Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Blueberry Orange Granola Bars

My husband loves snacks for the mornings to eat during his drive to work. I know everyone is probably sick of the things I do for him, but he does a lot for me too. Geoff works his butt off so I can stay home and raise our beautiful girls. I will never be able to show him how much I appreciate that. This is not just for him. My girls love them too and they are very good for you....
Granola Bars
(adapted from as Playgroup Granola Bars)

4 cps. oats
2 cps. brown sugar
1 cp. wheat germ
2 tsp. cinnamon
2 cps. flour
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1 cp. honey (I subbed some blueberry syrup. I wanted a more of a blueberry taste)
2 eggs
1 cp. Blood Orange O Olive Oil, (Veg. Oil if you do not have the flavored Oil.)
2 tsp. Vanilla Paste
1/2 cp. sunflower sees
1/2 cp. almonds, slivered
1/2 cp. pecans
1 cp. dried blueberries
1 cp. dried cranberries

I added all the dry ingredients, nuts, dried blueberries and cranberries.

I then added the eggs, oil, honey (If you want sub Blueberry syrup), and O Blood Orange Olive Oil. (Or reg. oil)

All you need to do is mix the ingredients just to combine.

Look at how wonderful that looks. When it is finished being mixed push it into a greased 13x11 pan. Bake on 350 for 35 minutes. Let it cool and cut into bars.

A New Favorite: Feijoada

I must admit I do not know to much about this meal except it is from Brazil. I will do some research. I will let you know.....But I do have to come clean all together. I found this recipe in Everyday with Rachael Ray Mag. I know. I know. I KNOW. There is a lot of people that do not care for her. Truthfully, there is a lot of recipes that I do not care for, but recipes like this makes up for it. As soon as I saw the recipe I KNEW I had to make this for my husband.....
My husband informed me after one bit that he wants this meal every other week. Which is fine with me. This meal was pretty easy and I cook by itself most of the day.
It was a success.

6 TB O Jalapeno Olive Oil (Or Reg. Oil)
2 lbs of pork shoulder, cubed
1 ham hock
1 lb of smokes sausage, cut in small bit sized pieces.
1 lb dried black beans, RINSED
1 LG. red onion, chopped
2 dried bay leaves
4 cloves, minced
2 cps. of long grain rice
salt and pepper.
1 jar of pickled jalapenos (I used the jalapenos and the juice)

I have no idea if anyone has heard of O Olive Oil from California. But they make flavored Olive Oil that is quit amazing. I used the Jalapeno and Lime to make this dish.
Brown the pork on medium heat with 2 TB of Olive Oil. (You will use the rest of the Olive Oil to make Black Refried Beans
Cut the sausage. I used Surry Sausage (Which I do know about. It is a sausage only created in Surry, VA. IT ROCKS.) and diced 1 onion. Half for now and half for later.
Add it to the pot. Add with 3 bay leaves, pepper,sausage, 8 cups water, bag of black beans 1/2 the onions and ham hock.
I then minced garlic (4 cloves) into the pot. Cover it. Let it cook on medium heat(a simmer) for a few hours. Then you get.........
I added rice, jalapenos, and the other half of the onions. (You need to brown the other half of onions and add a little of the ground beans and mash...Almost like black beans refried beans and you add it back to the pot.) I used the half the juice of pickled jalapenos and almost all of the jalapenos.
This was really good and spicy...I think this would be a GREAT Burrito filling too.....