Saturday, February 25, 2012

Weekly Menu (2/26/12-3/3/12)

This week for breakfast: Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins, Homemade Yogurt (I'm really loving this, I've had it every morning lately), and Cereal

This week for school lunches: Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches, Bananas, Orange slices, bananas, fruit snacks, chips, milk
This week for dinner: 
Sunday: We'll be at my Mother-in-law's :)
  • Roast with potatoes and gravy (made with corn starch)
  • Homemade rolls
  • Salad
  • Carrots, Celery and Broccoli with homemade Ranch
Monday: I have to work all evening, hence the quick dinner...
  • Grilled Ham and Cheese Sandwiches (Daiya cheese for us Dairy-free people)
  • Salad
  • carrot and celery sticks with peanut and/or almond butter
  • apple slices
Tuesday: Once again, I'll be working all evening, so another easy night....
  • Pork Tamales
  • Rice and Beans
  • Nachos (with Daiya cheese)
  • Salad and carrot sticks
  • Chicken Tikka Masala
  • Basmati Rice
  • Sliced Mangoes
  • Roasted Broccoli and Cauliflower

  • Waffles
  • Sausage Patties
  • Hashbrowns
  • Kiwi and apple slices
    • Tacos
    • Salad
    • Carrots and Celery Sticks with Almond Butter

    Monday, February 20, 2012

    Cinnamon Dark Chocolate Molten Lava Cakes

    I was going to post this back around Valentine's Day, in fact, I made it for my hubby on Valentine's Day...but I misplaced my recipe that I had worked weeks on perfecting.  So, I had try to remember and recreate it again.  It was little bit frustrating, but it was totally worth it.  This is the easiest decadent dessert you can make.  Really, it's incredibly easy.  Most molten lava cakes call for melted chocolate, I opted for cocoa, because it's cheaper and always in my cupboard, and it turned out just as well. I added in cinnamon, because I love the combination of chocolate and cinnamon...and my word, molten lava cakes should have a bit of kick to them, shouldn't they?

    I'm adding this as part of the "Go Ahead Honey...It's Gluten Free" event for FebruaryGluten-Free Cat is hosting this month and the theme is Hot, Spicy, and/or Heart Shaped.


    Cinnamon Dark Chocolate Molten Lava Cakes

    1/2 cup Coconut Oil (solid)
    1 cup sugar
    2 eggs
    1/4 cup applesauce
    1/4 teaspoon salt
    1 teaspoon cinnamon
    1/2 cup cocoa

    Preheat oven to 400F. Grease 4-6 ramekins (I used 1/2 cup sized ones) with dairy-free margarine. 

    With a mixer, beat together the coconut oil and the sugar.  Add in the eggs and applesauce. 

    In a separate bowl, combine the flour blend, salt, cinnamon, and cocoa.  Add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and mix to combine.  

    Fill the ramekins ~3/4 full or a little more, in 1/2 cup sized ones it fills 4 ramekins perfectly. 

    Bake at 400F for 14-18 minutes for the 1/2 cup sized ramekins, depending on how done you like it.  I cooked mine for 15 1/2 minutes.  You want the outside done, but the middle a sauce. 

    Remove from oven and allow to sit for about 10 minutes.  Eat it straight out of the ramekin or flip it over onto a plate to serve.  Top with powdered sugar, ice cream, or anything else your heart desires.

    This post is also featured on Slightly Indulgent Tuesday and Allergy Friendly Friday.

    Sunday, February 19, 2012

    Hot Cocoa Mix Take Two (just add water)

    A few months back I made a hot cocoa mix that was pretty dang good.  I have since modified it to be more like regular hot cocoa mixes, meaning that instead of adding in hot milk, all you need to add is water.  So, it's the same basic hot cocoa mix, but with Vance's Darifree Non-Dairy Milk Powder added to make it even faster and easier to make a hot cup of cocoa. Enjoy!

    Dairy-Free Hot Cocoa Mix
    3 1/2 cups sugar
    2 1/4 cups cocoa
    1 tablespoon table salt
    3 cups Darifree Milk Powder

    In a large bowl, combine sugar, cocoa, salt, and Darifree, and whisk to combine well.  Store the mixture in an airtight container.

    For individual servings, heat 1 cup of water.  Place 3 tablespoons of the cocoa mix into a mug, and slowly stir in the hot water, mixing as you're stirring (I find you have less lumps if you do it this way, then adding the mix to the milk).