Monday, April 23, 2018

Honey Tahini Overnight Oats

Overnight oats flavored with honey, tahini (sesame paste), banana and almonds.

Let's just say that it's a good thing I don't live with anybody who expects a hot breakfast because they would be very disappointed. Most days, I'm happy I've found time to pour milk into my cereal instead of just grabbing handfuls of it dry as I rush around. Needless to say, hot oatmeal is not a thing that happens around here without significant pre-planning. Overnight oats, though, are in regular rotation because all I have to do in the morning is grab them out of the fridge.

Overnight oats flavored with honey, tahini (sesame paste), banana and almonds.

I assume you've tried some form of overnight oats before but, if you haven't, please do because the recipe is so simple to throw together before you go to bed. And if the thought of cold oats doesn't appeal, I would suggest leaving them out on the counter for a few minutes, like I do. The flavors come together much better at room temperature so I pull the jar out of the fridge when I first wake up. By the time I've showered and fed the dog, the oats are perfect.

The other great thing about this recipe is how easy it is to customize the flavors. Add fruit, nuts, granola, peanut butter, almond butter, you name it. I added tahini (sesame paste) because I love it but also because it packs a nice little hit of protein into my breakfast. I sliced up a banana, sprinkled on some slivered almonds for crunch and I had a breakfast that kept me full till lunch with minimal effort. That's as good as breakfast gets around here. Enjoy!

Honey Tahini Overnight Oats
Overnight oats flavored with honey, tahini (sesame paste), banana and almonds.

by Hungry Couple
Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Cook Time: Refrigerate overnight
Ingredients (2 Servings)
    Overnight Oats:
    • 1 1/4 Cups old fashioned oats
    • 1 Cup milk
    • 1/2 Cup Greek yogurt
    • 1 Tablespoon honey
    • 1 Teaspoon vanilla
    • 1/4 Teaspoon cinnamon
    • Pinch of salt
    Honey Tahini:
    • 2 Tablespoons sesame paste (tahini)
    • 2 Tablespoons milk
    • 1 Tablespoon honey
    • Pinch of salt
    • 1 Banana, peeled and sliced
    • 2 Tablespoons slivered almonds
    Overnight oats flavored with honey, tahini (sesame paste), banana and almonds.
    Make the overnight oats by whisking together the milk, yogurt, honey, vanilla, cinnamon and salt in a bowl.

    Stir in the oats.

    Cover with plastic wrap or move to a lidded jar and place in the refrigerator overnight.

    Make the honey tahini by whisking together the sesame paste, milk, honey and salt in a small bowl.

    Cover and refrigerate.

    When ready to eat, pour the tahini over the oats and lightly stir in.

    Top with the sliced bananas and slivered almonds.

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    Wednesday, April 18, 2018

    Tamari Roasted Vegetable Platter

    Roasted vegetables glazed with a tamari, honey and mustard sauce.

    One of my favorite ways to serve side dish vegetables to company is just to grill or roast a big platter of them and put them in the middle of the table for people to help themselves. I also think it's a fun appetizer with cocktails instead of the more expected cheese and dips.

    Monday, April 16, 2018

    Pear Dutch Babies with Honey Labneh Cream

    Dutch baby pancakes with caramelized pears and labneh yogurt cream.

    Let's talk about how much there is to love about Dutch baby pancakes. The puff, the flavorings and, my personal favorite, the fact that they cook in the oven and I don't have to stand over a griddle flipping batches of pancakes.

    Wednesday, April 11, 2018

    Spinach and Feta Turnovers (Bourekas)

    Savory puff pastry filled with spinach and feta cheese.

    Puff pastry and frozen spinach are a couple of items that can usually be found in the back of my freezer somewhere. They're both useful to have around for all kinds of recipe options but, sadly, my freezer is underutilized. I keep nuts and vodka in there but tend to forget to look to it for food ideas. That needs to change.

    Monday, April 9, 2018

    Crunchy Peanut Butter Pretzel Balls

    Peanut butter balls filled with pretzels and peanuts, topped with melted chocolate.

    Oh, has it been a minute since I expressed my undying love of peanut butter? Rest assured my obsession has not waned. And while I fully admit that my preferred method of eating peanut butter is with a spoon, right out of the jar, sometimes I feel compelled to actually make stuff with it.

    Wednesday, April 4, 2018

    Quick Pickled Vegetables

    Quick pickled cucumbers, red onions and carrots.

    At any given time, I've either had no pickles in my fridge or I've had an overly large array of them in various shapes and styles. Why? Because I never know which one I will like. Too sweet, too sour, too soft, too crunchy. And so they accumulate until I get frustrated and get rid of all of them leaving me with no pickles when I feel like having a pickle.

    Monday, April 2, 2018

    Cheesy Meatball Casserole

    Casserole of meatballs, pasta, marinara sauce and cheese.

    Another week and another make-ahead dinner prepped, portioned and stored in the fridge for use during the week. I'm so weirdly proud of myself when I actually do these.

    Wednesday, March 28, 2018

    Roasted Parmesan Sugar Snap Peas

    Crispy, oven roasted sugar snap peas with olive oil, cheese and seasoning.

    I was on a hunt the other day for some fresh spring peas (I'm pretending it's not still freezing outside) but none of my local grocery stores had them. What I did find was fresh sugar snap peas. Those wouldn't work for the recipe I had in mind but I figured I'd come up with something so I grabbed them.

    Monday, March 26, 2018

    Tex-Mex Potato and Beef Burritos

    Tortillas filled with spiced ground beef, potatoes, beans and cheese.

    One of my goals is to get better about weekly meal prep and make-ahead freezer meals. I've always found that the prep work on a Sunday is totally worth the ease and convenience of having ready made meals and prepped vegetables during the hectic week. Now I just have to get better about doing it on a regular basis.

    Wednesday, March 21, 2018

    Peanut Butter and Jelly Air Fried Doughnuts

    Air fried jelly doughnuts topped with peanut butter glaze

    See these hot, fluffy doughnuts, oozing with jelly and dripping with peanut butter glaze? Fresh from the fryer! Oh, wait, I meant the air fryer. Yup. These beauties are an air fryer masterpiece.

    Monday, March 19, 2018

    Chicken Sausage with Creamy Polenta and Onion Gravy

    Chicken sausages served over creamy polenta with an onion pan gravy.

    Let's talk about quick and easy weeknight dinners because it's a subject that comes up often around here. It's actually most likely to come up at about 6:00 pm when I look up from my computer screen and realize that I haven't planned anything for dinner.

    Wednesday, March 14, 2018

    Currant Scones

    Scones baked with fresh red currants

    It snows, it warms up, it snows, it warms up. All month long. Rinse and repeat. I know it's just winter's last hurrah before exiting for the year but I'm a little over it. Yesterday was another inclement weather day so I did the only logical thing - I baked.

    Monday, March 12, 2018

    Banana Cream Pie

    Banana cream pie made with shortcrust pastry and banana pastry cream

    For those people who know me well, the only surprising part about me baking a banana cream pie is that it's the first time I've ever done it. And surprising because it is literally my favorite dessert of all time.

    Wednesday, March 7, 2018

    French Onion Patty Melts

    Grilled beef and Gruyere sandwich melts with caramelized onions

    One of my cooking mottos would have to be French onion all the things! Why? Because the combination of beef, Gruyere cheese and caramelized onions is awesome. Sure, it's great in soup but it's just as great minus the soup. Patty melts are already awesome so giving them the French onion twist just makes them even more so.

    Monday, March 5, 2018

    Cheddar Soda Bread

    Soda bread flavored with sharp cheddar cheese

    Every year I bake some kind of soda bread around St. Patrick's Day and every year I ask myself why I don't bake it more often. It's easy to make and so completely delicious. And it lends itself to lots of variations.

    Thursday, March 1, 2018

    Cornmeal Onion Fritters

    Battered and fried onion fritters

    I usually enjoy adapting recipes to be a little healthier and that often means employing my oven or air fryer instead of the deep fryer. But, sometimes there's just no really good substitute for the original, like a crispy onion fritter. And, let's face it, sometimes we need a good, crispy onion fritter.

    Monday, February 26, 2018

    Angel Hair with Fava Beans and Gremolata Pangrattato

    Pasta with fava beans and lemony garlic breadcrumbs

    Despite days of rain and gloom, the temperature is actually warming up quite a bit here. I think the groundhog said 6 more weeks of winter but that's just a rodent with a bad attitude. I'm predicting an early spring. And even if the sun is not quite cooperating now, I'm willing it to with spring-like foods.

    Wednesday, February 21, 2018

    Air Fried Doughnut Puffs


    I've been having fun testing recipes in my air fryer so it was only a matter of time before I tried something sweet. Doughnuts are such great deep fried treats so I obviously had to see how they would do without the oil.

    Monday, February 19, 2018

    Cheesy Meatloaf Sliders with Pickled Red Onion


    Meatloaf is one of those recipes that I love as much the next day, as a leftover, as I do freshly made for dinner. It's one of my favorite comfort foods when served fresh with mashed potatoes and gravy (diners do this dish SO well) but it's equally amazing as a sandwich the next day.

    Thursday, February 15, 2018

    Buttered Bourbon Pop-Tail


    Do you and your friends love seeing all the Oscar nominated movies before the awards are handed out? It's definitely movie watching time around here and the planning of a festive group Oscar watching party. It's so much more fun to watch with other people.

    Tuesday, February 13, 2018

    Individual Red Lentil Pot Pies


    There are just some culinary terms that make me extra happy and pot pie is one of them. The image of creamy filling encased in pastry is enough to make me hungry. It's also an incredibly versatile dish since both the crust and the filling can be varied so much.

    Thursday, February 8, 2018

    Apple Puff Tart with Tahini Caramel


    Not all Valentine's Day desserts have to contain chocolate. Especially if you suspect a box of your favorite chocolate truffles is being purchased for you because somebody knows how much you love them. So, on the assumption that somebody knows what's good for them and is purchasing said truffles, I think it's safe to move away from the chocolate. There should still be caramel, though.

    Monday, February 5, 2018

    Ground Beef Stroganoff


    Sunday was cold and rainy and I was feeling run down from a long week. Normally I make a big pot of soup when I feel like that but I was more in the mood for something rich and hearty. Or, at least, rich tasting.

    Wednesday, January 31, 2018

    Sparkling Red Currant Cosmopolitan


    I am obsessed with fresh currants and probably mores so because of how hard they are to find. In New York I typically find them in the winter at specialty gourmet stores but sometimes larger farmer's markets will have them. One thing is sure and that's that, if I see them, I'm buying them.

    Monday, January 29, 2018

    Chocolate Raspberry Layer Cake


    Most of the time, I am not a fancy dessert maker. I like to create recipes that are easy, quick and delicious. But sometimes you have to make an effort and Valentine's Day is the perfect occasion for an extra fancy chocolate cake.

    Thursday, January 25, 2018

    Triple Chocolate Shortbread Cookies


    It's almost time for the sweetest holiday of the year. And yes, it's wonderful if you have a romantic partner but I believe in spreading the love to friends and family. Thanks to Parks and Recreation, so many of my friends now host "galentines" celebrations and I'm happy to share the friend love with sweet treats.

    Monday, January 22, 2018

    Cheesy Beef and Potato Casserole


    Every time I make a casserole I ask myself why I don't make them more often. They can be prepped ahead of time, come together using just one or two pans and they usually make enough for lots of leftovers. Those are all words that interest me when I'm busy and can realize, with relief, that dinner is already in the fridge, just waiting for me to reheat it.

    Wednesday, January 17, 2018

    Burger Au Poivre


    One of my favorite restaurant splurges is steak au poivre which is typically a filet mignon served with a creamy peppercorn sauce. The steak is great, of course, but it's the sauce that makes me crave that dish. So, why not just make the sauce?

    Monday, January 15, 2018

    Chocolate Chip Tahini Cake

    This weekend I was going through my pantry and thinking about doing some cold weather, stay-at-home-day baking. There's something so comforting about winter baking not to mention, I really wanted something sweet.

    Thursday, January 11, 2018

    Baked Cauliflower Rice and Bacon Arancini


    Where should I begin? The arancini part, the cauliflower rice part or the fact that this recipe serves four but I ate most of it by myself for dinner last night?

    Monday, January 8, 2018

    Winter Squash Soup with Sage


    I hope you all are not getting sick of soup recipes because the temperatures and wind chill around here are below zero and that means I'm eating soup. My big soup pot pretty much lives on top of the stove lately because it's a stay inside, eat all the soup and watch Netflix kind of month.

    Wednesday, January 3, 2018

    Braised Short Ribs


    So...brrrr. Those of us in the north east are enjoying (no, not really) single digit temperatures and the pleasures of potential frostbite whenever we take the dog for a walk. Mind you, I'm not really complaining that much because my apartment is heated and cozy. Just maybe getting a little claustrophobic in here.

    Monday, January 1, 2018

    Black Bean Soup


    Happy New Year, friends! I hope you had an opportunity to take some time off around the holidays. I took most of last week off which, for me, meant catching up on sleep, catching up on some personal stuff that I wanted crossed off my list and playing around in the kitchen.

    Wednesday, December 27, 2017

    End of Year Round-Up 2017

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    Happy holidays friends! I'm taking a little break this week, by which I mean I'll be working on finishing loose ends, catching up on paperwork and doing lots of planning for 2018. Yeah, I know, but I have a hard time letting go completely. Regardless, it's a peaceful week around here and I'm getting some much needed rest.

    Wednesday, December 20, 2017

    Raspberry Champagne Cocktail (and Apartment Tour)


    Happy holidays, friends! I'll have an end of the year recap for you next week but this cocktail is my last recipe for 2017. Clearly it needed to be a festive one. Drink it at Christmas, on New Year's Eve or every night in between so that we can properly close out this year and get a fresh, if slightly hung over, start on the new one.

    Monday, December 18, 2017

    Smoky Beer Battered Cauliflower


    In between batches of holiday cookies, I thought I would take a quick veggie break and indulge my love of cauliflower. I'll eat it pretty much every way there is but I have to admit that my mother's crispy breaded and fried cauliflower was and still is my favorite. So, so good but maybe not so good for me if I'm trying to minimize the cookie damage.

    Wednesday, December 13, 2017

    Gingerbread Shortbread Cookies


    Wait, is it gingerbread or shortbread? What did you make us here, Anita? Well, the answer is a combination of both. Since it's mid-December, I'm definitely feeling the gingerbread vibe. But I have a soft spot in my heart for shortbread. I found a bunch of recipes for ginger shortbread and even some packaged versions from cookie companies I really like. But they taste like ginger, not gingerbread. I needed a better marriage of the two.

    Monday, December 11, 2017

    How to Build a Dessert Treat Board


    One of my favorite things about the holiday season is the visits and get-togethers with friends. There's just something about that whole time between Thanksgiving and New Year that's perfect for gathering. And it's the time of year when I find myself creating a lot of cheese boards and various fun appetizers but somehow I get stuck thinking dessert has to be more formal. Why? I love eating lots of little tid-bits so why should the end of the meal not be as fun as the start?

    Wednesday, December 6, 2017

    Cheesy White and Sweet Potato Latkes


    Hannukah is about a week away so my mind has been drifting to classic holiday favorites like latkes and doughnuts. It's a celebration of oil, after all. But you don't have to be Jewish to appreciate fried potato pancakes anymore than you need to be Christian to eat Christmas cookies.

    Monday, December 4, 2017

    Honey Apple Gingerbread Cake


    I'm normally a fan of easy desserts and I stay away from anything that looks too fussy or elaborate. I want you all to actually try making my recipes so I keep it simple. But the holidays deserve at least a little bit of a fuss. And it's hard not to want to wow your guests. Best of all is when I can create a wow looking dish that's actually not hard to make.

    Wednesday, November 29, 2017

    Chocolate Fluffernutter Martini


    Did you grow up with fluffernutter sandwiches? Do you still sometimes make one for yourself? Come on, tell the truth. It's overly sweet, way too sticky and...we still love them.

    Monday, November 27, 2017

    Loaded Breakfast Pot Pie

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    The holidays are probably the only time I even remotely consider entertaining guests for breakfast. I don't mean that I invite them over for a breakfast party, a la Barefoot Contessa. Ina Garten is my hero but I really can't get it together before, at least, brunch. But if family and friends are visiting, possibly staying with me, it's nice to give them something a little more special than a bowl of cereal. Just to keep it real, I'm usually so uncoordinated in the morning that even adding milk to my cereal sometimes seems like too many steps.

    Wednesday, November 22, 2017

    Thanksgiving Pie Round-Up


    So, it's Wednesday. The day before Thanksgiving. And you've done your shopping and set your table and prepped all the various bits and parts of the epic feast. But you haven't made the pies. Not sure what flavor to make? Nervous about becoming involved with pie dough? Hoping dearly that all your guests will declare they've given up sugar? Nah, you've got this.

    Monday, November 20, 2017

    Roasted Honeynut Squash Salad with Candied Pecans


    I feel like the only food I eat lately is tastings of cake and cookie batter. OK, that's possibly a slight exaggeration but I was feeling like the fresh greens took a back seat once the temperature started dipping.

    Wednesday, November 15, 2017

    Maple Glazed Autumn Spice Treat Cakes


    OK, I confess that I have very little ability to resist baking pans with adorable autumn themed shapes. My problem extends to cookie and pie cutters, too. Fortunately, this recipe can be made just as well in large muffin cups or even mini bundt molds. So you don't have to buy this particular baking dish although, clearly I couldn't resist it.

    Monday, November 13, 2017

    Cheesy Spaetzle and Mushroom Bake


    It's been such an unusually warm autumn in New York that I almost didn't notice that somebody pulled the winter switch somewhere. I stepped out the other day to walk my dog, wearing the light jacket that's been my staple this past month, and suddenly had to run back upstairs to grab a winter coat, gloves and scarf. Going from 70 degrees down to 20 is just not right, Mother Nature.

    Wednesday, November 8, 2017

    White Bean Stew with Bacon


    Confession. When the weather is chilly and I don't have to feed anyone but myself, I pretty much live on soup for dinner. Just give me a slice of crusty bread and a big bowl of hot, preferably creamy, soup and I'm good till breakfast. Is that weird?