My New Favorite Website
Friday, April 10, 2009
This is an awesome site. It provides many many recipes with beautiful pictures, all of the recipes contain ONLY whole food ingredients!!! For those who need it there are also many vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, etc recipes. I would recommend the site to everyone but especially those working on eating clean. I actually prefer these recipes to the ones in the eating clean cookbook.
The biggest drawback is no nutrition facts but we all know how to use sparkrecipes so no biggie :) Do be careful though because while all the recipes are whole foods many of the desserts are still very high in cals, they are not for everyday but when you do need to make treats they provide a healthy alternative.
Note the search on the site works great but only if you use the advanced option. I actually emailed the creator of the site as well and got a very nice response.
So far I have tried four of the recipes...
Corn and Goat Cheese Casserole
Omg it is like the best thing i ever tasted. I halved it very easily. I can't cook and I didn't struggle with this at all. I omitted the salt (there is enough in the goat cheese already) and used no salt added canned corn. You could easily substitute at least one of the eggs for egg whites but I would leave at least one whole egg.
Below is calories/ carbs/fat/protein for 1/4 recipe (the full recipe) but that is a very good size (read big) serving. serve with a side salad and it's def a good lunch.
288 27 13 17
I like them, they are not like a cookie at all really more like a muffin top. I had with a tiny smear of all fruit jelly- very good. I actually just omitted the corn completely and did apple and walnut. I used raw honey having no agave nectar. I reduced the salt by about half and it was fine. These are subtly sweet and would be a good morning treat with a breakfast instead of piece of toast or something. I wouldn't use these all of the time but maybe once in awhile.
Here is nutrition for recipe I used (see above)making 18 cookies.
Calories: 64.1; Total Fat: 2.3 g; Sodium: 51.4 mg; Total Carbs: 10.2 g; Dietary Fiber: 1.1 g; Protein: 1.6 g;
I think next time I might make less to get like a nice 100 calorie muffin top treat.
broccoli and goat cheese soup
it is FANTASTIC. I used a lot of black pepper in mine but it is to your own taste. I used a blender because I don't have a food processor and that worked fine, although next time I might blend a little less for a few more chunks. The soup is very rich and creamy, not brothy at all, VERY filling and very healthy. Each serving ends up with 1/2 serving cheese and the rest is like all veggies.
The serving is really big for the 230 calories,(1/4 of recipe), it makes at least 8 cups so at least two full cups a serving so it's a big bowl.
I think it would be delicious to make it and sprinkle a little extra of the goat cheese on before serving so you can taste it more but I was out. I used a pre-made vegetable stock by kitchen basics that only had vegetable ingredients (and salt), no preservatives, and was reduced sodium. It was a nice clean deep rich stock.
231 36 7 11 cals/carb/fat/protein per serving
These were ok, they are good but my mom makes an amazing (like indescribable) lemon square cookie that is one of my favorite things in the whole world (and I usually hate non chocolate desserts) so these had a lot to live up to. I think if I made them again I would reduce the size of the crust to maybe 3/4 cup flour and 1/4 cup walnuts because there was too much crust and make the amount of filling about 1/4 more, I would also maybe leave at least half the flour off the top and cook them less time, I don't know, I would need to play around but the top was too dense for me and not lemony enough, I would def add more. Still though they are pretty tasty for a fairly healthy treat.
Let me know if anyone tries other recipes! I actually bought some ingredients I needed to make a bunch more of them, I am pretty obsessed with the recipes on this site!!