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Stuffed Zucchini Boats (organic, of course)

Yum. Today I had a great lunch. I decided it was good enough to share the recipe.

I’m calling them Stuffed Zucchini Boats. I had a starter recipe from Pinterest (where else?) and I only had about half the ingredients, so I made up my own.

Here goes:

zucchini, organic, recipe, garden, stuffed zucchiniI was lucky enough to have these items picked straight from the garden.

Full ingredient list:

Stuffed Zucchini Boats

2 zucchini

1/2 c cooked rice (I used black rice… not wild… black)

3 cloves garlic (from the garden, too! You can use less, or also add an onion, which I didn’t have)

~2 collard green leaves

1 tsp curry powder

dash cayenne

1/2 c grated Parmesan cheese 

dash of chopped:

     parsley

     chives

     basil 

salt and pepper to taste

olive oil to use while cooking

zucchini, recipe, organic, garden, stuffed zucchiniFirst I scraped out the middle of the zucchini (and saved it.) Then I chopped up the collards. stuffed zucchini, garden, organic, recipe

I sauteed that with the rice, minced garlic, curry and cayenne. I added some olive oil and water, then covered with a loose lid for a few minutes. Easy as pie.

zucchini, stuffed zucchini, recipe, organic, garden Fill the boats!

Bake for 20 minutes at 400.

zucchini recipe, stuffed zucchini, garden, organic While that was happening, I made a side dish.

All you need is:

Green beans and purple beans, if available. (another thing we have growing)

Collard Greens

Curry

Olive oil

There is no scientific way to do this. Just pull out your inner cook, chop up the greens, put everything together with a drizzle of oil, and heat it up. I can’t tell you anything more specific.

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recipe, organic, garden, green beans, collard greens That was a tasty bowl of food. It held us over while the zucchini boats baked!

Once the zucchini was done, I added the cheese on top and broiled the boats for just a few minutes, until the cheese browned.

zucchini boats, stuffed zucchini recipe, organic, garden Once out of the oven, I added the chopped parsley, basic and chives.

Then all of a sudden, I had this sitting before me:

zucchini recipe, boats, organic, recipe, garden And we, the Lous Williams, were content and happy and full.

Good luck with your cooking… let me know if you have any luck or try another version of this!

Love, Lou

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Coconut Oatmeal Bars!!!

Okay- I mostly stick to thoughts on writing, but hey, a writer’s gotta eat!!! I choose what I do eat very carefully. I buy organic, make the majority of what I eat from scratch, and enjoy every tasty minute!!!

One thing I’ve always justified buying, rather than making at home, were bars. Larabars, especially. They’re so good! They have simple ingredients! I love them. However, they aren’t necessarily organic and they can be a bit pricey if you rely on them almost daily for a quick snack. (I eat between each meal, a few times.)

SO! I decided to make my own bars. Yay! If you enjoy peanut butter, coconut, honey, oats, a little sweetness, and some raisins, keep reading :)

Coconut Oatmeal Bar Recipe (gluten free, vegan)

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ingredients!

1) 1 c oats

2) 3 T ground flax

3) 1 c shredded coconut

4) 1/4 c + 1 T peanut butter

5) 3/4 c honey (local!!)

6) 1/2 c raisins

7) 1/2 c carob chips (vegan!)

8) Add these together, in this order, into a bowl. Mix it up. Keep blending and stirring until it’s all stuck together.

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yum!

9) Next, lay wax paper into an 8×8 tray (or any size, really… just add a little more ingredients or a little less to make due… super easy, guys!)

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just makes it easier to get the bars out….

10) Put it all into the tray, flatten it out, and place in the fridge. (eh, 20 minutes should do it.) (I added some extra coconut on top!!)

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flattened out

11) Cut up into whatever size “bar” you want!

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couldn’t get a clear shot!

12) Enjoy!!!!!!!!!! (If the bars are too soft and don’t stay together, just put it in yogurt and have an awesome snack, roll it all into balls, or simply eat right out of the bowl. You could also try adding less honey. When I kept mine in the fridge long enough, they stayed bars!)

I love these. I am so excited to make them over and over. Everything I used was organic, except for the carob chips. YAY!!!! Next time I’ll probably add banana and walnuts. Tell me if you tried them or any yummy changes you made! Thanks for stopping by Hey Lou!!!!!!!!!!!

Coconut Oatmeal Bars... Hubby Lou Approved!

Coconut Oatmeal Bars… Hubby Lou Approved!

<3

 

***coming back to this, the next day, I think I would have also sprinkled coconut flakes on the wax paper before laying down the bars. Also, they stayed together as bars much better after an overnight fridge sleepover haha let me know what works for you!


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Honey Almond Truffle Goodness <3

Okay! I finally made them!!!

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Bee Raw Honey, Almonds, chocolate… yummmmmm

Honey Almond Salted Chocolate Truffles

They’re gluten free!!! They’re vegan!! (If you’re the kind of vegan who eats honey… I know there’s controversy there!)

Best of all… they’re tasty!!

This is what a plate of them looks like (they kind of look like spiders. it’s just the picture!):

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Plate of Truffles!

Another view (with ingredients!):

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Bee Raw Honey! Almonds! Could life get any better?

Here is how I did this:

1. I used a coffee grinder to grind the almonds. -1 cup almonds

2. I put ground almonds into a bowl. Then I added the Maine Wild Raspberry Bee Raw Honey! ~2 Tbsp honey

3. I mixed it up with a spoon (honestly, I added a little more grounds, a little more honey…. just until it was a consistency that I could manipulate into a ball! It’s super easy! :) …)

4. Place on a plate! Drizzle with chocolate, sprinkle with a small amount of salt, or roll in coconut. I think any of these options would be great!! I used the Whole Foods 365 vegan chocolate chips and did the “double boil” method to heat up the chocolate… and then used a ziploc bag to drizzle, cutting a small hole in the corner!

5. Eat

This took me no more than five minutes to prepare. They were eaten in even less time!!!

Greg and I had my sister Meredith and the other member of Wildewood, Alex, over for dinner. Greg cooked something pretty gourmet and I was in charge of the dessert. It worked out!

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I don’t know what Greg is doing!!

Enjoy!

:)