Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Cinnamon and sugar sweet potatoes

1 large sweet potato-sliced
1 to 2 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
2 tablespoons Splenda

-Heat a cast iron over medium heat.
-Brush the sweet potatoes with butter on both sides and brown.
-While the sweet potatoes are cooking, combine the cinnamon and sugar. Feel free to add more cinnamon or Splenda.
-Once the potatoes are cooked to the consistency you like, remove and add the cinnamon and Splenda.
-Feel free to deep fry the potatoes. You will get a crispier potato. I am just trying to be a little healthy.

Roasted tomatoes and onions

Simple roasted tomatoes and onions to add to your salad.

1 large plum tomato sliced
1 small white onion sliced (any color or type will work)
1 large garlic clove minced
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
salt and pepper to taste
baking dish

Preheat the oven to 375

Layer the tomatoes and onions then add the garlic, oregano, salt and pepper. You may want to drizzle a little olive oil on top.
Bake about 25 to 30 minutes. Check every so often to make sure your garlic isn't burning. You may want to add the garlic under each layer so the heat from the oven is not directly hitting the garlic.

Soy Pizza

For those of us who have stomach issues where it seems like everything we put in it hurts, I have developed a way to eat pizza and not have a stomach ache after. This is for when even the gluten free pizza crust upsets your stomach.

1 container of extra firm tofu drained and water pressed out
1/2 cup tomato sauce
1/4 cup whey protein (I just use vanilla because that is what I have)
1/2 cup to 1 cup of dairy free cheese
1/2 teaspoon dry oregano
parchment paper
baking sheet, as big or as small as you want

-I did use cottage cheese as a topping with the onions and peppers. Just make sure your cottage cheese is not too watery.

Preheat the oven to 350

-Mash up the tofu and then add the whey and tomato sauce. Mix very well. I add the whey because the tofu cooks better.
-Add the tofu mixture to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Use the palm of your hand to press down and spread out the pizza into any shape you want. You can make the pizza as thin or as thick as you want. Thicker pizza will need more time to bake. Mine is usually on the thicker side.
-Bake the pizza for about 35 to 40 minutes. Make sure to check it often, the tofu will burn. You may want to turn the oven down to 325 so the pizza bakes slower helping to get rid of the moisture in the tofu.
-When the pizza is brown add your cheese and oregano. You may add any topping you wish.
-Bake until the cheese is melted.
-You may need a spoon or a fork to eat. Sometimes it does fall apart.

Cream Cheese Almond Cake

I am not sure of the exact measurements I used, but this should be pretty close.

8 ounces softened cream cheese (don't soften too much if you want clumps in your cake)
3 eggs
2 egg whites
1 cup ground almonds or almond flour
1/4 cup vanilla whey protein, you may add a little more if the mixture seems a bit wet
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
nonstick baking dish-buttered

Mix the cream cheese with the eggs. You are welcome to use an electric mixer if you don't want clumps of cream cheese, but if you mix with a fork when you bake the cake you will have some clumps of cream cheese which I love!
Add the rest of the ingredients and mix.
Bake at 350 until the top is brown about 20-25 minutes. Make sure you watch to make sure the cake does not burn. The almonds and the whey protein do brown fast.

You can see the bits of cream cheese in the first picture. Each bite is delicious!

Rice Cakes

I had some leftover rice that I could not figure out what to do with. I didn't want to make the usual fried rice so I made rice cakes.

1 1/2-2 cups leftover rice
2 large eggs
1/2 cup chopped green pepper
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chicken or bacon, cut into bite size pieces(I used both because I had both leftover)
salt and pepper
olive oil
cast iron skillet

Heat the oil in the cast iron.
Mix everything.
You make the rice cakes any size you want. Mine were about 1/4 sizes.
Fry in the olive oil until they are as crisp as you would like them.