I have been on a roll lately with cooking and baking. I have made a few things that I have never attempted before and am very proud of myself! Namely, jam and granola bars.
Here are some of the treats that I have been working on.
Mom's Beef Stroganoff
This recipe surprised me. I can't recall ever having a stroganoff that had tomato in it. Apparently it's common but I have never made it this way.
Jason and I both really liked this. The boys wouldn't touch it (shocking) but they are picky. Even though I try and try to get them to eat new foods.
I roasted up some broccoli (this is my absolute favorite vegetable right now by the way) and served this over rice.
With the bounty of berries from our picking adventures, I whipped up this blackberry crisp. I doubled the recipe and am glad I did because even doubled, it didn't make very much.
I realized too late to take a picture so you get stuck with a half empty pan of blackberry crisp. Oh man, this was good. That little hint of cinnamon really made a difference. The tartness of the berries and the sweet of the topping. Perfect dessert. It didn't even need ice cream.
Coconut Cream Pie
I made this for Jason for Father's Day since it's his favorite dessert. I love how easy it is. No baking of the crust beforehand? Check! No cooking the filling on the stovetop? SOLD!
I love how the link takes you to my old food blog where the very last post was Father's Day three years ago where I made the same pie. Ha, I am predictable.
I cannot speak to how this pie tasted since I hate coconut cream pie. Jason ate his topped with fresh whipped cream. Aren't I a good wife to make this for him?
I followed the recipe above with a couple of modifications. First, I pre-cut the chicken into strips (quicker cooking). Second, I let the chicken marinate for a while. Third, I didn't use a grill pan. I just used a screaming hot skillet to cook the chicken and veggies. This was SO EASY and probably one of my most favorite meals I have made lately.
I really liked how filling these were for very little Points also.
Oh. Oh my. These? Amazing! Forget store bought granola bars from now on. I will be making these. Not only do my kids love them, which is unheard of for them to try new things, I love them. I love the versatility and options. Don't want to use chocolate chips? Use butterscotch chips. Or dried fruit. Or nuts. Or a combination of all of those.
The only thing I didn't do in this recipe was use organic ingredients. Other than that, I followed it exactly (omitting the flax). Sooooo good!
I have always wanted to make jam but have been too chicken to try thinking it would be hard. Or time consuming. Or both. It is SO NOT hard.
I used the Sure Jell recipe which comes inside the box of pectin. Yes, it uses a ton of sugar, but I would rather use real sugar and know where my jam is coming from. Plus? It made a ton and it cheaper this way rather than buying jam at the store. I made both batches of jam during the boys' nap time.
My only complaint is that my jam is a but more runny than I would like. It still tastes great though. Just today the kids had some jam on waffles for breakfast instead of pancake syrup. They love it too!
I made 4 pints of strawberry and 4 pints of blackberry. We won't need to buy jam for a while!
I haven't cooked kale before except to make kale chips. I have been wanting to incorporate more greens into our diet and picked up some kale at the grocery store recently. I served this with our chicken and potatoes. Even Jason liked this which surprised me! Next time I won't almost burn the house down though. I scorched the hell out of my favorite pan making this.
I have a bunch more recipes to post, but they are going to have to wait for another day! How do chocolate chip muffins sound? Or a yummy way to cook quinoa?