Wednesday, April 25, 2012

One Tasty Salad

I'm not a huge salad fan...but every now and then I manage to make one that tastes pretty darn yummy.

Lettuce blend: Spring Mix/Spinach

Rosemary Garlic Bagels

Absolute yumminess.  Best sandwich bagels ever!

And Cinnamon Bagels.  They're good too. With peanut butter.

1 1/2 tsp yeast
1 1/4 c warm milk
1/4 c butter
2 tbsp sugar
1 tsp salt
1 egg yolk
1 c whole wheat flour
2 3/4 c white flour

divide dough in half

add 2 tbsp crushed rosemary and 1 tsp garlic powder to one half
add 1 tbsp cinnamon to the other half

knead 6-8 minutes
rise 1 hr
rise 10 min
drop into boiling water, remove when they rise to the surface
bake at 400 for 20-25 minutes

makes 16 mini-bagels

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Stir-Fry the first: Peanut Butter Beef

I had some thin-sliced skillet steak to cook for dinner, and normally I turn it into "beef tenders," but I decided I needed something new to try.  I knew that kind of beef is good for stir-frying...and I've never tried stir-frying before, so I decided it was time to try.

5 tsp corn starch
1 can beef broth
4 tbsp (approx...) crunchy peanut butter
1 tbsp brown sugar

Stir-Fry stuff
2 carrots, sliced
2 sticks celery, bite-size chunks
3 radishes, sliced
1/4 c onion, bite-sized chunks
1 c green beans

.75 lb thin-sliced beef, bite sized strips
1 tsp minced garlic

I cooked all the veggies in some olive oil, stirring frequently, while cooking the sliced beef with some rosemary in another pan.  Once the veggies were about done, I added the sauce, then added the beef once it was cooked.  Stirred all the stuff together and let it boil for awhile to thicken.

delicious.  because deliciousness is a requirement in my kitchen.

I suppose I should add the link for the recipe I based mine off of...

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Carrot Cake

Carrot Cake
3c grated carrots
2 eggs
1/2 c vegetable oil
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp salt
2 heaping tsp cinnamon
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 c crushed pinapple
1/2 c brown sugar
3/4 c white sugar
1 1/2 c flour

bake at 350 for 45 minutes

I would have put walnuts in the cake, but I didn't have any.  I contemplated using sunflower seeds as a substitute, but C vetoed that idea...and he grated all the carrots for me so...there's always next time for experimentation.

Cream Cheese Frosting
8 oz cream cheese, softened
1/4 c butter, softened
3/4 c confectioners sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla

cream together the cream cheese and butter, add the vanilla, gradually stir in the sugar

 I sprinkled almonds on top of the frosting.


Pasta Salad Lunch

Yesterday's lunch.

Pasta salad made with:
-Large elbow macaroni
-basil pesto
-sun-dried tomato pesto
-olive oil
-garlic powder

Sandwich made with:
-lightly toasted wheat bread
-cream cheese
-smoked salmon

Post-run Lunch

I know I've been slacking on the blog posts...doesn't mean I haven't been eating!  I've just been far too busy. Here's a delicious lunch I had after a long run sometime in the last 2 weeks.

Full of protein, potassium, and other good-ness. And carbs.  Can't forget the carbs!

boiled egg, hamburger, pasta salad (pasta, peas, salmon, spinach, pesto), avocado