Pies for Pi Day

It was a historic pi day yesterday! Why, you ask? So pi is 3.1415926 (etc.) and because it was 3/14/15 not just 3/14/_whatever year_ we got more matching digits than normal!

Anyways, it seemed like a good excuse to do some themed baking. Enter, mini apple pies! I adapted this recipe, details below.

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Health Cookies

I’m serious – health cookies! When I’m really on my game I like to make a batch of these on sunday night for some healthy start of the week snacking (they don’t usually last all the way through the week). They are *so simple* to make and you can add as many chocolate chips as it takes for you to feel indulgent (they are more health than cookie, to be fair… but still good!). I don’t remember where I got the recipe from but these babies are all over pinterest so I’m going to credit the blogosphere as a whole.

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Turkey Meatballs

With approximately three hours before a marathon six-hour meeting with my capstone team last night (my Master’s thesis is a group consulting project known as “capstone”) I decided it would be a great idea to make a bunch of meatballs for the first time. Just another typical, hyper-glamorous grad school saturday.

While I surely could have used those three hours to fit in a little more research (or call my mom or do my laundry… hmmm) I have no regrets because these meatballs were super easy to make and also delicious, filling, and healthy. Also now I’ve got a few meals covered for the week!

Down to business. I adapted a recipe from The Bossy Italian Wife – you can find the original here.

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Challah!

A few years ago I started learning how to bake bread. I loved it. The sciencey part of equal parts and perfect temperature, and the love part of a nice loaf of bread coming out of an oven. I immediately fell in love with making challah, I loved eating it so I thought I would love making it. I did.

The funny part began when a few years ago I came up with the brilliant idea of dyeing different strands of the dough different colors. So when cut, it would be all swirled on the inside. So Easter Challah was born. (As a pretty unreligious person the hilarity of Easter Challah was later pointed out to me.

I’ve done it every year since though, as well as a 4th of July one. Spiraled Challah is one of my favorite things to make now…


Recipe:

Ingredients

  • 3⁄4 cup plus 2 tbsp Milk, heated
  • 1⁄4 cup plus 2tsp Sugar
  • 1 packet of Yeast
  • 4 tbsp unsalted Butter, melted
  • 2 Eggs
  • 4 cups of Flour
  • 1 1⁄2 tsp Salt
  • 1 Egg Yolk

Step One

Stir Milk, 1 tsp Sugar, and Yeast into a bowl; sit for 10 minutes. Meanwhile whisk Eggs and Butter. Add to Yeast mixture and combine. Add Flour and the rest of the Sugar and Salt and stir until dough forms. Knead for about 8 minutes, move to greased bowl, cover with plastic wrap 1 hour. Then uncover, punch down and rise another 30 minutes.

Step Two

Uncover dough, braid it (here you can dye the different strands if so inclined), and put it on a parchment lined baking sheet and cover it with plastic wrap for 1 hour.

Step Three

Heat oven to 375 degrees. Stir the egg yolk and some water and brush it over the loaf, sprinkle with course salt. Bake until brown 30 minutes.

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xoxo Hannah

Healthy Fake Chocolate Milkshake!

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Fear not, I will tell you “fake but how!”

Ingredients:

1 Frozen Banana
5 Ice Cubes
1 Tablespoon of Cocoa Powder
1 Cup of Almond Milk
1 Teaspoon of Vanilla Extract
…and Some Protein Powder if you’re into that kind of thing.

Throw it all in the blender and…blend until…blended.

And, voilà!  You have yourself a delicious and healthy fake chocolate milkshake (no milk involved) and only about 200 calories.