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Fresh Yogurt

1 qt whole or 2% good quality organic milk
1/2 cup plain yogurt with active/live cultures

  1. Preheat yogurt maker and remove the yogurt from the fridge.
  2. Heat milk in a saucepan over HIGH heat stirring constantly.  Set thermometer to 120 degrees fahrenheit. Remove from heat.
  3. Add the yogurt to a deep mixing bowl.  Stir in approximately 1/2 cup of the milk to begin integrating the yogurt.  Add the rest of the milk and blend gently.
  4. Pour into yogurt maker and set a timer for 6 hours.
  5. Remove yogurt container and refrigerate for two hours.
  6. Remove 1/2 cup for a starter for next time.

2% milk will allow for better coagulation; whole milk will yield looser yogurt.
Buy milk in opaque containers.  Light can kill up to 80% of vitamins.
The yogurt should be close to room temperature when added to the milk.

Mix yogurt and milk with a large spoon or paddle for maximum movement.

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Queen Muffins

Whole Wheat Muffins
DRY
1 3/4 cups whole wheat flour, freshly milled
1/2 cup gluten flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
WET
1 large egg
1 large egg yolk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup plain whole yogurt

  1. Place oven rack at position “C” (3rd from the bottom) and preheat to 375 degrees. Spray muffin tin with nonstick spray and set aside.
  2. Spin DRY ingredients in food processor and pour into large mixing bowl.
  3. Add eggs to food processor and beat for 10 seconds. Add oil and beat again for another 10 seconds. Add the remaining WET ingredients and mix thoroughly. Pour wet ingredients over dry and stir just until blended (don’t over mix).
  4. Scoop into muffin cups using a disher or a 1/3-cup measuring cup; cups should be full. Bake 18-20 minutes.
  5. Check for doneness using a toothpick, which should come out clean. (OR temp a muffin from its bottom and check for 205-210 degrees).
  6. Turn muffins onto their sides to prevent soggy bottoms and cool for 20 minutes.

YIELD 12 standard size muffins
PREP TIME 15 minutes
TOTAL TIME 1 hour
NOTES
Store up to 4 days in an airtight container, or wrap well and freeze for up to 3 months.

Old School Chocolate Chip Muffins (credit to AB)
DRY
2 1/4 cups AP flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
WET
1 large egg
1 large egg yolk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup plain whole yogurt
EXTRAS
1 cup chocolate chips

1. Place oven rack at position “C” (3rd from the bottom) and preheat to 375 degrees. Spray muffin tin with nonstick spray and set aside.
2. Spin DRY ingredients in food processor and pour into large mixing bowl. Stir in all the EXTRAS.
3. Add eggs to food processor and beat for 10 seconds. Add oil and beat again for another 10 seconds. Add the remaining WET ingredients and mix thoroughly. Pour wet ingredients over dry and stir just until blended (don’t over mix).
4. Scoop into muffin cups using a disher or a 1/3-cup measuring cup; cups should be full. Bake 18-20 minutes.
5. Check for doneness using a toothpick, which should come out clean. (OR temp a muffin from its bottom and check for 205-210 degrees).
6. Turn muffins onto their sides to prevent soggy bottoms and cool for 20 minutes.

YIELD 12 standard size muffins
PREP TIME 15 minutes
TOTAL TIME 1 hour
NOTES
Store up to 4 days in an airtight container, or wrap well and freeze for up to 3 months.
Adding the EXTRAS first to the flour mixture coats them and helps to prevent sinking.

Monkey Muffins

100_0124.jpgWhole Wheat Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins, topped with caramelized banana chunks
This is my idea of the perfect kid snack with a little rustic-gourmet flare. Apart from the sugar in the chips, they’re not too sweet and they still feel wholesome. This recipe has been tested, loved, nurtured and refined many times. The result is near perfection.

DRY
2 cups flour (see Flour notes below)
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
WET
4 bananas
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1/3 cup water
EXTRAS
3/4 – 1 cup chocolate chips
1 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
TOPPING (optional)
2 bananas, chopped
sugar

  1. Place oven rack at position “C” (3rd from the bottom) and preheat to 375 degrees. Spray muffin tin with nonstick spray and set aside.
  2. Spin DRY ingredients in food processor and pour into large mixing bowl. Stir in the EXTRAS.
  3. Spin bananas in food processor until smooth. Add the remaining WET ingredients and mix thoroughly. Pour wet ingredients over dry and stir just until blended.
  4. Scoop into muffin cups (cups should be full) and set aside.
  5. Chop 2 bananas (quarter lengthwise, then slice). Carefully place a spoonful of the chopped bananas onto the tops of the muffins, pressing them into the batter slightly and keeping them toward the center. Sprinkle each with sugar, about 1/2-1 teaspoon per muffin.
  6. Bake 18-20 minutes. Muffins are done when the tops are an even light golden-brown color. Turn muffins onto their sides to prevent soggy bottoms and cool for 5 minutes.

YIELD 10 standard size muffins
PREP TIME 15 minutes
TOTAL TIME 40 minutes
NOTES

Flour
Different combinations of flour can be used, totaling 2 cups. For freshly-milled whole wheat (which can give the muffins a “scratchy” or grainy feel) use no more than 1 cup, with the balance being AP or bread flour. (Store bought whole wheat flour is more finely milled and eliminates the need for AP flour.) Replacing 1/4 cup of AP flour with gluten flour can prevent overly dense muffins and add protein.
Here’s how it should look when using freshly milled whole wheat flour:
1 cup whole wheat flour
3/4 cup AP or bread flour
1/4 cup gluten flour

Wet Ingredients
Always bake with purified water.
This recipe does create a thick batter. However, if, after adding the wet ingredients to the dry, the batter feels a little too close to cookie dough, water can be added a couple tablespoons at a time.

Extras
Adding the EXTRAS to the flour mixture first serves to coat them and helps to prevent sinking.
Most brands of chocolate chips are made to hold their shape after baking and many also have a bad “chocolate candy” taste. Higher quality chips melt better and compliment the healthy, natural flavors of the muffin by not tasting artificial and overly sweet. Many high quality chips are larger in size, which doesn’t work as well with this muffin. Mini chips are too small and ruin the banana to chocolate ratio. Medium size, high quality, semi sweet chips are ideal.
Nuts are best chopped by hand to ensure evenness in size. Food processors and food choppers can cause somewhat of a “nut-meal” mixed in with nut pieces.

Baking
Use a 1/3 to 1/2-cup measuring cup to scoop the batter into the muffin tin. (1/3 is the more accurate amount needed, but the 1/2 cup is quicker since the right amount tends to fall out and scraping it is not needed.) Since these muffins don’t rise as high as regular cake muffins, filling the cups until they’re level results in a nice size muffin top.
Pan may need to be rotated 90 degrees halfway through cooking to allow for even baking.

Store
Store up to 2 days in an airtight container Without the caramelized banana chunks on top they store for up to 4 days.

(Whole Wheat Carrot Muffins)

DRY

WET

EXTRAS
3-4 (8 oz) carrots, coarsely grated
3/4 cup raisins
1/2 cup nuts

  1. Place oven rack at position “C” (3rd from the bottom) and preheat to 375 degrees. Spray muffin tin with nonstick spray and set aside.
  2. Spin DRY ingredients in food processor and pour into large mixing bowl. Stir in all the EXTRAS.
  3. Add eggs to food processor and beat egg for a half a minute. Add oil and beat again for another half a minute. Add the remaining WET ingredients and mix thoroughly. Pour wet ingredients over dry and stir just until blended (don’t over mix).
  4. Scoop into muffin cups (cups should be full), and bake for 18-20 minutes.
  5. Check for doneness using a toothpick, which should come out clean. (OR temp a muffin from its bottom and check for 205-210 degrees).
  6. Turn muffins onto their sides to prevent soggy bottoms and cool for 20 minutes.

YIELD 12 standard size muffins
PREP TIME 15 minutes
TOTAL TIME 1 hour
NOTES
Store up to 4 days in an airtight container, or wrap well and freeze for up to 3 months.
Ignore the temptation to grate carrots in the food processor. They come out too long and too skinny, and wet.
Adding the EXTRAS to the flour mixture first coats them and helps to prevent sinking.

Tofu Scramble

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2 tablespoons oil
2 blocks firm tofu, drained, pressed and crumbled
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 – 1 green bell pepper, chopped
1/2 – 1 red bell pepper, chopped
1-2 lbs approx. mushrooms, sliced
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
1/2 teaspoon salt, approx
1/2 teaspoon pepper, approx
1 teaspoon all-purpose seasoning (like Spike), approx

  1. Heat oil in large skillet or wok over high heat (approx.). Saute tofu, onions, garlic and peppers in oil for 3-4 minutes, approx.
  2. Reduce heat to medium and cook 5-7 more minutes, stirring frequently and adding more oil if needed.

SERVES 5
PREP TIME 15 minutes
TOTAL TIME 20 minutes

8 oz milk, soy or cow
1 serving chocolate protein powder (Genisoy Chocolate Soy Blend works well)
1/2 of a large banana (don’t use an overly ripe one)
1 glob of peanut butter (approx. 1-2 tablespoons)

Blend all ingredients in a blender for 1 minute. Since this recipe is ice-less it’s best after sitting in the freezer for 15 minutes.

Favorite Waffles

2 eggs
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 3/4 cups milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 tablespoon white sugar
4 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

  1. Preheat waffle iron.
  2. Put eggs in standing mixer, turn on medium speed and begin gathering other ingredients.
  3. Add milk, oil, flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and vanilla and mix just until smooth. (Don’t over mix.)
  4. Spray preheated waffle iron with non-stick cooking spray. Pour onto hot waffle iron. Waffles are done when they stop steaming, typically after about 3 1/2 minutes.

YIELDS: 6 servings
PREP TIME 5 Min
TOTAL TIME 20 Min
NOTES
For the favorite waffle topping, put a tablespoon of butter in a cup, pour some real maple syrup over itand microwave 30 seconds or until butter is mostly melted.  Pour over waffles.
For a 4 square waffle iron pour 1 full cup of mix.
The higher oil content in these means they require very little butter.
Batter can be refrigerated for up to a week. Whisk well before using.  (Waffles will not be as fluffy.)