I am trying new things this weekend — so for the first time I tried spelt flour and love it! For a better understanding of what spelt flour is and where it comes from read this. These little muffins were so moist and with only 1/4 cup honey in the entire batch a great weekend breakfast for the kiddos(along with a side of eggs for protein!). It is a lot like whole wheat flour but has a lighter texture which made the muffins light and airy. I bought my flour at Whole Foods in the bulk section and think I paid a little over a dollar for it, bargain! I will definitely start using this more, I think it will be great for pancakes as well. Do you use spelt flour? If so leave me a comment and let me know what you use it for, I love new ideas!
My husband and I have been on a food documentary kick lately(Hungry for Change, Food Matters and Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead are 3 great ones to watch if you are interested!!) — and it has prompted us to try to eat more of a plant-based diet. I am going to try to make “meatless” dishes at least 2-3 times a week. So here is my first — can you believe I have NEVER made a lasagna in my life(and yes I am italian!)?? I guess it has just never appealed to me since I am not a huge fan of red meat and they are usually dripping with cheese …which I don’t eat. However after watching a little clip on the Engine 2 Diet I saw them making a vegetable lasagna and it looked so delicious. So here is my version — I added more tofu to give it more protein, took out some of the noodles since I am not a huge pasta fan and added lots and lots of veggies. It was so good and my kids even loved it! It makes a huge pan so plan on having lots of leftovers, which is always a good thing.
The other week at the grocery store my girls were starving (as always!) I told them they could choose a “healthy bar” (the choices were minimal!) and they both chose Lara bars. I was not all that familiar with them except for the fact that they were paleo friendly. I turned the package over and read the ingredients. I was shocked at the 3-4 ingredient list depending on the flavor. So I let them try them expecting to hear “EWWW” but they loved them. So I decided to try to make them and here we go — very easy and much cheaper! You really can use any type of nut and add all sorts of dried fruits, these particular ones I added cocoa powder to give them a chocolate flavor. The dates are so sweet you really don’t need to add any sweeter but if you must I would add honey. Enjoy and let me know what creations you come up with.
Anyone who knows me knows I love a good biscotti and for some reason at this time of the year I crave them. Maybe it is because Costco is selling the huge tubs of Nonni’s for Christmas and they always have to be sampling them whenever I am in the store(talk about self-control!) However I stopped eating them about two years ago when I started reading labels(talk about processed foods, ugh!). I have made several types since then but this is by far my healthiest and tastiest version. I like to think of them as “guilt-free biscotti”. They are not overly sweet so if you are looking for a sweeter flavor you may need to add more honey. I think they are just perfect for dipping into my morning coffee. You could add chopped almonds in for some more almond flavor too I just prefer them without. For the coconut flour I use coconut secret brand, it adds a good coconut flavor. If you are using whey protein powder make sure you add the liquid in small amounts since may not need as much as I did with the Sunwarrior. And if you don’t want to add the protein powder in just add more oat flour. You could also add dried cranberries, walnuts or whatever you have on hand, be creative and have fun!