The Cookie Recipe That May Save A Life

January21

As you may know, I am three weeks into my new year’s “kick yourself in the pants” eating plan and everything is going well.  I am wearing my size 6 Petite dresspants today which only seldom fit.  I do like the feel and shape of them (in addition to the fact that I almost always wear black pants) so I sometimes pin them when the button doesn’t close and then wear something loose and flowy over top to create an illusion.  Have you acquired some of these dressing tricks too?

I have lots of energy and enthusiasm for life and I love spending time in the kitchen using ingredients that have been on my pantry shelves for eons.  As reported last post, some of my dishes have been tremendous hits and others, well not so much.  But in my commitment to be totally transparent in this walk, I will share them all.

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My first success and fav snack is baked broccoli (believe it or not).  Your peel the stocks like this.

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Chop it all up.

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Throw it in a zip loc with lots of chopped garlic, 2 T of canola oil, lots of cracked pepper and a pinch of sea salt.  Shake it all about and place on a heavy baking sheet.  Roast at 375 degrees for 30 minutes-oh yea!

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I also made a version of Bonnie Stern’s Chicken Jambalaya.

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I added a wee bit of spicy Italian sausage that I had pierced, parboiled, washed and drained and cooked the brown rice separately to decrease the carbs.  Instead I added some corn because I am crazy for the combination of savoury and sweet.  Shrimp is actually high in cholesterol (who knew?) so I did not include any.

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I even got myself all psyched up to make a bean burger which I served on freshly baked whole wheat buns.

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The result was declared a hit by other members of our gang, but I could only have a couple of bites before my tummy started protesting.  I know how good beans are and I want to conquer my prejudice, so I just keep trying.

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I made these two pizzas utilizing whole wheat crusts.  The one on the left is Potato and Bacon.  The baby potatoes are multi coloured and have been parboiled (they were left overs from this weekend).  The bacon was pre-cooked, rinsed with piping hot water and then blotted dry.  The same went with the sausage of the Spicy Italian Sausage and Red Pepper one on the right.  The secret ingredient is that I pulversized a half can of dark red kidney beans and their juice and threw them into my tomato sauce made from 1 chopped onion, chopped garlic and lots of basil.  I sautéed the veggies with the beans and did not have to add any fat.  I find that when you put the toppings on top of the cheese, you can get away with using far less cheese.  The results were delicious, if I do say so myself and a single piece was perfectly satisfying (I am typically a 3 piece gal).

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But the piece de resistance are these cookies that I am still fine tuning.  Made with honey & molasses they contain oatmeal which is known to lower cholesterol and flax which is claimed to lower high blood pressure.  They also contain dark chocolate chips, coconut and roasted walnuts.  But best of all-they are absolutely delicious.  I tried increasing the flax but the second batch was slightly less sensational.

The Cookie Recipe That May Save A Life
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Ingredients
  • 1 c whole wheat flour
  • 1¼ c oats (quick oats are fine)
  • ⅓ c ground flax
  • ½ t baking soda
  • ½ t baking powder
  • ¼ t salt
  • 1 t cinnamon
  • ½ c honey
  • ½ c canola oil
  • 1 T molasses
  • 1 large egg (beaten with 1 T cold water)
  • 1 t vanilla
  • Optional ½-1 c chocolate chips, ½-1 c coconut, ½-1 c walnuts
Instructions
  1. Blend dry ingredients together well, watching carefully to incorporate all the baking soda.
  2. In a separate bowl, mix together the wet ingredients until well incorporated.
  3. Add the wet to the dry or vice versa.
  4. Mix well.
  5. Add any or all of the optional ingredients and mix again.
  6. Drop by spoonful onto a pan sprayed with canola oil.
  7. Baked at 350 degrees for 12 minutes.
  8. Makes 32 cookies.

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Kath’s quote: “Health food may be good for the conscience but Oreos taste a hell of a lot better.”-Robert Redford

Love-that is all.

 

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One Comment to

“The Cookie Recipe That May Save A Life”

  1. Avatar January 23rd, 2014 at 5:16 am Klubai Says:

    Very fresh, healthy and in the same way tasty (as it is obvious from the pictures) dishes, I would love to try to make these burgers.


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