Lemon Poppyseed Muffins

Lemon Poppyseed

Lemon Poppyseed

Ingredients
⅓ cup coconut flour
½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
4 eggs
¼ cup (real) maple syrup
2 tsp vanilla extract (I actually used vanilla bean paste, because I’m obsessed lately)
2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice – about 1 lemon
2 tsp lemon zest – about 1 lemon
¼ cup coconut oil, melted
2 tsp poppy seeds
Instructions
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Sift the dry ingredients together into your mixer’s bowl.
Add everything else except for the coconut oil and poppy seeds. Mix to combine.
Pour in the coconut oil, while the mixer continues to run on low.
Add the poppy seeds.
Divide the batter into 6 muffin cups. Silicone ones work great, and are reusable.
Bake 21-15 minutes.
Cool in the muffin cups, then remove and serve.
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Almond Flour Pancakes and Eggs

IMG_1891This week at school was Dr. Seuss week which made for a crazy week for me. Getting up at 5am and getting the kids up just as early to dress up. By the time dinner rolls around I was too tired to think so what a quick easy stand by, breakfast for dinner. Better yet, “green eggs and ham”.  The old me would have added food coloring to turn the eggs green but the new me had to come up with a healthy version.

Green Eggs and Ham

Matt got me this cool silicon bar pan and I hadn’t found anything to bake in it. I decided to make omelet bars.

Ingredients:IMG_3486

10 eggs beaten

5 stripes Applegate  Turkey Bacon chopped up

1/2 cup finely  chopped spinach

salt and pepper

optional: cheese, peppers, onion

Bake for 20-30 minutes on 350

I also found a simple gluten-free pancake recipe that everyone loved. I have tried so many different pancake recipes and this is by far the easiest. I still can not eat them, finding an egg free version has never panned out.

Almond Flour Pancakes

1 3/4 cup blanched almond flour
2 eggs, whisked
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
2/3 cup water
IMG_3478Grass fed butter or coconut oil for frying
Process:
In a small mixing bowl, whisk two eggs.
Pour almond flour, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg into a medium-sized mixing bowl.
Add vanilla extract, and eggs to the bowl.
Mix with a wooden spoon to combine.
Add water, and continue to stir.
Heat 1 tablespoon of grass-fed butter or coconut oil in a large non stick skillet.
Using 1/8 cup, scoop batter into the frying pan, leaving enough space in between pancakes to flip.
Cook 2 minutes on the first side, flip, and cook for a remaining 1-2 minutes. Add additional cooking fat as needed. (It helps to flip pancakes back and forth a bit to ensure they are cooked through.)
Top with your choice of grass-fed butter or coconut oil, and a sprinkle of cinnamon, and serve.

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Zucchini Apple Spice Muffins

Zucchini Apple Spice Muffins
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Prep time:  10 mins
Cook time:  20 mins
Total time:  30 mins
Serves: 9
Ingredients
  • 1 medium zucchini, shredded (about 1 cup worth)
  • 1 apple (I used gala), shredded (less than ½ cup worth)
  • 1 cup almond butter
  • ¼ cup raw honey
  • 2 eggs, whisked
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon ground allspice
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • pinch of salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. So you first need to shred your zucchini. Use the shredding attachment on your food processor or take the long and boring route using a cheese grater. Whichever works.
  3. Once your zucchini is shredded, you need to remove the excess liquid. What I did was place a couple paper towels down on the counter, throw the zucchini on top, then place another paper towel on top of the zucchini then squeezed. The more you squeeze, the more liquid will come out. Genius.
  4. Use more paper towels as needed, but be sure to squeeze until the zucchini feels water-less.
  5. Place zucchini in a bowl.
  6. Now shred your apple. I left the skin on the apple and zucchini, but you don’t have to if you’re not a fan.
  7. Toss together your zucchini and apple in your bowl then add the rest of your ingredients and mix well.
  8. Place muffin mix in a greased muffin tin or with muffin liners or silicone muffin liners like I used!
  9. Bake for 15-20 minutes of until your toothpick comes out clean after you poke them!
  10. Top with a bit of coconut butter and you got heaven on your hands.
  11. Makes 9 muffins

Simple Bread

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It’s hard to say on this one, I made it with egg replace the first time. I likes it. It was very nutty. It was also very dense. The kids enjoyed it as an after school snack. The second time I made it to go with dinner, I used egg so I could not try it. This time my husband was not a huge fan, he said it was too much like the texture of corn bread,  to “grainy”, he does not like corn bread and we all do. Charley loved it but he loves everything! The other kids were ok with it, but not in love. So I guess it’s all a matter of opinion.
I got this recipe from elanaspantry.com she has great breads and muffins, if you are gluten-free I recommend stopping by.

Simple Bread

2 ½ cups blanched almond flour
½ teaspoon celtic sea salt
½ teaspoon baking soda
3 eggs
1 tablespoon agave nectar
½ teaspoon apple cider vinegar
In a large bowl, combine almond flour, salt and baking sodaIMG_3450
In a medium bowl, whisk the eggs, then add agave and vinegar
Stir wet ingredients into dry
Scoop batter into a well-greased 6.5 x 4 inch baby loaf pan
Bake at 300° for 45-55 minutes on bottom rack of oven; until a knife comes out clean
Cool and serve
Makes 1 loaf (about 12 slices)
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Carrot Muffins

Gluten-Free (Paleo) Carrot Muffins

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What you will need:

1 1/2 cups blanched almond flour
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 tablespoon cinnamon, plus more for sprinkling on top
3 eggs
2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
1 ripe banana, mashed
2 tablespoons maple syrup or honey (optional)
1 1/2 cups carrots, grated
1/2 cup pecans, chopped

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.  Line muffin pan with paper liners.
In a large bowl, combine almond flour, salt, baking soda and cinnamon.IMG_3435
In a separate bowl, mix together eggs, oil, mashed banana, and maple syrup.
Stir carrots and pecans into wet ingredients.
Stir wet ingredients into dry.
Scoop a heaping ¼ cup batter into paper lined muffin pan and sprinkle tops with cinnamon.
Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Let cool 5 to 10 minutes on wire rack.  And serve and enjoy!

Valentine (healthy) Treats


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download (1)valentinesnoun
1. a card or message, usually amatory or sentimental but sometimes satirical or comical, or a token or gift sent by one person to another on Valentine Day, sometimes anonymously.
2. a sweetheart chosen or greeted on this day.
3. a written or other artistic work, message, token, etc., expressing affection for something or someone: His photographic essay is a valentine to Paris.

Valentines day is the biggest candy day of the year! I absolutely cannot stand how every holiday revolves around chemical filled junk. Valentines is about expressing your love and affection for those that mean the most to you. I had to explain to my 15 year old daughter that Valentines is mostly for little kids and their moms finding crafty cute ways so spoil them. For most woman and mostly teenage girls it’s a day of disappointment. That being said how did showing your love for someone become about chocolate, fun dip, and heart shaped pizza? Well because the fact remains  that in America we incorporate food and mostly sugary food into every  social gathering.

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How can you make your kids feel special on Valentines without all the junk? And what do you do about the school party where every Valentine has a sucker or pixi stick taped to it? My kids actually brought home more candy from 3 class parties than the three of them collected trick or treating this past Halloween. Insert face of disappointment here.

Special Lunch of love

For my younger kids I packed them a special Valentines day lunch. This one is for Charley who has lots of food intolerances. He has sweet red peppers cut into hearts, as well as cucumbers and red cherry tomatoes, a pumpkin muffin with a cute Valentines LOVE toothpick, strawberries shaped as hearts, sunflower seeds, an apple that I made by cutting a heart out of a green apple with a cookie cutter and placing it in red apple. I also added a cute little card expressing my love and his little gift of a valentines themed lunch box sized hand sanitizer and the holder he has been asking for.

20130217-234815.jpgLucys lunch was a bit different with a sandwich cut with a larger heart cookie cutter, and little watermelon hearts. I also gave her yogurt with fresh strawberries and raspberries in it. Any red or pink fruit and veggie shaped like a heart makes them happy. Try cutting homemade fruit leather in to hearts.

Teacher need love too

IMG_1661Our teachers Valentines were simple and quick. Again we shared a healthily snack and gave them apples that had the message: “you are the apple of my eye” . A friend shared the idea from Pinterest. They had a “plum perfect”  “bananas for you” and “pear”-fact” all very cute ideas! I also received one from a sweet preschooler that said “you’re a’cutie'” can you guess what fruit that was?

Classroom Idea

For my class party at my preschool I had each child bring a piece of fruit to create a “friendship salad” that they helped prepare. Each child washed their fruit then cut it up before adding it to the bowl. In the end we had a beautiful healthy treat that everyone had worked together to make.

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Rylee MacKay the Girl removed from school for dying her hair is MY DAUGHTER

IMG_3263I apologize for make lack of posting my life has been turned upside down with so much happening. I am taking on one school in a fight against the amount of candy they hand out on a hourly basis. And I am taking on another school because my daughter was kicked out of school due to her hair color. Yes if you’ve seen it in the news that is my daughter. No this is not a blog about food this time but it is about being a real mom. Though I have to admit my daughters face being plastered across 6 different continents, on Yahoo, CNN, even contacted by the Anderson Cooper Show and in more newspapers than I can even count does not feel like real life! (today there is a letter to the editor address WCSD from SHANHGHAI, CHINA!)

Rylee is my daughter.

February 6th:

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Rylee was told Wednesday February 6th that she had to turn her hair back to brown or she could not come back to school. My husband was called and he told the Vice Principal that he was in training and could not come get her. The VP said that she could stay but her hair had to be fixed before she could returned. I then called the VP and asked him if her even knew who my daughter was. Mr. Goodwin said “I do now.” Exactly he didn’t know her because she was not a problem student and she didn’t draw attention to herself, if anything she was the quiet girl who flies under the radar. She is an honor student without so much as a tardy. She didn’t want attention and being pulled out of class twice in one day, crying because she was heart-broken that she was going to have to change the red hair she loved so much was much more attention than she would ever want. I tried to explain to him that I couldn’t just leave my job to go have her hair dyed and asked if she could stay in school the west of the week so I could have it done professionally over the weekend. He tole me that “if it were important enough” I should leave work. I told him he wasnt giving me any options that worked and he told me to go to Wal-Mart and buy a box like all the other parents do. I had not allowed her to use a Wal-Mart box the first time around and I wasnt going to destroy her hair now just because he was telling me to. I told him she had just gotten a touch up 5 days before and that it would fade over the next week, and could she just stay in school until then. His answer once again was “NO.” The best he could offer was putting her in a separate room where no one would see her. Like a caged animal!

Now understand Rylee had been dying her hair since September of the previous year. She had gotten the same color every time. I did not take dying her hair lightly. I made sure it was professional and was going to look natural. I was also clear that there was a dress code in Rylees school. I explained the rule to her stylist and she assured me the color combination she used would be natural looking. She used a mix of “natural brown and Red.”

This is the dress code we were trying to follow. We believed Rylees hair was im compliance with WCSD Dress and Grooming Standards.

3.1.4. Hair, including beards, mustaches and sideburns, should be groomed so that it is neat and clean. Extreme hairstyles are prohibited. Hair color should be within the spectrum of color that hair grows naturally.

February 8th:

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On Friday I took Rylee back into the school to see Principal Holt. I had tried to talk to the Superintendent of schools but was told I had to talk to Mr Holt first. Mr. Holt agreed to recheck Rylees hair on monday and told us to do whatever we could to die it down, like having a brown put over it. He also told me to get a green shampoo and that would help remove the red. He also asked my to support whatever decision he came to. I told him I would not dye her hair brown and that he would have to be clear on what red she could have. They were missing the point, she wanted red, not brown and we were not clear on what shade of red was going to make them happy.

February 10th:

On Monday I sent Rylee to school where she was made to wait in the office through first and almost all of second hour before they talked to her

. She even asked if she could go to first hour because she had a group presentation to do. She was

told “NO.” and made to wait because they had “school issues to deal with.” Apparently my daughters education and grades were not an important enough school issue. When they finally call her in the men told her to stand near the window and turn her back to them while both men examined her hair. Can you even imagine how this made a 15-year-old gi

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they never consider her self-image or how humiliating that would be for her. She was told it looked like she had removed the pink and could go to class.

The truth: Rylee did nothing more than shower and wash her hair everyday like normal. She even used her color conserve shampoo.

So why one day or even for 5 months is her hair ok and but on another day she’s a distraction? The school has never contacted us, they have never apologized.

The media attention has had its good and bad. We are happy that it has spread and we believe it has because it’s just that crazy. People are clicking the links because they just cant believe its true. But tears have been shed from the rude comments. Yes for every one thousand supporting comments there have been one or two haters, but those are the ones that stick with you. I have been told to be a parent not a friend, I should shave her head to embarrass her as much as she has embarrassed us, or I’m teaching her she doesn’t need to follow the rules if she doesn’t like them. Rylee has been called a liar, saying she probably had blue streaks she was keeping from the press, told numerous times she looked as old as 40 and had wrinkles, or the photos had been altered or that she had fixed it.

It has also been hard with being let down by people who you would expect to have your back at times like these. Support at times has been greater from strangers than friends that are afraid of what their neighbors will think in this community. It hurts.

IMG_3419How the school district thinks:

We’d asked her not to come until she complied with the policy,” said Hurricane Middle School Principal Roy Hoyt. “99% of our parents come in here with the attitude‘okay, we’ll comply’ and they take care of it within hours.”

Thats the schools attitude, and so many parents have given in to their demands. Why has no one fought back? They think they can control our children. They have forgotten what they are actually hired to do: EDUCATE. I did not sign a paper giving up my daughters civil rights at the door. I am not from here and I am not teaching her to be submissive. From the time any of my 4 children were born I have taught them to “use their words” and voice their feelings. This time was no different.

February 12, School Board Meeting:Red Haired

Rylee and I attended the WCSD board meeting. Not surprised the dress code was not even mentioned during the meeting. Both Rylee and I spoke during the public comment session. I started by telling the I was here because of what happened to my daughter, I then refered them to their policy.

Amy:

” School administrators, teachers, students and parents need clear dress and grooming guidelines so that rules of dress and discipline can be enforced consistently.”
The guideline stated in the dress code are no where clear when it comes to hair color. Because as A parent and adult I honestly believed we were within your guideline. There is no color palette that we can look at. So basically it’s subjective. Yes obviously blue is out but which blond is ok which red? I mean her hair had been this color since September and in February she was removed for 2 days and we did nothing to change it yet she was allowed back in on Monday.
I was told she was being removed from school because she was a distraction. When I asked who she was distracting the answer was that she was deliberately breaking a rule and she knew she was getting away with it making her a distraction. But again that was not true, that was saying it was intentional. Again we both thought we were following the dress code. Is there any study showing that hair color is distracting in a classroom?

It is also considered part of their behavioral expectations? Can anyone explain to me how hair directly affects behavior? Jesus had long hair and Albert Einstein had crazy hair, did it effect their behavior? For teens maybe its making them feel more confident, pretty, unique, excepted, but these are actually all feelings, not behaviors. Aren’t these all feelings that we are trying to help teenagers gain? not suppress. Don’t they have enough going on with peer pressure, teen suicide, and drugs. Personally if my daughter wants to experiment and express her self I’d much rather it be through her hair than drugs or alcohol. Also won’t this confidence she’s gaining help her to not give in to these other peer pressures? I guess then you could say that is effecting her behavior. But not quite how its outlines in your standards.

In the end, are we telling these kids that we are judging them on their physical appearance and not on their morals, behavior and personality? Aren’t you telling them how they look is more important than their education? Essentially that’s what happened to my daughter.

Rylee:

What about our civil rights to express ourselves? We as Teenagers have so many rules and restrictions mostly to keep us safe, but how will we ever find ourselves if we are sticking to the old concept that children should be seen, not heard.

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Spreading the L O V E

We propose that the wording of the dress code be changed and even be considered to be put to a vote by the people of Washington county. It also needs to be enforced the same across the board in all Washington county schools. Looking at different schools my hair would never have been an issue.
I think if you take the time to review any of the hundreds of thousands of comments on the Internet in the past 5 days along with the polls placed on news website you will find that 92% of the people agree there needs to be a change.

What Now?

Please don’t let this die until a change is made in Washing County School District. Weather you believe the dress code needs to be reworded or if you think teens should be allowed to dye their hair as a form of self-expression, make your voice heard. Please email the superintendent and members of the board, refer to policy 3.1.4. Board emails can be found on WCSD web site. http://www.washk12.org

Superintendent Rose: mrose@admin.washk12.org

Assistant Superintendent Topham: mtopham@admin.washk12.org

HUMAN RESOURCE DIRECTOR Cox: lcox@admin.washk12.org

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Raspberry Coconut Muffins

I’m not sure where this recipe came from,we have been making them for a few months now. These would also be a great Valentines Day lunch box treat.

Raspberry Coconut Muffins

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Makes 8 muffins

1/2 cup coconut flour

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

4 large eggs

1/3 cup pure maple syrup

1/3 cup unsweetened apple sauce

2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted (you can also use melted butter)

3/4 cup raspberries (fresh or frozen)

unsweetened shredded coconut, optional

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line 8 cups of a muffin tin with paper liners and spray with non-stick cooking spray; set aside.

In a small bowl, whisk together the coconut flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, maple syrup, apple sauce, vanilla extract, and coconut oil. Add the dry ingredients to the wet and whisk well until the mixture is thick and without lumps.

Pour 1/8 cup of the batter into each cup. Drop a few raspberries on top of the batter. Pour ~1/8 cup of the batter on top of the raspberries. Next, drop a few more raspberries on top of each muffin and sprinkle with a little of the shredded coconut, if using.

Bake in the preheated oven for approximately 25 minutes, or until the muffins start to turn golden brown.

Allow to cool in the pan for 5 minutes, and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Enjoy!

Caramel Apple Doughnuts with dairy-free Caramel Topping

2012-11-11 19.25.35At Halloween time I was concerned with my kids feeling left out at their classroom parties which were serving so much junk and refined sugar, it made my stomach hurt just seeing it. I decided to make them a junk food I felt ok about them having. And I can tell you from experience if you put it in a donut shape they will love it no matter what! The caramel tasted like the real thing, but we all agreed the donut would have been just fine without it. Plus by the next day it was so hard it was difficult to eat. So I say skip the caramel unless you’re eating them right away. Or even use it for dipping apples.

Caramel Apple Doughnuts

Gluten free, Dairy free, Refined sugar free, Yeast free, Corn free, Grain free

Yield: 12 doughnuts

Servings: 12

Ingredient

Dry

1/2 cup of coconut flour
1/4 cup finely ground blanched almond flour
1/4 tsp Himalayan rock salt
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon

Wet

6 free range eggs
1/2 cup unpasteurized honey
1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
1/4 cup unsweetened apple sauce
1 tbsp pure vanilla extract
1 batch of dairy-free caramel topping (below)

Directions
Preheat oven to 350F and oil a doughnut pan with a dab of coconut oil. Set aside

Place all dry ingredients in a medium sized bowl and whisk to combine.
In a separate large bowl, combine all wet ingredients.
Add dry to wet and stir to combine. Allow to sit for 2-3 minutes to thicken up.
Place the batter in a piping bag or large ziploc bag with the end cut off the end so there’s about a 1/2-inch opening.
Fill each cavity 3/4 to the top. Be careful not to overfill or the doughnuts will overflow while cooking.
Place in the oven to bake for 20-22 minutes, or until toothpick inserted comes out clean and edges are just beginning to brown.
Remove from oven and allow to cool for 1-2 minutes before grabbing the pan with an oven mitt and tipping over onto a cooling rack. Allow to cool completely (about 30 minutes) before adding caramel topping.

Dairy-free Caramel Topping

Gluten free, Dairy free, Refined sugar free, Yeast free, Corn free, Grain free

A 3 ingredient, dairy-free caramel topping that will take you under 10 minutes to make!

Because this is a natural caramel, it will not hold up well at room temperature. Once you’ve dipped the doughnuts, serve immediately or place in the fridge or freezer. The caramel will melt on you if you leave it out! But don’t worry, the doughnuts will still be just as tasty regardless. If you don’t want a hard topping (exactly the consistency of caramel on a caramel apple) don’t cook the honey as long.

Yield: 1/2 cup

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Ingredients
6 tbsp unpasteurized honey
2 tbsp roasted cashew butter or other nut butter
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
Directions
Place honey in a small frying pan and heat on medium-low heat for 4 minutes, stirring constantly with a fork or spoon. The honey will begin to foam. Don’t worry, this is good!
Add nut butter and vanilla and continue stirring
for 1-2 minutes, until big bubbles form and the mixture pulls away from the side slightly. The longer you cook it, the harder it will get.
Remove from heat and use immediately before it hardens up.