Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Recipes I've been digging (into!) lately

Well, Halloween is tomorrow and I nearly made it through the month of October with just ONE post. Embarrassing! So, in the interest of sharing what we've been loving lately (even though there are no exciting new recipes to post) here are some faves:

Cooking Light's Mexican Chocolate Cream Pie - I made this twice in a week. Both times we demolished it. Do add red pepper to taste - a little goes a long way and before you know it, the back of your throat is burning, and the only solution is more whipped cream!

I REALLY wanted some baked pumpkin oatmeal a few weeks ago after seeing this post on Kath Eats. I didn't want bites though, I wanted a nice, big vat of it, and this recipe I found by Lynn's Kitchen Adventures (new to me blog) hit the spot! Made it twice, once about 2/3 of a recipe, and the second time a full recipe. Do be mindful of the dimensions of your pan though - I used a 4 x 9 (ish) dish making the oatmeal deeper and thus took another 15 minutes to cook. Great to bake the night before, then let it warm up while you take your dog on a walk or do your hair. Great topped with nut butter, maple syrup and coconut flakes!

Butternut Squash and Coconut Soup with Shrimp from WFM was a surprising hit! I love bsquash soup and make it a few times a year - always mixing up the seasonings to keep things interesting. I was unsure how I'd like it with the addition of shrimp -but adding even less than a pound made the soup feel substantial.

The ultimate make-ahead dinner award goes to... Char Siu Pork Roast from Cooking Light! Reasons why this dinner rocked:
  • No dicing of the meat required beforehand
  • No searing required
  • Marinate overnight for easy flavor (and no veggie chopping!)
  • If you have a programmable rice cooker like me, you also have rice ready when you get home
  • Bonus points if you trim Brussels sprouts the night before and then roast them as an easy side while you cook down the sauce
What's cooking in your kitchen lately?

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