My lovely baby — who last week wasn’t into napping — today slept from the start of our grocery foray, through the store, the unpacking, a load of dishes, a load of laundry,
baking a new snack recipe,
baking a new freezer-breakfast recipe,
making a new supper recipe,
and the eating of said supper. And unloading the aforementioned dishes.
This is the story of those three recipes.
First up, Chewy Granola Bars. I’d give them about a C+, which is partly my fault as I didn’t read any of the reviews. I made mine with full-size dark chocolate chips, but only one cup, and 1/3 cup of coconut. My goal was to make granola bars, a early-morning staple of this breastfeeding mom, for cheaper than I buy them. It was probably cheaper — I never really crunched the numbers. But this particular recipe led to fairly dry and crumbly bars. I’m not sure how portable they’ll be. They’ll probably all get eaten, but I’d try a different recipe next time.
Second was a recipe for Breakfast Casserole Bites from 100 Days of Real Food. Basically, they’re egg, bread, meat, and cheese baked in a muffin tin. The blog says you can freeze them — I guess I’ll know more tomorrow about how realistic that is. My hope was to make a cheap, on-the-go breakfast item for both my husband, who isn’t a big breakfast person, and me, whose previously noted baby often spends half the morning eating. We tried one fresh out of the oven, and it was pretty good. My husband’s adjective, which I don’t recall, was pretty favorable. I think I’d give it at least a B for now, but I’ll try to remember to report how well they freeze. (The recipe calls for natural and organic items; I used what I had on hand, which was non-natural/organic.)
Third but perhaps first in successfulness was Chicken Alfredo Stromboli from Taste of Home’s cooking-for-two magazine. Basically, it’s a baguette with a sour-cream parmesan mixture, chicken, mushrooms, and mozzarella. It isn’t a true stromboli, really more of an open-faced sandwich, but it was yummy. Quick, too — took me 22 minutes from start to finish with thawed chicken but a frozen baguette. My husband suggested of his own free will that it could go into our regular dinner rotation. I’d give it an A!