Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Spinach

Aware that my family's diet needed a makeover, I started working on a meal plan for us quite some time ago. My girls always (well, maybe always is a bit of an exaggeration, but often) go to this awesome site called World's Healthiest Foods. Well, according to the questionnaire, one of the best foods for me to add to our diet is spinach.
Now, me being me, after going through every day of every week and asking "how can I add spinach to this as it is?" I got the bright idea of looking up spinach recipes online. Guess what? There's a boatload of them! Well, again me being me, I wondered to myself "Self, I wonder if anyone has done anything for dessert with spinach?" Know what? They have! My jaw dropped. Really? Spinach for dessert?!
I have so totally not tried this recipe yet gluten, dairy, egg and everything free but you have to check it out anyway. Spinach cake. That's right, you heard me. Spinach CAKE. (I'll give you 2 chances to click there just because I think it's so awesome.)
I will be coming back to that at some point, trust you me. :)

Monday, August 17, 2009

Apples and Oatmeal

So, I belong to this fiery group of women on a little internet forum of an attachment parenting magazine. The cool thing about this group of women is that we all have children who have allergies or intolerances, or ourselves have allergies, or some combination thereof. We haven't allowed this to get us down though. No! Instead, we have taken up our aprons and our spoons and set our kitchens ablaze! Not literally. Except for maybe Kathy on occasion. (Just kidding, Kathy. We all know you're our Gordon Ramsey... Only cuter, with breasts... and yelling a lot less.. Okay, so you're nothing like Chef Ramsey but you get the idea.)
Anyway, one of my friends (I call you all "my girls" btw, for any of you ladies reading this) has asked that I post my Apple Crisp recipe. It's not done yet (the recipe, I mean... still not tweaked just so) and I wouldn't do it for anyone else, but here you go. Okay, maybe there are a couple of other people I'd do it for, but you're one of the few.
Apple Crisp:
1 c brown sugar (I justify this much sugar by saying "Oh, there's molasses in it!")
1 c gluten-free rolled oats
1 c Jacqueline's gluten free flour mix
1/2 t salt
1/2 c shortening, melted
1 t baking powder (optional)
3 large apples, peeled, cored and diced
1/4 c honey
1 t lemon juice (or more, to taste.. I use about 1 T)
2 t cinnamon
1 t tapioca starch

Preheat the oven to 375 (yes, Kathy, I actually DID preheat it). In a bowl, mix together the first 8 ingredients. In a 2 quart casserole dish, mix together everything else. Dump the contents of the first bowl on top of the apple mixture. Press down firmly with a spoon until the oat mixture is tightly packed on top of the apple mixture. Place the casserole dish in the oven and bake for 40 minutes or until golden brown (you'll probably see little bubbles of honey-cinnamon syrup coming up the sides, too). Take it out of the oven and let it cool. Really, I mean it. You need to let it cool. Hot sugar burns really badly. Trust me, I know. I have the sore tongue to prove it. Crazy addictive crisps anyway.
That's it. That's all. You're done. Just remember to let it cool and then you can eat it all! Mwahahaha. Another one of my girls has turned to the dark side. :p Unless this has something she can't eat.... I hope this is a "safe" recipe for you, hon!