for 15-20 minutes or until crisp and the ends start to get golden brown.

Serve them up with guacamole and homemade salsa. Yum...

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Wild Mushroom-Barley Soup.

 Another Rachael Ray....

1 ounce dried porcini mushrooms or mixed wild mushrooms
1 quart vegetable stock
3 cups water
3/4 pound cremini mushroom caps, wiped clean and quartered or sliced
1 bay leaf, fresh or dried
2 leeks, trimmed, sliced, washed and dried or 2 medium onions, chopped
4 cloves garlic, chopped or grated
Salt and pepper
3 tablespoons fresh sage, very thinly sliced
2 sprigs rosemary, finely chopped
1 15-ounce can diced, fire roasted tomatoes
1 cup pearl barley
1 bunch kale or dinosaur kale, leaves stripped from stems
Freshly grated nutmeg, to taste
3 tablespoons fresh sage, very thinly sliced
splash of liquid smoke (optional)
Place dried mushrooms in a medium pot with stock and 3 cups of water. Bring to a bubble and reduce heat to simmer.
In a large soup pot over medium-high heat add mushrooms and bay leaf. Cook 10-12 minutes to soften and darken the mushrooms. Add leeks or onions and garlic, season with salt and pepper, and cook 5 minutes more. There should be enough water from the mushrooms for it to not stick, if not, add some water. Add sage, rosemary and tomatoes.

Remove softened dried mushrooms from the stock and chop. Add them along with their cooking liquids to the soup pot, taking care to leave behind any grit from the mushrooms. Stir in barley and kale, add a little freshly grated nutmeg. Bring soup to a boil, cover and reduce heat to simmer. Add splash of liquid smoke. Cook 20 minutes.

Taste to adjust seasonings and serve in shallow bowls.

Belly Biters
Ava - not.a.chance, Nolan & Coco -, Shayne & I - liked it