Thursday, February 28, 2013

Beef with Ginger

In recent months I've become a HUGE fan of Pinterest and the fabulous recipes I've been able to find on there. I'm one of those people that prefers a picture with a recipe (so I can see what I'm going to be eating) - apparently I need the visual of the food before I can decide that I want to take the time to try making something new - crazy, I know! So, that is why Pinterest and all the amazing recipes on there have become like an electronic cookbook heaven for me - and bless my husbands soul, he's willing to try anything I find and decide to take a crack at - no matter how crazy or weird it sounds.

Today's creation was delicous!! I happened across the recipe from the new "pinner" MyPlate Recipes - which is the new "Partnership for a Healthier America". I actually like that they have some health recipes to add to Pinterest...there are SOOO many dessert recipes out there that it is nice to find some of the good stuff once in a while too :)

So, today's dinner was Beef with Ginger - provided on Pinterest by - it was SOOO good - and actually quite easy to make. Since I usually wait until I make something a second or third time before sharing on here, I don't have any of my own pictures of our dinner - it was gobbled up as quickly as it was made! Here's the picture provided by the website with the recipe...looks yummy - huh!?!

You can simply click on the picture above to go directly to the recipe to try it for yourself!! ENJOY!! Oh - and if you have Gluten Free soy sauce in your house, you can make this completely Gluten Free :)

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Banana, walnut, dark chocolate oatmeal muffins

I just realized today that it's been just over five months since I last posted something...Oh how time flies! So sorry for my absence, I have been quite busy though - working my full time job, working and managing my small business, trying to buy (and sell) a house, and trying to help me husband find a new job near where we're planning to move to. Ugh...that's quite a tall list for a "normal" person, and I do have to say, I've been quite proud of myself for keeping my stress under control through all of this! I have made some fabulous new foods during this time - which I hope to start sharing with all of you again very soon, as well as found some more wonderful new foods that help me stay on track with my GF diet!

One of my favorite new websites (which most of you have probably also become addicted to) is Pinterest. I have found SOOO many fabulous ideas, recipes, products and just general time wasters on there!! One of my favorite things though is that Pinterest allows those who are on a GF diet to so easily share their favorite recipes. Here's a link to my Gluten Free Foods pin board and since I haven't been keeping up on photographing my cooking sessions, here's a link to one my most recent FAVORITE breakfast/morning snacks -- Banana, walnut, dark chocolate oatmeal muffin:

**Photo borrowed from Green Lite Bites blog

I used the recipe provided by Green Lite Bites blog and made a couple additions/twists to suit mine and my husbands tastes.

3 Ripe bananas
1 cup Almond Milk (milk, or I've even used French Vanilla Coffee Cream)*
2 large eggs
1 Tbsp Baking Powder
3 cups Old Fashion or Rolled Oats (I just used a generic of quick oats)
1 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
1 cup Dark Chocolate Chips
1/2 cup Chopped Walnuts (or any other nut you prefer) - Optional


1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees while mixing the ingredients.

2. Smash the 3 ripe bananas until smooth then mix the milk, eggs, baking powder, vanilla and oatmeal. Mix thoroughly. Add in dark chocolate chips and nuts (optional) and mix until well combined.

3. Spray your muffin pan with Pam or other non-stick spray or put liners into pan.

4. Generously scoop batter into muffin pan - the muffins don't really rise so they'll be about as big (or little) as the batter you put in the pan. I divide the batter into 12 nice sized muffins.

5. Bake 25 - 30 minutes - or until they begin to brown just a bit on the top.

6. Remove from pan and allow to cool - ENJOY!

*If you use milk alone, also at a bit of splenda, truvia or other sweetener - When making with milk I use 4 packets of splenda.