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Good Eats: Lazy Girl’s Choco-Monkey Waffles

6 May

Happy Friday!

Today I’m going to do a rare double post here and on A Brilliant Catalog. (Incidentally initialed ABC! Love it!) Here’s my lazy girl’s recipe for chocolate chip and banana waffles.

First, gather these ingredients:

Powdered sugar (if you desire the sweet, snowy topping)
Cinnamon sugar
Chocolate chips (you can use any kind you like, I use Hershey’s Milk Chocolate)
1 Banana
A box of waffle mix
Whatever your mix requires (mine is just oil, an egg, and water)

I use this mix, which can be purchased from any Harris Teeter:

It’s simple and it makes pretty crispy waffles. If you can’t find this kind, just be sure you pick some up that is specifically a waffle mix and not a pancake/waffle mix. Pancakes and waffles should NOT taste the same. Of this, I am sure.

I add a tablespoon of cinnamon sugar to the batter because I LOVE  cinnamon sugar. I think it’s God’s gift to me and put it in everything possible…but you don’t have to. And that’s the only “improvement” I make to the box recipe.

Spray the iron with cooking oil and pour in your batter. (Remember you only need to fill the molds about 2/3 of the way.) Sprinkle in as many chocolate chips as you like and close it up. While that cooks, slice your banana (I only like a few slices for each waffle but you can go nuts) and dust the slices in cinnamon sugar. Banana+cinnamon= WIN. Get your bag of powdered sugar ready to go too. If you don’t have a shaker handy, just use a spoon to sprinkle it.

Pluck your waffles out when they’re through steaming and look nice and pretty. Top with the banana slices and dust with sugar. Oh, instead of sugar, you could probably use whip cream if you’re into that kind of thing.

All done! I usually make enough batter for three servings at a time so the process only takes about ten minutes, perfect even for a busy morning routine. The box says there’s about 9 grams of protein per 7 inch waffle so pair it with a glass of milk to keep your energy going until lunch time.

Mmmm.

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Good Eats and Some Updates

28 Apr

Remember when I was still waiting for my blood test results a couple weeks ago? Well, turns out that in addition to a fairly common vitamin D deficiency, I have a bit of a problem with low blood sugar. My lovely doc recommended that I snack on fruit between meals and try drinking juice when I feel down which seems to keep me feeling better for most activities but exercising is still a little tough for me. I can’t really get through a whole class without shaking and feeling like I need to stop for a nap and that’s surprisingly emotional for me.

In the past couple years, I’ve made some serious commitments to my fitness and health. I’ve mentioned before that I’ve tried a few sports and even sought out a nutritionist in an attempt to find a routine that consistently makes me feel active and healthy but I’m sad to say that to date, I haven’t really found the “right” routine for me. Everything I’ve tried in the past leaves me feeling like I’m falling behind and that’s hard to handle, especially because I’m used to being really good at most things. Not to mention, I’m only twenty-three and should be in the peak of physical health and fitness. I’ve just had to learn to accept that my body has limitations and I have to let go of my pride and listen when my limbs really want to quit.

I have learned a few things that make it easier:

1. I never perform well in the morning. I usually don’t even try. I feel much more comfortable exercising in the afternoon or evening so that’s what I do.

2. I stay away from intense cardio. Since I’m not trying to lose weight, this is fine for me. I go to yoga and pilates classes and I talk to my instructors either before class or earlier in the week to see what they’re planning. Some classes have higher energy requirements than others and sometimes that’s okay but my instructors know that I may need to rest a little longer. Also, I try to target classes that are multi-level because I’ll be shown options for modifying movements to make it easier or harder at my discretion.

3. I take a couple minutes after a work out to rest and drink some juice before I drive home or take on any other activities. I sometimes feel dizzy or have trouble concentrating and this really helps.

4. On days when I go to the gym, I make sure I have enough to eat beforehand. I plan my meals and snack about an hour before I go. I also tend to drink a little more, just in case.

So if anyone knows some exercises that are hypoglycemic-friendly, I am all ears. 😀

For your information, I’m taking one of my goals off the list: “7. Get one World of Warcraft character to level 85. (Outstanding, right?)” Turns out, not so outstanding. I’ve officially uninstalled the game and rooted out what was becoming, for me, a waste of my time.

I finally picked a color for the dining room. It’s a pretty shade of greige, the new neutral color that’s sweeping the design atmosphere. I’ll have pictures on that later.

After an unsuccessful battle with the bookcase, Hubs and I handed over custody of the bookcase to my parents who are going to kindly sand and repaint the sucker for us. I could tell you why, but that would just be depressing for me.

For now, let’s move on to something that never ceases to make me happy: fried zucchini!

Every spring I start to crave the stuff and when I’ve judged the zucchini to be flavorful enough, I buy a bag full and serve it up fried at least a couple times a week. It’s a guilty pleasure that’s as delicious as it is easy and fast. It only requires about ten minutes to make and you know what you do?

Get some vegetable oil, two eggs, and any kind of bread crumbs you like. Oh, and of course, as much zucchini as you intend to serve.

My tiny counter set-up.

Slice the zucchini into sticks or little rounds. I like sticks of a certain thickness because I don’t like mine totally soggy.

Pretty!

Set up a station for dipping them in egg and then the bread crumbs while you let your oil heat in a pan or pot for about, oh, two minutes? Give or take depending on how much oil you have going.

I like to have a waiting station arranged too for the pieces I have ready but can’t fit in the pan. Remember that you can mix in flour if you like your fried zeggies on the bready side. I just like to give them some extra crunch so I use a pretty light and flavorful crumb mix. If you like yours this way too, they should look like this:

Plop them in the oil and let them cook each for about one minute or until they’re the right color for you. Remember if they start to sink, you should pull them out because they really don’t cook well after that. Here’s what your plate will look like if you don’t catch anything on fire.

Om-nom-nom!

Ugh, I want some right now. Do you have any summer favorites? You should absolutely send your cooking skills and I will post them proudly in a recipe exhibition post. Who says being a better, more whole human can’t begin with a tasty meal?