I don’t generally have candy in the house, but Ghirardelli bittersweet chips suffice just fine and are a pantry staple. My husband and daughter are also big fans and to be honest, I think in moderation dark chocolate is an important party of a healthy diet. Key word there is moderation; not gonna lie, moderating intake of this “healthy” snack has been a problem.
This is a recipe I’d first done in the classroom with my high school students; quick enough to still do some notes/take a quiz, and the way I figured a much more practical lesson for their immediate future than an Alfredo sauce or some such. Since then this has become a lunch/snack/light dinner option that I make for the fam all the time.
Food is love. When something major happens in a person’s life, the BEST thing you can do for them is to cook them a meal. It says, “I’m here for you, I’m thinking about you, and I know that sitting in your house talking about it might not be the best thing right now – here’s dinner”. This dish is easy, universally pleasing, and the perfect give away meal. Every time I’ve brought it to someone’s house they thank me for the healthy option; who would have thought that lasagna and baked ziti could become boring so quickly?
Today at lunch I had an egg, toast, and a whole bunch of asparagus. As a natural diuretic I could just picture the asparagus doing it’s work – any puffy pregnancy bloat just disappearing magically. Then, during naptime, I realized I could really go for some chewy brown sugar cookies. So I made them. And ate them. Was it worth it? Definitely yes, if only I’d restrained myself to one or two.
More of an idea than a recipe, these eggs would make a great snack for you and your kids. They take no time to make, can be made ahead, and are pretty enough for a party appetizer.
REALLY excited to share this soup with you. First off, any pureed soup seems fancy to me, and with my butternut squash aversion still in full swing I was anxious to try broccoli. Most broccoli soups are crammed with so much cream and cheddar cheese that any semblance of health goes out the window. Not the case here; you can eat this with a clear conscious as it’s simply bursting with health (and low in calories, to boot).
I’ve really grown to dislike “stuff”. I hate clutter and though my house isn’t always clean, it’s usually “picked up” pretty well. I live in a small space so it doesn’t take much to look like a disaster zone. The single category of “stuff” I hoard, however, is recipes. I’ve had this pie in my kitchen basket for a year now, but it was certainly worth the clutter (and the effort). This pie is AWESOME.
For me, there’s nothing quite like warm, homemade bread. Every year my mom makes “Easter Bread” which is actually a raisin studded challah. She hands them out like breath mints to family and friends and our little loaf doesn’t last a day – toasted and spread with butter it’s achingly wonderful. Now, this isn’t her recipe (sorry, Mom) because I read this one and amazingly had every ingredient on hand. Easy, quicker than others I’ve seen, and more fun than other breads because you get to BRAID it!
The other day I went right to the grocery store from the gym and forgot to pack a snack (I’m like Chrissy in Now and Then – I need to eat every two hours). I saw that the Luna Protein bars were a dollar a pop and honestly I think I tore the wrapper ope and devoured it before I got my daughter situated in the front of the cart. I was crazed. But they’re so good! They’re like candy! Challenge – I shopped for the ingredients I didn’t have on hand and made the bars that afternoon.
West Chester, PA is the greatest little town. Truly. Every fall we have a chili cook-off where for ten bucks you get a wristband and walk through the closed off streets, sampling chili in tiny cups and voting on your favorite batches. It’s grown in popularity so if you aren’t choosy, you’ll fill up too fast. The chili I never pass up, however, is the one with big chunks of steak.
At school we did a mini-unit on meal planning, which my students usually found to be, well, less than exciting. Every year I pleaded with them: “Learn now because in a few years you will stand in your kitchen, staring with a befuddled look at your fridge, wondering what goes with what as the dinnertime minutes tick away.”Need a mindless dinner menu? Here you go. Maybe this seems summery but perhaps the taste of warmer weather will trick our minds into a happier state.
You’ve heard of sticky buns? Yes. And cinnamon rolls? Yes. Ever wonder what the difference is? So did I, until I made these.