Friday, July 20, 2012

Making Use of My Oven

It has been hot here lately. Very very hot. I do admit that compared to some of the places my readers live, it may not be considered deathly hot but to me, it was. On Wednesday, it felt like 44 degrees Celsius with the humidex. And that is hot. We also haven't had any rain lately either so everyone's lawns are brown and crispy, there are burn bans on everywhere, and my garden is looking sad. And another thing, we have no air conditioning in our house. If you add all these factors together, you can guess what I've been doing lately. If you guessed nothing, you were right. Well nothing in the whole cooking/baking department. Which makes eating healthy a whole lot trickier. You see, I like crackers and muffins and yummy home cooked meals and snacks. But when it's so friggin' hot in your house that moving from the couch to the bathroom makes you break a sweat, you don't want to turn your stove on, especially the oven. Well tonight I turned on the oven. The low for tonight is 13 so I figured it was safe. While I would be hot while using the oven, the house would have a chance to cool down overnight. But if I was going to turn on the oven, I was going to make the best of it!

I broke out the recipe book and got to it. I decided to make clean eating crackers, maple glazed almonds and strawberry rhubarb muffins. Motivated eh?

Here are the results of my oven usage.

My awesome Clean Eating Crackers!

Yummy maple glazed almonds in my pretty pottery bowl

Strawberry rhubarb muffins

You can find the Clean Eating Crackers here and the recipe for the muffins here. I did make a couple changes to the muffins though. I used soy milk instead of regular milk, 1/4 cup of honey instead of 1/2 cup of sugar, and whole wheat pastry flour instead of white flour. They're a different texture but still good!

I'm feeling pretty good about my evening and that I made good use of my oven. I now have some healthy snacks to keep me going for a few days at least.

1 comment:

  1. Those crackers look so yummy! I would have never known you can make them yourself!