Sunday, March 22, 2009

Cinnamon Cider Syrup

1 cup sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
3 Tbsp. Bisquick
2 cups apple cider
1 Tbsp. lemon juice (optional)
1/4 cup butter, melted

Combine first 5 ingredients in small saucepan.
Bring to a boil, stirring constantly.
Boil 1 minute. Remove from heat.
Add melted butter.
Pour over waffles or pancakes.

So Yummy!

Friday, March 13, 2009

Quick Tofu "Lo Mein"


1 box of firm tofu
egg substitute for 1 egg
3/4 cup cornstarch
vegetable oil for frying
2-3 (3 oz.) pkg. pork flavored Ramen Noodles
1 1/2 cups water (may need more water if you use 3 pkg. of noodles)
1 red* or yellow pepper, cut into strips
2 cups broccoli florets* or cauliflower
3 med. green onions, chopped
2 tsp parsley
1 1/4 tbsp soy sauce


Drain, dry and cut tofu into 1 inch chunks. You can freeze tofu the night before to get a more chicken-like consistency, but it isn't necessary. Mix the egg replacement as specified on the box and add an additional 3 tablespoons water. Dip tofu in egg mixture and coat completely. Sprinkle 3/4 cup cornstarch over tofu and coat completely. Watch out that the cornstarch doesn't clump up at the bottom of the bowl.

Heat oil in pan and fry tofu pieces until golden. Drain oil.

Break apart Ramen Noodles and add to skillet with water, seasoning packet and remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil and cook 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally until noodles are soft.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Simple Chickpea Vegetable Bake


2 medium white potatoes
1 medium sweet potato
1 can drained chickpeas (or 1-2 cups cooked)
8-10 asparagus spears
2 cloves chopped garlic
seasoning to taste


Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

Chop the potatoes into small chunks and put in a casserole dish generously coated with olive oil. Bake the potatoes for 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, chop the asparagus and mince the garlic.

Remove the potatoes and stir. Add the asparagus, drained chickpeas and minced garlic. Return to oven for 25-30 min or until all vegetables are tender. Stir occasionally during baking and add olive oil as needed to prevent sticking and to enhance flavor.

Season to taste (I just add salt, but other seasoning would be yummy too). If asparagus is not in season try broccoli, spinach or another green veggie.

Serve and enjoy!

Serves: 2-4

Preparation time: 45 minutes

Monday, March 9, 2009

Belgian Waffles

2 cups cake flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 large eggs, separated
2 Tbsp. sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 Tbsp. unsalted butter, melted
2 cups milk
non-stick cooking spray

Preheat the waffle iron according to the manufacturer's instructions.

In 1 medium bowl sift together flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.

In a second bowl use the wooden spoon to beat together the egg yolks and sugar until sugar is completely dissolved and eggs have turned a pale yellow. Add the vanilla extract, melted butter, and milk to the eggs and whisk to combine.

Combine the egg-milk mixture with the flour mixture and whisk just until blended. Do not over mix.

In third bowl, beat the egg whites with an electric mixer until soft peaks form, about 1 minute.

Using the rubber spatula, gently fold the egg whites into the waffle batter. Do not overmix!

Coat the waffle iron with non-stick cooking spray and pour enough batter in iron to just cover waffle grid. Close and cook as per manufacturer's instructions until golden brown, about 2 to 3 minutes. Serve immediately.