Saturday, July 27, 2013

The Not-So-Healthy But Really Tastey Trail Bars

All the hiking and biking we've done this summer has had me on the look out for some good bars. After checking some recipes and noticing that they all call for some sort of corn syrup or rice syrup, which I don't really want in my bars, I decided to just throw something together and see how it stuck together.
This was very spur of the moment, this deciding thing. I had a pan with chocolate chips on the stove before I really knew what was happening and when Spence said "whatcha making?" I didn't really have an answer.
I had about 2/3 cup of dark chocolate chips, I added a couple tbsp. honey, two marshmallows, and 3/4 peanut butter. After it was all melted and smooth I poured it over 2 cups of rolled oats, a small bag of Tropical Medley dried fruit and 2/3 cup of sunflower seeds.
I pressed it between two pieces of parchment paper in a baking dish and coerced it into a rectangle. Then I put it in the fridge until it was firm, sliced it up and ate some(maybe two and half). Yum. So good!
It's pretty sweet, I probably didn't need the honey, but it's actually a lot of oats versus chocolate stuff so it's pretty hearty.
What do you do for bars on the go?  

Another Way To Use Up Multiple Eggplants...

This week at our CSA they had a table set up in the barn with three crates full of Asian eggplant. And signs that said "Help Yourself". I took four. FOUR! What was I thinking? I still had two in the fridge!
I was thinking about 30 hypothetical things I could do with them. And I couldn't remember a single one when I got home.
After thinking and scratching my head and chewing my pen I decided to come up with some sort of  sandwich with thin crispy pieces of eggplant that allow you to actually taste the eggplant, unlike eggplant parmesan.
Tyson walked in and said "Wow, it smells like a restaurant in here!" A few minutes later he took a bite and said "...That's why! Because this tastes like a restaurant!"
Whoo-hoo! Ten points for the midweek meal!
Here's how it happened.
Fried Eggplant "Restaurant" Sandwich
for the eggplant:
2 Asian eggplants, cut into three pieces and then sliced the long way 1/4 to 1/3 inch thick (see pictures)
1/2 cup cornmeal
1/2 flour
salt and paprika
4 eggs whisked in a large bowl
Mix your flour and cornmeal, salt and paprika on a baking sheet. Oil another baking sheet and have at the ready. Preheat your oven to 425 Fahrenheit.
Dip and drip the slices in the egg.
Lay them in the cornmeal mixture and make sure both sides are evenly covered.
Arranged on oiled pan and bake for 6 minutes or until crispy. Flip over and bake another 6 minutes.
for sandwich:
1 Loaf of bread, mine was about the size of a football, sliced the long way through the middle
2 tbsp. mayo mixed with one clove minced garlic
3 leafs of Romaine
4 slices of red onion
Cheddar cheese to make sufficiently cheesey
Oregano (garnish)
 Thinly sliced Red Bell Pepper (garnish)
I put my bread cut side down right on the oven rack for the last 6 minutes of my eggplant.
Spread the mayo and arrange romaine. lay eggplant in an overlapping chevron pattern (see pictures).
Follow with onion, cheddar, peppers and oregano.
Place 'sandwich' open faced on your oiled pan and place in oven until melted.
Slice huge chunks and serve.