Have you heard of “monster cookies”? They contain oats peanut butter, m&ms, and chocolate chips. They’re delicious. They’re also “kid cookies”. Brightly colored and exactly what a kid would want to snack on. When I gave this thumbprint cookie to my 3 year old she said, “I don’t like that”. I asked her why and she said “I like chocolate chip cookies”. This made me frown-y so I taste tested the cookies on LOTS of people.
I used to crush pasta. I’d come home from high school sports practice and devour platefuls of rotini. Seconds, thirds, forget about it. Pesto has always been a favorite of mine, flavor-wise, but I don’t make it so often.
What do I bake the most? These cookies. These exact cookies. They are a general crowd pleaser and can be ready to go in the oven in the time it takes your oven to preheat. These have been on my site for years but deserve a re-do with careful explanations and this is why…
Creamy without cream alert! Pureed white beans makes this soup rich, creamy, and HEALTHY. I know I talk about beans a little too much but they are SO good for you, SO cheap, and I daresay so delicious. This soup is exactly what I’d want to come home to if I coached football and someone else cooked dinner for me every night (you’re welcome very much, husband).
If you’ve read this blog before you’ll see that items like cool whip, jello pudding mix, ranch seasoning packets and dried lipton soup packs are quite the rarity. No judgment. We all buy, cook, and eat our own items that suit our own tastes. Perhaps it’s my mother’s fault – pretty sure she wishes she lived in colonial days.
Now that I’m avoiding dairy I keep coming up with delicious ingredients where dairy is the star. Some sort of masochism? Super annoying. Though Rich gave this two thumbs up I wasn’t about to post it until my sometimes-judgy-about-food mom tried it. She asked for the recipe and made sure to tell me ten times how much she loved it (this could be because I sport dark circles under my eyes and perma-scratchy morning voice from baby-induced lack of sleep and she feels sad for my life).
You’ll notice this is two posts in a row with quinoa – I wanted to finish the bag. AND it’s really good for you. The thing is, I don’t love the taste of quinoa. Sometimes flavors can be camouflaged in the name of health – like this granola! Let me explain.