So I haven't felt as inspired lately to come up with new recipes of my own - I just haven't had the mental energy with everything else going on at the moment. However I have been enjoying recipes courtesy of the wonderful bloggers I follow with great results, so I thought I'd share some of those!
I clipped this recipe to my Evernote as soon as I saw it, but it took me awhile to get around to actually trying it - a lot of times if it's not for a meal, I don't make the time to cook it. Recently though I made an overlarge batch for my overnight oats & quinoa and decided it would be a great way to use them up.
They came out pretty darn good! If you're a quinoa hater, this is not going to convert you (Hubs wasn't too keen on them), but I really enjoyed the new way of getting my quinoa fix. They were pretty simple to put together (I used my food processor to grate the carrots) and while I had my doubts that they were going to stick together, they were like perfect little muffins after baking. They also heated up really well, as I ate them over the next several days. Definitely a great high-protein, healthy snack - thanks, Marlow!
This is one of the blogs I just discovered, thanks to Kristen making a comment on one of my posts. She detailed how she makes popcorn on the stovetop in a recent post and made it sound so easy that I knew I had to try it. Last night I was having a major craving for salt, so I popped up a batch to accompany my Once Upon a Time marathon.
Wow. It took the same amount of time as microwave popcorn and was so much better tasting, not to mention healthier! Granted, there's a bit more cleanup involved, but when I think of all the icky chemicals and additives that you get with microwave popcorn, it's a no brainer. I think my favorite part about Kristen's method was her use of coconut oil as the fat, it made my kitchen smell absolutely delicious and the popcorn had a bare hint of coconutty flavor that I found pretty addictive.
I used to make this oatmeal all the time last winter, but this year it hasn't really been on my radar since south Florida doesn't really get much of a winter and I started eating more overnight oats instead. This morning was on the chilly side, though, and I woke up with a major craving for a big warm bowl of oatmeal and immediately thought of this old favorite.
Just as good as I remembered! The key is the ripe banana - it melts into the oats as you microwave them, giving them a natural sweetness and a deliciously creamy texture. I made mine with unsweetened vanilla almond milk and ground flax for extra staying power, and I topped it with fresh Florida strawberries for flavor and texture. Other favorite additions of mine are nuts, nut butters, blueberries, and peaches. You can go a lot of different ways with Anne's recipe as a base.
The next blog recipe on my must-try list is I'm a Celiac's Greek Yogurt Pancakes - planning on those for Sunday breakfast this week!
Anyone else have any favorite blog recipes I should try?