Sunday, May 11, 2014

Hamburger Country Fried Steaks

What kid doesn't love a good hamburger?  But, add a little breading and fry it in some oil and you have a burger that my kids would tell you is the best burger they have ever tasted, while I would tell you that it is the one that you rarely can find as a leftover in my refrigerator! 

Here is what you need to make this recipe:
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly cracked pepper
  • 3 pounds ground beef
  • Grape seed oil for frying in
First,  make patties out of the ground beef.

Next, mix together the eggs and milk in a shallow bowl.

Finally, mix the rest of the ingredients in another shallow bowl (flour, crumbs, & spices).

Now, in a frying pan, add enough oil to cover the bottom and heat over medium heat.  

Then add a few patties at a time that have been dipped in the egg mixture and then dipped in the flour mixture.

Fry until the patties are browned on each side, then into a pan in a 300 degree oven.  

Repeat the above steps until you have cooked all of your patties.

Allow the patties to all sit in the oven for at least 15 minutes, and then serve.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Soaked Chocolate Muffins

You would not believe the amount of chocolate I cook with each month for our family of 5...and it is not because I really love chocolate all that much, it is my husband and children that absolutely crave it.  I do admit that I have a weakness for butter cream frosting, and would take it any day over chocolate, but then again I can't see needing to have it on my breakfast items as much as those listed above like to have chocolate in theirs.  

So, to satisfy this "need for chocolate" and my desire to keep my family fed in a healthy manner, I came up with this recipe...which is now a weekly staple in our home.

List #1
  • 4 cups soft whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 cup organic cocoa powder
  • 3/4 cup organic carob powder
  • 1 cup SUCANAT
  • 2 1/2 cups of a mixture of any of the following:  milk, whey, yogurt, and/or milk kefir
  • 4 eggs
  • 4 Tablespoons melted butter
  • 2/3 cup grape seed oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 cup organic chocolate chips

List #2
  • 2 Tablespoons non-GMO baking powder

Mix all of the ingredients in List #1 together and then set aside, covered, for at least 8 hours.

When you are ready to bake the muffins, add in the baking powder from List #2, mix...

...and scoop into muffin cups or small cake pans.

Bake at 350 degrees for 10 to 25 minutes (will depend on which size pans/cups you use) or as soon as a knife can cleanly be removed from the center of a cake.

Soaked Coconut Scones

I may be the only one who LOVES coconut in our house, but I am not the only one who loves these scones...they seem to cross the "liking" barrier even for those who don't mind coconut in baked goods, and thus my husband and daughter have been known to chose this delicious option over some of their other favorite breakfast choices.  

Plus, I managed to pull off adding into this recipe an ingredient that I was challenged to make "something good to eat" from: Einkorn flour.  The friend who gave me the bag of this flour said that she thought it tasted awful in all the recipes she tried with it...and you know me and challenges.  What I found is, this flour has a bit of a tart/bitter taste to it, so pairing it with coconut flour, which is naturally sweet, was a perfect blend.  But, don't take my word for it...try it yourself.

Here are the ingredients you will need:
List #1
1 cup soft white whole wheat flour
1 cup Einkorn flour
1/4 cup cane juice crystals
1/4 cup SUCANAT
1 cup shredded coconut
1/2 cup softened butter
1 egg
1 can coconut milk (not lowfat)
1 teaspoon vanilla

List #2
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 cup coconut flour
1/2 teaspoon salt

List #3
1/3 cup milk
1/4 cup shredded coconut, chopped into tiny pieces in a food processor
2 Tablespoons cane juice crystals

At least 8 hours before you are going to make the scones (usually I put this together before I go to bed, when making the scones in the morning), mix up all the ingredients in List #1.

Then cover and let sit out at room temperature until you are ready to make the scones.

Right before making the scones, mix in the ingredients in List #2.

Then press the mixture out onto a floured sheet of parchment, making the dough into a big circle.

Brush the top or the circle with the milk and sprinkle with chopped coconut and cane sugar.

Then cut the circle into 8 slices.

Bake at 375 degree Fahrenheit for about 25 minutes, or until the coconut starts to brown.

Homemade Taquitos

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of hosting three friends for three days of cooking classes.  And, with their help, we took a lot of pictures so we could share these recipes I have been wanting to post up here on my site...but just haven't had the chance, or in this case, the recipe was a little too messy to make while at the same time take pictures of the process. I hope you enjoy this family favorite of ours!

  • 2 cups leftover meat
  • 1 cup mashed beans (see easy instructions below on how to make these from bean flour)
  • 1 cup cheese, shredded
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 30 corn tortillas
  • Oil for coating pan and tortillas.  I use grape seed oil

First, make the mashed beans...either mashed already cooked beans OR to make 1 cup of mashed beans from bean flour, just add 1 cup of water to 1/2 cup of bean flour, put into a pot and cook over medium heat for about 3 minutes...or until the mixture is thickened.

Then, coat a large baking pan (with a lip) with some oil.

Next, in a food processor, combine the meat, mashed beans, cheese, and spices and pulse until the mixture comes together.

Finally, with a warmed tortilla, brush both sides with oil...

...fill with about a teaspoon of the meat/bean/cheese mixture...

...roll and place in coated pan.

One last time coat the rolled tortillas with another brushing of oil.

Then bake at 450 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 minutes, or until brown.