No-Bake Pumpkin Energy Bites (makes 24 one-inch balls)
1 cup hulled sunflower seeds 1 cup dates, pitted (about 7 ounces) 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut 1/4 cup pumpkin puree 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger pinch of nutmeg pinch of salt
Place the sunflower seeds in the bowl of a large food processor fitted with an “S” blade and process them into a fine flour. Add in the dates, coconut, pumpkin, vanilla, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and salt and process until a sticky dough is formed. At this point, you can taste the batter and see if you’d like to make any adjustments– add in more nuts for a drier texture, more dates for sweetness, or more spice to taste.
Last night I saute'd onion, zucchini, tomato, & a bit of spinach. Then I added eggs and fixed somewhat of a skillet omelet. Turned out well & dh said I could make any combination of that any time I wanted!
As to kale: the Dutch have a saying that it is "better after the frost is on". So I harvest lots of kale from our garden and wash it, strip the leaves off the stem, and stuff it into ziplock bags (pour off excess water & squeeze out the air). -- Then when I want kale for anything, I chop up the frozen kale and add to whatever I'm cooking...potatoes, soups, stews, sauces, ETC. (sometimes it literally crumbles after being frozen)
Kale is GREAT as a calcium source, and cooking does NOT remove that mineral!
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I found that I can put just about any vege that I don't like into my homemade vege soup and it tastes pretty good. Also, I really like the Blue Diamond Vanilla Unsweetened Almond milk. It's good with cereal and I add it to my frozen banana shake.
current weight: 154.0
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I like the frozen banana as well, I also like frozen berries with some greek yogurt, I like the plain with a little vanilla extract mixed in...or cinnamon on top...it tricks me into thinking I'm having ice cream!
Instead of ice cream I make a frozen blended banana treat. I take really ripe bananas (the kind you would probably throw out because they're too mushy) peel and cut them in to chunks, put them in a plastic baggie and freeze them over night. Then I take out chunks equal to a whole banana, toss them in a blender with some orange juice and about a tablespoon of rainbow sherbert (for a little extra sweetness) and blend them until the bananas are nice and smooth. It comes out thick enough to eat with a spoon.
Pounds lost: 12.2
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Isn't it funny how people can be so different?! I LOVE Kale Chips! I discovered those since joining SP as well! My husband and I can eat an entire bunch of kale at one meal prepared that way. I find you do have to watch how long you roast them, too much...not so good. Also, be sure to dry them off really well before roasting, they come out more evenly roasted.
Sheri-St. Louis, Missouri, USA
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Melrose: I love fresh spinach salads, but cooked spinach...not so much. I discovered once that pressing ALL the water out of it from the cooked spinach, when adding it to recipes actually takes some of the yuckiness factor out of it. I had this spinach quiche recipe I was trying, and it said to press the spinach in a sieve. I was surprised at the pleasant difference. It meant that my quiche actually came out tasting like something I'd gotten at my Mom's favorite bakery.
Elisa: I've never tried kale. Hmmm. I need to look that up.....
Kale! Been reading and learning about how important 'green, leafy' veggies are. Seems I'm not getting enough of their nutrients.
Tried Kale chips. YUCK!
Discovered Kale salad, at the Health Food Store. Tasty, but too high in calories. So, been experimenting. Using lemon juice or orange juice to break down the ...hardness... and adding jam to it. But wait! The jam is pouring water into the used, rather empty jam container and shaking it up. Just enough flavor.
I agree on the Greek Yogurt, unfortunately it became a huge favorite of mine in the states and I can;t find it here..I liked Oiko's and Dannon and the Chibanni (sp?) but none of them are here in OZ :(
That is the only new thing, I have started incorporating more spinach into things when possible, though I don't especially like it, it is readily available and good for me so, might as well.
Recipe's I have been experiementing with several on here, a good standard is the frittata's (use of spinach :)) they are so easy to make and great to just grab (I like them cold) as a snack or post workout pick me up, after using the basics you can make just about any kind you want as far as veggies.
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