Apple Cinnamon Breakfast Bars (Dinner for Two Week 19)

Breakfast: Pineapple Ham Bake, Apple Cinnamon Breakfast Bars, or Yogurt

Lunch: Leftovers + prunes, figs, grapes, raisins

Dinner: Italian Flank Steak, Mini Sausage Pizzas, or Honey Mustard Chicken, rice or potatoes with onion, parsnip and shallot

Dessert: Key-Lime Avocado Pie

Italian Flank Steak

Combine 2 envelopes of fat-free Italian salad dressing mix, 2 Tbsp of vegetable oil, and 1 Tbsp of lemon juice. Brush onto both sides of a 1 lb flank steak. Place in a shallow dish. Cover and refrigerate for at least 8 hours.

Grill over hot heat for 3 minutes per side.

Mini Sausage Pizzas

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Cook 1 lb of bulk pork sausage in a large skillet over medium heat. Drain well. Beat 2 5 oz jars of sharp American cheese spread, 1/4 cup of butter, and 1/4 tsp of cayenne pepper in a small mixing bowl. Stir in sausage. Split 12 English muffins. Spread cheese mixture on cut sides of each muffin half.

Place on a baking sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes.

This pizzas freeze really well. Wrap them individually and freeze for up to 2 months. When ready to eat, unwrap, place on a baking sheet, and bake at 425 degrees for 10-15 minutes. 

Key-Lime Avocado Pie

To make the crust: In a food processor, combine 3/4 cup of shredded unsweetened coconut, 1/4 cup of unsalted macadamia  nuts, 1/2 tsp of lime zest, and 1/8 tsp of salt, and chop coarsely. Add 1 tsp of lime juice and 1/2 cup of chopped dates and process until it sticks together. Sprinkle a 9″ pie plate with 2 Tbsp of coconut and pat the crust on top and up the sides of the plate. Chill while making filling.

To make filling: Combine 1 1/2 cup of avocado, 1/3 cup of fresh lime juice, 1/3 cup of honey or agave, 4 Tbsp of refined coconut oil, and 1/4 tsp of salt in a blender. Blend until smooth. You may have to add more lime juice and honey/agave depending on the moisture in the avocado. If it needs more liquid, I recommend adding equal parts of both. Adjust flavors to taste. Pour over crust and chill 4-6 hours. Garnish with zest of half a lime and some lime slices.

Note: Unrefined coconut oil can be used, but it will give the pie a more coconut flavor. I prefer it that way, but some like the traditional key-lime flavor better. 

Apple Cinnamon Breakfast Bars

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a baking pan with parchment paper so that the paper comes over the sides. (You’re going to lift it up later to easily remove the bars from the pan without making a mess.)

Mix 1/2 cup of vanilla whey protein powder, 1/4 cup of your choice of flour, 1/2 cup of rolled oats, 1/2 cup of spelt flakes, 1/3 cup of spelt bran, 1/4 cup of wheat germ, 1/2 tsp of sea salt, 2 tsp of cinnamon, 1/4 tsp of nutmeg, 1/8 tsp of cardamom, 1/8 tsp of allspice, 1/2 cup of organic dried apples and 1/2 cup of peeled and grated apple in one bowl.

Mix 2 Tbsp of honey or agave, 1/2 cup of unsweetened applesauce, 2 Tbsp of melted coconut butter, and 1 tsp of vanilla in another bowl.

Combine well by stirring with a spoon. The batter should be chunky.

Pour the batter into the lined baking pan and use another piece of parchment and even off the surface.

Bake for 20 minutes.

Remove the pan from the oven and lift the parchment paper ‘handles’ out. Allow the bars to cool for about 15 minutes and then slice into 8 even rectangles.

Pineapple Ham Bake

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine 2 undrained cans of crushed pineapple, 2/3 cup of packed brown sugar, 1 Tbsp of vinegar, and 2 tsp of ground mustard in an ungreased baking dish. Mix well. Cut 1 lb of fully cooked ham into bite-size pieces. Stir into pineapple mixture. Bake, uncovered, for 30-40 minutes. Serve with a slotted spoon.

Honey-Mustard Chicken

Flatten 4 chicken breasts to 1/4 inch thickness. Combine 1 cup of dry bread crumbs and 1 tsp of Dijon mustard in a shallow bowl or pie plate. Combine 3 Tbsp of honey and 2 Tbsp of Dijon mustard in another shallow bowl or pie plate.  Dip chicken in honey-mustard mixture and then coat with crumbs.

Cook chicken in 2 Tbsp of butter in a nonstick skillet over medium heat on both sides for about 8 minutes.

SHOPPING LIST:

Yogurt

Gluten-free pie crust (9″)

12 English muffins

Bread

Onion

3 parsnips

2 avocados

Lrg bag of potatoes

Shallot

Prunes (6 loose or a container)

6 figs

Apple

4 limes (or 1 lime, plus lime juice)

Dates

Lemon (or lemon juice)

Grapes

1 lb flank steak

1 lb bulk pork sausage

4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves

2 cans of crushed pineapple (8 oz each)

Dried apples (organic preferably)

Raisins

Spelt flakes

Spelt bran

Allspice

2 envelopes of fat-free Italian salad dressing mix

Coconut butter

Refined coconut oil

2 jars of American cheese spread [like Cheez Whiz] (5 oz ea)

Frozen blueberries

[Also needed: lemon juice, vegetable oil, shredded (unsweetened) coconut, unsalted macadamia nuts, dry bread crumbs, ground mustard, salt, Dijon mustard, vanilla whey protein powder, honey, flour, rolled oats, cinnamon, nutmeg, butter, sea salt, wheat germ, cardamom, brown sugar, agave nectar/syrup, vanilla, cayenne pepper, vinegar, unsweetened applesauce]

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Week 18 – Special Week! 5 Recipes!

Shopping List:

Jar of sharp American cheese spread (like Cheez Whiz)

Orange marmalade

Seasoning salt

Beef flank steak (1 1/2 lbs)

Hot dogs

Chili sauce

Bread

3 green peppers

3 grapefruits

Whole wheat flour

Eggs

Coconut oil

Unsweetened applesauce

Natural creamy peanut butter

Cranberry juice (2 quarts)

[Also needed: butter (you’ll need 2 sticks of unsalted, 1 stick of your choice), all-purpose flour, lemon-pepper seasoning, vegetable oil, dill pickle relish, regular mustard, salt, leftover jam/jelly – you should still have grape and plum or apple left]

 

Breakfast: Pop tart and eggs

Lunch: Sandwich, turnover, and 1/2 a grapefruit

Dinner: Steak, potatoes, and 1/2 a green pepper

Dessert: Cupcake

 

Orange Marmalade Turnovers

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine 1/2 cup of softened butter and a jar of sharp American cheese spread in a bowl. Add 1 cup of all-purpose flour. Stir until mixture forms a ball. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.

On a lightly floured surface, roll dough to 1/8 inch thickness. Cut into 3 inch circles. Place 1/2 tsp of orange marmalade on each circle. Fold pastry over and seal edges with a fork. Cut slits in top of pastry.

Place 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake for 5-9 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool.

 

Seasoned Flank Steak                                                                            (Note: Steak must marinate for 1-2 hours)

Combine 1/4 cup of vegetable oil, 2 Tbsp of water, 2 Tbsp of lemon-pepper seasoning, and 2 tsp of seasoning salt in a large Ziplock. Add a 1 1/2 lb beef flank steak. Seal bag and turn to coat. Refrigerate for 1-2 hours, turning occasionally. [2 is better if you can wait that long]

Grill steak, uncovered, over medium-hot heat for 6-12 minutes.

 

Hot Dog Sandwiches

Mince 6 hot dogs. Combine hot dogs, 1/2 cup of dill pickle relish, 1/4 cup of chili sauce, and 2 Tbsp of mustard in a small bowl. Mix well. Spread on six pieces of bread and top with another piece of bread. Freeze for up to 2 months. Remove sandwich from the freezer at least 4 hours before serving.

 

Whole Wheat Toaster Pastries (aka Pop Tarts!)

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.

Put 2 1/4 cup of whole wheat flour and 1/2 tsp of salt in a food processor with the dough blade and pulse it together briefly.

Meanwhile fill a glass measuring cup with ½ cup water and add a few ice cubes to it.

Take 1 cup of unsalted cold butter straight out of the fridge and cut it into ½ inch chunks. Sprinkle the pieces of butter on top of the flour in the food processor. Be careful to spread out the butter as opposed to letting it all clump together in one piece.

Turn on the food processor and blend until the mixture resembles a crumbly meal. While the food processor is still running add ⅓ cup water through the top. Watch the dough come together and add 2 – 3 more teaspoons of water as needed so a dough ball will form. If some of the dough is in a ball and some is stuck to the sides that is okay…you can fix it with your hands. At this point the dough could be stored in the fridge in plastic wrap for up to 3 days or in the freezer (in a freezer safe container) for up to 6 months.

Remove the dough from the food processor and put it on a lightly floured counter or large cutting board. With a rolling pin (and another sprinkling of flour) flatten out the dough to one big rectangle or square that’s no more than a quarter inch thick. Trim any uneven ends and use those to patch other edges as necessary.

Using a knife cut out 14 to 16 rectangles of dough. Actually you could make them any shape or size that you want at this point. Lay half of your dough shapes onto the parchment lined baking sheet. Spoon about a tablespoon of jam down the middle of those bottom dough pieces.

Top them with matching dough shapes and seal around the edges by pushing down with a fork. Make a few holes in the top with the fork as well. Lastly, brush the tops of the uncooked toaster pastries with the egg wash (1 egg beaten with a splash of water).

Bake for 18 – 24 minutes. Cool the cooked pastries on a cooling rack (if you have one) then either eat them right away or store them in the fridge for 3 days or the freezer for several months. They can be eaten cold or reheated. Enjoy!

 

Sugar-Free Gluten-Free Chocolate Cupcakes

Preheat the oven to 375°F.

Line a muffin pan with 6 paper cups.

Combine 1/2 cup of almond flour, 3/4 tsp of baking powder, 1/8 tsp of salt, 1/2 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder, 1 tsp of espresso powder, and 4 packets of Stevia together in a bowl. Set aside.

In another smaller bowl, combine 5 tsp of melted coconut oil, 1/2 cup of unsweetened applesauce, 2 eggs, and 2 tsp of vanilla extract.

Pour the wet ingredients over the dry ingredients and stir until combined.

Fill the paper cups 3/4 full.

Bake for 15-20 minutes.

Allow the cupcakes to cool for 5 minutes in the pan, then transfer them to a cooling rack to cool completely.

Mix 3 Tbsp of melted coconut oil, 1/4 cup of natural creamy peanut butter, 1/4 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder, and 2 packets of Stevia together and spread a little bit on each cupcake.