I don't mean to be bossy, but I would like to make some suggestions.
...and by suggestions, I mean that you should seriously consider making the following if you know what's good for you.
1. Mixing up something different than plain oats. This week's combos included coconut flour & oat bran, half oats & half oat bran, and a crazy combo of rolled oats, oat bran, & TVP (Texturized Vegetable Protein).
2. Polenta for breakfast. Yep, you heard me. I've been on a polenta kick, and the leftovers have turned into a coveted breakfast with the addition of a perfectly poached egg. Ultimate comfort food.
3. DIY Chinese Takeout. I always associate cooking Asian dishes with having to go buy all sorts of ingredients that I will rarely use again. When I found this recipe for Ligher Sesame Chicken from Iowa Girl Eats, I scrolled through the recipe and was delighted to find all the ingredients were in my kitchen.
This copycat dish really captured the flavor of stock-standard "sesame chicken" without being fried or from a food court.
4. Cream Cheese Chicken Chili. This is a slow cooker/crockpot recipe, but I just make it normally in a pot and it works just fine. The ingredients are super simple and them combine to make something out of this world. I use the spicy Rotel and Low Fat Cream Cheese and it's incredible. This is one of those recipes were I look forward to the leftover and have no issues eating it for lunch and dinner, then lunch and dinner again. This was one of the "American" recipes that I would attempt to re-create while living abroad because it was THAT GOOD.
5. Paleo Pancakes. One of my reader recommended this recipe for Paleo almond flour pancakes. All I can say is Thank you Jordan! I make them at least once a week, and I love the taste and texture.Liz's rave reviews and easy tutorial and since I had a half of a banana in my kitchen from my husband's breakfast, I gave it a try. I mashed half a banana and added one egg, 1/4 cup of coconut flour and cinnamon. It was a little stodgy and thick, so I thinned it out with water and used a spatula to spread it evenly in the pan. Even though it refused to cooperate with flipping and looked like a mess, it was actually pretty fantastic. Coconut flour + banana made for a bit of a tropical taste. I still need to figure out a better batter consistency, but I like the concept and will try it again.
6. Sweet and Salty Cookies. I have a MAJOR sweet tooth, so when I bake I end up stuffing my face with endless tastes of cookie dough AND taste-testing cookies from every batch. Clearly, I have really excellent self-control. These Pretzel Cookies with Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chips were not doing me any favors. If you have self control or an occasion that demands cookies (like Mondays in general), you should make these. I have neither, but I still am considering round two.
Best blogger recipe you've recently tried? I've started a Pinterest board* with my tried and tested favorites so I can easily access them.
Favorite cookie recipe? Again, no self control....cookie monster over here.
*You should totally follow my boards on Pinterest....I've got some gems.