Quick Dinner: Sesame Peanut Noodles

imageWe LOVE sesame peanut noodles!  I’ve been adhering to a weekly menu plan lately, in an attempt to save money and waste less food, and I’m happy to say my evil plan is working, mwa ha ha!  However, whether you make a weekly plan or not, it’s easy to get stuck in a rut, especially when you try to make dinner at home regularly.  These sesame peanut noodles made their way into the rotation recently, and not only did they get Mr. Viv and me out of a boring, repetitive dinner pattern, they were surprisingly easy and inexpensive.  Awesome!  Keep reading for the details.

-Viv

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Savory Roasted Chickpeas

 

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We LOVE healthy snacks!  Actually, we love all snacks, but it’s a bonus if they’re both delicious AND healthy.  Today I’m going to share a ridiculously easy “recipe” for savory roasted chickpeas, which are full of fiber and protein.  It’s actually more of a method than a recipe, and you can customize it in infinite ways.  This version will make a salty, crunchy snack that might help you skip the greasy chips, but you can also make a cinnamon sugar variation to help you indulge your sweet tooth without forfeiting a healthy lifestyle.  Read on for the details.

-Viv

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Mmmushroom Toast

imageWe LOVE mushrooms!  Today I’m sharing a ridiculously simple and delicious appetizer/snack that could be turned into a meal with the addition of a bowl of soup or a nice big salad.  You don’t even need a recipe; like most of what we post here at WLTS, this is both forgiving and customizable.

Just sautée some garlic (minced, crushed, or sliced) in plenty of butter on medium-medium high.  You can use oil instead, but I prefer the flavor of butter for this dish.  Once the garlic has started to cook, add your favorite kind of mushrooms, sliced, in a single layer if possible.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.  Let the mushrooms cook undisturbed until they start to caramelize (brown) before stirring and allowing them to brown on the other side.  Add a splash of cream and continue cooking until the cream reduces and thickens a bit.  Garnish with parsley and serve on toasted French bread.  Annnd, now I’m hungry!

If you skip the baguette, this would also make a great side dish or a tasty topping for a perfectly cooked steak, but I think one of the advantages of mushroom toast is that it it’s a hearty vegetarian option for a snack, appetizer, or meal.

This is such an easy, satisfying dish.  We hope you try it, because WE LOVE THIS STUFF!

-Viv

PS if you don’t like mushrooms, we probably can’t be friends.  Just kidding, but why are you still reading this?! 😉

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Handmade Lip Balm

imageWe LOVE lip balm! I stumbled on this idea on Pinterest, I think. I’ve seen lots of “recipes” that involve mixing Kool-Aid and petroleum jelly, which sounds awful to me, so I wasn’t really interested in DIY lip balm at first. There are lots of less gross but more complicated tutorials out there, but this was so simple and not-gross that I had to try it. I’m planning to add them to people’s Christmas gifts this year, and you still have time to do the same!

Keep reading to find out how.

-Viv

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DIY Aromatherapy Shower Bombs

imageWe LOVE these shower bombs!

Lately, Mr. Viv has been under a lot of stress, so I whipped up some shower bombs to help soothe and relax him. They’re basically aromatherapy tablets that you place on the floor of the shower, and as they dissolve, they release soothing vapors into the steam.  I got the idea when I remembered we used to get these Sudacare Shower Soothers all the time. We both suffer from year round “seasonal” allergies, so we LOVED the decongestant menthol vapor.  SIDE NOTE 1: If you can find those suckers, the price is astronomical!  I guess they don’t make ’em anymore, which explains the insane markup on the ones that remain.  Even before the supply/demand issues made them unreasonably expensive, they weren’t the best value though. SIDE NOTE 2: I think baths are kinda gross, so I made these for use in the shower. You can totally use these in the bathtub if you’re a bath-y person, but you might also want to search the Internet for a bath-specific bomb recipe.  I’ve seen some for fizzy bath bombs (fun!) and some that use Epsom salts, which are great for soaking tired muscles.

Anyway, a quick Pinterest search will yield a ton of results for homemade aromatherapy shower bombs, shower disks, and bath bombs. Click through to see my version, which will save you buckets of money, AND you can customize the scent/purpose to your liking!

-Viv

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Almond Butter Energy Bites

imageWe LOVE almond butter!  I came up with this idea because I wanted to make a snack inspired by the flavors in an Almond Joy candy bar, only a little healthier if possible.  The BFF (Jen) had recently made some peanut butter, honey, and oat squares, so I riffed on that concept.  I love it because like many of the other “recipes” I’ve shared here, it’s really just a starting point.  I’ll share the ratios that helped me achieve the consistency I was looking for.  You can customize as much as you want to get the texture and flavors that suit you best.

Keep reading to find out how!

-Viv

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Smokey Sweet Dry Rub for Grilling (Plus Bonus Directions for Cooking a Tri-Tip Roast)

image We LOVE grilling!  I got this idea because I picked up something called Magic Unicorn Salt not long ago.  While it’s as amazing as it sounds, you KNOW we love pretty much anything DIY.

Sooo, here’s a quick and easy idea for you all today–a smokey brown sugar dry rub you can make yourself!  It’s really easy to put together (not to mention INEXPENSIVE), and you just sprinkle it on the protein of your choice about an hour before you grill it.  It would be awesome on salmon, chicken, or tofu, but it would even work with vegetables!

Read on to get the simple recipe (if you can call something this easy a “recipe”).  Plus, as an added bonus, I’m including cooking directions for grilling up the perfect, medium rare tri-tip roast with it.

-Viv

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