Posts Tagged ‘Healthy’

Quinoa Porridge Recipe

January 15th, 2014 by hafford

Quinoa Porridge

I think quinoa should get the most versatile food award for 2014.   I giggle to myself as I read other foodie blogs when they have discovered how great quinoa is in sweet recipes because I’m on the other end of the spectrum as I begin to discover great new ways to use quinoa in savory recipes.   I’ve been using quinoa in my signature granola, cookies,  and pancake recipes for quite some time.    And this time of year my quinoa breakfast porridge is very popular.   It’s healthy, it’s gluten free and it’s vegan so what’s not to love?    If you haven’t found a place for quinoa in your diet yet this porridge recipe is an easy and delicious way to start

 For each serving:

  • 1/2 cup quinoa, rinsed
  • 1 1/2 cup almond milk (see my recipe for easy homemade almond milk)
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 dash cinnamon (or cardamon)
  • 1/4 cup fresh seasonal fruit like chopped apples, pears or your favorite berry.  Raisins work too!
  • 1 handful of your favorite nut –  almonds, peacans, or walnuts – toasted and coarsley chopped
  1. Bring the quinoa, almond milk, vanilla, cinnamon to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer, covered until tender, about 15 minutes.
  2. Mix in the fruit and top with toasted nuts.

Eating Healthy in 2014 at the Scranton Seahorse Inn

January 5th, 2014 by hafford

I came across this article on Cooking Light and I thought I’d share it with you.I   I always read between the lines and what I see it telling you is that staying here at the Scranton Seahorse Inn is good for your health.  And better yet, if your new year’s resolution is to eat healthy then you better make a reservation quickly!   Seriously none of this is new information but we do have to be periodically reminded that breakfast is important.

Start your day with fresh smoothies and fruit juices

Start your day with fresh smoothies and fruit juices

I have been working on new recipes and ideas to make breakfast here at the inn healthier and well balanced and I think you’ll be pleased with what I’ve come up with.    This winter you can look forward to fruit smoothies, fresh squeezed vegetable juices like carrot and ginger or kale and apple.  We have some great high energy hot whole grain cereals including steel cut oats & quinoa with my house made almond milk and dates.    There are egg white omelets packed with fresh veggies and a new variety of waffles and pancakes made with healthier grains including whole wheat & buckwheat.   We will continue to offer the best lean protein which we get delivered weekly from our favorite Connecticut farm  Nodine’s Smokehouse - because every good day has to start with bacon or sausage.

We look forward to seeing you at the inn soon and to supporting your new healthier eating.

 

 

Souper Sundays!!

January 3rd, 2014 by hafford

Spicy Red Pepper Soup

Our Soup this Sunday  (FEBRUARY 23rd)  is Russian Borscht w/ Beef.

There are many things we do here on the Connecticut shoreline in order to coexist with the cold New England weather.   From skiing and skating to reading and hibernating, we each have our own ways to keep from going stir-crazy during Old Man Winter’s annual visit.  One of my own favorite winter rituals is to make homemade soup.    It’s healthy (well…sometimes!), satisfying and delicious, which means that in one pot I get to fulfill all of my new year resolutions: live healthier, cook at home more, and eat better.

The aromas that fill the inn are second only to the reward of eating a bowl of hot homemade goodness.    I enjoy it so much that I have have started sharing my ritual with our Sunday guests and am calling it Souper Sundays.   All guests that check in on Sunday are invited into the kitchen to help me prepare what will become the Sunday supper that we will share at dinner time.   It’s a time to bring the ever-changing Scranton Seahorse Inn guest community together to do something fun, healthy and,  if we do it right – utterly delicious.

Book your room with us and enjoy a perfect stay at a classic Connecticut bed and breakfast that includes a cooking class and dinner with (new) friends.   Bring your own favorite wine if you wish, and we’ll provide the soup, bowls, and spoons!

See you at the inn!

 

 

 

Kale Smoothie

March 5th, 2013 by hafford

Breakfast is our favorite time of day.  We make it our duty to serve things like pastries, pancakes and bacon.  However, we do offer healthy choices at breakfast for our guests that want to enjoy something delicous at breakfast but don’t want to over do it.  One of our moskalesmoothiet requested offerings is our Kale Smoothie.   The recipe below is how I make it most days but keep in mind smoothie recipes have ingredients that are easy to swap with others.   Feel free to use what ever your happen to have on hand.

 

Scranton Seahorse Kale Smoothie

  • 2 handfuls of fresh kale washed and chopped.
  • 1/2 chopped fresh chopped carrots
  • 1 cup chopped fresh strawberries
  • 1 cup fresh pineapple
  • 1 pelled chopped apple
  • 1 cup unsweetened unflavored almond milk
  • 1 cup ice

The strawberries and pineapple should be frozen for at least an hour.   What I do is package 1 cup of each the strawberries and pineapple in zip lock bags and when I’m ready to make a smoothie I’ve got them already chopped measured and frozen.

Combine all ingredients in a blender or smoothie machine and blend until smooth.   Depending on your preference add more ice (or almond milk) to thin out the smoothie.  I personally don’t like mine thick like a milk shake.  You can keep the extra in a covered pitcher in the refrigerator for a couple days.

What’s your favorite smoothie recipe?

 

 

 

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