Personal Chef Services: Yam Muffins

I was able to conduct a comfort food cooking lesson with a client recently that infused Scandinavian and Latin ingredients. That was a first for me! The recipes came from the Our Food Naturally cookbook a product of IKEA. She got the cookbook as a gift and wanted to cook for her book club out of it. We decided to make a cheese/dried fruit-nut/cracker platter, yam muffins, chopped salad, chili con carne with a creme fraiche, and for dessert saffron baked rice.

Today I’m going to share with you all the really yummy recipe for yam muffins. And of course had to turn the recipe into something that can be made ahead of time.

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Yam Muffins

Adapted from Our Food Naturally cookbook from IKEA

Make 12

1 cup of organic canned yams
1 cup softened butter
3 oz. strained yogurt (I used Siggi’s Iselandic style yogurt)
1 1/4 cup heirloom whole wheat flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1 apple, chopped
1/2 cup coconut palm sugar
3 organic eggs, whisked
melted butter for the muffin tin

Prep Day: Preheat oven 350F. Grease the muffin tins generously with butter. Put yams, butter, yogurt, into a food processor or powerful blender (ninja or vitamix) and blend. Put the mixture in a mixing bowl and sift flour and baking powder into it. Manually stir together the dough. Now mix in the apples, sugar, eggs into the dough. Fill the muffin tins. Bake 25-30 minutes or till they pass firm and golden brown. You can serve warm with butter or cool and freeze in a single layer.

Serve Day: Thaw. Reheat in oven or microwave till warm.

What’s for Dinner?! – Chicken Cacciatore

Chicken Cacciatore

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3 boneless, skinless, chicken breasts
1 – 26 oz jar of spaghetti sauce
1 zucchini, chopped
1 sweet peppers, chopped
1/2 onion, chopped
1 carrot, chopped
Spaghetti noodles
Salt & Pepper, if needed

Prep Day: Chop all your veggies. You can layer the ingredients in a foil pan, seal and pop in the freezer.

Serve Day: Thaw overnight in the refrigerator. Cook at 350 degrees for 50-60 minutes or until chicken is cooked thoroughly. Serve over cooked spaghetti noodles and sprinkle with salt & pepper if desired.

Wellness Wednesdays: Cheeseburger Cauliflower Casserole

Cauliflower, by the way, is the new Brussels sprout according to the 2014 food trend predictions.

So thought I would share with you a low carb comfort food recipe.

Cheeseburger Cauliflower Casserole

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Serves 6

1 1/2 lbs. ground beef or meat substitute, cooked
1 lb. cauliflower
1 cup cheddar cheese
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
salt and pepper, to taste

Prep Day: Steam or boil cauliflower until soft. Add cauliflower, seasonings and cheese to the meat. Mix until cheese is melted. Cool if freezing. Place in gallon freezer bag and freeze.

Serving Day: Thaw. Heat in microwave 1 minute or till heated through.

Great for lunch for sure!