Toasted Coconut and Chocolate Granola

Toasted Coconut and Chocolate Granola

Up until this, I had never made granola. I wanted to start with something simple but delicious for my first try. With the fiend-like speed Mandi and I eat granola, you would think that I would make it from time to time, especially since it’s so expensive! In reality though, you aren’t really saving much money making your own granola because all the ingredients are so expensive. I loved the way this granola came out, but I found out that Mandi really loves the clusters, so I guess it wasn’t a 100% success, but I’m sure this will have no problem disappearing over the next week or so.

Spicy Noodles in a Sweet Potato Almond Sauce

Spicy Noodles in a Sweet Potato Almond Sauce

Let me tell you the story behind this dish and many similar ones on this website. It starts with me standing at the grocery store. I wasn’t inspired by anything on my to-cook list, and shouldn’t really be at the store yet, but it happened to be in between where I was and where I am going so here I am. After doing a lap and not really getting anything other than one vegetable I thought looked good, I stop and think for a minute. If I was at home right now and decided not to cook, what take-out would I get? This time the answer was thai noodles. Ok, now what veggie did I grab. This time it was a sweet potato. How can I incorporate a sweet potato into thai noodles? cubes to emulate tofu? Not sure if I am feeling that idea… Then I realized that the texture of a baked sweet potato can be reminiscent of the tamarind pulp used in pad thai, and the recipe instantly formed in my mind!