|Pumpkin Oatmeal Breakfast Bars|
Monday, March 31, 2014
Sunday, March 30, 2014
|Kentucky-Style Turkey Burgers with Red-Eye Bourbon Onions|
Saturday, March 29, 2014
|Strawberry and Mandarin Orange Salad|
Friday, March 28, 2014
|Sweet and Sour Brussels Sprouts Salad|
As luck should have it, I had all the ingredients for this Sweet and Sour Brussels Sprouts Salad, a recipe I'd pulled from a recent issue of Cooking Light magazine. It was just the thing to ease me back into cooking, one week postpartum, because it took a total of ten minutes to prepare. A quick whirl of the vegetables in the food processor, tossed with a few other ingredients, and I had a simple side salad that Ryan and I enjoyed for lunches for the next few days. I think I'd been worried about how I'd ever find time to cook again and this recipe helped prove to me that so long as I choose the right kind of recipes, homemade food is absolutely still doable! You don't need long or fancy ingredient lists to make good food, as this simple but tasty salad demonstrated!
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
|Coconut Oatmeal Cookies with Golden Raisins|
The Back in the Day Bakery cookbook is one of my favorites (for another great recipe, check out the Drunken Blondies from the cookbook!), and it's easy to see why with recipes like this one. Like I said, I healthified the original recipe and made the cookies much smaller than what you'd find in the bakery, but only so you can eat six at once, which is probably the equivalent of one bakery cookie ;) If you're the type to scoff at raisins in cookies, throw some chocolate or white chocolate chips in there instead!
Monday, March 24, 2014
|Southwestern Salad with Creamy Avocado Dressing|
Needless to say, preparing this dinner was more fun than usual, since I didn't worry about cleaning as I went. I think Nate was a little overwhelmed when he entered the kitchen to find the stacks and piles of dishes awaiting him. (Don't tell Nate, but I was totally preparing a few things at once, hence the extra dishes...if you make this salad you need not worry about excessive amounts of dishes!)
Even if this salad did require lots of dishes, it would be worth it. This is the type of salad you'd find on a restaurant menu, but it is totally doable (even easy!) in your own home. I couldn't resist making a rainbow presentation on the serving platter, but you could just as easily toss it all in a large bowl from the start. Get creative with what ingredients you include--corn, chopped bell peppers, and chickpeas would all be excellent additions or substitutions. I don't recommend going with another dressing--the creamy avocado dressing was our favorite part!
Sunday, March 23, 2014
Saturday, March 22, 2014
Friday, March 21, 2014
|Maple Pecan Ice Cream|
Maple pecan ice cream will forever have a special place in my heart. After all, it was the last ice cream I had before Brecken was born. Thus when Tonewood Maple sent me some of their premium maple syrup as part of their ambassador program, I knew exactly how I wanted to use it. Is there anything better than chowing down on ice cream and reminiscing about those first days with our sweet baby girl? (No, no there is not!)
Thankfully, when ice cream's this easy to make (no eggs! just mixing and chilling!), we can enjoy it again and again. Someday I'll make it for Brecken and tell her the story of the night I went into labor...
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
|Black Bean Burgers with Sriracha Aioli|
Monday, March 17, 2014
|Caesar-Style Kale Pesto Pasta|
Saturday, March 15, 2014
1. 9 Books Every Runner Should Read. I'm currently 1/9, so it looks like I have some additions to make to my Goodreads account!
|Grilled Vegetable Salad with Homemade Balsamic Vinaigrette|