- I am not a great cook.
- I am beyond a picky eater.
- My husband refers to my kitchen stints as "tornadoes" - leaving a destructive path in my wake.
- I am not good at meals - I am an appetizer, side dish, snack or dessert gal.
- I am not a true recipe follower - I invent, I cook/bake on a whim resulting in many, many substitutions. This can be problematic if the result is good, as I have a hard time recalling what it was that I added (case in point - Peanut Butter & Honey Chocolate Chip Cookie incident of 2009).
Now that we have these important details out of the way, let's get started. Recipe #1 comes from Angela of Oh She Glows and Green Monster Smoothie fame. She is a vegan blogger who shares her moments of culinary brilliance with the online world. I am in no way a vegan, but I can appreciate her healthy approach to eating and have turned to her for healthy snack ideas. I have been known to make a Green Monster myself on occasion! My current fave of hers are her No Bake Peppermint Patty Bars. True to form, each time I make these I never have the exact ingredients on-hand, so I have been improvising. The latest adaptation to this recipe is listed below, I will not go into detailed instructions as Angela does a fabulous job of outlining it for you:
- 2 cups rolled oats, put through the food processor until it becomes a flour
- 1 cup mixed nuts (no oil, no salt)
- 5 tbsp cocoa
- 2 tbsp coconut sugar (this is lower on the glycemic index, however, I recommend pulsing it through a coffee grinder so it blends better)
- 2 tbsp any milk you have on-hand
- 5 tbsp pure maple syrup
- Dump in some dark chocolate chips, however many you feel is appropriate
- 2 Lindt Dark chocolate bars (I use 70%)
- 1 hunk of coconut oil
- 1-2 top-fulls of pure almond extract
- Dollop of cashew or peanut butter
- Flaked, unsweetened coconut
For Recipe #2 we will turn to the duo at spoon fork bacon. This blog features luscious recipes and beautiful photography. Many of their recipes are an indulgence, for example, today's Chocolate Chip Bacon & Orange Kissed Pancakes - what is not to love about this combination?! I have, however, convinced myself that their Cheesy Quinoa Cakes are a healthy choice - if you forget about the oil.
- 2 cups cooked quinoa
- 1 cup shredded mozzarella
- 3 tablespoons all purpose flour (sometimes 4 depending on how much quinoa I have)
- A bunch of parsley, chopped finely
- 2 chopped green onions
- ½ celery stalk, chopped finely
- A large amount of garlic (I use a large soup-spoon from our weekly jar of food processor garlic)
- 1 egg
- Sprinkle of sea salt