Quick & Healthy Cookies

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You may have noticed that I haven’t been posting many recipes as of late; I have been experimenting with a diet. Wow, that sounds lame. I always eat very healthy, but now and again life calls for cutbacks. No cookies, no treats, no heavy meals. Swimsuit season is right around the corner so now it is cuts season.

With that in mind I have been eliminating refined carbohydrates, the stuff that slips through the cracks and finds its way to your waist. As well, a lot of fat meaning peanut butter, oil, etc. etc. I know being healthy and cutting back isn’t glamorous, but it is effective! So far I do feel healthier with less fat and simple carbs. I do feel more energetic with the elimination of refined sugar, though I do crave it!

With cutbacks in mind and cravings in tow, I made peanut butter & jelly oatmeal cookies. I decided if I were to give in to one of my cravings it would be peanut butter. I use Natural which eliminates any extra oil. They are gluten free, dairy free, & low sugar. If you use egg replacer, easily vegan also!

These cookies are also full of fiber, protein, vitamins A & E, and Omegas (from the egg). So while they seem to be lackluster in all those un-healthy fats, simple carbs & sugars, they are full of nutrition and taste amazing. Its a win-win-win…with a bit of slam-dunk if I do say so myself.

Peanut Butter & Jelly Oatmeal Cookies:

1 C Peanut Butter, Natural

2/3 C Whole, Gluten free Oats

1/3 C Gluten Free Granola

2 T Sugar

1 tsp Baking Powder

1/2 tsp Kosher Salt

1 Egg

Low-Sugar Raspberry Jelly

Method-

Set oven to 325℉. Combine all ingredients except jelly. Use two spoons and ‘drop’ rounds onto a ungreased baking sheet. Use the bottom of a rounded teaspoon to make little imprints in the cookies. Put a small amount of jelly, about 1/2 a teaspoon, into each cookie and bake for 10-12 minutes or until they are golden brown. Cool and enjoy with a cup of coffee or almond milk!

 

Foodie Watch!

Edible Portland is a must check out website and publication. I have been recently reading articles from their past issues (they are all online; score!) and they have an abyss of information. Every subject from sustainable fishing practice to what the farmers are growing this season is in there. This is a great publication for foodies! Check out the article by Hanna Neuschwander titled, The Coffee in Your Cup, in the winter 2012 edition. 

happy reading!

Must See Movies: Jiro Dreams of Sushi

When it comes to Japanese cuisine, to sushi, anything I have summed up as good has been denounced. After watching Jiro dreams of sushi, I soon became ashamed of what I have declared as decent or good. I realize how in depth the life of sushi is in the pulse of Japanese culture now by following the life of Jiro in this hour and twenty minute feature.

I choose this clip as it is my favorite part of the movie, aside from the son going to pick out fish for the day. Pictured is a succession of Jiro’s menu with explanation as to why he does so. From fatty tuna to hard shell clams, Jiro creates a story through his progression. A journey that few are lucky enough to go on.

Wo tanoshinde kudasai!

(to my understanding this means enjoy)