Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Blogger Recipe Success

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!

Cheesy Quinoa Bites from Gluten Hates Me

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.

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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!

Stovetop Popcorn from Change of Pace

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.

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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.

Perfect Microwave Banana Oatmeal from Fannetastic Food

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.

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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?

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