Krissy’s Winter Oatmeal

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If you’re looking for a healthy way to make your breakfast oats more delicious, Krissy’s Winter Oatmeal uses pear, pomegranate, vanilla bean & more.

If you're looking for a healthy way to make your breakfast oats more delicious, Krissy's Winter Oatmeal uses pear, pomegranate, vanilla bean & more.

Sometimes I like to post recipes that are so simple, you don’t really need to follow the recipe to get similar results, but rather I share them so that maybe you think “hmm, I had never thought of doing it that way before.”  This oatmeal is one of those posts. Its basically a recipe for oatmeal with all sorts of goodies mixed in, but if you’ve never thought of adding in vanilla bean, cooked pear, walnuts, and or fresh pomegranate seeds, boy are you in for a treat.

If you're looking for a healthy way to make your breakfast oats more delicious, Krissy's Winter Oatmeal uses pear, pomegranate, vanilla bean & more.

During the winter, as I long for the long summer days and reminisce about all the glorious berries Oregon has to offer during the summer months, I stare at the overwhelming amount of pears getting ripe in my fruit basket. I’m not sure if you’re lucky enough to get big beautiful organic pears at your Costco, but we get them at ours and I buy a ton of them. Pears, however, are not a fruit that you continue to love eating raw. Sure, the first few of the season are always a treat, but after awhile the gritty fruit and the thick peal seem… less appealing. So what do I do? I peel them, chop them up, and cook ’em with vanilla bean and real maple syrup. In fact, that’s pretty much how I make my vanilla bean applesauce, except for that I use fresh lemon juice instead of maple syrup.  I love to put cooked vanilla pears on my pancakes, but I also love to put them in my oatmeal. If you’ve never combined the wonderful-ness of a vanilla bean with steel cut oats, you’re missing out. I love to add the walnuts for the protein to keep me going and the pomegranate seeds are fantastic for that juicy flavorful crunch a good bowl of oatmeal needs.  I bring a bowl of this stuff to work with me every day, enjoy it along side a hard boiled egg for some extra protein, and it carries me through all morning including a mid day workout!

If you're looking for a healthy way to make your breakfast oats more delicious, Krissy's Winter Oatmeal uses pear, pomegranate, vanilla bean & more.

Krissy's Winter Oatmeal
 
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If you're looking for a healthy way to make your breakfast oats more delicious, Krissy's Winter Oatmeal uses pear, pomegranate, vanilla bean & more.
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Recipe type: breakfast
Yields: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup steel cut oats (I use Bob's Red Mill Organic quick cooking steel cut oats)
  • 1 vanilla bean, split length wise
  • 2 large ripe pears, peeled and chopped
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup raw walnuts
  • 1/4 cup pomegranate arils
Instructions
  1. In one pot, boil water with salt over high heat. Add the oats, stir, and reduce heat to medium low. Stir occasionally.
  2. In a separate pot, combine pears, vanilla bean, and maple syrup. Heat over medium heat, smashing the pears and vanilla bean while stirring. Cook until very soft and tender, about 10 minutes.
  3. Once oatmeal is done, add pear mixture to the oats. Top with pomegranate seeds and walnuts.

 

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Roasted Beet Salad

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This easy to make and bursting with flavor Roasted Beet Salad is made with roasted beets, goat cheese, walnuts, baby spinach, and a homemade vinaigrette.

This easy to make and bursting with flavor Roasted Beet Salad is made with roasted beets, goat cheese, walnuts, baby spinach, and a homemade vinaigrette.

 

My family loves beets. I still can’t believe I was well into my 30s before I ever even tried my first beet. I had no idea what to do with it!  Since then, I’ve made all sorts of goodies like beet soup, citrus beet salad, smoothies with the beet greens, heart beet pancakes for valentines day, and now this roasted beet salad.  Roasting beets in the oven is super easy – just wrap them in foil with the skin on and cook them until they’re soft. Then, when they’re cool enough to touch, the peel slides right off and you do whatever you want with them. I only used two of the four beets in the photo below for this recipe and the other two went into the pancakes (which, by the way, were the best damn pancakes I’ve ever had).Heart Beet Pancakes are the made with sweet roasted beets and make the most delicious red velvet pancakes that are perfect for Valentine's Day.

Beets and goat cheese go together like peanut butter and jelly, wine and chocolate, or me when I’m tired and my f-ugly comfy clothes that I don every night. In other words, they are perfectly matched. I paired roasted beets and goat cheese together in a simple appetizer during the holidays and it was like crack. I kid you not.

This easy to make and bursting with flavor Roasted Beet Salad is made with roasted beets, goat cheese, walnuts, baby spinach, and a homemade vinaigrette.

This salad, much like a lot of things I make, can be totally tweaked to your liking. That’s the beauty of a salad – you really don’t need to follow a recipe exactly, but I tell you how I did it so you can decide if you want to do it the same way or change things up a bit. I sliced my beets into fat julienned pieces because they’re easy to grab with the fork. The walnuts will give you enough trouble… why make the eating process more painful with difficult beets?

This easy to make and bursting with flavor Roasted Beet Salad is made with roasted beets, goat cheese, walnuts, baby spinach, and a homemade vinaigrette.

I also wanted to show you the difference between a “pretty” salad where I coated the greens in the dressing and added everything on top, and what I call the “edible” salad where I took everything on the plate, threw it back in the bowl, and gave it a good stir so that each bite was perfectly coated with the dressing. I’m one of those weird eaters where I like to have a little bit of everything in each bite. You’ll never see me eat all the mashed potatoes, then all the meat, then all the veggies in a meal; each bite will have a little bit of each. That’s why I prefer my salad fully tossed, but again, its up to you.This easy to make and bursting with flavor Roasted Beet Salad is made with roasted beets, goat cheese, walnuts, baby spinach, and a homemade vinaigrette.

Roasted Beet Salad
 
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This easy to make and bursting with flavor Roasted Beet Salad is made with roasted beets, goat cheese, walnuts, baby spinach, and a homemade vinaigrette.
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Recipe type: salad, side dish
Yields: 4
Ingredients
salad:
  • 2 whole beets, roasted
  • 10 ounces dark leafy greens (I used a combination of spinach, arugula, baby kale, baby chard)
  • 4 ounces goat cheese crumbles
  • 1/2 cup walnut pieces
vinaigrette:
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. To roast the beets, wrap in foil with skin on and cook in 400 degree F oven until soft, 45-60 minutes depending on the size of your beets. Once cool enough to handle, peel off skin and slice remaining beets to desired size.
  2. You may toast the walnuts, if you desire, but adding them to a small saute pan and cooking over medium heat while constantly stirring until they start to slightly brown and smell toasted, about 5 minutes.
  3. To make the vinaigrette, combine olive oil, vinegar, shallot, and dijon and whisk until fully emulsified.
  4. To serve salad, you may either layer ingredients on chilled salad plates and serve dressing on the side, or you may toss everything including the desired amount of dressing in one large bowl. Top with salt and freshly ground pepper, as desired.

 

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Five Minute Fudge

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It doesn't get much faster, easier, or sinfully delicious than this Five Minute Fudge. Even Jimmy Fallon talked about it on The Tonight Show!

It doesn’t get much faster, easier, or sinfully delicious than this Five Minute Fudge.  Even Jimmy Fallon talked about it on The Tonight Show!

Five Minute Fudge | Self Proclaimed Foodie

Edit: I made this fudge last year for the holidays as I do for every year. I popped in to edit the post to show how Jimmy Fallon recently poked fun at it on The Tonight Show. I love Jimmy Fallon and am absolutely thrilled that he mentioned my recipe. That moment will definitely live on as one of my highlights!

It doesn't get much faster, easier, or sinfully delicious than this Five Minute Fudge. Even Jimmy Fallon talked about it on The Tonight Show! 

I, too, think its hilarious that Pinterest added my prep time and my cooking time to give a total of 9 min. Pinterest obviously doesn’t understand how efficient I am in the kitchen and that my prep time and cooking time usually happen simultaneously!It doesn't get much faster, easier, or sinfully delicious than this Five Minute Fudge. Even Jimmy Fallon talked about it on The Tonight Show!

Okay… back to your regularly scheduled post and check out the VIDEO I made below!

Welcome to day one of my 12 Days of Holiday Treats!  What better way to start off than by sharing my fudge recipe with you, right?

12 Days of Holiday Treats | Self Proclaimed Foodie

I’ve been making and eating this fudge pretty much my entire life. I think its how my grandma made it, or at least that’s what I remember, but I’m not entirely sure. Does it really take five minutes to make? Well, I suppose that depends on how quick you are with a spoon.  Did I time myself?  No.  Did I think Five Minute Fudge was a catchy title?  Yes.  Is it in any way, shape, or form healthy?  Nope. Should you make this fudge and will everyone love it?  Duh.

Five Minute Fudge | Self Proclaimed Foodie

I make Christmas cookies every year. Then, I package them up and send them off to my family. Who are the lucky recipients?  I have a waiting list of about 27 people, but the folks who always get them are

1) my grandpa – who is 97 years old and has a bigger sweet tooth than anyone I’ve ever seen

2) my dad – who tells me every year he shouldn’t have them, and I know he shouldn’t, but I send them anyway

3) my sister – who always gives me honest critique and ranks them in preferred order, yet 100% of them never fail to be eaten

4) my stepson – who is a proud young Marine and burns like 16,750 calories a day

Five Minute Fudge | Self Proclaimed Foodie

When I make these holiday treats to share with family and friends, I try to mix up a few of the recipes I choose to make each year to add some variety, but this fudge happens every single year. Why? Because its delicious, of course. But why else?  Because by the time I’m cursing the beautiful, yet ever so time consuming, cookies that I had to mix, refrigerate, roll, cut, shape, frost, and try not to burn because I got distracted… I start cursing the holiday treat making process.  But, this quick and easy fudge always restores my faith and redeems the entire process because it yields a ton, people love it, and its downright quick and easy. The biggest problem I have with this fudge is the inability to keep it out of my mouth.

Five Minute Fudge | Self Proclaimed Foodie

To see all of 2014’s holiday treats, click the links below:

2014 Holiday Treats | Self Proclaimed Foodie

Five Minute Fudge | Holiday Sugar Cookies | Peppermint Candy Cane Cookies

Peppermint Chocolate Pie | Hazelnut Lemon Curd Thumbprints | Homemade Peppermint Marshmallows

Chewy Molasses Sugar Cookies | Easy Petite Palmiers | Triple Threat Peppermint Brownie Bites

Toasted Coconut Cookies | Walnut Spiced Rum Balls | Mexican Chocolate Truffles

To see all of 2015’s holiday treats, click the links below:

Holiday Recipes | Self Proclaimed Foodie

Easy Candy Cane Chocolate Truffles |  Cherry Almond Thumbprints  | Easy Brown Butter Pecan Fudge

Toasted Macadamia Nut Cookies  |  Salted Vanilla Bean Caramels  |  Chocolate Peppermint Swirl Cookies

Lynne’s Cream Wafers  |  Mini Pecan Pie Bites  |  Eggnog Poundcake

Christmas Tree Corn Flake Treats  |  Devil’s Food Crinkles  |  Chewy Brown Sugar Cookies

If you love sinfully delicious, easy to make, and definitely-not-healthy-but-who-cares treats, be sure to check out these Self Proclaimed Foodie favorites:

Granny's Monkey Bread | Self Proclaimed Foodie

Bacon Jalapeño Mac n Cheese | Self Proclaimed Foodie

Brown Butter Brownies | Self Proclaimed Foodie

4.7 from 18 reviews
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It doesn't get much faster, easier, or sinfully delicious than this Five Minute Fudge.
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Recipe type: dessert
Yields: ~80 pieces
Ingredients
  • 32 ounce bag powdered sugar (about 8 cups), unsifted
  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, unsifted
  • 1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks)
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 cups raw walnuts
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla
Instructions
  1. Line a baking sheet or casserole dish with foil.
  2. In a large bowl, combine powdered sugar and cocoa powder and stir until they seem reasonably well mixed. If the mixture seems like there are small clumps, you may sift it after its been measured.
  3. Pour milk over sugar mixture but do no mix. Place cubes of butter on top. Microwave on high power 3-4 minutes until the butter has almost completely melted.
  4. Immediately remove mixture from microwave and stir well until very well combined. You need to work fast because you want to spread the mixture while its still hot, but you want every spec of sugar to be well incorporated.
  5. Once chocolate mixture is thoroughly mixed, stir in walnuts and vanilla.
  6. Immediately pour warm fudge into prepared dish and spread to desired thickness. I only used about 60% of the surface of my baking sheet and made a 10x10 inch square with my fudge. It will only spread as far as you want, so make it as thick as you'd like the individual pieces to be.
  7. Allow to fully set at room temperature. Our house is always freezing, so it didn't take much time. If you live in a warm house, it may take several hours or even a bit of refrigeration.
  8. Lift foil out of dish and transfer fudge to a cutting board. Use a sharp knife to cut squares.
  9. Store in airtight container.

 

It doesn't get much faster, easier, or sinfully delicious than this Five Minute Fudge. Even Jimmy Fallon talked about it on The Tonight Show!

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Brown Butter Brownies

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Intensely rich and delicious, yet incredibly simple to make, Brown Butter Brownies.  These are the by far the most decadent and naughty brownies EVER.brown-butter-browniesThe smallest of bite of this brownie will satisfy the most dedicated brownie lover.  Best of all, these brownies are super simple to make.  As if you needed any more motivation past the words rich, delicious and decadent.brown-butter-brownies-closeIf you even remotely consider yourself a Foodie, you know that brownies from scratch are far superior from anything that can come out of a box.  I’m blown away that people will buy a brownie mix when they’re so easy to make from scratch.  Why on earth would anyone make something made with partially hydrongenated oil and artifical flavors when they can make something that tastes a million times better from ingredients they (should always) have in their pantry?  Once I started making my brownies with browned butter, I swore I’d never go back.  And I haven’t.  And neither will you.

Not quite at self proclaimed foodie status and unsure of what browned butter is?  Its heaven.  Plain and simple.  Oh, you want more information?  Browned butter is simply a technique where you take unsalted butter, melt it over heat while frequently stirring, and you cook until the bubbles stop forming and you get these teeny little specks of brown goodness at the bottom.  Why would you want to do that to your butter, you ask?  Brown butter is essentially the caramelization of butter.  Rich, nutty, wonderful.  Go make these brownies and you’ll understand.brown-butter-brownies-featuredI must warn you – there is a downside to this recipe.  The batter binds in such a way due to the massive amount of butter that NOTHING will stick to your pan or your scraper.  That means there is no option for bowl and/or spoon licking.  If you want batter, you’ll find yourself in an ethical battle between stealing an actual spoonful from the pan or going without for the sacrifice of the greater good – your finished product.  Only you can decide what is right.

5.0 from 1 reviews
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Intensely rich and delicious, yet incredibly simple to make, Brown Butter Brownies. These are the by far the most decadent and naughty brownies EVER.
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Recipe type: dessert
Ingredients
  • 10 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into even sized pieces
  • 1¼ cups pure cane sugar
  • ¾ cup natural unsweetened cocoa powder*
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt**
  • 2 large eggs, chilled
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup unbleached flour
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup walnut halves
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325F. Line a 8x8x2 metal pan with parchment foil paper.***
  2. Over medium heat, melt butter. Stir frequently as it continues to bubble. When the amount of bubbles subsides, there are small brown specs, and it smells like nutty caramel, remove pan from heat.
  3. Add sugar, cocoa powder and salt to combine.
  4. In separate bowl, beat eggs. After mixture has cooled in pot 4-5 minutes, slowly pour in eggs, stirring constantly until well combined.
  5. Add vanilla, stir to combine.
  6. Add flour and baking powder, stir to combine.
  7. Add walnuts, stir to combine.
  8. Bake 25 minutes. Enjoy!
Notes
* Measure your cocoa as you would flour - by scooping and leveling.
** I love the grain size of the kosher salt. It doesn't fully incorporate so you can taste the not-so-frequent but oh-so-wonderful bits of salt against the gooey sweet.
*** If you've never tried this stuff for baking, you should. Foil on one side, parchment on the other. If you want to cut every brownie you make into a cute square or triangle, use this stuff so you can pull the entire batch out of the pan. Else, grease dish and execute your evil plan of having to eat the first brownie because it didn't scoop out properly.

 

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