Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Whole grain cookie bars

I made these the other day, and they were so good! You could hardly tell these cookie bars were whole grain. My husband already ate half the pan, because he enjoyed them so much. Not only were they good, but they were so easy to whip up!


1/2 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 1/2 cups quick oats
2 cups milk chocolate chips

Cream together the butter and sugars. Mix in eggs, vanilla, salt and baking soda. Blend in flour and oats. Stir in chocolate chips. spread in greased 8" x 11" or 9" x 9 " baking dish. Bake at 325 for 28 minutes or until top is browned but center is still under-baked. 

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Vinegar Coleslaw

I have never been a fan of regular coleslaw, but when I tried this recipe from my Aunt Kathy I was in heaven! I have always loved vinegar. This is a great recipe that I know many of you will enjoy.

2 pkgs bagged coleslaw
1 pkg shredded carrots
1 green pepper, diced
1 red pepper, diced
1 cucumber, diced
1 red onion, diced
1/2 cup fresh parsley

1 cup sugar
1 cup white vinegar
3 cloves garlic
2 tsp salt
3/4 cup olive oil
Combine the ingredients in a large bowl and then add the dressing to it and mix well. Chill until you serve it.

Bleu Cheese Salad

Whenever we get together for family gatherings this is a must have salad. This salad is so good, especially if you love bleu cheese. Yum! I got this recipe from my wonderful mother. 

1 bunch red leaf lettuce, washed and torn into pieces
1/2 head iceberg lettuce, washed and torn into pieces
4 to 6 green onions, sliced
1 cucumber, peeled and sliced
Cherry tomatoes, cut in half
1 pkg Cave Bleu Cheese, crumbled

1/2 cup red wine vinegar
1/4 cup oil
1/2 t garlic salt
crushed ground pepper
1/2 t paprika
2 T sugar

Combine ingredients in large bowl. Toss with dressing right before serving

Friday, July 1, 2011

Cilantro coconut rice

I tried this recipe for the first time a couple weeks ago at a family gathering. It was so good! My mom got this recipe from Epicurious. This recipe does take some work and time, but it's worth it. You can serve this rice with a lot of different dinner dishes!

3 cups bastami rice
3/4 cup sweetened flaked coconut
1 T finely chopped peeled fresh ginger
1 T finely chopped fresh jalapeno including seeds
3 T vegetable oil
4 cups of water
1 tsp salt
2 cups packed fresh cilantro sprigs
4 scallions, chopped (1 cup)

Put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 350 

Wash rice in several changes of cold water in a bowl until water is almost clear. Soak rice in cold water 30 minutes. Then drain well 

Spread coconut in a shallow baking pan and toast in over, stirring occasionally, until pale golden. Cool completely
Cook ginger and jalapeno in 1 T oil in a 4 quart heavy pot over moderate heat, stirring, until chile is softened, about 2 minutes. Add rice and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Stir in water and 1/2 tsp salt and bring to a boil, covered. Reduce heat to low and cook, covered, until rice is tender and water is absorbed.

Remove from heat and let stand, covered for 5 minutes. Fluff rice with fork and transfer to a large bowl. 
While rice cooks, pulse together coconut, cilantro, scallions, ad remaining 2 T oil and 1/2 tsp sat in a food processor until finely chopped.

Add cilantro mixture to cooked rice and stir gently until combined well.

Stir-Fried Ginger Beef

 This is so delicious! My mom makes this recipe a lot, because we always request it. It is really easy to make and it tastes so good! If you like Chinese food and stir fry you will enjoy this! This recipe came from all recipes. Enjoy!

1 lb flank steak, pounded and cut into strips
1 T canola oil
1 1/2 tsp sesame oil
1/4 cup chopped ginger
3 gloves garlic, minced
4 green onions, chopped
1 red pepper, sliced or green peppers
3 T soya sauce
2 T cooking wine or apple juice
2 T rice or white vinegar
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 T cornstarch
chili flakes to taste

1. Saute steak in canola and sesame oil with ginger and garlic. Barely brown both sides of the meat.
2. Add onions and red pepper. Cook for 2 minutes
3. Add sugar, stir constantly and allow to caramelize for a few seconds
4. Combine soya sauce, wine, vinegar, cornstarch and chilli flakes. Add to stir-fry
5. Bring mixture to a boil and serve over rice

I add sugar snap peas as well to it when cooking the onions and red peppers. It makes it better! Yum!