Thursday, February 10, 2011

Alan's Oatmeal Cookies

3/4 cup oil
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
2 cups whole wheat flour
2 cups oats
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1 cup raisins, chocolate chips or butterscotch chips.

Cream oil, sugars, eggs and vanilla in mixing bowl. Combine dry ingredients and mix into creamed mixture. Bake 8-12 minutes at 375 degrees F.
(adapted to my liking from Monica Elder)

These oatmeal cookies were delightful. I love chocolate chip oatmeal cookies and these hit the spot. I love how they are and taste healthier, hint the whole wheat flour! I am going to next time try only using 1/2 cup oil with a 1/4 cup applesauce and decrease the sugars down to 1 cup total (3/4 cup brown sugar and 1/4 cup sugar) because the cookies tasted a bit to sweet for me. It is fun to experiment! :)

Monday, January 17, 2011

Sweet Potato Fries

Sweet Potato Fries

4 medium sized sweet potatoes, sliced in very thin wedges
1 tablespoon olive or canola oil
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon papika
1 teaspoon rosemary

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Mix oil and seasonings in a gallon size zip-lock bag, then toss potatoes wedges inside bag to coat. Arrange on baking sheet that has been sprayed with cooking spray. Bake for 20 - 30 min.

The fries are on the top right of the picture. This is our favorite recipe we use for sweet potatoes, even our two year old will keep asking for more.
(recipe from a friend)

Frog Eye Salad (Acini De Pepe)

Frog Eye Salad

In a medium sauce pan add:
1 cup acini de pepe noodles
1 qt boiling water
1 tsp. salt
Boil 10-12 minutes. Drain well and rinse. Set aside in large mixing bowl.

Add to the large mixing bowl:
2 cups or two small cans of mandarin oranges (drained)
1 (20 oz) can crushed pineapple
1 (20 oz) can pineapple chunks (drain and save juice for pudding sauce in a small sauce pan)

Then in the small sauce pan cook and stir until thick and comes to a boil:
3/4 cup sugar
2 1/2 T flour
1 beaten egg
1 tsp lime juice
1 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp salt
Juice from pineapple (already in the sauce pan)
Pour into large mixing bowl and add 1 1/2 to 2 cups mini marshmallows & 1 cup coconut. Cover and let chill overnight (8 hours). Then add 6 to 1o ounces of Cool Whip.
(adapted to my liking from my mom's recipe)

This salad has a funny name but my husband and I really love it. We believe we love to eat it mainly because of the texture of the noodles, fun mini balls to roll around in our mouths. It is a salad to die for. I just can't stop eating it when I start. We usually have it for special dinners but wouldn't mind having it around any other time.