Sunday, September 1, 2013

Weekly Finds: 9/1/13

I realized that I never posted my weekly finds from last week, so decided to just roll it into this week's. I also was too lazy to put pictures up for any of them. You'll just have to click on the link for all of the drool-worthy pictures!


Breakfast:

DIY Greek Yogurt Make your own greek yogurt! This recipe is really simple, you can do it in the oven. I've seen a lot of recipes that require regulating the temperature in ways that make you sit over it the whole time.

Mix and Match Frittata This base recipe gives some great flavor potentials for frittatas, as well as tips on whether to cook the veggies beforehand or not.

Snacks:

Easy Lime Buttermilk Scones These scones can be in the oven in 15 minutes or less! Use a sturdy pastry blender to cut the butter into the flour - no fancy equipment required.

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread This is described a being a "great, big chocolate-chippy hug" from the blogger's mom. I think that's something I can get behind! This recipe is also relatively healthy for banana bread, since it uses egg whites, and very little oil.

Banana Bread with Cookie Butter This is similar to a nutella-swirled banana bread, but with a more subtle flavor. The warm spices of the cookie butter must complement the bread really nicely.

Bread:

Summer Squash and Cheddar Biscuits Drop biscuits that use summer squash, cheddar cheese, and some whole wheat flour. The perfect addition to a summer meal.

No-Knead Focaccia Bread This uses the same recipe as the famous no-knead crusty bread. Instead of dropping it into a hot dutch oven, it is poured into a baking pan with a very liberal amount of oil, and baked until crispy.

Multi-Grain Bread This healthy bread looks like it still tastes great! Try buying all of the ingredients from bulk bins, so you can get only what you need.

Honey Oatmeal Sweet Rolls A better-for-you sweet roll made with a honey oatmeal sweet roll dough and topped with jam. The oatmeal gives the dough a slightly nutty flavor, and the dough is really easy to make in a stand mixer.

Pretzel Bagels I think the latest food revolution is combining things into new creations (cronuts). These sound delicious - you can eat them like a soft pretzel, or a bagel. I'm thinking they would make a great bagel sandwich.

Dinner:

Dijon and Herb Panko Crusted Halibut This is what I was going for the first time I cooked the cod I bought. I failed, this is what I would call a winner. I really like the idea of starting it in a hot pan on the stove, and then moving to the oven.

Sides:

Rice-Stuffed Tomatoes Another fabulous Smitten Kitchen recipe. Here, you remove the seeds and flesh from the tomatoes, and then use that to cook a tomato risotto. You stuff the shells with the risotto mixture, and bake them. Because they are baked, you don't need to spend as much time on the risotto as you normally would, making this a faster and less hands-on version.

Mustard and Chive Potato Salad I just bought some purple potatoes from the farmers market that are screaming for this recipe.

Roasted Corn Caesar Salad with Parmesan Greek Yogurt Caesar Dressing and Brown Butter Croutons That is certainly a mouthful! The star of this recipe is most definitely the salad dressing. It looks thick and creamy, and sounds incredibly flavorful.

Dessert:

Apricot-Blueberry Cobbler The combination of peaches (or apricots) with blueberries is always so perfect in the summer. Cobblers are great because they have the delicious fruit filling of a pie, without the effort of rolling out a crust. You can just dollop the batter on top of the fruit, stick it in the oven, and you're set.

Pumpkin Brioche Whiskey Caramel Monkey Bread I love this blog. I always check it for deliciously indulgent dessert recipes, and every once in a while a post like this makes me think, THIS is why I read this blog! I remember the cinnamon roll cheesecake, and thinking exactly the same thing. In this concoction, you start out by making your own pumpkin brioche. That in itself is a wonderful thing. Then you make a homemade caramel sauce that is spiked with pumpkin pie spice and whiskey. Take that - recipes that use store bought biscuit dough and instant pudding packets! (Although those recipes are still very tasty as well - c'mon now, monkey bread is always good)

Biscoff Chocolate Chip Gelato I have seen so many biscoff ice cream recipes this summer. Although it may seem like I pin every single recipe I find, this is not true. I have probably deleted 2/3 of the biscoff ice cream recipes I have seen, making it obvious that this one really is special. I think it's interesting that it uses crunchy biscoff spread - I've only bought the smooth version before. Maybe I need to go to Trader Joe's...

Espresso Cheesecake Brownies These are just beautiful. I don't know how she got every single layer to be perfectly smooth and straight, but I know that if I tried making these, they would end up wavy and messy. Either way, I'm sure they taste fantastic. Classic brownies made with bittersweet chocolate are topped with espresso cheesecake batter, and then sweetened sour cream.

Quick and Easy Chocolate Pots de Creme These sound like they couldn't be simpler to make! You just grind some chocolate, sugar and espresso powder, add an egg and some hot cream, and then chill until set. The egg isn't cooked, so make sure to use a pasteurized egg if that freaks you out. (I eat enough raw cookie dough to really not care!)

Chocolate Chip Cookies Sometimes you just want a basic chocolate chip cookie. Make up a big batch of these, and then freeze the formed cookies - that way you can have a freshly baked cookie whenever the desire hits. Use melted butter instead of softened butter for a really chewy cookie.

Fitness:

High Intensity Running Strength-Training Workout This takes interval training to the max. You start out with 10 minutes of running intervals. This is followed by a 5-exercise strength set that you go through twice. For the full workout, you then repeat the cardio-strength combo for a total of 3 times each, making this an intense 1 hour workout (not including a cool-down).

No Equipment Necessary - Full Body Circuit Workout All you need for this workout is a wall and a chair or bench. No excuses this time! Perfect to do while traveling.

FitFix App by Pop Sugar The perfect way to have all of your favorite Fit Sugar workouts with you on the go

Calorie-Crushing Chair Workout A great workout showing you how many different exercises you can do just using a simple chair. It works out your entire body!

Lunge Workout for Runners Want to improve your speed, endurance and balance? Try this under 10-minute lunge workout, which strengthens legs while increasing your body's agility through coordinated arm moves and plyometrics. The addition of weights in some of these moves helps you work your entire body as well.

45 Minute Strength Training Workout This workout pairs a cardio element for every strength exercise. You'll keep your heart rate up the entire time, and tone your entire body.

Full Body Circuit Workout - With Weights Circuit workouts are a great technique to keep things interesting and bust boredom at the gym, and it doesn't hurt that this workout gets your heart rate up while building strong muscles.

Running: