Recipe Round Up: Putting the Internet to Use

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

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Oatless Oats from ‘fitting it all in’
topped with yogurt, dried currants, and cashew butter

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Bison Meatballs with Sage Onion Gravy from the Whole Foods Market Recipe App

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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

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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

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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

 

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The Green Mill

The Green Mill is a restaurant chain in Minnesota and other midwest states. Known best for serving pizza, they also have a broad restaurant menu as well as a full bar. Today I went to the Uptown Minneapolis location with my roomies from breakfast brunch lunch (how does time fly by in the morning?!).

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Yes, that is my finger in the picture. Just in case you don’t have enough of me as it is. 🙂

The meal started with the bruschetta appetizer and a strawberry smoothie:

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The bruschetta was pretty impressive – cheese melted onto the bread, served with plenty of veggies, cheese, and an olive tapenade.

For the meal we ordered a thai chicken salad:

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Veggie burger with fruit:

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And a walleye sandwich with asain slaw:

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I ordered the walleye sandwich. It was lightly breaded and topped with parmesan cheese. Delish! The asain slaw wasn’t the greatest…I was expecting something veggie based and was surprised to find it was more of a noodle dish.

The food was good, but nothing too spectacular. The menu was a typical ‘we do everything’ restaurant and was, quite frankly, a bit overwhelming to order from. Maybe I am just too indecisive at restaurants, but I have a lot of trouble ordering if there are a dozen sections in the menu! This is an okay spot for a quick meal in Uptown when the better restaurants are too crowded (we ended up eating here since there was too long of a wait at Uptown Diner), but I would put a lot of other places before it.

Bestowed: March

YES.

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It’s time for my March bestowed package. When this beautiful orange box arrives in the mail, it is always one of the best days of the month.

Bestowed is a monthly delivery program of healthy living products – mainly food with some beauty and fitness thrown in. This month’s package was full of lovely surprises.

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Goodies include…

Oloves Hot Chili Mama Olives – I am not an olive fan. In fact, I do not eat olives at all, so this item was fairly disappointing. They are green olives spiced with hot habanero and lemon. I you’re into it, could be a good snack. As for me, I’m looking to give them away. Anyone like olives?
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Nature’s Bakery Fig Bars – These I am very excited about. I like figs as a healthy satisfaction for a sweet craving, and I plan to have these for either breakfast or a snack in the near future.
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Happy Family-Happy Squeeze Smoothie – This is the sort of item I would never buy on my own at the store. I’m happy to try it when I get it in the mail though! The flavor I received was pomegranate, blueberry, and pear. These smoothies are made from all organic ingredients and have 6 grams of protein.
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iTrain $25 gift card – This gift card can be used to buy workouts, downloaded right to your iPod or other MP3 player. I haven’t checked out iTrain at all yet, so I don’t know what sort of workouts they offer or how useful it will be – but I will update you once I get some!
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Nature’s Earthly Choice – Easy Quinoa Lentil Soup Mix – Quinoa + lentils = you can’t go wrong. Even though I love cooking, the appeal of instant foods is difficult to resist sometimes. I’m excited about this product since it will provide a quick meal option without all the sodium and fat that’s usually in prepared foods.
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Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts – Although not as big as chia or flax, hemp is definitely getting more attention in the health-food world these days. I’ve never tried it before, but I’m excited to taste it with yogurt or soup. The package also suggests sprinkling it on salads.
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Artisana Coconut Butter – I saved the best for last. I was absolutely thrilled to see this inside the package. I have been wanting to try coconut butter for a long time, but I haven’t had any luck finding it at my regular grocery stores. Plus, I don’t know if I would really want to eat it enough to warrant buying a whole jar. This individual serving package will be perfect for giving me a sample. Who knows, maybe it will a new coconut butter addiction. 🙂
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Look at all of my beautiful things…

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If you haven’t seen my previous bestowed package, make sure to check them out:January 2013
February 2013