Monday, February 8, 2016

Caramel Corn

So, last night was the Superbowl. Pre-kids we used to throw a huge Superbowl party, but now, the game is on too late for a school night. With that D gets to watch the game in peace post bedtime, and I am spared...but, I really missed the cooking! So, this year we decided to do a pre-game party!

We served the usual: hummus, guacamole, salsa, spinach artichoke dip, spanakopita, mini-hot dogs, homemade pretzels, doughnuts, and this delicious caramel corn. We were stuffed, and the kids were certainly happy to be part of the big game!

Monday, February 1, 2016

Banana Oatmeal Bars

I usually find great things on thekitchn blog, and when I saw a recipe for 4 ingredient Banana Oatmeal Bars, I was excited. I skipped the nuts, to make these school- friendly, and used the vanilla, dates, oats, bananas, and added a hand-full of chocolate chips for good measure. These bars resemble a chocolate banana granola bar my kids really like, and I couldn't stop nibbling these either. Total snack win!

Sourdough English Muffins

Not a new recipe here, but I just had to snap a shot of these gorgeous sourdough english muffins that we had with turkey bacon and eggs for dinner tonight. I used our new electric griddle, and they babies were incredible!

Gummy Bears!

What kids don't love gummy bears? L is a total gummy-treat nut. She even loves gummy bears on her ice cream (ew!). I hardly ever allow gummy bears in our home. The sugar, the dyes, the preservatives, and the lack of anything positive in them just makes them a no-go in our house. When I saw a recipe for homemade gummies I was intrigued. Of course I would have to try and make these little treats! One silicone mold, a bottle of green juice, and voila! The little people are raving, and I think these bears are super cute:)

Friday, January 29, 2016

Roasted Whole Cauliflower and Museli Snack Cookies

I've been reading about the latest rage "whole roasted cauliflower" all over the place lately. I first saw a recipe in the NY Times food section in an article simple entitled: How to Roast a Cauliflower. Genius! I love that chefs are really looking to one of my favorite vegetables as a new meat replacement item. Then, I stumbled across a Smitten Kitchen blog posting for cumin seed roasted cauliflower with yogurt, and tonight's dinner was born!

I used the instructions from the Times article for the roasting. The cauliflower took about an hour, and I did use the convection bake function towards the end. The result was a nicely browned and perfectly tender flower. I topped the whole cauliflower with fresh chopped parsley, pomegranate seeds, and a drizzle of olive oil. On the side, I made a yogurt, feta sauce, with a bit of ground cumin, and more fresh parsley. The result was a perfectly cooked and meaty tasting cauliflower with sweetness from the pomegranate seeds and tang from the yogurt sauce. Totally delicious. The cauliflower could stand alone, but I served it along side of whole wheat spaghetti with parmesan and olive oil.

To finish out this delicious meal, I made Museli snacking cookies, which have been on my to-make list for some time now. They are hearty, full of flavor, and a hit with the entire family. I did add a couple of handfuls of chocolate chips to the dough:) Happy weekend!

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Cashew Cookie Dough Balls

Based on Raw Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites
1 c raw cashews
1/2 c rolled oats
3 tbs maple syrup
2 tbs milled flax seed
1 tsp vanilla powder
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/3 c chocolate chips

Place all ingredients except the chocolate chips into a high speed blender (love my Vitamix!), and process until a dough forms. Remove the dough, mix in the chocolate chips with your hands, and roll into small bite sized balls. Now, try to stop eating these treats;)

Ok people, this is SERIOUS. Do you love to eat cookie dough? I sure do! These cashew cookie dough balls taste like the real deal, but they're free of eggs, and full of health. I can get behind giving these to my kids as a snack too...if they're leftover after my nibbling;)

On a completely separate note, tonight I made the red lentil, spinach and lemon soup. This is a winter favorite, and this portion is perfectly packed for D's lunch tomorrow:)

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Bread and Butter Pickles

Well, it's certainly not canning season, but when you have a debacle involving a botched locksmith job, a broken glass door, and a frustrating 2 day headache surrounding such issues, making pickles seems like a great idea! Bread and butter pickles are always a fan favorite, so why not pass the time?