Am I the only one? After sharing a few months ago about my binge cleaning habit, I was pleasantly surprised to discover I am not the only one who hates cleaning and would rather do it all in one fell swoop every now and again than tackle a bit each day. The kind responses I received prompted me to go public about another home-making skill that I’m more likely to binge on than embrace: cooking.
If Phil wasn’t a master chef, we’d probably exist on warmed up freezer meals from Trader Joe’s! Years ago when we remodeled our kitchen, we ate those for a few weeks and, when the kitchen was completed and I suggested we just continue with the frozen meals, Prince Charming told me he’d had a word from the Lord and asked if I’d like him to take over the menu planning, shopping, and cooking. Friends … I fell in love with him all over again that day. A man that will do all that is some kind of “happily ever after,” at least for this girl!
But, every now and then the urge surprises me, and I set aside time to try some new recipes. That happened recently, so I thought I’d pass along a few recipes we’re enjoying courtesy of my own two hands! Phil was so impressed when I put these into our online calendar and willingly picked up the ingredients, so they were ready to go on the day I’d set aside the afternoon for a cooking binge.
First up was a cleansing slaw. True confessions: Phil made it the first time and we loved it so much I offered to make it again. I did find the recipe, after all!
You can find the whole recipe on our Plan to Eat page here. The crisp vegetables, crunchy peanuts, and sweet and sour marinade make this a treat for the taste buds, for sure!
After making – and eating a serving of – the slaw for lunch that day, I moved on to baking a batch of Honey Almond Granola. I love the smell of butter and honey melting together with vanilla. Our favorite is a bourbon-laced vanilla from Trader Joe’s that gives this an extra measure of “yum”! If you’re a granola fan, you can find the full recipe here.
Once the granola was in the oven, I moved on to my last recipe for the day: Dark Chocolate Gingerbread Truffles infused with Clove, Nutmeg, Ginger, and Cinnamon Bark essential oils. Oh my stars! If you’re looking for a more healthy dessert option, these are melt in your mouth magic. The recipe comes from Gouremande in the Kitchen courtesy of the Essential Edge newsletter from Young Living and it did not disappoint.
Let me tell you … by the time I’d finished these three recipes, I was feeling pretty proud of myself for my contributions to breakfast, lunch, and dessert this week. And, I was reminded of the satisfaction that comes from making something from scratch. Not enough to offer to take the cooking back over from Phil (wink, wink), but enough to order this new cookbook!
I promise to keep you posted the next time I have a cooking/baking binge. And, in return, let me know if you try one of these recipes. If I can do it, I know you can too!