Baked Coconut Oatmeal (#22)

Some people I know eat oatmeal every day for breakfast, most with the same toppings EVERY DAY!  I tend to get bored with the same meal every day.  Usually I have cereal for breakfast during the week because I’m in a rush.  However, this baked oatmeal is so much tastier than boring high fiber, low sugar healthy cereal.

Coconut oil seems to be the craze these days.  Even though it may have some health benefits, it is still an oil meaning it is still high in fat, meaning its high in calories.  That being said, this is not your healthiest of oatmeals but it sure is tasty.  I dialed down the sugar from the original recipe but next time I want to try decreasing the coconut oil.

This recipe as written is vegan.  I use chia seeds in my version as they are source of omega-3 fatty acids.  Baked oatmeal is usually something I like to make on a lazy morning so if you have real butter, cow’s milk, and a chicken’s egg lying around just use those!

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Tofu and Coconut Curry Soup (#21)

In this age of technology, I tend to get most of my recipes from food blogs versus paper cookbooks.  I have tons of cookbooks, probably around 20!  I even have a subscription to Cooking Light magazine which provides me with dozens of recipes each month.  One of my favorite cookbooks is Cooking Light: Way to Cook Vegetarian.

Here are some of my other favorites!

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This soup incorporates many Thai flavors and since I love Thai food, I figured this would be delicious!  It actually turned out semi bland and oily.  As I’ve said before, I usually follow recipes exactly the first time and then start to experiment.  I would definitely decrease the oil and maybe use full fat coconut milk (or 1 full fat, 1 light).  If you make this, please comment and let me know what adjustments you made!

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Cookie Dough Truffles (#19)

Store bought candy for Valentine’s day does not cut it for me…take note future boyfriend!  I decided to make homemade truffles for my coworkers, especially since we had a 2 hour long staff meeting that day!  I first had these truffles a few years ago.  My amazing roommate at the time and a mutual friend made these all day…and I devoured them once I got home from my internship!  Cookie dough is amazing by itself, but covered in chocolate and hardened into a truffle makes it even better.

PS….there are no eggs involved in this recipe so you may eat away safely!

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Zucchini Spaghetti (#18)

This recipe is more about a unique kitchen tool versus the actual recipe.  My fridge was full of leftover zucchini from these cookies and my stomach needed a break from desserts.  I had just made these turkey meatballs and needed some pasta to eat them with.  I had heard of a julienne peeler once or twice before but didn’t really know what it was.  But I was determined to find one!  Ventured over to Target but they only had one in a three pack with other types of peelers…which I already had or didn’t need.  Thank goodness for Ace Hardware’s kitchen section (random, I know).

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Skillet Cookie (#16)

For Valentine’s Day this year I received $100 gift card to Sur La Table, which is my favorite kitchen store!  I felt like a kid in a candy store…but instead I was a grown adult oozing with excitement with all the bowls, utensils, cookie cutters and gadgets surrounding me!

I walked away with a lot of great items but one thing I definitely had on my list was a large skillet.  Sounds like such a boring thing to buy to most, I’m sure.  My pots and pans are a mismatched set from my parents that they had for years before getting new ones.  They kept some of the set so I was without anything that resembled a large skillet.

I really wanted to use my new 12″ skillet right away but all I wanted, of course, was dessert!  I decided to cook one giant cookie – pizookie style for those of you who’ve been to BJ’s Brewery.  This recipe is written for an 8″ skillet so I just doubled the recipe since my 12″ skillet has a large depth.  Make sure your skillet is oven-safe as this does bake in the oven after time on the stovetop.

I tend to be a perfectionist when I’m baking.  The sugars formed this gritty mixture and the dry ingredients took forever to incorporate!  I was freaking out, people.  “This looks nothing like the picture…I’m such a horrible baker….I can’t follow any directions correctly!”  Thankfully someone was there to calm me down, shove me out of the kitchen, and stir the mixture for a little bit.  Finally the mixture resembled a cookie dough so we shoved it into the oven.  The end result was SO worth the mini breakdown!

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