I love Sloppy Joes, but I wanted a healthier version that still had a lot of flavor. The girls and I loved it, especially over cooked brown rice, pasta, or mashed potatoes.
1-2 lbs ground turkey or ground beef 1 diced pepper 1 diced onion 15.5 oz can tomato sauce 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes 1 tbsp garlic powder 1 tbsp onion powder 1 tsp pepper 1/2 tsp salt
Fry the meat, pepper, and onion in a skillet until done. Add the remaining ingredients then cook and stir until heated and thickened. * Freezes perfectly. I like to place a single serving of the frozen Sloppy Joes in a large microwave safe bowl with 1/2 cup brown rice and 3/4 cup water then microwave for 6 minutes or until the rice is done.
I was attempting something else, but this result was a yummy happy surprise that we have now made many times. I wasn't sure what to call this recipe. It's not really a pudding because it's thick and has other ingredients in it. It's not a cake because it isn't the right consistency. I decided to go with Chocolate Pudding Cake because that's about right. It's a gooey chocolate mixture that is made in the microwave and then, if desired, add-ins are stirred in like flaked coconut, berries, oats, etc. The top picture is plain, the second is oats and coconut, the third is oats and strawberries. We also stir a few safe chocolate chips into each either before microwaving or after as an add-in. Sometimes both!
Microwave Chocolate Pudding Cake
2 tbsp whole wheat flour, white flour, or oat flour 2 tbsp cocoa powder 1/8 tsp baking powder 1/16 tsp salt 2 tbsp unsweetened applesauce 2 tbsp soy milk 1 tbsp pure maple syrup, honey, or molasses 1 tsp melted coconut oil or olive oil 1/4 tsp vanilla extract Add-ins desired such as oats, dried fruit, safe chocolate chips, unsweetened flaked coconut, blueberries, raspberries, diced banana, chopped strawberries, etc.
Combine the flour, cocoa, baking powder, and salt. Add the applesauce, soy milk, maple syrup, melted coconut oil, and vanilla then mix until thoroughly combined. Microwave for 1 1/2 - 2 1/2 minutes or until set. Cool for a few minutes then stir in the add-ins you desire. * Some safe chocolate chips can be added to the batter before it is microwaved for an extra chocolately result.
This barbecue sauce is chunky and flavorful and refined sugar free. So good.
1 tbsp olive oil 1 finely chopped onion 2 tbsp mince garlic 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce 1/4 cup maple syrup, honey, or molasses or a mixture 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar 1 tbsp mustard 8 oz tomato sauce 1 tsp chili powder 1/4 tsp salt 1/4 tsp pepper 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper
Heat the oil in a saucepan over medium-low heat. Add the onion and sauté 5 minutes. Add the garlic and sauté for 1 minute. Add the remaining ingredients and whisk to combine. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes, whisking occasionally, until thickened. * Store in a glass jar tightly covered.
We loved baked oatmeal. I wanted to figure out a recipe that wouldn't use refined sugar. We like to top it with additional fresh fruit or reheat it with additional soy milk.
Apple Banana Baked Oatmeal
2 cups old fashioned oats 2 cups boiling water 2 small apples, diced with or without skin 1 banana, diced 1 cup flaked coconut, raisins, Craisins, currents, chocolate chips, etc. - optional 3/4 cup soy milk 1/4 cup maple syrup or honey 1 tbsp cinnamon 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Combine the oats and water then cover for 10 minutes. Add the remaining ingredients then mix until thoroughly combined. Spread the mixture into a parchment paper lined 8x8 dish. Bake at 350 for 45-50 minutes or until golden brown and set. * Once cooled cut into serving sized squares and then freeze or store in the fridge for up to 4 days.
These cookies are so good! They would be perfect as part of breakfast or as a healthy snack. They are fast and easy to prepare and produce a very yummy soft chewy cookie. They have a great banana flavor and the oats provide the perfect texture. Healthy and delicious, a perfect combination.
Thoroughly combine all of the ingredients. Drop into 12 equal mounds onto a parchment covered baking sheet. Form into a cookie shape, flattening as desired. The cookies will not change their shape as they bake. Bake at 350 for 10-15 minutes or until they are set and starting to brown on the bottom. * The top 2 pictures I left the cookies mounded. The bottom 2 pictures I flattened.
This casserole is one of my favorite combinations - black beans, brown rice, and tomatoes. So good.
Black Beans and Rice
1 tbsp olive oil 1 onion, chopped 15.5 oz can black beans, rinsed and drained 14.5 oz can crushed, diced, or stewed tomatoes, undrained 1 tsp Italian seasoning 1/2 tsp garlic powder 1/2 tsp chili powder 1 1/2 cups raw brown or white Minute rice
Heat the oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion then cook and stir until tender. Add the beans, tomatoes, and seasonings. Bring to a boil then stir in the rice. Cover, reduce the heat to low, then simmer for 10 minutes or until the rice is tender. * Wonderful topped with salsa. * Cooked ground beef can be added if desired.
I love anything with cabbage. This casserole is easy to prepare and makes plenty to freeze for later.
Crock Pot Cabbage Casserole
5 cups water 15.5 oz can cannellini beans, kidney beans, or black beans 15 oz can tomato sauce 1 cup cooked ground turkey or beef or an additional can of beans 1 cup thinly sliced carrots 1 cup brown or white Minute rice, uncooked 1-2 diced onions 1 medium head of cabbage, chopped Seasonings desired - I used salt, pepper, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, and onion powder
Combine all of the ingredients in the crock pot. Cover and cook on high for 4 hours. * Makes 12 (1 cup) servings. * Freezes great.
These clusters were so simple, but the girls couldn't get enough of them.
Simple Sunbutter Chocolate Pretzel Clusters
1/3 cup safe chocolate chips 3 tbsp coconut oil 1/4 cup cocoa powder 2 tbsp maple syrup or honey 1/4 cup Sunbutter 1 cup pretzels
Melt the chocolate and coconut oil in the microwave. Stir in the cocoa and maple syrup until smooth. Add the Sunbutter and stir until thoroughly combined and smooth. Stir in the pretzels. Drop by tablespoon onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Place in the fridge until hardened. Store covered in the fridge. * Makes 20-25 clusters.
1 1/3 cup whole wheat flour 1 tsp baking powder 1 tsp Italian seasoning 1 tsp garlic powder 1 tsp onion powder 1/2 tsp salt 1/2 cup soy milk or water, more if necessary 2 tbsp olive oil or unsweetened applesauce
Combine the flour, baking powder, and seasonings. Stir in the soy milk and oil. Knead the dough until smooth. Cover with a clean towel and let sit for 10 minutes. Press or roll the dough into 2 thin pizza crusts on a foil lined baking sheet. Prick all over with a fork. Bake at 400 for 8-10 minutes or until set. Top as desired then bake for an additional 15-20 minutes or until the toppings are hot and the edges are crisp. * If desired, freeze before baking the second time. Wrap in plastic wrap, then in foil, then place them in a Ziploc bag. To prepare, remove the pizza from the freezer, place on a foil lined baking sheet, then bake at 400 for 20-30 minutes or until hot and crisp.