Monthly Archives: March 2012

Honey Beer Bread

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So, I found this recipe on Pinterest as well. I have been wanting to make it for about a week, and finally did today! I also recently got my own grain mill and 50 lbs of soft white wheat. So, the flour I used for this recipe was fresh ground. And the beer is an Agave Wheat Beer my husband made! So this is very home made

 

Honey Beer Bread

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 Tbsp. sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 Tbsp. honey or agave nectar
  • 1 bottle (12 ounces) beer
  • 4 Tbsp. (half stick) butter, melted

 

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9″ x 5″ x 3″ inch loaf pan.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.  Using a wooden spoon, stir the beer and honey into the dry ingredients until just mixed.  (I recommend popping your honey in the microwave for a few seconds beforehand to make it easier to stir in!)

Pour half the melted butter into the loaf pan. Then spoon the batter into the pan, and pour the rest of the butter on top of the batter.  (Use a pastry brush to spread it around if you’d like.)

Bake for 50 to 60 minutes, until top is golden brown and a toothpick/knife inserted in the middle comes out clean. Serve immediately.

 

This turned out wonderfully! You can use any beer you want, but  the Agave Wheat worked so nicely for a slightly sweet taste. I will definitely be making this again.

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Tequila Shrimp

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This is another recipe I made for movie night with Stef and Andrew last night. Super simple, extra tasty. The original recipe suggested skewering the shrimp and grilling them. Not having time for that, I baked them in the oven. Grilled would be very good, but baking turned out great as well! And yes, this is another Pinterest find.

Tequila Shrimp

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 lb shrimp, peeled and de-veined
  • 2 medium cloves of garlic
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 2 Tbs vegetable oil
  • 2 Tbs tequila
  • 1 tsp soy sauce
  • 2 tsp lime juice (and some extra for serving!)

 

Directions:

1. pre-heat oven to 400*

2. In a medium sized bowl, mix garlic, sugar, oil, tequila, soy sauce and fresh lime juice.

3. Add shrimp to bowl of mixture. Allow shrimp to marinade in sauce for about 20 minutes.

4. bake shrimp for about 5  minute, or until shrimp is cooked (depends on size of shrimp. I used the tiny ones because it’s what I had)

6. Squeeze little bit of fresh lime juice over shrimp right before serving.

Healthy Mozzarella Sticks

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So last night I went to my friends Andrew and Stefanie’s house for a movie night. I have been itching to cook, and since husband is under the ocean, I don’t have a lot of oportunity to cook for other people. So I offered to bring some finger foods to accompany the movie. Also, both Stef and I are trying to eat healthy right now, both for health’s sake and for weight loss. So, this recipe and the following, are my healthy finger foods! I also made a raw spinach and artichoke dip, but it wasn’t as great as I had hoped…

I love love LOVE those tasty fried Mozzarella sticks. The kind you get in pubs, Sonic, or other such places. They are so yummy! But deep fried breaded cheese is far from healthy… so thanks to Pinterest (which is my new best friend) I found a great recipe for a healthier version of fried cheese. BAKED! Simple concept, easy to make, and yummy.

(In case you haven’t figured this out, clicking on the titles (below) takes you to the original recipe!)

Healthy Mozzarella Sticks

Ingredients:

  • 12 sticks of string cheese in your choice of cheese (I used low fat mozzarella)
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp of flour
  • 5 tbsp of bread crumbs (I  used Italian-style)
  • 2 tbsp of parmesan cheese
  • A dollop of olive oil, or cooking spray
Directions:
  • Cut the cheese sticks in half, making 24 slices, then freeze the slices in the freezer until completely frozen
  • Beat the egg in a small bowl. Use a separate bowl to combine the bread crumbs and parmesan cheese
  • To bread the cheese sticks: First dip the frozen cheese stick into the flower, then into the egg, then into the bread crumb mixture
  • Once all of the 24 sticks are coated, place them on a baking sheet covered with aluminum foil coated with a few drops of olive oil or sprayed with cooking spray (this will keep cleanup to a minimum, and keep the sticks from sticking!)
  • Bake in the oven at 400 degrees for about 4 minutes, or until crisp. They need to be watched closely so they don’t melt completely!

http://everkycollegegirl.com/how-to-cook-healthy-mozzarella-sticks/