Archives for September 2012

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Happy Sunday!
It’s all about family time today.
That’s what Sundays are for round’ these here parts.
Lots of cookies 

and well…more cookies on the blog this week!
Triple fist pump.

Do the healthy dance.

Thanks for entering the Nikki’s Coconut Butter giveaway…this stuff is seriously delicious!
Go buy some.

First time trying this brand of Kombucha…it is seriously kickin’!

Can you tell she is a Princess?
She loves her Tutti Frutti Fro-yo.
MANGIA!!!

Nikki’s Coconut Butter Giveaway Winner!

Well, well, well. I think I have figured out what makes y’all tick…coconut butter. Thanks for the amazing response to the giveaway! I know its only 42 comments, but seriously, that is the greatest response I have ever received from a giveaway! Love it! I am excited to announce that the winner of 2 jars of Nikki’s Coconut Butter is…
Comment # 26 from:
  1. From Krys! 
    Krys said:
    chocolate hazelnut and vanilla cake batter sound delicious!
    Congrats Krys! I will contact you via email asap! Vanilla Cake batter is the bomb and you will have to tell me how the chocolate hazelnut turns out! Thank you all for entering the giveaway! 

    Happy Friday!

    MANGIA!!!


Matcha Matcha.

Happy Thursday y’all!
Today is super busy for me so let’s get this party rolling. Now, I have a Starbucks within walking distance from my house, and while I love sticking it to the man, going against the grain, and drinking coffee that tastes like actual coffee (meaning not Starbucks), I occasionally find myself taking walks with my parents to Starbucks on the weekends. It’s just relaxing to sit and chat with the parents, even if the coffee is bad. At least I can smell the roasting of fresh coffee beans…can you tell I was a barista for 3 years? I think know that’s why I am such a coffee snob. I know a good espresso when I taste one.

Anyway, my parents are quite the frappuccino lovers. In particular, Venti Green Tea Frappuccino’s with Soy Milk and No classic Syrup…mom gets whip cream (which pretty much defeats the whole soy thing).

Basically, my parents are sick and tired of wasting all of their money on those addicting little frappuccino’s, so when my mom and I came across matcha powder at Whole Foods, this green tea frappucino game was on like Donkey Kong. Yea, so, I decided to make a healthier version of the frappucino. Basically, it’s more of a Green Tea Smoothie.

Round up your ingredients: unsweetened, vanilla almond milk, matcha powder, and a frozen banana.

Not pictured here: 2 packets of Truvia sweetener, optional: scoop of vanilla brown rice protein powder.

Then things just get easier…

vroom, vroom in the blender. 

Bada

Bing!

Smooth, creamy, healthy, and delicious! Now, who is taking me out for wine tomorrow night?
Healthy Green Tea Smoothies (GF/V):
Ingredients:
1 t. Matcha powder (you can find this in Whole Foods’ bulk section: WIN!)
warm water, as needed to dissolve the Matcha powder
1 c. unsweetened, vanilla almond milk
1 banana, split in half, and frozen
2 packets of Truvia sweetener
1 scoop (or roughly 1 tablespoon) or vanilla brown rice protein powder, optional
ice, as needed (about 1 cup)
Instructions:
1. Put the matcha powder in a small bowl and cover with enough warm water to dilute, about 1/4 to 1/2 c. The matcha powder is really, really, ridiculously strong, so don’t skip this step, unless you want a powdery smoothie. 🙂 Mix with a spoon. Let sit for about 5 minutes.
2. Put all of the ingredients into a blender and blend of high until smooth. About 1-2 minutes depending on what type of blender you have.
3. Pour into your favorite glass and enjoy!
Makes 2-3 small smoothies and 1 large smoothie.
MANGIA!!!

Ice Ice Baby!

Let’s chat about childhood foods. Now, I’m pretty sure my lunch box was filled with fruit by the foot, fruit roll-ups, Little Debbie’s, and the classic peanut butter and jelly sandwich. I was a hard-core no cafeteria food kid. Seriously, I wanted nothing more than to bring my lunch to school. I mean, who wants greasy, frozen pizza? Not me. 
Now, my ultimate fave childhood treat was Mother’s Iced Oatmeal Cookies. I’m pretty sure it was the cinnamon flavor the cookie that made it absolutely irresistible. Or wait, maybe it was the crispity-crunch sound I heard with each bite. Or wait, no it was definitely that sweet powdered sugar glaze on top. Definitely. 
Sigh…I wish I was still a kid. Things are just better when you are a kid. I mean your biggest problem when you are a kid is probably that you have no problems. Then you become an adult. Reality check…like whoa. However, there are perks of being an adult…like you can have cookies for breakfast…and relatively any time you want. So, today, we are making  eating cookies. 
These are Mother’s Iced Oatmeal Cookies

just homemade…

and probably 10 times better for you!
Okay, maybe 5 times better for you.

Glaze-y glaze-y glaze.

These cookies are the business. 
Spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg…definitely perfect for Fall. 

Not to mention, they are gluten-free.

AHHHH…GLAZE!

Get ready for picture overload because i am obsessed with these cookies.

Which isn’t out of the norm, seeing as my cookie index is probably the largest. 

One thing…tall glass of milk. 
 These are definitely a milk and cookie type of cookie.

Not like there is any other type of cookie without milk anyway. 
Like cookies and orange juice…c’mon give me a break!



Gluten-Free Old Fashioned Iced Oatmeal Cookies (recipe slightly adapted from The Novice Chef):

Ingredients:

For the cookies:
2 c. rolled oats (gluten-free)
2 c. Cup 4 Cup Gluten-Free Flour (or all purpose flour)
1 T. baking powder
1 t. baking soda
2 t. ground cinnamon
1 t. ground nutmeg
1 t. salt
1 c. extra-virgin olive oil
1c. packed light brown sugar
1/2 c. granulated sugar
2 large eggs

For the Icing:
2 cups + 2 T. powdered sugar
5 T. unsweetened, vanilla almond milk, or regular milk

Directions:
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease two large cookies sheets with butter.
2. In a food processor, pulse the oats until semi ground. (More of a coarse meal than a fine powder).
3. Add in the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt.
4. In a large mixing bowl, beat together the evoo, brown sugar, and sugar until until smooth.
5. Add the eggs, one at a time to the sugar mixture.
6. Add the oat mixture to the sugar mixture, stirring until thoroughly incorporated.
7. Drop the dough by rounded tablespoons onto the prepared baking sheets. Bake for 14-16 minutes, rotating the pans about halfway through the baking process.
8. Bake until lightly golden brown. Let cool on baking sheet for 3 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
9. For the icing, in a large bowl, whisk the milk and powdered sugar together until smooth.
10. After the cookies have cooled, place the top of a cookie, face down in the bowl of icing, give it a spin to evenly coat, then hold the cookie over the bowl, to drip the excess icing off the cookie. Place the cookie on a solid surface lined with parchment paper and allow the icing to harden. Repeat with the entire batch of cookies.

Makes about 28 large cookies.

MANGIA!!!

Nikki’s Coconut Butter Giveaway!

Tuesday is for giveaway’s y’all.
Only because it is what I like to call, the unexciting day of the week…because it’s not quite Wednesday (where your are almost over the hump), or Thursday when you are anticipating jeans day at work on Friday, or Friday when you basically watch the clock like a hawk, anticipating your leave, just so you can do a fist pump and book it to the nearest venue with the biggest margarita after a long week at work. Nope. It’s just boring old Tuesday. So, let’s make it exciting.
We all know that I am a freak for coconut butter, so when I heard about Nikki’s Coconut Butter I knew I just had to get my hands on some of this. So, I contacted Nikki right away, who was totally awesome, and willing to send some samples my way. Oh, and she also agreed to do a giveaway for all you beautiful people. Just because she’s a boss like that. Oh my gawd. Her coconut butter is absolutely ah-mazing. Nikki has 6 different flavors of coconut butter, 2 of which I was delighted to try. Let me just clue you in: Vanilla Cake Batter and Honey Pecan Pie were the two I chose…the names really speak for themselves. Nikki’s goal is to create healthy, yet indulgent treats, that you can feel good about eating. Well, she has definitely accomplished this. Oh, and on another note: these products are dairy and gluten-free…so every one can enjoy! Boom!
So, about the giveaway: The winner will win 2 jars (of their choosing) of Nikki’s Coconut Butter!
To Enter:
1. Please leave a comment below in the comments section telling me which two flavors  of Nikki’s Coconut Butter you would like to try.
For additional entries:
2. Follow @coconutnikki on Twitter to show her some love!
3. Follow @misschelsmangia on Twitter
4. Subscribe to Mangia.
5. Tweet about the giveaway: “@misschelsmangia is doing a Nikki’s Coconut Butter Giveaway @coconutnikki! Enter Now http://chelsniccuisine.blogspot.com/2012/09/nikkis-coconut-butter-giveaway.html!
Make sure to leave a separate comment for each additional entry!
Contest ends Thursday at 12 midnight Central. 
I will announce the winner on Friday!
MANGIA!!!