Avocado Heaven – Practicing for 5 de Mayo!

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What to do with avocadoes which have all ripened to full maturity? This guacamole is flavorful and delicious!

3 avocadoes

4 freshly squeezed limes

freshly squeezed lemon juice from one large lemon

1 chopped large red onion

1 chopped large tomato

sea salt

freshly peppercorn

This is the fastest and easiest meal, yes, meal, that you can put together. In an aluminum bowl I placed the avocadoes, chopped onion and tomato, and then the fresh lime and lemon juice, sea salt and pepper….mix is thoroughly and place it in the fridge for at least 15 minutes unless you are serving it as soon as it is made.

I use Live G Free (gluten free) brown rice crackers, sweet chili flavored. The burst of fresh and sweet chili flavors with the guacamole is delicious, and quite filling.

This is a wonderful appetizer to share with friends….or have yourself as an entire meal.

Happy Sunday, everyone.

Savory Saturday Snack….repeat 3 times!

While the chicken was baking, I wanted something savory to enjoy….so I went scavanging in the fridge.  Out came a package of prosciutto, Colby cheese, Kalamata olives, and kiwi. Found a package of water crackers, and created my own appetizer to enjoy, as an awesome aroma wafted through the kitchen. Yum…..

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Easter Cupcakes…with Garbanzo Bean Flour!

20200412_124752Easter denotes goodies, aka chocolate and candy! That meant I needed to see what I had available in my cupboards, so off I took in adventurous mode through the fridge to see what I could find.

What if I used garbanzo bean flour in cupcakes? What would that taste like? I took a risk in mixing one cup of garbanzo flour with all purpose flour, including the regular baking powder and baking soda, salt, and decided to use 3/4 cup of Swerve, a sugar replacement that measures like sugar, instead of white sugar.

I found I had 1/2 papaya and 2 pieces of mango, which I liquified with a cup of water. In a separate bowl, 3 eggs were beaten with the Swerve, and about 1/2 cup of melted coconut oil.  I added the fruit mixture and mixed well. Then the dry ingredients were beaten in 3 separate batches with the wet ingredients until everything was well integrated.  The cupcake molds were filled with a large heaping tablespoon of the mixture, and in they went in a 350 degree oven for 20 minutes.  When I heard the timer, I rushed to the kitchen and took them out of the oven.

They glowed in their toasty exterior. I waited till they weren’t piping hot before taking one out and cutting it to see how they baked. And took a bite. Waited a second, took another bite, and thought….these are good! They are not overly sweet, and the garbanzo bean flour definitely adds lots of fiber – had I just used the garbanzo bean flour, the cupcakes would have been gluten free! Check out Bob’s Red Mill Stone Ground Garbanzo Bean Flour in your local supermarket. I found mine in my neighborhood Publix. The 1 lb bag was very inexpensive, and a great buy. Swerve is also available in Publix and at Whole Foods.

I wasn’t planning on making chocolate ganache, but because the cupcakes were not very sweet, I melted a large dark chocolate bar and a bag of Trader Joe’s chocolate chips in 1/3 cup of almond milk.  And voila! After finding green and pink sprinkles and a few chocolate covered almonds, used them in a fun presentation as this year’s Easter Cupcakes! And yes, they were delicious…..I think I might still have one left to enjoy today.

What a Morning!

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I wonder how the morning woke up the day of the Resurrection….

Was it with the chirping of the birds?

Or the faint hue on the horizon of the glory that would soon be displayed?

I hear each bird calling out to another, as if to say,

It’s a New Day Dawning! Wake up….

Looking off into the horizon I see the faint colors of daybreak,

as the morning clears its eyes, stretches through the skyline

to greet a new day, a special day.

You see, many years ago today

Jesus Christ came back.

He said, in Matthew 12:40

“For as Jonah was in the belly of the great fish for three days and three nights, so will the Son of Man be in the heart of the earth for three days and three nights.”

But He rose again!

Matthew 28:1-10, 16-20

Early on Sunday morning, as the new day was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went out to visit the tomb.

Suddenly there was a great earthquake! For an angel of the Lord came down from heaven, rolled aside the stone, and sat on it. His face shone like lightning, and his clothing as white as snow. The guards shook with fear when they saw him, and they fell into a dead faint.

Then the angel spoke to the women. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I know you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead, just as he said would happen. Come, see where his body was lying. And now, go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead, and he is going ahead of you to Galilee. You will see him there. Remember what I have told you.”

The women ran quickly from the tomb. They were very frightened but also filled with great joy, and they rushed to give the disciples the angel’s message. And as they went, Jesus met them and greeted them. And they ran to him, grasped his feet, and worshipped him. Then Jesus said to them, “Don’t be afraid! Go tell my brothers to leave for Galilee, and they will see me there.”

Then the eleven disciples left for Galilee, going to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshipped him – but some of them doubted!

Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

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God is with you, just as He is with me.

As the famous hymn says,

“Turn your eyes upon Jesus,

look full in His wonderful face,

and the things of earth will grow strangely dim

in the light of His glory and grace.”

Happy Easter Sunday!

Easter Weekend Baking – Garbanzo flour et al!

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Baking makes me happy and it’s Easter weekend, so it’s time for Celebrating, even though we’re doing it at a distance…

I started my morning by going to Wal-Mart. I thought it was going to be easy to walk in, get the ingredients I needed, come home and bake to my heart’s content, but I was surprised to see that there was quite a long line outside the store, while a security guard allowed people in, as others walked out with their groceries. It’s the new normal….

Having not made banana bread in quite a while, I decided to make two different kinds, so I put a “secret ingredient” in one of the banana breads with walnuts; the second banana bread has macadamia nuts and chocolate chips….can’t wait to try a little piece of both.

Then while the banana breads were baking, I thought why not make the black bean brownies once again? Super easy, fast and pretty nutritious, as there is no flour involved, I whipped up the ingredients in the food processor, and when I took out the banana breads out of the oven, in went the black bean brownies for a mere 18 minutes.

In the meantime, put clothes to wash….yes, it’s a busy Saturday. Then thought…..it would be great to have some homemade cookies, as I haven’t made oatmeal cookies in such a long time, so rummaging through my cupboards, came up with a new recipe using 3 different kinds of flours. For the very first time, I used 1/2 cup of garbanzo bean flour, alongside 1/2 cup of apf and 1/2 cup of coconut flour, and 1 tablespoon of arrowroot to the dry ingredients.  Found a bag of orange infused cranberries, leftover walnuts, which I crushed into small pieces with the can of black beans, and put it all together, and if I say so myself, turned out pretty good! These cookies do have gluten but on a much lower scale had I just used all purpose flour. Definitely putting this recipe in the cookbook!

Happy Easter…can’t wait to cook Easter dinner tomorrow!