thanks for coming and having a seat at our table this week! this week was a fun week. i tried some new things and made some yummy stuff! on sunday i made a roast (tri-tip) with carrots and potatoes and onions (a favorite at our house and probably at most houses). with the leftovers i made panini's one night and fajitas the next.


 i love this meal because it is super easy. saute some onions and peppers with some salt, pepper, garlic and onion powder and chili powder and i think i used some cumin, when just about done add the shredded meat and heat through. season to taste. may need more chili powder or salt. serve with warm tortillas, and sour cream. we also had tomatoes for some extra veggies.


 a weekly ritual at our house! we LOVE pizza. this one has pesto instead of red sauce and artichoke tapenade with the veggies, feta, and monterey jack cheese. turned out really good.


 easy, cheap, and always good. omelets, hash browns and toast.


 these were an experiment and they turned out great! we had gone to a restaurant a few weeks ago which was amazing! it is called the Wild Plum Cafe. i would totally recommend it to anyone that is in the area. the man ordered roasted plum pancakes and so we tried to recreate them. 

i made Martha Stewarts Buttermilk Pancakes, and then did my own thing with the plums. i read quite a few recipes to get some ideas and a basis of "how to" roast plums. most said to cook them in halves, but i didn't want to cut them while they were hot, so i cut mine in probably eighths. my large casserole dish was being used with the recipe below and so i opted for 2 glass bread pans.

 i put about 1 1/2 Tbs. melted butter in the bottom of each along with 1/4 c agave and 1/4 c pinapple juice. i mixed all of that together, added enough plums to just lay on the bottom and mixed to coat with the liquid. i then sprinkled cinnamon on top and mixed again. i placed both pans in a 400 degree oven and baked for about 20-25 minutes and stirred probably 2 times during that. if you want them softer cook longer, but the texture was good with this amount of time. not too soft, and not too hard.

top pancakes with plums, liquid, and toasted nuts (i used walnuts because it is what i had). i think a salted roasted nut would be good too. pistachios or cashews. i also think a small dolop of lightly sweetened whip cream would have been amazing as well! next time :) i salted mine before i ate it, but we all know that is just because i am an addict. 

they really were delicious and would also be great with nectarines, peaches, apples, pears. experiment and let me know what you come up with!


this is another recipe i came up with on my own, in the search of a perfect quick breakfast. i love banana bread and i love chocolate, but i can not justify having chocolate chip banana bread for breakfast (too much fat and too much sugar). and so to justify it, i came up with this little gem! 

and i eat it in the morning and noon and night, so it really shouldn't be called a "breakfast bar," but it is. this recipe is dense, lightly sweet and i keep it refrigerated. it tastes like chocolate chip banana bread oatmeal in a bar form. 

try it! let me know what you think!

4 mashed ripe bananas
1 1/2 c vanilla soymilk
1/3 c agave
2 eggs
1/4 c coconut oil

(i put the first 5 ingredients in blender and pulsed...just for easiness sake, 
you could mash and mix by hand too.)

mix the remaining ingredients together in separate bowl
3 c old fashion oats
2 cups whole walnuts 
(i measured when they were whole and then chopped them)
1 cup flax seeds
1/2 c whole wheat flour
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
1 c chocolate chips (i used regular sized, but i think mini would be better)

add in the wet ingredients, mix until combined. pour into greased 13 x 9 in glass baking dish. bake at 325 degrees for 50-60 minutes or until cooked through.


until next week! tonight we are having some kind of pasta...we'll see what we come up with!

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