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Day 119 – Recipe: Healthy Apple Oatmeal Cookies!

Apple Oatmeal Cookies

I like to have “raid cookies” on hand to nibble during raid nights. I’ve made ginger snaps before, but then found this recipe. I made them last night, and they were pretty good! They tasted like a variation on the baked oatmeal, and were in cookie form. They’re definitely best warm.

However, I did make a few changes:

I used Mott’s No Sugar Added applesauce.

I put aluminum foil on the cookie sheet and sprayed it lightly with Pam cooking spray to make sure they wouldn’t stick.

I used pure maple syrup and a bit more than the recipe called for (for a total of about 1 Tbsp) and some brown sugar (about 2 Tbsp, packed). Mind you, I was taste-testing the “batter” so these are not exact measurements. Might have been a little more or less of each.

I was able to make 12 cookies, and then split them with Ktok. I didn’t feel bad at all about eating these! It was like having oatmeal in a dessert form as a raid snack!

Brony Tested, Brony Approved: Apple Pie SURPRISE! Cupcakes

Apple Pie SURPRISE! Cupcakes

I have considered on several occasions to take this recipe down. I invented it for my (now ex-) fiance who is a Brony. Except he became so obsessed with Pony roleplay on Twitter that he began cheating on me a few months after I made these for him.

Last year I began this blog when I finally realized that no one was going to help pull me out of my depression (brought on by the rapid succession of deaths of my father and grandfather, loss of my dream job, and familial problems). No, not even my fiance was willing to help. He wanted it to just go away. He told me my depression was “bullshit” and I should “just get over it.” So I tried. Alone.

I made all the meals for about 8 months, tried encouraging him to exercise because he said he didn’t want to get married until he lost weight, bought him high-expense items like an iPad, iPod, netbook, and Nintendo DS XL, I paid for trips to Blizzcon, even paid for car repairs and a year worth of his car insurance. And I often made treats like these cupcakes.

His response? Despite the fact that I made filet mignon and grilled salmon and other healthy, tasty meals, he told me that he wanted Chick-Fil-A because he wanted “real food.” He screamed at me that “exercise sucks and people who like exercise are stupid.” He made promises to reciprocate but never followed through. Because he USED to cook for me, and because he paid the rent, that apparently should have been good enough. He never showed interest in getting married. According to him, *I* was witholding affection (because I wasn’t ALSO spreading my legs for him like his Pony roleplay friends were willing to do), and *I* was “such a downer” that I guess to him it justifies the cheating. He has never accepted any responsibility for the break-up, and has laid the blame completely at my feet.

I made these cupcakes for my ex to show I cared for him and his interests. I cooked his meals and tried to encourage him to get healthy because I wanted to marry him. Depression killed my sex drive, but I had no energy left for it anyway when I was getting nothing in return. And apparently he found that enough reason to cheat, but didn’t even have the balls to break up with me. Why would he when he didn’t want to give up his personal chef/ATM? Or to put it in Pony terms: Why buy the apple tree when you get the apples for free?

Please understand: I don’t blame MLP:FiM, I don’t blame Bronies, and I know there are good Bronies out there. I grew up collecting Ponies (I still have my G1 ponies) and I think the show has good messages. Well, here’s the message of this story:

Don’t be like my ex. If you know someone or live with someone who is suffering depression, please take the messages of the show to heart. Educate yourself on ways to deal with depression. Try to understand it, but don’t lecture them on what they “should or should not be feeling.” You’re not in their shoes. Talk to the person. Work with them. Show them love and support. They’re not trying to make YOUR life difficult…in fact, it’s not about YOU. You can tell a depressed person that you love and care for them, but if they don’t believe it it’s usually because they can’t find anything about themselves to love. “How could you or anyone love and care for me if I can’t love myself?” is what goes through a depressed person’s mind. SHOW them you love them, and show them what they have to love about themselves. And KEEP showing them because they need to hear it.

As I mentioned, originally I thought about removing this recipe. That that didn’t feel right.

I came up with this recipe to show love, so I want people to continue making these cupcakes. I want you to make them with love in your hearts, and when you serve them to loved ones I hope they know what care went into making them.

And now back to the original post… Read the rest of this entry

Easy Broiled Tilapia

Dilled TilapiaMuch like the Easy Broiled Whiting, making Broiled Tilapia uses a similar method and has a similar result. You can do this with the same recipe as the whiting, but just for variety’s sake, here’s a different, and more delicate flavor.

Easy Broiled Tilapia

Ingredients:

Tilapia fillets (Can be found in your seafood freezer section, or you can buy fresh. You can also choose any type of fish as long as it’s in thin fillets.)
I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter Spray
Lemon juice (I like the Minute Maid lemon juice you find in the freezer section)
Dill weed (dried is fine)
Pam or other cooking spray.

Preparation:

  • Pre-heat oven to the Broil setting.
  • Thaw fish if necessary. Pat dry.
  • Line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil.
  • Spray foil on cookie sheet with Pam.
  • Lay fish on foil…if it’s skin-on, lay it skin side up. (If it has skin on it, then broil it for 3 minutes first, remove the skin, then coat as follows.)
  • Spray with ICBINB Spray. (5 squirts = 1 serving, although I have a hard time getting 5 squirts to spray in the right spots)
  • Drip on a few drops of lemon juice…enough to taste it in every bite, but don’t drown it.
  • Sprinkle a pinch of dill over the fish.
  • Broil for 3 minutes.
  • Flip fish, coat the other side with ICBINB Spray, lemon juice, and dill. Broil for another 2-3 minutes.
  • Flip fish again, broil for another 2 minutes or so until the fish is flaky and a little crisp around the thinner edges.

Aili’s notes:
I found family-sized bags of tilapia at Kroger for about $10-15 for this HUGE bag. I’m not even sure how many fillets are in there (they’re small, and about 4 oz. each, which is a perfect single-serving size), but it’s keeping me stocked for quite a while!

I usually have this with a spinach salad. Together, they make a nice, light meal. I love it for lunch.

My favorite parts are the crispy edges. Yum!

I tried taking a picture of this when I made it for lunch today, but it was SO flaky that it broke apart before it got to my plate! I’ll try again tomorrow! ETA: Picture now up! Not the best pic, but I’m not one of those people who photographs food professionally…especially not with my phone’s camera! XD

Turkey Quinoa Meatloaf

Before I came back from Paris, my parents asked me what I would like for my welcome home dinner. They said ANYTHING was an option. Steak? Lobster? Crab legs? Going out to a super-fancy restaurant? They would try to arrange anything I wanted.

My choice? Meatloaf. I wanted my parents’ meatloaf.

They were a bit shocked and laughed, but I associated meatloaf with the comfort of home. And I know everyone (who likes meatloaf) tends to think that their family’s recipe is The BestTM, but I really loved my parents’ meatloaf. (My dad also made The BestTM grilled cheese sandwiches and my mom made The BestTM spaghetti sauce.)

So when I say that I have tried to make meatloaf since my parents died and have never been able to succeed in making some that I liked SO MUCH that I wanted to eat the entire thing until now…that’s saying something! Believe me, if I wasn’t on a diet, I’d probably have lost all self control over this one. I liked it THAT MUCH, and since I made it into mini-loaves, the portioning is already done to make leftovers really easy to fix.

Turkey Quinoa MeatloafTurkey Quinoa Meatloaf

Ingredients:

1/4 cup quinoa
1/2 cup water
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 small onion, chopped
1 large clove garlic, chopped
1 (20 ounce, or 1.25 lb) package ground turkey
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1 tablespoon hot pepper sauce
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 egg
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon water Read the rest of this entry

Simple Turkey Chili

Turkey ChiliI’ve been looking for other things to do with ground turkey, and Ktok was craving chili lately, so it sounded like we had a winner as far as making a meal. There are three “best parts” about making a recipe like this: 1) You can make the servings as large or small as you want (though this recipe serves about 8), 2) It only took about an hour to cook (although I’m sure it would be just as good if done in a slow cooker), and 3) LEFTOVERS! I like having meals already made for raid night!

This was REALLY easy to make and I thought it tasted really good as-is. I’m sure you can modify it to fit your diet needs and taste preferences.

Simple Turkey Chili

Ingredients:

1 1/2 teaspoons olive oil
1 pound ground turkey
1 onion, chopped
2 cups water
1 (28 ounce) can canned crushed tomatoes
1 (16 ounce) can canned kidney beans – drained, rinsed, and mashed
1 tablespoon garlic, minced
2 tablespoons chili powder
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper Read the rest of this entry

Garlic and Ranch Turkey Burgers

I have been wanting to make something with ground turkey for a while now because it is not only rather healthy, but one recipe can be used for multiple meals like dinner with leftovers for bento box lunches.

Tonight I tried out a recipe from AllRecipes.com for Garlic and Ranch Turkey Burgers. It sounded flavorful enough without being overpowering. The result? Flavorful, juicy burgers without one flavor dominating. I didn’t use a bun for my burger, but paired it with a spinach salad with strawberries, mandarin oranges, tomatoes, cucumbers, and avocado. (The salad could have used feta crumbles or something similar, but it was a VERY good pairing with this protein.)

Below is the recipe from the site, my notes afterward.

Garlic and Ranch Turkey Burgers

Ingredients:

1 pound ground turkey
1 (1 ounce) package ranch dressing mix
1 egg
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
seasoned salt and pepper to taste
Recommendation: Add 1/4 c or more of plain bread crumbs Read the rest of this entry

Easy Broiled Whiting Fillets

I said it before and I’ll say it again: I. Love. Fish!

So having an easy recipe to make some fish with little hassle and little clean-up is my type of meal. All you need is fish fillets, aluminum foil, Pam or similar cooking spray, and Old Bay spice or other spices of choice. I get bags of frozen whiting fillets at the grocery store–they’re usually pretty cheap for what you get, often pre-portioned, and you can keep them in the freezer for a while instead of having fresh fish potentially stink up your fridge. I’m also a fan of salmon and other fish, but I just remember my mom making whiting this way when I was growing up. The longest part of preparation for this recipe is thawing the fish and heating the oven!

Picture coming soon…

Easy Broiled Whiting Fillets

Ingredients:

Whiting fillets (Can be found in your seafood freezer section, or you can buy fresh. You can also choose any type of fish as long as it’s in thin fillets.)
Old Bay spice (or other spices to taste–use your imagination!)
Pam or other cooking spray. Read the rest of this entry

Shoyu Chicken

Bento: Shoyu Chicken, rice, carrots, cucumbers, tomatosI found this recipe from Hapa Bento, and had been wanting to try it out since it looks like a good thing to keep in my freezer stash.

On it’s own it was a little salty (even with using low-sodium soy sauce), but having it with rice made it mild and tasty. I also added in a little bit too much of the Chinese 5 Spice because it was a new jar and I opened it over my cook pot so a little extra spilled out. Oops!

However, it’s definitely one that I’ll be doing again, and in the meantime I have lots of chicken for bento lunches ready to go! This was a REALLY easy recipe, too! (I took a better picture with my real camera, but need to find the cord to upload to my computer. In the meantime, enjoy a picture from my phone’s camera!)

Shoyu Chicken

Ingredients:

2 pounds free-range chicken thighs and legs ( it doesn’t matter if it’s boneless or skinless)
1/2 to 1 cup soy sauce to taste
1/2 cup mirin
1 tbs or more to taste of grated fresh ginger root
1/2 teaspoon Chinese 5 spice Read the rest of this entry

Rosemary Baked Chicken with Potatoes

Tonight’s dinner…with leftovers for tomorrow!

Rosemary Baked Chicken with Potatoes

Posted by Editor at The Food Channel Jan. 05, 2011

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Serves: (6, I’m assuming…the original post didn’t have servings listed! We split it into 4 servings, though, because of the packaging of the chicken thighs.~Aili)

Recipe courtesy of McCormick®. (Hence the specific-brand products. ~Aili)

Nutrition Information (per serving): Calories: 264, Fat: 12 g, Carbohydrates: 19 g, Cholesterol: 64 mg, Sodium: 334 mg, Fiber: 3 g,
Protein: 20 g. Read the rest of this entry