I played around with some of my standby recipes this week and came up with some pretty delicious dishes! First off, I love oatmeal pancakes but I don't always love how dense they can be. I wanted to fluff them up a bit and thought that if I used a combination of oats and oat flour, I could create something a bit lighter. Oat flour is really easy to make. All you do is throw your oats into a food processor or blender and process/blend until a flour consistency is created. Takes maybe 10 seconds? This way, you still get all the goodness of oats without the density. You can try using this flour in a number of different recipes, subbing it in for whole wheat or white flour.
Chili is a staple in this household, especially during these cold winter months. I'm pretty pleased with my standard recipe but wanted to make a "white" version. Instead of a combination of black, kidney, and garbanzo beans, I used white navy beans. I also used crushed garlic instead of powdered. For something a little different, I added a couple tablespoons of nutritional yeast and oh my goodness, it took the chili to a whole new level. It created a thicker broth with a cheesy taste. If you're a chili person and want to switch it up a bit, I suggest trying this.
What's In Your Refrigerator?
I have seen some other bloggers share what goods they've got in their fridges and thought I'd do the same. I find it fascinating. How do you know when you are a food nerd? You really, honestly enjoy looking inside strangers fridges. Yep, that's me. Anyway, it is also a good way to discover new foods and products. I'm a sucker for organization and you'll see a neat and tidy fridge where items are basically sorted into groups. Here we go!
Top shelf...yogurts, coffee creamer, eggs, and bread.
Middle shelf...selzers, organic chicken breasts, leftovers of some sort?
More selzers (we like them...can you tell?), water.
Bottom drawers...produce: organic apples and pears in the top drawer and organic spinach, broccoli, peppers, and sweet potatoes in the bottom.
More eggs, condiments.
More condiments and a little soy nog, OJ, non fat milk.
Baking soda and powder, rice milk (use it in smoothies sometimes), more OJ (jeez).
To the freezer! Frozen mangoes, bananas, brussels sprouts, Amy's veggie burgers, Nature's Path frozen waffles, whole wheat hot dog buns, Amy's Margherita pizza.
Organic ground turkey and some coffee from like 2009 (need to get rid of that).
Somehow the middle drawer in the fridge escaped the camera but it consists of cheeses and hummus.
Maybe next week I'll show you my pantry! Ohhhh the excitement! :)
See you all later this week!