Sunday, December 30, 2012

Foods I will not purchase again...

Well, never say never but I found these two gems on Pinterest and haven't looked back. It's so nice knowing what your food is made of, not to mention being able to pronounce the ingredients. Most of the ingredients were already staples in my kitchen and I'm not much of an adventurous cooker or baker. Did I just say "cooker"? Wow. Chef is probably the term I was looking for.

Simply Brownies-
though no brownie is healthy, these are great and you can substitute the oil and egg for other healthier options (Google it!)
3/4 cup flour
3/4 cup sugar
Play around with the sugar and flour if you want them more fudgey or cakey.
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
2 eggs
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Bake on 350 for 20-30 min or until the toothpick comes out clean.

Disclaimer: I don't like measuring. Eyeballing it is more my thing so good luck.

Taco Seasoning
1 part cumin
1 part garlic powder
1 part onion powder
1 part chili powder
Cayenne and/or red pepper flakes to your caliente level of choice
Start with 1/2 cup of water and add until the seasoning isn't so overpowering.

Side note: you don't have to be a McCormick snob and spend a lot of money on your spices. Also, I discovered Wal-Mart's tricky little scam: McCormick spices are all nicely arranged by name with the Great Value brand directly beside them (for some spices, the rest are located in various places because the stockers got lazy and didn't put the generic brand by the brand name like they should.) If you look to the veryyyyy bottom of the shelf, you'll find the generic of the generic brand! Spices costing all under $1! Now, the variety isn't great but you can get most all of the spices needed for taco seasoning. Win!

Got any homemade recipes, tried and true? Do comment to share. But please know if it has too many ingredients and you get all cray-cray with junk I gotta get at Whole Foods or Fresh Market then that'll be a wrap on that recipe but thanks anyway.

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