Saturday, January 29, 2011

Oatmeal Blueberry-Cranberry Muffins

Sarah and I (Emily) decided to make some deliciousness today to take on our mountain hike this lovely January day. These muffins are exactly that, deliciousness. They're also really easy and very healthy.

Cast of Characters:
  • 1 1/4 c. whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/4 c. oats
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 c. unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 c. lowfat buttermilk
  • 1/2 c. firmly packed brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsps. canola oil
  • 1 lg. egg, ligthly beaten
  • 3/4 mixed blueberries and cranberries, or berry of your choice.
Mix the wet ingredients
Add the sugar.
make sure they're happy

Mix the dry ingredients and add the wet to it.
FOLD in the berries with a spoon or spatula
divide into greased or lined muffin tins
Bake at 375 for 16-18 minutes.
Et voila! The perfectly moist, deliciously berry muffin. Enjoy

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Orange Chicken

This dish is absolutely DELISH! I was really craving Chinese food tonight, but didn't want to go out and spend any money, and so I caved and decided to make this at home. Note: I have NEVER deep fried anything myself- ever! Being in the healthcare field I guess I've become a bit of a freak about eating healthy. However, I don't regret making this. It is probably the BEST Orange Chicken I have ever had. Period. So give it a try!

Like a lot of my recent posts, this recipe came from Annie's Eats. Great blog. Click here for the recipe. Enjoy!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Oreo Cheesecake Bars

I know. I'm a bad influence for all those with New Year's Resolutions. But looks like Sarah has been too :)
These are a great alternative to a big fat cheesecake sitting in your fridge all week (if it lasts that long). These make just an 8x8 pan. I got this recipe from one of my favorite recipe blogs: Annie's Eats. Josh and I have tried several of her recipes, including a recent favorite, Turkey Meatballs with Cranberry Sauce.
Last night we had some friends over, so I whipped up this dessert.

23 Oreo cookies
2 Tbsp. butter, melted

12 oz. cream cheese, room temperature
6 Tbsp. sugar
6 Tbsp. sour cream, room temperature
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 tsp. salt
1 large egg
1 egg yolk
12 Oreo cookes, roughly chopped

Preheat oven to 325. Line an 8x8 pan with foil.

For crust, put the 23 Oreos in food processor until finely ground. Add in the melted butter. Mix well.

Press into bottom of pan and bake for 10 minutes.

For the filling, beat cream cheese on medium high for about 2 minutes, until light and smooth. Add in the sugar. Combine well. Blend in sour cream, vanilla, and salt. Beat in the egg and egg yolk.

Stir in the 12 chopped Oreos with a spatula. ( You will have to scrape the sides of the bowl down quite often when mixing ingredients to make sure all ingredients are mixed well).

Pour batter into the pan with prepared crust. Smooth top with the spatula and bake for 40 minutes, until the sides are set. The middle might be slightly wobbly. Let cool. Chill for 3 hours.

To serve, pull bars out of pan by using the sides of the tin foil. Cut into squares, and enjoy!

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Avacado Bean Wraps

This is my new favorite recipe I found in a magazine, though I can't remember which one. These are seriously so so so good, sooooo quick and easy to make and heart healthy. I could eat them everyday.
2 ripe avocados
1 cup salsa
2 tsp oil
1 red pepper, chopped
1 c. shredded carrots
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1 can low sodium black beans, rinsed
1/3 c. shopped cilantro
4 whole wheat wraps
4 c. coarsely chopped romaine lettuce
Coarsely chop 1 avocado; mash the other in a small bowl and stif in 1/4 c. salsa until blended. Cover with plastic wrap and set aside.
Heat oil in medium skillet over medium-high heat. Saute pepper and carrots 3 minutes. Add cumin and cook 30 seconds. Add beans and remaining 3/4 c. salsa; heat through. Stir in the chopped avocado and cilantro; mix well.
Spread about 3 Tbsp mashed avocado-salsa mix on each wrap, some of the bean mixture and lettuce. I've never done it but i'm sure it would be delicious to squeeze some fresh lime juice on top. If you have leftove bean mixture I love to dip wheat thins or saltines in it.

Sugar Cookies

This is Sarah coming in from Canada, with a whole lot of snowThese are the most delicious sugar cookies ever! So yummy! Do not eat the cookies dough! once you start you'll never stop!

2 cups margarine 1 tsp baking powder
3 cups sugar 3 tsp vanilla
4 eggs 1/2 cup milk
6 cups flour

Mix by creaming margarine and sugar. Add eggs and remaining ingredients. Roll out and bake at 350 degrees F for 9 minutes.


This post is in request of my dad. The whole family came down to Ridgecrest the week before Christmas and I made these which were a huge hit, especailly with dad. He later send me an email asking for the recipe so here it is. I can't take credit for them, they're from my pioneer woman cookbook. Ree calls for ground beef, but I always make it with ground turkey. They're kind of a labour of love but are so worth it.

1 1/2 pounds ground beef
3/4 c. oats
1 c. milk
3 Tbsp minced onion
1 1/2 tsp. salt
plenty of ground black pepper

4 Tbsps canola oil
1/2 c. flour

1 c. Ketchup
3 Tbsp white vinegar
2 Tbsp sugar
2 Tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
4-6 Tbsp minced onion

In a bowl, combine ground beef with oats. Pour in the milk and add diced onion and salt. Add pepper and stir to combine. Roll mixture into balls and refrigerate 30 minutes or stick in the freezer for about 10 minutes to firm. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Dredge meatballs in the flour. Brown them in batches until light brown, not completely cooked. Place them in a baking dish.
Mix the sauce together and drizzle evenly over the meatballs. Bake for 45 minutes or until bubbly and hot. These are so good with rice and a salad or skip the sauce and have with spaghetti and red sauce. Enjoy!