Welcome to the April 2013 Carnival of Natural Parenting: Family Recipes
This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Code Name: Mama and Hobo Mama. This month our participants are sharing their recipes, their stories, their pictures, and their memories.
I mentioned on the blog that I recently had my birthday. I wanted to share with you my birthday dessert. It’s quick, easy and it has gelatin in it. I’ve come to prefer this dessert to a cake, I like it so much.
Gelatin is a wonderful food to include in your diet because just like the gelatin in homemade bone broths, it soothes your stomach and nourishes your body. The best gelatins are the high quality ones such as Great Lakes or Bernard Jensen that are from grass-fed cows and processed at low temperatures. They act and work just like other gelatins, but they’re a much better quality.
I like this recipe because I can use it to get gelatin into my kids in an easy way that makes them happy. The nutrition in the gelatin combined with the fat in the coconut milk or cream makes this a satisfying dessert. Since most desserts are light on the fat and high on the sweetener, this is a great way to have a healthy dessert that feels like a treat but still has good nutrition in it. Panna Cotta beats jello any day and is far more filling than the sugary, store-bought options with only a few minutes work.
Strawberry Panna Cotta
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1 pound strawberries, stems removed
2 cups full-fat coconut milk or cream, divided (you can use dairy cream if you aren’t dairy-free)
2 Tbs high quality gelatin
1/4 cup water
Sweetener to taste- raw honey, stevia or the like
In a food processor, place the stemmed strawberries and all but a half-cup of the coconut milk and process until smooth. Set aside.
Place the water in a saucepan and sprinkle the gelatin over the top. Allow to sit for 5-10 minutes or until the gelatin is softened. Whisk in the remaining 1/2 cup of coconut milk and heat over high heat, whisking constantly, until the mixture comes to a boil. Remove from the heat.
Pour the gelatin mixture into the food processor and process until smooth. Add your sweetener to taste and process until well distributed. How much sweetener you need will depends on how sweet your strawberries are.
Pour into a serving dish or multiple ramekins. If you’re serving this do company, you might want to take a spoon and gently skim any bubbles off of the top to make a nicer presentation. Cover with plastic wrap and chill until firm, about 4 hours.
If you’d like, you can serve this with whipped cream or even whipped coconut cream. It is a rich dessert, so small servings are best.
Please take time to read the submissions by the other carnival participants:
- German Red Cabbage: A Family Tradition — At Living Peacefully with Children, Mandy shares her favorite dish and a part of her family’s history.
- Rotisserie Chicken Recipes for Meal Planning — Becky at Crafty Garden Mama shares a new recipe that is in her family’s meal-planning rotation. Check out how she uses a rotisserie chicken to get through the week.
- Grandma Wicken’s Sugar Cookies — Jana Falls at Jananas talks about how special her Grandma’s sugar cookies made her feel.
- PULLING Dinner Together For the Kids – Crockpot Pulled Pork — Lisa at The Squishable Baby PULLS dinner together for the kids.
- The Best Banana Muffin Recipe (Gluten Free & Vegan) — Dionna of Code Name: Mama’s adventures in gluten free baking have not been 100% successful. But today she is guest posting at Fine and Fair to share a banana muffin recipe that will knock your socks off!
- The Pierogie Mama Whips Up Strawberry Pierogies! — Bianca at The Pierogie Mama shares her family’s recipe for strawberry pierogies…a sweet, summery version of the Polish dumplings that she affectionately named her daughter after.
- Mom’s Cookbook — Tree at Mom Grooves digs into the big book her mom created for her six daughters and shares a favorite family recipe.
- Crispy Duck Confit — Jennifer at Hybrid Rasta Mama takes the liberty of starting a family recipe tradition with this super simple, totally delicious crispy duck confit.
- Stovetop BBQ Chicken — Amy at Me, Mothering, and Making it All Work shares a yummy BBQ chicken recipe that you can make on the stovetop in less than 25 minutes, fridge to table!
- Twice-Baked Sweet Potato Casserole w/Bacon — Martine at Whey Beyond the Naked Truth shares a naked food twist on an old family favorite!
- Strawberry Panna Cotta — KerryAnn at CookingTF.com shows you her favorite dessert, a quick and easy Strawberry Panna Cotta that she enjoys so much, she had it instead of a birthday cake this year.
- Special crepes for a special day — Mikko at Hobo Mama is learning to cook his grandma’s signature holiday meal alongside his dad.
- Three Favorite Family Recipes: To Eat, To Wash, To Play — Kristin at Intrepid Murmurings is back with three family favorites: gluten-free vanilla orange sugar cookies, DIY powdered laundry detergent, and something fun for the kids: homemade “Flubber”!
- Black Bean Soup Forever — Mercedes at Project Procrastinot shares a soup recipe that’s been around forever.
- Do you want to know a secret? — SRB at Little Chicken Nuggets lets go of her mac and cheese recipe, a comfort food favourite for friends and family for years.
- Creating Our Own Family Recipes — Emily at S.A.H.M. i AM shares how she’s trying to create meals that her girls will want to pass down to their own children some day.
- Vranameer Chicken: A Family Recipe — Luschka at Diary of a First Child shares a recipe that reminds her of childhood and more specifically, of her mother. It’s a South African take on sweet and sour chicken and what it lacks in healthy it makes up for in tantalising to the taste buds.
- One Recipe, Three Uses: Dishwasher Liquid Detergent, Dish Soap, and Hand Soap — If you love saving money and time, you’ll love this green recipe from Jennifer at Hybrid Rasta Mama, guest posting at Natural Parents Network.
- Our Family’s Favorite Pies — Abbie at Farmer’s Daughter shares recipes and tutorials for the quintessential American dessert.
- Deliciously Easy Crock Pot Chili — Lactating Girl shares her crock pot chili that is not only quick and easy, but awesome.
- All-Purpose Crock Pot Pork — Crunchy Con Mommy‘s simple “recipe” for cooking perfect pork in the crock pot is for whatever mood her family is in!
- Family Rules: A Recipe for Harmony — Cooped-up kids + winter weather + frazzled parents can all blend together into a recipe for disaster. Dionna at Code Name: Mama shares what brought back the peace in her house.
- Favorite Healthy Family Recipes — Deb Chitwood at Living Montessori Now shares her family’s healthy eating experiences along with links to free printable vegetarian recipes that her family has created with love.
- Grandma’s Banana Bread — Megan at The Boho Mama has early and fond memories of her grandma’s banana bread. It’s love in a loaf!
- Family Comfort Food — Jorje of Momma Jorje shares a recipe handed down that moms have made for their kids, for regular meals as well as to comfort.
Shared on The Homesteading Hippy.