Supernatural Inspired Recipes: Charlie’s Butterscotch Sleepover Cookies

Maybe before they started watching dvds, Charlie and Dean baked some cookies as Sam makes a take out run.

Charlie would totally dump a bunch of sprinkles into the batter when Dean’s not looking, cause who doesn’t love all that color?

Preheat oven to 350F

1 cup brown sugar

3/4 cup granulated sugar

1 cup vegetable oil

2 eggs (I prefer to use 2 “flaxseed eggs” that’s 2 tablespoons of milled flaxseed mixed with 6 tablespoons of water. Let it sit in a small bowl for a few minutes until the mixture thickens, then add it into the batter.)

1/2 cup almond milk

1 tablespoon vanilla flavoring (I don’t measure, I just pour a bit in.)

3/4 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1 bag butterscotch chips

1 cup sprinkles (Dump it in when your baking partner turns his back for a moment.)

3 cups flour (I like to use whole wheat)

On a prepared baking sheet, place heaping tablespoon sized pieces of dough about an inch apart. Bake for 10 minutes at 350F. Makes about 3 dozen. 

Breakfast-to-go for late people

I’m really bad at mornings, so on days when I have school I almost never have time for a sit-down meal at home before I dash. Therefore, I’ve been working hard to come up with ideas for breakfast to go, something I can eat while I drive to class.

Disclaimer: I live at home, not in a dorm, so I have a full kitchen.

My favorite right now is smoothies. I have a plastic cup with a lid and a washable straw, so it’s easy to whiz up a smoothie and leave with it. My recipe is:

  • plain kefir or yogurt [you can use flavored kinds, but I use plain to keep the sugar down]
  • frozen fruit or sometimes greens [frozen seems to blend up better]
  • water or plain soymilk [again, trying to keep the sugar low]
  • sometimes I add flaxseeds or wheat germ for extra nutrients.

My blender carafe has measurements on the side, so that’s how I measure the quantities. I put in a half cup to one cup of kefir [or a single-serve container of yogurt or something], add fruit up to the 3 cup mark, then add the liquid so that it almost covers the fruit. Blend it until it’s all smooth. That makes about 3 cups and is enough for my whole breakfast. The leftovers don’t seem to keep very well, so if that’s too much smoothie for you, make less.

If you’re vegan, feel free to swap the kefir for something better. I use it to add creaminess, protein, and probiotics. Vegan yogurt is good, or try silken tofu [not tested, but plausible].

In the winter I don’t drink many smoothies because I put so many cold things in them, so I get chilled. Also, sometimes I run out of smoothie stuff. So my other favorite is finger food for breakfast.

Anything goes as long as there’s some sort of fruit or vegetable, and something with a sizable amount of protein [like more than five grams at least]. Also, it needs to be something dry, not crumbly, and in bite-size pieces; otherwise it’s too tricky to eat.

Cut-up apples, carrots, and/or berries are good in the fruit/veg department, and bananas are nice too [if slightly trickier to eat]. For protein-y foods, string cheese is both tasty and easy, and I think Wheat Thins have enough protein in them, so I eat them too. Or I’ll make a peanut butter sandwich. Later when it gets colder and I start wanting finger food more than smoothies, I’ll experiment with making a lot of finger food-y things in advance, like boiled eggs, mini muffins and quiches, baked tofu, homemade veggie burgers. If you’re a meat person, leftover chicken or cold cuts would probably be pretty good too.

I put my food in a tupperware box or, even better, a big plastic cup that I can put in my car’s cupholder. I’m tagging this post as lunch too, because finger food also makes an extremely packable lunch. It’s also easy to make it vegan.

The general goal is to eat healthfully and also not be late for English, and both of these ideas satisfy pretty well.

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Vegan Tofu Steak Round Up

BBQ Tofu Steaks

Baked Tofu Steaks with Mushroom Gravy

Citrus-Tamari Tofu Steaks with Warm Satsumas & Rosemary (9 ingredients)

Grilled Breaded Tofu Steaks with Spinach Salad & Tomato Flaxseed Bread

Teriyaki Beer Marinated Tofu Steaks & Vegetable Skewers

Barbecued Tofu Steaks, Sesame Soba Noodles & Quick Carrot & Cucumber Pickle

Sumac Ginger Tofu with Quinoa, Broccoli & Mushrooms

I’d like to start off by apologizing to anyone with a nut allergy, because this post is nuts. Nuts are very healthy and nutritious. Nuts are high in essential amino acids and healthy fats, making them an important part of any vegan’s diet. Here are some key nuts and seeds that should be apart of your diet.

1⃣  Almonds are a good source of protein, vitamin E, manganese, magnesium, copper, vitamin B2 (riboflavin), and phosphorus. Almonds are also concentrated in protein; a quarter-cup contains more protein than the typical egg. Although one-quarter cup of almonds contains about 18 grams of fat, most of it (11 grams) is heart-healthy monounsaturated fat.

2⃣  Cashews are high in antioxidants and have a lower fat content than most other nuts; additionally, 75 percent of their fat is unsaturated fatty acids. Cashews are also a good source of monounsaturated fats, copper, and a good source of magnesium and phosphorous.

3⃣  Flaxseeds, also known as linseeds, are an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids. Flaxseeds are also rich in fiber and manganese and are a good source of folate, vitamin B6 (pyridoxine), magnesium, phosphorous, and copper, and lignan phytonutrients.

4⃣   Peanuts are actually legumes, but they are a good source of heart-healthy monosaturated fat, flavonoid (resveratrol), antioxidants, phytosterols, phytic acid (inositol hexaphosphate), and folic acid. Peanuts are also a good source of vitamin B3 (niacin), folate, copper, manganese, and protein. FYI, some Planters dry roasted peanuts contain gelatin. Choose another brand. 

5⃣  Pumpkin seeds are a good source of the essential fatty acids, potassium, phosphorous, magnesium, manganese, zinc, iron, and copper, protein, and vitamin K.

6⃣   Sesame seeds and tahini are rich in beneficial minerals. Not only are sesame seeds a very good source of manganese and copper, but they are also a good source of calcium, magnesium, iron, phosphorous, vitamin B1 (thiamin), zinc, dietary fiber, and healthy (monosaturated) fats.

7⃣  Walnuts are an excellent source of omega-3 essential fatty acids. Walnuts are also a good source of manganese, and copper. Walnuts are also an important source of healthy (monounsaturated) fats. Walnuts also have bio-available melatonin, which helps regulate sleep. #vegansofig

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7 Detox Smoothies With Added Health Benefits

Smoothies are a great way to boost your fruits and veggies daily intake. It makes a delicious quick breakfast, a nice refreshing snack, a wonderful healthy dessert or a super post-training drink. Not only the flavor combinations are infinite, you can prepare different recipes to benefit from specific health components from its ingredients. One other great thing about smoothies is that to the opposite of simple juices, it keeps all the natural fiber, which help cleansing the digestive tract. The powerful detox foods that go into it help your liver to detox naturally, and they can help you stay healthy and look great.

Flat Tummy

Rich in digestion supporting ingredients, this smoothie will help prevent bloating and digestive stress that can sabotage your tummy flattening efforts.

  • 3/4 c. papaya 
  • 3/4c. sliced peaches 
  • 1/2 pear, sliced 
  • 1 tsp fresh ginger 
  • 2 mint leaves 
  • Water/milk to thin 

Skin Saver

Antioxidants in berries are known to help to fight wrinkles and other skin ageing signs. Berries are also a great way to control blood sugar that can sabotage your complexion. This smoothie also contains Omega 3, to fight inflammation, as well as vitamins E and C, both renown to help the skin.

  • 3/4 c blueberries 
  • 3/4 c pitted cherries 
  • 5 strawberries 
  • 1/4 avocado, peeled and pitted 
  • 2 tsp wheat germ (optional) 
  • 2 tsp ground flaxseed 
  • Water/milk to thin 

Peanut Butter Energy Booster

This protein-rich and minerals-filled smoothie will give you long-lasting energy. Cinnamon will help to control your blood sugar so your energy level won’t crash too quickly.

  • 1 big banana 
  • 1 scoop of natural hemp protein powder 
  • 2 tsp of natural peanut butter 
  • 1 handful of fresh baby spinach 
  • 1/2 tsp of cinnamon 
  • Water/milk to thin 

Bone Lover

This vitamin-rich green smoothie contains calcium, magnesium and other bone building minerals to keep your bone strong and healthy.

  • 2 bananas 
  • 1 handful of Swiss chard leaves, stems removed 
  • 1 handful of kale leaves 
  • 1 tsp of green Matcha powder 
  • 1/2 cup of homemade almond milk 

Immune System Booster

Rich in vitamin A, C and zinc, this smoothie can increase the production of white blood cells and antibodies to get your body ready to resist this season’s infections.

  • 1/2 c. mango cubes 
  • 1/2 c. cantaloupe cubes 
  • 1/2 c. fresh pineapple cubes 
  • 1/4 c. chopped pumpkin seeds 
  • Water/milk to thin

Natural Skin Tanner

Studies have proven that a beta-carotene rich diet can make your complexion glow, and that particular skin tone is usually considered healthier than a regular skin tan. This smoothie can help you get that healthy glow without risking your skin lying under the sun.

  • 1/2 cup of cantaloupe cubes 
  • 1/2 cup of papaya Juice of 
  • 1 orange 
  • 1/2 cup of carrot juice (or water) 
  • 1 small knob of fresh ginger 

Antioxidant Power

Feel the power of this detox foods-rich smoothie. Very rich in antioxidants, this smoothie will help to support your liver to detox naturally and help your body stay healthy and young longer.

  • 1/3 cup of blueberries 
  • 1/3 cup of raspberries 
  • 1/3 cup of pomegranate kernels 
  • 1/4 cup of beet juice (optional) 
  • 1 banana 
  • Water/milk to thin
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