A new way to have my smoothies!


I tend to have a lot of smoothies. Sometimes I don’t get to have lunch or snacks running after children so these are my go to (add protein powder if I miss lunch completely). My mama mentioned she likes to add spinach. My first thought.. Yuk! but you really do not taste it! he is a smoothy with plum banana and spinach. Too green right, the kids will notice for sure.. Watch my magic trick!

Add blackberries and it turns purple

Now that’s a tasty smoothy!

Serves about 3 :

one banana

3-5 prune plums (frozen)

about 2-3 cups raw spinach

1/2 cup blackberries (frozen)

(optional baby carrots add water and carrots in the beginning, blend then add other ingredients).

My husband said I had ruined a good smoothy when he saw me adding spinach, but he drank 2 glasses 🙂

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Spinach garlic beef burgers


These are so delicious and you would never guess that there is 4 carrots and a bag of spinach in them! Plus all the garlic… keeping the colds away this time of year!

Small package of beef

1 bag of spinach (wilted in microwave then blended, squeeze extra moister out)

3-4 carrots grated

1/2 cup GF oats

1/2 bulb garlic finely minced

1 tsp onion powder

1 tbsp ginger

salt and pepper to taste

one egg

In a bowl combine all ingredients. place formed patties in a hot frying pan with a little oil. Fry 5 min then flip and fry 5 min more. Then put the burgers in the oven on 350 and bake till fully cooked (about 30-45 min depending on the size of your burgers),  if adding cheese do it at the end of the baking time.

let rest a few minutes, put on your favorite GF bun with your favorite toppings.

This burger is great for garlic lovers 🙂 and you cannot taste the veggies (yes you can see them but that’s not what counts)

Beef and Veggie stew


Its snowing!! We dont get much snow here and I am so thrilled there is snow on the ground!!

The perfect meal to go with this snow:

Beef and veggie stew this will make a HUGE pot of soup!!

Beef or deer (large roast)

rice flour (with dried thyme, salt, pepper, ginger, garlic powder, onion powder)

2 onions

2 bulbs of garlic

1 tbsp of ginger

salt and pepper to taste

5 potatoes

3 carrots

4 parsnips

1 butternut squash

1 acorn squash

2 pkg of frozen spinach

bunch of kale

stalk of celery

broth (I used chicken but usually would use beef)

in a bowl combine rice flour with dried herbs, then dredge beef in the flour. In your soup pot and a generous amount of oil and brown the beef so it is crispy. Work in batches. DONT skip this step this will add a ton of flavour to your soup.

 

I used a food processor to chop my garlic and onion. Add a bit more oil to the soup pot if needed . There will be a lot of brown stuff on the bottom dont worry its supposed to be like that as long as it isnt burnt. Add garlic and onion. Fry until translucent. Then add a little water and scrap the brown bits off the bottom, blending with he onions.

Add broth and bring to a boil. Add beef and ginger,  simmer for several hours (I did about 5 hours)

Then add all the other veggies except the spinach and kale.

Simmer for about an hour till veggies are tender. Add kale and spinach.

Enjoy on a cold day 🙂

 

 

 

No crust quiche and other yummy things


I have had this recipe booked marked for almost a year. I took me a while to make it because it calls for gouda…. which means I have to use goat gouda… YIKES! so expensive but I waited till the store had a specail. it dosent ever go on sale but when the store brings in new stock the need to move old stock, this ment that the cheese was only good for about 6 more days. Not a problem in my house! As a result I saved about 5$ on the cheese. I ultered the amounts , this will serve 4 hungry people or 6 regular people (I have a hubby that can eat 3 plates of food).

No crust quiche:

1 tbsp olive oil for frying

1 large onoin diced

2 bags of spinach (12oz)

8 eggs

about 1 1-1/2 cups grated gouda

salt and pepper to taste

In a frying pan, fry onoins till translucent. Add spinach till wilted

In a bowl wisk eggs, add cheese then mix together. Add the spinach and onoins.

greese a pie plate (I used garlic butter …yum!)

 

 

Bake at 350 for 30-40 minutes or till lightly browned.

cool slightly

Serve, and enjoy 🙂

 

Ok you need something to eat with the quiche….

how about Garlic bread?

most of us dont need a recipe but this is what I did.

4 cloves of garlic,

3 tbsp of earth balance

7 slices of gluten free bread

I used my cousins trick, she uses a dutch oven. This is the closest thing I have:

Butter one side of each bread

place in the “dutch oven”.

put the lid on and bake at 350 with the quiche for about 30 minutes

 

 

Now one more thing to make it compleate. A greens salad with fresh dressing 🙂 !!!

Cold or warm spinach dip


This dip was originally a cold dip recipe but I decided to take half of the dip and put it in the oven and it was so good! Reminds me of spinach Phylo!

1/2 package of spinach wilted in the microwave.

3 oz of feta

1/2 cup mayonnaise

1/2 cu yoghurt (I used goat)

2 cloves of garlic

In a microwave wilt spinach for 3 minutes, squeeze out all excess moister.

In a food processor add all ingredients and pulse till smooth. let sit in the fridge for at least 2 hours.

Serve raw or bake for 30 minutes. This is sure to be a hit!