Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Popcorn chickpeas

These were really easy to make and an inexpensive salt free snack. I used 1 can of chickpeas (would like to grow these in our garden when we have the space!), a couple table spoons of olive oil enough to cover lightly, herbs from the garden, paprika, cayenne, ground black pepper and a pinch of brown sugar so they are spicy and a little sweet. Bake at 400 for about 45 minutes on parchment paper on a cookie sheet stirring occasionally. The oven smoked a little bit, you may need your fan on. These are high in protein and an addictive snack!

Watermelon Popsicles

Need a healthy snack for the kids over the hot summer? Watermelon juice or popsicles make a quick, cold treat that is easy to make. 

Use several cups of diced watermelon and throw it in a blender or juicer. If you blend it you can use cheese cloth if you don't like the fiber in it to drain the juice. Pour into popsicle holder, add sticks and freeze! You can add mint or basil for a different flavo

Watermelon is full of vitamins, potassium and antioxidants. It's low in calories, can help lower cholesterol, and contains Lycopene which can help to minimize risks of strokes and other ailments like rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, colon cancer and asthma.

It's a perfect food, can give you energy, and contains mostly water, which on hot days will help keep the kids hydrated (or yourself ;) with out all the sugar in pre packaged ice snacks.

If you want to get really fancy, add a shot of vodka to your watermelon juice to relax on your deck (not for kids hehe!!)

It's soooooo good! Enjoy

Lavender Sugar Scrub

Lavender Sugar Scrub

1 part lavender oil
2 parts lavender sugar (made the same way as vanilla sugar)

Mix ingredients together until a paste forms. You can add more of each ingredient to get the consistency you like. In the shower use the scrub on dry elbows, knees and feet or all over to exfoliate. Rinse and wash as usual. The oil will make your skin super soft!

Gluten free potato pizzas

Vegetarian mini pizzas on potato slices instead of dough.

Slice potato about 2 mm
Add pesto for sauce (basil, olive oil, garlic, nut or seeds if you like. We didn't add seeds today)
Diced tomato
Chopped jalapeno
Spinach leaves
S&p to taste (we added only pepper)
You could add endless amounts of ingredients!

Spread pesto or sauce on sliced potato, add toppings, bake at 350 for 15-25 mins depending on how many toppings. Until potato slices are soft. Gluten free, vegetarian.

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