Monday, March 31, 2014

Healthy Blueberry Pancakes

Scripture To Live By:
 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you.
And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.
 And I will be found of you, saith the Lord: and I will turn away your captivity, and I will gather you from all the nations, and from all the places whither I have driven you, saith the Lord; and I will bring you again into the place whence I caused you to be carried away captive.
Jeremiah 29:11-14
I am so glad God never gives up on us.  But gives us hope in the midst of chastisement.  Cast all your care upon Him for he cares for you.

Recipe Post:
I have been wanting some pancakes for the last few week and I wanted to make them as healthy as I could, so I bought Heart Smart Bisquick and used the recipe on the package.  It gave me the opportunity to use some of my home grown blueberries. I am always looking for recipes that I can use blueberries in.  I also like my pancakes with real maple syrup on them.  I have some from the sugar maples in our area in Ohio.  We had several Sugar Maple trees in our yard but we never tapped them, but my friend had a lot of of sugar maple trees and each year she would tap them and boil the sap down, and she was very generous to share it with me.

Here is how you make these pancakes.
Ingredients:
2 cups of Heart Smart Bisquick
1 1/3 cup skim milk
1/4 cup of egg whites
1 cup of blue berries

Stir the first three ingredients until well blended.


Add the blueberries and blend gently.


Spray griddle with Olive Oil cooking spray and pour 1/4 cup of batter for each pancake onto the hot griddle








My husband likes his pancakes without blueberries so I made him a batch without the berries.  




If you like pancakes, as I do, and are looking for a healthier recipe,  
why not give this one a try? I think you will enjoy them.  I know we did.

Blessings, 


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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Red Bean Lasagna

Scripture to Live By:
 Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding.
 He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.
 Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall:
 But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
Isaiah 40:28-31

Recipe Post: I am always looking for meatless recipes and yet have protein.  It is a bonus when they contain a good amount of fiber.  A friend gave me this recipe and a bag of Red Beans.  So I made it and I really enjoyed it.  I shared a this dish with to a couple of friends and they really enjoyed it.  The friend that gave me the beans liked it so well that she made the recipe herself the following week.  I thought you might enjoy so I am sharing it with you.   She got the recipe from Bush's Best.  I adapted slightly to our families liking.  Here is how I made it.

Printable Recipe
Ingredients:
1 small onion, chopped
1 teaspoon of minced garlic
1 red or green bell pepper (if you use sweet peppers that are not bell, use approximately 4-6.)
4 cups of red beans (I used dried red beans and cooked according to package,  ahead of time.)
1 29 ounce can of Italian tomatoes (drained and diced)
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon dried oregano
Salt and pepper to taste

3 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons flour
1 1/2 cups cold milk
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese

9 cooked lasagna noodles
6 ounces Gruyere cheese (shredded)

Directions: 
Cook lasagna noodles according to box direction.  Set aside until ready to assemble lasagna.

Spray skillet with olive oil and heat.  Cook chopped onion,garlic and red or green chopped peppers.  Cook until tender.

Then add red beans, tomatoes and spices. Let simmer for 10-15 minutes.



While the above is cooking make your cream sauce.

Melt butter in a sauce pan and add the flour.  Blend until smooth and add milk slowly.  Add Parmesan cheese and heat until it slightly thickens.  Remove from heat until ready to use.




Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Assemble lasagna:
Put 3 noodles in bottom of a 8 x 12 baking dish.  Spread half of the bean mix on top of the noodles.     

Repeat layers. (Top beans with 3 more lasagna noodles and then top the noodles with the rest of the bean mixture.)

  Cover the bean mixture with the remaining lasagna noodles. 


 Spread the cream sauce on top of the noodles and then top with shredded Gruyere cheese.  

       


Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until slightly brown.


 Remove from oven and let set approximately 5 minutes before cutting.  Serve while hot.




If you are looking for a meatless super tasty meal, this one will be the right choice.  
Have a great day.  Spring has arrived.  Hooray!

Blessings, 


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