Sunday, September 15, 2013

Weekly Finds: 9/15/13


Breakfast:

Pumpkin Spice Bagels I love homemade bagels! This recipe uses a sponge, which I've never done while making bagels. They incorporate both purees pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices to make them the perfect bagel for a cool fall morning.

Fig, Oat and Banana Smoothie Smoothies are great for breakfast on the go. This one uses fresh figs, which are in season late summer/early fall. I'm sure dried figs could be substituted for other times of the year.

Snacks:

Blueberry Orange Scones These scones are soft, fluffy and bursting with flavor. Orange zest is rubbed into the sugar, giving a bright floral undertone. The scones are even better on day two - as long as they're stored in an airtight container.

Healthy Homemade Mango Fruit Rollups Everyone remembers fruit rollups from when you were a kid, right? Here you can make your own, with no added ingredients! You just take ripe mango, puree it, spread it out on a sheet, and slowly dehydrate it in the oven. You're left with a chewy (and tasty) snack.

Pumpkin Spice Doughnut Muffins It may still be 80 degrees outside, but fall is just around the corner. These doughnut/muffin hybrids sound like the perfect way to usher in cooler weather and changing colors of foliage. Plus I love any excuse to start using pumpkin!

Honey Banana Muffins Simple muffins with very few ingredients - the flavor of both the banana and the honey really shine through. 

Bread:

Honey Oat Soft Dinner Rolls These rolls sound so good - perfectly fluffy with a hint of sweetness. They would be perfect when you're serving dinner to a crowd, since I bet they taste best when they are freshly baked.

Raisin Focaccia This is a light and fluffy bread with plump and juicy raisins, and is the perfect combination of sweet and savory. The olive oil poured on top before baking gives lots of crusty perfection. 

Dinner:

Charred Corn and Avocado Pizza Pizza with pepper jack cheese, charred corn, poblano peppers, cilantro, avocado, cotija cheese, and fresh lime juice. This unique pizza is full of flavor and perfect for any pizza party.

Bean Burgers with Grilled Corn, Pesto, and Heirloom Tomatoes Yet another great sounding veggie burger recipe from How Sweet It Is. This one uses garbanzo beans and cannellini beans with some fresh herbs. The toppings sound like a great addition - this is the perfect end of summer meal.

Fresh Corn Grits with Oil Poached Tomatoes This sounds like such a flavorful summer dish. Use the last of your summer tomatoes to make the poached tomatoes, and make sure to save the leftover oil for salad dressings or a dip for bread. I've never seen this method of making polenta before - you actually use fresh ears of corn! I'm really intrigued by this entire dish.

Baked Pasta with Broccoli Rabe and Sausage This is a very different take on a baked ziti. Deb uses a cool pasta shape instead of the typical ziti, to pick up more of the sauce, a bechamel sauce instead of a red sauce, broccoli rabe for an interesting bitter note, and mozzarella instead of the typical ricotta. This is a hearty meal that would be perfect for fall, and for leftovers.

Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken Bone-in chicken breasts are cooked in a slow cooker, covered in a sauce made of honey, soy, blackberry jam, hoisin, and garlic, then the sauce is reduced to give you a perfect sticky chicken.

One Pot Pasta This is exactly what it sounds like - you throw everything in one pot, and you have dinner! Dried noodles, water and sauce ingredients all go in a pot and you cook them together. Unlike most pasta recipes, the amount of water used here is important, since you don't drain the pasta. 

Dessert:

Maple Walnut Cinnamon Rolls with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting These sound like the perfect fall twist to cinnamon rolls - definitely use real maple syrup for these!

Cinnamon Brown Sugar Pull Apart Bread I made pull apart bread once, and it didn't turn out exactly how I hoped it would. I think this recipe will serve as my re-do, since it looks and sounds delicious. 

Secret Ingredient Chocolate Chip Cookies These chewy chocolate chip cookies have a secret ingredient - cream cheese! Cream cheese replaces part of the butter to make these super soft. They use part brown sugar to stay chewy, and are chilled in the refrigerator so they won't spread.

Pumpkin Cheesecake Ice Cream This recipe also uses cream cheese as a secret ingredient - the cream cheese makes the ice cream velvety smooth, without having to use a custard base. This is the perfect way to incorporate fall flavors into your cooking, while it's still 80 degrees outside.

Mixed Berry Buttermilk Bundt Cake Use up the last of your summer berries in this delicious cake! 

Fitness:

7 Strength Training Myths Every Woman Should Know This is really helpful information for any woman who is interested in strength training, but is afraid to because of all of the myths she has heard in the past. My two favorites are "women shouldn't lift heavy or they'll get bulky" and "you can spot reduce fat." BOTH ARE NOT TRUE! I think another one that could be added to the list is "women shouldn't do any chest exercises or their breasts will get smaller."

Squat Variations We all love to hate squats. They are so effective at building muscle in your quads and glutes. Sometimes it's nice to switch it up, so here are a bunch of ways to add some variety, as well as some difficulty, to your squats.

5 Minute Ab Workout These 5 moves require no equipment and really help tone your midsection.

Running:

18 Runs to Mix Up Your Workout

45 Minute Speed Building Running Workout This workout can be done either outdoors or on the treadmill, and really helps you increase your speed. 

Food for Thought:

How to Actually Get Shit Done with a To-Do List I am the queen of to-do lists, but rarely get everything done on the list. I could really use these tips.

Fun:

Animals Doing Yoga Even non yoga (or animal) lovers should get a kick out of this :)