Monday, July 8, 2013

Oldies but Goodies: Recipes I've Been Making Lately

I thought it might be fun to revisit a few recipes that I've been making lately that I posted on my blog a while back...  These are some old favorites of mine that I regularly make. As a food blogger, I am usually looking for new recipes to try about 90% of the time... But, there are always some staples that never go away. Here are a few that I've made lately that I thought were worthy of sharing with you again!

This brownie recipe is the best I've ever had in terms of a simple, easy homemade brownie recipe. It is one of my favorites because of how easily it comes together! It dirties very few dishes. :) And it's made with ingredients you likely have on hand right now! It's a recipe from Nestle's Very Best Baking, and thanks to this recipe, I can't even remember the last time I used a boxed brownie mix!

The base brownie layer for the red wine buttercream frosting was the Nestle "best brownies" recipe.

Short on time but you need to make cookies? Then try these M & M cookie sticks! They are so much fun and so easy. They take less time than making a batch of cookies because you only need to put one cookie sheet in the oven - one time! You form the dough into a large, rectangular cookie almost, and then just bake it! And you slice it into cookie sticks afterward. Couldn't be simpler. :)

Okay, so I have to tell the truth and say that I, personally, have not made these lately. But my mom has! She made them for her coworkers a few months ago, and they keep asking her for more! I'm not even sure how many times she's made them now to bring to work... And with her telling me this, it reminded me of how amazing of a recipe this is. An instant winner with the chocolate mint flavor combo! And know what else? The base brownie layer for these bars is...yes, you guessed it, my favorite best brownies recipe that I mentioned above!

For the past few months, I've probably made overnight oats for Mike and me for our breakfasts at work at least two or three out of the five days in our work weeks. I love this recipe because it takes 5 minutes to put together the night before, and the next day you already have a delicious, healthy breakfast ready and waiting for you. In case you've forgotten or aren't familiar with overnight oats, it's basically equal parts regular oats, milk, and yogurt (I do anywhere between 1/3 and 1/2 cup of each). And then you can mix in other ingredients like fruit, nuts, cinnamon, etc.

The only yogurt we buy now is plain Greek yogurt. Although it's on the tangy/tart side because it's plain, we have been getting used to its taste (and feel better about the fact that is has less sugar than flavored varieties). And plain Greek yogurt is perfect for overnight oats. The milk helps sweeten it a little bit so it's less tart, and once in a while we'll add a little bit of a sweetener like honey or maple syrup. But often times, the fruit is also enough to sweeten the mixture! We put just about any fruit that we have on hand in our oats - bananas, all types of berries, peaches, mangoes, etc. A small dash of cinnamon goes into our oats about 98% of the time as well. :) Adds some nice flavor!

Although I just posted about these in late March this year, I've already made them a few times since! They are perfect for when you have a couple really ripe bananas to use up, yet you don't feel like taking the time to make a loaf of banana bread. They are healthy, so simple, and have no added sugar!

Homemade Peanut Butter

Cannot. Get. Enough. I make a batch for us about once a week now! Although I still use store-bought peanut butter (like Skippy or Jif) for baking, for eating, we only have homemade peanut butter now. We are obsessed. :)

And finally...

Like the 3-ingredient banana oatmeal cookies, this avocado egg salad recipe is a fairly recent post on my blog. However, I've made it again a few times since then! It's such an easy lunch to put together. And I much prefer it to egg salad made with mayo. A few of my friends have made this recipe too since I posted about it a few months ago, and they all love it as well!

Well, there you have it... A mini round-up of some "oldies but goodies" from my blog. I hope you'll try one or two of them if you haven't yet!

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