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Honey Kissed Oatmeal Cookies

In Breads and Deserts on July 20, 2010 at 5:21 pm

IMG_2184 I am in the process of moving, which means that my apartment is a hot, HOT mess.  I hardly know where anything is located, have to ninja over boxes to move between rooms, and am living off the sparse remains of my pantry.  Best moments.

Dinner recently has consisted of mixing two canned items together, warming them over the stove, and being grateful that the result tastes like food.  I don’t anticipate that I will be posting much for the next two weeks because no one really wants to look at canned black beans mixed with canned tomatoes over and over again.  I certainly don’t.

Speaking of two weeks, I just fully realized that I am moving in less than two weeks!  I feel like I just arrived in Albany (I moved here in early 2009). I started packing a few days ago but the reality of the immediacy of the situation didn’t really sink in until I took the pictures off the walls yesterday.  My comfortable, homey apartment looks very bare right now…IMG_2217

well… except for the piles of boxes…. did I mention using ninja moves to maneuver around my apartment?

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At least my cat is pleased with his new jungle gym.

I thought that I could handle a few weeks without grocery shopping or baking but the latter has proven to be incorrect.  After the sudden realization that I am moving super soon, I decided it would be an excellent idea to bake something… which involved unpacking some of the kitchen items and scraping together a recipe with those sparse remains that I mentioned above.

The resulting warm, chewy, sweet cookies were definitely worth the additional disarray.

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Hearty Two Bean Vegetarian Chili

In Main dish on July 3, 2010 at 9:36 pm

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After a long day in the sun, there is nothing like coming home and devouring a hearty meal.  Chili, vegetarian style, is great for this.  Packed full of beans and vegetables, it is a great comfort food that is bound to give you energy for the rest of the evening.

I spent my afternoon at Pearl Palooza, a street music festival in Albany.  I was able to see a band that I loved in college, Rusted Root.  I was ecstatic during Food & Creative Love.

All I want is food and creative love.

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Isn’t that the truth!

I soaked up a ton of sun rays and had a great time getting down to Rusted Root. When I got home, I was pretty beat and super hungry.  As I dug through my (almost empty) pantry, the cans of beans beckoned me.

I decided to make chili because it is such a comforting and nutrient packed dish with a nice kick.  It can also be pretty quick and easy, although chili is best if it is made the day before eating it.  I toned down the spice for this meal (if you have been reading for the past few weeks, you may have noticed I use a lot of hot spices in my meals.)

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Red Chile Asparagus and Quinoa

In Main dish on June 17, 2010 at 9:33 pm

Delicious and easy!

So it has been a few days since the last post- what a whirlwind!  Since I last posted, I have been to Pittsburgh and I found a fabulous apartment!  It is absolutely lovely and it makes me even more excited to begin grad school.  Unfortunately, I ended up getting a bit of a nasty cold and have been out of commission for a few days.  Never fear, I am all better and lots of cooking is about to commence!  I have major culinary plans for the next week.

Until then, here is a meal that I made last week when I was in a bit of a pinch.  It was quick, easy, nutritious, and delicious- my favorites!

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Oh my, now that’s a tasty burger!

In Lunch, Main dish on June 6, 2010 at 1:53 pm

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I woke up (rather late) this morning to the vibrations of thunder reverberating throughout the apartment.  There is a torrential downpour occurring outside – complete with a local tornado warning – so there is absolutely no way I am leaving the apartment anytime soon!  It is the perfect opportunity to upload backlogged pictures recipes and tremendously update this little blog.

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This veggie burger recipe comes from 101 Cookbooks, one of my favorite cooking blogs.  I was feeling thrifty yesterday and wanted to cook something that I could save in the refrigerator or freezer for a busy night in which I don’t have the energy to cook.  I was going to cook my usual black bean burgers but, alas, that damn pantry is still super low.  I will have to remedy this situation soon.  Maybe when it stops raining.  Anyway, I went in search of a burger recipe that didn’t involve black beans and, voila, I stumbled across this recipe from 101 Cookbooks.

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Black Bean and Mango Wrap

In Lunch, Wrap on June 1, 2010 at 11:55 pm

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Sorry for the lame title, folks, I am exhausted and incredibly uncreative at this moment (long day at work followed by a long workout).

The title of this entry pretty much says it all about the food: this recipe contains black beans and mangos in a wrap!  I am telling you, though, this wrap is absolutely phenomenal and super easy.  Perfect for summer!  I had it for lunch yesterday and wanted seconds and thirds.  I might make this wrap for lunch tomorrow, too.

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Fiery Seitan Fajitas

In Main dish on May 31, 2010 at 1:41 pm

Seitan Fajita

Our dinner last night consisted of these bad boys.  I put so much chipotle chili powder in them that my eyes burned while cooking them!  My goal is to one day making something so spicy Josh won’t eat it… I have a ways to go, because he devoured two fajitas and the leftovers that were in the pan.

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Whole-Wheat Apple-Cinnamon Pancakes

In Breakfast on May 31, 2010 at 1:03 pm

classic pancake stack

Growing up, my father rarely cooked for us; the culinary duties fell upon my mother (kudos to my mother!).  On the occasional weekend, however, my father would sneak down to the kitchen and whip up a homemade breakfast for my brother and me.  I absolutely loved these weekends because they put my father in a new role and gave us a reprise from the humdrum of cereal.  This little gesture made the entire weekend feel different and special.  Consequently, I use ‘special’ breakfasts as a way to connote that this weekend or morning is different from other days.

On that note: TODAY IS A MONDAY AND I AM NOT AT WORK!!!  OH SNAP, SNAP, SNAP!  I slept in until 9:30 today and one of my first thoughts when I woke up, right after “wow, it is really bright outside,” was “I am well rested and don’t have to go to work.  This deserves a special breakfast.”

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Basil Whole Wheat Pizza

In Main dish on May 29, 2010 at 8:02 pm

Pizza

Confession of a foodie: A mere two years ago, I was such a food n00b that I was shocked to learn that people could make pizza at home!  When someone suggested making their own pizza, I thought it was impossible because pizzas were clearly produced by a gigantic and magical pizza machine that we obviously lacked.  How were we supposed to create the same greasy monstrosity that Papa Johns pumped out of their pizza machines?

SHOCKINGANSWER:  People make their own pizzas all the time and they do not have to be loaded with grease and fat.

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‘Cado’ ‘n’ Cuc’ Sandwich

In Beyond Easy, Lunch, Sandwich on May 29, 2010 at 2:40 pm

This is not a recipe, per se, but rather instructions for making a darn tasty sandwich!

Guac Sandwhich

My lunch today consisted of one of the above sandwiches.

Ingredients for One Sandwich

  • 1 whole wheat, organic English muffin, toasted
  • 3 or 4 pieces of spinach
  • 3 or 4 slices of a peeled cucumber
  • 4 slices of avocado

Josh put cheese on his sandwich, which he said he really liked.

Tip: put the avocado on the top layer- the sandwich will be unstable if your put them lower on the sandwich.

Yes, every bite of an avocado is packed with fat and calories, but it is not bad fat. The nutritional benefits are outstanding!

I put the left over slices of avocado in a bag with lime juice so they will stay fresh.  Thinkin’ about making some tasty guacamole tomorrow!