You know those weeks when you eat out much more than you eat in, and you keep telling yourself this is the last meal out for the week only to give in to five more invitations from friends?
Yeaaaaaah, this was one of those weeks.
I ended up having a lot of evening plans with friends on the weekdays, most of which involved dinner since hello it’s NYC and how can your plans not involve food.
But also my wonderful college roommate came down to visit me on Friday, and so I obviously had to take her to all the best food spots and basically make sure she had the full experience of NYC cuisine (jk, that isn’t possible in a year let alone a weekend).
The point I’m trying to get at is that I was really bad about cooking this week, but I still did bake a couple things and even prepped a salad so that I didn’t have to buy lunch when I’m at my internship.
So really, I did quite well. 😉
The recipes I’m including today were all flaming successes, and they come from some of my all-time favorite bloggers. I included some comments, regarding any changes I made and just my thoughts on the recipe.
Please enjoy, and let me know if you end up trying any of these!
Oatmeal Raisin Chocolate Chip Protein Cookies from The Cookie Chrunicles
Meredith doesn’t post too many recipes anymore, but you all should still follow her because she’s just such a cool person and shares a lot of great tips on health, fitness, single motherhood, and generally being a badass boss lady.
You go, Meredith!
I’ve been wanting to cook with protein more, since I have this giant tub of vanilla Skoop protein in my pantry, which I don’t love in smoothies, so I keep waiting for protein-packed baked good recipes to catch my eye.
These cookies were awesome! You totally could mistake them for regular ol’ oatmeal chocolate chip cookies (I cruelly eliminated the raisins because I have a bit of a love-hate relationship with them and at this particular moment wasn’t too keen on them ruining a perfectly good oatmeal chocolate chip cookie 😉 ).
My mom and I basically demolished them in just a few days, and they were a wonderful portable snack for me to take to work every day.
Chicken Chopped Salad with Creamy Honey Mustard Dressing from Fit Foodie Finds
I’ve made this recipe, or variations of it, so many times over the past few years. It’s just a classic.
This is one of those salads that still tastes good even after a few hours of sitting in your lunchbox next to a sweaty ice pack. Mmmmm, appetizing.
But really, that is no easy feat, which makes this little salad a real keeper.
Now I do often modify it quite a bit, but what I don’t mess with is the dressing. It’s DREAMY. Who knew greek yogurt mixed with some commonplace household items could elevate a salad like 5 levels?
(By commonplace household items, I mean mustard…..not, like, brooms….)
Anyway! I’m a weirdo who doesn’t get the bacon hype, so I leave the bacon out, and this time I also left out the apple and gorgonzola, but threw a shiz ton of blueberries in there.
Oh! And instead of sliced almonds, which I unfortunately do not possess, I just added a couple tablespoons of sunflower seeds. YUM!
Chickpea Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough from Chocolate Covered Katie
If you don’t already know who Katie is, it is time to say goodbye to your sheltered home under the rock.
But seriously! Katie is queen of vegan desserts, and I have never tried anything from her website that I didn’t adore. This cookie dough went totally viral a few years ago and basically took the Internet world by storm.
I’m really ashamed that it took me so long to finally make it.
Like honestly I had this recipe bookmarked for a good three years.
There is no excuse.
And oh my gosh now that I made it, I TOTALLY SEE THE HYPE. I’m going to make this again and again because it is delightful.
Only thing I changed was reducing the amount of chocolate chips because I use the mini ones, so a little goes a long way.
My favorite way to enjoy this was as a dip for sliced apples and also alongside greek yogurt. Basically take a spoonful of yogurt and then with that same spoon scoop up some dip, and enjoy the flavor explosion in your mouth.
Flourless Zucchini Banana Cookies from The Hummusapien
I promise I’m not always baking with zucchini, but when I am, it seems to almost exclusively be Alexis’s recipes. Last week with the peanut butter zucchini brownies, and today we’re back with some zucchini banana cookies, which totally rocked my socks off.
They’re soft and doughy and cakey, and they taste like tiny pieces of banana bread. Oh, and you can’t taste the zucchini, but you can taste the satisfaction of knowing you are getting your veggies in 😀
Only thing I did to these is added a couple spoonfuls of apple sauce because my batter was a tad dry.
That’s it for today, y’all! Let’s see what I whip up in the coming week. Until then, may you channel your inner Wonder Woman / Super Man and tackle Monday like the boss you are.