This Needs Something

You ever make something and think: this needs something?

Your dish is missing some “wow” but you just can’t place it?

Well, here are my go-tos for such a predicament:

Good for roasted vegetables, stews, baked tofu

Good for almost anything you could possibly cook.

Good for stews & baked goods

Good for anything savory.

Good for salads, vegetables, stews, sauces.

Good for sauces, stews, fish.

What are your go-to flavor enhancers?


Batch of Baby Baking Blunders

So, I don’t know if I mentioned it before, but I work with kids in my full time job. So, naturally, I try to use them as an excuse to bake whenever I can. This past week I decided I wanted to bake them cookies for Friday, since every Friday’s supposed to be “Fun Friday.”

I headed out to the grocery store one morning before work. After some browsing, I landed on these chocolate chips:

I chose these babies mostly because the first ingredient was chocolate rather than sugar. (I supposed being 60% cocoa means that nothing can really be higher haha) I decided that since I was baking for children, and a few mentioned that chocolate chip cookies were their favorite, I would just go ahead to bake them according to the recipe on the bag.

But then while making them, I thought to myself: “Hey, this is a prime baking opportunity – why not make something that want as well?” So I decided to just doctor the recipe to be one of my favorite’s – oatmeal chocolate chip. And I also wanted to sub in some Stevia for baking.

So instead of using 2 1/4 cup all purpose flour, I used 1 cup white whole wheat flour and mixed in 1 cup quick oats and 1/2 cup 5 grain hot cereal at the end. And instead of using 3/4 cup brown sugar and 3/4 cup granulated sugar, I used 1/2 cup organic cane sugar, 1/2 cup honey, and 1/2 cup Stevia for baking. Lastly, I reduced the 2 cups chocolate chips down to 1 cup chocolate chips.

After mixing it all up together, I made one cookie sheet’s worth of cookies. (We only have one cookie sheet at the moment) And boy am I glad that I did because this is what I got:

I had to think quickly about what to do and decided that I would try baking a cookie cake instead by using a cake pan. Meanwhile, I decided to just make some cookie crumbles out of my flat “cookies.”

… A couple handfuls may have taken a detour to my mouth during this process. And I was pleasantly surprised by the taste. (But then again, these babies had lots of sweet and chocolate, so how could they not be good?)

When I peaked at my cookie cake, I was a little skeptical as to how it would taste:

But I let it cool overnight, decorated it, and toted it to work with me. Safe to say that it tasted pretty good. Most of the kids weren’t there, and they ate half of it:

Plus one kid threw a tantrum because he couldn’t get a second piece. (Mission accomplished)

So all-in-all I would say that these “baking blunders” turned into a really nice treat for my students. Now, does anyone have any suggestions of what to do with my cookie crumbles?

In other news here’s…

TWIW (This Week In Workouts)

(Note: I decided to start writing the week from Sunday – Saturday… Probably just because I want an extra chance to get in my Strength training session haha)

Sa – 45 Minute Elliptical (w/a Self magazine)
Su – off
M – Circuit Strength Training
Tu – 30 minute Quick Cardio + 60 minute Power Yoga
W – 45 Minute Elliptical (w/Shape Magazine)
Th – Circuit Strength Training
F – 60 minute Kick It Core class (Kickboxing w/some added core work)
Sa – Circuit Strength Traning