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Blueberry Muffins

Posted by on Mar 16, 2012 in breakfast, fruit, grains | 0 comments

These were a hit with my daughter and her friends at a recent sleepover at our house.  They polished off the batch before I got home from Pilates!  And, those nutritious little berries gave them a boost of vitamin C (25% of the daily requirement) and anti-oxidants (they are near the top of the list of anti-oxidant foods) while providing a good source of fiber and energy for their tired little bodies.

Blueberry Muffins

  • 2 cups brown rice flour blend
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon xanthan gum
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh dry blueberries
  • 1/2 cup agave nectar
  • 1/2 cup almond or coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup grapeseed oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the brown rice flour blend, baking powder, baking soda, xanthan gum, sea salt, and nutmeg.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine agave nectar, milk, grapeseed oil, eggs, and vanilla extract.
  4. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, mixing until well combined.
  5. Gently fold the blueberries into the muffin mixture.
  6. Grease the muffin pan with an oil mister or cooking spray and fill the muffin pans 2/3 full.
  7. Bake for 18-25 minutes or until the tops are golden.
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Grapefruit Granola

Posted by on Feb 9, 2012 in breakfast, fruit, snacks | 2 comments

Day 7 of a Week of Grapefruit.  Well, I pulled out my dehydrator again for its second use.  I’ve always baked my granola, but I tried the dehydrating method instead this time and loved my results.  Granola is a very fun thing to make because you can experiment with it, play with the ingredients, and personalize it to your tastes.  This is what I came up with.

Grapefruit Granola

  • 4 cups gluten free rolled oats
  • 2 cups coconut
  • 1 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 2 cups chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup grapeseed oil
  • 2 grapefruits, peeled and cubed
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  1. Put all ingredients in a large bowl, and stir until well combined.
  2. Spoon the granola mixture onto strips of parchment paper.
  3. Place on the dehydrating trays.
  4. Dehydrate for at least 5 hours or until desired crunchiness.
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broiled grapefruit

Posted by on Feb 8, 2012 in breakfast, desserts, fruit, snacks | 0 comments

Day 6 of a Week of Grapefruit.  A little more grapefruit trivia…did you know that grapefruit got its name from the way it grows in clusters (like grapes) on the tree?  Come to think of it, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a grapefruit tree in person, but I can tell you that clusters of this large fruit are not what I imagined!

I was first served broiled grapefruit while living in Seattle.  Before we had our sweet children, my husband and I used to get away for the weekend to all the fun and adventurous places Washington State had to offer.  Man, what a beautiful place.  Anyway, while staying at a B&B on Orcas Island, we were served this delectable treat for breakfast.  This the version I came up with.

Broiled Grapefruit

  • 1 grapefruit, halved
  • maple syrup
  • cinnamon
  1. Preheat your oven’s broiler.
  2. Place the grapefruit halves on a baking sheet.
  3. With a pairing knife, cut around each section so the syrup can soak down in the grapefruit and so it is easy to eat each bite.
  4. Drizzle desired amount of maple syrup over the top of each grapefruit half.
  5. Sprinkle desired amount of cinnamon on top of each half.
  6. Broil for 3-5 minutes or until the top just begins to brown.
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Raw Grapefruit Avocado Pizza

Posted by on Feb 6, 2012 in appetizer, fruit, snacks, vegetables | 0 comments

Day 4 of a Week of Grapefruit.  More grapefruit trivia…did you know that the first ruby red grapefruit was actually an accidental mutation that happened right here in Texas?  Yep, we are one of the states that produces a large amount of the world’s grapefruits, which is why local grapefruits are all over our groceries right now.  Florida is the main grower.

In this recipe, I used the raw flax crackers from my earlier post as the crust and topped it with different goodies.  I love all of the colors and flavors going on in this simple dish.  I hope you enjoy!

Raw Grapefruit Avocado Pizza

  • Flax crackers
  • 1 avocado, peeled and mashed
  • juice from 1/2 a lime
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 grapefruit, peeled and segmented
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, cut into strips
  • jalapeño slices
  1. Place flax crackers on a large plate.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the mashed avocado, lime juice, and salt.
  3. Spread avocado mixture on the flax crackers.
  4. Place grapefruit segments on top of the avocado mixture.
  5. Place yellow bell peppers then jalapeño slices on top of the grapefruit segments.

 

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Grapefruit Quinoa Salad

Posted by on Feb 5, 2012 in fruit, grains, salads, vegetables | 0 comments

Day 3 of a Week of Grapefruit.  Quinoa is all the rage at the moment, and there is good reason for that!  It is a wonderful nutrient dense alternative to wheat.  Check out my earlier blog about preparing quinoa for the health benefits of this delicious grain.

The sweet and tangy taste of grapefruit is perfect with the spicy zing of jalapeños in this recipe for quinoa.  Try this dish as a side dish with your favorite salmon or chicken, or it makes a nutritious lunch at home or packed for on the go.

Grapefruit Quinoa Salad

  • 2 grapefruits, one juiced, the other peeled and cubed
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  • 3/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 2 cups prepared quinoa
  • 1 jalapeño, chopped
  • 1 bunch scallions, chopped
  1. In a large bowl, combine the prepared quinoa, peeled and cubed grapefruit, chopped jalapeño, and chopped scallions.
  2. In a small bowl, add the grapefruit juice, olive oil, white wine vinegar, ginger, sea salt, pepper, and honey and whisk until well combined.
  3. Drizzle the dressing over the quinoa mixture and stir to combine.
  4. Chill in the refrigerator.
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Grapefruit and Avocado Salad with Tarragon

Posted by on Feb 4, 2012 in appetizer, fruit, salads | 0 comments

Welcome to day 2 of my week of grapefruit.  Just a little trivia about this delicious fruit…Have you noticed that a grapefruit looks a lot like a large pink orange?  That is because it is the natural hybridization of a fruit called a pomelo and an orange.  And, it was first discovered in the Caribbean on the island of Barbados.

The recipe for today marries an avocado, my favorite food, and a grapefruit.

Grapefruit and Avocado Salad with Tarragon

  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon tarragon
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 grapefruit, peeled and cubed
  • 1 avocado, peeled and cubed
  1. To make the dressing, stir together the lemon juice, olive oil, tarragon, sea salt, and pepper in a small pitcher.
  2. Layer the avocado and grapefruit pieces in a small bowl.
  3. Drizzle the dressing over the avocado and grapefruit pieces and enjoy.  (I had enough dressing left over to put on greens the next day!)
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