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Banana Oat Muffins

photo (3)These muffins are  so d.e.l.i.c.i.o.u.s. and only contain a few simple ingredients. Plus they are low-fat and flour-free, so they are a great snack or breakfast for people with celiac disease, gluten intolerance, heart disease, high cholesterol, diabetes, and well, anyone!

I should call they lazy day muffins, because they are so easy to make. You don’t have to mix anything yourself and you only have to clean 2 things when you are done – a food processor and a muffin tin. I am pretty sure they took 10 minutes from start to oven.

The recipe is a modification from “Keeping up with the Joneses” blog. I made their original recipe last week – it turned out ok but I knew it needed some tweaking. This version turned out perfect, so give it a try!

Simple Banana Oat Muffins

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Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups of old-fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tbsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tbsp baking soda
  • 1 cup of fat-free plain yogurt
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 ripe bananas

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F and spray a muffin tin with cooking spray.
  2. Place oats in a food processor and pulse until they are very fine chunks – not quite flour, but very small pieces.
  3. Add the baking powder, baking soda, and sugar. Pulse a few times to mix.
  4. Add the remaining ingredients and then let the food processor do the rest of the work! Process until well blended.
  5. Fill the muffin tins nearly full with batter.
  6. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until the top and edges are lightly browned (I did 25 minutes).
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Posted by on January 22, 2013 in Breakfast, Favorites, Fruit, Grains, Quick Bread

 

Green Smoothies

A few years ago I tried my first green monster. I may have blogged about it in the past. I offered Jason a giant glass of green and for the first time ever in our marriage, he hesitated to taste what I had prepared. He was already wincing as he put the glass to his lips. But, slowly after he took the first drink his face relaxed and he agreed it was delicious.

I first learned about the “Green Monster” smoothie from Angela at “Oh She Glows.” The recipe is simple – 2 cups of spinach, about 1 cup of fruit, a splash of milk, and ice (or no ice if you use frozen fruit). The possibilities and additions are endless. I recently started making these smoothies again as a new way to get my salad in for the day. Just google “green smoothie” or “green monster” and my comments will be confirmed – these are nothing short of amazing and delicious. Why are they so great?

  • Make an entire meal in less than 10 minutes
  • If you have a mini blender system, you barely make any dishes
  • Get 2 servings of vegetables and 2 servings of fruit without thinking
  • Grab-and-go – you can prepare them in advance
  • Kids love them – we gave them out at a local grocery store as part of an Outgamine County FAN coalition and CAHL event
  • 100% raw for those of you interested in detox or raw food diets
  • Fit into ANY diet – gluten-free, dairy-free, grain-free, vegan-friendly, etc…
  • Suprisingly filling – I have had one as a post-bike ride dinner and wasn’t hungry the rest of the night
  • Delicious!

There are tons of recipes here. Feel free to share your recipes here or at the previous link!

Lynn’s Favorite Green Monster

Ingredients

  • 2 cups spinach
  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 cup blue berries
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • splash of almond milk (you can use any liquid – milk, milk-substitute, juice, water, etc…)

Directions

  1. Pour a little milk in the bottom
  2. Place spinach in the blender first – this prevents it from flying up into the lid
  3. Put fresh fruit on top (set frozen fruit aside)
  4. Pulse to see if there is enough milk. If the blender gets stuck, add a little more milk if needed
  5. Blend until all of the ingredients are combined.
  6. Add frozen fruit. Pulse a few times and then blend until thick.
 
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Posted by on August 11, 2012 in Drinks, Favorites, Fruit, Salad, Vegetarian

 

Pineapple Pork Tenderloin

Pineapple Pork Tenderloin by A Year of Slow Cooking

Ingredients

  • 3 pound pork tenderloin
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 colored bell peppers, seeded and sliced
  • 2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup apple juice
  • 16 ounces frozen pineapple (or a can of chunk pineapple, drained and rinsed)

Directions

  1. Spray a 4 qt crockpot to prevent sugar from sticking.
  2. Combine meat, sugar, spices, and cornstarch in a plastic zipper bag. Seal and shake well to coat. Pour contents of bag into crockpot. Add garlic and peppers. Pour in soy sauce, apple juice, and pineapple.
  3. Cover and cook on low for 7-9 hours.
  4. Serve with rice or shred and serve rolled up in wheat tortillas.
 
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Posted by on February 26, 2012 in Chicken, Crock Pot, Fruit

 

Cranberry Roast

Super Simple Cranberry Roast (beef or turkey) by A Year of Slow Cooking

Ingredients

  • 2-3 pounds beef or pork roast or stew chunks
  • 1 tablespoon dried onion flakes, or 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 2 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 cups whole berry cranberry sauce (canned or homemade)

Directions

  1. Add the meat to a 4qt slow cooker. Add the onion, soy sauce, and cranberry sauce and soy sauce. Do not add water.
  2. Cover and cook on low for 7-9 hours.
 
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Posted by on February 19, 2012 in Crock Pot, Fruit, Meat

 

Apricot and Date Chicken

Slow Cooker Chicken with Apricots and Dates by A Year of Slow Cooking

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pounds chicken meat (boneless, skinless)
  • 1 large yellow onion, finely diced
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup dried apricots, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup dried pitted dates, coarsely chopped
  • 3/4 cup chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup orange juice

Directions

  1. Put the chicken into the bottom of a 4 to 6-quart slow cooker.
  2. Add diced onion, and spices. Sprinkle on the apricots and dates. Pour the broth and orange juice evenly over the top.
  3. Cover and cook on low for 6-7 hours.  The chicken should be quite tender and shred easily with a fork. If your chicken isn’t tender enough, stir well and cook for a bit longer on low.
  4. Serve with quinoa or brown rice with the juices.
 
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Posted by on February 12, 2012 in Chicken, Crock Pot, Fruit

 

Teriyaki and Apricot Pork Chops

Teriyaki and Apricot Pork Chops in the Slow Cooker by A Year of Slow Cooking

Ingredients

  • 4 pork chops
  • 2/3 cup apricot preserves
  • 1/4 cup teriyaki sauce
  • 1 teaspoon dried ginger
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard

Directions

  1. Use a 4-quart slow cooker. If you only have a super large cooker, that’s okay; you can put an oven-safe dish into your cooker (Pyrex, corningware, baking pan) to create a smaller cooking vessel— then load the porkchops into it.
  2. Put the chops into your slow cooker. In a small bowl mix together the sauce ingredients and then pour evenly over the top of the chops.
  3. Cover and cook on low for about 6 hours. Your chops are done when they have reached desired tenderness. Serve with rice and sauce spooned over the top.
 
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Posted by on January 8, 2012 in Crock Pot, Fruit, Pork

 

Berry Trifle

This is a super easy recipe I made for the 4th of July. I didn’t take a picture, but it looks a lot like the picture below from this website.

Ingredients:
-1 tub of low-fat cool whip
-2 boxes of fat-free vanilla pudding
-4 cups of skim milk (for the pudding)
-2 pints of blueberries
-2 pints of strawberries 
-1 ring of angel food cake (purchased or prepared on  your own).

Directions

  1. Prepare the vanilla pudding and let set in the refrigerator.
  2. Cut up the angel food cake into 1/2″ to 1″ cubes
  3. In a large bowl, mix the angel food cake and berries.
  4. Begin layering by placing a layer of fruit-cake mixture on the bottom of the dish. Top with dollops of pudding and cool whip. Repeat this layering until you reach the top of the dish.

*If you don’t have a tall dish, you can use a long cake pan and just have fewer layers.

 
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Posted by on July 22, 2010 in Desserts, Favorites, Fruit