Spaghetti Squash Bake… Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Paleo Diet

Today I am making Spaghetti Squash Bake…

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Ingredients

3 small/medium Spaghetti Squash approx 6lbs
1.5lbs Lean Ground Beef
1 large Can Crushed Tomatoes with Basil
1 Large Can Diced Tomatoes
3 Eggs
1/2 onion
Tomato Paste

Pre Heat Oven to 350 degrees, cut your squash length ways without losing fingers and remove the seeds,

Lightly brush with Olive Oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper and bake upside down for 40 mins.

In the mean time you can be browning the ground beef and onions. Once nicely browned drain off any fat.

In a sauce pan place the two cans of tomatoes and a tablespoon of paste, I also threw in some italian herbs seasoning I had. Heat and simmer.

Once the squash is cooked, scrap out the goodness which will appear like spaghetti in to a large casserole dish. Add the ground meat, and the tomato sauce.

Beat the 3 eggs and mix in.

Bake for One Hour at 350.

It is delicious! Perfect for a Gluten Free, Starch Free Diet!

Oatmeal and Cranberry Cookies… Gluten Free and Dairy Free if you eliminate the Choc Drizzle or use Dairy Free Choc Chips

So I love the Trader Joe Oatmeal and Cranberry Dunkers and have been wanting to make version for the past week.

Today was the day. I started out trying to find a recipe online but then I just decided to use my Oatmeal and Raisin Cookie Recipe I always use and use Cranberries instead and add the Choc Drizzle.

Here is my recipe…

3/4 Cup Crisco Shortening I use the All Vegetable sticks

3/4 Cup Sugar

3/4 Cup Soft Brown Sugar Packed

2 Large Eggs

2 tsp Vanilla Essence

1 Cup Gluten Free Flour (Trader Joes)

1 tsp Baking Soda

1 Tsp Cinnamon

1/4 Salt

2 3/4 Cup Old Fashioned Oats (Gluten Free Bobs Red Mill)

1 Cup Dried Cranberries or Raisins

1 Cup Chopped Walnuts (Optional, I threw them in because I had them)

Mix Shortening and Sugars in a mixer until smooth.

Add the 2 eggs and Vanilla and Beat.

In another bowl mix together the flour, baking soda, salt and Cinnamon. Add this to the already mix ingredients. Mix until it is all mixed together nicely.

I add the Oats by mixing in with a wooden spoon, not my kitchen aid. Once the Oats are mixed in, add your Cranberries and Walnuts if using them.

You want your oven at 350 and I line my baking sheet with Parchment paper.

Spoon your mixture on to the paper, about 1 Tablespoon, 2 Inches apart.

Bake for 11 mins, Cool on tray for a minute or two as they will be soft when you take them out the oven.

Transfer to a cooling rack once they have started to harden.

Once cooled you can melt White Chocolate Chips in a glass bowl over a pan of hot water and then Drizzle over the top of your cookies. This must be Dairy Free if you want Dairy Free version.

Enjoy…

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Homemade Natural Organic Laundry Detergent

I love buying organic and being as organic as I can around my home, but it can be so costly.

Today I made Natural Organic Laundry Detergent as we were out of the Free and Clear Organic one I usually buy. This morning my skin was extra itchy and what will all our lastest health obstacles I decided enough will all these chemicals…. and endeavored to find a recipe.

I very soon found Wellnessmama and she had a simple solution for me.

I went and purchased the three items I needed and set to work.

It took me 5 minutes to make my first batch, yes just 5 mins and that was mostly grating the Castile Soap!

Wellnessmama recipe for powdered Detergent is below and you can find a liquid recipe also on her site www.wellnessmama.com

To Make powdered laundry soap:

You will need:

Dr Bonner’s Pure Castile Soap – Purchased at Wholefoods

Washing Soda – found in the laundry aisle of your grocery store

Borax – found in the laundry aisle of your grocery store

  1. Grate the bar soap . Use the soap of your choice. I personally used Dr. Bronner’s Pure Castille Bar Soap because of its exceptional quality, and it is available in many natural scents like lavender and tea tree.
  2. In a large bowl, mix 2 parts washing soda, 2 parts Borax and 1 part grated soap.
  3. Store in closed container. If you are using a big enough container, you can skip step 2 and just put all ingredients in storage container or jar and shake.
  4. Use 1/8 to 1/4 cup per load of laundry.

I also saw on an organic site that Vinegar is a great fabric softner… so yes, I used vinegar in my downy ball!

My first load is complete and it smells great 🙂

Thank you Wellnessmama for your recipe

Today’s baked treats

Today I had to bake bread after Joshua’s kind request yesterday.

I decided to make a double batch of dough. An experiment I have wanted to try for a while. With a Beef Stew in the Crockpot, I wanted a loaf of bread and some bread rolls to have with dinner later… Perfect Football watching food!

I used my White Bread recipe doubled everything and added 3 tbs of Flaxseed.

The kitchen aid was struggling so I dumped it out and continued to knead by hand. Arm workout for today!

I split the dough in two to let it double and then continued as normal. I made one loaf and 12 Rolls.

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My ever so polite son, smelt the bread and said ” Please can you make some more delicious cupcakes, they are so good”

So I just knocked up a batch of butter cupcakes with a hint of orange.

I had to sort of cheat, I used a box mix due to lack of from scratch ingredients. I added 1 cup of buttermilk, increased the eggs and added orange zest and juice.

11 of them have a surprise baked inside, 13 do not.

I am not sure if my eldest son has in fact waged any cupcakes on Football Games today. If he has there are plenty, if not then the Queens at King of Kings Preschool can have one for a donation to my Kick Cancer Overboard Fundraising. Josh must not eat them all!

I decided to add a little Chocolate frosting to the top… I love Chocolate Orange so they should taste great.

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Bread Recipe

Yum...

I bake a lot of my own bread, the bread in the states seems to be laden with sugar and is way too sweet for my taste buds. I like a nice freshly baked loaf spread with butter and Marmite.

My kids even complain when I have to use store bought for their sandwiches because I have not had the time to bake.

Here is my Bread recipe used regularly in my house and my friend Heathers!

White Bread

1 1/2 pounds of Bread Flour, I use King Arthur Organic White

15floz warm water

1 1/2tsp Active Dried Yeast

1/2 tsp Sugar

Knob of lard or Shortening

1 tsp Salt

2 tablespoons of ground flax meal and/or 1 tablespoon flax seeds.

In a jug place the required amount of warm water and sprinkle over the Dried Yeast and Sugar, wait for the Yeast to active, it will foam. Approx 15 mins

Weigh Flour and add Salt and Flax and the knob of shortening, I do this in my Kitchen Aid Bowl.

When yeast is activated gradually add liquid to the flour whilst stirring. I use my kitchen aid with the kneading attachment, let it knead for 10 mins until no longer sticky. Form into a ball and leave in the bowl in a warm place covered to rise.

When it has doubled knead it again with the Kitchen Aid to get all of the air out. When done, usually 5 mins lift out on to a floured work space. Press it out into a rectangle, fold over three times and tuck the ends under and place into a greased loaf tin. Cover and set in a warm place to rise.

When risen bake at 450c for 30 mins. When cooked it will sound hollow when tapped on the bottom. Cool on a wire rack.

You will have to watch out for end stealers!

2nd Best Christmas Gift!

My friend Heather gifted me a Cupcake book for Christmas. If you know me or have read past posts on my blog then you will know I love to bake, and this was the perfect gift!

I was thrilled and of course I want to have a go at making as many as I can. Being a Weight Watcher I had to hatch a plan that would allow me to bake but not consume all 24 cupcakes that could possible be created out of one batch of cake mix!

I devised a devilish plan to bake cakes for my work colleagues. I think in the Weight Watcher world that would make me a saboteur if any of them are watching their weight, but needs must and I need to bake and not pack on the pounds!

I pulled out my birthday list and was surprised to see I did not have to wait very long until I could create some delicious birthday cupcake treats! Birthday Cupcakes should be made for the person receiving not making, so I decided to think long, hard and choose carefully what I would like to present to that friend with a candle on top.

Now, this birthday friend is expecting her third child, luckily I do not fall in to the saboteur category this time!

Sickness has been a problem, but lucky for her McDonalds is close by and she can stomach that.

So the Cupcakes topped with French Fries had to be it, it just make perfect sense!

The big day is today and I cannot wait to present them to her tomorrow during lunch!

Here are some pics taken during the baking process….

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It’s been a while and Play-Doh recipe

So busy! Back to school for everyone including me…

Soccer and Football added to the mix = one really exhausted Mummy.

Today it really felt like Autumn so breakfast was oatmeal with blue agave to sweeten it.

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After a day with the three year olds at king of kings Pre-school I made them some play-Doh.

Purple is my fav colour, so purple it is!

My daughter likes it!

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Here is my Play-Doh recipe:

3 1/2 cups of flour
1/2 Cup of Salt
1 Tablespoon Alum
2 packages of kool aid

Mix all together

Add 3 tablespoons oil and 2 cups boiling water.

Mix thoroughly.

I lost my kool aid between the shop and home… So I used 2 teaspoons of food colouring instead!

You can even get snazzy and add glitter!

Enjoy 🙂