A couple weeks ago, I wrote about how easy it can be to bookmark tons of delicious looking online recipes and then never actually make them. In my previous post, my goal was to use a different breakfast recipe from my Pinterest board each morning. The experiment was highly successful and I enjoyed the variety to my breakfasts and the sense of accomplishment – it felt like I made an achievement when I could put a mental check next to all the recipes I made!
Since then, I’ve tried to continue actually making some of the recipes I set aside ‘for later.’ Here are the highlights of what I’ve tested from around the web in the past week:
Whole Grain Brown Soda Bread from Texanerin Baking
served below topped with tuna, melted cheese, with an asparagus and carrots side dish
Oatless Oats from ‘fitting it all in’
topped with yogurt, dried currants, and cashew butter
Bison Meatballs with Sage Onion Gravy from the Whole Foods Market Recipe App
All this ‘cooking by the book’ got me inspired to try some of my own recipes, so I made up some of my own creations for the kitchen…
Peachy Green Tea Smoothie
Ingredients - one peach, chopped - 2 T chia seeds - 1 cup almond milk - 1 T of edible green tea whole tea leaves - 1/4 cup steel cut oats - 1/4 cup yogurt Method -Combine peach, chia seeds, 3/4 cup of the almond milk, and green tea in a container and let sit in the refrigerator overnight - In the morning, cook oats with 3/4 cup water - combine oats and chia seed mixture with yogurt and remaining milk in an emersion blender - blend and enjoy!
I poured my smoothie into a bowl and ate it with a spoon because somehow it tastes better that way!
Basic (but not boring) Taco Meat
Ingredients - 1 lb. ground beef - 1 onion - 1 can diced tomatoes - 1/2 teaspoon cumin - 1/2 teaspoon chili powder - 1 T coconut oil Method - chop onion and saute in coconut oil just beginning to soften - add meat and cook until no longer pink - add tomatoes (including juice) and spices - simmer for 5 minutes and serve with tortillas, avocado, or the toppings of your choice