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Imitation Butterfingers

First up, today’s “eating simply” menu was super short so I didn’t want to devote a whole post to that

Breakfast: Reduced sugar apples and cinnamon instant oatmeal

Lunch: A White Chicken Pizza Lean Pocket (I did buy these at the store yesterday, but I was running really low on supplies and I knew I could finish them off by next Monday)

Dinner: Leftover Best Ever Macaroni & Cheese from the freezer.

*Side note* If you find that you rarely freeze leftovers because they don’t taste right, I have a tip for you. Some things just don’t freeze and reheat well, which may be the problem. But it could also be the way you’re reheating them. I used to hate leftovers from the freezer, until I realized that reheating them in the oven works way better than microwaving them. It takes a little longer, but it’s definitely worth it. You can  do a bunch of cooking on the weekend and then have dinner all week that requires nothing more than warming it up! Now, for a new recipe…

This recipe isn’t from Pinterest (at least not directly), but I did try another desert-y creation! And in all fairness, this does count as cleanning out my pantry because I bought the ingredients about a week ago but haven’t had time to assemble them until now 🙂  I got this recipe from Ruthie’s blog. They sounded intriguing and they’re crazy easy to make, so I gave them a shot. These imitation butter fingers are supposed to taste like the real thing. After trying them, I wouldn’t go so far as to say they taste the same. But they are darn good. And really, how can you go wrong when peanut butter and chocolate are involved? These would be a great item to take to a party…Or to just enjoy on your own!

You’ll Need

Cheez-its (I used the big ones because they seemed like they’d be easier to work with)

Peanut butter

Baker’s chocolate

Wax paper

Directions

1. Spread peanut butter between Cheez-its, making as many as you want or have chocolate for

2. Once all your “sandwiches” are assembled, melt the chocolate (I don’t have a picture because stupid WordPress keeps turning it sideways, but I used the Baker’s brand chocolate that comes in a microwaveable cup. It was perfect for this recipe)

3. Dip one end of the Cheez-it sandwich in chocolate and place on a wax paper lined cookie sheet (you could also dip the whole thing, but this way is much faster and less messy)

4. Once you’ve dipped all of the Cheez-its, place the cookie sheet in the fridge or freezer until chocolate is hardened. You can eat them right away, but I personally prefer them at room temperature. Enjoy, they won’t last long!
Tip: They’ll get hard quickly, especially in the freezer. But leave them in a little longer than you think is necessary or the chocolate will get soft as it comes to room temperature. Once they’re fully hardened, transfer to a container lined with clean wax paper.

XO,
V

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Eating Simply: Day 2

On Thursday, I posted about trying to use up the stuff in my pantry and fridge and how I came up with the idea for marinara sauce, gnocchi, and ricotta cheese. Well Friday night I worked until 9:00 so I warmed up some leftover pumpkin gnocchi soup when I got home. Saturday, my brother and his girlfriend were in town for an event that ended up getting cancelled due to weather, so the three of us went out for dinner and a movie. And Sunday night, I made the same thing as Thursday night but with ravioli instead of gnocchi. So tonight was the first time since Thursday that I made something new (FYI: I wrote this Monday night but I’m posting it Tuesday because yesterday was Brittany’s turn to post). And that inspired me to do a series of posts instead of just one about how I’m making due with what I already have on hand.

I think this is something a lot of people can benefit from. It doesn’t have to be because you’re moving and you need to clean out your pantry. Maybe you’ve realized that you eat out or pick things up at the grocery store way too often considering how well stocked your kitchen is. Or maybe you’re just in the mood for something simple and you need a little inspiration. So for the next few days, I’ll post about what I’ve managed to make without going to the store. There won’t be a post every day between now and when I move, because I’m sure at some point I’ll have to order a pizza or buy a couple things at the store. But hopefully you all will find this interesting and/or helpful.

Breakfast:

For breakfast this morning, I made myself a “wafflewich.” I got the idea recently, and man are they good! It’s been a long time since I had frozen waffles and I forgot how good they are. Frozen waffles aren’t the healthiest thing in the world, so it’s not something I make all the time. But every once in awhile it’s a nice change from english muffins or bagels.

To make this sandwich, I toasted a whole grain waffle and topped it with a slice of cheddar cheese and a fried egg (I broke the yolk but didn’t scramble the eggs). Yum!

I also had a cup of coffee. I got a $25 Starbucks gift card for Christmas, but I’ve been using my Keurig maker so often that I just finished off my gift card a couple days ago. Yay for saving money and still getting great coffee 🙂

Lunch: 

I know this is bad, but I skipped lunch. I was busy today with move-related phone calls, laundry, and homework so I ended up snacking instead. Tomorrow I’ll do better!

Dinner:

Dinner was inspired by a really simple pasta recipe I saw on Pinterest. The recipe called for some ingredients I didn’t have and don’t particularly like, like red pepper flakes. So I didn’t make that, but it gave me the idea for what I did make

Yep, that and the pasta of your choice is all you need!  I cooked whole wheat spaghetti until al dente, then I added the above ingredients to taste while the pasta was still hot and stirred it all together. I didn’t take a picture of the finished product because it wasn’t much to look at, but it sure tasted good. I liked this even better than the gnocchi dish! Granted, it’s not very filling. But that’s why God invented side dishes and dessert! This would also taste great with pine nuts. but only if you already have them on hand! 😉 Enjoy!

P.S. Whenever I make spaghetti, I make more pasta than I need because there’s always enough sauce for one or two more servings. You can do that with this dish as well, but you’ll want to reheat the pasta with a little water since there’s no actual sauce to warm it up with. Rubbery spaghetti is not good!

XO,
V

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Eating Simply: Day 1

No matter how good I get in the kitchen, there will always be days where I have absolutely zero desire to cook. I’m sure even amazing cooks like my mom have days like that (right…right?!). And tonight was one of those nights for me. I briefly considered ordering a pizza, but I’m moving out in less than two weeks and i have a very well stocked fridge, freezer and pantry. So I decided to work with what I had. A jar of spaghetti sauce, a box of spaghetti, a package of whole wheat gnocchi, and a container of ricotta cheese were all calling to me. No, I didn’t eat all of them together! After some brainstorming and consulting my ever creative co-blogger, I came up with a super fast and delicious dinner that used up three of the four ingredients I listed above. It’s slightly faster than spaghetti because gnocchi cooks to perfection in 2 minutes flat, but the real reason I love it is because it’s a nice change of pace. No one wants to make spaghetti every time they’re in a hurry or feeling uninspired in the kitchen. So here’s the super simple recipe. It’s really more of an inspiration than a recipe because a 5 year old could make this…if gnocchi didn’t require use of the stove.

Ingredients

1. 1 package gnocchi

2. 1 jar of your favorite marinara sauce

3. 1 small container ricotta cheese (full fat or part skim, your choice)

Directions

1. Boil the gnocchi, this shouldn’t take more than 2 minutes

2. In the microwave or on the stove, warm the marinara sauce

3. Put the gnocchi and sauce in a bowl and stir in spoonfuls of ricotta cheese until it takes on the color of vodka sauce or to taste

4. Enjoy!

It looks like a huge portion, but it's mostly sauce. I was a little zealous in pouring!

P.S. If you don’t have ricotta on hand, I don’t recommend making this recipe. I personally have never tried it, but I’ve heard that gnocchi tastes best with a cream based sauce.  Also, try adding spinach! I didn’t have any or I totally would have

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