I'm officially into soups now! We're having a bunch of stormy weather in Texas this week, perfect for warm broths and vegetables. Normally I love taking my time finding spices, discovering recipes to 'veganize', and finding the right cooking substitutes. Tonight I wanted to get a break from cooking while I spend time making a homemade 'go blonder' spray for hair (which I'll post about later if it works), so I grabbed some canned corn to make a speedy 'cheat' version of this southern favorite!
Before I posted this recipe, I was contemplating making one for the potato soup I made for dinner last night instead. It looked gray and bland but it was oh so thick and creamy! And just garnished with 'bacon' bits and parsley... Gosh it was great. I'm really kicking myself for not taking pictures and sharing! I will eventually. Promise! In lieu of that soup, I have a more 'season appropriate' soup and granola topping you're going to love...
So Friday I was going to post vegetarian meatloaf, but I miscalculated the cook time by over three hours as a result of me skimping on a few ingredients (yes- including meat HAHA). I'm no chef, but I'm determined to get the right recipe to you ASAP because it was still awesome! With all that cooking time, I searched Pinterest for recipe ideas- should have figured by now almost all of them have pumpkin spice involved for fall! The thing is, I don't want pumpkin soup or pie just yet. I want fluffy Swedish cinnamon rolls called kanelbullar (CAN-al-boolar) that my family has made for forever. Hmm... maybe you know where I'm going with this? Sweet pumpkin puree + kanelbullar = fluffy flaky spiced heaven rolls!
It's been almost an entire week since I've posted!! Mid 6 weeks exams have gotten the best of my internet time and thus have taken priority over showing more recipes. But toil not, I'm back and ready to cook (or uncook- you'll see some of these soon) again! Today, how about a comforting bowl of omega-3 complete protein vitamins? No? Maybe you'll change your mind after taking the first surprisingly crunchy and sweet bite...
Yesterday I had my birthday. I didn't want to cook or clean- so lazy!! I literally had leftover cookies and a bunch of bananas for dinner. As a result of said extreme laziness, my lunch was also super 'thrown together'- as in ole' faithful sandwich and whatever fruit was laying around the kitchen. Peanut butter and jelly is so last season though... This time I'm using apple butter.
Spiced Oatmeal Apple Fritters... I've been trying to figure out what to call them all day! Every time I take a bite it's like I'm transported back when I was 5. My dad and I would walk in from the cold Washington drizzly outdoors to a warm bakery. Glass displays held stacked baskets filled with golden rolls, artisan scones, doughnuts, and muffins galore! Being a crazy little tyke I'd immediately press my face up to the shelves holding the fresh maple frosting-laden sugar pastries and monster glazed twists of apple cinnamon bread- Oh, if only I could share the smell here! All my recipe needs is a simple glaze and I'm drawn straight back into nostalgia!
As summer draws closer to an end, my cravings for fall-inspired cuisine are beginning to bloom. Rainy days, changing leaves, and bald patches of grass (gotta love Texas' laser-beam scorching sun) are transforming the neon tank top + lemonade weather into something more rustic. What better way to welcome autumn than end-of-season fruit embraced in crispy spiced toppings? These baked pears take advantage of summer sweetness while staying light enough to be a healthy lunch.
Football Fridays stretch long into the night, and so does a band nerd's appetite! For me, that means a huge PB &J sandwich for lunch to tie me over until dinner comes around. Tomorrow though, I'm taking something special for lunch; a crispy grilled panini with onions, peppers, and wonderful hummus! It's as simple as making a grilled cheese sandwich. What planet is 'hummus' from you ask? Planet savory-creamy-protein-spread of course! It's great on (just about) everything-- from pretzels and bagels to pastas and fresh vegetables. It's definitely worth making a big batch and you'll love how it gets slightly crispy on the edges in this sandwich, adding a nutty/salty/cheesy flavored filling.
Whoever told tortilla chips exclusively scoop up creamy concoctions and salsas was wrong. Very wrong all the way! I want to share a zingy lunch a bit too country to be 'Mexican' but 100% chip approved. Instead of traditional refried beans or salsa, my recipe uses rice and a few canned staples you're sure to have around the kitchen! You will have leftovers; just dish it out atop fresh leafy greens for a filling GF taco salad or aside your Friday night fajitas. Yall will want to dance around the kitchen in a sombrero while it's cooking. . .
I L-O-V-E pb & j sandwiches any day of the week. Crunchy peanutty strawberry stickiness between two thick homemade bread slices is mid-day heaven! But everybody knows how to make one and it's not very appealing. I stood in my kitchen naming off boring sandwich fillings for my VLC challenge- something that everyone has in the house. Got peanut butter? Yeah. Got jelly? Sure. And lots of leftover chocolate chips? Gimme! And what about... hot dog buns? What am I supposed to do with those? *Little annoying dancing banana starts singing "Peanut Butter Jelly Time" in my head*