White Beans & Cabbage with Leeks and Crispy Potatoes

 

Cabbage & White Beans with Leeks and Crispy Potatoes

Cabbage & White Beans with Leeks and Crispy Potatoes

For most of my life the extent of my cabbage eating came in the form of Chinese egg rolls and deli style mayo drenched cole slaw, oh man was I missing out!  Several years back I started experimenting with Asian style cabbage slaws and even cabbage filled pot stickers, but still it took me a while longer before I discovered a comforting, mildly sweet and delicious bowl of cooked cabbage and I haven’t looked back since.  I actually owned my copy of Heidi Swanson’s fantastic (the name alone is cool enough!) “Super Natural Every Day” for about a year before I finally tried her recipe for White Beans & Cabbage with parmesan, potatoes and cabbage.  The crazy thing is, the cover photo for the book is exactly that and it looks unbelievably delicious, I stared at that cover for a year thinking “yum” “must try”, but every time I decided this would be the day something got in the way, sometimes I had cabbage but no potatoes on hand, other days I had all the ingredients but got lazy and opted for a more familiar option to cook for dinner.  But finally one day, the planets aligned and I finally made it and oh was it gooood.  The cabbage cooks up soft and mildly sweet, but still maintains a little texture, the beans are creamy and the potatoes nice and crisp, top with some melty mozzarella and served with a hunk of crispy toasted baguette drizzled with a little olive oil and you have a perfect bowl of comfort food, yum.

 Cabbage and White Beans with Olive Oil Soaked Bread

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Maple Drizzled Gingerbread Scones

 Maple Drizzled Gingerbread Scones

maple gingerbread scones with maple drizzle

maple gingerbread scones with maple drizzle

Happy 2015 to you all, and to start off the New Year, here’s another taste of the holiday season with these maple gingerbread scones. maple gingerbread scones

I love making gingerbread cookies this time of year, something I was introduced to when I spent my first Christmas Eve with Colin’s family way back when we met in college.  A few years later, my mother in-law “faxed” (that gives you an idea of how very long ago this was…) me a recipe she found for a very traditional Scandanavian gingerbread complete with cardamom and then she gifted me my first jar of the very same spice, a rare and expensive find at the time.  I’ve seen so many recipes for various gingerbread cookies, cakes, etc that do not include cardamom, but to me gingerbread just isn’t the same without.  It is an intense spice, a very small amount is all you need and if it’s not to your taste or you have trouble finding it, you could certainly skip it.  If you like Indian food, cardamom pods are those strange looking green things found in many restaurant’s “fragrant basmati rice”.

When I saw Pinch of Yum’s recipe for maple glazed gingerbread scones, I knew I just had to try them, since I both love gingerbread and scones!  Of course I changed up the recipe a bit, adding oats as I seem to do with almost every baked good and of course adding in cardamom as I do with my gingerbread cookies (you’ll have to wait until next Christmas for that recipe!).  I also cut back a bit on the butter and sugar and swapped out the milk for buttermilk.  What you end up with is a dense, cakey textured scone (which is just perfect to me) with a good hit of spice.  The scones themselves are just lightly sweet, so the maple drizzle adds a nice extra bit of moist sweetness without making them cloyingly so.

heart shaped cookie cutterThese maple gingerbread scones make a nice breakfast treat with a little side of yogurt if you like.  Also perfect for an afternoon snack.  I like to make mine with a heart shaped cookie cutter, but you could use a square or round cutter if you prefer or even just cut them by hand into squares or triangles. 

maple gingerbread scones

Maple Drizzled Gingerbread Scones

Author: Sweet Green Kitchen’s Jen Jones

Adapted from “Pinch of Yum” Maple Glazed Gingerbread Scones

Makes about 11-12 scones

Ingredients:

1 cup whole wheat pastry flour

1 cup all purpose unbleached flour

1 cup old fashioned oats

1 Tablespoon baking powder

½ teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons cinnamon

½ teaspoon ground cloves

¾ teaspoon ground ginger

¼ teaspoon ground cardamom (optional)

4 Tablespoons frozen unsalted butter – grated

1 extra large egg

¼ cup real maple syrup

¼ cup molasses

½ cup buttermilk (I use lowfat)

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

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Double Chocolate Oatmeal Almond Cookies

Double Chocolate Oatmeal Almond Cookies

These cookies have a rich chocolately flavor, reminiscent of a brownie with a moist cakey texture. The cocoa is just intense enough so you don’t really taste the banana and the coconut flavor is very subtle, but I really like it with the almonds.  For the almonds, I used the sliced ones with the skins still on and left them as is, if you prefer chop them up into smaller pieces, you could even chop up whole almonds if you like.  Double Chocolate Oatmeal Almond CookiesFor the chocolate chips I like 60% or above cocoa and you could even use bar chocolate cut into chunks.  Vanilla extract was added for flavor but I think almond extract would also work well.  And there’s enough oats so you can feel healthy and indulgent all at the same time, yum….I can’t get enough of these, the only taster who was a bit luke warm on them is my five year old, normally lover of all things baked (that is cookies, muffins, pancakes, etc), I think I just needed to add a few colorful m&m’s and he would have been sold!

Double Chocolate Oatmeal Almond Cookies, yum!

Double Chocolate Oatmeal Almond Cookies, yum!

Double Chocolate Oatmeal Almond Cookies

Author: Sweet Green Kitchen’s Jen Jones

Ingredients:

1/2 cup Unbleached Flour

1/2 cup Whole Wheat Pastry Flour

½ teaspoon Salt

1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda

4 Tablespoons (1/2 stick) of unsalted Butter

2 Tablespoons extra virgin coconut oil

1/4 cup granulated Natural Cane Sugar

1/4 cup Brown Sugar

1 Egg – I use X-large

1 teaspoon pure Vanilla Extract

1/2 large ripe Banana – mashed

1/4 cup cocoa powder – I use a mix of Natural and Dutch Processed

1 cup Old Fashioned Rolled Oats

1/2 cup Bittersweet Chocolate Chips – I use 60% cocoa or above

1/4 cup slivered almonds

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Wheat Berries and Sprouts Salad with Grapes & Almonds

Wheatberries and Sprouts Salad with Red Grapes and Almonds

Wheat berries are dense and chewy with a slightly nutty flavor, packed with protein and fiber and a decent amount of iron, they make for a filling and healthy base to this delicious salad. Raw Brussels Sprouts have a mild flavor, so different than cooked sprouts, if you’ve never had them this way I think you will be pleasantly surprised. I also love how the grapes along wth the fruity vinegars add some brightness to both the taste and look of this salad. The almonds, aside from being super healthy; protein, fiber and vitamin packed, add a really nice crunch. This salad is so filled with flavors, texture and nutrition, I hope you love it as much as I do!     

Wheat berries ready to  cook

Wheat berries ready to cook

Wheat berries and sprouts salad

Wheat Berries and Sprouts Salad

With Grapes & Almonds

Author: Sweet Green Kitchen’s Jen Jones

 

Ingredients:

Salad:

1/2 cup uncooked wheat berries – rinsed and cooked in about 1 ½ cups water for about an hour

1 container or large handful of Brussels Sprouts – outer leaves & stem ends removed, sliced very thinly

1 – ½ small red onion (about ¼ – ½ cup) – slivered or diced

A handful of red grapes – halved

A small handful of parsley – chopped

3-4 Tablespoons slivered almonds

 

Dressing:

2 Tablespoons Olive Oil

2 Tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar

2 Tablespoons Blackberry Balsamic Vinegar or similar

A few shakes of dried Rosemary – about ¼ – ½ teaspoon

Sea Salt to taste

 

Optional add ins: crumbled bleu cheese or goat cheese

Directions:

Stir together the dressing either in a small bowl or right in the bottom of your serving bowl.

Add to the serving bowl cooked and cooled wheat berries, dressing and remaining salad ingredients. Stir well to combine.

Optional, crumble in cheese of your choice.

Serve as a side salad or atop a pile of greens, romaine or baby spinach are nice as a yummy and filling vegetarian entrée. Enjoy! wheat berries and sprouts salad with bleu cheese and cheesy bread

Wheat Berries & Sprouts Salad with Grapes & Almonds topped with Bleu Cheese

Wheat Berries & Sprouts Salad with Grapes & Almonds topped with Bleu Cheese

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Pumpkin Oatmeal Mini Muffins

I know, I know, every food blog and website you go to right now has pumpkin recipes and here’s one more! pumpkin oatmeal mini muffinsBut these little muffins are a perfect and healthy treat.  I bring these to my son’s class for Halloween and Thanksgiving parties and the kids devour them without getting  all sugared up.  These are also great for an afternoon snack.  The maple syrup works perfectly with the pumpkin flavor and makes it taste just like autumn in a little bite.  pumpkin oatmeal mini muffins with pecansThese muffins are delicious as is, or if you so desire even better with some chopped pecans. I love making these as mini muffins, but they’re just as yummy as full size muffins if you prefer.pumpkin oatmeal mini muffins with pecans

pumpkin oatmeal mini muffins

Pumpkin Oatmeal Mini Muffins

Author: Sweet Green Kitchen’s Jen Jones

Adapted from Angie Walker’s Pumpkin Banana Oatmeal Muffins

 

Ingredients:

1 cup all purpose flour

½ cup whole wheat flour

1 cup old fashioned oats

2 teaspoons baking powder

2 teaspoons cinnamon

½ teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon salt

1 cup pumpkin puree – I use canned pumpkin

1 large ripe banana – mashed

2 eggs

2 teaspoons vanilla

¼ cup apple juice

½ cup maple syrup

¼ cup canola oil or other oil

Additional – about 2 Tablespoons of oats & a bit of Raw Sugar – to sprinkle on top

Optional: ½ cup chopped nuts, pecans are my preferred – I skip this when making for a school event

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