Friday, April 18, 2014

Italian Baked Tuna

When I made this ~ Italian Baked Tuna ~ I didn't actually have a recipe, I just kept digging through the fridge/pantry, looking for toppings that sounded good, and kept layering ingredients until I felt like it was complete.  I started with the tuna on the bottom, and then added some ~ crushed fire-roasted tomatoes, capers, dried basil/oregano/garlic, chopped onion, sliced celery/green olives. Once it was all finished, I realized I'd created an Italian-flavored 'sauce'!  I baked the tuna steak according to the package directions and in about 10 minutes it was done.  I nuked a variety veggies while the fish was cooking.  It was a really tasty, low carb, Fat Flush Plan-friendly meal, all without any fuss.  I just love happy accidents!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Dutch Caramel Wafers ~ aka Stroopwafels

Dutch Caramel Wafers (aka Stroopwafels)  ~ These are now one of my favorite cookies.  My friend L, shared them with us last fall, when we visited her in SC...and now I'm hooked!!  If you ever run across these classic Dutch treats, give 'em a try.  I found my bag over at Cost Plus/World Market.  Just let me say, with a cup of tea or coffee, these cookies/wafers are absolutely sublime.  ~ L, Thanks so much for expanding my culinary teatime horizons.  :)

Monday, April 14, 2014

Steamed Superfood Veggies & Over Easy Eggs ~ Meatless Monday

To make this super simple breakfast/brunch/lunch/light dinner, I just steam a bunch of ~ chopped kale, baby bok choy, sliced onion, and bell peppers.  When they're done, I toss them with some ~ Bragg's, crushed red pepper flakes, minced ginger and cracked black pepper.  To complete my masterpiece I crown it with ~ an over easy egg, cooked to crispy-on-the-outside-and-runny-on-the-inside perfection, cut so the yolk runs down into the veggies, then misted with I Can't Believe It's Not Butter Spray and a slash of sriracha sauce.  To me, it's a perfect way to make an outstanding low fat, low cal meal, Fat Flush Plan friendly meal ~ just the way I like it!


Friday, April 11, 2014

Mango Cake Bites

When I was shopping at Whole Foods the other day, I picked up one of their free monthly recipe cards.  The one that caught my eye was for a ~ Mango Cake Bites ~ cookie recipe.  It's gluten-free, has no added sugar (it relies on mango puree for sweetening), and it's vegan.  It sounded interesting, I had some almond meal in the fridge, some frozen mangoes in the freezer, and just enough cornmeal in the pantry to make a batch... so, I decided to give it a try when I got home.  

The combo of almond meal and cornmeal makes for an interesting texture, almost 'cake-like' (guess that's how they came up with that name), in a non-wheat flour sort of way.  Since I was using frozen mangoes I skipped adding the little diced mango on top, like the recipe called for.   Even though the mangoes were sweet, the mango puree didn't give the cookies enough sweetness for my liking, so I added a white chocolate chip to help them out...but, it was still lacking.   I just think the recipe really needs some type of sweetener to give it a better taste/flavor.  Maybe some honey (if you don't care if it's no longer vegan), brown rice syrup, or some other type of sweetener replacing some of the mango puree.  My guys didn't really care for them (no big surprise there), so if I ever try them again, they will need some tinkering.   All-in-all, I am glad I tried making's always fun to try new recipes, even it they're not a hit. 
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