Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Healthy-ish Oatmeal Bars

1 1/2 Cups Rolled Oats
1/2 Cup Pecans, Chopped (or any nut you like)
1/2 Cup Dried Fruit (any combination you like- raisins, craisins, dates, cherries, strawberries, apples, coconut)
1/4 Cup Milled Flax Seed (or other seeds- pumpkin, sunflower, etc.)
1/4 Cup Brown Sugar
1/4 Cup Dark Chocolate Chips (optional)
1 tsp Cinnamon
1/4 tsp Salt
1 1/4 Cups Milk
1 Egg
1 tsp Vanilla
Preheat Oven to 350 Degrees

Mix wet ingredients together. Add in dry ingredients. Pour into a 9x9 or 8x11 baking dish that has been sprayed with cooking spray or lined with parchment paper. Bake for 40 minutes. Let cool, then remove from pan and cut into 9 pieces (using a pizza cutter works great).

With having a new baby I'm struggling to find time to eat. These have become a must-have for me. They are quick to throw together, very portable and they hold me over for a while. I think they taste best slightly warm so I reheat them for 20-30 seconds in the microwave. The great thing is you can make them as healthy or unhealthy as you like, depending on what you choose to add to them. And the possibilities of combinations are endless so you don't have to get tired of just one flavor.

*Recipe adapted from

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Chunky Avocado Salsa

2 medium sized tomatoes, diced
2 avocados, diced
1/2 can of black beans
1/2 can of corn
juice of 1 lime
1/2 bunch of cilantro, chopped
salt to taste
10-20 dashes of Tapatio (or other hot sauce), depending on how spicy you want it

Mix tomatoes, black beans, corn, lime juice and cilantro in a medium size bowl. Add salt and Tapatio to taste. Mix again, then add in avocado last so it doesn't get all mushy. Give it a taste test and adjust salt and Tapatio if needed.

This recipe is a party favorite! I suggest making it not more than 1-2 hours prior to eating. It does not keep well but that's ok because it also doesn't last long. Once you start eating it you'll devour the whole bowl!