Recipes

Coconut Sugar Chocolate Chip “Health” Cookies

I am not a baker. I don’t pretend to be one nor do I play one on television. I just love food. Today, I received my first ever Kitchen Aid hand mixer and was super excited to make homemade chocolate chip cookies. For the most part, I have an idea of what goes into making chocolate chip cookies and was able to gather ingredients easily. However, I always like to alter ingredients and see what I can substitute with healthy ones.

The finished product!

A few years ago I fell upon a type of sugar called coconut sugar and I swear by it when baking. It is relatively a 1:1 substitution for regular cane sugar and is made from the heart of the coconut. I actually use it for a substitution of brown sugar as well, but this recipe calls for both coconut sugar and light brown sugar. It’s low glycemic and has a beautifully sweet smell, except it doesn’t yield such a strong sugary flavor *disclaimer: I did mention these were going to be healthy chocolate chip cookies, so if you’re a sugar-fiend or really enjoy a traditional Toll House cookie, this may not be for you, but in fairness, give it a try and see what you think!* 

I started with my dry ingredients in a large bowl, whisking the flours (1 cup cassava, 1 cup A.P (all purpose)) salt and baking soda. Setting that aside, I took my butter, brown sugar, and coconut sugar and whisked together with my fancy new hand mixer *ooooh, ahhhhh* until it was fully blended and smooth.

After the mix blended, I cracked an egg into the brown sugar and butter mixture and blended on medium speed one at a time (two eggs in total) until fully immersed. I slowly added in the flour and mixed until all the flour was fully blended in and the batter became sticky. I decided to throw in two kinds of chocolate chips: milk chocolate chips and stevia dark chocolate mini chips because #yolo.

On two separate baking trays, cut parchment paper and scoop a tablespoon of batter into your hands and form small balls with the batter. Place on the rack and fill with three rows of four balls (12 in total per rack, 24 balls altogether). Bake for 15 minutes at 375 degrees, switching the top and bottom cookie trays halfway to cook evenly (and NOT do what I did and have one batch be perfectly brown while the other had black bottoms, sigh… I did say I’m not a baker…)

Let cool and enjoy 🙂 Again, these are not your typical chocolate chip cookies; they will be chewy, a little doughy, definitely healthy, and altogether quite tasty! I can’t wait for you to give these a try! ~ Nomaste

Coconut Sugar Chocolate Chip “Health” Cookies

Course Cookies, Dessert
Cuisine American, Cookies
Keyword cassava, coconut, cookies, healthy, paleo
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Resting time 10 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 24 cookies
Author nomastehungry

Ingredients

  • 1 cup cassava flour
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 12 tbsp unsalted butter (or 1 1/2 sticks) room temperature
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2/3 cup light brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chocolate chips or cocoa nibs

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees and make sure oven racks are in the middle of the oven.

  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flours, baking soda, and salt.  Set aside

  3. In another large bowl, blend together on medium speed the unsalted butter and two different sugars until fluffy and creamy. About 4-5 minutes.

  4. Crack in one egg at a time into the butter mixture and continue to beat until fully blended.  Add in the vanilla extract and mix.

  5. Slowly begin to pour the flour into the butter mixture and blend on medium speed.  Add in the chocolate chips and mix well, about 2-3 minutes.

  6. Scoop some of the cookie batter into semi-wet hands to form balls and place on two baking trays lined with parchment, making 3 rows of four balls each tray (24 balls altogether).  Bake for 15 minutes, rotating the pans from top to bottom halfway through.

  7. Take trays out and let cook on the baking trays for 5-7 minutes.  Serve and enjoy!

Brooklyn Eats: Glasserie

Cuisine: Mediterranean; Location: Greenpoint, Brooklyn

It was a Monday evening, first day of Hanukkah, and I get a call from my cousin:

“Hey, dinner for Sunday?”

“Sure! Where?”

“I’ll let you know…”

I always trust my cousin for choosing restaurants because he has an adventurous palette and I like trying new foods too.  We were going out to dinner to celebrate the lasts night of Hanukkah and well, to wine and dine together as a family. I get a text with the name, “It’s called Glasserie, btw.”  Of course, I decided to check the menu online and initially, I was confused.  I wasn’t sure what to make of the menu, because some names of the foods involved I was unfamiliar with, but as I researched I grew more excited and anxious to give them a shot.

Sunday rolls around and it’s time for dinner.  I throw on some jeans, makeup, jump in an Uber with hubs and head over to Greenpoint, Brooklyn.  When I tell you that this place is tucked away in an industrial part of town, I am not kidding.  Inside the restaurant lies this adorable, modern, open-style seating with such aromatic smells coming from candles and of course, the food. Hubs and I got there early and we sat at the bar: a glass of red and an Old Fashioned to start as my family rolled in.

We sat down and started ordering: griddle and flatbreads, labneh, tahini, cauliflower, rabbit dumplings, lamb steak, chicken, and scallop crudo. I mean, we absolutely went overboard, but it’s Hanukkah and it’s family, so all is good.

**UPDATE** I took a girlfriend back there because everything was freaking delicious, the hostess remembered me and I got a complimentary glass of cava! I swear people are super kind and this place won my heart with their griddle bread and chicken avgolemono. If you’re looking for a hip, understated, and different restaurant to go with friends and family alike, you need to come here!

Cheesy Orzo and Broccoli

Who has two thumbs and LOVES mac and cheese? This girl! I also really just love cheese in general, and what’s funny about that is that when I was in high school, I would always tell a friend of mine that I did not like cheese. In reality, I love it, I just have particular types that I dislike… like gorgonzola, blue, and goat cheese. Sorry y’all.

This is one of the most delicious and easy recipes I’ve played with, because it’s a homemade cheese sauce with boiled orzo pasta and broccoli. I have a secret too: I boil the broccoli in the SAME pot as the orzo cooks! *gasp* It’s just easier this way, and when it’s all mixed together, the broccoli chunks break down and coat the pasta in a light green colors… it’s good I swear 🙂

The cheese sauce is made with a Roux: a simple mixture of butter and flour with simmered milk. I take three tablespoons of butter and 1 tablespoon of cassava flour and whisk together until its fully combined with no lumps. Then I add in milk and chicken stock and simmer until the liquid becomes a bit thick. I turn the heat off and pour in all the cheese. I used mild cheddar for this. Sprinkle salt and pepper into the mix and voila, you have a cheese sauce!

For the pasta, I made regular orzo and boiled as per package instructions. I threw in the broccoli at the same time so both ingredients finished simultaneously. I drained in a strainer and added back to the pot. I poured the cheese sauce into the orzo and broccoli and stirred. At the last second I decided to add another cup of cheese because #yolo and the results were a deliciously cheesy, creamy, pot of lovely orzo and broccoli. Nomaste!

Cheesy Orzo and Broccoli

Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Keyword broccoli, cheddar, cheese, orzo, pasta
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 8 cups
Author nomastehungry

Ingredients

  • 1 pkg orzo
  • 1 16oz bag sharp or mild cheddar cheese
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp flour
  • 1 cup milk or creamer
  • 1 cup chicken stock/broth
  • salt
  • pepper

Instructions

Cheese Sauce

  1. In a small sauté pan, heat and melt butter.  When butter is melted, add in the flour and whisk until blended.

  2. Add in the milk and chicken stock.  Bring to a rolling boil and stir frequently.  Keep at this heat for 5-7 minutes.

  3. Turn heat off and add in cheese.  Stir to blend and melt.  Add in salt and pepper to taste

Orzo and Broccoli

  1. In a 3-4 quart pot, fill the water 3/4 of the way and heat on high.  Let water boil and add salt.

  2. Add in the orzo and broccoli and cook together until al dente (around 8-9 minutes).  Drain in a strainer in the sink and add back into the pot.

  3. Layer in the cheese sauce and stir until fully coated.  Add in 1/2 cup more of cheddar and mix.  Serve immediately.

Soupe à L’oignon (French Onion Soup)

It’s been a while since I’ve posted a recipe, and I just have to brag about this one… I kinda nailed it. After going to Paris and having french onion soup at almost every single restaurant we visited, I decided to give this a try and it was a major success. Simmered, caramelized onions in a rich and hearty broth, topped with crusty baguette and melted Gruyere cheese. It’s perfect for this time of year, too. (let’s be real, it’s good anytime, anywhere..)

This is a rather easy recipe with simple ingredients: onions, flour, butter, broth, bread, and cheese. I use regular yellow onions and cut them into rounds then sliced across once. I used two large onions for this particular recipe and ensure to get as many slices as I could. After I sliced the onions, I added 5, yes, FIVE, tablespoons of butter to a dutch oven. The reason for so much butter is two fold: Butter tastes amazing, and you need that much to render down the onions and get them brown, not burnt. The onions will simmer for approximately 30-40 minutes until they’re all a nice, golden color.

Once the onions are done, I added one tablespoon of flour (cassava) to get the mixture a bit thick, then added in the beef broth – I always use bone broth as it has so many incredible benefits; to me, quality will always trump price. I love the brand Kettle and Fire for bone broths. Trader Joe’s makes a good budget-friendly broth too!

I added three cartons of broth and some salt and pepper to taste. This simmered on a low flame for 30 minutes. I sliced a day-old French baguette and turned the oven to broil. Lastly, I ladled some soup into a ramekin and place some slices of bread into the mixture, sprinkling the cheese on top and placing on the top rack to brown. Serve immediately! Nomaste 🙂

Soupe à L’oignon

Course Appetizer, Dinner
Cuisine French, Soup
Keyword dinner, easy, french, onion, savory, Soup, winter
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 4 cups
Author nomastehungry

Ingredients

  • 2 large onions yellow
  • 5 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp flour
  • 48 ounces beef bone broth or stock
  • 1 French baguette crispy!
  • 1 cup Gruyere cheese grated

Instructions

  1. In a dutch oven or large pot, heat the pan, then add butter to melt.

  2. Slice up two large onions and slice once down the middle to have medium length onion strings.  Add to melted butter. This will need to cook on low – med.low flame for 30-40 minutes. Stirring consistently

  3. Add tablespoon of flour to mixture.  Mix together and add in broth.  Let simmer for 20-30 minutes.  Turn oven to broil.

  4. Slice baguette.

  5. Ladle soup into small ramekins and place the baguette slices into the soup.  Sprinkle cheese to cover the bread pieces.

  6. Place in top rack of oven.  Broil until cheese is brown and crispy.  Let sit until warm.

Tuscan Chicken with Roasted Red Peppers and Spinach

When you think of creamy, cheesy, rich foods, what comes to mind?  I immediately think of a thick cream sauce or a buttery garlic sauce.  Tuscan chicken does a beautiful job of combining strong ingredients and melding them together to create this perfectly decadent sauce to go atop seared chicken.  Of course, throwing a vegetable in like spinach, basil, and sweet roasted peppers only enhances the dish.  This was my FIRST time making this, and I must say, I can’t wait to try this sauce over other proteins soon!IMG_0380.JPG

In preparing for this meal, I had to really think about what makes a creamy sauce, creamy.  Of course, I immediately jumped to heavy cream and cheese.  This is a very traditional way of making a “tuscan” creamy sauce by combining all the dairy components together, simmering on low, and layering it on top of pan seared chicken.  That is exactly what I did.  I started by taking chicken breasts and seasoning them with a generous amount of salt, pepper, and oregano.  I say generous because when chicken breasts cook, they tend to lose all the tenderness, so over-seasoning can capture the juices and make this particular cut of chicken tender and tasty! I heated a pan and then added in some avocado oil (has a higher smoke point and makes food taste badass) and began to pan sear the chicken.  Each side cooked for approximately 4-5 minutes, the chicken will finish cooking when added to the cream sauce.

For the cream sauce, I started with wilting some fresh spinach in 2 tablespoons of butter.  Once the spinach became soft and dark green, I  poured in the heavy cream and parmesan, stirring and letting the sauce bubble.  Once the liquid started to reduce, I added in sweet roasted red peppers and some sprigs of basil.  I mixed it altogether and sprinkled in n some salt and pepper.  Lastly, I added back the chicken and let the entire dish simmer for a few minutes (around 5-7m).

Served with some mashed potatoes, or homemade fries, maybe some brussel sprouts, and you’ve got yourself an awesome sauce (haha, get it?) meal!  Nomaste 🙂

Tuscan Chicken with Spinach and Roasted Peppers

Course Dinner
Cuisine American, Comfort, Italian
Keyword Chicken, creamy, parmesan, red peppers, spinach, tuscan
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 2 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 pkg chicken breasts can buy thin sliced already if desired
  • 1 pint heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup parmesan grated
  • 1 pkg fresh spinach
  • basil leaves
  • 2 halves sweet roasted red peppers from a jar, can slice them
  • 2 tbsp avocado oil or olive oil
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • salt
  • pepper
  • oregano

Instructions

  1. Clean and prep chicken breasts (either filet them or pat dry the already filed breasts).  Season with salt, pepper, oregano on both sides.

  2. Heat a large pan on medium, add avocado oil and let coat bottom of pan.  Add in chicken.  Sear on each side for 4-5 minutes until sides are browned. Taken chicken out and set aside.

  3. In the same pan, add the tbsp of butter and melt.  Add in fresh spinach and cook until leaves are wilted. Pour in heavy cream and parmesan cheese.  Mix together and let come to a gentle boil (soft bubbles form).  Simmer on low.

  4. Add in basil and roasted red peppers.  Stir together.  Place chicken into cream sauce and ladle sauce on top of the chicken.  Let simmer for 5-7 minutes.

  5. Serve with favorite side of potatoes, with rice, or simply roasted veggies.

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