Blondie Bites

This quick and easy recipe makes a delicious dessert that is not too sweet, incorporates whole wheat, can be made with an assortment of additions to taste, and are small enough that you can have more than one and rich enough that one is actually a treat.

Blondie Bites

  • 3 Tbs butter
  • 3 Tbs sugar
  • 1 Tbs molasses
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract or 1 Tbs lemon or orange juice
  • 5 Tbs whole wheat flour
  • 3 Tbs white flour (or you can use all 8 Tbs white whole wheat flour)
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • pinch salt
  • (shredded coconut, chopped nuts, mini-chocolate chips – slave-free of course – to taste)

Well-grease a mini-muffin tin or line the cups with papers.  This recipe will make about 12-14 bites.  In a pot melt the butter over lowish heat so it doesn’t boil.  Remove from heat and stir in the sugar and molasses with a spatula or spoon.  Mix in the egg and extract or juice.  Mix in the flour, baking powder, and salt.  Put the batter into the mini-muffin tin, filling each cup about 3/4 full.  Top with coconut, nuts, chocolate as wanted.  Bake at 350F until they are done, about 8 minutes.  Let cool slightly then remove from pan.  Eat.

 

De-li-shis All-Day Lentil Lamb Stew

If you like lamb here’s an easy and delicious lamb stew recipe for you.  You can start it in the morning and let it simmer all day.  Your house will smell great and your dinner will be easy and everyone will be happy, right?

All-Day Lentil Lamb Stew

  • 1 lb lamb stew meat
  • 1 onion
  • 1 leek
  • 1 12oz bottle beer or dry hard cider
  • 3 small or 2 large carrots
  • 2 stalks celery
  • 3-4 cups fresh baby spinach leaves
  • 1 tomato
  • 1 cup dried green lentils
  • 24 oz water
  • 1 large or 2 small potatoes
  • salt and pepper to taste

Heat a Dutch oven or other cast iron pan (or a heavy bottomed pot if you don’t have cast iron) on the burner over almost high heat.  When the pan is hot drop the lamb into the pan so each piece is touching the pan.  While the meat is browning (you will have to turn it a couple times) chop the onion and clean and chop the leek into 1/4 inch pieces.  Add to the pan with the meat and toss a few times to start to brown the vegetables.  Pour the beer or cider into the pan, stir well.  Peel or wash the carrots and cut into bite-sized chunks and add to the pan.  Wash and cut the celery in the same size pieces as the carrots.  Add the spinach straight to the pan.  Cut the tomato into chunks and add to the pan.  Add the lentils and the water, stir everything so it is well covered with water.  Turn the heat down to a low simmer, cover the pot and leave to cook for at least 4-6 hours.  You can give it a stir a couple times but if the lid is tight-fitting you shouldn’t need to add more water.  An hour before you want to serve the stew peel and cut the potato into the same bite-sized pieces.  Add them to the stew and make sure they are submerged in the liquid so they can cook.  10 minutes before serving taste the stew and add salt and pepper to your taste.  Serve the stew hot in bowls over rice, mashed potatoes, egg noodles, or thick bread chunks.  If you want to use a CrockPot or other slow cooker follow the same instructions for browning the meat and onions and then deglazing with the beer or cider.  Scrape the bottom of the pan carefully to get up all the fond then put the food into the slow cooker.  Follow the rest of the instructions as written.  Enjoy.

 

Orange Chocolate Chip Waffles

So there I was, in my kitchen at 8:30 on a cold Wednesday night in February, trying to decide what to eat. Suddenly, it came to me – waffles. What is the point of having a waffle iron, flour, an imagination, and hunger if you’re not going to make good use of them? So, here’s what I concocted and they sure are delicious. Let me just lick the chocolate off my fingers and I’ll type the recipe right up…

Orange Chocolate Chip Waffles

  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 Tbs Greek or other thick yogurt
  • juice of 1/2 orange
  • zest of 1 orange
  • 1 Tbs neutral oil (safflower, sunflower, soy)
  • 1 1/2-2 Tbs sugar
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup white flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4-1/2 cup mini chocolate chips (please use slave-free chocolate!  For more information check out http://slavefreechocolate.org/directory-chocolate/)

Beat together the eggs, milk, yogurt, juice, zest, oil, sugar.  Stir in the flour and baking powder.  Stir in the chocolate chips.  Cook by the cupful in your preheated waffle iron.  Eat hot, plain.  Top with ice cream or whipped cream.  Whatever, they are a delicious and easy treat.