Sunday, April 17, 2011

Springtime Chocolate Cupcakes

With the air growing warmer each day and the bunny hopping around the corner, two things come to my mind, chocolate and fresh spring green! These cupcakes are a great treat this time of year... but honestly, you can just change the color frosting to make them fit any season. In our family,  the season for chocolate seems to be year round!




Springtime Chocolate Cupcakes
(makes 12 cupcakes)
1 cup organic Rice MIlk
1 teaspoon organic apple cider vinegar
3/4 cup organic granulated sugar
1/4 cup organic sunflower oil
1 teaspoon organic vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon organic almond extract
1 cup organic all-purpose flour
1/3 cup organic cocoa powder
3/4 teaspoon  baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon sea salt

Fluffy Green Frosting
(makes 2 cups)
1/4 cup softened organic non-hydrogenated margarine (Earth Balance)
1/4 cup organic non-hydrogenated shortening (Spectrum)
1 3/4 cups sifted organic confectioners' sugar
1 teaspoon organic vanilla extract
2 tablespoons organic Soy Creamer

For Cupcakes: (Pre-heat oven to 350ºF and line muffin pan with paper liners)
None of this ever goes to waste!
Secret Tip: Use a ladle to pour into tin.
1. Stir together Rice milk and vinegar in a large bowl, then set aside to let curdle.
2. In a separate bowl sift together all the dry ingredients. 
3. Add all the rest of the wet ingredients to the rice milk and whisk to blend. 
4. Add the dry mix to the wet mix till all large lumps are gone. 
5. Pour batter 3/4 full into liners. Bake 18 to 20 minutes, till toothpick come out clean.
6. Cool completely on rack before frosting.

For Frosting:
1.Beat the margarine and shortening together till fluffy. Add the sugar and beat a few more minutes.
2. Add the vanilla and soy creamer. Beat for another 5+ minutes till super fluffy.
3. Add natural plant based food coloring as desired. For this cup cake we used yellow and blue to make green and some yellow for the flowers.


What makes this recipe healthy?

Organic enriched Rice Milk:
Lactose and dairy free this milk has the natural sweetness of rice, it is low in fat and one cup contains 30% of the RDA for calcium, 25% of the RDA for Vitamin D and 25% of the RDA for Vitamin B12.
Organic Powdered Sugar: 
No pesticides. No herbicides. No chemicals. No bleaches. Produced without the use of chemicals, pesticides, bleaches or animal by-products. It's what you don't eat that is healthy here.
Natural plant based food coloring: 
(We used India Tree brand) Scientists have determined a link between artificial food coloring and cancer. Other studies have linked artificial food coloring with brain tumors, ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), and other disruptive behavior, especially in children. It's believed that the tar and hydrocarbon derivatives as well as petrochemicals used to manufacture artificial food coloring are the culprits to these diseases and disorders. None of these additives have any beneficial or nutritional value to the human body. The concern is so great that the FDA (Food and Drug Association) has ordered warning labels be placed on foods containing artificial dyes and coloring. Plant extracts are a natural way to add food coloring to foodstuff without all of the harmful side-effects found in artificial ones. In fact, most of these extracts are high in bioflavonoids, antioxidants, and polyphenols which are beneficial when added to your diet. 
Organic Cocoa Powder: 
Cocoa Powder is made from plants, which means it contains many of the health benefits of dark vegetables. These benefits are from flavonoids, which act as antioxidants Antioxidants protect the body from aging caused by free radicals, which can cause damage that leads to heart disease. Cocoa Powder contains a large number of antioxidants (nearly 8 times the number found in strawberries). 


Sunday, April 3, 2011

Fairy Porridge


Trinnu has enjoyed this for as long as she began eating solid food. It is a dressed up version of cooking the grain quinoa. Trinnu has always loved stories about fairies and because of that, this recipe became a special one to her. The tiny little grains in this simple dish, lend themselves to the name "Fairy Porridge". It is easy to imagine tiny fairy folk using miniature bowls and spoons enjoying this yummy treat. It is one of her all time favorite breakfasts and a comfort food for her. We always make plenty so there is leftover for lunch, a snack and breakfast the next day! 
Fairy Porridge
makes 3 cups 

1 cup filtered water
1 cup organic vanilla rice milk
1 cup organic quinoa
1 teaspoon vanilla
 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
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1. Rinse quinoa in fine strainer.
2. Place all ingredients except vanilla in 1 1/2 qt. saucepan and bring to boil.
3. Reduce heat to simmer until all water is absorbed.
4. Add vanilla when almost done.
5. Porridge will be done when grains are translucent, about 15 min. simmer time.
6. Serve warm with a drizzle of Grade B maple syrup and a puddle of cold vanilla rice milk.
Secret Tip: They say a watch pot never boils, but this pot will boil over and make a bummer of a mess if you don't keep a close eye on it!
  
What makes this recipe healthy?

Organic Quinoa(keen-wa):
Known as "the mother grain", quinoa is extremely nourishing. It is an excellent source of iron, phosphorus, riboflavin, potassium and fiber. Just 1/3 of a cup has a rich 6 grams of protein. This porridge is a bowl full of health!
Organic enriched Rice MIlk:
Lactose and dairy free this milk has the natural sweetness of rice, it is low in fat and one cup contains 30% of the RDA for calcium, 25% of the RDA for Vitamin D and 25% of the RDA for Vitamin B12.
Organic Grade B Maple Syrup:
The vitamins present in pure Grade B maple syrup are PP (Niacin), B5 (Pantothenic Acid), B2 (Riboflavin), Folic Acid, B6 (Pyridoxine), Biotin, and Vitamin A. Grade B Maple Syrup is also an excellent source of the minerals Manganese and zinc.






Saturday, March 19, 2011

 JOY!
This recipe made to be worn on the body or diffused in the air was inspired when Trinnu received a gift in the mail from her birth-mother Leisa. It was a gift long awaited and Trinnu was full of "Joy" when she opened it! It was one of those reed stick diffusers, complete with a bottle of perfume to diffuse. It was a wonderful and thoughtful gift, since birth-mother Leisa is aware that Trinnu loves aroma.
Lots of Joy!
What Trinnu's birth-mother doesn't realize is the perfume in the gift package was a toxic, synthetic blend of chemicals harmful to humans and the environment. After Trinnu's nose turned up dis pleasingly... no problemo... We headed down to the basement where we have our WELSTAR apothecary "workshop" to blend something more to Trinnu's liking. Using her nose as her guide Trinnu chose the oils she wanted to synergize into her own blend. We like this synergy so much we may just have to add it to the WELSTAR  Spirit Scents Aromatherapy line. Trinnu truly has an aromatherapists nose!
JOY
makes 60 ml or 2 oz
(use only pure organic steam or CO2 distilled essential oils)

Birch 20 ml
Pink Grapefruit 15 ml
Lavender 10 ml
Vanilla 9 ml
Sandalwood 6 ml
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For use in reed diffuser: Measure in graduated cylinder and pour directly into a dark amber or cobalt blue bottle with tight sealing lid. Pour about 10 ml max at a time into reed diffuser vessel. Lasts about 2 weeks before needing to add more. Her room now smells delightful!
For Perfume: Blend 10 ml diffuser blend with 20 ml jojoba oil in air tight bottle. We used a roll on cobalt blue perfume bottle. Trinnu loves wearing this. It brings her JOY!
Secret Tip: Align and hold steady the last thread from the screw top of the essential oil bottle you are pouring from with the top edge of the graduated cylinder to prevent spillage of expensive essential oils!
What makes this recipe healthy?
Organic pure essential oils:
Organic essential oils are derived from plants that have been grown without the use of pesticides, on land that has been certified by an authorised regulatory agent.
Most aromatherapists prefer to use organic essential oils in their clinical treatments because they believe they have more healing power and vitality than conventional essential oils. There is also the issue of pesticide residues to be considered too, since they have far-reaching effects for both the environment, and our bodies.
Theraputic effect of the essential oils combined:
The essential oils Trinnu chose to make her blend suit the name she gave it very well. Together the effect of this blend will certainly be joy inducing. Used as an air purifier in her reed diffuser or in small amounts on pulse points as a perfume, her blend will be at once relaxing, calming and uplifting yet grounding and balancing. Essentially it will act as an antidepressant, anti anxiety and nerve tonic. It will even help to aide concentration!

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Magical Seafoam Brew 
Trinnu has been wanting to make this for weeks. We waited till now so we could post it in honor of St. Patricks Day since when finished it has a light chartreuse yellow-green, kind of hard to describe, but never the less, GREEN color... like sea foam or a witches brew, but it tastes quite refreshing with a hint of sweet. Because it turns out sort of... putrid looking Magical Seafoam Brew is also fun to make for Halloween. We were lucky to have Trinnus' friend Rebekah here to share in the magic!
Magical Seafoam Brew
makes about 6- 4 oz glasses

2 large or 3 small Organic Lemons
3-4 drops Stevia (liquid herbal sweetener)
Organic Powdered Sugar (to taste)
Sparkling lime Water
Natural plant based Food Coloring*
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  1. Squeeze Lemons. 
  2. Add Stevia and Sugar to sweeten. 
  3. Stir to mix well. 
  4. Add a few drops of blue and a couple drops of yellow Food Coloring to reach desired Seagreen color. 
  5. Pour 1 oz lemon mixture into champagne glass and top with Sparkling lime water. 
  6. Garnish with fresh organic strawberry or cherry. Drink it fresh, it doesn't hold it's fuzz for long!
SECRET TIP: 
Stir in the organic powdered sugar by rolling whisk back and forth between both hands. 
It helps powered sugar to blend in well & creates an amazing frothy foam!

What makes this recipe healthy?
Organic Lemons: Lemon juice acts as a tonic to the liver and stimulates it to produce bile making it ready to digest the day's food. It is also thought to help dissolve gallstones. Its high vitamin C content helps prevent and treat many infections, hasten wound healing and temper down high fever. Vitamin C in lemon-juice is very effective because it is combined with bioflavonoids (vitamin P). In addition to Vitamin C, lemon also contains niacin and thiamin. Lemon juice is also known to relieve symptoms of asthma, tonsillitis and sore throat.

Organic Powdered Sugar: No pesticides. No herbicides. No chemicals. No bleaches. Produced without the use of chemicals, pesticides, bleaches or animal by-products. It's what you don't eat that is healthy here.

Stevia: Stevia is believed to have anti-bacterial, anti-septic, anti-microbial, anti-oxidant, anti-glycemic, and anti-hypertensive properties which may help with hypertension (high blood pressure), diabetes, chronic fatigue, indigestion, upset stomach, heartburn, weight loss, cold and flu, gingivitis, tooth decay, cavities, dandruff and hair loss, brittle bones or osteoporosis, streptococcus, candidiasis, bacterial infections and skin conditions such as cuts, wounds, rashes, itchiness, blemishes, acne, seborrhoeic dermatitis, dermatitis, eczema, and wrinkles. It may also improve energy levels, strengthen immune system, stimulate mental activity, and may also help in withdrawl from tobacco and alcohol addiction.

*Natural plant based food coloring: (We used India Tree brand) Scientists have determined a link between artificial food coloring and cancer. Other studies have linked artificial food coloring with brain tumors, ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), and other disruptive behavior, especially in children. It's believed that the tar and hydrocarbon derivatives as well as petrochemicals used to manufacture artificial food coloring are the culprits to these diseases and disorders. None of these additives have any beneficial or nutritional value to the human body. The concern is so great that the FDA (Food and Drug Association) has ordered warning labels be placed on foods containing artificial dyes and coloring. Plant extracts are a natural way to add food coloring to foodstuff without all of the harmful side-effects found in artificial ones. In fact, most of these extracts are high in bioflavonoids, antioxidants, and polyphenols which are beneficial when added to your diet.






Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Crockpot Granola
When we make this Granola Trinnu likes to sample every ingredient as she measures them out! Trinnu likes this raw as much as she likes it cooked, so...be sure to save some uncooked mixture aside for a special snack! Either way it is, Trinnu says, "delish". This granola is so EASY to make. Just be sure you are going to be around the house for several hours. It makes a great Sunday project and gives the whole house the heartwarming aroma of YUMMMMM!
Crockpot Granola
makes about 10 cups

8 cups organic rolled oats
1 heaping cup organic nuts:
(what ever is on hand- we always use a lot of walnuts)
1 cup organic raisins
3/4 cup organic Grade B Maple Syrup
1/4 cup organic Sunflower oil
2 teaspoons Vanilla
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Oil the surface of the crockpot well. Put all the ingredients into the pot. Stir to combine. Cook on HIGH with cover off for about 2 hours stirring every 20 min. Turn down to LOW with cover off for an additional 2 hours or until the granola is golden brown. Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature before storing in tightly sealed container.  Serve with organic Rice or Soy milk or organic Soy Yogurt.
Secret Tip: This granola is not only for breakfast. It makes a delish desert!  
Serve over Vanilla Coconut Milk ice cream (So Delicious or Coconut Bliss brands) 




What makes this recipe healthy?
Organic Rolled Oats:
Some cool organic rolled oat health benefits is that it contains high amounts of fiber and complex carbs. It is high in protein and iron. Oats provide a good source for calcium, magnesium and zinc. Oats help stabilize blood sugar and lower cholesterol. they are also suitable for a gluten free diet! In a nutshell, oats are amazing!
Organic Walnuts:
One of the best plant sources of protein, walnuts are rich in fiber, B vitamins, magnesium, antioxidents and Vitamin E. Walnuts are also high in omega 3 fatty acids -the good fats.


Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Fluffy Pancakes

Trinnu crawled into bed with me this morning asking for her favorite Fluffy Pancakes for breakfast. We decided this would be the perfect day to begin sharing our love infused creations! These pancakes are a healthy Vegan twist on a recipe my Mother used to make. 
Fluffy Pancakes
makes about 10 medium sized cakes
Ingredients:
1 1/4 cup organic whole wheat pastry flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 tablespoon organic unrefined sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons *Egg Replacer mixed till fluffy with 
 2 tablespoons water
1 cup organic soy milk
2 tablespoons organic sunflower oil
1 teaspoon organic vanilla extract
Earth Balance organic buttery spread
 Organic grade B Maple Syrup 
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Sift together all dry ingredients. Combine all wet ingredients. Add wet mixture to dry, stirring till moistened. Batter will be a bit lumpy. 
Spoon out onto preheated and lightly oiled griddle. Flip when sides of cake are stiff and bubbles in middle are beginning to break. Try one very small drop of batter on griddle to check for temperature. It should sizzle. 

Secret tip: After the first batch, while the rest of the cakes are cooking, place a plate on top of heated toaster over to keep cakes warm without drying them out. Put Maple Syrup in measuring cup on top of oven as well to warm the syrup. 

When ready to serve, spread on Earth Balance organic buttery spread and pour on the syrup to your taste. OHHH so FLUFFY!!

is made by ENER G and is Vegan

What makes this Recipe Healthy? 
Organic Whole Wheat Flour:
Whole wheat is a good source of B vitamins,Vitamin E, magnesium, iron and fiber, as well as other valuable antioxidants not found in some fruits and vegetables. Most of the antioxidants and vitamins are found in the germ and the bran of the wheat which is absent in white flour.
Organic Grade B Maple Syrup:
The vitamins present in pure Grade B maple syrup are PP (Niacin), B5 (Pantothenic Acid), B2 (Riboflavin), Folic Acid, B6 (Pyridoxine), Biotin, and Vitamin A. Grade B Maple Syrup is also an excellent source of the minerals Manganese and zinc.
Organic Soy Milk:
Soy milk provides all the benefits of cow's milk, without the butterfat, which is unhealthy, the milk protein (casein), which can increase mucus production and irritate the immune system in some people, and milk sugar (lactose), which can cause digestive distress if you lack the enzyme that breaks it down. Since many soy crops are heavily treated with pesticides and are genetically altered buy organic soy products whenever possible.