One of the things I wanted to blog more about is food. I have become a closet foodie… not a very good one, but I like to pretend I’m good at it. I certainly enjoy cooking and trying new things! I’d sure weigh a lot less if food wasn’t so darn good! 🙂
This weekend I made granola. In fact when I’m done on here, I’m going to go make more. I found the recipe on Pinterest back in Peru and tried making it then. But, I didn’t have honey and the oats must’ve been different because it just plain didn’t work. It was very sugary and didn’t have the “granola” consistency I was looking for. I made it last night again with different oats and honey and it worked! It’s so good and I don’t feel bad eating it because it’s full of protein. It’s very simple:
2Tbsp creamy peanut butter
Melt them together in the microwave
Add in some cinnamon and vanilla extract (like 1/4tsp each)
Mix in 1c of quick-cooking oats
Back at 350F for about 10min or until it begins to brown. Remove from the oven and let cool before eating. It gets nice and crunchy.
In Peru, we went out to lunch every Sunday after church. It was convenient, yummy, and cheap to get Chinese as we zipped home. Here, going out for lunch on Sundays might be convenient and yummy, but it’s definitely not cheap. So, I’ve been trying to come up with quick lunches for when we get home that’s not just sandwiches. Last week I used a crockpot – something I haven’t done in like six years. I put in
a big bone-in chicken breast, some cream of chicken soup, chicken broth, potatoes, and broccoli, with lots of seasonings. Got home, turned the broth into a gravy on the stove, and baked up some canned biscuits to go underneath of it all –
and voila – wonderful lunch that even Brian said, “I’d rather have this than Subway!” (that’s huge!)
This week, we did a taco dip. I put the rest of a can of refried beans (something we seriously missed in Peru!!) on the bottom of an 8×8 and topped it with ground turkey that I browned up last night. I mixed up some taco seasoning and put it in an empty oregano shaker, so the meat tasted like taco meat without the need of a seasoning packet (so much more convenient!). I refrigerated that overnight. When we got home, I put salsa and cheese on top and threw it under the broiler while I cooked Elena’s hot dogs and shredded cabbage. Funny story about the cabbage: Brian was sent to buy a head of lettuce and came home with cabbage. When I asked him why he bought cabbage instead of lettuce, he said it looked like a really pretty head of lettuce and was way cheaper – he had no idea it was cabbage! But, it has a very mild flavor and has lasted us about two weeks and it cost us just pennies! So it worked out just fine!
Anyway – after broiling the cheese (the whole thing didn’t get hot, but we were okay with that), I topped it with sour cream, tomatoes, and shredded cabbage, and we ate it with tortilla chips. Not a new recipe; just something cheap, fast, and convenient for lunch today.
This week, two things I’m going to try are broccoli cheese soup (which I’ve done before and love, but this is a new recipe which doesn’t call for Velveeta) and “bubble up pizza” (basically giant flaky biscuits with pizza toppings) as well as little crescent rolls apple pies. Wednesday I’m taking a meal to a friend who just had twins and I’m going to double it so we have the same thing – spaghetti and snickerdoodle brownies.
What’s on your menu for the week?