Saturday, February 27, 2010

Vegetarian Chili

So this cold weather has totally made me crave chili for the past week. But canned chili, not so good. I decided I'd just kind of get a bunch of stuff and make it up as I go. Here's what I came up with...

Veg Chili

2 white onions
1 red pepper
1 yellow pepper
3 large stalks of celery
1 can of stewed tomatoes
2 cans kidney beans
1 can pinto beans
1 12-oz package of ground beef substitute
2 cans of tomato sauce
1 carton vegetable stock
1 can tomato paste
2 tablespoons chili powder
2 tablespoons onion powder
2 tablespoons garlic salt
1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 tablespoon flour

1. Clean and chop all the fresh veggies. Saute them until they're translucent, not brown. Sprinkle flour over them (thickening agent).
2. Add a cup of the vegetable stock, a can of the tomato sauce, the chili powder, onion powder, garlic salt, cayenne pepper, black pepper and let mixture come to boil.
3. Add the rest of the ingredients and let simmer however long you'd like.
4. Enjoyyyy!!!!!

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Make from scratch pancakes

Well, I literally haven't had time for anything, much less homemade goodness. Sorry, blog, for neglecting you :/


There's nothing worse than waking up on a Sunday at 1 pm, with a small bit of hangover left, craving pancakes only to walk into the kitchen and realize you have no pancake mix. Have no fear! I have a recipe for insanely good homemade pancakes! The best part: it's soo easy.


1 1/4 cups flour (I use whole wheat)
3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 heaping tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 egg
3 tablespoons melted butter
1 3/4 cups milk
1/4 teaspoon vanilla (optional)

1. Mix the dry ingredients together in a bowl (hint: for fluffier pancakes, sift the dry ingredients. I don't own a sifter so I don't do it and they still turn out great).
2. Make a well in the middle of the dry ingredients. Add the milk, egg and butter into well.
3. Mix until mixture is smooth.
4. Heat large frying pan (or griddle if you're lucky enough to have one!). Pour batter into pan (make'em as big as ya want, obviously! But be careful because the batter will spread).
5. Flip when all of the bubbles in the batter have popped. The other side will take about as long as the first side.
6. Enjoy :) !!

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Pita Pizzas

So let's be honest, pizza is my weakness. I honestly crave it more than any other food. I think it has something to do with being in college. But I've found a healthier (and cheaper) alternative to ordering pizza multiple times a day....

Spinach, Tomato and Feta Pizza

4 whole wheat pitas
1 cup ricotta cheese
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp basil
1 cup frozen spinach, thawed, drained
1 tomato (whichever kind is your fave)
1 cup feta cheese

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
2. Place whole wheat pitas on baking sheet.
3. Combine ricotta, garlic, oregano, basil. Spread onto pitas.
4. Cut tomato into 1/2 in thick slices. Place as many slices as you'd like on pitas. Put spinach on top. Sprinkle with the feta cheese.
5. Bake for 10-12 min or until edges of pita are light brown (I also like my feta to have a little bit of brown as well).
6. ENOY :)!!!!

Margherita Pita Pizza

4 whole wheat pitas
Leftover spaghetti sauce
Garlic powder (optional)
Black pepper (optional)

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
2. Place pitas on baking sheet.
3. Spread very thin layer of sauce over pitas, sprinkle with garlic powder.
4. Cut tomato into 1/2 inch slices. Place slices on pitas.
5. Sprinkle with feta cheese and black pepper.
6. Bake for 10-12 min or until edges are light brown.
7. ENJOY :)!!!