We have a serious Chinese food problem here in the desert. Well, at least near my house anyway. There is not one Chinese restaurant that will deliver to our house. Not one! We must live in some weird location in town, but I don’t get it! There was one place that was decent, but we had to go through a delivery service to get it and now they’ve closed! What’s the deal?!! And yeah, yeah, we could go pick it up, but that’s not how I like to do Chinese food. I stand firm that Chinese food is best when delivered directly to my door while I am in sweats or pajamas getting ready for a Netflix binge. Am I right, people?!
Alas, we must find other ways to enjoy our favorite Chinese dishes at home. Vegetable Lo Mein has long been one of my favorite dishes to order and it’s incredibly simple to make. Now, is this recipe 100% authentic? Probably not-ish? But, is it good? Oh yes! And are the ingredients simple? Double yes! This dish comes together in about 15-20 minutes and is a lot healthier than the take-out version. The sauce is lighter and contains far less sodium than the traditional version.
You can really use whatever veggies you want too! I used the Asian stir fry mix from Trader Joe’s and it was perfect as it had all the veggies I wanted (including bell peppers, mushrooms, onion, baby corn, bok choy, etc…)and they were already all chopped up! My Chinese cravings are satisfied for now!
It’s almost mid-October which means I am totally ready to start making Halloween treats! I wanted to bring in something to the lab to share with my team as they have been working pretty hard and thought candy bark would be perfect! First, it’s surprisingly easy to make and 2. You can use whatever candy you want to decorate with!
I went with candy corn, mellowcreme pumpkins, M&M’s, and marshmallows, but you can really use whatever your favorite candies are! After I made this, I realized I also should have added some sprinkles! Oh well, next time! But seriously, candy bark is a great treat to make for any holiday and makes for a cute gift too if you put it in a cute box or tin! The hardest part of this recipe? Waiting for it to cool!
Happy Friday! Today we interrupt all of the fall goodies for something not-so-fallish! If you like peanut butter and banana, this is the recipe for you!
See, I made these Peanut Butter Banana Snack Bars and they are everything. They are moist and perfectly peanut-buttery. Yes, I’m making a lot of words up in this post today! And the best news is that they are not that terrible for you either! I used a combo of whole wheat flour and AP flour and also threw in some oats for good measure, and used less sugar. I also opted for coconut oil over butter and also mixed in protein-packed Greek yogurt! You can slice these up for breakfast-on-the-go or for snacks. Adults like them and kids too!
Every year when the season starts and I see honeycrisp apples in the store, I buy wayyyyy too many of them. They are so perfectly sweet and wonderful! I love cooking and baking with them too.
You might be thinking that there is no such thing as too many honeycrisp apples, but this is a real thing. Last weekend I had a few apples sitting around that were about to go bad and a large sweet potato that was also on its way out. So, I decided a perfect Apple Sweet Potato Soup would be the perfect way to use everything up!
This soup is truly fall in a bowl. It’s warm and comforting. Maddie also loves this soup! It’s great for a quick dinner. It’s also vegan so make it for a meat-free meal and serve it with warm and crusty bread! Oh, and did I mention it freezes well too?!
When it comes to salsa, sometimes I like to be a little fancy. What can I say? Sometimes you need to do something a little different. My friends at STAR just came out with four new olive varieties and asked me to come up with some fun recipes. The new flavors include Lemon Stuffed Green Olives, Hot Pepper Stuffed Green Olives, Garlic and Basil Marinated Olives, and Tomato and Peppers Marinated Olives. I’ll be sharing recipes for each of these new olives throughout the next couple of months, but first up is the Spanish-inspired, Tomato and Peppers Green Olives!
I went with a fresh Spanish Salsa with these olives and it was sooooo good! I have to admit that sometimes green olives are a little too salty for me, but I loved this salsa. The green olives paired so perfectly with the fresh tomatoes. And the best part of this was using the marinated pieces of garlic and peppers in the jar!
This salsa is ready in just 5 minutes and is so flavorful and fresh. You literally just toss everything in the food processor and let it go! This salsa is refreshing and perfect for serving for any party, even for watching football! I served it with some lightly salted pita chips, but you could also do sliced and toasted baguette.
Please excuse the horribleness that is our ten month picture, but this girl would NOT sit still for the photo and kept wanting to rip the sticker off. Oi!!
10 Months! Double digits! What is happening?! Madeline is developing such a cute personality and it’s been so much fun. She’s been babbling a lot more and I just die of the cuteness. We’ve been trying to teach her “mama”, “baba”, “dada”, and “up”. I think she understands the meaning of certain words and has been saying “mama” and “baba”, but sometimes I think she is just making noise.
Standing! Lots of standing and walking around along tables and the couch going on around here. Oh, and the photo above of her standing in her crib was the first time she stood up in her crib, and yes, we promptly lowered the mattress afterwards! She also loves walking and pushing this walker around. Standing also gives “getting into everything” a whole new meaning. She opens any cabinet she can, stands up, and pulls things out. We’ve had to start removing some things from bookshelves and the coffee table because she grabs everything she can get her hands on! I think she will be walking unassisted in the next month. Ahhh!
My name is Stephanie. I started this blog because I like to cook and I wanted a place where I could share my recipes with family and friends and improve my cooking skills. Why the name Eat. Drink. Love.? Well, I think this is what life is all about!