Blueberry Fiber Muffins + Extreme Green Salad Dressing

by Leanne Vogel (Healthful Pursuit) on July 30, 2012


Did you have a great weekend?

Ours was so jam-packed with activities that I feel like I’ve been away from the office in ages. Always a good thing :)

Kevin and I attended an afternoon showing of Batman on Friday. We were a bit disappointed in the movie, a view we’re 100% alone on when we chatted with our friends about it later at their barbecue. We hung out with our neighbors around a fire, eating far too many marshmallows and joking around, singing, and the like until the wee hours of the morning.

6am Saturday came much sooner than I would have liked. The plan for the day was to organize the pantry and spice cabinet. The project took me over 4 hours, but there is order in my kitchen, and I love it!

Saturday also marked a very special day for me… I sold my car with absolutely no plans to buy another one. This was a big decision, one I wrestled with for months. With me working from home now, it didn’t make sense for us both to have a car, but for some reason I felt like living without a car would somehow strip away my independence. In the end, I decided to sell it, get a bike with a basket and spend the extra cash on some nutrition courses in the Fall. Independence is not defined by what we have, but by our state of mind… just have to keep reminding myself of that!

Sunday, we took Lexy and Pebbles to the dog park in hopes that they’d blow off some steam before my sister and her boyfriend came over for dinner later that day.

Kevin swung by the Superstore liquor store in Airdrie in preparation for their visit, and came out of the store all bright eyed and bushy tailed, with a case of German beer in hand. The beer is made from water, hops, and barley and follows the Reinheitsgebot, sometimes called the “German Beer Purity Law” or the “Bavarian Purity Law” in English, was a regulation concerning the production of beer in Germany in the 1400′s. Since then, it is no longer a requirement in Germany, but some companies continue on the tradition.

Just three ingredients in beer? I’m down! Well, I can’t drink it because it has gluten, but definitely love the idea of minimal ingredients in anything!

Christina and Zach got to our house around 5:30pm. The baked potatoes were going to take awhile on the barbecue, so we settled down for a couple of rounds of Monopoly Deal.

Seriously, this game is awesome.

Zach was so happy when he won. We’d been gaining up on him all night, so I think is display of getting up and dancing a little was completely appropriate.

Once the baked potatoes were about 20 minutes away from being ready, I threw the marinaded chicken on the grill,

Christina started preparing the salad (there she goes, playing with her food again),

and the men gathered up the plates and poured themselves another beer.

We’re all really big on creamy salad dressings, so I whipped up this one the morning beforehand. It’s SO good!

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Extreme Green Salad Dressing
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Allergens: Vegan, Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Sugar-free, Yeast-free, Corn-free, Grain-free, Nut-free
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Total time: 
Serves: 8 servings
 
Bright green salad dressing that can be drizzled on just about everything.
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup egg-free canola mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup amande (almond yogurt)
  • ¼ cup fresh curly parsley
  • ¼ cup fresh dill
  • 2 tbsp raw apple cider vinegar
  • 2 cloves fresh garlic
  • 2 tbsp onion
  • ⅛ tsp sea salt
  • ⅛ tsp fresh ground pepper
Instructions
  1. Add ingredients in the bowl of your processor or blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Place dressing in an air tight container. Keeps in the fridge for 2 weeks.

 

We all put the dressing on everything, our salads, baked potatoes, chicken, burgers, delicious!

It was a feast!

And, for dessert, we indulged in a couple of blueberry muffins.

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Blueberry Fiber Muffins

Allergen info: Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Refined sugar-free, Yeast-free, Corn-free, Grain-free
Yield: 12 medium muffins  Servings: 12

Light muffins under 100 calories and 5 grams of fat. Loaded with fiber, protein and juicy blueberries.

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400F and place muffin liners in 12 muffin cups. Set aside.
  2. Combine wet ingredients in a medium-sized bowl.
  3. Sift dry ingredients into a small bowl. Add to wet ingredients and stir to combine.
  4. Mix in blueberries.
  5. Divide mixture into the 12 muffin liners.
  6. Bake for 16-18 minutes, or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  7. Allow to cool for 5 minutes in the pan before removing and placing on a cooling rack.

notes:

  • I’ve never had much success in making coconut flour based recipes, vegan/egg-free. They always turn out gooey and raw.
  • Feel free to use honey or raw agave instead of coconut nectar.
  • Any oil will do the trick – safflower, melted coconut, etc.

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Let the batter sit for a couple of minutes to thicken up after you’ve mixed it. Coconut flour is so fibrous that it will slowly soak up the liquids so by the time you go to portion them out to the individual muffin cups, they’ll be the perfect consistency.

Well worth turning on the oven on a hot summer’s day.

Do you bake during the Summer, even when it’s hot out?

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Erica { EricaDHouse.com }

Not alone on your movie view – the bf and I were also a bit disappointed! I loved Anne Hathaway in it but otherwise I was not very impressed!

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

THANK YOU! I couldn’t understand a word the villain was saying, it was too long, too complicated, and Batman wasn’t in it enough. Blah!

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Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat

OOh both recipes sound awesome (not combined, but separately they look great!) Sounds like you had a perfect weekend, and congrats on selling the car! I think your logic makes sense and just think about all that money you’re saving now. That’s so exciting that you’ve got new nutrition courses to look forward to! Heading over to FB!

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

Thanks Angela! That salad dressing, oh that salad dressing… you’d LOVE it! Saying goodbye to my car was so challenging, I cried a bit. But, change is good, change is good. I keep repeating that to myself over and over these days ;)

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Kim

The blueberry fiber muffins look delicious! I have only baked once this summer, but I’ve definitely had the itch, it just kills me to turn on the oven!

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Michelle @ Eat Move Balance

“Monopoly Deal” looks like fun! I’ve never heard of it–I’m going to see if I can hunt it down. Thanks!

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

We purchased ours at Walmart, if that helps!

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Kris

girl, I bake all the time ;)

I love Kevin’s excitement over the beer, and his knowledge – Jason is a home brewer and beerist ;) in general, and he would be the same way!

Need to find that game – I love Monopoly, so another version has to be good! have a great week!

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

If you love Monopoly, you’ll love the card game. It’s so strategic and fantastic, I’m just in love!

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Andrea

I definitely still bake even in the heat! I can’t help it, lol! And I kind of agree with you on the new Batman movie. I had no idea who the villian was even supposed to be until they explained it at the end, and Batman wasn’t badass like he is supposed to be! But I did like Anne Hathaway, too. She was good!

Both of these recipes look delicious. I’m always down for trying a new salad dressing recipe so I will put this on my list! Have a great day!

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

I can always count on you, Andrea. Baked goods in the Summer AND you agree with me on the Batman movie? I like your style :)

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Averie @ Averie Cooks

love the titles of your recipes and wow, they both sound great! I do bake in the summer – try to keep it more minimally but sometimes, nothing else will do but baked goodies!

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katie @KatieDid

I don’t have a car either, as mine died about 6 months ago. Thankfully everywhere I need to get to these days is by bike. It’s occasionally a bummer when I can’t get further to meet up with friends but I think the stress of having a car sometimes outweighs the small amount of stress that I don’t have a car. I think you;ll adjust just fine!

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Kankana

That’s a fun weekend you had and game sounds interesting!

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LizAshlee

Yummy yummy! I tried banana muffins last weekend and they were a total flop! :(

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Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

The color of the dressing is insane! So vibrant and beautiful! I am excited to see that the muffins are grain free. They look lovely. Does the walnut oil impart much flavor? I’ve never used it before, but it sounds interesting.

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

Yes, its definitely bright and beautiful, right? Love it! The walnut oil doesn’t lend any flavor. I just had it in my pantry from a recipe I tried out a couple of weeks ago and thought, why not?

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Kati Mora, MS, RD, Kellogg's FiberPlus(R) Wellness Advocate

Love your fiber-loaded muffins! Getting enough fiber each day is so important – why not have a little fun along the way?

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

I couldn’t agree with you more, Kati :)

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abi

the muffins look great! To calculate the net carbs of the muffin do you have to minus the fiber from the carbs or is it just the carbs? Thanks.

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