Organic Banana Pancakes

On this rainy Sunday in Arizona, nothing sounded better than Banana Pancakes and a lazy day with my husband and bulldog…  and I think I just may have made the most incredible pancakes ever! They are naturally sweet with the banana and honey, super soft, fluffy and filling… Like I said, perfect for a much yearned for lazy day 🙂

Ingredients

(serves 3.. 2 if you are super hungry)

3/4 Cup Organic Whole Wheat Flour

1 teaspoon Baking Powder

1/2 teaspoon Organic Cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon Sea Salt

3/4 Cup Organic Coconut Milk (you may also use regular milk)

1 Medium Organic Banana

1 Organic Egg

3 Tablespoons Honey

3 Tablespoons Organic Butter, melted

1/4 teaspoon Vanilla Extract

Directions

To make it simple…In one bowl, combine the dry ingredients. In another bowl combine the wet ingredients and mash the banana into the same bowl. Then mix all ingredients together! Heat your griddle or pan with a small amount of butter and pour the desired size of batter. (wait to flip until you see those cute little bubbles form)

Serve with sliced banana, maple syrup and more butter!! YES more butter 😉

Lastly.. enjoy YOUR lazy Sunday!

Organic Buttermilk Biscuit Bread

 

 

There is nothing better than a buttery Buttermilk Biscuit! (well.. almost 😉

Needless to say, I am OBSESSED with buttermilk biscuits.. My absolute favorite buttermilk beauties are from The Morning Glory Cafe at The Farm at South Mountain. So whether I need to use up left over buttermilk or get my craving for “The Farm Biscuits,” this is what I have come up with in bread form! It’s dense, buttery, perfect for a Sunday brunch and amazing topped with honey butter!

Ingredients

2 Cups Organic AP Flour

1 Cup Whole Wheat Flour

1/3 Cup (scant) Organic Sugar

1 Teaspoon Sea Salt

1 Teaspoon Baking Soda

1 Organic Egg, beaten

2 Cups Organic Buttermilk

1/4 Cup Organic Sweet Cream Butter, melted

Directions

Pre heat the oven to 325 degrees F. Butter a 9×5 inch loaf pan. In a bowl, mix together the butter and sugar. Then add the egg and buttermilk to the sugar mixture. In another bowl Combine the flour, baking soda, sugar and salt. Whisk well, then combine the flour and sugar mixtures. Bake 45-60 minutes. Test with a toothpick… when it comes out clean its done 🙂

Enjoy warm and topped with honey butter! (my favorite)

 

 

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip and Cinnamon Cookies

My husband has declared this to be his  favorite cookie of the moment… Oatmeal Chocolate Chip and Cinnamon. Wholesome and delicious!

Ingredients

1 stick organic butter

3/4 cup sugar

1 teaspoon molasses

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 egg

1 cup oats

3/4 cup whole wheat or all purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon sea salt

3/4 cup chooclate chips

Directions

1. In a medium bowl cream together the butter, sugar and molasses. Then add in the vanilla and egg. Stir together till mixed well.

2. In another bowl whisk together the flour, sea salt, baking powder, oats, cinnamon and chocolate chips.

3. Combine the butter mixture with the flour and mix well.

4. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F and drop spoon fulls of cookie dough onto a buttered baking sheet and bake for 12 minutes.

Simply GORGEOUS!

Organic Chicken and Red Beet Pot Pie

Whenever I think about Chicken Pot Pie I remember the first time my mom made it for dinner, I was probably about 5 or 6 years old and I tried it and I wanted nothing to do with it! Lets just say after my dad attempted to spoon feed me, and I refusing the chicken pot pie, I got sent to my bed room. So, after a long and dramatic few hours, I got to come out and go back to the kitchen and try again.. and before my eyes was a perfectly made Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich,  waiting for me on a white paper plate with the words”I Love You” written on it… I love my mama 🙂

As a child Chicken Pot Pie was obviously not a food favorite of mine, but now as a women with matured taste buds, it is way up there on my list of favorites! With this recipe, I wanted to combined a taste of traditional with something a little bit different and more simple.

So here is goes for my Organic Chicken and Red Beet Pot Pie

Ingredients

4 oz Organic Unsalted Butter, Cold and Cubed

5 Tablespoons Ice Cold Water

1/2 Cup Whole Wheat Flour

3/4 Cup All Purpose Flour

1/2 teaspoon Sea Salt

1 Organic Chicken Breasts, Seasoned, Cooked and Cubed

1/2 Cup Onions, Chopped

1 Cup Organic Red Beets, Peeled and Cubed

1/2 Cup Organic Chicken Stock

1 Tablespoon Fresh Chives, Chopped

1 1/2 Tablespoon Fresh Parsley, Chopped

2 teaspoons Fresh Thyme, Chopped

2 Tablespoons Organic Unsalted Butter

Sea Salt and Pepper

Directions

In a bowl combine the flour, butter and salt. Begin to work the dough with your hands and slowly add the water until it resembles a sand like texture then form it into a ball, cover with plastic wrap and set in the fridge to chill for about 20 minutes.

Meanwhile…

In skillet over medium heat combine the butter, beets and onion. Cook until the beets are tender and the onions are browned. Then you may add in the cubed chicken, herbs, stock and a pinch of sea salt and pepper. Turn heat down to low and allow to simmer for about 10-15 minutes. Set aside to slightly cool.

When you are ready to assemble your pot pies, retrieve the dough from the fridge and roll out to the width of a pie crust. Cut to fit the ramekins and place one piece on the bottom, then layer in some of the pot pie filling then top with another piece of the dough and press together with your fingers. When I made my pies I got so excited to make them that I hurried and pilled in the filling before realizing I forgot to put a piece of dough in the bottom of the ramekin.. So mine only has a “Top.” But it still turned out fantastic!

When you are ready to bake, preheat the oven to 375 degrees F and bake for 35-45 minutes until the dough is browned and flaky.

Enjoy this semi-traditional delicious Organic Chicken and Red Beet Pot Pie

Sauteed Mushroom Ravioli with Manchego Thyme and Pepper Cream


If I could rename “Ravioli” I would call it “Pocket Full of Goodness!” Because that it truly what it is. Not only is ravioli so much fun to make, but you get to choose what goes inside!

For this particular ‘Packet Full of Goodness’ recipe, I chose to fill them with gorgeous sauteed mushrooms, a thin slice of Manchego Cheese and tossed them in a delicious cream sauce.

Dough

1 1/2 Cups Organic Flour

3 Organic Eggs

1 teaspoon Sea Salt

1 teaspoon fresh Thyme

Directions

Combine the flour, eggs, salt and thyme. Using your hands or a wooden spoon mix until well incorporated. Roll out the dough using a pasta machine until the sheets are very thin. Set aside on parchment paper to prevent the sheets from sticking. When your filling is done and cooled cut your sheets of pasta into 3″ x 3″ pieces. To put together the ravioli layer 2 mushrooms then a piece of the Manchego then 1 mushroom on top. Complete as many ravioli as you would like to serve then set aside on parchment paper dusted with a little flour to again, prevent sticking.

Filling

1 Cup Crimini Mushrooms, chopped

2 Tablespoons Organic Sweet Cream Butter

Manchego Cheese, thinly sliced into 1” pieces

Sea Salt and Pepper

Directions

In a large pan saute the butter, mushrooms, salt and pepper over low-medium heat until the mushroom are wilted and beautiful. Then set aside in a bowl to cool for about 15 minutes.

Cream Sauce

1 Cup Organic Cream

1/3 Cup Manchego Cheese

1/2 teaspoon Black Pepper, fresh cracked

Few sprigs of Thyme

Directions

In a small pot heat the cream and Manchego until it is melted. Add in the sea salt, pepper and Thyme. Stir with a whisk to

prevent to much clumping. (A little clumping is good because it gives it that cheesy texture.)

To cook the ravioli, bring a large pot of sea salted water to a soft boil and add in your ravioli one at a time. Do not overcrowd the pot. Cook until tender 8-10 minutes. (All dough has a different cook time, so just test the ravioli to make sure it is to the consistency you would like.)

When your ravioli is ready to be served, top with the gorgeous cream sauce and garnish with a pinch more of pepper and fresh Thyme.

Whole Wheat Bread with Cranberries and Sunflower Seeds


After years of buying “Homemade Bread” from local health food stores and farmers markets, I decided that I wanted my bread to come from my own home! So I did it! …And the fun thing is that you can put any variety that you ever so desire with this simple

Homemade Bread Recipe made with love by Haley

2 teaspoons Active Dry Yeast

1 1/3 Cup Warm Filtered Water (110 degrees f)

1 Tablespoons Organic Olive Oil

2 Tablespoons Local Honey

1 Cup Organic Bread Flour

2 Cups Organic Whole Wheat Flour

1 1/4 teaspoons Sea Salt

1/2 Cup Dried Cranberries

1/3 Cup Sunflower Seeds

Directions

Combine the yeast, warm water and honey. Mix together softly with your fingers only for a few seconds to incorporate the mixture. Allow it to sit for a few minutes, giving you time to gather the rest of your ingredients. When the yeast mixture looks frothy, you may begin to add in the olive oil, flour, sea salt, cranberries and sunflower seeds. Then use a wooden spoon to stir the mixture together, then use your hands to knead the dough ONLY for a few minutes until the dough looks like a soft lovely dough ball. Leave the ball in the bowl and cover with plastic wrap or a moist towel and allow to rise 1-2 hours, until it has double in size.

Once doubled in size, shape it into a lightly oiled loaf dish then cover again and allow to rise above the top by an inch or two. Once it has risen again, place it in a preheated 350 degree oven for 35-40 minutes until the bread is browned.

Simple-Beautiful-Delectable

Chicken and Kale Pasta in an Herb Cream Sauce

Pasta… One of the most satisfying dishes ever! It is hearty, fulfilling and so versatile. With this delicious combination of ingredients I have chosen I know you will adore this dish as much as we did.

Ingredients:

2 Large Organic Chicken Breasts, cut into cubes

2 Large stems of Organic Kale, rinsed well and chopped

1/2 packet of your favorite Pasta (I chose Organic Spaghetti because I love to twirl it on my fork.)

1/2 C Organic Cream

2 T Olive Oil

Bunch of Oregano and Chives

Some Parsley and chive stems for garnish

Sea Salt and Pepper

Directions:

Bring a large amount of salted water to a boil and cook pasta to al dente. (Reserve some of the pasta water.)

In a medium to large pan heat your olive oil and cook your kale till it is soft and wilted. Then remove the kale and set aside.

Salt and pepper both sides of the cubed chicken then place your chicken to the pan you used to cook the kale, you may need to add a bit more olive oil if there in none left over from the kale.

Allow the chicken to brown on both sides, about 3-4 minutes per side.

Then add the cream and herbs to the chicken and simmer the mixture for about 8 minutes.

Taste test to see if you need to add more salt and/or pepper.

When you are ready to serve add a little of the reserved pasta water to the cream mixture to thin it out a bit. Then add your kale and mix it together.

For plating, place some pasta on your plate then spoon the chicken mixture on top and garnish with parsley and chive stems.

Simple and delicious.

Bon Appetite!

“Magic Cookie Bars”

“Magic Cookie Bars”

These cookie bars are agreeably MAGIC… 6 ingredients and you have one of the best treats yet discovered! The original recipe has been around since the 1960’s by Eagle Brand, I simply added some Haley Love to it…

Ingredients:

2 C Homemade Graham Crackers, Made into crumbs

1/2 C + 2 T Organic Sweet Cream Butter, Melted

14 oz Organic Sweetened Condensed Milk

2 C Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips

1 1/4 C Coconut, Shredded

1 C Walnuts, Chopped

Directions:

Preheat the oven to  350 degrees F

Combine the Graham Crackers with the melted butter then press at the bottom of a 13×9 inch baking pan, lined with parchment paper. Then layer half of your chocolate chips, then the coconut, then the walnuts and top with the rest of the chocolate chips. Complete the MAGIC with the organic condensed milk and put it in the oven and bake for 25-28 minutes until the edges and top are golden brown…

Now that is what I call MAGIC!!

Enjoy…

In Sweetness and Love, Haley

Organic Granola

Wholesome organic granola.. no need to buy cereal when you can make your own! Easy, nutritious and oh so delicious.

Ingredients:

4 c organic rolled oats

1/2 c chopped raw almonds

1/2 c raw pecans

1/2 c raw walnuts

1/2 c organic raisins

1/2 c local honey

2 T organic coconut oil

2 t ground cinnamon

pinch of sea salt

Directions:

Oven 315 degrees

Combine all ingredients except the coconut oil.

Melt the coconut oil, then add to the mixture.

Put the lovely goodness on a baking sheet and bake for about 30-35 min.. Every 12 minutes or so pull out and stir to ensure all gets nice and crunchy.

After it is finished and cooled enjoy with some fresh organic milk or make a yogurt parfait.