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Coconut Macaroons – Fail, kind of. September 27, 2011

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After making carbonara for dinner the other night I was left with 4 egg yolks, as with anything I hate to waste food that is perfectly good. What can I do with 4 egg whites, what can I do?

Coconut Macaroons from Nourishing Traditions!!

So I pulled out my trusty Nourishing Traditions Cookbook (if you have never perused Nourishing Traditions – you must – it is a bible of sorts for real and traditional foods and how to prepare them!)

I found the macaroon recipe –

Macaroons

Yield: 2 dozen

  • 4 egg whites
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons arrowroot powder
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups commercial dried unsweetened coconut meat, finely cut

Directions: Line baking sheet with buttered parchment paper. Beat egg whites with salt until stiff peaks form. Beat in arrowroot and slowly beat in syrup and vanilla. Fold in coconut. Drop by spoonfuls on parchment paper. Bake at 300 degrees for about 1/2 hour until lightly browned. Turn oven down to 200 degrees and bake another hour or so until macaroons are completely dry & crisp. Let cool completely before removing from parchment paper.

Sounds easy enough right!

First I mixed my egg whites to stiff peaks with a pinch of sea salt!

Then I added in the arrowroot powder and mixed well, then added the syrup and vanilla. Though I had a hard time getting the syrup to “mix” well with the egg whites. The egg whites are so light and the syrup so heavy that it seems to want to just flow to the bottom – and I did not want to over-mix it and kill the fluffiness of the egg whites. So I mixed them in the best I could!

Finally it was time to fold in the coconut! The batter looked pretty good at this point.

Until I started to spoon it onto the cookie sheet.

The first few were okay, then they got really runny and did not stay together at all.

The batter was so runny after I had spooned 3/4 of them out that I got out some of the coconut chips I had and added them to make it stay together a little more.

This is what went into the oven, you can see the ones I added the coconut chips to that stayed together more and look clumpier:

And here was the finished product:

Thee upside was that they tasted pretty good – they were a little dry, I think I could have cooked them a little less at 200 degrees. But the kids loved them, as did hubby and I!

Maybe next time I will use half coconut chips and half finely cut coconut meat.

~Jesse

*Shared on Traditional Tuesdays: Nutritious & Delicious 9/27/2011!

*Shared on Nourishing Gourmet Pennywise Platter 9/29/2011!

*Shared on Real Food Whole Health Fresh Bites Friday 9/30/2011!

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Homemade Refried Beans…. they really are easy! August 29, 2011

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In my constant quest to make as much as possible from scratch and feed my family the best foods I can I decided to make some homemade refried beans.

They are one of the easiest dishes I have made! You must plan ahead because it takes a few days to soak, cook, mash, cook and have ready to eat. But it is very little hands on work.

The first thing I did was search online to get some ideas on how to make homemade refried beans, I had no idea. I found several different ways – but the one I went off of was this one from Health, Home & Happiness! I’ve been following this blog for awhile and have seen lots of great recipes and ideas, but this is the first I have tried!

First I put about 4 cups of dried pinto beans into my crock pot (did not turn on) and covered with water – then let these soak overnight.

Wow, I did not realize how much the beans would grow – *almost* overflowed my crock and had an oops….

Why should you soak your beans, why not just buy canned beans, and why eat beans at all? Here is some info from page 495 in the book Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon (I highly recommend this book as a starting point if you are trying to convert to eating “real” food):

“Legumes are rich in minerals and B vitamins. Recent research indicates that legumes contain several anticancer agents.

Such care in preparation [soaking of beans for long periods of time] ensures that legumes will be thoroughly digestible and all the nutrients they provide well assimilated, because such careful preparation neutralizes phytic acid and enzyme inhibitors and breaks down difficult to digest complex sugars.

What about canned beans? …the danger is that such processing [high temps and pressures] overdenatures proteins and other nutrients at the same time. Canned beans are best eaten sparingly.”

Once I soaked the beans and saw how much they grew I took about 1/4 of them out and put in the fridge to cook later, really didn’t want to overflow my crockpot when they were cooking!

I rinsed the beans very well in a large strainer and placed them back in the crockpot covered in water on the low setting.

Then they cooked overnight…… This is what the beans looked like in the morning!

Next I strained the beans and placed them back in the crockpot to mash. I used my potato masher and a wooden spoon! At this point I also added half an onion that I diced into small piece, sea salt, and a generous amount of homemade chicken broth. As mentioned in the original recipe I went off – my chicken broth has a lot of fat on the top that I do not skim off, so that is the fat we used. My hubby doesn’t eat pork so lard was not an option, and I didn’t have access to any duck fat 🙂

I let the mashed beans cook for about another 4-5 hrs on low heat and they were done!

We enjoyed a portion of them with homemade chicken enchiladas that night and heated them up for tacos and breakfast burritos the next two days.

The rest I put in mason jars in portion sizes we would use for one meal and froze!

 

Next time I make them I will make a few changes. I will add some peppers and other spices along with the onion to give them more flavor! As with anything it will be a constantly changing recipe…. but it is a good base to start with!

**This post was shared on the Real Food Whole Health Traditional Tuesday Blog Hop!

*Also shared on The Nourishing Gourmet Pennywise Platter Thursday 9/1!

~Jesse

**Don’t forget to enter to win your own container of the brand new Chico Organic Produce & Nut Wash from Greenfeet Homestore. Giveaway ends 8/31 – very low entries right now!