Monthly Archives: April 2014

Vanilla Oatmeal Cookies

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I know everyone loves their Chocolate Chip cookies, but sometimes you might crave a more plain and simple cookie. Still chewy and sweet. Like Vanilla Oatmeal Cookies : ) Those of you that pay attention will notice that these are similar to the Maple Oatmeal Cookies, previously featured on my little blog. Well they are basically the same recipe – just take out the chocolate and exchange the Maple Syrup for Vanilla Extract. Once I find a good recipe or method, I try to reuse it again – mixing it up a bit.

Vanilla Oatmeal Cookies

Vanilla Oatmeal Cookies

Vanilla Oatmeal Cookies

What you need:

  • 8 tbsp. (1 stick or 1/2 cup) of Butter – at room temperature (microwave for about 15-20 secs)
  • 1 cup of Flour
  • 1 1/4 cup Rolled Oats
  • 2 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 tsp. Cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. Baking Soda
  • 1/4 tsp. of Salt
  • 3/4 cup of Sugar
  • 1 Egg

Unbaked Cookies

What to do:

  1. Heat oven to 350 F
  2. In a small bowl mix flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt.
  3. In a large bowl combine the butter and sugar together until airy. (Go ahead and use the hand mixer – if you have one)
  4. Add the egg and vanilla extract to the butter and sugar – mix well
  5. Add flour mixture – mix until all ingredients are combined
  6. Add the oats
  7. Drop tablespoon size balls of cookie dough – about 2 inches apart – on greased or parchment lined cookie sheets (about 10-12 cookies per sheet).
  8. Bake for about 12-15 minutes
  9. Once out the oven, transfer to wire rack to cool (wait a few minutes so the cookie doesn’t fall apart)
Vanilla Oatmeal Cookies

Vanilla Oatmeal Cookies

So there you go – now you have added another kind of cookie to your repertoire.

Enjoy!

Annika

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Quick & Easy Vegetarian Fried Rice

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Craving some Chinese food? No need to get in the car, or even pick up the phone for delivery. This Vegetarian Fried Rice recipe will be ready in under 30 minutes for sure. If you are comfortable around the kitchen, it might take you about 15 minutes. And the great thing about making this at home, is of course that you are in control what goes in to the food. This version is non-GMO, MSG- free, Gluten Free. And of course I’m using organic ingredients – so it’s pretty much pesticide free. Shall we call it Freedom Rice? Oh, and it’s very tasty : )

Quick & Easy Vegetarian Fried Rice

Quick & Easy Vegetarian Fried Rice

Quick & Easy Vegetarian Fried Rice

What you need for about 3 servings:

  • 3 servings Cooked Brown Rice (such as Trader’s Organic Frozen Cooked Rice)
  • 2 medium/smallish Zucchinis
  • 1 Yellow Onion
  • 1/2 – 1 cup Frozen Corn
  • Pinch of Pepper
  • A couple of tbsp. Organic Gluten Free Low Sodium Soy Sauce  (You do NOT need salt – soy sauce is your salt here)
  • Garlic Powder (or real garlic would be great too of course, maybe a clove or two)
  • 2-3 whisked and scrambled Eggs (cut up with spatula to smaller pieces)
  • 1-2 tbsp. Vegetable Oil (Canola or Olive Oil)

 

Vegetarian Fried Rice

Vegetarian Fried Rice

What to do:

  1. Whisk and scramble eggs – breaking up with spatula in to small pieces. Set aside.
  2. Peel and finely chop onion. Clean and finely chop/cut zucchinis
  3. Heat the oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add onion and zucchini after about a minute.
  4. After a few minutes add corn (or whatever vegetable you would like to use). Stir
  5. Season with a pinch of pepper and garlic powder
  6. Add rice – mix well with other ingredients.
  7. Add a couple of tablespoons of soy sauce. Mix until all ingredients are covered. Turn down heat to low. Taste – add more soy sauce or spices if needed.
  8. Add scrambled eggs. Mix well to combine. Done – ready to eat!

 

Quick & Easy Vegetarian Fried Rice

Quick & Easy Vegetarian Fried Rice

So there you have it – in about 15-20 minutes you have your Take Home or Take Out Chinese food. So easy. And fast. And very versatile – you can use whatever veggies you like or have at home.

For a Vegan version – simply omit the egg!

Please let me know your favorite versions of this dish. If you like what you see – please share with your friends on your social networks : ))

Bon Appetite!

Annika

 

 

 

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