Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Arugula and Avocado Salad

This salad is also very good with watercress.  Any bitter salad greens would work well here. 

2 handfuls of arugula
1/2 avocado, sliced
2-3 slices of bacon, chopped
1 tablespoon olive oil
the juice of 1/2 a lemon
a pinch of salt
fresh cracked pepper

1. Arrange first three ingredients on plate.
2. Drizzle olive oil and squeeze lemon over salad.
3.  Finish with salt and pepper.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Photo: Shrimp and Wheat Berry "Fried Rice"

"fried rice" made with wheat berries, yellow squash, orange bell pepper, onion, edamame, corn 
+ shrimp cooked in sweet and spicy sauce 
= lunch for work

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Strawberry Chocolate Chip Cookies

This recipe for very addicting cookies uses boxed strawberry cake mix which makes baking really easy and fast.  All you need are:
  • 1 boxed strawberry cake mix
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
The only changes I made to the original recipe were adding less chocolate chips and scooping smaller amounts of dough.  I recommend letting the cookies cool completely before eating them, as they get a lot chewier cooled.  Try them! They are so simple to make and taste so good that you're going to think there's crack in them.  Plus, I can't wait to try tweaking this recipe using Funfetti cake mix. Mmmmm....     

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Photo: Caprese Salad on a Stick

grape tomato + fresh mozzarella ball + fresh basil

I'll be having mine with salt, pepper, and balsamic vinaigrette.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Peanut Butter Cookies

These cookies are ridiculously easy to make and are so delicious that I literally had five cookies in a row.  Eek.  These are also flourless with only a few ingredients that you probably have in your kitchen right now.  I slightly modified Claire Robinson's recipe by using half Sun Butter and half peanut butter, and adding a sprinkle of cinnamon.  Next time I'll try adding in dark chocolate! Yup, I will definitely be making these again. 

Add peanut butter/Sun butter, an egg, vanilla extract, sugar, cinnamon, and a pinch of salt.

Mix it up.

Make (or try) to make a crosshatch pattern using a fork.  My patterns were looking a little sad.  Apparently though, dipping the fork in water prevents it from sticking to the dough.  Good to know!

Pop them in the oven at 350 for about 10 minutes.  I think I probably left them in for 12.

So crunchy and nutty and sweet...mmmm

I was wishing I had milk to wash down the boatload of cookies I inhaled in one sitting!

Monday, February 4, 2013

Slow Cooker Pasta Meat Sauce

This is a good easy dinner for the week when you're too tired to prepare a meal when you get home from work.  I don't know about you but I literally want to nap for hours right as I get home.  I prep everything the night before, put it in the slow cooker,  and keep it in the fridge.  Then in the morning I set it on low before going to work. By the time I'm home around five or five thirty, the slow cooker is done doing its magic and I have a delicious dinner ready with just the pasta left to cook.

The ingredients are a pound of ground beef, a large can of diced tomatoes, tomato paste, dried herbs, a small onion, and four small cloves of garlic.

First I dice the onion

and finely chop the garlic.

Then I throw the baby into a hot pan,

and break it up,

season it,

until there's no more pink.

The cooked meat goes into an empty slow cooker.

The onion and garlic get their turn in the same pan...

until the onions are translucent.

I just dump the onion and garlic on top of the ground beef,

along with the diced tomato, 

and the tomato paste.

I carefully mix it all up and season with a little more salt and pepper.

I cover the pot and keep it in the fridge overnight.

After 10 hours set on get a pot of chili! Not really, but it does resemble chili a little.  It's usually too watery so I set it on high with the lid off until it reduces.  Or, when I feel like cheating (and impatient) I stir in a little cornstarch and water mixture to help it thicken.

 I love tomato sauces.

And regular tomatos.

Oh, and all tomato based products.
Have it with a pasta of your choice.  I had mine with whole wheat spaghetti.

Cooking with Angus All rights reserved