in the kitchen...

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(No.  I'm not in NYC.  Yes, I'm still a litte sick thus the delay in yesterday's exploring post.  But we're getting closer to our regular days for which I am grateful.)

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Our kitchen has been cranking out one thing regularly and one thing very well.  Yogurt.  

It is Bobby's obsession right now, thanks to the help of his maker.  We've also been enjoying greek yogurt, which requires more patience and a lot of whey straining.  (The base of that container above will be totally filled with beautiful whey and leave thick greek yogurt.)

I've begun a new hobby of looking for ways to use all the healthy, probiotic whey that is leftover.  In smoothies?  In breads? In healthy lemonade?  To make homemade ricotta?  I'm experimenting.  It can replace water in so many recipes and adds so much more nutrition than water can provide.

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{My afternoon snack of greek yogurt, pecans, and a drizzle of maple syrup}

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In other experimenting, we tried making a cookie I pinned.  No flour, sugar, or eggs.  It literally is oats, 3 mashed bananas, unsweetened applesauce, cocoa, vanilla extract, and some peanut butter.

We made our batch with a little more natural peanut butter and some added shredded coconut (for more sweetness).  The original recipe is here.

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They definitely aren't a chocolate chip cookie but are actually mildly sweet and surprisingly hearty.  My girls actually were crazy about them.  Definitely a cookie, in terms of ingredients, that they can have multiples of.  And only roughly 50 calories a cookie.   They really should be called fruities.  

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We've veered from our usual homemade granola and made[amazon_link id="157061525X" target="_blank" ] Feeding the Whole Family: Recipes for Babies, Young Children, and Their Parents[/amazon_link]'s Maple Butter Nut Granola.

It is faster to throw together than our usual and with a few replacements (flax seeds for pumpkin seeds for example) it was mixed, baked, and enjoyed immediately after.

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So this morning we enjoyed the granola and last of the greek yogurt over peaches.  We are all ready to remind Daddy that we're out of yogurt.  Annabelle is hoping for a pink batch of yogurt (I'm thinking strawberry) and Ainsleigh wants blue.

What is happening in your kitchen this week?

the sleepy time gal