Happy Valentine’s Day! Sorry I am so late, I had a super long day at school and then was good and went to the gym. I actually didn’t have any time to bake anything for Valentine’s Day this year… I know, right?! It is the perfect holiday to bake tons of cute delicious chocolately things However, my mom made this giant heart cookie for my dad and brother today for Valentine’s Day. So cute! I just want to take a huge bite…or put tons of ice cream all over it and make a huge pazooki! This is also a great recipe for anniversaries. No matter if you are single or in a relationship, I hope you all took some time to buy yourself some flowers & chocolate and treat yourself today Xoxo
This past Sunday I made these delicious roasted garlic rosemary potatoes for lunch, along with creamed spinach and lemon pepper Swai. My fiancé’s grandparents have a tradition where every Sunday they either make a special lunch or go out to a restaurant for a gourmet lunch. When I learned of this, I thought it was a great tradition and have been trying to start setting time aside for a special lunch every Sunday. I have Sundays off, so its a perfect day to spend some therapeutic time in the kitchen making and getting to enjoy the results! This is one of my favorite side dish recipes because it goes with many dishes (fish, chicken, steak, etc.) and its extremely flavorful! I usually eat Ketchup with my potatoes, and I never do with this recipe because they are so good without it.
This was my first attempt at making my own homemade chocolate chip granola bars. Many store-bought granola bars are made with high fructose corn syrup and a lot of sugar, so I wanted to create a healthier version that still tasted delicious. I have wanted to try it for so long, but I was scared it wouldn’t come out the way I wanted. I’ve looked at a bunch of different recipes, and read through tons of comments on what worked, what didn’t. I finally scribbled down what I thought would make “the perfect granola bar” and when I was ready to start, I realized I didn’t have wheat germ (one of the main ingredients). So then I had to research what I could sub for it since I didn’t want to make a trip to the store just for wheat germ. Plus, I have no clue where to even find it! Feel free to try the recipe with it, but I substituted it for ground flax seeds (which I happened to have in my pantry) and this recipe turned out AMAZING. They cooled to be nice and chewy, and taste just like the kind you buy at the store (except a little healthier ). Want proof? Out of the whole batch there is 1/2 a bar left…I gave one to my fiancé and he couldn’t stop eating them. Taste-test approved! I should have made more to last the week :/ I made these with sliced almonds and chocolate chips. This recipe is a great base for your own creativity-add fruit (raisins, dried cranberries, blueberries, banana), nuts, M&Ms, etc. I would love to hear your ideas!
Homemade Chewy Granola Bars (No High Fructose Corn Syrup)
Who doesn’t love peanut butter and chocolate? These classic soft, chewy peanut butter cookies are made with a little twist: chocolate in the middle! You will enjoy every bite. I made these on a break studying for my physiology midterm…last week, this week, and next week is “midterms week” (I know, 3 weeks?! its crazy). In addition, I started a new job so things have been a little crazy lately. How do you balance work/school with cooking? Have a great weekend all <3 Notes: Using Hershey kisses or chocolate bar pieces might work better than adding individual chocolate chips to get one chocolate center-sometimes the chocolate chips might spread when rolling into a ball, making them more like “chocolate chip peanut butter cookies”. If you like your cookies really sweet, don’t be afraid to add a bit more sugar because I used all natural unsalted peanut butter in this recipe and I always like to cut out as much sugar as possible, so they might not be sweet enough for some
Happy Super Bowl Sunday! Earlier my mom told me my family was grilling burgers and hot dogs for the game today, and it made me sooo hungry! I went to Trader Joe’s and bought some stuff to make these delicious, healthy black bean veggie burgers. They are super flavorful and keep wonderfully in the freezer for days. Why veggie burgers? Without even knowing it I have sorta become a vegetarian! OK, so not completely…I still eat fish, and occasionally chicken or turkey sandwiches…but for the most part my diet consists of mainly fruits, vegetables, nuts, etc. I love dairy too much to be a strict vegetarian, but I noticed I barely ever eat meat anymore. I think it was the drive past the cow slaughterhouse on Interstate 5…disgusting and so sad. Ever since I saw that my taste for beef has crashed immensely. This site has some pretty good reasons for becoming a vegetarian: http://www.britishmeat.com/49.htm. Although I don’t think I can ever give meat up 100%, I feel good about cutting a lot of it out of my diet. Honestly, I don’t even miss the taste of beef when I eat these veggie burgers, they are completely satisfying! Tip: The less water, the better-try to pat out excess water from beans and veggies for best results.