Sunday, September 29, 2013

Fresh Picante

Ingredients :
8 peeled medium tomatoes
2 Green Peppers
1 to 2 jalapeno’s with seeds
1/4 cup of chopped cilantro
1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon of pepper
1/8 cup of lime juice
1 ½ teaspoons of garlic salt
3 garlic cloves

Place all ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth in texture and then refrigerate. Garnish with a little bit of finely chopped cilantro and onion for an added extra Fresh picante - will keep for around a week or so in the refrigerator.

To Can: 
The above recipe will make around 2 to 3 half pint jars - so multiply the ingredients x4 to can a dozen at a time. Simply process the ingredients the same way and add to a large pot. Bring to a very slow boil and let simmer for an hour. Then simply jar up and stick in your pressure canner for 15 minutes – or water bath for 40 minutes – and you have access to home-made year round picante salsa!


Sunday, April 21, 2013

Stevia Conversion

Packet to Packet Conversions
In general terms, most packet sweeteners are equal to each other or to two teaspoons of sugar. Check on the box to verify. 

Stevia Blends
Acesulfame K
1 packet
1 packet
1 packet
1 packet
1 packet
1 packet

Bulk Conversions
Granulated Artificial Sweeteners
Stevia Blends (Packets)
Stevia Blends (Bulk)
Clear Stevia Liquid
Pure Steviosides
2 tsp.2 tsp.1 packet1/2 tsp.1/4 tsp.1/16 tsp.
1/4 cup1/4 cup6 packets3 tsp.1/2 tsp.3/8 tsp.
1/3 cup1/3 cup8 packets4 tsp.3/4 tsp.1/2 tsp.
1/2 cup1/2 cup12 packets6 tsp.1 1/4 tsp.3/4 tsp.
3/4 cup3/4 cup18 packets9 tsp.1 3/4 tsp.1 tsp.
1 cup1 cup24 packets12 tsp.2 1/2 tsp.1 1/2 tsp.
2 cups2 cups48 packets24 tsp.5 1/4 tsp.3 tsp.

Note: This chart compares 4 types of packaged stevia (stevia blends in packets and in some other form such as a jar or shaker) with artificial sweeteners that have been bulked up to equal sugar volume for volume. 

Note 2: To avoid a bitter taste: Although stevia sweetening strengths vary from one brand to another, when you use a brand high in steviosides, you can achieve a sweeter taste without bitterness. This chart is based on using an extract with over 90% steviosides and a minimum of 30% rebaudiosde A. Consequently, when using a pure stevioside with less then the stated requirements, reduce the amount of stevia listed on the chart above by about 30% - the final product will not be as sweet, but you'll avoid the bitter taste.

Skinny Berry Cobbler

This Skinny Berry Cobbler recipe is a variation from a recipe posted on a blog called Living a Changed Life.

Homemade Cake Mix:
2 3/4 cup flour
2 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp salt
Frozen Organic Mixed Berry Blend

1 Can  diet Lemon-Lime soda (add 1 tsp Stevia if using Seltzer water)


Combine cake mix ingredients in a large bowl. Set aside.
Place frozen fruit in a 9x13 baking dish. Add cake mix over the top. Pour soda slowly over cake mix. DO NOT stir the cake mix and the soda  - this will give you a 'crust'. If you stir the two, you will have a cake like topping.

Bake 350 for 45-50 min or longer until berries are cooked.

Organic Mixed Berry Blend

Sparkling Cranberry Juice


4 oz pure cranberry juice (Trader Joe's)
4 oz chilled club soda or seltzer water (flavored or unflavored)
1-2 packs of Stevia, to taste

Put all ingredients in a glass. Stir. Garnish with a slice of orange or lime.

Skinny Cole Slaw

1/2 head of cabbage - shredded

1/2 cup Mayonnaise 
1/4 cup Almond Milk (or soy milk)
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 packets Stevia
1/4 teaspoon celery seed
Salt and pepper to taste

Place cabbage in large bowl, adding any of the optional ingredients. Set aside. 

In a large bowl, combine all ingredients for the dressing. Add shredded cabbage, stir well. Refrigerate  Good for two weeks.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Seed Granola Bar


1 cup rolled oats (oatmeal)
1/4 cup sliced almonds
1/4 cup chopped peanuts
1/4 cup chopped pecan
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
2 tablespoons sesame seeds
1/2 cup chia seeds

2 tablespoons coconut oil
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons apple butter
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup chopped pitted dates


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter an 8 by 12-inch baking dish and line it with parchment paper.
Mix dry ingredients together in a bowl. Mix wet ingredients together in a separate bowl. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients. Stir until well mixed.
Pour the mixture into the prepared pan. Use a silicon spatula to press the mixture into an even layer.
Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until light golden brown. Cool for at least 2 to 3 hours before cutting.

Olive Oil Mayonnaise with Quick Eggs

Olive Oil Mayonnaise Using Egg Substitute


Quick eggs (Trader Joe's) to equal 1 egg * pasteurized
1 teaspoon mustard
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup olive oil
3 teaspoons fresh lemon juice or vinegar
Pinch of cayenne pepper, optional

Mix the egg substitute, mustard, cayenne pepper, and salt in a blender at high speed for 20 seconds.

Slowly add oil through the top of the blender at medium speed until it's think and creamy.

Blend in lemon juice just until mixed.  Refrigerate. Good for 2 weeks.