Sunday, November 24, 2013

Cinnamon Rolls - pardon my sticky fingers!

I am so excited to share this with you that I still have sticky fingers from eating it!  If you have followed me for any length of time, you may remember that cinnamon raisin braid recipe is one of the recipes that convinced me I could do this clean eating thing.  I continue to go back to this recipe, because it's pretty easy and always good!

Yesterday I thought I was dumping some leftover cinnamon and chopped pecans into an empty container.  It turns out there was a little bit of honey in the bottom.  Not to be wasteful, I just stirred them all together.  I tasted a little on a spoon!  Holy smokes!  I had to do something with this stuff!  So I got to thinking that maybe I could use them to make the center of some cinnamon rolls.

This morning I whipped up a batch of cinnamon raisin braid recipe dough.  Instead of rolling it into individual braids as noted in the direction, I took half the dough and rolled it out into a rectangle.  (The other half you can make as usual, or do two batches of cinnamon rolls.)  I then coated the dough with mixture of honey, chopped pecans, and cinnamon, leaving about 1/4" of dough uncoated.  Roll it up like a jelly roll and cut into individual rolls.  I use dental floss to cut it because it doesn't squish the dough.  Place into a round cake pan, sides touching.  Bake at 350 for about 20 minutes or so.  When done, invert over a large plate and allow them to detach from the pan.  And Voila!  Clean eating cinnamon rolls!

Guess what we're having Christmas morning?!

Saturday, November 23, 2013

A Girl's Gotta Eat!

Thanksgiving week!  Already?!  Lucky for me I am not expected to prepare anything.  The MIL likes to make the bulk of the meal, although I do help the day of.  And MR makes the pies... clean, of course!  He found whole wheat frozen pie crusts at Whole Foods, and makes a pumpkin one and an apple one.  No sugar added, but every bit as good!  But the week leading up, we still have to eat!  So here is this week's short week recipe round-up!

Mexican style sirloin steaks and avocado salad - I made these last summer and they were amazing!  So definitely time to drag it out again.  I just hope we have at least one day of good grilling weather this week!

Chili - Easy peasy!  1# grass fed ground beef, one can of tomato sauce, chopped onion, chopped green pepper, chili powder to taste!   (EDIT:  Oh, yeah, add some beans!  We like black beans and pinto beans!)

This picture has nothing to do with the post, I just really like it!  And I took it myself!

Maura's BBQ - This is from last week's menu.  I never got it made until today, so it counts for this week now!  If you want the recipe, see the previous blog post.  Thanks, as always, to our friend Maura who turned us on to this a very long time ago!

BBQ sandwiches - Leftovers from that fabulous Maura's BBQ spooned over whole wheat hamburger buns from Trader Joe's.

Chicken coconut soup - I have some leftover cooked chicken breast from last week, and just happen to have some coconut milk in the cupboard, and the rest of the ingredients too!  This makes my grocery bill light and sounds delicious!

Keep it clean!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

More Granola!

I just pulled this out of the oven!  Didn't even wait for it to cool!  Poured some almond milk on it and threw in a few dark chocolate chips!  Snack time!  Simple as can be!

Coconut Pecan Granola
based on a granola recipe from

3 cups old fashioned oats
1/2 cup applesauce
1/4 cup honey
1/2 TBSP cinnamon
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup unsweetened coconut

Blend all ingredients together.  Spread out on a parchment covered baking sheet.  Bake at 325 for 15 minutes.  Stir around on sheet.  Bake another 15 minutes.  Stir around on sheet.  Bake another 10-15 minutes, until golden brown.  Allow to cool and stir in 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Recipes for a Friend

Baby Girl and I went to a bridal shower today for a really darling friend of hers... and mine!  We were supposed to bring a favorite recipe.  Uh... I forgot!  I feel so bad about that I am dedicating this week's menu to her.  She needs some easy yummy recipes, and these are some of the easiest and yummiest I know!

So let's get to the recipes!

Beef bacon butternut squash - I haven't actually ever made this yet, but it I love squash and I love bacon so how can it be wrong?!  This sounds so incredibly tummy-warming I can't wait to try it!

Black bean avocado quesadilla - I have made these before.  I don't always have exactly the ingredients, but quesadillas are the kinds of thing you can adjust based on what's on hand.

 Potato soup - I just love potato soup!  We used to eat this with crusty bread, but now just toss in some whole wheat hard pretzel pieces!

Maura's BBQ - This is so easy!
2 - 3 pounds of stewing beef, cut up
1 6 oz. can tomato paste
1 chopped green pepper
1 chopped onion
1/4 cup chili powder
1 TBSP dry mustard
1 TBSP worcestershire sauce
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup blackstrap molasses

Mix all ingredients except stewing beef together.  Then stir in beef and coat.  Put in slow cooker and cook 6 hours on high or 10 hours on low.  Serve over cooked rice or noodles.

(Edited to add blackstrap molasses.)

Baked chicken and acorn squash -
I will season the chicken breasts with some olive oil and Italian seasonings and bake at 350 about 30 minutes.
To make acorn squash, cut in half and remove all seeds.  Place face down on a baking sheet and cook for about 30 minutes at 350.

Beef Vegetable Soup
Beef vegetable soup -
Last week I made a rosemary pot roast.  Because the pot roast has onions in it, and some great flavors, I don't really need to add any additional seasoning.

2 cups leftover roast beef, shredded
2 cups mixed vegetables
2 cups vegetable broth
26 oz can crushed tomatoes
salt and pepper to taste

We will also have some yummies around the house like:

Granola - This is a really great basic recipe.  You can make it as is, as I often do, or you can dress it up with some other favorites.

Keep it clean!