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Sunday, September 4, 2011

In my kitchen

Here are some recipes I've been groovin' on lately.

On the healthy end of the spectrum, Overnight Oats have been saving my rear in the mornings now that school has started. I put them together the night before mornings that I plan to run, and they're ready and waiting for me in the a.m. I don't think it takes me too long to make regular oatmeal in the morning, but when you're in a hurry (as we always are), every minute helps. At first I didn't think I liked overnight oats, but it just took me a while to figure out how I like them. I combine about 1/3 cup oatmeal and about 3/4 cup milk (I don't measure anything) in a bowl with a lid. I add a sprinkle of chia seeds, a generous dollop of Greek yogurt, a spoonful of natural peanut butter or walnuts, a dash of cinnamon, a drizzle of honey, and some fruit (blueberries usually). Delicious! I can't to start including some pumpkin this fall!

It's no secret I love smoothies. Here's a recipe for an amazing gingerbread smoothie (which I found via Lil Runner) that makes a nutritious treat. It's also something totally different from my usual berry-based smoothie.

On the less nutritious end of the spectrum, I have discovered baked donuts. I got a donut pan when Ryan and I got married, but I'm a little embarrassed to admit, it took me 12 years to figure out what it was. While baked donuts are certainly healthier than their fried counterpart, they're not exactly a health food. One thing I like about them is that the pan only makes 6, which is just about the right number for us. So far we've enjoyed Baked Spiced Donuts and Baked Vanilla Donuts.

And on the completely decadent end of the spectrum, I discovered a recipe for Douglas County Pie, which is like a cross between pecan pie and a chocolate chip cookie. This pie was served at the Paradise Cafe in Lawrence (before it closed). I fell in love with it in high school (before the days of online recipes), and my mom and I experimented heartily trying to replicate it. We came up with some yummy recipes, but none of them were similar to the real thing. The key, I think, is the flour and lack of corn syrup, which contribute to the cookie aspect of the pie. It's super rich and best enjoyed rarely and with whipped cream.

And one more super decadent treat--Peanut Butter Cup Blondies. The recipe calls for 9 peanut butter cups in an 8 x 8 pan; I went ahead and bumped it up to 10 just for the heck of it. Then Ryan and I proceeded to eat the whole pan in one day. Oops!

1 comment:

  1. We really enjoy Over night oats as well, and I make mine pretty similiar.

    1/3 c dry oats
    1 cup of almond milk
    good healthy dash of cinnamon
    smidgen of vanilla
    1 Tbsp of chia seeds
    1 Tbsp of ground flax
    handful of frozen blueberries

    Stir this together in a glass container and cover tightly. Refrigererate over night then in the morning add a sliced banana or fresh peach, healthy spoonful of raw nutbutter and a drizzle of agave nectar, raw honey or pure maple syrup.