I havent spoken with you in a while. Im on bed rest awaiting the arrival of our 7th addition to the family due on July 25th, but I made time to send you a warm and delicious treat, Buttermilk Pie Muffins!
From Mirandas Kitchen
This is a recipe I personally created. This recipe is the perfect starter recipe to adding your own personal touch such as adding blueberries, raspberries or any other fruit of your choice. This recipe makes moist and delicious muffins that you will absolutely LOVE.
Missing a key ingredient?
If you dont have buttermilk on-hand you can substitute with yogurt or even sour milk! I buy my dairy milk from local farmers to assure Im getting a high quality milk; buy wisely, organic is always the best. Remember, a great recipe always starts with the best ingredients. Enjoy!
Hey, dont forget to let me know how this recipe turns out for you. I love feedback and love hearing your thoughts on what makes the best muffins in your home. ~Miranda
I was looking for a great way to use those seasonal veggies and not have to just eat salads. Dont get me wrong, salads are nice and I enjoy them, but lets be honest here, who can get everything they need from eating a few salads?
How about a huge basket of carrots? Should we chow down until our jaws give out? You would have to literally eat tons of salad to get the proper nutritional balance your body needs. Juicing and blending came to mind when I thought of how to get a large amount of nutrition condensed in a small amount of time.
When you juice and blend you can consume far more veggies than youd actually want to chew so, a Garden Cocktail Recipe is perfect for consuming all those delicious seasonal veggies! Without further delay, lets try out this Garden Cocktail and please share your thoughts on how youll be enjoying your veggies this year. ~Miranda
What? Does that clock say its 12 oclock already? That time can really creep up on ya. Sometimes, I just dont know what Im going to eat or prepare for lunch.
A burger, sandwich, salad or soup? It can all just be a bore. However, I remembered how I really liked this eggplant parmesan dish and thought, why not make some kind of variation to that with some mushrooms. Thats it! Todays lunchtime recipe will be Eggplant Stuffed Mushrooms.
A few key ingredients are: Eggplant, portobello mushrooms and whole wheat bread crumbs. The deeply colored purple eggplant is available in markets throughout the year. They have a pleasantly bitter taste and spongy texture. Eggplant has a phytonutrient in the skin callednasunin. Nasunin has been found to protect the lipids (fats) in brain cell membranes. Cell membranes are almost entirely composed of lipids and are responsible for protecting the cell from free radicals, letting nutrients in and wastes out, and receiving instructions from messenger molecules that tell the cell which activities it should perform. In short, eggplant makes great brain food!
The portobello mushrooms provides the flavor and meaty element of this dish. These mushrooms have a number of essential nutrients but dont contain many calories. TheB vitamins found in portobello mushrooms are essential for a healthy metabolism and nervous system, and help to keep your liver, skin, eyes and hair healthy.
Why whole wheat bread crumbs? Simply put, whole grains are absorbed more slowly than foods made from enriched or bleached flour, so they raise glucose and insulin levels less and keep you feeling fuller longer.
Id say this simple combination would make an excellent lunch meal. Not only will you enjoy your lunch, but you wont be looking for snacks shortly after. So, without delay, lets enjoy making these Eggplant Stuffed Mushrooms!
I have another breakfast recipe for you, Spiced Pears in Mango Sauce! Its always great to allow yourself to just be creative in the kitchen. A combination of pears and mangoes along with spices is a unique treat for the morning.
Lets talk about three of our key ingredients: Pears, Cinnamon, and Raisins.
So, why is pears such a great morning choice? Well, eating pears decreases the risk of type 2 diabetes and heart disease.Pears provide an adequate amount of dietary fiber whichis a long-established factor in reducing our risk of both diseases. In the case of pears, this benefit may be even more pronounced due to the helpful combination of both soluble and insoluble fiber in this fruit.In the case of heart disease, recent research has shown that pear fibers are able to bind together with bile acids in the intestine, lowering the pool of bile acids and decreasing the synthesis of cholesterol.
Add The Spice-Cinnamon
The cinnamon stick not only adds a distinctive aroma and taste, but the antioxidants in cinnamon have anti-inflammatory effects, which help lower the risk of disease.Cinnamon is loaded with powerful antioxidants, such as polyphenols (3, 4, 5).In a study that compared the antioxidant activity of 26 spices, cinnamon wound up as the clear winner, even outranking super-foods like garlic and oregano.In fact, cinnamon is so powerful that it can be used as a natural food preservative! (Ceylon Cinnamon Sticks know as true cinnamon are the best around.)
Raisins The Third Key Ingredient
Whats so special about raisins? There are two wonderful reasons to add raisins to your morning. One, raisins helps to relieve constipation and two, raisins provide much iron.
When ingested, raisins swell because the fiber present has shrunk in a raisins dried form, but it will begin to swell due to the bodys natural fluids. This adds bulk to the food moving through the intestinal tract and ultimately helps provide relief from constipation.
Secondly, raisins contain a considerable amount of iron which directly helps in the treatment of anemia. It also contains many members of the vitamin-B complex that are essential for the formation of new blood. The high copper content in raisins also helps the formation of red blood cells.
There you have it, another proven fact that you can have a healthy breakfast while on-the-go. This time were going with Spiced Pears in Mango Sauce!
Im really appreciating breakfast time. Ive developed the habit of eating breakfast every morning after learning how skipping breakfast regularly will contribute to the development of diabetes. I dont want any of that, so.. breakfast it is!
I thought, lets make a simple breakfast with three main ingredients, Nectarines, Yogurt and Granola or toasted oatmeal if you dont have granola. I call this recipe, Nectarine Yogurt Crunch. Its easy to make and taste oh so delicious! If youve come to learn my style, Im sure you know, Im all for whats quick, simple and easy.
So why choose nectarines for breakfast? Well, its great for the heart, a great source of antioxidants, it helps produce collagen which helps hold tissue together, it aids in digestion, perfect food for people who want to lose weight, full of vitamin A which is needed for strong bone development and it improves blood pressure. Those are the 8 amazing health benefits of having nectarines in the morning.
Yogurt, what a treat
Youre probably already familiar with the benefits of yogurt like probiotics, the friendly bacteria, that is naturally present in the digestive system and the calcium, vitamin B-2, vitamin B-12, potassium, and magnesium. All these benefits contribute to a boosted immune system and an overall healthy body. A nice morning addition.
Layer it in, granola
The granola layered in the mix is all about the clean sweep; the fiber. It not only adds in a wonderful crunch and texture to this simple breakfast, it also helps sweep the colon moving food through your digestive tract more quickly for healthy elimination.
Lets Make It
Now that youve learned a little bit of the benefits of this breakfast combination, lets whip up the crunchy oatmeal, spicy yogurt and lightly poached fruit to make an attractive yet healthy morning dish!
Did she say, spicy yogurt? Yea, check out the recipe!