Friday, July 31, 2015

Gabby and I have Published an eCookbook for Charity!

Hello family and friends,

Hope your summer is going well!  As many of you know, Gabby and I like to cook together and she has also been developing recipes/blogging with me on my site Nourish You Delicious for over a year now. About 6 months ago we got the idea to publish an electronic cookbook (aka eBook) with a collection of all these recipes that she has created and to have all the proceeds go to her charity of choice.  

"Gabby's Good Eats" is a 89 page electronic book of her recipes (and the stories behind them) with photos and nutritional stats plus bonus illustrations and quotes. All the recipes are easy to prepare, healthy and are applicable to both kids and adults. We have worked very hard on this project and Gabby has decided she wants to donate the money to Food For the Hungry, an organization that works in over 20 countries to help the less fortunate gain access to food, clean water and education, as well as provide disaster relief, through donations and child sponsorship.  We have sponsored a child in Nicaragua through this organization for 2 years and it has been a great experience. So if you chose to purchase this book and try the recipes you will not only be nourishing yourselves but the also the many children worldwide that the money will go to support.

The cost of the book is $10.00 and it is available to purchase through our online store: at to purchase.

Feel free to spread the word about this book to anyone you know that may be interested.

Thanks in advance for your support and we hope you will buy and enjoy the book!!


Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Recipe ReDux Post # 36, Morning Glory Muffins

The Recipe ReDux challenge for July is"Fresh From the Garden" and we have been asked to create recipes using fruits and vegetables that are in season this month.  July is a good time to stock up on Summer squash and I almost always buy zucchini weekly during the Summer.  I have yet to grow it in my garden, but that is a future plan for sure! I decided to use my weekly stash in muffins as a nice way to get in some veggies at breakfast.  I chose a morning glory theme which also incorporated some carrots, apple and even some banana.These muffins are a powerhouse of nutrition- they have 2 fruits, 2 veggies, whole grains, and protein, PLUS they taste amazing! Hope you will try them out and take a look at all the fresh in season recipes from the talented Recipe ReDux bloggers too!


2 cup rolled oats (old fashioned, not quick, use a gluten-free oats such as Bob's Red Mill if you are on a gluten-free diet)
3/4 cup oat flour (use a gluten free brand such as Bob's Red Mill if you are on a gluten-free diet)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons cinnamon
3 large sized over ripe bananas, mashed
6 Tablespoons liquid egg white
6 Packed tablespoons brown sugar
½ cup finely grated carrot
½ cup finely grated zucchini
½ cup finely grated apple
1/4 cup milk (I used unsweetened vanilla almond milk)
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
cooking spray
Optional: 6 Tablespoons protein powder *(preferably natural
unflavored, see notes on the one I use below) 


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine the oats, oat flour, baking soda, baking powder, (protein powder) and cinnamon in a small bowl.  In a large bowl, mix together the mashed banana, brown sugar, egg whites, milk, vanilla, carrots, zucchini and apple. Add the oats/flour mixture to the wet ingredients and mix well. Spoon into muffin pans (see size options below) coated with cooking spray or muffin liners and bake on the bottom rack of the oven for about 30-35 minutes, until top is firm, lightly browned and firm. 

6 jumbo size muffins


12 regular size muffins


6 dozen mini muffins

Note for protein muffins * I have had great success with using Nature’s Best Isopure PerfectNatural Protein Powder, unflavored- it is gluten-free, lactose free

Jumbo muffin, 6 servings

Serving size 1 very large muffin (with protein powder) Calories 310 Protein 13 g Carb 57 g Fiber 7 g Sugars 25 g Fat 3 g Saturated fat 0 g Sodium 280 mg

Serving size 1 very large muffin (without protein powder) Calories 280 Protein 7 g Carb 57 g Fiber 7 g Sugars 25 g Fat 3 g Saturated fat 0 g Sodium 130 mg

Regular muffin, 12 servings

Serving size 1 muffin (with protein powder) Calories 150 Protein 7 g Carb 29 g Fiber 3 g Sugars 12 g Fat 1.5 g Saturated fat 0 g Sodium 140 mg

Serving size 1 very large muffin (without protein powder) Calories 140 Protein 3 g Carb 29 g Fiber 3 g Sugars 12 g Fat 1.5 g Saturated fat 0 g Sodium 120 mg

Mini muffin, 72 servings

Serving size 1 muffin (with or without protein powder) Calories 25 Protein 1 g Carb 5 g Fiber 1 g Sugars 2 g Fat 0 g Saturated fat 0 g Sodium 25 mg

IMPORTANT NOTE: these muffins are very moist so the ones you do not eat on the day you bake them must be stored in the fridge.  I just leave one out for an hour or two to get to room temp or pop one in the microwave for 40 seconds right out of the fridge.


Thursday, July 16, 2015

Lentil Sausage Pasta Sauce


3 cups cooked lentils (I used canned, Westbrae)

1 teaspoon olive oil

0.75 pound Italian style chicken or turkey sausage (not a precooked variety)

1 cup finely chopped white onion

24 ounces of your favorite marinara sauce  

optional garnishes- fresh basil, olives, capers


Cook the lentils according to package directions, or if using canned precooked, rinse well and put aside. Coat a large pan with the olive oil. Put on medium heat and add the sausage to brown for about 5-7 minutes, stirring frequently. Throw in the onions and cook for another 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally. Toss in the lentils and sauce and stir well. Top with fresh basil, olives and/or capers if desired. Cover and simmer for 10-15 minutes.

Serving suggestions:

Enjoy this sauce on pasta, spaghetti squash or squash noodles!!

Makes 6 cups, 12 servings

Serving size: 1/2 cup Calories 140 Protein 10 g Carb  15 g Fiber 6  g Sugars 5  g Fat  5 g Saturated fat  1.5 g Sodium 400 mg


Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Gabby’s Eats: Banana Chocolate Chip Snack Cake

I have made healthier snack cakes for Gabby before- pumpkin and raspberry are two of her favorites.  She recently decided that she wanted to get into the baking game and come up with her own flavor to try and I was a big supporter of this idea!  We started with a base recipe that is similar to ones I have used in other snack cake recipes. Gabby chose to do a combo of banana and chocolate chips as her signature flavor.  The result was very delicious- moist, chewy and not too sweet.  This treat is great for breakfast, dessert or as its name implies…. a snack!!


½ heaping cup creamy or crunchy almond butter or peanut 
½ cup pure maple syrup
1 cup (packed) mashed over ripe banana
½ cup egg whites
1 tablespoon vanilla
½ teaspoon baking powder
1/4 cup mini chocolate chips
1.75 cup oats (old fashioned, not quick)(*use a gluten-free oats such as Bob's Red Mill if you are on a gluten-free diet)
cooking spray


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Add the almond butter, maple syrup, banana, egg whites, vanilla and baking powder to a medium bowl and mix well, using an electric mixer is recommended.  Stir in the oats and the chocolate chips and add to a 9x9 inch pan coated with cooking spray. Bake for 30-35 minutes until set and lightly browned on the edges. Cut into squares and serve. 

Note: These bars are very moist, almost cake like, and can be a bit crumbly. So you can store them in an airtight container in the fridge to keep longer and pop them in the microwave for 10 seconds or so to warm them up for a nice treat!

Makes 12 bar squares

Serving size: 1 bar Calories 190 Protein  6 g Carb  24 g Fiber 3 g Sugars 10 g Fat 8 g Saturated fat  1.5 g Sodium  40 mg

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