Weekend Food Prep–Chocolate Crinkle Cookie Bars

I love chocolate crinkle cookies, but all that refrigerating, shaping and rolling in powdered sugar makes a messy, time-consuming choice. Enter cookie bars–which save time by not having to shape each cookie or roll them in sugar and not needing to refrigerate the dough to make them easier to handle in the first place. IContinue reading “Weekend Food Prep–Chocolate Crinkle Cookie Bars”

Weekend Food Prep–Fiesta Egg Bake

I spent some formative years in the Midwest where anything with a TexMex sort of flavor was called “fiesta”-whatever, or more embarrassingly, ended with the phrase ¡Olé! (As in Taco Hotdish ¡Olé!) This breakfast egg bake brings me back to that time, with frozen veggies, canned tomatoes and only a hint of spice from theContinue reading “Weekend Food Prep–Fiesta Egg Bake”

“Weekend” Food Prep–Cranberry Breakfast Custard (with a bonus recipe: Whole Berry Cranberry Sauce)

I created this recipe the weekend after Thanksgiving last year, and it’s a delicious way to use up some leftover cranberry sauce! I don’t keep the canned kind around, but if you decide to go that route, do please let me know how it goes. It would be great to know I could extend howContinue reading ““Weekend” Food Prep–Cranberry Breakfast Custard (with a bonus recipe: Whole Berry Cranberry Sauce)”

Weekend Food Prep–Pumpkin Cheesecake Pie with Cinnamon Whipped Cream

I like pumpkin pie better as breakfast than as dessert (which is why I was inspired to develop this pumpkin spice breakfast eggs recipe) otherwise, I would rather have chocolate. Throw some cream cheese in there, though, and now it’s something I can get excited about! This pie has a wonderful, smooth texture, and theContinue reading “Weekend Food Prep–Pumpkin Cheesecake Pie with Cinnamon Whipped Cream”

Weekend Food Prep–Mushroom Quinoa Pilaf

I’m really effing stoked about my lunch this week. I’ve got this Mushroom Quinoa Pilaf, baked acorn squash, and my usual chicken breast, this time sprinkled with some seasoned salt. It’s a savory, satisfying combination of flavors, textures and loaded with umami. Mushroom Quinoa Pilaf one. Heat a bit of oil, butter or combination ofContinue reading “Weekend Food Prep–Mushroom Quinoa Pilaf”

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”