I'm getting lazy about posting. I need to change my methodology and just post one thing at a time and save it for my "best" work, but not yet. Because I think everything I make is the best, obviously, at least as far as baked goods are concerned.
First up...sweet treats! Oatmeal Cookies! Rarely do I want a cookie that doesn't include chocolate. Or peanut butter. Or both. There are exceptions. Molasses and/or Ginger cookies, those amazing frosted Lofthouse Sugar Cookies (or sugar cookies in general), the yummy pumpkin caramel cookies I make in the fall, and maybe a few of my mom's Christmas cookies. Ok so that's a lot of exceptions but I can eat a lot of cookies. Anyway, someone at work had a bag of Trader Joe's 100 calorie oatmeal cookies and I decided I needed to make oatmeal cookies! I also randomly had some raisins last week and they tasted really good so I figured I needed to put them in a cookie. I didn't change a thing about the recipe; it was perfect as is. They were super soft and chewy and tasted amazing, despite having no chocolate. I recommend baking & eating these immediately.
Then I had to make a treat to bring to my Cooking Matters volunteer class - where we teach the teens of El Monte, CA, how to cook healthful, affordable meals. This week was graduation and we needed a treat to go with all of the awesome food the kids made (that could be another entire post that I am going to forgo.) Anyway, kids pretty much love PB&J so I made these yummy bars, no bread needed. Just 3 cups of peanut butter. Super rich and delicious - although probably not so healthy. I used raspberry jam (not seedless) from Trader Joe's but any flavor would work, it just wouldn't be as good. I just happen to think there is no flavor of jam superior to raspberry.
In other new adventures, I made granola! But not just any granola...Paleo granola. That means no grains (or dairy or other things that don't go into granola anyway). I had a taste of Steve's Original Paleo Krunch when I was in Michigan a few weeks ago and it was DELICIOUS! While I zero intentions of going Paleo, this knock-off recipe is pretty good! I found all of the ingredients except the unsweetened coconut at Trader Joe's. I did find that the granola burned really easily so I would recommend doing a lower temp and stirring more often. And since I refuse to go Paleo, I ate this granola on top of my berries and Greek Yogurt for breakfast. Mmm. I also may or may not have snacked excessively on it...
And finally, some cooking. Some no recipe, figure it out as I go, easy pasta dishes.
For Sunday dinner & a few lunches this week, I wanted to do something to use up a bag of frozen artichokes. I didn't measure a thing but it was something along these lines:
Chicken breast, cut in strips, salt & peppered, and browned
Bacon, cut into little pieces before cooking
Pasta (I didn't make it, sorry to disappoint)
Cook pasta. Cook bacon & remove from pan. Brown chicken in bacon grease. Remove chicken from pan and add onions & artichokes. Saute until warmed. Add cooked chicken and pasta. Sprinkle with lemon juice. Add capers. Grate cheese on top. Enjoy! Not bad at all!
And last but not least, a super easy but super tasty dinner for tonight. It required zero skill and zero effort but tasted pretty awesome. I just made one serving and this might be a new weeknight stand by (which right now is usually veggie burgers & steamed broccoli).
Saute shrimp & remove from pan (it gave off some water because it was slight frozen so I rinsed out the pan before adding the sauce)
Add a spoonful of jarred Chimichurri sauce to pan, add back shrimp & pasta
Add a splash of lemon juice
I bought the Chimichurri from this super cute lady at Penman Springs Vineyard up in Paso Robles. I really would like to make my own at some point for until I use my jar, I'll hold off. Its so herby and delicious and was a nice simple dinner. Little baby shrimp are so cute!!
Ok, phew, all caught up. I have no idea what I'm making next. I had a suggestion to make spaghetti squash and wanted to do that last week but Ralph's was fresh out. I found a few recipes I want to combine so when I get a chance, I will definitely do that. For baked goods, I'm thinking either something with ricotta (or else it might become gnocchi), Nutella, or Almond Butter. But in the mean time, I have guests coming to town so I will likely be eating out instead of cooking, so maybe I'll get some inspiration for my next challenge!
- ▼ March (10)