So first things first! GRANOLA BARS!!! Sweet Heavenly Mother! I got tired of giving Kaitlyn those Quaker Chewy Granola bars that are really just candy bars. The kid would live off of them if I let her! But I won't. So here's a super easy recipe that I made today and I don't know how many calories they have, but let me just say that I ate 3 small squares ( just couldn't STOP myself!) and I wasn't hungry for 5 hours. Ruh roh.
I found that 25 minutes is long enough to cook them in my oven. Be careful not to scorch the bottoms! I think just about the time you really start smelling them, they are pretty much done. And don't worry if they seem very crumbly when they are warm. They firm up when they cool. Almost too firm, but I find a good crunch relieves some good stress. :)
I took some pics of the finished product...
Ok, THERE! You happy?...what? Yes it's a 13x9, what's your point?!
FINE!! But we had company!! And you have no idea how much toddlers can eat!! And ADAM! Yeah, that's right...Adam had some too! So there!
Now the only ingredient slightly funky in this recipe is the wheat germ. Looks like this...
Noticed this while taking the pic. Good thing cuz that sucker was on his way back to the pantry! Refrigerate, people!
And if you are saying to yourself, "Oh, I have wheat germ!", then I am sorry to inform you that we need to redefine the nature of our relationship. And I will need a letter describing the exact reason for having said germ. And the recipe. I will need the recipe in which you used this. Minimum 3 paragraphs. Thank you.
Ok, so on to one more recipe. Since I'm here, ya know. I've been on a kick lately & I eat Georgia Cracker Salad almost every day for lunch. Forgive my pics because I was just taking them on the fly since I had my camera sitting there. Super easy!
Chop up tomatoes and cucumbers. I used about 1/3-1/2 of a hot house cucumber and 1/2 of a tomato. Only because I was too lazy to go get another tomato. I usually like 1 whole tomato, but I digress...
I know you know what cucumbers and tomatoes look like, but in my fantasy I am channeling the Pioneer Woman. If you don't know her...see me.
Now add yourself a little dollop of the mayo! Just eyeball it (channeling Rachael Ray!) but about half of a kitchen soup spoon. Just enough to get things moist.
Ok, so maybe today I was a little liberal w/ it. Shut up.
If you are feeling a little saucy, add yourself some chili paste. :) This is also a good way to keep peeps out of your salad! Although Kaitlyn could eat this whole bowl by herself and it is a good way to get her veggies, so I often forego the spice.
Now add in some of these puppies!! I use about 6 Saltine crackers. Note: When you are serving this to a crowd, put the crackers in and IMMEDIATELY serve! Those suckers only stay crunchy for about 5 minutes.
Add just a pinch of salt. Pinch I say! But with the pepper...now bear with me...hear me now, believe me later...I use 18 grinds. ~cringing~ I know!! Sounds like a lot! But I tell you, add it a few grinds at a time and you'll see what I mean. When you hit 18, its like magic happens!! I'm not a huge pepper person either. But it just takes it to the next level!! Hopefully your grinder gives you a fine grind. Otherwise, you're on your own.
See what I'm saying?! LOTS of pepper. Ok, now I know this doesn't look too appetizing. And to be honest, I'm not sure if the crackers are in there yet...oh wait...I see some! Ok, crackers are in! More crackers are better but I'm trying to cut back, ya know. Carbs and all that. :)