Granola Bars

The At Home Gourmet is full of foods that I would typically purchase and eat, in more wholesome versions. This granola recipe is a prime example. Chockfull of fruit and nuts it really packs in the flavor. I was eager to try it as I currently purchase a ridiculous amount of expensive granola ( Love Crunch Dark Chocolate & Peanut Butter is my favorite but it can get pricey).

Ingredients: Old fashioned oats, almonds, pecans, shredded coconut, butter, honey, brown sugar, vanilla, salt, pitted dates, dried figs, dried apricots, craisins, raisins

To save on costs, I bought most of this in the bulk food section of my grocery.

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The Process: First I preheated the oven and prepped a baking sheet with a silicone liner. Then I mixed the oats, almonds, pecans and coconuts together and spread the mixture in an even layer on the baking sheet. This toasted in the oven for ten minutes. IMG_5764

 

While that was going on, I melted the butter, honey, brown sugar, vanilla and salt over a low flame and brought the whole thing to a boil. The oat mixture was then ready to be transferred to a mixing bowl. The boiling honey was poured over it and the dried fruit quickly added in. Everything got pressed onto the prepared pan and made a return trip into the oven for 30 minutes. I then let everything cool before attempting to slice it.

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The Results: This oatmeal was crumblier than I anticipated based on the photo of a neat square in the cookbook. I had quite a bit of trouble cutting a neat square, even with appropriate cooling of the granola. The photo below is the only square I managed to cut. The rest was eaten in pieces. However this was very tasty and great for sprinkling into yogurt or munching dry.

I was sadly unable to share the granola with one of my children as she is pecan allergic. Therefore this was an adult only food in my house, but I would bet that older children would enjoy it. Obviously this granola is not for the toddler set as it contains some choking hazards.

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Quesadillas

Kosher by Design Short on Time promises recipes that are quick, and with a toddler and a full time job, I am all about speed these days. I’ve been making these quesadillas for quite some time now and have been so pleased with the results, they have become a family favorite.

Ingredients:

12 large flour tortillas

8-12 ounces shredded cheddar cheese

8-12 ounces shredded mozzarella Cheese

Monterey Jack Cheese, Optional

The Process

This truly was short on time, especially if you buy grated cheese. With grating my own cheese laying out the tortillas and placing the cheese on them took a total of ten minutes. They baked up beautifully, but be careful to watch them closely as they can easily get burnt.

The Results

Delicious cheesy goodness. Actually I have tried this using many different types of cheese and they have all been delicious. This is truly fast, easy to prep, easy to clean and easy to make.STA_0953