Month: September 2015

No Bake Chocolate and Peanut Butter Cookie: No Oven Required!

Peanut butter has to be one of the most versatile ingredients in a pantry. It’s a cook’s staple.. It works simply spread on bread or mixed with yogurt for a fruit dip. It can be used in baking, roasting, cooking and even grilling, or indulge yourself by eating it right out of the jar with a spoon. Perhaps the most intriguing way one can use peanut butter is to remove gum from hair. Not long ago while riding the metro in Washington, D.C., an adorable eight- year- old child decided their gum was out of flavor. My hair was in the direct line of fire when the child spit out that bright green sticky mess. Thankfully my obsession with peanut butter and its many properties saved me from a funny and awkward haircut. Sure I smelled like peanut butter for the rest of the day, but the sticky mess was gone and my hair lived another day to endure the humidity of our summer this year!
Back to what really matters— how we love to create new ways to use peanut butter! Speaking of hot temperatures, this summer has brought temperatures in the upper 90s’s daily here in the South. Therefore turning the oven on to bake cookies has been out of the question. But when I crave cookies, biting into an apple or chewing on celery stick just doesn’t cut it.
There is no need to run to the store and purchase processed, packaged cookies that won’t quite hit the spot either. This no- bake version of chocolate cookie takes minutes to make and is healthier than most cookies on a store shelf.
The idea of swapping empty calories for nutrient- rich ingredients is the heart of my cooking style. This cookie is a perfect example of that strategy. Dump the white flour and sugar and instead add oats, killer bee honey and peanut butter. Since we skipped the oven, we’ll need the refrigerator to help these cookies set, but I that process only takes 10 minutes.
You can use your favorite kind of Once Again nut butter instead of peanut butter for this recipe, and you can swap chia seeds for flaxseeds if you prefer. But for best flavor and consistency use Once Again Killer Bee Honey. Once Again’s Killer Bee Honey is harvested by indigenous beekeepers of the Amazon; also it is organic and raw. You can taste the difference when cooking with this honey because of its depth of flavor, which includes a hints of of molasses and cinnamon. It is also paleo-friendly, kosher and gluten free. Pick up a jar and enjoy it over pancakes, or mix it up with plain yogurt, or sweeten your tea with it. Remember to save some for this cookie recipe though! And if you need some convincing about how easy it is to make these cookies, watch the video posted below and start your own batch with us.

no bake chocolate cookie once againNo Bake Chocolate Cookie
½ cup Once Again Crunchy Peanut butter
¼ cup Once Again Killer Bee Honey
1 ½ cup oats
2 tbsps. flaxseeds
¼ cup coconut
3 tbsps. cocoa powder
1/3 cup coconut oil

Mix coconut oil with cacao powder well. Then add in the peanut butter and honey. Next, add the rest of the ingredients and mix until you have a uniform mixture. Drop spoonfuls of the cookie mixture onto a sheet covered with parchment paper and place it in the refrigerator for 10 minutes. Place cookies in an airtight container and keep in refrigerator for up to 3 days.

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Avocado Shake: What happens when you combine avocado with Once Again!

Avocado Shake: What happens when you combine avocado with Once Again!

Americans’ love affair with the avocado may have started off with  guacamole, but it has evolved into much more than just adoring it as a dip for chips! Nowadays, you can find avocados as an ingredient in appetizers, entrees and desserts. But should you be invested in a long- term relationship with avocados for your health?

Yes! Joking aside, avocados are a powerhouse of nutrition. In just one serving (100 grams or 3.5 oz), here are the top nutrients and percentages of your RDA’s:

  • Vitamin K: 26%Avocado and Almond popscile
  • Folate: 20%
  • Vitamin C: 17%
  • Potassium: 14%
  • Vitamin B5: 14%
  • Vitamin B6: 13%
  • Vitamin E: 10%

All that in just 160 calories! Avocados have scared some away because of their  high fat content, but that should not stop you from enjoying them. The fat in avocados is mostly monounsaturated fatty acids, mainly oleic acid, which is beneficial for reducing inflammation, among providing other benefits .  Avocados are naturally cholesterol-l free and also contain small amounts of magnesium, manganese, copper, iron, zinc, phosphorus, and vitamins A, B1, B2 and B3! And don’t forget fiber too; in just one serving, there are 7 grams of it!

This combination of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory components is what makes the avocado a super fruit able to combat cancers, lower cholesterol, boost heart health and help with weight loss. Avocados also aid in the absorption of fat- soluble vitamins such as vitamin A, K, D and E; therefore, enjoying avocados mixed with Once Again Nut Butters is a win-win!

Go ahead and slice them up, and add them to your sandwiches and wraps! Smash them and use them  as a spread instead of mayo. Since avocados are high in fat, they are also perfect for baking, adding to smoothies, making ice cream and so much more!

Looking for an avocado recipe to add to your menu? This one is so simple that you can make it in the morning faster than toast.

Avocado and Lamond Butter shakeAvocado Shake

Serves 1

  • ½ Hass avocado
  • ¾ cup chilled coconut milk (or other milk of your choice)
  • 2 tbsps. Once Again Almond Butter
  • 1 packet of stevia (optional)
    Blend together and enjoy! Use the other half of the avocado to make a second batch to freeze in popsicle molds for a late afternoon snack.

~Carolina

One Bowl Quinoa Dinner: Ready in minutes!

One Bowl Quinoa Dinner: Ready in minutes!

The concept of” cook once and eat twice” is simply fantastic. The ability to prepare dishes and side items that can be tweaked and made into something new for the next meal is a time-saver.  Busy people everywhere  have struggled with the desire to eat home cooked meals, but their schedules have prohibited them from doing so consistently. The good news is that with some planning, it can be done! The recipe shared below is a twist on the leftovers of a previous meal made into a brand new dish put together in literally 10 minutes.

Here is how you can get started adapting your cooking skills to this idea of simplifying home-cooked  meals to serve you twice! When cooking grains, such as rice, quinoa, bulgur and amaranth for example, cook twice the amount you need for one meal. Cook it plain, with only the basic ingredients which are usually water, rice and or olive oil. Save half of the portion in your refrigerator for the next day or meal.

The same idea goes for your protein and veggies. Always cook extra and save —the addition of different spices, herbs and sauces can be done quickly at the time of preparing the meal to give the dish a fresh flavor. Start with a quinoa bowl recipe to practice these skills. For 2 cups of quinoa, you’ll need 4 cups of water, this will give you enough for two  meals and that feeds up to four people. Next, steam your favorite veggies or what’s in season during a particular time  of year. Remember to double up on your portions, so you can save half. For your first quinoa bowl, prepare per  the recipe given below, by adding the veggies with the quinoa, and mixing in a peanut sauce (recipe below).  This dish is a complete meal in one bowl!

Save the  portion of quinoa and veggies,  and mix it up for the next meal , but this time top it with a balsamic vinaigrette dressing, some sesame seeds and chopped chicken (optional) for a completely different dinner. If you are worried about getting enough protein, remember that 1 cup of cooked quinoa has 8 grams of protein already, so you don’t necessarily have to add chicken or meat; to achieve a higher protein intake, add edamame or garbanzo beans instead (just ½ cup of garbanzo has 20 grams of protein), which both complement the quinoa bowls very well.

Have fun creating your own one bowl meals that you can cook once and eat twice. Try incorporating different themes such as Italian night by using tomato paste, fresh mozzarella and basmati rice; or Greek style by adding crumbled feta cheese to quinoa and sliced black olives tossed in Greek salad dressing. Share your inventions with us in the comments below.

~Carolina


20150730_215422446_iOSQuinoa Bowl with Peanut Sauce

Serves 4 people

1 cup quinoa
½ red pepper
1 ½ cup matchstick carrots
½ cup chopped spinach
1 tsp. olive oil
Salt to taste

Sauce
3 tbsps. Once Again Peanut Butter
2 tbsps. lime juice
1 tbsps. apple cider vinegar
1-2 inch piece of fresh ginger
2 tbsps. water
Salt to taste

Cook quinoa according to package instructions and then set aside. In a medium-sized pan, add olive oil, carrots, spinach and chopped red pepper and sauté it for 5-10 minutes until all vegetables are tender. To prepare sauce, add all ingredients to small sized cup food processor and mix.. Add more or less water to achieve a thin sauce like consistency. There are two serving options: 1. Mix quinoa with vegetables, add sauce and mix well. 2. Serve vegetable mix on top of quinoa and sauce on the side.One Bowl Quinoa With Peanut Sauce