Banana Oatmeal Pancakes

by amy on 22 February 2015

Banana Oatmeal Pancakes: Fluffy, Delicious, Simple, & Kid-Approved!  | www.FearlessHomemaker.comToday, I’m participating in a fun blogger event — the Secret Recipe Club. How does it work? Every blogger is secretly assigned another blog + chooses a recipe from that blog to make. On reveal day (today!), all of our posts go up at the same time, + everyone gets to see who was assigned to their blog, which recipe they chose, + how it turned out. Fun, huh?

This month I was assigned Jess Fuel, a wonderful blog with an amazing variety of recipes. I decided to make her Banana Oatmeal Pancakes + was SO pleased with how they turned out – absolutely delicious + super simple to prepare. They are lusciously thick, yet incredibly light + fluffy, with a great texture (almost like a pancake-muffin hybrid) from the mashed bananas + oats. I specifically chose this recipe because I thought Fearless Toddler would enjoy helping me make them AND eat them, + I was right! She loved helping with the measuring + mixing, and gobbled up the finished product. While you can certainly top them with maple syrup, I thought they had a perfect flavor + sweetness as is, so I simply topped mine with a light swipe of butter. And while they were great hot off the griddle, I refrigerated + reheated the leftover pancakes the next day, + they were still awesome! Y’all know I love my leftovers. =)

Thank you to Jess for introducing me to these awesome pancakes + to the Secret Recipe Club for connecting me, yet again, with fantastic bloggers + amazing recipes! For all my previous Secret Recipe Club recipes, click here – there are TONS of awesome ones!

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Simple Beef and Broccoli

by amy on 17 February 2015

Quick + Simple Beef + Broccoli - a perfect, delicious weeknight meal, ready in less than 20 minutes!One of my ongoing kitchen goals has been to cook with different cuts of meat. With beef, there are two cuts that I’m very confident with cooking — ground beef (like in my favorite Meatballs, American Chop Suey, or Stuffed Peppers) + filet mignon, which is my go-to meal for special occasions. But, I’m trying to branch out more, experimenting with flank steak, skirt steak, short ribs, and more. And this amazing Beef + Broccoli? Is my new favorite beef dish. Made with flank steak, it is super quick + easy to make (ready in less than 20 minutes total!), and it is CRAZY delicious.

First, you prepare a simple sauce, using soy sauce, chicken broth, ginger, garlic, honey, rice wine vinegar + a few other ingredients. Then, you thinly slice your flank steak, toss it with a little cornstarch + get it seared in a hot pan. Add in the broccoli + the prepared sauce + cook everything together for 5-10 minutes, until the broccoli is perfectly crisp-tender + the sauce is nicely thickened. The steak turns out wonderfully tender + packed full of flavor, despite its short cooking time. The sauce is a complex, beautiful blend of flavors – salty, sweet, bright, peppery, + just-a-little-spicy. Serve with white rice, lo mein, or spiralized vegetable “zoodles” + you have a perfect, scrumptious, simple weeknight meal ready in just a few minutes – what more could you want?!

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bars

by amy on 10 February 2015

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bars | www.FearlessHomemaker.comIt’s the week of Valentine’s Day, which means that there are tons of amazing, decadent, extravagant desserts popping up on blogs this week. Since I knew my blogging buddies would have the exquisitely fancy desserts covered, I decided to go the opposite route and share a simple, quick, + completely unfussy (but still delicious!) dessert with y’all – these Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bars.

These were easy enough to make that my 1.5 year old daughter was able to help me (which she LOVED), and quick enough that even with all the measuring, stirring, spreading, and baking, they still only took about 30 minutes total. And the result? Super soft, melt-in-your-mouth, peanut buttery bars packed full of chocolate chips. They’re simple, delicious, and oh-so-very satisfying. So, if you’re looking for a fuss-free, fool-proof treat for the peanut butter/chocolate lover in your life, you should absolutely give these a try! They’d be perfect for Valentine’s Day, or any day that you want to treat yourself or your loved ones to a little something special. =)

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Month-By-Month Baby Pictures | www.FearlessHomemaker.comToday, I’m taking a quick break from recipe-posting to share a fun little project that I did with Fearless Baby over her first 18 months: Month-by-month pictures! This was super easy, relatively quick, free, and helped me capture memories from those early months that I will treasure forever. I’m not sure where I first saw the idea a few years ago (maybe on Facebook or Pinterest?), but I remember making a mental note that I SO wanted to do that when I had a child. And I did! =)

The premise is simple: I photographed Baby in the same chair, with the same stuffed bunny, every month from 1-18. I didn’t buy any special outfits for the photos – I just chose something that I had loved seeing her wear in that given month (and in the last two pictures, she helped me select her outfit, which was fun). And I wasn’t super fussy about the actual date of the picture – some months, I took it a bit early. Some months, a bit late. Whatever worked with our schedule/mood that month.

I initially thought I’d stop with the pictures after 12 months, but I was enjoying taking them so much (+ Baby truly *loves* having her picture taken), so I decided to keep it up for a few months longer, until we reached 18 months, which felt like a good stopping point. I am hoping to still take a yearly birthday picture in that same chair each June – we’ll see if we’re able to complete that goal!

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Falafel Burgers {Vegan}

by amy on 25 January 2015

Simple Falafel Burgers {Vegan} | www.FearlessHomemaker.comSimple Falafel Burgers {Vegan} | www.FearlessHomemaker.comToday, I’m participating in a fun blogger event — the Secret Recipe Club. How does it work? Every blogger is secretly assigned another blog + chooses a recipe from that blog to make. On reveal day (today!), all of our posts go up at the same time, + everyone gets to see who was assigned to their blog, which recipe they chose, + how it turned out. Fun, huh?

This month I was assigned Shockingly Delicious, a wonderful blog full of scrumptious, budget-conscious, healthy, family-friendly foods + decided to make these Vegan Falafel Burgers. And y’all, I don’t think I can adequately explain how amazing these were. SO fantastic. They are simple to prepare, but packed with complex, impressive flavor. After making these for dinner recently, my husband told me that, honestly, he hadn’t had terribly high expectations for these burgers (as he’s not a huge meatless meal lover), but his mind was blown by their deliciousness. He actually said, “I do not miss the meat one bit – these are AMAZING. Can we please have these again within a few weeks?” You bet we can! I like serving them in pita pockets with lettuce, tomato, cucumber, onion, and a little tzatiki sauce. Perfection!

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