Eat This. Trust Me.

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. 

I also took a step outside my comfort zone and tried a paleo pancake made with banana (they generally gross me out). I saw 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. 

  • Amy B @ Second City Randomness

    Those cookies look amazing! If you’re as much of a cookie monster as I am, I should probably not introduce you to the blogs Culinary Concoctions by Peabody or Cookies and Cups. Wait… oops…

    You will love me. Promise. :)

  • KW

    Boss away! I Just spontaneously made a variation on the sesame chicken ans OMG it’s so so so yummy! I DIY’d it up with what I had on hand and I’m in love. Thank you for the recipe inspiration, you have turned me on to so many things and my 2013’s a ton healthier! I am going to do a blog post later this week (with a huge shout out to you) on my version. Love your blog!


  • spiffykerms

    Man. I suck at food. I’ve been reading food blogs for a few years and I’ve still never tried the overnight oats, or any oats (in a while I mean).

    And… Polenta? What is that? Is that the egg you’re talking about? I guess I could just google it so I don’t sound dumb leaving this comment, but oh well.

  • Kelly Janowski

    I have two super popular cookie recipes on my blog. Amaranth dark chocolate cookies (GF and dairy free):

    And THE BEST chocolate chip cookies you will ever eat. I usually use a combo of dark and milk chocolate and a sprinkle of sea salt before you bake them really brings it together:

    And if salt/sweet is your thing, try these:

  • marciaelise

    The chili sounds amazing – trying! I’m with you, cookies, cakes, desserts oh my! My latest foray was Nutella cookies from The Kitchn. YUM!