Tonight I was feeling a little bit Amish. Didn’t wanna watch TV. No attention span for my kindle. Still hot and cold with facebook.
I channeled my inner Amish and made homemade granola bars. Without a recipe.
I am my own hero, really.
I don’t like using recipes when I cook because it allows more flexibility for failure. Not that I want to fail, but if you follow a recipe exactly and it tastes terrible, you have no excuse. At least with my rogue methods I can be pleasantly surprised with any hint of success.
I pureed three small apples in the food processor and added some TJs blueberry muesli, Quaker quick oats, vanilla, honey, cinnamon, sugar, and vanilla protein powder. I used a tiny bit of corn oil (would’ve used more but full disclosure – it was expired and frightened me a little). I measured none of this (nervous chuckle).
I mixed it all up (does anyone really blend wet and dry ingredients separately?) and baked them on a greased cookie sheet for 15 minutes at 325.
The result was delicious. A slightly chewy, apple-flavored treat. Not too sweet and not too shabby. And, based on my imaginary calculations, they’re pretty healthy.
Place the potatoes in a cheesecloth and wring, extracting as much moisture as possible.
In a medium bowl stir the potatoes, onion, eggs, flour and salt together.
In a large heavy-bottomed skillet over medium-high heat, heat the oil until hot. Place large spoonfuls of the potato mixture into the hot oil, pressing down on them to form 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick patties. Brown on one side, turn, and brown on the other. Let drain on paper towels and serve hot
I love pasta. But it has carbs. And apparently these so-called carbs are bad for us? I scoff.
To make this carb-less wonder, I sliced an eggplant and a zucchini and tossed them in olive oil, then dunked them into a mixture of cornstarch, Parmesan cheese and bread crumbs. I cooked them on a greased cookie sheet for 18 minutes at 425, then layered a casserole dish with marinara sauce, veggies and cheese (lather, rinse and repeat)…then baked it for 10 minutes at 400.
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Katie asked me to make a quasi healthy dessert for Jaida’s first birthday. Healthy dessert is an oxymoron, but I tried.
This was one of the first times I completely made up a recipe. From what I remember it went as follows:
Mix 2 cups of flour, tsp of baking soda, tsp of baking powder, 1 cup of sugar, and a sprinkling of cinnamon and nutmeg.
Stir in 3 eggs, a few handfuls of food-processed carrots, dash of vanilla and 1/2 cup of cinnamon apple sauce.
I used my magical Kitchen Aid mixer to blend this up, then I filled lined muffin tins 2/3 of the way and baked at 350 for just under 20 minutes. I also made some mini versions in a mini muffin tin, sprayed with Pam.
Icing = never healthy. I won’t cave!
I blended about 6 oz of cream cheese with a spoonful of vanilla, 1/4 stick butter and a half cup of powdered sugar.