Archive | August 2012

Clean Eating Corn Bread

Wow! I never in my life thought I’d be creating recipes! Yes, I did start with someone elses recipe, but man, when you don’t have the ingredients, or you want to make things healthier, you have to get creative!
So, I was stuck as to what to make for dinner last night. Finally about an hour and half before I needed dinner to be ready and after ‘paging’ through my Pinterest boards and my cookbooks, I decided. Taco Corn Chili and Corn Bread. Two things that just go together. However, you don’t usually think about making them in August when it’s 85 degrees outside. Oh well. I had the ingredients (or at least most of them) and I was off!
My first mission was to find a corn bread recipe that didn’t include butter. Since I’m eating clean, I can’t exactly add a pound of butter to everything I eat….sadly. And, yes, I will agree, the corn bread that includes butter and lots of sugar is delish! But, not nearly as delicious as knowing I can eat this and still feel good about it!

P.S.
The Taco Corn Chili Recipe will be coming soon 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Clean Eating Corn Bread
1cup whole wheat pastry flour
1cup corn meal (I used Bob’s Red Mill)
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 Tbsp honey
2 egg white (or two whole eggs, just omit the applesauce)
1/4 cup natural applesauce (no sugar added)
1 cup skim or fat free milk (I’m sure you could use soy, coconut or almond milk too. It would just give it a little different flavor)
1/4 cup coconut oil, melted

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a medium size bowl, whisk together dry ingredients. In another bowl, preferably bigger than the other bowl, mix together the honey, egg whites, applesauce, milk, and coconut oil. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix until just moistened.
Grease an 8×8 inch baking pan. Pour mixture into the pan.
Bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
Cut and enjoy!

Note: my cornbread wasn’t very sweet, so if you’d like it sweeter, just add a little more honey.

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BBQ Sauce

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ahhh, Summer. Warm weather, kids running through sprinklers, and grilling. Oh! The smell of grilling! We are 100% charcoal grillers. No propane found here. You’ll have to check next door. And along with grilling, usually comes great friends to share it with. Really, what could be wrong with this picture? (other than the fact that winter is now right around the corner..more on that later)
Up until 2 1/2 years ago, I hated despised loathed wasn’t a huge fan of bbq sauce. I didn’t like the smell, taste, or texture. Nothing about it appealed to me. Then one day, I was pregnant with our second son, Jonah, and magically, bbq sauce was delicious. I don’t know what happened. It’s those pregnancy hormones, I tell you.
So, I’ve felt like I’ve needed to catch up, since I’ve missed out on this wonderful world of sauces thus far.
And along with my bbq sauce journey, comes my clean eating journey, and let me tell you, I found one (count ’em, 1) brand of bbq sauce at Walmart that didnt have high fructose corn syrup in it. And, while its not terribly expensive, I’d much rather make my own. So, I was on a quest to find a recipe that sounded appealing to me and didn’t have ingredients in it that i couldn’t pronounce.
I follow a clean eating blog (I know, big shocker there!) called The Gracious Pantry, and she has tons of awesome recipes. I’ve made quite a few of her recipes and they turned out very well! So, when I found her bbq sauce recipe, I was excited and I knew my hubby would be too!
I’ve used this for shredded chicken, shredded pork, marinating meats, and even as pizza sauce.
It’s so simple to whip together and so worth it.
Happy BBQ-ing!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BBQ Sauce (adapted from The Gracious Pantry)
Makes about 3.5 cups

1 (15 oz) can tomato sauce (no sugar added)
1 (5 oz) can tomato paste (no sugar added)
1 tsp low-sodium soy sauce
2 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp paprika
1 Tbsp onion powder
1 Tbsp garlic powder
4 Tbsp unsulfered molasses
3 Tbsp honey
3 Tbsp balsamic vinegar

Place all ingredients in to a medium mixing bowl and mix well with a whisk.

Use as you would any other bbq sauce that you buy from the store.