Kitchen sink cookies

At the end of last week, I really wanted a treat, but it had to fall under the following criteria:

  1. All ingredients must be easily available in most kitchens - basic, simple stuff
  2. Something I could grab and go before I head to the pool in the mornings, guild free
  3. One bowl - throw everything in, mix and that's it
  4. Fast

So, I looked in my pantry to see what I have on hand and came up with the recipe below - it ticked all the check boxed above quite nicely!


Kitchen sink cookies

Makes 12 cookies  |  Time: 15-20 minutes 

Ingredients

  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 medium ripe banana, mashed
  • 2 tbsp shredded, unsweetened coconut
  • 1/4 cup brown rice flour
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup hippie granola (or trail mix, chopped roughly) 
  • 1 tbsp mini chocolate chips
  • 2 tbsp almond butter

Instructions

  1. Pre heat the over to 350 degrees
  2. Line baking sheet with parchment paper
  3. Mix the mashed banana, egg and almond butter together to incorporate
  4. Add the baking powder, salt, flour, granola/trail mix, chocolate chips and coconut
  5. Mix everything to incorporate 
  6. Using a cookie scoop, scoop the cookies and arrange on a baking tray. I left them as is, but you could flatten them a bit if you with 
  7. Bake for 8-12 minutes, depending on your oven and location. Mine were in the oven for 10 minutes. The bottom will be browned but they will be a bit springy to the touch on top
  8. Transfer to a cooling rack to cool for a bit 

Note #1: I used Hippie granola, which is an oat free granola - it is BC local and absolutely delicious. You could use roughly chopped trail mix instead or use a different brand if you have a different favorite. 

Note #2: Next time, I will use sweet potato/yam puree with a pinch of pumpkin spice instead of banana to mix it up a bit! (1 medium banana should be approx 1/3 cup)

Sweet and Sour Cabbage 'Rolls'

Both my mom's and dad's family origins are in various areas of Eastern Europe. As a result, cabbage rolls was a common meal for me growing up, either made by my parents or one of my grandmothers. One thing I really wish I had done, was to have my grandmothers share some recipes with me... Sadly, I was very uninterested in cooking until my mid 20's. By then, I was already living abroad so the opportunities to connect with them in the kitchen were very limited (and they both past away at the end of 2015).

My version of cabbage rolls is the lazy version - I had full intention of actually making rolls, but I kept procrastinating and eventually went with the quick and easy method - deconstructed rolls! 

This recipe makes A LOT of food, so expect leftovers, which freeze beautifully for those crazy busy days when you get back home from work/training and the last thing you want to do is cook, but still need good, wholesome home made eats. I have not tried it myself (yet), but I am sure this recipe will work really well in the slow cooker too - if you give it a try, let me know!


Sweet & Sour Deconstructed Cabbage Rolls 

Makes ~6-8 servings   |   Hand on time: ~15 minutes   |   total time: 35-40 minutes 

 

Ingredients

  • 1 small cabbage, roughly sliced
  • ~450g lean ground beet (grass fed preferred)
  • ~450 ground pork (you can also use either pork or beef, instead of a combination of the two)
  • 2 tbsp Olive oil
  • 1 small onion, finely diced
  • 1.5 tbsp brown or coconut sugar
  • 1/4 tsp all spice
  • 28 oz can crushed tomatoes (I used fire roasted)
  • 1/2 cup chicken or beef stock
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1.5 cups sauerkraut 
  • 1/2 cup uncooked rice
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. In a large pot, heat 1 tbsp oil over medium heat, add meat and cook until browned. Drain and set aside
  2. Add 1 tbsp of oil and onion in the pot. Cook until translucent, then add the all spice and sugar. Mix to coat the onion
  3. Add the meat back into the pot, as well as the cabbage, stock, crushed tomatoes, tomato paste and sauerkraut
  4. Season with salt and pepper to taste
  5. Simmer over medium heat for 10-15 minutes, then add the rice
  6. Turn the heat down to low and add the rice. Keep simmering over low heat for another 20 minutes, or until the rice is cooked