Holiday Desserts! Eat clean, reduces sugars, enjoy!

Holiday Desserts!  We had such a fun time creating new recipes and adapting old recipes to better quality ingredients.  Reducing the sugar “coma” feeling is huge during the holidays.  Remember it’s an indulgence, not an everyday treat.  When you can learn to appreciate dessert or good food, you know there be more and you don’t need to be the “starving child” and scarf down what’s in front of you.  Learning how to have a healthy relationship is part of what I teach in “cooking class”.  You shouldn’t be alarmed because it’s not always “cooking”, we learn preparation methods, tips on saving time and energy.  Come to the next class-step out of your comfort zone and see how good you feel after realizing “cooking” isn’t so bad!

Vegan Pumpkin Cheesecake
Gluten Free, Vegan, Paleo
Happily serves 8
ALL ORGANIC INGREDIENTS

Crust
1/2 Cup soaked dates
2 TBSP Coconut Oil
1 Cup Ground Nut Flour
1/8 tsp Himalayan Sea Salt

Soak Dates 1-4 hours. Remove seeds, discard water.
Add the nuts to the food processor and blend until they are like a rough flower then add the dates, coconut oil and sea salt.
Pulse together until it becomes a lumpy ball and then press into the bottom of a pie dish and refrigerate.

Filling
4 Cups Fresh Pumpkin (or 2 Cans Pumpkin purée)
8 oz Vegan Cream Cheese
1/3 cup Maple syrup (can sub coconut nectar) OR 1/4 tsp maple extract & 1/4 tsp stevia or Lohan Sweetener
2 TBSP Pumpkin pie spice

To make the filling
Add pumpkin and other ingredients and process until smooth.
Blend on the highest setting until It is smooth like the cooked version of pumpkin pie.
Transfer the filling to your pie crust and let refrigerate for a few hours.

 

Quinoa Brittle
Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Refined Sugar Free
Happily Serves 10

ALL ORGANIC INGREDIENTS

3/4 Cup Tricolor uncooked quinoa
3/4 cup Pecans and/or macadamia nuts
2 TBSP Coconut sugar
1/2 tsp Pumpkin pie or Allspice
2 TBSP Coconut oil
1/4 cup Blackstrap molasses
Dash of cinnamon
Pinch of Himalayan Sea salt
Stevia if you desire it sweeter

Preheat oven to 325.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. (Cover all edges)

Combine quinoa, macadamia nuts/pecans, coconut sugar, salt, and cinnamon/spices in a bowl and set aside.

Over low to medium heat, add the coconut oil and black strap molasses (and optional Stevia). Stir until there is no visible separation. Pour over the dry ingredients, combine and coat evenly, spread on a parchment lined baking sheet with a metal spoon.

Try to get it as even as possible or the edges will burn in the center won’t crisp up.

Bake for 15 minutes and turn the pan around to ensure even baking and Browning. Back 5 to 10 minutes more and watch carefully so it does not burn. The edges will get crisp and caramelized, and the color will be uniformly deep golden brown in color.

Let it cool completely before breaking it into serving pieces.
You can store leftovers in a sealed container at room temperature for a week, or in the freezer for up to one month.

Canadian Butter Tarts
Gluten Free, Refined Sugar Free, Dairy Free option
Happily Serves 24
ALL ORGANIC INGREDIENTS

Crust
1 Cup Soaked Dates
1 Cup Ground Nut Flour
1/8 tsp Himalayan Sea Salt

Soak Dates for 1-4 hours. Remove seeds.
Combine Dates, Nut Flour and Sea Salt in the Food Processor and blend well. Press into mini muffin tin and refrigerate.

Filling
1⁄4 Cup soft butter, or vegan butter
1⁄4 Cup packed Coconut brown sugar
1/8 tsp Himalayan Sea Salt
1⁄2 Cup maple syrup or 1/4 tsp maple extract and 1/4 tsp Powder Stevia
1 egg, lightly beaten or 1 flax/chia egg replacement
1⁄2 tsp Vanilla

Mix all ingredients together.
Add a bit of chopped marischino cherries in mini muffin tin on the crust and fill the tart with the filling.
Bake at 400 degrees for about 15-20 minutes.

Optional to top with crushed pecans.

Egg substitute:
1 TBSP Ground flax or Ground Chia seed added to 3 TBSP water.
Mix and let sit/jell together about 5 minutes.

Pumpkin Peanut Butter Fudge! ‘Tis the season for pumpkin…healthy options for that sweet tooth!

Pumpkin Peanut Butter Fudge 
Vegan, Gluten Free, Grain free
Happily serves 6

ALL ORGANIC INGREDIENTS

1/3 Cup Pumpkin Puree (fresh or canned)
1/2 Cup Crunchy Peanut butter
2 TBSP Almond butter
2 TBSP Blackstrap molasses 
2 tsp Pumpkin pie spice
1/8 tsp Himalayan Sea salt

Heat ingredients in a pan for 5 min place in a 4×4 pan and freeze for 1-2 hours.

Cooking Class: Appitizers and Party Foods

Cooking Class October 1, 2017

Today’s menu was Appitizer Foods for football season!  How can we make better choices when we go to parties and still stay on our meal plans?  By learning healthy options and trying different combinations and adding Veggies!!!  We get increased benefits all around! Better digestion, lower calories, feeling better with more energy.  

Gluten Free Homemade Pizza
Brown Rice Tortilla, Organic Veggie Marinna, Vegan Cheese.  Bake at 425 in convection oven about 8 mins

Amiee’s Gluten Free pizza cooked in Convection Oven

Rutabaga Chips
Coconut oil, Sea Salt, baked at 400-450 in convection Oven, about 10 minutes.

New veggies to Try:
Jicima
Rutabaga
Purple Carrots
Rainbow Radishes

New Chips to try:
Sea Salt Farmhouse
BlackCorn

Sweet Carrot Dip
Gluten Free, Refined Sugar Free
Happily serves 2

ALL ORGANIC INGREDIENTS

1 Large carrot
1/4-1/2 cup yellow sweet onion
2 garlic cloves
1/2 tsp ginger powder or 1 piece fresh ginger
1 TBSP Honey (optional: 1 TBSP Erythritol) or Stevia
2 TBSP Coconut Cream
Handful of Cilantro
Himalayan Sea Salt and Pepper to taste.

Blend all together in a food processor until smooth.
You can garnish with Cilantro or switch up recipe by adding basil instead.

Carrot Hummus
Gluten Free, Vegetarian
Happily serves 4

ALL ORGANIC INGREDIENTS

2 Carrots
2 Cups Butter bean or chickpeas
1/4-1/2 cup yellow sweet onion
2 garlic cloves
2 TBSP Avocado Oil
Handful of Cilantro
1/2 TBSP Himalayan Sea Salt
Pepper to taste.

Blend all together in a food processor until smooth.
Switch up recipe by adding sweet Purple basil instead of Cilantro.

Order your Sweet Basil in your WELLNESS BOX at:

www.bamboxproduce.com

Enter JLDFIT in at check out and get 25% off your first month’s Micro Greens

 

Avocado Sweet Potatoe Breakfast Salad

Avocado Sweet Potatoe Breakfast Salad
Vegan, Gluten Free, Refined sugar Free
Happily serves 2

ALL ORGANIC INGREDIENTS

Salad

1 Purple or orange sweet potato, cubed
1 Tbsp avocado oil
Himalayan Sea salt and pepper
4 cups mixed greens (not raw spinach or kale)
1 ripe avocado, chopped
2 Tbsp hemp seeds
1-2 TBSP Fresh chopped parsley
1 cup blueberries, Optional

Dressing
3 Tbsp lemon juice
1 Tbsp Avocado oil or Hemp seed oil
Himalayan sea salt and pepper

Heat a cast iron skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add oil, sweet potatoes, salt, and pepper. Coat well. Arrange in a single layer to ensure even cooking and place a lid on top to steam.
Cook for 3-4 minutes.
Uncover and turn the potatoes. Use medium-low heat. Cook about 10 minutes until golden brown and tender.

Prepare dressing. Add lemon juice, olive oil, salt, and pepper to a mixing bowl and shaking or whisking to combine. Set aside.

To serve, divide greens and top with roasted sweet potatoes, blueberries, avocado, hemp seeds and parsley.
Top with Dressing or Serve on the side.

Cooking Class 7.7.2017

Cooking Class 7.7.2017

 

********************************************************
Taco Salad
Gluten Free, Vegan
Happily serves 3-4

ALL ORGANIC INGREDIENTS
Salad
2-4 Zucchini
2 Cups Kidney Beans
2 green onions
1 Red Bell pepper
4 Cups Mixed Greens
1 Jalapeño
Handful Cilantro
1 avocado
1-2 TBSP lemon or lime juice
Sea salt to taste

Dressing
8 oz Coconut yogurt
1 cup Salsa

Sprialize Zucchini.
Soak, rinse and drain beans.
Dice Bell pepper, Cilantro and jalapeño, and Avocado.
Adding lemon juice for taste if needed.
Mix salsa and yogurt together.
Mix the veggies and Dressing and place on a bed of greens.

******************************************************************

Sauerkraut Dill Coleslaw
Vegan, Gluten Free, Soy Free
Happily serves 12

ALL ORGANIC INGREDIENTS

1 head Purple Cabbage, Sliced
1 Cup Sauerkraut, plus juice
1 Cup Dill Pickles, save juice
1/2 Red onion
1/2 Yellow onion
1 Tbsp minced garlic
1 tsp ginger, powdered (or Finely chopped fresh)
2 TBSP Hemp Seed oil
2 TBSP Balsamic Vinegar
2 TBSP Coconut Aminos
2 TBSP Lime juice

Slice and quick roast/bake Cabbage for 5-7 minutes until bright purple and still crunchy.
Dice onions and pickles. (You can use dill relish)
Combine all ingredients. Adjusting taste to preference. I used juice from the pickles and sauerkraut for a stronger flavor. You can use any where from 2-4 TBSP of the last 4 ingredients to fine tune to your desired taste.

*****************************************************************

Avocado Sweet Potato Breakfast Salad
Vegan, Gluten Free, Refined sugar Free
Happily serves 2

ALL ORGANIC INGREDIENTS

Salad
1 Purple or orange sweet potato, cubed
1 Tbsp avocado oil
Himalayan Sea salt and pepper
4 cups mixed greens (not raw spinach or kale)
1 ripe avocado, chopped
2 Tbsp hemp seeds
1-2 TBSP Fresh chopped parsley
1 cup blueberries, Optional

Dressing
3 Tbsp lemon juice
1 Tbsp Avocado oil or Hemp seed oil
Himalayan sea salt and pepper

Heat a cast iron skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add oil, sweet potatoes, salt, and pepper. Coat well. Arrange in a single layer to ensure even cooking and place a lid on top to steam.
Cook for 3-4 minutes.
Uncover and turn the potatoes. Use medium-low heat. Cook about 10 minutes until golden brown and tender.

Prepare dressing. Add lemon juice, olive oil, salt, and pepper to a mixing bowl and shaking or whisking to combine. Set aside.

To serve, divide greens and top with roasted sweet potatoes, blueberries, avocado, hemp seeds and parsley.
Top with Dressing or Serve on the side.

Indian Inspired Baked Kale

Indian Inspired Baked Kale
Gluten Free, Vegetarian
Happily serves 2

ALL ORGANIC INGREDIENTS

1 TBSP Tahini or Almond butter
1 TBSP Coconut oil, melted
Zest of 1 Orange or Lime
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 tsp garma masala
¼ tsp Cardamom
Optional: 1 TBSP Nutritional yeast

Optional: 1 TBSP Coconut Aminos to thin if you aren’t baking kale and just want a salad dressing.

Preheat oven at 275 degrees.
Prepare baking stone with parchment paper.
Mix all the ingredients together until smooth.
In a large bowl, pour the dressing over the chopped kale.
Mix the dressing into the kale thoroughly, spread evenly on baking stone.
Make sure the leaves aren’t overlapping, this prevents sogginess.
Bake for 15 minutes and rotate pan.
Bake for another 15 minutes, check for crispness.
If the chips aren’t crisp yet, rotate again and bake for 5-10 minutes more.
Allow the chips to cool for about 5 minutes before serving.

Kahula Chocolate Fudge

Kahlua Chocolate Fudge
Vegan, GF, Refined Sugar free
Happily serves 20

ALL ORGANIC INGREDIENTS

20 oz Lily’s chocolate chips
14 oz Can full fat coconut milk
3 TBSP Ghee (or butter) cubed at room temperature
2 TBSP Kahlua
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp Sea salt
1 tsp espresso powder or 1 TBSP cold brew

Lightly grease an 8 x 8-inch baking pan.
Line with parchment paper, allowing the excess paper to overlap on two of the sides, set aside.
Add the chocolate and espresso powder into a large, heatproof bowl; set aside.
Fill a saucepan with a little water (about 1/4 full) bring it to a boil.
Reduce to barely a simmer. Place the bowl containing the chocolate and espresso powder on top of the pot.
Cook, stirring frequently, until the chocolate has melted and the mixture is completely smooth, about 8-10 minutes.
Add coconut milk and ghee, cook for another 2-3 minutes, or until it is completely melted. Remove from heat.
Whisk in the Kahlua, vanilla, sea salt, and cinnamon. The mixture will be VERY thick.
Transfer to pan and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or until firm enough to slice.
Remove the fudge and transfer it to a cutting board. Peel off parchment paper and slice into small pieces.
Serve at once or store in the refrigerator for up to 1 month or freezer up to 2 months.

Chocolate Iced Coffee Protein Shake

Chocolate Iced Coffee Protein Shake
Dairy Free, Vegan, Refined Sugar Free
Happily serves 1

ALL ORGANIC INGREDIENTS

2 TBSP Raw Cacao powder
2 TBSP Collagen Powder
2 oz Coconut milk
2 oz Cold brew (optional)
2-6 oz Chai Tea or water
Dash of cinnamon
Stevia Powder if desired sweeter
Ice

You can use Chicory Herbal Roast in place of the cod brew if you don’t consume coffee or caffeine.  Great benefits of extras herbs and barley.

Blend all ingredients in bullet/blender, transfer to shaker bottle.

You can also quick steam this recipe for a hot “chocolate” protein drink

Chocolate Nut Butter Cookies

Chocolate Nut Butter Cookies
GF, Refined Sugar Free
Happily serves 12

ALL ORGANIC INGREDIENTS

1 Cup Chocolate Peanut or Sunflower butter
3/4 Cup Coconut sugar
1 egg

Combine all ingredients. Bake on 350 for 7-8 mins.
If you are not using an already flavored nut butter, you can use a regular nut butter and ad 1/4 cup raw cacao

Chocolate Cooking Class info & Recipes

Cooking Class 2.12.2017
Chocolate Info

Cacao can fuel energy and mood. It is an excellent source of fiber good source of protein and iron. It is high in antioxidants and polyphenols. A half half a cup of raw organic cocoa powder has 110 cal, 2 g of fat 16 carbohydrates, 10 of which is dietary fiber. It contains 8 g of protein and will give you 10% of the iron you need for your daily requirements. It is considered a stimulant and should be eaten occasionally not every day.

Cocoa beans are the fermented seeds of the cacao tree. The fruit of the cocoa tree is a pod full of sweet pulp enfolding a cluster of about 20-40 cacao seeds. Cocoa refers to the low-fat constituent of the finely ground cacao beans. These ground beans, known as cocoa liquor or cocoa mass, also contains cocoa butter which is a non-dairy, naturally occurring fat. Cocoa butter is a mixture of monounsaturated fats like oleic acid and saturated fats, namely stearic acid and palmitic acid. About 50-60% of cocoa liquor consists of cocoa butter.

Cacao bark, butter and flowers have also been valued since ancient times for treating various diseases like skin ailments, bowel malfunction and wounds. Cocoa has anti-inflammatory, anti-allergenic, anti-carcinogenic and antioxidant qualities. Health benefits include relief from high blood pressure, cholesterol, obesity, constipation, diabetes, bronchial asthma, cancer, Chronic fatigue syndrome and various neurodegenerative diseases. It helps to improve cardiovascular health and brain health. It also helps in treating copper deficiency.

Commercially available chocolates and cocoa-products may not be rich in the original beneficial flavonols since their properties get destroyed by over-processing and heat. In order to obtain the benefits of cocoa, it is important to consume the correct source of cocoa. Milk/dairy blocks the absorption of the antioxidants in chocolate, so be sure to check the labels!

Antioxidant Capacity: Studies have shown it is evident that cocoa exhibits higher antioxidant activity than against green and black tea, and red wine. Antioxidants helps to neutralize the oxygen-based free radicals that are present in the body. Cacao is abundant in phenolic phytochemicals and possesses a high amount of flavonoids as well.

Of course, everything in moderation!

 

 

Jodi’s Sweet Potato Brownies
Grain Free, Paleo, GF, Dairy free
Happily serves 12

ALL ORGANIC INGREDIENTS

2 medium Sweet Potatoes
14 Medjool Dates
1 1/2 Cups Quinoa or Almond Flour
4 TBSP Raw CACAO Powder
3 TBSP maple Syrup (Grade B) or Coconut netar
Pinch of sea salt

Peel Sweet Potatoes. Slice/cut and steam for about 20 mins until soft.
The smaller the pieces, the faster it will cook.

Add Sweet Potatoes and Dates to food processor, blend until a creamy smooth texture.
Mix all other ingredients in a bowl, then add cream mixture. Stir well.
Place on Parchment paper lined baking dish and bake for 20-30 mins on 350 until the toothpick comes out dry.
Allow to cool 10 mins for the brownies to gel together, very important step!!

Tip: If you don’t use raw cacao powder, you cause conventional cocoa powder but you will need to double the quantity.

 

 

Chocolate Nut Butter Cookies
GF, Refined Sugar Free
Happily serves 12

ALL ORGANIC INGREDIENTS

1 Cup Chocolate Peanut or Sunflower butter
3/4 Cup Coconut sugar
1 egg

Combine all ingredients. Bake on 350 for 7-8 mins.
If you are not using an already flavored nut butter, you can use a regular nut butter and ad 1/4 cup raw cacao
Chocolate Iced Coffee Protein Shake
Dairy Free, Vegan, Refined Sugar Free
Happily serves 1

ALL ORGANIC INGREDIENTS

2 TBSP Raw Cacao powder
2 TBSP Collagen Powder
2 oz Coconut milk
2 oz Cold brew (optional)
4-6 oz Chai Tea or water
Dash of cinnamon
Stevia Powder if desired sweeter
Ice

Blend all ingredients in bullet/blender, transfer to shaker bottle.