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Pumpkin muffins

Cinnamon Chip Pumpkin Muffins

From the files of: Healthy Cooking magazine

2 cups pumpkin puree
1 cup Sugar
½ cup Buttermilk
⅓ cup Canola Oil
2 Eggs
2 Egg Whites
1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
2 cups All-Purpose Flour
½ cup oat Flour
2 tsp. Baking Powder
1 tsp. Baking Soda
1 tsp. Ground Cinnamon
½ tsp. Salt
¼ tsp. Ground Nutmeg
½ cup Cinnamon Baking Chips, chopped
½ cup Miniature Semisweet Chocolate Chips

¼ cup Sugar
3 tsp. Ground Cinnamon

Yield: 24 muffins

In a large bowl, beat the first seven ingredients until well blended. Combine the flours, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, salt and nutmeg; gradually beat into pumpkin mixture until blended. Stir in chips.

Coat muffin cups with cooking spray or use foil liners; fill two-thirds full with batter. Combine topping ingredients; sprinkle over batter.

Bake at 400° for 12-15 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks. Yield: 2 dozen.

Nutrition Facts: 1 muffin equals 174 calories, 6 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 18 mg cholesterol, 164 mg sodium, 27 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 3 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1 fat.


Roasted red pepper hummus

I don't have a picture of this one, and I didn't make it this week—I think Christmas was the last time—but I've often had requests for the recipe, and I can't believe I haven't put it on here before.

Roasted red pepper hummus

Origin: Healthy Cooking
Yield: 3 cups
Prep Time: 30 minutes
113 calories, 5g fat (1g sat), 4g protein per 1/4 cup

  ● 2 large sweet red peppers
  ● 30 oz. garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
  ● 1/3 cup lemon juice
  ● 3 tbsp tahini
  ● 1 tbsp olive oil
  ● 2 garlic cloves, peeled
  ● 1 1/4 tsp salt
  ● 1 tsp curry powder
  ● 1/2 tsp ground coriander 
  ● 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  ● 1/2 tsp pepper

1. Broil red peppers 4 inches from the heat until skins blister, about 5 minutes, then use tongs to rotate peppers a quarter turn. Continue to broil and rotate until all sides are blistered and blackened. Immediately remove from heat and place in a bowl; cover and let stand for 15-20 minutes. Note—I do this in my gas oven. I have also done it over the flame of a burner, too, but that seemed to take longer. You really want the peppers blackened and falling apart before you are done.

2. Peel off and discard charred skin (this is easiest to do under cool water, sliding the skin off as you rinse).  Remove stems and seeds.  Place the peppers in food processor, then add beans, lemon juice, tahini, oil, garlic, and seasonings; cover and process until well blended.  Transfer to a serving bowl with pita and/or crackers. Garnish with olive oil and pine nuts if desired.


Pretty good granola!

Finally! We've been searching for one that we liked, and found this one via the How Does She site, although, as usual, it's been pretty alterred since.

Pretty Good Granola

  ● 6 C Quick Cooking Oats
  ● 1/4 C Flour (I use whole wheat)
  ● 1/2 T  Cinnamon
  ● ~2-1/2 C Random dry ingredients (nuts, coconut, dried fruit, etc.)
  ● 1/2 C Vegetable Oil
  ● 1/2 C Honey

Mix together all the dry ingredients (I used coconut, almonds, pecans, raisins, and cranberries). Combine oil and honey in a small pot and warm until honey is melted. Pour oil and honey mixture over dry ingredients and mix well. Spread mix over 2 lipped baking sheets (the baking elite call these jelly roll pans, I think) and bake for 20 minutes or until brown on top. Remove from oven and allow to cool in pans before breakng up into pieces and removing to a storage container.


Cranberry oat scones

Somewhere in our genealogy there is a little British. This is evident in how much we have come to enjoy our afternoon tea, Calvin and I. Tea and scones. It's a jolly good time.

Cranberry Oat Scones Recipe

Yield: Makes 8 scones
  ● 1 3/4 cups flour
  ● 1/3 cup sugar
  ● 1/4 tsp. salt
  ● 3/4 tsp. baking soda
  ● 1 tsp. baking powder
  ● 1/2 cup unsalted butter, cold and cut into small pieces
  ● 3/4 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  ● 2/3 cup dried cranberries
  ● Zest of an orange
  ● 2/3 cup buttermilk
Egg Wash:
  ● 1 large egg
  ● 1 tbsp. milk

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) and place rack in center of oven. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

In a large mixing bowl place the flour, sugar, salt, baking soda, baking powder and whisk to combine. Cut in the butter until it resembles coarse crumbs. Add rolled oats, dried cranberries and zest. Mix until combined. Stir in the buttermilk and mix just until dough comes together.

Transfer dough to a lightly floured surface and knead a few times, then pat into a circle about about 1-1/2 inches thick. Cut dough circle into 8 triangular sections (like a pizza). Place scones on parchment papered baking sheet and brush tops with egg mixture.

Bake for about 15 - 18 minutes or until lightly browned and a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Remove from oven and cool on racks.

Enjoy! I highly recommend the tea.


Kale chips

It's winter vegetable time! Kale is a great winter vegetable, and it's really great for you. Most of my kale recipes end either in soup or in wilted greenery, but a quick internet search yielded the following recipe for baked kale chips. We made this on Friday night (for once I followed the directions exactly, except that I eyeballed the measurements) and it was an immediate hit. Crunchy and delicious, we gobbled them all up as a snack before dinner. This is definitely something we will be doing again.

Baked kale chips

Origin: All Recipes
Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 15 minutes

  ● 1 bunch kale
  ● 1 tbsp. olive oil
  ● 1 tsp. seasoned salt

 1. Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line a non insulated cookie sheet with parchment paper.
 2. Cut kale leaves away from the thick stems and tear into bite size pieces. Wash and thoroughly dry kale (this is why I actually love my salad spinner). Drizzle kale with olive oil and sprinkle with seasoning salt.
 3. Bake until the edges brown but are not burnt, 10 to 15 minutes. Serve warm or room temperature.

 Nutritional Information:  Calories: 58, Total Fat: 2.8g