Archive for February, 2013

As a Chicagoland native, snow doesn’t scare me. It makes me whiny, but it doesn’t scare me. I can handle shoveling snow. I can handle driving on snow. I can handle closing the blinds so I don’t have to look at the snow. Ice, on the other hand, leaves me completely bewildered. And that’s where I was last week.

That huge snowstorm that dumped about a foot of snow over Kansas City and Wichita last week? We got the ice that went along with it. About 2 inches of sleet total. And while I had no idea what to do with that ice, I did know that soup was in order.

Nailed It/Failed It: Broccoli Cheese Soup

Verdict

Nailed it. I’m slightly obsessed with the broccoli cheese soup at Panera (as in I get it every time, even if it’s 100 degrees out) and have been trollin’ for a broccoli cheese soup recipe for years. No but really. Years. Every recipe before this left me disappointed. This one, though, is a keeper. And not just because I miraculously got the cheddar to melt without getting clumpy.

Alterations

None.

I know.

 

 

Original recipe from Eat Your Heart Out.

One of my New Year’s Resolutions is to cut back on the desserts. It’s obviously going well.

And by “going well” I mean I’m totally not fighting myself daily. Nor am I giving in to my husband’s suggestions of going to get ice cream. And buying Girl Scout cookies is so not happening. Nope. I’m just cruisin’ along, ignoring sugar in all its various forms. I’m not even thinking twice about it.

Because spending all day thinking about how I already have all the ingredients for peanut butter swirl brownies would be ridiculous.

Nailed It/Failed It: Skinny Peanut Butter Swirl Fudge Brownies

Verdict

Eh. A resounding endorsement, I know. These were definitely¬† more cake like than brownie like. And a dryish cake at that. I didn’t hate them, but I didn’t love them. The husband, however, was a huge fan.

Alterations

You may have noticed I haven’t directed you back to Pinterest yet. That’s because this was actually a combination of two pins I saw – Skinny Fudge Brownies and Peanut Butter Swirl Brownies. I was mostly interested in the peanut butter swirl version but didn’t want to use a box mix. Enter the skinny version.

I used the Skinny Fudge Brownie recipe, swirled in melted peanut butter, and baked it in my pretend 8×8 pan (I don’t know what the dimensions of this pan are, and I’m too lazy to measure it).

Original recipes from Life on Food and Lose Weight by Eating.

You know how some things seem like a really good idea at the time but then the reality of it hits and you’re all, “What the what was I thinking?” Like, oh I don’t know, ordering 4 pounds of quinoa off Amazon because, “Hey look! It’s only $15! And it’s organic!”? Yeah, I wouldn’t have any idea what that’s like either. I totally don’t have 4 pounds of quinoa sitting in my pantry right now. (Yes, yes, I do.)

Nailed It/Failed It: Crispy Quinoa Bake

Verdict

Nailed it. The crispy bits of quinoa were my favorite part, and I could not stop eating this. But that’s okay because it’s health food. Right? Right?

P.S. It reheats like a champ.

Alterations

I skipped the pepper and green chiles and used cojack instead of monterey jack.

 

 

 

Original recipe from The Live-In Kitchen.

The husband and I have been working together since October which means gone are the days where I’m making dinner for one. It’s nice because a) I actually get to spend time with him now and b) I tend to not eat as much crap/random combinations for dinner. However, every once in awhile, he’ll have a meeting or event that means he’ll miss dinner. For the most part, I stick to solid choices on those nights because, let’s be honest, food regret’s the worst. But sometimes a somewhat questionable choice is all I’m interested in.

Nailed It/Failed It: Pizza Quesadillas

Verdict

Nailed it. Holy deliciousness. This sucker is everything you want in a pizza with about a quarter of the work. Pretty sure I could have eaten two, but I also wanted to still fit in my pants the next day.

Alterations

I used whole wheat tortillas, turkey pepperoni, leftover marinara, and mozzarella. I did fry the pepperoni but only for as long as it took George to heat up so it wasn’t overly crispy (I was hungry and had about zero patience. . .per usual). As you can tell, mine ended up much flatter than the original and kind of exploded. And that would be because I cooked it on George rather than in a skillet. But you better believe I scooped up all the oozed innards off those grill plates.

 

 

Original recipe from Snixy Kitchen.