Thursday, March 27, 2014

Clean Eating Paleo Power Muffins// The Starscapes Blog Recipe Files

Today we'll be making my favorite breakfast! Power muffins!!
Aric and I make these about twice a week, give or take. They are a quick and easy breakfast and they give you lots of nutrients to take on the day!
I really love this recipe because not only are they good for you and tasty, but you can modify them however you want. For example, this particular recipe is for tomato basil power muffins, but we have made Mexican power muffins, American breakfast style power muffins, and a few others and they are always delicious!
A slight disclaimer: Aric and I do clean eating/paleo, however we don't have sugar of any kind because we want some cheese and milk in our diet. So if you eat traditionally paleo, just leave the cheese out and it is still great!


-4 pearl tomatoes
-1 small onion
-6 cage free brown eggs
-3 Dorot brand frozen chopped basil cubes (or fresh basil if you prefer)
-1/2 cup ground beef (not pictured because... its ugly.)
-Optional: grated cheese (We used Canadian cheddar from Trader Joes.)

This recipe makes six total muffins.

Alright! On to the steps!

Preheat your oven to 350 Fahrenheit

Chop your onions and tomatoes!

I would HIGHLY suggest that when you are chopping the tomatoes you get as much of the seeds/liquid out of them. I normally scoop it out with the knife and then once I'm done with it all I blot it with a paper towel. If you have cheese cloth, even better!

Combine all your nom noms!
For the eggs, we use 3 whole eggs and 3 whites. Add your basil, tomatoes, onions, and precooked ground beef. (Or other protein. tofu, chicken, steak cubes, etc.) Here's the step where you can add any salt or other seasonings if you like.
I'm not the hugest fan of adding salt to things simply because I'd rather taste the flavors of the food than taste salt.
Scramble all of these yummies together!!
We have popover tins, so I just use those because they cook really evenly, but regular muffin tins should work out just fine!
Fill your tins up about 3/4 of the way so they don't bubble over too bad.
Super important step, make sure you put a cookie sheet under your muffin/popover tin or you'll regret it. (a.k.a. your oven will be a little messy.)
Now cook for 30-35 minutes. Just keep checking them, you'll want them to be golden brown. They might take a little longer, it just sort of depends on if there is cheese or not/how much there is.
Et voila! They are done! Yum yum!
I used a calorie calculator and it looks like if you don't add the cheese you are looking at 108 calories and 5 grams of fat and 8 grams of protein per serving! With the cheese it's 198 calories, 12 grams of fat, and 14 grams protein. Yum!
Enjoy my little cosmonauts!
See you in the future!
Aric + Ashe

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Flourless, Butterless, No Sugar Added Instant Gratification Cookies // Starcapes Recipes Files


1 slightly past ripe banana (mashed)

1 organic egg

2 Tbsp almond butter

1/2 a cup of unsweet cocoa powder (or cacao if you can find it!)

1 pinch of sea salt

1/4 tsp of vanilla extract (or 1/4 of a vanilla bean pod if you have it)

1/8 of a cup of cacao nibs (optional)

-Set the oven to 350

Mash 1 banana until mostly smooth and liquidy. The banana I used is pretty brown spotted and soft, so if you have some bananas going bad those are perfect!

Once that is nice and mashed, mash in 1 egg until everything is mixed together and thickening up a bit. Add vanilla and mix.

Mix in your almond butter, and then add the cocoa powder and salt. Stir until mixed well and the batter looks like a thick brownie batter. (Depending on the ripeness of you banana you might need to add a little more cocoa powder if it looks too loose.) Then mix in the cacao nibs if you want to add them! (I think chopped hazelnuts would be delicious in this too.)

Spoon onto cookie sheet and bake for 10 minutes.

When they cook they don't look like normal cookies do, the outside will stay slightly shiny so I suggest touching the tops to make sure that they are slightly firm.

I did a recipe calorie calculator of this and it looks like they end up about 60 calories and 3g of fat for 1 cookie. Not bad, especially considering you aren't eating any icky gluten and they only have natural sugars! They are pretty decadent too so I find I eat less of these than a normal cookie.

Bon Appetit!
That's all for now cosmonauts.
See you in the future,
Ashe + Aric