Cookies

Cookies

Nutritional yeast, flax seed, rolled oats, wheat germ. I made these no bake bites and they are delicious! Fenugreek does the opposite for me and dries me up so I had to find other routes.

2 cups old-fashioned oats

½ cup ground or milled flaxseed

3 tablespoons brewer’s yeast

1 cup peanut butter or almond butter

½ cup honey

1 teaspoon vanilla

½ cup dark chocolate chips

Steps

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, add all ingredients except for the chocolate chips. Mix on low speed until mixture is well combined. Stir in chocolate chips.

Roll mixture into 2-tablespoon sized smooth balls and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes or enjoy right away. Once the bites have set, transfer them to an air-tight container and store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

Notes

Mixture can be pressed into an 8×8-inch baking dish and cut into bars, if desired. Other optional add-ins: ½ chopped nuts (such as almonds or walnuts) and ½ cup dried fruit

Candied Jalapeños

Candied Jalapenos

Prep Time:10 minutes Cook Time:5 minutes Total Time:15 minutes Servings: 64(4 cups or 64 1 tablespoon servings)

Ingredients:

3 pounds jalapeno peppers, sliced into 1/8-1/4 inch slices

6 cloves garlic, thinly sliced

2 cups cider vinegar

3 cups granulated sugar

2 teaspoons coriander seeds

1 teaspoon celery seed

Directions:

Bring the everything to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 5 minutes.

Note: Store in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 3 months.

Option: Use proper canning procedures to store at room temperature for longer periods of time.

Nutrition Facts: Calories 12, Fat 0 (Saturated 0, Trans 0), Cholesterol 0, Sodium 1mg, Carbs 2.2g (Fiber 0.6g, Sugars 1.5g), Protein 0.2g

Chicken with raisins and onion

1 chicken cut into quarters

1 lemon cut in half

Salt

Squeeze lemon onto chicken then sprinkle with salt let sit 30 minutes in fridge .

Rinse chicken before adding to the pot .

Spices used:

1 teaspoon Ginger

1 1/2 teaspoons turmeric

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon salt or to taste

1/2 teaspoon pepper or to taste

Garlic cloves leave skin on them

Olive oil 3 teaspoons

1 cup raisins

3 Onions sliced

Rinse chicken off with water add to pot with oil and spices sauté 5 minutes then add 3 cups of water and simmer until chicken is almost done add 1 cup raisins and cook 5 minutes then add 3 onions sliced cook 10 minutes.

Can add carrots or sweet potato when adding raisins.

Serve with bread or over rice .

Easy Sugar Free Muffins

1 cup rolled old fashioned oatmeal run through a food processor until flour consistency

1/2 cups flaxseed meal basically run through food processor until flour consistency

1/2 cup nutritional yeast

1 1/4 cups flour can use white or whole wheat

1/4 teaspoon salt

3 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

Mix dry ingredients well

Can store dry in airtight container until your ready to use I make up several batches of dry and keep in quart jars until I want to make muffins.

Wet mixture

1 cup applesauce

1 cup peanut butter * note can use other types of butters or yogurt or applesauce or pumpkin purée just keep the liquid ratio the same

3 eggs combine wet ingredients well then add in dry ingredients

1 cup of mini chocolate chips

If using chips do not add more than 1 cup chips

I’ve used pecans pieces and cranberries 1 cup each and replaced the peanut butter with applesauce

Combine wet dry and pieces mix well place in well greased muffins tins I use Pam spray on the tins.

Bake for 20 minutes in 375F oven remove from oven and cool down store in airtight container.

Note you can mix the muffins and store the mixture in the fridge and bake next morning too.

Banana Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bread

6 bananas very ripe

2/3 cups peanut butter

3 eggs

2/3 to 1 cup sugar ( I used 2/3 in my recipe )

1 cup old fashioned rolled oatmeal ran through a blender until it’s flour

1/4 cup nutritional yeast

1/2 cup flax seeds run through a blender until turns to meal

1 1/4 cups flour

2 teaspoons baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

Mix wet ingredients in kitchen aid mixer until smooth about 5 minutes with the paddle mixer.

Combine dry ingredients then slowly add to wet ingredients mix well

Preheat oven to 350

Grease 4 mini bunt pans and a small loaf pan , add 1 cup dough to each bunt pan then the rest of dough goes into small loaf pan .

Bake for one hour then pull out and let cool 5 minutes then remove from pans.

Quick Seafood Chowder

1 pound small Shrimp

1 can of clams

1 6 ounce pack of imitation crab meat

1 16 ounce can of sweet corn

1 large russet potato

3 stalks celery

1 large onion

3 tablespoons olive oil

4 cups chicken stock or vegetable stock ( use whatever is in your kitchen)

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon pepper

Salt to taste I leave the salt out and let others adjust it to their taste

3 cups heavy whipping cream ( reserve 1 cup to mix corn starch with )

3 tablespoons corn starch

Finely chop onion, celery cube potato into one inch cubes.

In skillet* heat oil then add chopped vegetables sauté 5 minutes then add stock and simmer until potato is soft about 10 minutes.

In big sauce pot add shrimp , clams ( wash the clams first) and imitation crab meat break meat into smaller pieces add corn with the liquid .

Combine the potatoes mixture with the seafood mixture and heat until boiling then add the whipping cream heat to boil add the 1 cup mixture of whipping cream and corn starch cook for 5 minutes then turn off and serve hot with crackers.

* I use a cast iron skillet.

Feeling Sad , Can’t Fast

As Salam Alikum Readers

I am feeling a bit sad and melancholy, I’ve been dealing with a few health issues and got the results of my blood work back and my ferritin levels are very low they are a ten and I had a follow up appointment with my doctor to see what it means and now I have to follow a specific diet / eating plan and am not allowed to fast this Ramadan doctors say it’s to dangerous with my iron reserves being so low. The diet / eating plan I’m on is very healthy lots of fresh leafy dark vegetables as they are high in iron beets and oranges as well a quinoa fish and oatmeal lots of red meat and eggs. Basically the doctor wants me to eat my iron and vitamins and to be honest sometimes it’s hard as I don’t feel hungry or have a appetite, I am also taking a multivitamin called alive women’s chewable and a liquid plant based iron supplement to see if this will help improve my iron stores .

I will be feeding hungry people to make up for my missed fasts , I was actually looking forward to fasting but now I have to make plans and adjust because ones health is important. I have noticed a improvement with my feet and legs since I started taking the vitamins and plant based iron supplement they don’t go numb as much . 

Strawberry Date Smoothie 

Strawberry Date Smoothie

Thick enough to pour into a glass and eat with a spoon or slowly sip, 

This smoothie is a naturally sweetened strawberry milkshake that can’t be topped. 

Yield: (3) 8-ounce servings 

1 cup milk 

2 medjool dates, pits removed 

1 small banana 

12 frozen strawberries 

Pour milk into the blender and add the dates. 

Blend until the dates are dissolved into the milk, about 30 seconds. 

(The goal is to have a sweetened base for the smoothie, without chunks of dates.) 

Add the banana and berries.

 Puree until the smoothie is thick and smooth.

Dealing With Mood Changes …..

As Salam Alikum Readers

I haven’t been writing as much as I would like , I have been struggling with a few things . Feeling connected to my children is one of them , let me explain here a bit in depth, myself and my husband decided it would be best for their education if they went to school in Morocco and before February of this year I was with the children then I had to return to the USA and I’m missing my children, I chat with them through WhatsApp and get tons of pictures but it’s not the same as holding and hugging them chasing them around the house , I miss the mundane chores and activities I did with the children I miss them jumping on me in the morning and running to show me their latest drawings as well as their latest boo boo even if said boo boo doesn’t actually exist.

Another thing I’ve been struggling with is my health still trying to figure out why I get stomach aches because of this I have decided to remove cows milk out of my diet which is a lot harder than it sounds. I ran out of milk a few days ago and asked my husband not to buy anymore milk , he doesn’t really drink milk but he loves buttermilk but milk and buttermilk are completely different and I don’t care for the taste of buttermilk , I do like goats milk and it doesn’t upset my stomach so I just switched types of milk. I’m also trying to give up added sugar so today was the last day of the sugar I don’t plan on buying more don’t really have a need for sugar in my house my husband is diabetic and shouldn’t eat sugar so no more sugar for us. Also trying to decrease the amount of breads we eat there are healthier options aside from bread and breads turn into simple sugars when broken down by the body.

Will post a update on the progress in about a month, in sha Allah.