23 July 2014

Stuffed Sweet Potatoes with Arugula and Feta + WIAW #183

I decided to switch things up and go backwards today, mainly because my dinner was a tad on the epic side. It seems a bit overzealous to call something that is so ridiculously simple epic, but when it comes to flavor, there's no other word to describe it. Well other than delicious. And quick. And easy. And oddly enough chickpea approved. And with that, we commence bombardment via sweet potato:

Stuffed Sweet Potatoes with Arugula and Feta

Stuffed Sweet Potatoes with Arugula and Feta

They couldn't be easier. Bake or nuke a sweet potato to fluffy perfection, pinch the ends together, and stuff with a mountain of arugula and feta. I love it so.

Lunch was leftover grilled salmon from my Salmon Ciabatta Sandwiches mixed with chunk light tuna, avocado, and a little bit of mayo and scooped up with an obscene amount of honey corn bread crackers.

Salmon Tuna Salad with Avocado

And lastly, breakfast was and egg, avocado, arugula, and cheese sandwich.

Egg Cheese and Avocado Breakfast Sandwich

Uhhh yeah I bought a new plate set, why do you ask?

[I'm a bit obsessed with them as you can tell]

Peas and Crayons

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22 July 2014

a little tuesday foodspiration

Is this not the most brilliant place setting ever? 
I think so. 

 Edible Fruit Kebab Party Place Setting by Creativelive

Pretty? Check! Creative? Check! Healthy? Check! Edible??? NOM!

Brittni Mehlhoff is pretty much a genius in my book. Visit Paper n Stitch for the how-to! She even has a tutorial for the pretty watercolor napkins! Score!

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20 July 2014

Banana Nut Muffins with Pecan Streusel

When the bananas on my counter start stepping up their freckle game and go from edible to super freaking sweet, I make banana bread. It's just how things go around here. That is, until the loaf pan up and runs away on me, and the chocolate chips begged to be eaten the week prior, and WHERE THE EFF DID THE WALNUTS GO!? All issues aside, I had bananas. I had pecans. I had a muffin pan. Why on earth am I being so dramatic?

The world may never know.

Fluffy and Fabulous Banana Pecan Muffins

Editing photos after giving the entire batch [minus two for my face] to Paul and his Marine buddies was super stupid. I'm holding back from licking my computer screen right now. More please!

Banana Nut Muffins with Pecan Streusel

2 cups unbleached, all-purpose flour
1 + 1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
3 overripe bananas [around 1 cup mashed]
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled
1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
2 eggs
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup chopped pecans

I also made a batch with half white whole-wheat flour and half all-purpose and they were equally yummy! Recipe adapted from Tyler Florence

for the streusel topping:
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup pecans, chopped and crushed
2 TBSP all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1-2 TBSP cold, unsalted butter, chopped

Feel free to sneak in that second teaspoon of buttah for extra buttery streusel. Oh and while you're at it, just double the streusel and double the fun!

Pecan Streusel Recipe
Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees F. Combine flour, baking soda, and salt; set aside. In a small bowl, combine streusal ingredients minus the butter and set aside. In a large bowl, mash bananas with a fork and add brown sugar, melted butter, apple sauce, vanilla, and eggs and whisk them all together. Next slowly add in the flour/baking soda/salt mixture and whisk until just incorporated. Fold in the pecans and pour into a 12-cup muffin tin lightly spritzed with coconut or olive oil, filling each up just a smidge over halfway.

Grab your streusel bowl and add cold chopped butter and mash with your fingers [get up close and personal with it!] until every bit of flour and sugar is buttery and crumbly. Top each muffin with a few yummy crumbles of streusel and bake.

Once you place the muffin tin in the oven, immediately turn oven from 400F to 375F. I use this trick to give the muffins a little extra oompah aka height.

Bake for 18-20 minutes. If you overstuff the muffin cups and wind up with 8-10 muffins instead of 12, expect to add at least 5 minutes of extra cook time. It'll vary oven to oven so a toothpick test [inserting one into the center to check if it comes out dry] will be your best friend here.

Banana Nut Muffins with Pecan Streusel

so... how were they!? I want more. I need more. Oh baby. Oh baby.

If you can name that movie I'll love you forever and ever.

get baked:
Homemade Chocolate Chip Cookie CakeBrowned Butter Banana Bread with Peanut Butter DrizzleDark Chocolate Chip Scones
Blueberry Orange SconesBanana Zucchini Bread and Muffins Homemade Everything Bagel Biscuits

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