I cannot wait for my car to get done at the auto shop; it seems like it’s been forever! I returned the rental car on Friday because I didn’t want to keep paying for it, but now I feel bad bumming rides from people. It’s tough not having a car here. I would take public transportation, but that is pretty much non-existent here in Vegas. When we went to Portland, their public transportation system was amazing and we could get pretty much anywhere in the city really quick. It normally only takes me about 20 minutes to get to work, but if I took the bus system here it would take 2 1/2 hours! No thank you!
I made some granola bars this weekend with the recipe from Angela at Oh She Glows. I just love her blog, and she has some great, healthy baking recipes. She also just opened up her own bakery (how cool!) in Canada, and is working on getting her products distributed here in the US. While I can’t reveal the recipe, all I can tell you is that I can’t wait to order some of her goodies! I didn’t have some of the ingredients, so I substituted and added some other things. I also baked them for a bit to help harden ‘em up. Wow, they are sooo good! Really just like granola bars you would get at the store, chewy and yummy. I foresee I’m going to be tweaking my own recipe again :) Thanks Angela!
I also made another batch of Gina’s Granola. I just can’t get enough of this stuff! I tweaked it a little bit too just for fun to experiment. Here’s what I put in this time . . .
- ½ cup whole wheat flour
- 2 cups oats
- ¼ cup ground flaxseed
- ½ t. baking soda
- 1 t. vanilla extract
- 1 tbsp cinnamon and 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- 2 tbsp canola oil
- 3 tbsp peanut butter
- ¼ cup honey
- 3 tbsp brown rice syrup (you can also use honey)
- 2 tsp brown sugar
- ½ cup chopped mixed, roasted nuts
- if you want to add dried fruit, add it after baking
Simply combine the first 6 ingredients, through the spices in a large bowl. Combine the last 5 ingredients (except the nuts) in a microwave safe bowl or small pot, and heat slowly until melted. Combine the dry with the wet; mix well and stir in the nuts. Place on a flat cookie sheet and press down. Bake at 325 for approximately 20-25 minutes (I like mine crunchy!). Let cool and break apart to enjoy on pretty much anything! Yum!
During the summer there is nothing like a refreshing dinner to make you feel satisfied, yet not overly stuffed. Gazpacho is just the thing! It’s surprisingly filling because it is mostly fluid and packed full of nutrients. Not to mention it is so easy to make and only about 100 kcals per serving!
(adapted from CookingLight)
Yield: 6-8 servings
- 6 cups cubed seeded watermelon, save 1 cup for the end
- 1 cup chopped peeled English cucumber
- 1/2 cup chopped bell pepper
- 1/3 cup chopped green onions
- 3 tbsp chopped fresh mint
- 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 3/4 tsp salt
- 2 small shakes of cayenne (careful, this can be hot!)
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 3/4 cup cranberry juice
- 1/4 cup sweet Riesling, optional (we had a glass with dinner too!)
- greek yogurt or goat cheese for topping
Combine first 10 ingredients. Place half of watermelon mixture in a food processor or blender, and pulse 3 or 4 times or until finely chopped. Or you can use an immersion blender to blend to desired consistency directly in the bowl (such a good tool!). Add the blended soup back to the rest of the soup. Stir in cranberry juice, Riesling and last 1 cup of diced watermelon. Chill well. Top with yogurt or goat cheese when ready to serve.
Oh man, this was really good and refreshing! There was a nice kick from the cayenne and all the contrasting flavors blended very well. It filled me up pretty good surprisingly. I also decided to have some sautéed chicken potstickers on the side with the help of good ol’ TJ’s. I definitely want to make this again because I don’t think our weather is going to be cooling down anytime soon ha! I think it’s already gotten to 106.
I like my soups chunky. I was wishing I had some avocado too, because I think that would work very well :)
On top of the potstickers I drizzled some peanut satay sauce. It was about a tsp of peanut butter, tbsp of hoisin, tbsp soy sauce, glug of rice wine vinegar and a tinzy bit of toasted sesame oil, yum!
Is public transportation accessible where you live, and if so, do you use it?