Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Brain Dump: Recipe Edition

~~ Pancakes:  Fluffy, flavorful, and perfect!  But if your family is like mine (BIG fans of the pancakes!), double the recipe.

~~ Yogurt:  so much better than the crockpot version, which never thickened up much at all, despite my best efforts.  Olivia loves it with honey and cinnamon; Ellia likes it with strawberry jam; Brienna likes it with mashed-up fruit; I like it with honey and candied walnuts.  And we all love it in smoothies!  Plus, did you know that plain yogurt makes a fantastic substitute for sour cream?

~~ Baked Oatmeal:  thanks to Alicia for giving me her recipe!  I tweaked it slightly, and it is so easy and wonderful!  My kids devour it (due in large part to the handful of chocolate chips tossed in!), and so do I!  Here it is:

2 c. oats
scant 1/3 c. brown sugar
1 t. baking powder
3-4 T. ground flaxseed
1-1/2 c. milk
2 T. butter, melted
1 egg
1/3 c. add-in of your choice (raisins, walnuts, chocolate chips, etc.)

Preheat oven to 375*.  Lightly grease an 8x8 pan.  Mix together oats, sugar, baking powder, and flaxseed.  Add milk, butter, and egg.  Mix well.  Stir in your add-in; spread in pan.  Bake for 15 minutes.  Enjoy! 
~~ Bracioli:  Mmm.  You KNOW it's good when your husband pulls it out of the fridge at 9 p.m. for seconds.   

~~ Tangy Broccoli-Cauliflower Salad:  I've got a serious craving for this salad.  It makes an eNORmous bowl.  Nate eats one or two obligatory servings, and then I wolf it down for every meal over the next 4 to 6 days.  OH TO THE YEAH.

1 head cauliflower, chopped
1 bunch broccoli, chopped
1/2 of a large jar green olives, sliced
3/4 c. black olives, sliced

1 T. each parsley & dill weed
1 t. garlic salt
1/2 c. each olive oil & vinegar

Place veggies & olives in a large bowl.  Mix dressing well and toss well.  Devour.

What have you been cooking up?


Alicia said...

Wow, that broccoli salad sounds delish! I like that you added flax seeds to the oatmeal -- brilliant idea. I too tried the crockpot yogurt and never tried again since the results were so awful. Not sure I'm ready for the challenge yet! Especially when a big container of plain yogurt at aldi is ridiculously cheap. :)

TwoMuths said...

Karen, I'm making that oatmeal recipe now, but is yours really done in 15 minutes? Mine has been in for 20 and is still pretty soupy...can't wait to try it!