Weekend Food Prep–Back to School!

Need to create some quick breakfasts to get out the door on a busy school day? Want a satisfying lunch to put in your metaphorical lunch box? After school snacks? Quick weeknight dinners? I’ve got you covered! I built my food prep routine during the school year–managing the never-enough-time of teaching and all my otherContinue reading “Weekend Food Prep–Back to School!”

Weekend Food Prep–Sesame Peanut Noodles

These noodles come together quickly and make a great meal in late summer when you don’t want to spend a lot of time in a hot kitchen. My recipe started out as Spicy Sesame Peanut Noodles in the Joy of Cooking, but I’ve monkeyed with it over the years to this current version. This makesContinue reading “Weekend Food Prep–Sesame Peanut Noodles”

Weekend Food Prep–Cherries with Whipped Cream Cream Cheese Topping or Frosting

Ok, this Whipped Cream Cream Cheese Topping or Frosting is amazing and delicious! It is now my favorite frosting for a white cake, like this one I baked for my spouse’s birthday this year (with raspberry filling, animal cookies and lots of sprinkles). It is delicious with cherries and berries, and it would be incredibleContinue reading “Weekend Food Prep–Cherries with Whipped Cream Cream Cheese Topping or Frosting”

Weekend Food Prep–Chewy Raisin Walnut Granola Bars

I’m thrilled with these granola bars! I’ve been experimenting for years to make bars that stick together without being excessively crunchy and crumbly, have a reasonable nutrition profile that I can work into my balanced meals and stay fresh and tempting for at least a week. And here they are–voila! Summer means travel, road tripsContinue reading “Weekend Food Prep–Chewy Raisin Walnut Granola Bars”

Weekend Food Prep–Reduced Fat Banana Walnut Muffins

Don’t worry, I’m not trying to send the internet back to the ’80’s or early 90’s. There’s nothing wrong with eating fat, of course, but I find reduced-fat muffins and other baked goods easier to work with to create balanced meals than higher fat versions. Given my own devices, my meals would tend to higherContinue reading “Weekend Food Prep–Reduced Fat Banana Walnut Muffins”

Weekend Food Prep–Roasted Green Chili Chicken Enchiladas

My spouse brought home some Hatch chilis from New Mexico, and this is what I made of them. They turned out so delicious, I went in search of an alternative pepper from closer to home. Anaheim chilis are larger and a bit hotter, but they make an acceptable alternative. Roasted Green Chili Chicken Enchiladas ForContinue reading “Weekend Food Prep–Roasted Green Chili Chicken Enchiladas”

Weekend Food Prep–Bring on the Summer!

I love this time of year. We’re fortunate here in Oregon with an astounding variety of fresh, local produce. I don’t mind eating frozen veggies through the winter, and I’m grateful for the apples and berries I’ve put up or frozen to give me a hint of warm-weather wonderfulness in the darkest parts of theContinue reading “Weekend Food Prep–Bring on the Summer!”

Weekend Food Prep–Muesli

Muesli I like this oatmeal variation in the warmer months or when I need to pack breakfast somewhere where the extra liquid would be unwelcome. (Note that TSA might give you a side eye on this one, so I don’t recommend it for breakfast on a morning flight in the US.) Multiply the basic recipeContinue reading “Weekend Food Prep–Muesli”

Weekend Food Prep–Sweet Cornmeal Muffins

I like these with chili. If you’re not an American, you may not realize that a cornbread recipe stakes a claim for who you are and where you come from almost as much as a BBQ recipe does. My cornbread is sweet and made without grease, in the “Northern” style, and with some whole wheatContinue reading “Weekend Food Prep–Sweet Cornmeal Muffins”

Weekend Food Prep–Turkey Bean Chili

Chili is another recipe like marinara sauce that I don’t measure anything for anymore. But it can be nice to have a starting place, so you can learn your own preferences as you make adjustments. one. In a very large pot, heat a bit of oil and sauté:1 medium onion, diced4 zucchini, diced4-5 cloves garlic,Continue reading “Weekend Food Prep–Turkey Bean Chili”