Super Easy Guacamole

Avocados are my favorite food.

It’s not just because I am from California, avocado has always held a special place in my heart as the perfect addition to pretty much any dish. So of course I incorporate them into my culinary creations whenever I can, and there is no better recipe to use them in than guacamole

My simple guacamole is mostly avocado, and I usually eat it with Tostitos Hint o’ Lime chips. And as you can see today I covered the chips with melted cheese. Mmmmmmm just looking at the photo makes me want to whip up another batch!

Since I cannot afford to buy all the ingredients from scratch every time I make guacamole, I have learned to utilize the dining hall and keep it simple.

Super Easy Guacamole

2 Avocadoes

1/2 cup salsa

1 chopped tomato

1 small chopped red onion

1/2 cup corn (optional)

Salt and Pepper to taste

Lime or lemon wedges

Optional: Tabasco, red pepper flakes, parsley, garlic pepper or jalapeños for some extra spice

Mash up/dice avocados, add other ingredients and viola! Instant guacamole.

Chewy Macadamia Nut Cookies

Told ya I had a lot of macadamia nuts.

I found this gem of a recipe on the food blog “Grumpy’s Honeybunch” (http://www.grumpyshoneybunch.com/2009/01/grumpys-thing.html) through Foodgawker and let me tell you I am glad I found it. They’re called “Grumpy’s Thing” but they should be called Deliciously Addictive. These cookies are incredible: chewy, slightly sweet and the chocolate is a must. Plus there is no egg so I had no problem eating the cookie dough by the spoonful.

The finished product

Eat them fresh and warm from the oven...and don't be surprised if you eat the whole batch in one day!

Lettuce Wraps

You know those days where you just want to eat something light and refreshingly tasty? Well, here is your new go-to: asian-inspired lettuce wraps.

All you need are some fresh ingredients: grilled chicken, shredded carrots, diced cucumber, brown rice, peanuts, anything you feel like adding and can find in the dining hall.

Today, I worked with what I could find and used chicken, cucumbers, brown rice, peas, and red onion.

Throw all the ingredients in a bowl. Add in sauce (I made a sauce using Asian Sesame salad dressing, Sriracha, a dash of ground pepper, and sweet thai chili sauce). Mix it all up and scoop into clean lettuce leaves (found those in the deli section of the dining hall).

Looks good and tastes even better!

Chocolate Chip Macadamia Nut Cookies

Studying at the end of the school year is tough. Especially when it is senior spring and Boston decides to make the weather absolutely gorgeous!

New England at its finest I tell you.

So of course when it comes schoolwork or baking, I choose to bake. And since I wanted to be outside as much as possible, I kept the recipe simple. I give you pimped out chocolate chip cookies:

Using the simplest of ingredients: nuts and Toll House cookie dough!

It literally does not get more simple than this, folks. Just add whatever you choose to the cookie dough, follow the baking instructions and presto! Instant special cookies! I added macadamia nuts, but here are some other recommended additions:

Nutella

Peanut Butter

Sprinkles

Extra chocolate chips!

Nuts

Cocoa powder

Oats

Raisins

The possibilities are endless!

Low Fat Banana Bread

I first of all want to apologize for not posting more often recently! Like has been quite busy, finishing up senior year-between all the classwork and social events-is taking up much more of my time than I thought! But today I was feeling like making a real treat, something that reminded me of home. So of course I made my famous low fat banana bread (and chocolate chip banana bread).

First: the ingredients

Then the batter, so yummy and banana-filled

And the finished product! I made it half plain, half chocolate chip-walnut

The recipe is actually one I adapted (and adopted) from Joy of Baking: my go to website for all thinks pastry-like. The yogurt used in this recipe really makes it incredible: super moist, and almost sort of tangy. Enjoy making this and do not feel guilty for eating half the pan fresh out of the oven! (as I have done it many times)

These babies are lucky if they last a day

Low-Fat Banana Bread Recipe (adapted from Joy of Baking)

1 cup mashed ripe bananas (about 2 large bananas; sometimes I use 3 if I want the bread to have extra banana flavor)

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 cup low-fat plain yogurt

1/4 cup canola, vegetable, or corn oil

3/4 cup light brown sugar (I usually cut it down to 1/2 cup of sugar)

1 large egg or 2 large egg whites

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 cup flour

1/2 cup whole wheat flour (I never have whole wheat flour and use regular for the whole recipe without problem)

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

1 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp salt.

1 cup chocolate chips/nuts (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray 8 x 4 inch loaf pan with cooking spray. In one bowl, mix mashed bananas with baking soda and yogurt. Set aside. In another bowl mix oil, sugar, egg/egg whites and vanilla. In a third bowl mix flours, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. Combine all the mixtures (and if you want to add nuts or chocolate chips now is the time to do it!). Bake for about 45 minutes. Makes about 12 slices.

Apple Grilled Cheese Sandwich

There is nothing more comforting than a grilled cheese sandwich. The crunchiness of the bread, the gooeyness of melted cheese…YUM.

I am always a fan of the basic grilled cheese, but I cannot help but notice the impressive and delectable-looking gourmet grilled cheese sandwich recipes popping up everywhere. It has inspired me to add a new ingredient to my basic recipe: apple. Initially, I was skeptical. But then I took a bite: and my-oh-my what a good bite it was. The crispness and tart flavor of the apple contrasting with the sharp, warmth of melted cheese is divine. I highly recommend!

Apple Grilled Cheese Sandwich

1 Granny Smith Apple, sliced thinly

2 Slices Cheddar Cheese

1-2 tablespoons butter

2 Slices Bread

 

1. Spread butter on both pieces of bread.

2. Assemble cheese, sliced apples, then more cheese between the bread slices.

3. Place on panini press and cook until bread is lightly browned and cheese is melting.

Nutella Power Bites

I have had a lot of free time on my hands. With idle time I tend to create something, and these are REALLY SOMETHING.

I give you what I have deemed Nutella Power Bites.

Think nutella, banana, and peanut butter combined into one tasty package.

Do I have you drooling, yet?

Nutella Power Bites (Makes 16-20)

1/4 cup instant oats

1/4 cup flour

1/4 cup peanut butter

1/4 cup nutella

1 banana

1 egg

1/4 cup chocolate chips, nuts, coconut flakes (optional)

Combine all ingredients. Place blobs of batter (it will be very sticky) onto a cookie sheet and bake at 325 for 15 minutes.

Note:  You can choose to use 1/2 cup flour and no oats, giving the power bites an airy, scone-like texture. Or if you crave a more dense, brownie-like consistency, use 1/2 cup oats and no flour.