Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Oatmeal Bites

Just like my Oatmeal Pancakes, I have been looking for more ways to eat lots of oatmeal, even when it's so hot! These are great for breakfast, dessert, or a 3 a.m. snack. They don't need refrigeration, but I think they're extra delicious that way. These are a good example of something that you can make to suit your mood: When I really want something healthy, I use oatmeal in the place of the coconut flakes and substitute all raisins instead of half raisins and half chocolate chips. On other days, I use these to indulge my sweet tooth and eat the recipe as written.

These are so easy -- just stir, scoop, and refrigerate for 20 minutes. Notice they require no cooking or baking, so I have made them countless times over the summer.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Pregnancy Waffles

These waffles are so yummy and have extra eggs and milk in them! I developed the recipe when I was struggling with morning sickness in the first trimester of pregnancy. I found that the easiest thing to digest was carbs, but I worried Saltine crackers don't have the protein and calcium I needed. Well these waffles sat well in my stomach and helped me better balance my diet, even when ill.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Oatmeal Pancakes

I used to eat a bowl of oatmeal just about every morning. That was years ago when I was a busy college student. These days, a bowl of oatmeal is good on occasion, but I now like more variety.

Today I ate these pancakes with strawberry yogurt and fresh pineapple, but they're also good with traditional butter and maple syrup.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Enchilada Dippers

Why is it that you can have the same breakfast for weeks and not get tired of it, but you are always looking for a unique dinner idea that everyone likes?
I love enchilada sauce, but wanted to change it up a bit. I thought, what if instead of a dish with tortillas saturated in the sauce and baked, I instead had crispy tortillas cooked on the stove that you dip into the sauce? I thickened the sauce to make it better for dipping.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Real Strawberry Topping

This simple strawberry topping makes breakfast (or dessert) a happy occasion. I first made this when I bought some strawberries that weren't very sweet. No one in my house was that interested in eating them plain, so I decided to make them into a topping for pancakes. I wanted something that used the whole strawberries without too many other ingredients and I'm really happy with the result. I've made the recipe several times and so I feel confident in sharing it with you.

I happen to adore pancakes. These are my Orange Poppy Seed Pancakes. What's your favorite kind of pancake or pancake topping?

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie

I love smoothies and experimenting with new ideas, like my Strawberry Plum Smoothie, but other days I just want a recipe I have been making for years. My favorite healthy drink ever is a Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie. Don't be deceived by the picture; I may have put the smoothie in 2 pretty little cups, but after snapping some photos, I drank all of it myself because it's my favorite and completely guilt-free.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Revel Bars

I wanted to make some of those cookie bars with sweetened condensed milk and chocolate chips on top, but all the recipes online suggested I use a graham cracker crust. My husband is not a fan of the graham cracker crust, so I decided to improvise. After all, it was the sweetened condensed milk with the chocolate chips in it that I was craving.

I decided to make a cookie crust using oatmeal instead of graham crackers. I got the idea of oatmeal because it's a whole grain, just like graham crackers. Did you know that graham crackers have a whole grain flour, called graham flour in them? In 1855 Sylvester Graham invented this flour because he believed that the popular white flour of his day was unhealthy not just because it was white, but because of the chemical additives in it. I thought it was interesting that even in 1855 there were people who villainized chemicals. It's pretty cool that he went off and invented his own flour because of his concerns.