Saturday, April 16, 2016

Mango Tart

Mango Tart
1 1/4 cup rolled oats
1 cup walnuts
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons unrefined cane sugar (rapadura)
1 stick butter
1 package cream cheese
Agave syrup
2-3 Mangos
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a food processor, grind up oats to a flour consistency. Add in walnuts, salt and sugar. Blend until nuts are fine, but not butter consistency.
  • Cut up butter into 8 pieces, add to food processor. Blend until it comes together into a ball.
  • Press into pie plate or tart pan.
  • Bake 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Cool crust
  • Whip cream cheese, add agave syrup to taste. Smooth into cool crust.
  • Cut mangos into thin slices. Layer on top.
  • Serve right away or refrigerate it.

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Peanut Butter Cups

We needed a little treat for our Easter celebration this year. I saw homemade peanut butter cups on a blog I love to read and thought it sounded just right. There are many recipes out there for them. I checked out a few low-carb recipes and came up with this recipe based on what I had in the house. They are super yummy. The peanut butter mixture is a bit soft, but I didn't want to add anything else that might be more carbs.

Peanut Butter Cups
1 cup natural peanut butter
1/3 cup almond flour
3 tablespoons erythritol*
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Beat all together
  • Add a spoonful to a small paper cup, smooth out with wet spoon or fingertips.
  • Put tray in freezer while you prepare the chocolate.
8oz dark chocolate (I use Trader Joe's Pound Plus 72% dark chocolate)
3-4 tablespoons heavy cream
2 tablespoons erythritol*
sea salt
  • Chop up chocolate.
  • Melt in small pan on low. 
  • Add cream while melting and whisk, adding enough to make a smooth mixture. (It will also help the chocolate from being too hard when refrigerated.)
  • Add erythritol and whisk. 
  • Add spoonful of chocolate mixture to each cup. Smooth out with wet spoon or fingertips.
  • Sprinkle with sea salt.
  • Put tray in refrigerator. Eat!
*I like to keep treats low sugar/carb, so erythritol is a great option with no aftertaste. You can substitute sugar in exact measurements if you'd like.

Friday, April 1, 2016

Organic Produce in Puerto Rico

It is not very easy to find organic produce in the supermarkets in Puerto Rico. You can find some, but it is super expensive and all imported. That was one of my big disappointments of living here. I also live in a very wet area that makes it hard to grow our own vegetables, like tomatoes, for everything molds before finally ripening. But just south of us in Cabo Rojo, the climate dries out for some really great growing. That is where Productos Sana, Inc. calls home. I heard about it from a few friends that got their veggies from Sana and stopped at the farm stand in Rincon. I wanted to get it, but didn't want to drive to Rincon every week to pick up a box. Little did I know there was a drop in Mayaguez, too.

A few weeks ago we started getting a weekly box from Sana and I can't believe how amazing it is. It is all grown locally and organically. It is the first USDA certified farm in Puerto Rico. We get to pick from a variety of fruits and vegetables every week. Things change up every week so you won't get bored with the same things week after week. I unpacked our box this last night, washed everything up and had it on the table to dry. Ben came and saw everything for the first time and was very impressed. We received pineapples, bananas, papaya, oranges, radishes, kale, cucumbers, tomatoes, broccoli, avocados and eggplants this week. He and the kids started eating bananas and oranges right away. I didn't get any prepared foods this week and since we pay ahead, we get a few more veggies than the average large box every week. We've been making a lot of smoothies with the cucumbers, kale, bananas and kefir. I add an apple and blueberries to the mixture to up the sweetness. If the bananas are this spotted, I peel and freeze them right away for smoothies and banana "ice cream" for the kids.

We tried some of their prepared foods, like granola, hot sauce, yogurt and salad dressings. The granola is great, but I make that myself, so I'd rather get veggies instead. We also tried the hot sauce. It didn't meet Ben's expectations of the level of heat. He calls it a good starter hot sauce, very mild and sweet. He is getting the kids to use it. The salad dressings were very nice, but just a bit too sweet for me. So, just veggies and fruit for us now!

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Pure Bliss

Could this little girl be any happier? Hugging her favorite cat in her daddy's lap.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Easter Egg Hunt

The kids wanted to wait for Ben to get home from his trip to hunt Easter eggs, so we had a hunt on Tuesday. He is the Easter bunny after all. This year we dyed eggs by shaking them in a container with food coloring and rice. Easy and lots of fun! And we didn't even have an exploding container of colored, wet rice going everywhere.
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