Women’s Work and a Recipe: Quinoa Flake Cookies (Gluten Free)

I had a really wonderful chat with a friend tonight about women’s work and what that means. Did you know yesterday was International Women’s Day?

I don’t consider myself a feminist, at least not in the traditional sense. I don’t think that women should have to have high-powered executive jobs or wonderful exciting careers to prove that they are just as capable as men. I do think that the work women do for their families should be considered just as important as the work that a CEO does (if not more important, actually). I think the feminists of the 60s and 70s got it wrong, and I think they actually made life harder for women of my generation.

I have a few career goals, but I also have family life goals. And in the meantime, here are some things I might do if I could do whatever I wanted all day:

  • Review a macrobiotic diet plan (this was such a fun experiment).
  • Make new creations with PB2… (PB2, where are you?? I ordered a new box over a month ago.)
  • Experiment with rice cooker recipes (I’m on this weird mailing list for rice cooker recipes – I don’t know why they send me recipes all the time, but I’m actually kind of glad for it!)
  • Bake more! I have been meaning to make these black bean brownies that I made a long time ago.

In an effort to use my womanly baking skills and show off a bit, I made these cookies for my office last night. Monday was a rough day and baked goods are always good for cheering up. I enjoy baking even if it’s not as “important” as working in an office.

Quinoa Flake Cookies (Gluten Free)

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup quinoa flakes
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • dash of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 egg

Directions

Preheat oven to 375F.

Mix everything together. You can mix the dry together and the wet together separately if you want, but I didn’t and they still came out good.

Drop onto a baking sheet – heaping spoonfuls – and bake for ~15 minutes. Make sure they don’t burn! Soft yet crispy – see:

What would you do all day if you could do anything you wanted? I forgot to mention I would also play with my fats…

Fat cat in a bag (we didn’t put him in; he just likes it).

This is the other fat cat on a couch.

Anyway… What would you do all day if you could do anything you wanted?

Miami: Christmas in Miami (only 2 weeks late…)

Trying to get caught up on all my pictures… here is the Christmas spread from Miami (Bobby and I spent it with his family and family friends in Miami). On Christmas afternoon (around 1?) we headed over to their family friends’ house – it’s a gorgeous house in Coconut Grove. I think that if I could have any house in the world it would be that one!

This guy decided to watch us out the door (I still think lizards are cool – I did not grow up with them everywhere):

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Bobby’s mom (she’s an amazing cook) made a “chirashi”. Chirashi literally means “scattering” or “leaflets”. It’s a Japanese dish consisting of a bowl of sushi rice with various toppings scattered on top. I think Mom uses a slightly sweet rice (I could be wrong!) with some vinegar and sugar (maybe? sorry for the ambiguity!).

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In the US we usually think of chirashi as rice with raw fish on top, but there are actually many more types. The raw fish type is scattered with Edomae chirashizushi (the raw topping). Toppings are always left up to the chef. This time Mom put shrimp and some veggies on top (lotus root, scallions, carrots, seaweed, and sliced fried egg).

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She also made handmade mochi filled with red bean paste. These are made with sweet rice flour… I didn’t get a chance to help out but I definitely want to learn how to make these. These were wrapped individually with saran wrap.

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Once we got to the beautiful house, we helped set the table with all the goodies…

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There were mashed potatoes, green beans, turkey, Caesar salad (I think Mom brought this too), stuffing with chestnuts, cranberry sauce, wrapped up olives (always forget what these are called), gravy, and probably a bunch of other things that I’m forgetting!

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This was my first plate. I honestly don’t remember how many more I had… I definitely ate too much 🙂 It had Caesar salad, mashed potatoes, Brussels sprouts (these were AWESOME – I will definitely try to recreate), beans, turkey, and gravy.

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There was also a table of snacks (crackers, cookies, grapes, cheese, etc…) that I forgot to snap a picture of. And then there was dessert…

Handmade marshmallows (!). Topped with powdered sugar.

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Cupcakes!

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Panettone straight from Italy. A family member lives in Italy for work, and they were here for Christmas.

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It reminded me of our trip to Italy (back in 2008 – exactly 2 years ago now).

Back to now… it was a really wonderful day, and I’m so glad that Bobby and I were able to spend it with his family and the very accommodating and kind family friends.

One of my resolutions this year was to travel more – and I definitely want to fulfill it.

Where do you want to travel this year?

P.S. Coming up – IntenSati (Sati Life) review, eating out in New York yums, and more!

Recipe: Banana Oat Cookies (with goodies!)

One of my very first recipes I ever posted was a recipe for oatmeal raisin cookies. I had been making them almost nightly for my housemates (this was my last semester at Cornell in December 2007)and they were disappearing as quickly as I could cook them. I called them Oatmeal Raisin Applesauce Cookies; that was one of the first times I “healthified” a recipe.

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This weekend I spent time in New Jersey visiting my family. My sister is an avid baker and she wanted to make oatmeal cookies on Saturday, so of course I recommended my recipe. We were out of applesauce and I don’t believe in margarine anymore so I told her how to change it around. They came out so well that I want to repost it here.

Banana Oat Cookies With Treats

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Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup flour (whole wheat or white)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves or other spice (optional)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 banana, mashed
  • 1/3 cup sugar (could probably even use less)
  • 1 egg white
  • 1.5 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1.5 cups oats (quick cooking)
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/4 cup crushed walnuts
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375F. Soak raisins in hot water for 10 minutes while you prep the dough; drain.
  2. Mix the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and spices together. Set aside.
  3. Mix the mashed banana, oil, sugar, egg white, and vanilla together.
  4. Stir in the flour mixture, then add the oats and goodies (drained raisins, walnuts, chocolate chips).
  5. Use a tablespoon to drop the cookies on a greased cookie sheet. Bake for 12-14 minutes.
  6. Enjoy!
  7. Note: to make these vegan, you could probably just omit the egg white.

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We had ours with homemade almond milk (recipe to come – I have to get it from Julia).

I brought back a bunch with me to New York because Bobby adores these. Oatmeal raisin is his favorite kind of cookie.

I’ve asked this before, but I’ll ask it again… what’s your favorite cookie? Mine was sugar cookie/snickerdoodle growing up, then it changed to chocolate chip and chocolate-chocolate chip, and now I think it’s oatmeal raisin. Or just oatmeal.

Breaking the Fast

More Blueprint Cleanse Info:

I opted for Level 3: Excavation. This is the most intense level because the juices are all green; the other levels have more fruit juices. Dori did Level 1: Renovation (she likes green juice, but not the romaine that BPC adds).

6 juices per day.

  1. no.1: Green juice – romaine, celery, cucumber,green apple, spinach, kale, parsley, lemon.
  2. no.2: Green juice – romaine, celery, cucumber, green apple, spinach, kale, parsley, lemon, ginger.
  3. no.3: Green juice – romaine, celery, cucumber, green apple, spinach, kale, parsley, lemon.
  4. no.4: Spicy Lemonade – filtered water,lemon, agave nectar, cayenne.
  5. no.5: Green juice – romaine, celery, cucumber, green apple, spinach, kale, parsley, lemon.
  6. no.6: Nut milk – filtered water, raw cashews, agave nectar, vanilla bean, cinnamon.

I would definitely be able to make most of these – they are really similar to the green juices I was having over the summer.

I had a lot of trouble today. I woke up and did the 30-day shred, so I probably set myself up for being hungry all day long. By 2:30pm I had finished 4 juices – leaving just 2 for the rest of the night. I also cheated and had 2 cups of coffee with a little bit of the nut milk.

At 5:00pm, instead of going for one of the remaining juices (green or cashew milk) I went downstairs to a cafe and got a banana. I tried to chew it well so as not to overwhelm my stomach. I sipped water until I went home from work around 7:30pm. I did not want any more juice. I saved the green one and the cashew milk for later. I might have the green juice tomorrow morning.

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Bobby made healthy fried rice for dinner, so I had a big bowl of that. I pretty much only ate the rice because I wanted to stick with one type of food – it’s easier for digestion if you have just carbs, or just protein, etc…

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Bobby makes the best fried rice. And after dinner I had 2 cookies made by Auntie Jo.

My stomach actually feels okay – I was so so hungry all day today no matter how much I drank or ate and I was worried that when I started eating lots of solids I would feel terrible. But it’s okay so far… I’ll let you know how it pans out. I still feel hungry and I know I’ve had enough – it was a lot of rice.

I don’t know if I would do a cleanse like this again. For one thing, it’s really expensive! It’s $195 for 3 days (but I had 25% off so it was about $146). That’s a little more than $8/juice… which is pretty standard, but I can’t justify it. Especially since it wasn’t enough and I had to eat additional stuff each day. I think if I want to do this in the future I’ll just “juice ‘til dinner” and make my own juices. I’m going to NJ tomorrow so I’ll bring back my Breville juicer this weekend.

Overall – I’m really glad I did it. My stomach is/was flat for a few days and I lost the bloating. It made me realize the importance of appreciating food and not going overboard. It made me recognize that I need to be gentle to my stomach/digestive system because it’s sensitive. But I am SO glad it’s over.

If I don’t post tomorrow… Happy New Year! What are your plans? We’re going to New Jersey tomorrow after work and we’re going to a friend’s house for a small party. I think we’re coming back into the city on Saturday (Bobby is seeing a Nets vs. Cavaliers game).

Christmukkah Party! Latkes Galore!

I am currently on Day 1 of the Blueprint cleanse, but I will review that when it’s over. Now I’m going to post about a holiday/Christmukkah party that my friends had last weekend. Last Saturday (the 19th) was the day of that huge snowstorm in New York. Bobby and I trekked up 10 blocks to David and Sarah’s house (my coworker and his fiance) for a Christmukkah party to raise money for Cycle for Survival (a very cool charity; check it out).

We walked in to see this:

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Really awesome desserts. There were nut cluster things, and rice krispy treats, and cookies, and some kind of chocolate bark. I mostly had the nut clusters, but Bobby loved the rice krispy treats. Sarah was cooking when we got there.

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Dinner was some delicious latkes. I never really had good latkes before. We dipped these in homemade applesauce and sour cream.

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And there were lots of snacks – chips, salsa, baked brie (inside yummy buttery bread), pears, drinks (eggnog, soda, alcohols), cheesy spinach dip, and crackers.

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It was really fun. I missed going to parties – we never did much in California.

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Their apartment was painted really nicely so I think I might get ours painted. It could do with a fresh coat. And here we all are (minus Bobby, who took the picture, and Ann, who left early):

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I should really get the recipe for the latkes. It’s one of my favorite ways to eat potatoes.

What’s your favorite party food? I usually bring a fruit salad – it’s pretty much no fail as long as you put some lemon juice and honey in it! And mint is a good addition too.