Wednesday, April 9, 2014

superfood granola

As a food junkie, crunchy food during the week is a must. Just something about a tasty, crunchy treat that makes my mouth happy! I have a really bad habit of throwing things in a pan and guessing how it will turn out. It makes a really good habit though of discovering new ways to indulge in some of the boring old basics. Home-made granola is not a new trick in the kitchen, but I had fun playing around with some good ole super-food granola. Crunch (plus) toasty oats (plus) good for you (equals) perfection! Well, perfection for this gal's taste buds... you can be the judge of your own :)

You'll need: 
1 Cup Rolled Oats
1/2 Cup Steel Cut oats
1/2 Cup uncooked Quinoa
3 Tbsp. Flax Seed
2 Tbsp. Chia Seed
1 Cup chopped Raw Almonds
1 Cup chopped Raw Cashews
1/2 Cup Raw Sunflower Seeds
1 Tbsp. Cinnamon
2 tsp. Vanilla
2 Tbsp. Raw Organic Honey
3 Tbsp. Virgin Coconut Oil (heated to liquify)

Easy Directions:
In a large bowl combine dry ingredients.
Blend heated coconut oil with your honey and vanilla.
Drizzle your wet mix over your dry ingredients. Stir well.
Layer on a baking stone or baking sheet/pan.
Sprinkle with a pinch of salt (I didn't measure, just sprinkled)

Bake at 250 for about 2 hours, stirring a few times as it bakes. 

And simply serve with a smile and enjoy!

Saturday, April 5, 2014

friday night pizza dough

I blogged about this before. It's one of my most asked for recipes though, so here it is again! I love traditions and my kids love pizza. Someday Friday nights will be filled with too many things to have us all home at the same time for family pizza night. I know we will go through seasons when one or two or five of us will have commitments outside of home. But I am hoping that by building these early traditions of a simple home-made pizza and movie night, that Friday nights will eventually bring us all back together. Traditions don't have to be fancy or big or overly planned... they just have to mean something to you and yours. You can do anything! Just build traditions! Or eat pizza on Fridays. Both are fun.

Friday Night Pizza Dough 

2 1/4 tsp. active dry yeast
1 tsp brown sugar
1 1/2 cups warm water
1 tsp salt
2 Tbsp olive oil
3 1/3 cups flour (unbleached white and whole wheat is what I use)

Dissolve yeast and sugar in water. Let sit 10 minutes. Stir in salt, oil, flour. Knead, form ball. Let dough rise to doubled its size. Roll out. Use favorite toppings, bake at 425, 15-20 minutes.