Archive | June, 2012

Sweet Treat: Strawberry Banana Baked Oatmeal Muffins

22 Jun

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If you have been on Pinterest lately, or on Facebook, or Foodgawker (Oh how I LOVE Foodgawker!) or pretty much anywhere on the internet that has to do with food, you have no doubt seen recipes for baked oatmeal. Intrigued, I decided to give it a whirl, and I have to say I was quite pleased with how it turned out. These aren’t cake-like in consistency – they’re kind of teethier, exactly like you’d expect of baked oatmeal. But it is pretty delicious and really healthy – no added fat, except for the eggs, and very little sugar that doesn’t come from fruit. I used strawberries because I had a ton in my fridge, but blueberries, raspberries, or just about any other fruit you could think of would be great too.  Just don’t omit the banana – it helps keep it all together.  And did I mention how easy they are to make? I baked a whole big batch one afternoon and then after they cooled (and after we sampled quite a few) I froze them. Now I just pop one in the fridge the night before and have it for breakfast the next morning!

Ingredients:

1/2 c. brown sugar
2 eggs, beaten
2 bananas, mushed
1 c. no sugar added apple sauce
2 c. skim milk
1 TBSP cinnamon
1 TBSP vanilla
3 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
5 c. old fashioned oats
2 cups strawberries, sliced

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Whisk all wet ingredients together in a large bowl.
  • Add the dry ingredients and incorporate well.
  • Spray muffin tins well (seriously – this suckers stick!) or use muffin liners.
  • Pour mixture into muffin tins – filling all the way. This batch made about 18 muffins.
  • Bake 35-40 minutes.  
  • Allow to cool fully prior to freezing.

Vacation Planning

15 Jun

So B “graduated” from preschool this week, which was simultaneously one of the most ridiculous yet precious things I’ve ever witnessed.   And like any senior graduating from school, he’s hitting the beach!  Which means we only have half the number of meals to plan this time around.  Of course, we’re doing some meal planning and some serious packing for vacation too, but we get to share that burden with my parents and brother and his wife.  In the meantime, we’re taking it easy with some quick dinners (at least one of which I meant to make this week and never got around to).  As always, it’s a mix of tried-but-true recipes and some new ones I’ve never tried before.  And also, as always, I’m loving the dinner suggestions I’ve been getting – keep sending them my way!

1. Slow Cooker Turkey Meatball Subs with Oven Fries and Salad

I love meatball subs, and this is an easy way to enjoy them with all the prep work done the night before!

2. Skinny 20 minute Sesame Chicken with Roasted Broccoli

Yeah, this was on last week’s menu – but we didn’t get around to making it, so I’ve still got 3 heads of broccoli sitting in my fridge .  .  .

3. Indian-Inspired Sloppy Joes with flat bread and sauteed spinach

A Rachael Ray recipe recommended by a good friend! I’ll be making it with ground turkey, but if you want to make it with lamb – go crazy!

4. Spinach-Turkey Roll with mashed potatoes

Turkey meatloaf stuffed with spinach?  Sure, why not!

5.  Braised chicken with olives, carrots, and chick peas over rice

I honestly have no idea where this recipe originated from – I have it written down in an old notebook full of recipes I’ve made.  It’s good and easy though.

Countdown to Summer

1 Jun

I don’t know about you, but I am ready for summer. Not just the warm weather, lazy days at the pool, and extra hours of daylight, but also for summer food. Berries! Stone fruit! Grilling! Salads! It is all good and light and generally makes me happy. And while it officially isn’t summer for a few more weeks, I’m ready to start at least a few summer recipes. I’ve got a mix of tried-but-true recipes from my regular rotation, plus some of my own usual summer mix, and a few new ones that I’m looking forward to trying out. And if you have any healthy, easy, yummy summer recipes to share, please do!

1. Avocado Fettucine

A lighter, creative version of fettuccini that I’m excited to try! I think I might add some tomatoes and a handful of Parmesan.

2. Shepherd’s Pie

I’ll make this the night before so it just needs to be reheated in the oven for dinner after work.

3. Yogurt Marinated Chicken with Tomato and Cucumber Couscous

This is an easy marinade that can be used for grilled or baked chicken and the quickest side you can make.

4. Healthy Chicken Piccata with Orzo and Broccoli Rabe

5. Slow Cooker Balsamic Chicken with Spring Vegetables

I’ll be honest, I’m not particularly optimistic about this dish, but I think it sounds worth trying out. At least it’s easy to make!

6. Fish Tacos with Black Beans and Rice

7. 20 Minute Skinny Sesame Chicken with Rice and Roasted Broccoli

8. Caprese Pasta (Pasta with Tomatoes, Basil, and Mozzarella)

Summer in a bowl.

9. Slow Cooker Moussaka with Rice

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