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Simple Strawberry Snaps

2 Mar

These are unbelievably tasty, simple and elegant! Created during one of our snack dinner nights (post about these coming soon). This flavourful dessert is super easy to make, perfect for a night when you’d rather not spend a bunch of time prepping and have lots of energy left for your favourite after dinner activities.

3 things you need:

1. Some sort of thin ginger cookie (Anna’s worked well for us)

2. Strawberries – sliced

3. Soft goat cheese (we found a honey vanilla flavour by Woolrich Dairy that was perfect)

So easy to make and they look pretty spectacular!


A few tips:

If you put the cheese in the microwave for just a few seconds it makes it much easier to spread or just leave out of the fridge for a few minutes before spreading. If you like a softer cookie assemble and leave out for a half hour and the cookie will soften.

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Moist Munchies-Yam Muffins

28 Feb

 

Delicious moist yam muffins - good for the gluten free folks

I love variety. I have a variety of friends. Friends come with a variety of dietary needs. Some easy to accommodate others not so much. Like the one friend I have who doesn’t like onions and garlic?! Now that’s just crazy. My gluten free friends are actually very easy to accommodate. We don’t eat a lot of gluten based products as is and they have motivated me to try some new things with recipes that traditionally call for wheat based flours.

Here’s a recipe that is super delicious and gluten free (if you want it to be – if not it works great with 1 ½ cups of whole wheat flour or try a mixture of both almond meal and whole wheat flour).

Yam Muffins

2 cups almond meal (ground up almonds – you can buy this in the bulk foods section or make your own)

1 Tbsp. baking powder (make sure you have a gluten free brand if your friend needs a super strict gf muffin!)

½ tsp. salt

1 – 1 ½ tsp. ground ginger (I love ginger so I usually use 1 ½ tsp. or add in some fresh grated ginger)

¼ cup brown sugar

¾ cup yams, cooked then mashed

cup milk (I use soy milk)

3 Tbsp butter or margarine, melted

1-2 Tbsp. molasses (I like it with 2)

Simple assembly instructions:

1. Blend together dry ingredients in a large bowl.
2. Whisk wet ingredients together in a separate bowl.
3. Make a well in the dry ingredients and add the wet ingredient mixture. Stir quickly and lightly.
4. Spoon muffin batter into a greased or muffin cup lined muffin tin.
5. Bake at 400 degrees for about 25 min or until toothpick comes out clean.

Enjoy! Good for pairing with a breakfast of eggs, turkey bacon and fruit salad. Can definitely be made the night before. Or just enjoy as a snack ; )