Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Rockstars love Blond(ie)s

There is nothing healthy about these wonderful little butter/brown sugar squares, but after a rainy day of rocking out to Rock Band/Guitar Hero, the band needed a treat.

* 1 cup + 2 T rice flour
* 1/2 cup butter ( I use smart balance)
* 1 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
* 1 large egg, plus 1 egg yolk (room temperature)
* 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

In a saucepan over medium heat, combine butter and brown sugar. Stir until sugar has dissolved. Set aside for 10 mins to cool. Add the egg, yolk, and vanilla to cooled sugar mixture and mix. Mix in flour until blended.
Pour batter into an 8in square baking pan (lined with parchment paper) and spread evenly. Bake about 25 minutes and transfer to a wire rack to cool (5 mins). Loosen the edges of the pan with a knife and invert pan. Carefully peel of parchment paper. Allow to cool completely and cut into 16 squares.

Oatmeal Raisin Chocolate Chip Cookies


* 3/4 cup oat flour
1/2 cup brown rice flour
* 1/2 tsp baking soda
* 1/4- 1/3 cup brown sugar
* 1/4 cup granulated sugar
* 1/2 tsp vanilla
* 4 T oil
* 1 egg
* 1/4 cup oats
*1/4 cup raisins
*1/2 semi sweet chocolate chips

Combine the first 3 ingredients. In a 2nd bowl, combine sugars, vanilla, oil, and egg. Slowly add dry mixture to the wet ingredients. Stir in oats, raisins, and chocolate chips.

Bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes.

*modified from Just Baking

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Zucchini Soup

*I used the following as a guideline, feel free to tweek quantities.
**Serves 1-2

  • 2-1/2 cups zucchini chunks
  • 1 tablespoon butter or olive oil
  • 1/2 large potatoes, peeled and chopped
  • 1/4 onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup vegetable broth
  • 3/4 teaspoon chopped dried rosemary
  • 3/4 teaspoon dried savory
  • 3/4 teaspoon fresh basil
  • 3/4 teaspoon chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/4 cup milk
Heat butter in pan and saute zucchini, potato, and onion about 10 mins. Add broth and dried herbs. Heat 10 more mins until potatoes are soft. Blend soup in a food processor to create a puree. Pour back in pan and add milk and fresh basil. Heat through.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

EASY Black Bean Soup for 2

*1 can black beans
*1 cup vegetable broth
*1/2 cup salsa
*1 tsp ground cumin
Optional: top with green onions or cilantro and lime

Pour 1st 4 ingredients into a food processor and blend. Pour in pan and heat on stovetop (or in microwave) until heated through. Add additional toppings, if desired. Best served with corn chips or quesadillas.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Corn and Salsa Tortilla Soup

* 1 jalapeno (or 3 poblanos, broiled for 10 mins)
* 6 corn tortillas, halved then cut crosswise into 1/2in thick strips
* 3 T olive oil
* 1 tsp ground cumin
* salt
* 6 ears corn, scraped from cob (or 20 oz frozen, if you can't get fresh corn)
* 1 red onion, chopped
* 3 cloves garlic, chopped
* 4 cups vegetable broth
* 1 can (14.5oz) fire roasted tomatoes
* 1 avocado
*1 lime, halved
*optional: sour cream, cheddar cheese

Preheat oven to 400. Toss tortilla strips with 1 T oil and cumin. Bake 10 mins and season with salt.
Meanwhile, in a large, deep skillet heat 2 T oil over medium-high heat. Add corn and cook until charred at edges (10-12 minutes). Add the onion, garlic and cook until onion is soft (about 5 mins). Stir in brother, tomatoes, and peppers. Add salt and pepper if desired.
Divide the tortilla strips among 4 bowls. Add the avocado and a squeeze of time. Pour the soup over the avocado. Top with cilantro.
Optional: serve with cheese or sour cream (obviously the options are not vegan friendly)

The picture doesn't do it justice. Its a wonderful mix of flavors; sour lime, spicy peppers, sweet avocado and corn, fresh cilantro, salty tortillas, and firey tomatoes