Thursday, February 28, 2013

Grapefruit on cereal? Rip's Big Bowl

I read the Engine 2 Diet awhile ago and recently watched the Engine 2 Kitchen Rescue which features healthy kitchen ingredient make-overs for 2 families and some great looking recipies.  One of the "recipes" I never got around to trying before was "Rip's Big Bowl" for breakfast. I mean, it's just cereal, right?  But now that I've made it, I can see why it's a favorite.  It's got a lot going on.  4 kinds of cereal, dried fruit, fresh fruit including grapefruit*, and non-dairy milk.

The cereal part fits perfectly into a wide-mouth pint sized mason jar to easily transport to work.  It's about a 1/4 cup each Grapenuts, Uncle Sam's Cereal**, bite-sized Shreadded Wheat, and rolled oats.  The ground flax seeds, and raisins also fit in.

The grapefruit is kinda weird, but has the tangy tartness and sweetness similar to a strawberry, so I guess isn't that odd.

It's definitely a big bowl.  I'm having trouble finishing it.

*I forgot to pick up the grapefruit, but figured I'd try it out without it because grapefruit on cereal sounds weird anyway.  When I got to work, there was a grapefruit on my desk.  I still haven't figured out who gave it to me, but apparently the Universe provides. 

**I'd never heard of Uncle Sam's Cereal, but I found it in the natrual food section of the normal grocery store.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Million Bean Soup from Robin Robertson

Some beans, little bit of this, little bit of that, and voila, million bean soup!

A Crock Pot makes this easy soup a no brainier. There's a recipe, but most of the point is that there is no recipe!

I didn't have a bag of mixed dried beans to I took all the open bags of beans I had around the house and added some of each. Small white beans, kidney beans, black beans, black-eyed peas, and chick peas.

I also left out tomatoes and added some diced potatoes.

I took it another step and blended about half and added it back, so it has sort of a traditional black bean soup texture.

I've been enjoying it all week at work in my oversized teacup soup bowl.