Saturday, August 31, 2013

Simple Saturday: Banana Ice Cream

Ya' I'm giving you the key to 1 ingredient ice cream! (Excuse the southern accent coming out there, I'm excited!)

This is not a trick.

This is not a gimmick.

It's totally real and amazing!

And it all comes from one little frozen banana. A speckled squishy banana is the hero of this cold treat tale.

And you're going to love it!

So here's how you make this amazingness:
1. Peel a ripe banana and cut into about 1/2-inch thick coins. Put on a plate and freeze for at least a few hours (overnight is ok, too).

2. Put the banana pieces in a food processor and blend until it becomes smooth ice cream.

Optional: Add in other flavors like peanut butter, chocolate chips or other treats to make your ice cream even more unique!

Thanks to The Kitchn for the inspiration on this one!

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Dinner is Served

If you're like me, when you get home from work, you're already super hungry and ready to get a quick, home-cooked meal on the table.

It's really rare that I ever cook a meal that takes longer than 30 or 40 minutes from start to finish, unless it's on the weekend and I have more time.

This dish is the epitome of easy, filling, fresh and healthy cooking.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Make a Mojito Party

Limes, mint, some fizz and just a little rum.

These remind me of celebrations and summer nights.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Simple Saturday: Peach Breakfast

Now, I know that the other Peach Week recipes (Blueberry Peach Buckle and Peach Cardamom Muffins) that I have shared with you require cooking and making amazingly tasty baked goods.

But this Simple Saturday breakfast really highlights the innate freshness and sweetness of the peach and just adds a bit of texture.

If this isn't one of your favorite breakfasts, it should be.

First, make some of my granola (this Cinnamon Almond Granola with a little added brown sugar before cooking is my fave). And when you make this at the beginning of the week, you can enjoy it every day!

Next, when it's breakfast time, slice up some peaches (or any stone fruit, really), spoon on some Greek or plain yogurt and sprinkle with some crisp granola.

And enjoy your healthy, fresh breakfast that's totally a no-cook riff on a peach crisp with ice cream.

Here are some other easy peach recipes that look scrumptious:
Peach Cobbler for One (or Two)
Almond Crisped Peaches
Peach Mojito
Peaches and Coconut Cream Pops
Whole Wheat Pancakes with Peach Compote
Peachy Keen Salad

Thanks for joining in on Peach're just peachy! (Sorry, I couldn't help myself.)

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Peach Week Part 2

Just in case you need to know, if you ever want your coworkers to not touch your food in the break room, label it as containing cardamom.

I know, crazy, right?!

Cardamom is sweet, exotic and amazing. You're on my side, I hope.

But when people see it listed on a baked good and are skeptical they won't touch it until one of your friends tells everyone that it's delicious and then they'll go fast!

Monday, August 19, 2013

Peach Week Part 1

Happy Peach Week!

And just in case you're wondering this isn't a national holiday, just a Fruitful one!

I have been loving peach season and since it's coming to a close, I wanted to give you some of my best peach recipes from this summer for you to use on the last of your fresh or frozen fruits.

I have always loved peaches.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Simple Saturday: Bagel Pizza

My husband literally laughed at me when I thought of this idea out loud.

Bagel pizza.

We had just tried homemade french bread pizzas and I was thinking bagels would be even more portable and crispy.

Like bagel bites but classed up a bit...and I put an egg on it.

Bagel pizzas are incredibly easy to make (the hard part, the dough, is already done) and let you be as creative as you want.

I topped my bagel pizza with tomato sauce, sun-dried tomatoes, basil, kale, cheese and onions. Then, I let it melt down in the convection oven on 400 degrees for a few minutes.

And I topped it with a fried egg for extra decadence.

These are a great lunch or dinner option and perfect for letting kids get involved making their meal.

Bagel pizzas for life!

Thursday, August 15, 2013

The Stuff of Potato Dreams

My mom always said that I never met a potato I didn't like.

And it's the truth!

Potato latkes, fries, mashed potatoes, even sweet potato blondies.

Potatoes are comforting, full of texture and can be prepared in so many ways (about all of which that I love).

Recently, I got these beautiful little fingerlings from the farmers market and was determined to roast them into an amazing side dish.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Random Acts of Foodness

Here's another round of Random Acts of Foodness (aka good news about food) to start your week out on a positive, tasty note.

1. It looks like Apple Seeds, Inc. is doing wonderful things for the youth of NWA. And I love seeing pictures of what they're doing in local schools on their Facebook page.

2. Similarly, Oregon is taking local foods in school seriously.

3. Interested in international foods as well as getting some recipes by renowned chefs? Check out this Share cookbook that supports Women for Women International's work to help women in war-torn countries.

4. Some things you probably didn't know about the people picking your produce.

5. Great advice for those who have thought about starting a community garden.

6. And because I love the Despicable Me movies, here's a very special, food-inspired minion.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Simple Saturday: Kale Salad

Well hello, weekend.

Hello sleeping in late.

Hello celebrating the summer's best ruby red and misshapen tomatoes with BLTs loaded with crisp, salty bacon.

Hello balancing that bacon overload with banana, soy milk and almond butter smoothies.

This Simple Saturday, I'm sharing a throw-together, easy kale salad recipe that's perfect for a weekend lunch or dinner when you're looking for a health cleanse and pick-me-up.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Dinner Parties and Lumpia

How fun are dinner parties?

We all love them right?

And they're even more fun when you get to attend one and someone else hosts.

It's such a sweet privilege to be hosted in someone's home and eat their food and even better when you get to learn how to make their food!

This was the premise of a recent church group ladies night that I got to be a part of.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Guest Post: Tomato & Goat Cheese Tarts

Today, I'm going to suggest that you click on over to Back to the Source to check out my guest post on some delicious summer/French-inspired eats.

And while you're there, check out the helpful healthy food and living tips and recipes that Elsie offers there.

Happy Monday!

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Simple Saturday: Stuffed Peppers

So, what are you doing this weekend?

You probably have some free pockets of time, right?

And you're going to get hungry at some point, probably soon, I'd bet.

Well, here's what you need to do:

Go to your farmer's market and buy some beautiful, fresh bell peppers (bonus points if they're in varying, crazy colors). Then, come home and make some of these easy, tasty stuffed peppers for you and/or the people you love.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Tastings Around Town: 28 Springs

A little over a week ago, Jason and I finally (after many months of drooling looking at the tasting menus) got to go to a Bar Tasting at 28 Springs in Siloam Springs.

Now, I've already sang 28 Springs' praises here on the blog and after many wonderful dinners out and a beyond-comparison Valentine's meal there, this place has quickly become one of our absolute faves in the area.

We don't even blink an eye about driving 45 minutes to get there. So worth it!

And a few times a month, they do a Bar Tasting that features a type of drink (cocktails, wine, scotch, etc.) perfectly paired with a 4-course menu.