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Friday, June 22, 2012

Broccoli Cheddar Soup

1 3/4 cups chicken broth
1 small onion, diced
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup butter
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups milk
1 1/2 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
1/2 cup swiss cheese, shredded
2 1/2 cups broccoli, lightly steamed and chopped

Notes / Directions
Simmer chicken broth and chopped onion for 15-20 minutes in a covered small saucepan, until onions are soft. Heat milk in microwave for 1-2 minutes. In a separate medium-sized stockpot, melt butter then add flour, salt and pepper. Cook together, stirring constantly, for 2 minutes, then whisk in warmed milk. Stir and heat together on medium heat until soup starts to thicken, about 5-8 minutes. Add warmed chicken broth and continue to stir until well blended. Add cheeses and stir until completely melted. Stir in seamed broccoli. Add more salt and pepper to taste, if needed. Serve immediately in bowls or bread bowls.

Note: To make my life easier, while the soup is coming together, I put the chopped broccoli in a large glass bowl with a little water, cover with saran wrap and microwave for about 3-4 minutes. It cooks perfectly and just in time to add it to the soup.

Corn Muffins

2 cups whole wheat flour
1 1/2 cups corn meal
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons baking powder
4 egg whites
1/4 cup oil
1/2 cup butter
1 cup honey
1 cup milk
1 cup apple sauce

Notes / Directions
Mix dry ingredients and set aside. Slightly beat egg whites and mix in oil, butter, honey, milk, and apple sauce until semi blended. Add dry ingredients and stir till moist. Fill muffin cups 3/4 full. Bake 375 degrees for 15-20 minutes.

***You may also substitute corn meal with oats and then add some apples and 2 teaspoons of cinnamon for cinnamon apple muffins.

Oatmeal Cookies - No Sugar!

Adapted from Blueberry Girl

1 1/2 cups regular rolled oats
1 cup coconut flakes
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon allspice
1/4 cup almond meal (see below to make your own)
1 cup dried fruit (I use craisins, but any dried fruit is good)
3 bananas, mashed
1/4 cup canola oil (I use coconut oil)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Notes / Directions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine everything into a bowl and mix until well blended, adding dried fruits last.  Cookies retain the same shape that you spoon them into.  Spoon into a round, thick, flat blob. Bake for about 20 minutes or until edges are golden brown.

***These freeze GREAT!  After done cooking, let them cool and put into zip lock bags and freeze them.  I just ate one while it was still frozen and it was delicious!

Almond Meal
If you've got a good blender, it's easy to make your own almond meal.  It might have a little more texture to it but you can't tell in the cookies.  Put about 1-2 handfuls of almonds (sliced, whole, slivered) into your blender and blend till it's smooth.  The smoother, the better.

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