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Vanilla Sticky Rice with Pineapple

I make a more traditional sticky rice for the "kids" when we do Breakfast for Dinner.  It's something I know my Asian students will enjoy. American breakfast is generally something international students have to get used to or work around.  It's too sweet.  But dessert Thai rice dishes seems to be acceptable when it's Breakfast for Dinner.

I was craving the dish.  It's been so hot out.  I like it cold, but you can eat it warm or cold. But, I was out of canned coconut milk, so I had to see what would happen if I used the drink-milk instead of the pure stuff.

It makes for a lighter flavor, which I really like.  it's good for breakfast or dessert.


1 lbs. glutinous rice
1 2/3 cups so delicious coconut milk drink, unsweetened
3 Tbsp. Lakanto
2 tsp. Vanilla Bean Paste
1/4 tsp. salt
Fruit
Soak rice overnight in just enough water to cover+1/4 inch.Cover bowl of soaked rice with plate, cook 3 minutes in microwave.Stir rice, and repeat until water absorbed and rice i…
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Potato Salad

I'm sure this recipe came from something like a magazine ad, but it is by far my favorite recipe, and with a couple changes, you can cut some calories and have a great side dish for those summer picnics. It's also high in potassium (and sodium, so, you know, restraint).


24 oz. potatoes, skins on, diced
4 oz. sweet pickle/gherkin, chopped
1/4 cup Just Mayo
1/2 package Good Seasonings Zesty Italian Dry Mix
Paprika
Parsley
Boil diced potatoes about 20 min, until tender.Combine potatoes, pickles, and Good Seasonings. Stir and set to cool.Once room temp, stir in mayo.Sprinkle with paprika and parsley just to make it pretty. Makes 6 servings, 175 calories each.

Seen here with 8oz. Shrimp with Old Bay Hot and 5oz. of fresh asparagus for a 360 calorie, grilled meal.
Nutrition FactsServings6.0Amount Per Servingcalories175% Daily Value *Total Fat 2g4%Saturated Fat 0g0%

Strawberry Avocado Waffles

I'm back on track and trying to get creative.  The problem, a few years in, is you come up with some tried and true recipes and you want to stick. But I decided to try something new.  So, I looked at a recipe I have lying around for banana pancakes, and decided to make avocado waffles.  I've got this last bit of strawberries left that has to be used up, so I decided to toss that it.

They were delicious and fluffy.  If you like a crunchier waffle, I recommend toasting before serving. I like to freeze them in packs of so many, and then I can pop them in the toaster on a work day.


1 ripe avocado, mashed
1 egg
1 1/2 Tbsp. Lakanto Monkfruit Sweetener
1/4 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. vanilla bean extract
3/4 to 1 cup Coconut Milk Drink
1 cup self-rising flour
4 oz. diced strawberries
In medium bowl, combine avocado, egg, sweetener, salt, nutmeg, vanilla and coconut milk drink. Beat as smooth as you can.Add in flour. Beat smooth.  If too thick, add more milk. Milk will vary base…

Oil-Free Catalina Dressing

I have to be really careful with dressings, but lately I've taken to making them at home just to cut calories. A lot of things, like ranch, can be made much healthier at home without doing anything to the taste, and super easy too.

This is my new favorite. Low cal, low fat, and super yummy.


1/2 cup ketchup
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup Lakanto Monkfruit sweetener
1/2 cup water
1/4 tsp. onion powder
1/4 tsp. paprika
1/4 tsp. ground mustard
1/4 tsp. white pepper/black pepper

Combine in a container and shake well.

2 Tbsp. is a serving.

Nutrition FactsServings19.0Amount Per Servingcalories7% Daily Value *Total Fat 0g0%Saturated Fat 0g0%

Semi-Homemade Pretzels and Beer Cheese

I looooooove pretzels.  Someone mentioned to me that sometimes when bakeries that make pretzels run out of pretzel dough, they just use the bread dough, and I was like wahhhhhh?

So this was probably a bad thing for me to learn how to do.  I might have eaten  the first batch all by myself.  And they come out perfect every time. But I especially love them in beer cheese, so I did some searching and then took a little from everything and came up with a lovely, gooey side of cheese.


Soft Pretzels
12 frozen white dinner rolls (I use Rhodes or my homemade yeast rolls)
1 egg+1 Tbsp. water
Salt
6 cups water
1/2 cup baking soda
Allow your dinner rolls to thaw.  The oil your hands and roll them into logs.Cover and let rise for 1 hour.About 15 minutes before the hour is up, preheat oven to 375In your big saute pan, combine water and baking soda. Bring to boil.In a bowl, combine 1 egg and 1 Tbsp. of water. Whisk smooth.Once rolls have risen, drop each roll into baking soda water, and let cook 30 se…

Cauliflower & Cheese Bake

This is the longest winter ever.  It seems like it will never end.  I think we're having a few signs up spring now.  Lighter outside.  But the nights are still super cold, and snow flurries are still in the game.
I wanted comfort food without wrecking my reboot, and I still have some frozen cauliflower in the freezer, so I thought I'd give "mac" a try.  If I could get all the cheesy goodness for less calories, I'd be happy.
It worked! Although, next time I think I'll rice my cauliflower, it was super cheesy, creamy and delicious.



Cheesy Cauliflower 16 oz. cauliflower florets, frozen
1 cup cheddar, shredded 2 Tbsp. butter 2 Tbsp. flour 1 cup so delicious coconut milk drink, unsweetened
Topping 2 cups beer bread, cubed 2 Tbsp. butter Microwave frozen florets until no longer frozen.  I do about 8 minutes.Preheat oven to 400F.While that's going on, grease you 8x8 or 9x9 baking dish.In your large saucepan, melt butter.Whisk in flour until smooth.Add milk. Whisk …

Oil-Free Granola

It's April!  The holiday season is over, and now it is time to reboot my lifestyle.  I've let myself be bad for awhile, and it shows. No problem. Simply stop being bad and start being smart!

I'm going to be adding more straight up homemade items to the recipes going into the fresh food season, and I've got some ideas and tricks up my sleeve I think you're going to really enjoy! I'm also bringing back the nutrition info, to help people make healthy choices and do the macros/micros thing.

The base for this is super easy.

4 cups oats, old fashioned or steel cut
1-2 cups goodies (no more than 1 1/2 in the oven)
1 cup pure maple or Log Cabin original
Pinch of salt

Here's my Maple-Nut Cherry Granola
4 cups old fashioned oats
1/4 cup red quinoa, uncooked
1/4 cup chia seeds
1/4 cup raw pumpkin seeds/pepitas
1/4 cup pecan pieces
1/4 cup salted almond pieces or slivers
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. vanilla bean paste
5 oz. sweetened, dried cherries
1 cup Log Cabin original
P…