Meal-Prep Granola Breakfast Bars

 

These granola breakfast bars are the answer to my breakfast riddle. I am the kind of guy who would rather sleep an extra 15-30 minutes than eat breakfast, so I rarely eat breakfast on a week day. These meal-prep granola breakfast bars are my answer to the question, “what should I eat for breakfast?”

My wife and I have been on a meal prep-Sunday kick here lately. This recipe is great for folks who are looking for meal-prep recipes. This recipe can be easily and quickly made Sunday evening in preparation for the work week.

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Grilled PB&J

Sometimes, what we eat doesn’t really need a recipe, but grilled peanut butter and jelly sandwiches seem to go against every cooking gain I have so it needs a recipe.

One of the first times I served tomato soup to Andy he asked me to make him a grilled peanut butter.

Me: “Huh? A what?”

Him: “A grilled peanut butter.”

Me: “Never heard of it.”

Him: “Really?!?!  It’s like a grilled cheese but with peanut butter instead of cheese.  My mom used to make them all the time. Didn’t yours?”

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Eggrolls

Egg rolls are my downfall in life.  They are like potato chips, I can’t eat just one.  Growing up an hours drive from Chicago we grew up eating at Chiam’s in Chinatown.  It is no longer in business which meant no more egg rolls from Chiam’s.  Eventually we started going to Rising Sun in Mokena, it was closer and we could do carry out orders.

But when we moved to Florida we were in for a rude awakening.  Chinese food was all the same at all locations (and it wasn’t delicious).  It is a phenomenon that has plagued us since.  The need for a good egg roll that reminded us of Chiam’s or even Rising Sun was nowhere to be found, so the experimenting started.

You may not like these, and it won’t hurt my feelings.  Egg roll preferences are a very personal thing.  Most people like the ones made in their area of the country and some like the generic version you get at most Chinese restaurant today that taste the same at all locations. Continue reading “Eggrolls”

Honey Peanut Butter

 

honey-peanut-butter-feature1So who doesn’t love peanut butter? Well, I sure as hell do. I love peanut butter everything. My mom even has a peanut butter icing recipe because I love peanut butter just that damn much.

About three years ago I received some homemade peanut butter from a CSA I was participating in. Since then, I have been hooked on homemade peanut butter. It was hands-down better than anything you could get at the grocery store. I wasn’t able to figure out exactly what the farmer was using in his peanut butter, but this blog post is about the recipe I came up with. It’s pretty damn good and it frequently replaces our normal brand. I do keep the store bought stuff around for when I’m too lazy to make peanut butter.

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Peanut Butter Icing

Peanut butter icing is another one of those recipes my mom made all the time. Originally, this post was supposed to be called chocolate cake with peanut butter icing. It is a comfort food for me. My mom was making this long before it was a trendy “new” idea.

One time, we went to my grandma’s house for a family dinner. We left the house in a rush and the chocolate cake with peanut butter icing got left behind. We were too close to Grandma’s and too late to retrieve it.

When we got home that evening, the cake was missing…….. Cakes don’t normally grow legs and walk through the front door.

Later the same evening, the cake was found in the family room, half eaten sitting next to the telephone. Phones were corded and rotary dial back then. Apparently, even thieves like this combination.

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