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homemade granola

I wanted to try making my own granola after I saw my friend Sammie Jo’s photo of her homemade granola. It’s great because you can add ingredients of your choice- you can use different nuts, seeds & dried fruits. I did a modified version of the below recipe. I decided to use sliced almonds, cashews, chia seeds & dried cranberries. I didn’t use gluten-free oats but found a bag of rolled oats at Trader Joe’s. I used honey instead of maple syrup and skipped out on the apple juice and black pepper. You just mix all your ingredients and spread out the granola on a baking pan and bake! It is so easy to make- you can eat it as a snack or eat with yogurt. Crunchy & yummy! 🙂 Recipe for Gluten free granola courtesy of: http://www.cannellevanille.com/gluten-free/my-basic-granola-recipe/ Ingredients: 3 cups gluten-free rolled oats (you can even use quinoa flakes) 1 1/2 cups nuts and seeds – I used a combination of slivered almonds, pistachios, pecans, walnuts, cashews, black and white sesame seeds, poppy seeds, …

Martha Stewart’s salmon with mango salsa

I am not ususally a fan of fruit in my meals. It just doesn’t sound good to me but for some strange reason today, I thought about salmon and mango together and decided to give it a try. With the power of Google, I found Martha Stewart’s recipe for salmon with mango salsa and I must say, it was quite delicious! I just baked salmon as I usually do in the oven (simple seasoning of olive oil, salt & pepper) and then topped it with the salsa. It adds alot of flavor- a little bit of sweetness from the mango and a bit of a kick from the jalapeno. I highly recommend! http://www.marthastewart.com/314468/salmon-with-mango-salsa Salmon with Mango Salsa Prep Time 15 minutes Total Time 20 minutes Ingredients: 1/2 medium red onion, finely chopped 1 jalapeno chile, minced (ribs and seeds included for more heat, if desired) 1 ripe mango, peeled, pitted, and diced (about 1 cup) 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro, plus sprigs for garnish 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice 1 small cucumber, peeled and diced …

Barefoot Contessa’s lobster mac n cheese

Lobster mac n cheese. Do I really need to say more? What can you not love about lobster mixed in cheesy, creamy pasta? It is obviously not the healthiest dish but we’re allowed to indulge in comfort food 🙂 This recipe courtesy of Barefoot Contessa is really easy. I chose it because it didn’t require too many different ingredients and hello, it has lobster. Just remember to prep ahead & grate the cheeses before you start cooking. I was trying to hurry and grate the cheese in the middle of cooking and it would’ve been much easier to have had it ready to go. Instead of putting in individual dishes, I cooked the pasta in a large pan and baked in the oven for about 5 min longer to have a little more of a crisp on top. The end result is a delicious, rich dish that will make your stomach happy. 🙂 http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/lobster-mac-and-cheese-recipe/index.html Lobster Mac and Cheese Prep Time:15 min Cook Time:1 hr 10 min Serves:6 to 8 servings Ingredients: Kosher salt Vegetable oil …

homemade breakfast skillet

I’m not sure what this dish exactly is but I’ll just give it a fancy name & call it a breakfast skillet. I have a long day of work ahead so I needed a delicious breakfast to start the day right. This is an easy dish that you can make with any ingredients you have in the fridge. I basically just threw in whatever I could find into the pan. Add butter to a heated pan, throw in chopped onions, mushrooms & hash browns, salt & pepper. After sauteeing for a bit, let it be until the hash browns get crispy. Then add in chopped sausage (I just heated frozen sausage links in the microwave), add spinach & minced garlic (just a sprinkle for me) & top it off with a fried egg. Quick & yummy! 🙂