These cinnamon-raisin banana bread blondies are BANANAS. The little bars of heaven include some of my favorite things and leave out all the bad stuff! There’s no refined sugar or flour, and there’s a secret ingredient . . .
I have always been very curious about learning how to make things from scratch. As a teenager, this was much to my mother’s chagrin. She wasn’t too fond of buying random ingredients for one recipe or another, but one time I convinced her to let me try making jam from scratch.
Don’t get me wrong—it tasted amazing. But it was SO labor intensive. I stood by the stove, stirring constantly, for what seemed. like. days. It called for pectin, and an insane amount of sugar. Needless to say I haven’t made that recipe again. Continue reading
Confession: Sometimes I eat just sweet potato fries for dinner. It sounds kind of sad, but honestly it’s one of my favorite, easy weeknight dinners! The last thing I want to do when I get home from work and I’m hangry is think about what to make for dinner. Continue reading
Slow-cooker oatmeal is one of my meal-planning musts! Every Sunday I make a batch of this banana bread slow-cooker oatmeal (or pumpkin oatmeal! Or cherry vanilla oatmeal!). It’s incredibly creamy, and reheats perfectly throughout the week for a mid-morning snack that keeps me full till lunch.
I’m fairly certain I inherited my mother’s gene for being resourceful with just a few ingredients in the kitchen. Case in point: Eric and I were going to attend a party and we were asked to bring an appetizer. We didn’t have time to run to the store, so I rifled through our pantry and scrounged up some corn tortillas that were a little past their taco prime, a few cherry tomatoes, and an avocado that was surely about to go bad any day. We made them into homemade chips and guacamole and it was a huge hit at the party! This is a surprisingly easy appetizer that’s hard to mess up. And believe it or not, it’s cheaper and much more delicious than buying a bag of chips and a tub of pre-made guac.
These. Almonds. Are. Bomb. The original recipe appeared in the October 2014 issue of Bon Appétit Magazine, and that month I made them for a party I was hosting. Everyone absolutely loved them! One guest even said he’d pay for nuts like these. Quite the compliment for a home cook!
Since they were such a hit, I decided to make them again when attending a 2015 New Year’s Eve party. Once again they were well-received, so even though I didn’t develop this recipe myself, I wanted to share how to find the recipe so you can make them too! Continue reading
Soup season is my jam! Nearly every week I make a big batch of soup or chili and Eric and I eat it for lunch all week. It’s simple, comforting and soooo delicious! Plus, during cold and flu season, I like to think a little hot broth and a dash of turmeric helps to boost my immune system!
One of my go-tos is a basic homemade vegetable soup, like the chicken noodle soup you might eat when you’re sick. It’s a perfect way to use up any vegetables or beans that might go bad soon and it’s hearty and healthy. Once I make this basic recipe, I add to it based on what I have around.
Extra lentils? Toss ’em in! Water from pasta made the night before? You bet I save that and add it to the pot! It makes for a new flavor every time, which keeps this soup exciting.