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Goin' to town Julia Child style…

My weekend was successful, for the most part! Made kale chips, tried 3 new recipes, had 2 long runs (not 5 and 6 miles…but 5 1/4 and 5!), lifted weights (once…oops), watched Food, Inc., watched Illinois BEAT Indiana (WOOT!), and finished the “Recipes” tab*.

* If you would, please make me aware of any recipes that have messed up formatting. When I made the switch from Blogspot to WordPress my post formatting got completely messed up 🙁

I made THREE new recipes, and they all come with high regards from the Prevention household!! 😉

First up…

Power Granola

Power Granola

2 cups regular oats
1/3 cup ground flaxseed
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
1/4 cup chopped slivered almonds
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/3 cup orange juice
1/3 cup honey
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 teaspoons canola oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Cooking spray
1/3 cup dried cranberries*

Preheat oven to 300°.

Combine first 5 ingredients in a medium bowl.

Combine orange juice, honey, and brown sugar in a small saucepan. Cook over medium heat just until sugar dissolves, stirring frequently. Remove from heat; stir in oil and vanilla.

Pour honey mixture over oat mixture, stirring to coat. Spread mixture in a thin layer onto a jelly-roll pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 300° for 10 minutes; stir well. Bake an additional 10 to 15 minutes or until golden brown. Spoon granola into a bowl; stir in dried cranberries*. Cool completely.

Note: Store completely cooled granola in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks.

Yield: About 4 3/4 cups (serving size: about 1/2 cup)

CALORIES 196 FAT 6.8g FIBER 3.6g

*I substituted golden raisins as I am in “Operation Pantry Clean-Out” mode. It’s DELICIOUS!!!!!!! So easy, too!

Homemade Barbeque Sauce

Homemade Barbeque Sauce
Source: Jessica at How Sweet It Is

2 cups ketchup
1 cup water
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
5 tablespoons light brown sugar
4 tablespoons sugar
1/2 tablespoon molasses
1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
1/2 tablespoon onion powder
1/2 tablespoon ground mustard
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

Combine all ingredients in a saucepan and let come to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook uncovered for approximately 2 hours, stirring occasionally. The mixture will thicken and reduce a bit.

Jessica was so cute in her post yesterday, nearly insisting everyone tries this recipe! 😉 I had everything on hand, so I gave it a go. And, I give it a BIG thumbs up! It was the perfect addition to leftover brisket! Thank you, Jessica!

And last, but certainly not least…

Cheese and Shrimp-Stuffed Poblanos

Cheese and Shrimp-Stuffed Poblanos

Source: Cooking Light – January 2010

1 red bell pepper
8 poblano peppers
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 pound peeled and deveined medium shrimp, chopped*
1/2 tsp salt, divided
5 garlic cloves, minced
1 1/2 Tbsp all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp ground red pepper
1/2 cup half-and-half
3/4 cup fat-free milk, divded
3/4 cup (3 ounces) shredded Chihuahua cheese
2 Tbsp chopped fresh cilantro
2 Tbsp fresh lime juice


  1. Preheat broiler.
  2. Cut bell pepper in half lengthwise; discard seeds and membranes. Place bell pepper halves, skin sides up, and whole plobanos on a foil-lined baking sheet. Broil 10 minutes or until blackened, turning poblanos to blacken on all sides. Place peppers in a zip-top plastic bag; seal. Let stand 10 minutes. Peel. Finely chop bell peppers. Cut tops crosswise from poblanos; remove seeds.
  3. Heat a large skillet over medium-high head. Add oil to pan; swirl to coat. Sprinkle shrimp with 1/4 teaspoon salt. Add shrimp to pan; cook 3 minutes or until done. Remove from pan.
  4. Add garlic to pan; saute 30 seconds, stirring constantly. Sprinkle with flour and ground red pepper; cook 1 minute. Slowly add half-and-half, stirring with a whisk. Stir in 1/2 cup milk; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat; let stand 2 minutes. Add cheese and 1/4 teaspoon salt, stirring until smooth. Place 1/3 cup cheese mixture in a large bowl; reserve remaining cheese mixture. Add bell pepper, shrimp mixture, cilantro, and lime juice to 1/3 cup cheese mixture in bowl; toss to coat. Stir 1/4 cup fat-free milk into reserved cheese mixture. Spoon 3 tablespoons cheese sauce onto each of 4 plates. Spoon 6 tablespoons shrimp mixture into each poblano. Place 2 stuffed peppers and two tops on each plate.

Yield: 4 servings of 2 peppers each

Nutrition Information (per serving): 367 calories; 18.7 g. fat (7.5 g. saturated fat, 8 g. monounsaturated fat. 1.9 g. polyunsaturated fat); 32.9 g. protein; 20.2 g. carbohydrate; 2.1 g. fiber; 206 mg. cholesterol; 4.4 mg. iron; 649 mg. sodium; 306 mg. calcium

*I used cooked shrimp and defrosted them ahead of time. I sauteed them for approximately 1 minute in oil, as to not over-cook and simply heat through.

This dish was EXCELLENT! It’s not quite a meal, but certainly more than an appetizer, so I’m going with a light meal 🙂 I recommend making this when you have time, and be sure to do the prep work ahead (chopping, squeezing, thawing, etc.).

Last night, we had a “comfort” dish from our days in Italy — we re-created our favorite Italian pizza…the Sacro Monte.

Sacro Monte on Organic Whole Wheat Crust
Sacro Monte: turkey pepperoni, cherry tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, and arugula
A bottle of Chianti...that finally made it to Tulsa for our consumption ๐Ÿ™‚

Yesterday we took Lily on a long walk in the FREEZING cold. As a joke, I dared hubby to wear his HUGE hat from Russia. He agreed, and talked me in to doing the same. So there we were, in Tulsa, with our Russian hats, walking our dog wearing her Fighting Illini basketball coat…it was quite the sight!

Lily in her Illini jacket!
Yep, we got looks...(no shame!)


  1. How was your weekend? Did you try any new recipes or fun, delicious foods?
  2. Have you ever made homemade granola? ‘Cause you should!
  3. Would you laugh at passerby’s wearing Russian hats? I would!

Make it a wonderful, healthy, happy week!! Thanks for reading! 😉

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  1. January 11, 2010 / 6:21 am

    Dang girl you are quite the cook! I need to try some of those recipes! We put flax in everything! Omegas ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. lessonstolearn
    January 11, 2010 / 6:37 am

    I’ve never heard of a Poblano pepper, but your recipe looks so good, I may have to find out!

    I have been spending a lot of time in the kitchen experimenting with gluten-free variations of my favorite recipes. I miss gluten ๐Ÿ™ But I am excited to be discovering some things I never would have tried before. Polenta, for example, is a new favorite!

  3. January 11, 2010 / 7:20 am

    I love the pic of you in your Russian hats! ๐Ÿ™‚

    I have never made granola, but you are right, I should. I love all the food in this post!

    Happy Monday! ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. January 11, 2010 / 7:27 am

    Oooh, that granola looks amaze! And Lilly is adorable. ILLINI! ๐Ÿ˜€

  5. January 11, 2010 / 7:33 am

    Very yummy dishes esp the pizza looks very delicious and so colourful..

  6. January 11, 2010 / 7:45 am

    I love homemade granola!! I have a recipe from Alton Brown that I use– it’s amazing!

    Love dogs in clothes. I don’t care what anyone says. ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. eaternotarunner
    January 11, 2010 / 8:06 am

    I have a russian hat! It’s so warm ๐Ÿ™‚

    I’ve never made homemade granola but I want to!

  8. January 11, 2010 / 8:12 am

    We had Ethiopian food this weekend! I’ve had it before, but I love it, so yummy! I made homemade granola last week, and I’m a convert for life, never buying it again! And the hats, well my brother has one and I have some silly hats too, so I think it’s fun! Glad you had a nice weekend!

  9. January 11, 2010 / 8:42 am

    wow that granola looks great! LOVE that hat.. u look like a snow bunny!

  10. Kenya
    January 11, 2010 / 8:44 am

    I made homemade pizza for the first time Friday and I must pat my shoulder!! I found a whole wheat crust recipe and topped it with chicken sausage, turkey pepperoni, green peppers and low-fat mozzarella cheese. Really tasty!

    Cute hats ๐Ÿ™‚ I have one similar to yours that I got from Tar-gey (Target!)

  11. January 11, 2010 / 9:19 am

    hahaa I laughed out loud looking at your russian hat photo!!! but those things are totally necessary in Chicago right now. yesterday it was 2 degrees downtown!!! I bet you don’t miss home with weather like that!

  12. January 11, 2010 / 9:49 am

    I have actually never made granola….always wanted to, though! It’s on my list, for sure. I never buy it because it’s so $$$!

    I didn’t try any new recipes this weekend, but I’m trying two (!) new ones tonight. One of them is a new (to me) sugar cookie recipe. Can’t go wrong with that, right??

    hahaha and yes I’d laugh at the hats, but secretly I’d be jealous because they look super warm!

  13. January 11, 2010 / 10:15 am

    Great weekend workout! I usually get a little lazy on the weekends and am lucky to get in a good run or yoga session. Your granola recipe looks like something I want to test out!

  14. January 11, 2010 / 10:16 am

    All the food looks amazing. Your hubby is one lucky guy! Lily is super cute in her coat. Stay warm!

  15. January 11, 2010 / 11:01 am

    How cute is Lily!
    I have never made homemade granola but I want to try your recipe. I loooovee granola. So good!
    That pizza looks amazing also! Glad you had a nice weekend and it sounds like you got in some good workouts!

  16. January 11, 2010 / 11:52 am

    Nice to hear about your great weekend! Mine was pretty great too. Got to spend time with some old friends, and get to know some new ones. Yesterday I traded a little effort in the kitchen for a lot of yumminess in my lunches this week: I made pumpkin-spiced roasted chickpeas and sesame-maple-ginger baked tofu and roasted beets to throw on big salads with lots of colorful veggies. Can’t wait to eat my lunch today!

  17. January 11, 2010 / 11:57 am

    So glad you had a great weekend!

    We had friends in town so it was quite busy ๐Ÿ™‚

    Have a great week!!

  18. January 11, 2010 / 12:03 pm

    The the post, you look cute in the hats. Thanks for visiting my site. I love homemade granola.

  19. January 11, 2010 / 12:21 pm

    I have made granola before – I used the crockpot ladies crockpot granola!
    I tried a new tea this weekend does that count?
    And I would laugh – I would LOVE to say I wouldn’t but my husband and I saw a guy AT THE MALL with a Russian hat on and I was laughing at him!

  20. January 11, 2010 / 12:37 pm

    Love the hat! The pizza looks so fancy! Great job.

  21. January 11, 2010 / 12:51 pm

    Cheese and Shrimp-Stuffed Poblanos! Woah! Sounds amazing!
    I LOVE the russian hats!

  22. January 11, 2010 / 1:12 pm

    HA my niece has a russian hat and I love it! I even tried it on and it fits lol

    yuuuums that pizza looks amazing! and don’t get me started on that shrimp…double yums

  23. January 11, 2010 / 1:12 pm

    And as always Lily stole my heart!

  24. January 11, 2010 / 2:18 pm

    I have NEVER made homemade granola. I keep meaning to and just never get to it.
    I love that you went out in the russian hats – why not right?

  25. January 11, 2010 / 2:47 pm

    I love making granola and yours looks soooo good!

  26. January 11, 2010 / 2:51 pm

    Everything looks great! I still haven’t cracked my January ’10 Cooking Light yet – I am all over the stuffed peppers! ๐Ÿ˜€

    You look so cute in your hats – hey, whatever keeps you warm!

  27. January 11, 2010 / 3:27 pm

    hehe, love the hats!! ๐Ÿ™‚ Everything sounds awesome!! Especially the stuffed poblanos!! YUMMY!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  28. intheskinny
    January 11, 2010 / 3:53 pm

    I wouldn’t laugh at the hats – I would be jealous. I want one to keep me warm!!

    Can’t wait to check out the recipes tab. ๐Ÿ™‚

  29. January 11, 2010 / 4:13 pm

    awesome dishes!! I actually just saw those stuffed poblano peppers in the cooking light mag and thought they looked so good! I love your granola recipe too. Sounds really tasty. I gotta try making my own! Weekend was really good! Ive been on a zucchini pasta kick so been making alot of that. Great job on your runs too!!

  30. January 11, 2010 / 6:02 pm

    You were one busy cooker!

    I have made my own granola! Homemade is sooooo much better tasting that store bought. It’s just fresher. Plus, you get to choose the ingredients!

  31. January 11, 2010 / 6:45 pm

    I love that you posted a barbecue sauce recipe! So many of the ones in stores have HFCS – yuck! And I love Lily. She is so cute! She’s actually the kind of dog I’m thinking about adopting someday ๐Ÿ™‚

  32. Stef @ moretolifethanlettuce
    January 11, 2010 / 7:20 pm

    not one, not two, but THREE new recipes? you are awesome! what a great weekend- spent playing around in teh kitchen and wearing russian hats ๐Ÿ˜‰

  33. January 11, 2010 / 8:15 pm

    Too cute on the dog walk. The granola looks awesome. And wow does that pizza look good. if we get stationed at Italy I will probably gain so much weight.

  34. Mom
    January 11, 2010 / 9:42 pm

    I will definitely try the boys out on that granola; it looks great.

    The three of you look quite the sight. Have you, Mark & Lily adopted the pleasantly disfunctional lifestyle?

  35. January 11, 2010 / 9:43 pm

    Great granola.
    I would love to go to Italy and eat at all the pizza places ๐Ÿ™‚

  36. January 11, 2010 / 10:53 pm

    I have never made granola because I’m afraid I wouldn’t be able to stop eating it. Everything looks delicious!

  37. January 12, 2010 / 12:25 am

    Great post! Yummy recipes!
    I should totally make Granola! Looks so good!
    And when I see passerbys wearing russian hats, I wish I had one myself. So freaking cold here, too!

  38. January 13, 2010 / 7:13 am

    Your posts are so lively and filled with information! Yes, I have made homemade granola….beats the heck out of the store bought ones.
    Great recipe here for the Cheese and Shrimp-Stuffed Poblanos. I am thrilled that you use all ingredients in your healthy cooking: cheeses, 1/2 & 1/2 etc. So many people think it is bad to include these fats as part of their balanced diet…..they go with the overly processed “dairy” products that have no flavor and are filled with chemicals. When you use the real stuff a little goes a long way!
    You guys are adorable in your hats!! Such a cute couple, and your puppy dog is precious!!

  39. January 14, 2010 / 12:38 am

    I’ve been on a complete homemade granola kick lately, and I think Power Granola is next on my list ๐Ÿ™‚ Though after seeing these pics, maybe I’ll make pizza instead :p

  40. January 16, 2010 / 8:20 am

    Those stuffed poblano peppers sound amazing–they’d be good for a party appetizer. Looks like you’ve been mighty busy in the kitchen! ๐Ÿ™‚

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