Monday, March 6, 2017

Coconut Bars with Blueberry Compote made with Zero added sugar!

My husband is on a diet that is doing wonders for him and there are set guidelines I follow each day for his meals. Every once in a while he's able to have a dessert, but there can be no added sugar.s, gluten, yeast , refined and bleached flours etc.  Well I found a recipe for coconut bars that followed what he was able to eat for the diet. I also made my own topping, and I will be sharing that with you as well.

First here is my recipe for the coconut bars.


1/4 cup Coconut oil 

1/2 cup Coconut flour

1/3 cup of honey
1/4 cup of unsweetened cashew milk 
2 eggs lightly beaten 
2 teaspoons Vanilla extract 
1/2 tsp of baking powder. 
Dark chocolate (optional) 

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and spray an 8x8 pan with non stick spray. (I used coconut oil spray)
Mix all the dry ingredients together in a large bowl and slowly add them to the liquid ingredients. Fold in the dark chocolate (optional) and bake for 20 minutes. 




For the Blueberry compote:


2 cups of blueberries

1.5 cups of Coconut water 
Cinnamon 
Nutmeg 
2 TBS of vanilla extract 
A pinch of ground ginger 
And a pinch of ground cloves 
Heat on medium heat and stir every few minutes. Once the the blueberries become soft reduce heat to low and cover for about 5-10 minutes. And there you have it! :)




Hope you enjoy this recipe!



Sunday, March 5, 2017

Ezekiel Toast with Almond Butter with a Plum and Jicima Reduction

Here's a recipe I made up this morning. My husband is on the fast metabolism diet and loved this. He told me he doesn't even feel like he's on a diet.  Here's what you need:

A slice and a half of Ezekiel bread 
About 2- 3 TBS of unsweetened and unsalted Almond butter
1.5 cups of Coconut water
Some Jicama 
1 plum
1 egg
Cinnamon 
Sea salt.







                                                                 Core a plum.
                                                                  Coconut water.
                                         2-3 TBS of Non GMO Unsweetened and unsalted Almond butter
                           Cut up some Jicama. Veggies are unlimited so have as much or as little as you want.
                      Toast a slice and a half of Ezekiel bread and spread each piece with your Almond butter.
 In a pot add 1.5 cups of Coconut water, bring it to a boil add plums and Jicama and add cinnamon. Reduce it until the plums are nice and soft. The Jicama will still have a nice crunch. It takes about 15 minutes-20 minutes to get a good reduction.

                                                                Here's the reduction.

Scramble an egg and add a little sea salt. From your reduction you can separate the plums and Jicama if you want or put it all together on the toast.

Hope you enjoy this delicious and healthy recipe, and there will be many more to come!

Christina Peck


Saturday, March 4, 2017

Sweet Potato Pancakes

I know it's been a while (A whole year and a couple months) but I'm back to blogging now!
I have a great recipe for sweet potato pancakes. Here's what you'll need:


2 Large sweet potatoes


2 eggs
1/2 cup of oats (Steal cut or old fashioned) If you use the old fashioned you will not need to cook them.

1/8 cup of unsweetened cashew milk (Or any milk of your choosing)
1 tsp of vanilla extract
Optional -1 teaspoon of Cinnamon and nutmeg (or as much as you want)
4 1/2 TBS of Coconut oil
1 fresh plum

This serves between 2-4
                                      Boil 2 large sweet potatoes until they are soft enough to mash.


In a bowl mix 2 eggs, vanilla extract, cashew milk and seasonings if you choose to use cinnamon and nutmeg then mix in the oats. 
                                       Then add the mixture to the mashed sweet potatoes.

               Heat a pan on medium heat and instead of butter use 2 TBS of coconut oil to the pan.
                                          Using a large Spoon, scoop the batter into the pan.
  Cook the pancakes 3-5 minutes on each side. Try using 2 spatulas when you flip the pancakes, because they can fall apart easily.
 Core a plum and warm them in a pan with another 2 and a half TBS of coconut oil. If you want you can season them with cinnamon and nutmeg as well.

When they are soft top the pancakes with them. Also drizzle the coconut oil the plums were in over the top of the pancakes instead of syrup. 

Enjoy!!!

Christina Peck
3-4-2017





Monday, December 7, 2015

Fabulous Chicken Dinner Recipe

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Here is a great recipe for perfectly seasoned chicken!

Take boneless chicken and thaw it
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and while you wait make the seasoning for the chicken
In a bowl mix
3 TBS of pepper
2 TBS of seasoned salt
½ tsp of lemon pepper

½ tsp of kosher salt
some parsley flakes and a pinch of Cumin
Mix the seasoning together

place the chicken on your baking sheet and season the chicken lightly with the mix.
Place in the oven and in fifteen minutes flip the chicken and season the bottom.
Leave the chicken bottom side up and in another fifteen minutes flip the chicken again and add a little lemon juice to the top of each piece of chicken and fifteen minutes later check to see if the chicken is fully cooked. Temperature should be around 175 degrees internally. If you don't own a cooking thermometer, cut down the middle of a piece of chicken. There should be no pink visible. Depending on the size of your chicken it may need an extra fifteen minutes to cook. In the picture above it only took 45 minutes to fully cook. 

Why flip the chicken every fifteen minutes you ask? I find that the chicken comes out juicier and evenly seasoned if I flip it.
But that's just my preference If you prefer to preseason the chicken and let it be then that's fine too.

After the Chicken is at 175 internally,turn the temperature down to 200 degrees, pull the chicken out of the oven and add the desired veggies to the baking sheet. (in this picture I added a can of mixed veggies) Season the veggies with that same seasoning and put the sheet back in for another 5-10 minutes. Just enough time to warm them up.

Pull the baking sheet out and ENJOY!


That's it for this recipe I hope you enjoyed it! Remember to subscribe to my youtube channel 
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  Christina Peck

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Easy Holiday Baking Tips





     



The holidays are such a busy time of year. Between the shopping and baking who as any available "me time"? Well I will be posting some really easy dessert ideas for the holidays, so you can all enjoy some much needed "Me time"!

First up Holiday Dump Cake. Despite the unusual name, it is really quite delicious. I found an extra can of cranberry jelly and a box of strawberry cake mix and decided that it would make a great dessert! I was right it was delicious! 

Here is  the recipe:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease a baking dish. 
Cut the cranberry jelly into sections and line the bottom of the baking dish. 
Pour the cake mix over the fruit evenly.
Cut a full stick of butter into squares and place them evenly over the cake mix. 
Place the cake into the oven for 30-60 minutes.
Remove the cake and let it cool for 15 minutes and add your favorite toppings (optional)
Then Enjoy!!

I posted the video below, I hope you enjoy!
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Christina Peck








              

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Major Corporations Say "Work Comes First"



Thanksgiving, a time to get together with loved ones and give thanks for our time together. I'm not saying we can't do this at any other time of the year, but most people have grown up, married and settled elsewhere to start a family and - or career that demands most of our attention.  And the holidays are time that some get a break to visit home again to reunite with loved ones and watch football. It seems that Thanksgiving is becoming just another day at the office though. Malls, department stores and other major corporations are opening their doors for people to abandon this tradition and spend time and money away from their family instead. I can't tell you the amount of people who are disgusted by this. Not only from the people who have to go in and work, but the families as well. Comments like "I'm not having a Thanksgiving this year, because my family has to work so I'll be alone this year."   Or "I guess my family is eating without me I have to work." These are just a couple statements I heard at work this passed week.  I know some people can work around it, but not everyone can.

                                    

I am not attacking relevant careers or causes at all. Fields like law enforcement, medicine, our military etc, we know you can't take the day off and we thank you for your services! Volunteers helping in, the community to feed the homeless, making sure that these people are being fed and given shelter is important. Small business-owners opening their doors to share a Thanksgiving meal for those who don't have family is heart warming, and usually done out of the kindness of their hearts. I'm  mainly disappointed in the major corporations that choose to open or stay open to make a buck. To encourage people who work so hard throughout the year to give up this one day set aside for family. I  know not everyone has family or can stand their family, but it doesn't make it any better.

Major corporations don't care about family and I know first hand. I was even given ultimatums over if I was going to choose my family or my job. If I chose my family then I wouldn't get a promotion and I needed to dedicate 100% of my life to this company. This meant working 10 hours on holiday even though I was promised I'd only have to work 5!  They even went as far as to say that my husband was holding me back with his disability and it was hurting my career. My husband was not holding me back, he had just has a hip replacement with extensive surgery and was on bed rest!

Once I realized I would ultimately have to sell my soul, hardly ever see my family, and give up my roll as mom, I felt lost. If it were not for the times I ended up in the hospital , I would probably still be there working today even. Not every  person who works in these major corporations are like that, but most are. The CEO's of these corporations get the time to spend with their families so why can't the rest of the employees?

Main point guys keeping the malls, departments stores and other chains open on the holidays is  just ridiculous! People nearly kill each other as it is on Black Friday over a stupid toy! Do we really want to start a day earlier? Thanksgiving is also one of the biggest bar nights of the year. So keeping these businesses open will cause more accidents with more people out on the roads! 

If you are choosing to go out this evening or tomorrow to do holiday shopping please be safe!

Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed your Thanksgiving!

Christina Peck




Sunday, November 15, 2015

Beauty Tips: Coconut Oil and Almond Oil Benefits




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Coconut oil, it  has so many health benefits. It helps reduce cravings for sugar and helps maintains metabolism among other benefits. Not only does it have health benefits, but it also has benefits for our skin and hair as well. Coconut Oil is moisturizing and also holds anti-aging properties. People who have used Coconut oil say it has helped reduce the appearance of scars and stretch marks. It has also been known to protect the skin from harmful rays.  People also use Coconut oil in shampoo. The vitamin E  in coconut oil gives not only your skin a healthy glow but it can also give your hair a shine! I for one am excited to try coconut oil as a hair treatment! 



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Let's talk about Sweet Almond Oil too! It's moisturizing, and is great to use in beauty products!
It holds anti-inflammation properties and many people use it to soothe skin allergies. It can also be  used to treat MINOR wounds, chapped skin and with some raw honey it reduces dark circles! Spas choose to use sweet almond oil because it is less greasy and is known to balance  the PH levels in our skin. By balancing our skin's PH levels it allows the skin to have a natural healthy glow!  It is also used in natural sun block (or even on it's own) to protect our skin from sun rays and prevents it from wrinkling. It can reduce wrinkles by applying it to your skin. If you are interested in this beauty tip, here's some directions I found on http://www.newhealthguide.org/      

  "Almond oil contains vitamins that help it delay the appearance of wrinkles. It is best to apply almond at night after taking a shower. You could choose to do this twice a week or alternate days depending on how soon you wish to see the end results." 

For more beauty tips, check back often and subscribe to my YouTube channel 

 Below I posted a short review on one of my body butters and to order my all natural products go to NeshamahEssentials.com! Enjoy!


     
                         



 Christina Peck
Neshamahessentials.com