Friday, March 30, 2012
Today I am sharing with you my favorite breakfast that I make with peanut butter ~ Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal! It's easy, inexpensive and so good for you. And it can be made in less than 5 minutes!
Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal is a simple balance of natural, wholesome foods. The complex carbs from the oats, along with the good fats and protein from the peanut butter, are the perfect combination to power you through your day. I also use a very ripe banana as a natural sweetener - no added sugar needed.
I normally make this by putting everything in one bowl, but it's also fun to cook the chocolate and peanut butter portions separately and swirl them together in your serving bowl, as pictured. It all works. It's chocolate; it's peanut butter; it's breakfast!
Thursday, March 29, 2012
I'm a sucker for anything with cheese. Cheese pizza, a cheese sandwich, cheesy pasta, it's all good. When I saw a recipe for Baked Tortellini, I was beside myself. Cheese tortellini itself is good. Bake it in a light cheese sauce, and we're golden. In fact, the dinner I had planned was immediately scrapped so that I could make this!
I decided to add some spinach, which was very welcome and an easy way to boost the nutrition of this dish. I added a little cayenne pepper to perk things up a bit, and also added garlic. We can't have pasta without garlic, right? Baked Tortellini with Spinach is cheesy pasta perfection, made healthier, with a little kick.
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
After the first time I made these, all my little Adam could talk about for days were Carrot Cake Pancakes. He wanted them for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. And I can't blame him really. These pancakes taste like having carrot cake for breakfast (or lunch or dinner),...just a whole lot healthier!
These Carrot Cake Pancakes are made using whole wheat flour, buttermilk, and 2 full cups of shredded carrots. There is a touch of brown sugar to give a little sweetness. While these pancakes are delicious plain (Adam's preferred way to eat them), I decided to dress them up a little a cream cheese drizzle. Either way is excellent. Pineapple, or whatever your favorite topping, would also be tasty. Enjoy this little taste of spring!
Friday, March 23, 2012
In the spirit of the Peanut Butter for Breakfast campaign, I thought it would be fun to share some breakfast recipes using peanut butter. What better place to find inspiration than the National Peanut Board's website. I found so many delicious ideas, including these super healthy granola bars. It is amazing how easy and inexpensive it is to make granola bars right at home. And they're good too!
These granola bars have a perfect balance of flavors and a nice texture that is not too chewy, not too crispy. They are naturally sweetened with dried fruit and a touch of molasses. The peanut butter is present, but subtle, and acts as a binder with the egg whites. Add a little spice, some oats and seeds, and you have a healthy, high-protein, high-fiber granola bar that is perfect for an on-the-go breakfast, a mid-morning pick me up, or any time the mood strikes.
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
It seems sriracha sauce is everywhere these days. I was excited to find a baked chicken recipe using sriracha, but based on my preference, wanted to use chicken breast instead of drumsticks and thighs. Of course when cooking with leaner, boneless/skinless cuts, such as chicken breast, modifications are required in order to achieve tender and juicy meat. Well, the first time I made this with chicken breast, I intentionally did not adjust for this to see what would happen and guess what...it was dry! But the flavor was amazing, so I knew it was worth further experimentation. With a few simple tweaks, the result was exactly what I was hoping for ~ moist and tender, spicy sriracha chicken breast baked in the oven. Keep in mind, the sriracha sauce has some heat, so adjust the amount accordingly. We enjoyed this with edamame brown rice (recipe to be posted soon!)
Friday, March 16, 2012
Yesterday I shared with you one of my new favorite ways to enjoy peanut butter for breakfast. Today, I am excited to share with you an exciting opportunity as part of the National Peanut Board's 'Peanut Butter for Breakfast' campaign. Not only will you be able to help people in need with a click, but you also have the opportunity to win peanut butter samples and a $50 Visa gift card!
www.pb4breakfast.com. Visitors are encouraged to vote for their favorite peanut butter breakfast dishes. For every vote, America’s peanut farmers will donate $5, up to $10,000, to help serve a nutritious breakfast to the hungry.
...which brings me to the giveaway.
The generous folks at the National Peanut Board have provided me with a $50 Visa gift card and peanut butter product samples to award one lucky reader.
Entry details are below. The giveaway is open until 5:00p Central Time on Sunday, April 1st. I will draw one winner using random.org and post the results here as well as e-mail the winner. If I do not hear back from the winner within 2 days, a new winner will be selected.
(Open to US residents only).
- Vote for your favorite recipe on the PB 4 Breakfast Facebook page. In order to vote, you need to "like" their page on Facebook.
- Then after you vote, come back and leave me a comment on this post telling me you voted. I would also love to hear your favorite way to enjoy peanut butter for breakfast!
You have the opportunity for up to 5 additional entries to the giveaway by completing any of the following:
- "Share" the giveaway on Facebook.
- "Retweet" the giveaway on Twitter "I just entered to win a $50 Visa Gift Card #giveaway @alidaskitchen and helped feed hungry people #PB4breakfast http://bit.ly/zmg8Dy"
- "Like" Alida's Kitchen on Facebook.
- "Follow" Alida's Kitchen on Twitter.
- "Follow" Peanut Butter RD onTwitter.
Each action qualifies for one additional entry. In order for each bonus entry to count, please be sure to leave a separate comment on this post for each completed action.
WE HAVE A WINNER! [UPDATED 4/2/12]
First, I want to thank each and every one of you who participated in this giveaway. Not only were you entered to win a great prize, but with each entrant, $5 was donated by America's Peanut Farmers to feed hungry people. Together we raised $210! How awesome are you all!!
Now to the moment we've been waiting for...the giveaway. *drumroll* Using random.org, we have #32: Lindsay for sharing the vote on Facebook!
Lindsay, I just sent you an email requesting your address so we can send your $50 Visa Gift Card and peanut butter products. Thank you so much for participating!
Logo and pictures were provided by and used with permission from the sponsor.
Disclaimer: The National Peanut Board provided me with a gift card to promote their Peanut Butter for Breakfast campaign, but the opinions shared in this post are my own. The National Peanut Board is providing the product giveaway and gift card.
Thursday, March 15, 2012
As a lover of all things peanut butter and a frequent pancake maker, making Peanut Butter Pancakes was inevitable. I searched online for some inspiration, but did not quite find what I was looking for. Most recipes I found did not use natural peanut butter (some even discouraged it). Natural peanut butter is a must for me, so I decided just to wing it. The rest of the recipe just fell into place, and the result was just what I had in mind. These Peanut Butter Pancakes have the perfect amount of peanut butter flavor, with a little sweetness from brown sugar. Buttermilk contributes to the fluffy texture, and the whole wheat flour adds more nutrition. They are delicious plain, with a little syrup, or even jelly to make a PB&J pancake!
Speaking of peanut butter for breakfast, be sure to check out my giveaway for a chance to win a $50 Visa gift card and help feed hungry people!
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
The hands-on time takes less than 15 minutes, and the bulk of that time is in chopping the candy. The pie is baked to set the cheesecake filling and then chilled for several hours (overnight works great). I used a premade graham cracker pie crust. A from-scratch crust is pretty easy to make though. It all works.
Friday, March 9, 2012
With Saint Patrick's Day just around the corner, I wanted to make you something a little festive. While brownies may not be considered traditional, I figure you can never go wrong with chocolate. Add a little Bailey's Irish Cream, and these brownies become the perfect little treat to celebrate the holiday!
This recipe combines elements from a couple "lighter" recipes. The result is a delicious, from-scratch brownie, made with Irish Cream, topped with an Irish Cream frosting. The amount of frosting yields just enough to cover the brownies, or to pipe a cute little swirl of frosting as I have pictured here. A little bit goes a long way taste-wise, but if you're a frosting fiend, you may want to double the recipe.
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
The recipe below is written to serve one, but can very easily be multiplied to serve 2 or 4 or however many you desire. Parmesan or Gruyere are both delicious in this, as is mixing up the herbs and seasonings. The original recipe used 8-ounce ramekins but I used 7-ounce ramekins and they worked fine.
Thursday, March 1, 2012
Like most people it seems, I am always on the look out for healthy, easy and delicious ways to cook chicken. This Lighter Pretzel-Crusted Chicken is all of the above, is figure-friendly, family-friendly, and also easily halved to yield 2 servings.
No oil or butter helps make this a lighter and healthier version of a breaded chicken. Chicken breast cutlets, or tenders, are dipped in an egg white and honey mustard mixture and then "breaded" with crushed pretzels. A little cheese helps the pretzels adhere, and some seasoning rounds out the flavors quite nicely. Served with a side salad or crudites, Lighter Pretzel-Crusted Chicken is as good, and good for you, as it is easy, and comes in around 200 calories. Enjoy!