That title is a mouthful, friends, I know. But I had to get all of the important characteristics of these goodies in that one title, right? No-bake because you will not believe how fast these are to put together; maybe a 10-minuter, right here; the easiest “cookies” you’ll ever make. Chocolate, because, well, they are sweet and rich and contain just the right amount of cocoa to give you that chocolate fix you are craving. Chewy, because serving these frozen provides just the perfect texture and chew. And cookies, I suppose, because they are the perfect hand-held, grabbable sweet treat.Continue reading
Hello friends, happy almost-spring! It’s raining and gloomy here in Minnesota…but I’ll take it, because it’s 39 degrees and the mounds of snow are slowly getting washed away. I’m beginning to see the light!
If you follow along on Instagram, you know that I shared some ideas on how we buy our yogurt and put yogurt parfaits together. And as I was talking about it, I realized I haven’t shared our go-to granola recipe as of the last few years with you. Shame on me!
This recipe is super adaptable…you can use whatever nuts or seeds your family prefers. You can also leave out the coconut or add in dried fruit like raisins or cranberries after it’s done baking if you’d like. The version I have below is our favorite…but I’ll be sure to add substitution options into the recipe so that you can create your own.
It’s also the PERFECT recipe for your kids to help with. It’s so easy and requires only measuring and mixing with your hands…my kiddos love to help with this! It keeps really well in an air tight container in the fridge for up to a couple weeks…and you can also freeze it too. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!
Our Favorite Granola
Note: you can easily add dried fruit to this..just stir it into the mixture right when it comes out of the oven. Also, if you prefer a sweeter granola go for 4 tablespoons of syrup…if you prefer a more mildly sweet version go for 3. If you’d like to keep this recipe gluten free, just be sure that the oats you are using are gf.
3 Cups Rolled or Old Fashioned Oats
1 Cup Finely Chopped Walnuts-or any combo of Chopped Nuts or Seeds
1/2 Cup Unsweetened Coconut Chips-you can swap out for coconut flakes
3-4 Tablespoons Pure Maple Syrup, see note above
3 Tablespoons Coconut Oil, melted
1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
3/4 Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
1/2 Teaspoon Finely Ground Sea Salt
Preheat oven to 300 and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place all ingredients in a large bowl and mix well with your hands. Spread in an even layer on your prepared baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes, stirring halfway in between cooking. Remove from oven, cool and store in an air tight container in the fridge.
If we are buddies on Instagram chances are you saw this bad boy in my stories a few days ago. I received quite a few recipe requests from you guys so delivering this one to you makes me super excited!
There’s not a whole lot I can say here because nothings going to fully translate how out-of-control-yummy these bowls are until you take a bite. Think Street Corn on steroids…that’s packed with nutrients and vitamins. But the taste? My gosh, you guys, it’s almost just not right! Almost.
You know I’m a condiment gal, through and through. So slap this smokey, savory, slightly tangy sauce on anything and I’m sold. But on top of fresh in season-veggies, perfectly seasoned chicken, sweet corn and hearty, protein packed quinoa completely hits it out of the park.
It’s easy-peasy to put together and the leftovers make outstanding lunches for the rest of the week. This is absolutely in my top 3 favorite recipes that have come to life in my kitchen this summer…I hope you love it as much as we do!
Grilled Chicken + Street Corn Grain Bowls
For the Sauce
1/2 Cup Sour Cream
1/2 Cup Mayonnaise
2 Garlic Cloves, grated or pressed
1 Tablespoon Fresh Lime Juice
1/2 Teaspoon Kosher Salt
1/2 Teaspoon Smoked Paprika
For the Bowls
1 Cup Quinoa, cooked according to package directions
1 Pound Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast’s
1 Teaspoon Chili Powder
1 Teaspoon Onion Powder
1 Teaspoon Kosher Salt
3 Ears Peeled and Cleaned Sweet Corn
2 Red Bell Peppers, sliced in half, stems removed and seeded
1 Zucchini, sliced in half lengthwise
1 Avocado, diced
3 Cups Baby Arugula, loosely packed
1/2 Cup Crumbled Queso Fresco
Fresh Cilantro, for garnish
For the Sauce
Whisk all ingredients together in a small bowl, set aside. Can be made up to two days in advance, just store in the refrigerator.
For the Bowls
Preheat outdoor grill to medium high heat.
Drizzle olive oil over the chicken, peppers and zucchini and rub it in to coat. Sprinkle both sides of the chicken breasts with chili powder, onion powder and salt.
Place the chicken on the grill and cook on one side until nice dark grill marks form, about 5-6 minutes. Flip chicken over and cook until completely cooked through and juices run clear. Remove from grill and set aside to rest while you grill the remaining ingredients.
Place the corn, peppers and zucchini on the grill and cook, turning occasionally, until grill marks start to form on all sides; do not over cook as you still want them to have a ‘bite’ to them. Remove from heat. Slice the chicken and cut the veggies into bite sized pieces. Cut the kernels of corn off the cob.
In a large bowl gently toss the quinoa, peppers, zucchini, arugula and corn with your hands. Divide among plates and top with avocado, Queso Fresco, and sliced chicken. Top the bowls off with a heaping spoonful of the sauce and cilantro. Serves 4
This bread here is a doozy, guys! I had a haul of rhubarb to use up so I thought, wouldn’t the tartness pair so nicely with the sweetness of bananas.. and my thought was a total winner!
I hope you all had a wonderful thanksgiving! And now we enter the holidays…bring on the warm, cozy food! It’s a great time of year to utilize all of the gorgeous fresh cranberries around and this recipe celebrates them in the most wonderful way.
It took me a couple try’s to get this recipe right….and now, I feel pretty darn good sharing it with you because man, oh man, are they a treat! Continue reading
If you’ve been hanging out around here for any length of time you’ve probably figured out that I go batty for Asian food in any form…but the Banh Mi Sandwich trumps them all for this gal. Remember this one? Continue reading
I don’t even know where to begin, you guys. I made this dish a while back and I am literally about ready to jump through the screen in an attempt to devour these photos because I want to eat this again immediately. Incredible. Just incredible.
Now let’s just start from the beginning, okay? Urban Halo…yes? No? If you haven’t…you are welcome for the introduction, and I apologize for your addiction all at the same time. I’ve been a fan of this company and their headbands for a solid couple of years and for so many valid reasons…it’s local, started by a fellow mama like myself who was looking to create the most stylish, functional headbands on the planet and I’m pretty sure she has accomplished her mission. These are my gym bff (and they don’t slip!!!)..and they are cute and comfy enough to keep on all day long after my workout. Also, pretty much my saving grace on those rush-out-the-door mornings with no time to do my hair. Not to mention Georgia is also obsessed..and man do they look cute on a silly little five year old, too. So fun to share my stash with her! Continue reading
I have been hardcore craving Lebanese food. And I’m not talking just a yummy shawarma I can get from a local food truck. I want the real deal…mamas cooking, preferably. The authentic flavors, the comfort, all of it. So I did a little playing around in my kitchen this past week and man have I seen the light!
This One Pan Lebanese Chicken and Lentil Pilaf is not a traditional Lebanese dish. It is a lazy-cooks version of a couple of dishes combined and can I just say that it’s the best lazy-move I may have ever made in the kitchen? The most tender, flavorful chicken paired with a savory lentil pilaf is a match made in heaven. Continue reading
We’ve been loading up on soups, stews and comfort food like crazy people around here. This weather just lends itself to such deliciousness, don’t you think? But geez louise we must switch things up once in a blue moon! This salad-it’s just fantastic for this time of year. It’s still a bit comforting and warm but the flavors are so light and fresh…a combo after my own heart! Continue reading
Good day, friends! I hope your weekend was what a long-Thanksgiving weekend should be…relaxing, fun and yummy-food-filled! And now, back to the grind. But let me tell you, this salad is a mighty fine way to start that grind.
If we are Instagram buddies you may have seen my recent obsession with the Kale + Broccoli Salad from Lunds and Byerlys, a local grocer around these parts. And you guys, the obsession is legit. LE-GIT. You know I’m a sucker for super-grain farro to begin with, especially in salad form. But besides my beloved farro, this salad just has gobs of goodies in it: kale, broccoli, parmesan, apricots, sun dried tomatoes. Weird combo, no? No! You wont believe what that flavor/texture hodge podge does…it will knock your socks off! Continue reading