Sunday, July 14, 2013

Weekly Finds: 7/14/13

Since I was gone for most of this week, I decided to just combine last week's finds with those I've found in the past few days (somehow I found a lot more in the past few days).
I've also started to include pictures from each find*. Enjoy!

Breakfast:

Honey and Oat Pancakes
Beautiful looking pancakes, that are healthy with the addition of whole wheat flour and oats. I love that it's a small batch, so you're not stuck with 3 dozen pancakes.

Dinners:

Ricotta and Spinach Fritters
A very simple fritter made with ricotta, spinach, egg, parmesan and panko. It would also work well with other greens, such as beet greens or swiss chard.

Panko-Crusted Fish Over Kale
Fish is crusted in a mixture of panko, butter, lemon and herbs, and served over a raw kale salad.

Torn Pasta Sheets with Browned Butter, Fresh Herbs and Poached Eggs
This sounds delicious, and is a great way to use up broken pieces of pasta that are too small for lasagna.

Sides:

Really simple and flavorful potatoes that aren't fried - thick potato wedges are tossed with dill, onion powder, salt and pepper with a bit of oil. I think fresh dill would be great instead of dried!

Meat for Joey:

Caprese Chicken
Healthy chicken breasts are smothered with garlic, tomatoes, basil, fresh mozzarella and good quality balsamic vinegar

Snacks:

Corn and Cotija Cheese Dip
This sounds seriously amazing. Fresh corn, greek yogurt, cream cheese and cotija cheese are combined with some seasonings, and then baked until hot and bubbly. 

Bread:

Sweet Honey Jalapeno Cheddar Cornbread Biscuits
This is certainly a mouthful - this combined a sweet honey cornbread with a jalapeno cheddar biscuit and looks to be delicious. To make it simpler, you can make them as drop biscuits.

Savory Zucchini Asiago Tomato Scones
Described as "light and biscuit-like savory scones made with a blend of whole wheat and white flour, shredded zucchini, sundried tomatoes, Asiago cheese and fresh rosemary." Sounds delicious!

Desserts:

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
I think this combines all of the best cookies in one. The recipe even uses both white and brown sugar, which is best for getting good flavor while still avoiding a flat pancake cookie. A bit of whole wheat flour sneaks in, as does a tiny bit of cocoa powder.

Peach and Pecan Sandy Crumble
This is described as a mash-up between a standard peach crumble and pecan sandies cookies. Make sure to use flavorful ripe peaches, and toast your pecans for the best result!

Vanilla Bean Cake with Browned Butter Icing
This is a simple cake that boasts some complex flavor - a sour cream one-layer cake that is generously flavored with vanilla, topped with a browned butter frosting that is also flavored with vanilla. The best part is that this recipe can easily be doubled for a layer cake.

Coconut Take-Out Rice Pudding
This uses leftover rice from Chinese take-out to make a delicious rice pudding! Despite the heat, it is described as being much better hot than cold.

Cinnamon Orange Crumb Cake
A basic crumb cake, but the cinnamon and orange must give it a little extra something.

Peach Streusel Ice Cream
An ice cream base made with browned butter is made even more decadent with the addition of caramelized fresh peaches and a cinnamon streusel. Delicious.

Coffee Cake with Crumble Topping and Brown Sugar Glaze
This coffee cake has both a crumble topping and a brown sugar glaze. You might think it's healthy because of the greek yogurt, but think again. I think the 3 sticks of butter and almost 3 cups of brown sugar negate any health benefits from the greek yogurt. Oh well - I guess I'll have to make this to share!

Nectarine Streusel Coffee Cake
Lots of coffee cakes this week! Here, the basic cake is topped with nectarines (or peaches) and a cinnamon crumble topping.

Banana Snack Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
A sweet and tangy snack - bananas combined with buttermilk in the cake, covered in a cream cheese frosting. A different way to use up old bananas if you're sick of regular banana bread.

Exercise:

Is It Safe to Work Out Twice a Day? The experts give pros and cons to two-a-day workouts
1 hour elliptical workout This workout gives you a soundtrack, and a different speed and resistance for each song. You'll get in an hour workout without even realizing it!
Best Abs Exercises A list of 9 exercises that do wonders for your abs, and includes images and instructions
How many extra calories incline really burns This gives a table that shows how many calories you will burn at different speeds, and compares different inclines. It's amazing the increase in calorie burn you can get with just a 5% incline.
7 Hard-core obliques moves It seems like obliques are the new focus on ab exercises. I think it's really helpful with tightening your entire core, and can get rid of some side "pudge"

Things I Like:

27 Signs You're an Obsessive List Maker This kind of is my life
32 Things Learned in 22 Years Really cute list, and insightful to be coming from someone so young

Healthy Tips:
How to Choose the Healthiest Beer, Wine and Cocktails

* I did not take any of these pictures, and all of the photo credit goes to the original photographer, linked in each post