Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Good Things

Iced Oatmeal Cookies

1/2 c. butter - softened
1/2 c. shortening {i use the butter flavor - crisco sticks}
1 3/4 c. packed brown sugar
2 eggs
1/2 c. buttermilk
1 3/4 c. flour
1 tsp. bkg. soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. bkg powder
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground cloves
2 1/2 c. quick cooking oatmeal
1 tsp vanilla

preheat oven to 350 degrees
cream together butter, shortening, and sugar - until fluffy.  add eggs and beat until well blended.  add buttermilk.  mix dry ingredients together {except oatmeal}.  stir into creamy mixture.  add oatmeal and vanilla.  blend well.  drop by {small} spoonful onto prepared cookie sheets.  {i always use my silpat mats when them!}  bake for around 10-12 min.  {i never watch the time....just the cookies.}
while cookies are still warm - drizzle with icing.

*{this recipe is from Paula's {Dean} Loaded Oatmeal Cookies.  i adapted...a little.  i omitted some ingredients and added a little more sugar.  if you like more spice, raisins, nuts, etc. - check out her recipe HERE.}

Paula Dean's Brown Butter Icing
1/2 c. butter
3 c. powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla
3-4 T. water.
in a small saucepan heat the butter over medium heat until golden brown.  add sugar and vanilla.  add water - as needed.

last night i made tomato basil cream pasta.
i found this recipe on lil blue boo.
{if you haven't seen this blogger...check her out!  she is so inspiring!}
i think she got the recipe from oh she glows.

tomato basil cream pasta
4 small or 2 large tomatoes
4 oz {or so} tomato paste
1 c. raw - unsalted cashews
fresh basil
pasta {she used linguine - i used a short pasta}
crushed garlic
olive oil

boil water and prepare pasta
puree tomatoes {i used my food processor}
add paste
add nuts.  blend until creamy.
saute garlic in olive oil.
add tomato mixture to garlic - in saucepan
chop basil and add to mixture.
add cooked pasta to mixture - toss.

this meal was a hit!  {well, cade "kinda" liked it...but, randi, mr. c and i loved it!} more thing.
randi came to us a couple of months ago and said she wanted to be a vegetarian.  {i was shocked!  she has always been my meat/potato girl.}  she had to explain to us why she wanted to {she backed it with good, researched facts} and she had to understand that she had to make some changes with her eating habits.  {meaning:  she could not just eat carbs and ice cream!}
now...i have dabbled with this for years.  however, it was always hard to stick with it because i love to cook for my family...and the rest of my family was not for it. : )
so, i decided to do it with her.  {i'm not die hard...if mr. c wants me to taste his delicious filet mignon...i will.  out of courtesy...of course.}
it's been great.  and it has been easier to make everyone happy at meal time - than i thought.  the nice thing is...we didn't have meat every night to begin with.  so, on the nights i cook some chicken {or whatever} - i make some fish or veggie patties for me and randi.
and, on the nights i make pasta, etc...i'm more aware of protein and making sure i add it. somewhere.

tonight i made chili.  i just saute garlic, onions, bell peppers...add canned diced tomatoes, and canned black beans {1-2 cans}.  sometimes i add green chilies, carrots, etc.  i season with salt, pepper, and some kind of taco or chili seasoning.  tonight i browned turkey {like i normally would.}  but, i also heated up some beef-less ground beef from trader-joe's.  this way - everyone could have it the way they wanted.  mr. c added both the turkey and beef-less.  and. he loved it.

and finally...
a littlle comparison:
serving size {for both}4 oz.
jenny o - extra lean ground turkey             trader joe's beef-less ground beef
calories:         120                                           120
total fat:         1.5 g                                         1.0 g
cholesterol:    55mg                                         0mg
total carb:      0g                                             10g
dietary fiber:  0g                                              4g
protein:          26g                                           20g
iron:               4%                                           30%

plus:  the beef-less has calcium, thiamin, riboflavin, vitamin b6, vitamin b12, and zinc for thought. : )            

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