Thursday, January 29, 2009

Veggie Desserts!

Nope, haven't lost my mind, if that's what you're thinking after reading the title. But if you lived with me, you might think otherwise :).

Take a look at the baked hand pies, notice the small nibble in one of them? I have a habit of biting sweets and putting them back in the dessert container/cookie jar/bag. There's a bag of chocolates in our fridge right now and I bit into half of them (I'm soooo bad!). I don't just leave them that way, most of the time, I finish them later. I simply like to take small nibbles throughout the day (unless another little mouse finishes the dessert before I do :). Don't worry, I only do this at home! I think I'm going to have to break that habit soon...especially before I have kids haha.

So veggie desserts? Where are the veggies? Those hand pies pictured were filled with an apple cinnamon concoction (crust adapted from Carol Fenster's pie crust recipe), but the unphotographed ones were stuffed with a spiced sweet potato mixture. Good way to sneak in the veggies...or roots...or starches. Whatever they are, they're healthy...very much so. Tons of nutrients.

Even though he's the little mouse who sometimes finishes off whatever I leave half nibbled in the kitchen, my husband prefers lighter desserts. So I made him a Baked Butternut Squash Fruit Salad that reminds me of a warm summer day; it consists of the star ingredient, baked butternut along with pineapple juice, pineapples, coconut flakes, roughly chopped pecans, honey, and cinnamon. I like to serve it with a dollop of homemade vanilla-cinnamon whipped cream. Not too complicated to make, so I didn't write down the instructions or exact measurements. Add as much or as little as you like of each ingredient, then throw it all in the oven for 15 minutes at 350.

With these desserts, you don't have to feel bad about digging into the sweets before meal time; that last treat could even be a very light meal or snack in itself!

Gluten-Free Baked Mini Hand Pies

adapted from Carol Fenster's Pie Dough recipe

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Saturday, January 24, 2009

Granola Bars

I've been all over the place lately. Flying on airplanes, visiting far-away places, walking 3/4 of a mile in the snow to get to my sewing class, and I'm taking another small trip tomorrow! Life is exciting. Not much food blogging happening these days, but there's still plenty of eating, cooking, and baking going on.

These granola bars are what I need on a busy day. They're loaded with protein (and fiber!). They'll really get you going ;). Ha, well, maybe I shouldn't say that. I ate 4 without noticing any 'changes', but my husband says they're like an intestinal lubricant. Still, he loved 'em and came back for more!

If you're on a gluten-free diet, chances are getting fiber into your diet isn't easy, unless you're grazing on fruits and veggies all day (good for you, if you are!). White rice flour is in so many things! These are full of fiber, but don't taste like cardboard! AND they're cheaper than the gf bars they sell at the store! Hooray!

Gluten-Free Granola Bars

Full of fiber and protein!

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Saturday, January 10, 2009

Hearty Root Vegetable Chicken Noodle Soup

Unlike the neighborhood squirrel that I've adopted as my own 'pet', I don't have the urge to run around outside and look for food when the wind chill makes it feel like 4 degrees. So, instead, I make soup with the few random ingredients I do have and give some of the unused veggies to Mr. Squirrel. I don't have an official name for him yet, but this is what he looks like after a few meals on my porch. :)

I hope you all are staying warm and having a peaceful and blessed 2009 so far!

On a random note, thanks so much to those nice folks who nominated me for awards, both in 2008/2009 :). I'm sorry I'm not very good at keeping up with giving them away; you all make it so tough, too many delicious blogs to choose from, seriously. Just look at how long my list of blog links is :)! I promise I will get to it before 2010 ;0)!

Hearty Root Vegetable Chicken Noodle Soup

…great way to use up the leftover veggies in the ...

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Saturday, January 3, 2009

Gluten-Free Decadent Dark Chocolate Cupcakes

I'm in the middle of giving my apartment a very mini makeover and finishing up a project for work, so I'm pretty busy these days! I did want to share this recipe with you all, though. It was inspired by the Devil's Food Cake recipe in 1,000 Gluten-Free Recipes by Carol Fenster. I didn't have most of the ingredients needed to make her cake, so I made these cupcakes. I also made them 'darker' and created a somewhat lowfat frosting that doesn't use a whole stick o' butter!

If you're wondering why I didn't add more frosting, I actually don't care for frosting takes away from my favorite part, the cakey center!

I think chocolate and salt go hand in hand, so I sprinkled a little sea salt on top of these delicious dark chocolate cupcakes that remind me of the ones Hostess makes! Except, these are gluten-free :P...and preservative-free, and lower in sugar...

The pics were taken with my new camera; I'm still getting familiar with Lumi (short for Lumix, the brand ha!), so the pics came out a little rough! Bear with me :).

Alright, gotta go make dinner and finish up the million and one other things on my to-do list for the weekend!

Decadent Dark Chocolate Cupcakes

For the chocolate lover in most of us, especially for ...

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