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Never Ending Sweet Tooth

You know when you’re sitting around with a group of people and out of nowhere someone starts asking random questions?  Well, that happened to me the other day, and the best question asked was, “What would you want your last meal on Earth to be?”  Honestly, it didn’t even take me second seconds to blurt out, “Warm, gooey chocolate chip cookies and a tall glass of milk!”  Now that’s what I call a sweet tooth! 

For as long as I can remember, I have loved chocolate chip cookies – Chips Ahoy, Tollhouse, Keebler, Soft Batch – you name it, I ate it!  However, the one thing I wasn’t so good at growing up was making my own cookies from scratch.  Sure, I could slice n’ bake and call them my own, but that’s not my style!  I wanted to perfect my own chocolate chip cookie.

The perfect opportunity came to be in the 10th grade. We had to bake cookies for Chemistry class (for pi day or something).  I remember driving to the store to buy all the necessary ingredients, going home and actually making the cookies, and then being completely disappointed when they came out as hard as hockey pucks.  I still brought them to class, only to have some boy throw one across the room to prove that they were unbreakable.  Eek!  Talk about embarrassed!

Since then, I haven’t really experimented with homemade cookies much.  It’s been break n’ bake ever since.  Well, until today that is…

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So they don’t photograph well…you can’t have it all, people!

I saw Katie’s Flourless Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe yesterday and just knew that I had to make something very similar very soon.  So, I got home, ate a quick dinner, and got started.  I was in an adventurous mood today, so I took her recipe and modified it a little.  And if you’ve already read Katie’s post from yesterday, you know my cookies don’t look half as beautiful as hers, but they tasted really good.  That’s what counts, right?!

Double Dark Chocolate Flourless Cookies
Modified from Chocolate Covered Katie

Yields 6 cookies

3/4 cup quick cooking oats
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons raw cane sugar
1 tablespoon unsweetened dark chocolate cocoa powder
1 tablespoon peanut butter
2 tablespoons unsweetened applesauce
2 tablespoons dark chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Combine first five ingredients in a blender until the mixture is coarsely combined.  Melt the peanut butter in the microwave for 10-15 seconds.  Mix melted peanut butter and apple sauce in with the dry ingredients.  Add in the chocolate chips right before the mixture starts to form into a ball of “dough.”  Form 6 cookie patties and place on lightly sprayed baking sheet.  Bake for 9 minutes.  Enjoy!

Sure, these aren’t decadent, rich cookies, but they sure did satisfy my sweet tooth.  And if I can do that while still being healthy, I’ll take it! 

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Off to watch some Wednesday night reruns.  Does anyone know when new episodes of Modern Family start back up?! 

What would you want your last meal on Earth to be?

Chocolately Overnight Oats

I’m pretty sure overnight oats are old news for most people.  Not for me though!  I’ve been wanting to make myself a batch for some time now but never quite got around to it.  Excuses, excuses…I know!  Well, I finally bit the bullet and prepared a bowl last night, stuck it in the fridge to “gel” together, and gobbled it all up this morning.  All I can say is, I’m kind of obsessed with my creation.  It tasted like a peanut butter cup.  A healthy one at that!

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Trust me when I say, this tasted a bajillion times better then it looked!  It was super chocolately and packed in quite a bit of protein.  Oh how I love filling breakfasts!

And the best thing about overnight oats is that you can mix and match the ingredients to your heart’s content. 

Chocolately Protein Overnight Oats
Serves 1

1/2 cup quick cup oats
1 scoop Chocolate Sunwarrior protein powder
3/4 tablespoon dark chocolate cocoa powder
1 tablespoon chia seeds
3/4 of a medium banana (cut into super small pieces)
3/4 cup skim milk
1 scoop peanut butter

Mix everything together in a bowl until combined.  Refrigerate overnight.  Enjoy in the morning with a scoop of PB. Smile

MMM MMM GOOD!  (I promise!)

Are you a fan of overnight oats?  What method do you use to prepare your bowl?

Mean Irene

I woke up to the sound of rain this morning.  And luckily for me, that’s all Irene has been – a little wind and rain. Storm cloud  However, I know she caused extensive damage for some parts of the east coast.  My thoughts and prayers go out to anyone and everyone affected by Mean Irene.

Let’s see…if Irene had decided to never grace us with her presence, my wedding outfit would’ve been in my possession by now.  I was going to drive to NJ with my aunt to pick it up, but obviously our plans changed a bit.  No bid deal though – we’re going to go again in a couple of weeks! 

Since all the hype about the storm has been happening for at least a few days, I had plenty of time to plan out my weekend at home.  And let me tell you, I kind of needed an entire weekend all to myself.  

The first thing on my agenda was some much needed sleep.  It was glorious!

I also wanted to spend some time making breakfast, as that hasn’t been happening lately.

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This is simplicity at its finest!  Just some oatmeal, cinnamon, banana, peanut butter, and chocolate chips.  Heaven in a bowl I tell you!

I also finished Sarah’s Key last night.  I must say, I found the first half of the book much more compelling.  In my opinion, the second half was a bit of a disappointment.  However, I still recommend the book because I think it tells an important story.

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I also cleaned out my closet this weekend.  It’s been on my to do list forever, so finally bit the bullet and sorted through all my clothes.  I had to have some honest conversations with myself when it came time to deciding what should stay and what had to go.  In the end, quite a few things ended up in the Goodwill bags.

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I also gave my apartment a good cleaning.  A clean home is a happy home after all! Smile

I also watched a couple of movies.  Thank goodness for Netflix! 

Movie #1 was Kismat Konnection, a Bollywood film about luck and love.  It was cute!

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Movie #2 was You Again.  I’m glad I didn’t read any reviews beforehand because 99% of them are awful, but I found the movie pretty funny and perfect for a Sunday afternoon.

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Well, I’m off to check a few more things off my list.  Stay safe, everyone!

Were you affected by Irene?  If so, what did you do to keep yourself occupied?

You Know You’re Indian When…

I love being Indian.  I love the culture, the history, the food, the language, the movies, etc.  Being a first generation American, I’ve come to realize that we Indians are a little different here in the States.  There are a few things that set us apart from the rest of the population.  On my flight to Dallas last week, I decided to see how many of these things I could come up with.  Let’s just say my list wasn’t short! 

Please remember this list is supposed to be funny, and all of the things I talk about are based on my personal experiences as a first generation Indian in America.  I am not trying to offend anyone.  I promise!

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So, you know you are Indian when nothing ever starts on time.  It’s so bad that there’s a term for it – Indian Standard Time.  I kid you not!

Another way you know you’re Indian is when an entire kitchen drawer, container, etc. is dedicated to Taco Bell Sauce packets.  At our house, it was always a huge white container.  It’s a staple in most Indian kitchens!

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You’re most likely Indian if the invite list to your wedding includes people like your mom’s cousin’s wife’s sister’s daughter’s uncle.  Smile  Of course this is a slight exaggeration, but it’s crazy who can end up on the list if you don’t keep a close eye on it.

My personal childhood favorite – I always felt like the odd one out when we had substitute teachers because they could never pronounce my name.  So, I would raise my hand right before my name was about to be called so that he/she didn’t have to say it.  Sometimes it worked and sometimes it didn’t.  And as a side note, I’ve been called everything from Patita to Potato.  Gah!

Another way you know you’re Indian is if there’s an entire closet in your house for blankets and pillows.  I know what y’all are thinking…an entire closet!?  In our house it’s the closet in the upstairs guest room.  I laugh every time I see it!

Another surefire way you know you’re Indian is when all or the majority of the cars in your garage and/or driveway are either Toyotas, Hondas, or some combination of both.  I think we’ve only owned two maybe three other kinds of cars.  I currently own a Honda Civic.

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These were the ones I came up with before I decided to take a nap on the plane, but I did a little Google search to see if I could find any I may not have thought of, and I found a few more that cracked me up.

You know you’re Indian when…

You’re parents are panicking if you’re not married by 25 (especially true if you’re a female).

Everyone in your family has nicknames that sound absolutely nothing like their real names.

You talk for an hour at someone’s front door before heading home after a dinner party (this annoyed me so much when I was younger…now I do it too!).

You secure your luggage with a rope.

In actuality, these things along with everything I talked about at the beginning of this post are why I love being Indian.  Truly!  And I’m pretty sure nothing is going to change with my generation.  It’s in our blood!

Are there things about your culture that make you laugh!?

Simple Meals

So here I was thinking I’d be posting regularly again.  Oops – I’m already behind!  I actually didn’t feel well at all last night.  I finally fell asleep around 11:00 only to wake up again at 3:00 with a tummy ache. Sad smile  I’ll spare y’all the details, but last night was rough…to say the least.  The good news is that I was completely back to normal in the morning and am still going strong!  That counts for something, right!?

Anywho, on to today’s topic – simple meals.  I am the queen of “throwing things together.”  For me, this means a little bit of this and a little bit of that.  I think living solo has really enabled me to master this skill. I really do love being able to come home from work, walk into the kitchen, pick a few staples, cook them up, throw in a few spices, and eat.  Easy peasy!  And now that I have my very own blog, I love that I can share these super simple meals with others so that they too can live the good life! Winking smile

Take tonight’s dinner as an example…

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Quinoa, Zucchini, Bean Bowl

1 cup water
1/2 cup quinoa
2 teaspoons olive oil
1/4 small green zucchini chopped
1/4 small yellow squash chopped
1/2 cup black beans, rinsed and drained
Sea salt
Garlic salt
Paprika
Chili powder
Garlic powder
Annie’s Goddess Dressing
Goat cheese crumbles

Combine water and quinoa in a small sauce pan and set over medium heat.  Allow to boil and then allow to simmer on low for 10 minutes.  Meanwhile, heat olive oil in a small pan.  Add veggies and cook for 3-5 minutes.  Add black beans and allow to cook for another couple of minutes.  Then add spices to taste (which means a dash of this and a dash of that for me).  Stir until combined.  Serve with a tablespoon of dressing and goat cheese crumbles on top.  Enjoy!

See what I mean!?  Easy, healthy, and delish!  And the dish is incredibly versatile.  You can substitute or add any veggies, beans, or spices you want. I love dishes like this because they allow me to be creative in the shortest amount of time possible.  Perfect for the work week.  I think I may try this with some baked tofu next time…just for kicks!

Have a great night!

What are some of your favorite easy peasy recipes!?  Feel free to share links in the comments section.  I’m always looking for simple meal ideas!