Monday, August 10, 2015

Prepping for the Daniel Fast

So normally, I do a lot more prep than I was
able to do this time.  
I have been really busy and just
didn't have time to do much prep.
I made Date Honey last night,
and soaked some Great Northern Beans,
which I have in the crock right now
and that was the extent of my prep.

So today, I have been prepping some things
to have on hand over the next few days and thought
I would share them with you.

I made this granola right HERE (recipe below).
And the only thing I changed was I used
Coconut oil instead of olive oil,
and I didn't have walnuts, 
so I omitted them.
This granola is deliciousness.
I portioned it out and just grabbed a serving of it this
afternoon and added a little almond butter
and date honey,
and it was SO YUMMY!!! 
And a great little pick me up this afternoon.

Gimme More Granola

1/4 cup chopped dried plums or Medjool dates
1/4 cup water
1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
2 tablespoons unsweetened apple juice
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 cup raisins
2 tablespoons chopped almonds
2 tablespoons chopped walnuts
2 tablespoons sunflower seeds
2 tablespoons unsweetened shredded coconut 
Preheat oven to 350º F. In a small saucepan, add plums and water. Cook over medium heat 5 minutes, or until plums are softened. Transfer to a food processor or blender, and process until mixture is a thick paste.
In a large bowl, combine plum mixture, apple juice, olive oil, oats, raisins, almonds, walnuts, sunflower seeds, and coconut. Stir well, making sure everything is well coated. Spread out on a baking sheet, and bake 5 minutes. Stir granola, and bake another 5 minutes, or until lightly browned. Let cool (will become more crispy as it cools), and store in an airtight container.
Yield: 8 servings (serving size: about 1/4 cup)
I also made this little babies right HERE (recipe below)
These Pumpkin Pie Energy Bites are so good.
They are chilling in my fridge right now.

Pumpkin Pie Energy Bites (My Secret Recipe
  1. 1 cup pitted Medjool dates
  2. 1/2 cup pecans
  3. 1/3 cup pumpkin puree
  4. 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  5. 2 tsp vanilla
  6. 1 tsp cinnamon
  7. 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  8. 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  9. Pinch of salt
  1. Place the dates into a small bowl and cover with water. Let soak for 10 minutes, then drain.
  2. Place the pecans into a food processor and pulse until finely ground. Add in the rest of the ingredients, including the soaked dates. Pulse until combined. Adjust the spices to taste. Place into the refrigerator for 30 minutes to chill.
  3. Use your hands to form the dough into small balls. Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container.
  1. Servings: 16 balls
  2. Difficulty: Easy
I also have this little gem in the crock pot right now (recipe below)
White Bean Soup.

Slow Cooker White Bean Soup

Serves: 6-8 (makes 9 cups)
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil $0.32
  • 4 cloves garlic $0.32
  • 1 medium yellow onion $0.73
  • ½ lb. carrots $0.55
  • 4 stalks (1/2 sleeve) celery $0.80
  • 1 lb. dry navy beans* $1.69
  • 1 whole bay leaf $0.15
  • 1 tsp dried rosemary $0.10
  • ½ tsp dried thyme $0.05
  • ½ tsp smoked paprika $0.05
  • Freshly cracked pepper (15-20 cranks of a mill) $0.05
  • 1½ tsp (or more to taste) salt $0.05
  1. Mince the garlic, dice the onion, slice the celery, and slice the carrots into thin rounds. Add the olive oil, garlic, onion, celery, and carrots to a large (5qt or larger) slow cooker.
  2. Sort through the beans and remove any debris or stones. Give them a quick rinse and then add them to the slow cooker, along with the bay leaf, rosemary, thyme, paprika, and some freshly cracked pepper.
  3. Add SIX CUPS of water to the slow cooker and stir to combine the ingredients. Place the lid on the slow cooker and cook for 8 hours on low or on high for 4-5 hours.
  4. After 8 hours, stir the soup and mash the beans slightly. Starting with just a ½ tsp, add salt to your liking. I used about 2 tsp total, but keep tasting and adding more, ½ tsp at a time, until it reaches the level that you prefer.
I hope this gives you some places to start.  If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to email me. or leave a comment below.  Can't wait to hear from you!  

Blessings ~~ dawn

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