Weekend Food Prep–Individual Marmalade Upside-Down Cakes

Sticky caramel, crunchy walnuts and cake, it seems difficult to go wrong with upside down cake. Even still, it is often a boring, stodgy affair, soggy from bland canned fruit. I’ve updated the recipe with flavorful marmalade and turned it into single-serve sizes so I can enjoy a rich dessert without having it sit onContinue reading “Weekend Food Prep–Individual Marmalade Upside-Down Cakes”

Weekend Food Prep–A step-by-step guide to Quick Eggs and Veggies

I don’t love microwaving eggs for breakfast even to reheat them, so when I can, I prefer to cook them fresh each morning. I recognize this goes into the “basic skills” category of cooking, but like cooking boatloads of chicken, I think it’s essential to start with these easier food prep habits before building toContinue reading “Weekend Food Prep–A step-by-step guide to Quick Eggs and Veggies”

Weekend Food Prep–Slow Cooker Steel Cut Oatmeal

I have oats and eggs for breakfast probably 6 breakfasts out of 7 each week. Having slight variations available for each is enough for me to not get bored and to keep enjoying a satisfying and nutritious breakfast over and over again. When I get tired of basic old-fashioned oats, these are my next go-to.Continue reading “Weekend Food Prep–Slow Cooker Steel Cut Oatmeal”

Weekend Food Prep–Baked Mandarin (Lemon, Orange, or other Citrus) Custard

Resolved to get more protein in your diet or to begin prepping breakfast? This recipe (like my pumpkin spice eggs) could count as dessert or breakfast, depending on your personal preferences. This is a delicious, creamy custard, and to emphasize that creamy texture, I went with the added step of baking it in a BainContinue reading “Weekend Food Prep–Baked Mandarin (Lemon, Orange, or other Citrus) Custard”

Weekend Food Prep–Dairy Free Chocolate Mousse Pie

Merry Christmas! It’s probably too late for you to make this for holiday dessert tonight, but maybe bookmark it for your next special occasion? Once again (as with these chocolate peanut butter krispies), I’m making a dairy free dessert for family so that everyone can enjoy it. Today’s inspiration is from one of my favoriteContinue reading “Weekend Food Prep–Dairy Free Chocolate Mousse Pie”

Cooking Strategies for the Unwell, with Cakey Ginger Cookies as an aside

CW: Talk of chronic illness, terminal illness and death I have a lot of experience feeding people who are sick. I took a year off of college to spend time with my step-mother, who was terminally ill with ovarian cancer. For most of a year, at the age of 20, our roles reversed and IContinue reading “Cooking Strategies for the Unwell, with Cakey Ginger Cookies as an aside”

Weekend Food Prep–Layered Chocolate Peanut Butter Krispies

I’m in holiday baking mode, and some of my family is choosing to be dairy free at the moment, so I developed this recipe to have something on the cookie platter for them. This is vegan and can be made gluten free if you know someone with celiac. (I have low tolerance for the folksContinue reading “Weekend Food Prep–Layered Chocolate Peanut Butter Krispies”

Weekend Food Prep–Protein Cocoa Mix

Meathead holiday present or hosting gift idea? (Or maybe a lucky teacher? I’d happily accept something like this from a student.) Make a batch of this hot chocolate mix, put it into a pretty mason jar with a ribbon, and share the love! Protein Hot Chocolate Mix The trick to not getting lumpy hot chocolateContinue reading “Weekend Food Prep–Protein Cocoa Mix”

Weekend Food Prep–Turkey Vegetable Lasagna

Whenever I make lasagna, I make two. It is just as easy to make 2 casseroles as it is to make one and place one in the freezer for later. If you use a glass pyrex casserole pan for the freezer, make sure to place it in the fridge a day or two before youContinue reading “Weekend Food Prep–Turkey Vegetable Lasagna”

Weekend Food Prep–Danish Coffee Rolls

I don’t know that I can count this as my own recipe. However, in my defense, this is what the original recipe from my cousin Audrey looks like. These may not officially be a Christmas recipe, but the cardamom flavor seems especially lovely for this time of year. I am making little packets of themContinue reading “Weekend Food Prep–Danish Coffee Rolls”