Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Protein Balls

A recipe for no-bake protein balls I got from a sister on Bariatric Bad Girls page on FB.  I recently bought the PB2, and need to make some chocolatey recipes for protein + replace actual CHOCOLATE and chocolate chip cookies I *need* about twice a month (to avoid killing people).

PB2 (chocolate or regular), 1/2c + water as needed to make it to peanut-butter consistency, about 1/4 c.
Rolled oats, 1/2 c
oney, 2 Tbsp
3/4 cup protein powder of your choice
Vanilla extract, splash + any other flavorings you like (Sometimes I use Torani sugar free syrups instead of vanilla extract & subtract the honey...adjust to taste)

Mix all ingredients together very well, roll in hands into 2 cm balls, then freeze them. DELISH!

Serving Size: Makes 24 balls

If you freeze them on a cookie sheet or pizza pan, after they are frozen you can put them in a freezer bag for easy access. I eat 2 or 3 for a snack.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Microwave popcorn- NO PAPER BAG version

So excited!  I've been trying to make homemade microwave popcorn in brown paper bags, but it only makes a tiny amount for me at a time, and usually there's a lot of kernels left over and/or burnt popcorn in the middle.

So I've looked and looked around online for a recipe not using paper bags, found a few and combined a few. Here's what I'm doing (and it works!)

I use:

10 cup microwave safe glass bowl
vented microwave cover (has to be vented or the bowl can explode, I heard)
2 TBSP butter
sea salt
1/3 cup popcorn kernels

I just made it melting the butter first, then add the salt and popcorn and swirl around to make sure it's all coated.  Put the vented lid over the top, micro for 3-4 minutes (mine takes 3 mins 20 seconds) until there's 1-2 seconds between pops.  Done! USE POTHOLDERS or a towel or something to remove from microwave- it will be EXTREMELY HOT for a LONG TIME after it's finished.  Both my kids had 2 bowls of it, pronounced it "good", and are asking for more.  This batch made about 8 cups of popped corn.

this is what my vented microwave plate/food cover looks like. I don't think yours has to be collapsible though.  You could probably cover with that sticky paper saran wrap stuff, if you put it on tight and poke holes in it?!

Friday, May 3, 2013

No Tahini Black Bean Hummus

I started making this a couple years ago (I guess it was), because I like black beans, I like hummus, I didn't have any tahini, and tahini costs too much for me to buy it.  I really like this recipe, and I sometimes add additional/different spices, or leave out some.  Depending on my mood. 

15 oz can black beans (drained and rinsed)
15 oz can chick peas (garbonzo beans) (drained and rinsed)
2 cloves of garlic (or somewhere thereabouts)
1-2 TBSP of olive oil
2 TBSP lemon or lime juice
2 tsp cumin
2-3 tsp cilantro (I *LOVE* cilantro, you should adjust according to your likes)
1 tsp or so of sea salt
1 tsp or so of ground chipotle pepper

Put it all in the food processor or blender, and blend til smooth.  That is all.  Don't take it to any parties if you don't want your friends requesting it every time there's a get together :)