Baked Oatmeal Cups

2 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup sucanat or honey
1/2 tsp sea salt
1 tsp baking powder
2 eggs
3/4 cup milk
1/3 cup melted butter
Topping choices:  mini chocolate chips, raisins, other dried fruit, coconut flakes, apple chunks

Mix together oats, sucanat, salt and baking powder.  Stir in eggs, milk, and melted butter.

Scoop batter into 12 paper lined muffin cups.  Sprinkle toppings of choice into the center of each cup.

Bake in a 350° for about 30 minutes, or until the oats are golden brown.


2 lbs lean ground beef (85% lean or leaner)
2 tsp liquid smoke flavoring
2 tsp ground black pepper
2 tsp mustard seed
1 1/2 or 2 tsp crushed fennel seed
1 or 2 tsp crushed red pepper
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp sugar
2 heaping tsp Morton's Tender Quick curing salt

Combine seasonings and meat and mix thoroughly, using hands. Cover and refrigerate for 48-72 hours.

Form meat into two long logs or rolls. Place a rack (or pan/sheet with drainage) on a cookie sheet and put the logs onto rack. Bake at 200 degrees for 8 hours, rotating logs every 2 hours.

Logs will be a bright pink when they are finished, and should be fairly dry and firm. Wipe off excess grease and allow meat to cool. Chill and then slice thinly. Refrigerate for up to 2 weeks or freeze for longer storage.

Best Marinara Sauce Ever

2 14.5 oz cans stewed tomatoes
1 6 oz can tomato paste
4 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
6 tbsp olive oil
1/3 cup finely diced onion

In a food processor, blender or in a pot using a stick blender, place Italian tomatoes, tomato paste, chopped parsley, minced garlic, oregano, salt, and pepper. Blend until smooth.

In a large skillet over medium heat saute the finely chopped onion in olive oil for 2 minutes. Add the blended tomato sauce.

Simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Pizza Rolls

1 recipe pizza crust
Marinara sauce
Shredded Mozzarella cheese (I actually do make mozzarella, but I just don't have the recipe posted, yet.) :)

Prepare pizza crust and divide into walnut-sized balls (about 2 tablespoons). Roll out each ball and place a bit of cheese, about a teaspoon of sauce and a slice of pepperoni on each crust. Bring up edges and pinch together to make a ball. Place pinched sides down on baking tray.

Preheat oven to 375F and bake for about 10 minutes or until crust is lightly browned.

For a freezer mreal, place unbaked pizza rolls onto baking tray and freeze. Put rolls in a freezer bag until ready to use. Place frozen rolls on a baking sheet in the oven while it's preheating to allow them to thaw a bit. Then bake about 12-15 minutes.

Golden Bars of Happiness

3/4 cup peanut butter or sunbutter
3/4 cup honey
1 cup oats
1 cup brown rice cereal
2 cups total of any combination of:  chopped nuts, coconut flakes, sunflower seeds, dried fruit, mini chocolate chips, etc.

In a medium sized saucepan, melt together peanut butter and honey.

Remove from heat and add oats and cereal.  Mix in chosen nuts/fruits.

Line 9x13 or quarter sheet baking pan with wax or parchment paper.  Spread and press mixture into pan.

Chill for two hours, then cut into bars.

Wrap in plastic wrap for a quick grab and go snack!

Whole Wheat Blueberry Muffins

3 cups whole wheat flour
2/3 cup sucanat
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
2 eggs
1/2 cup melted butter or coconut oil
1 1/2 cups buttermilk
1 1/2 cups blueberries, fresh, frozen or freeze dried

Mix dry ingredients together well.  Add eggs, butter and buttermilk, stirring until all ingredients are mixed.  Gently stir in blueberries.

Scoop batter into 24 paper lined muffin tins.

Bake in a 400° for 20 minutes.

Whole Wheat Banana Muffins

2 eggs
1 cup milk
1/2 cup melted butter or coconut oil
2 cups mashed bananas
3 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
2/3 cup sucanat
4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt

Mix eggs, milk, butter and bananas in a medium bowl.  Add flour, sucanat, baking powder, and salt.  Stir just until moistened.

Spoon batter into 24 greased or paper lined muffin tins.

Bake at 400* for 20 minutes.

Zucchini Tots

Makes 12 tasty tots

1 cup zucchini, grated
1 egg
1/4 yellow onion, diced
1/4 cup cheese
1 cup cooked rice
1/4 cup bread crumbs
Salt and Pepper

Preheat oven to 400F. Spray a mini-muffin tin with non-stick spray, set aside.

Grate the zucchini and then place in a dish towel to squeeze out the excess water. (If you skip this part, the middle of the zucchini tots will be really soggy while the outside gets crispy and no one wants that.)

In a bowl combine all ingredients. Using a spoon or a cookie scoop, fill the muffin cups to the top.

Bake for 15-18 minutes, or until tops are browned and set.
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