Honey Almond Sunflower Seed Granola

I had always written granola off as one of those things that is really hard to make.  Why else would they sell so much of the premade stuff? WRONG!  Granola now goes in the same category as spaghetti sauce: it is very easy to make it homemade, slightly cheaper to make it homemade and tastes much better when it is homemade!  The other perk is that you have complete control over what goes in your granola.

I googled “Almond Granola” (because I had sliced almonds and oats) and found these instruction on ehow.com.

The only alteration I made was with the nuts.  I only had a 1/2 cup of sliced almonds, so I added 1 cup of unsalted raw sunflower seeds.

Honey Almond Sunflower Seed Granola

Preheat the oven to 300 F.  In a large bowl combine:

4 cups oats
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sliced almonds
1/2 sunflower seeds, unsalted
1/4 tsp. salt

In a small bowl mix together:

1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup canola oil

Heat in the microwave for 30 seconds. Add:

1 tsp. Vanilla

Pour the honey liquid into the large bowl of oats. Stir with a wooden spoon until combined. Spread granola mixture on to a baking pan. Make sure the granola is spread out evenly so that it will not burn. Bake for 35- 40 minutes until golden brown. Cool completely on the baking pan. Crumble and store in an airtight container.

My favorite thing to do with granola?  Parfait!  Vanilla yogurt with canned peaches are the best.

I have read that you can make granola using applesauce and apple juice as the sweeteners instead of  honey and brown sugar.  Has anyone made granola this way before?  I think I would like to try this healthier version to see how it tastes.  This recipe was almost too sweet/candy tasting.


Honey Lime Cilantro Tilapia

When Marc and I found tilapia on sale at the grocery store, we made a resolution to eat more fish.  Neither of us dislike fish, but we don’t love it.  We really want to try to eat more of it.

This was the first time I have ever cooked any type of fish and it was honestly very easy, especially since I used tin foil pouches to bake them in.  Easy clean up!

I scoured the internet for good tilapia recipes and ended up improvising my own.  There were so many recipes, but none of them really looked amazing.  I saw one that had lime in it and decided to run with it.  The flavoring ended up being perfect, but both of us are still adapting our taste buds to seafood.  I think the next time I make tilapia, I will try a breaded recipe to make the fish flavor a little more subdued.

The rice was my favorite part of the meal by far.  So simple to make!

Honey Lime Cilantro Tilapia Recipe

Preheat oven to 400. In a small bowl whisk together:

4 tbsp. olive oil
2 tbsp. honey
the zest of one lime
the juice of one lime
handful cilantro, roughly chopped
1/2 tsp salt
pepper to taste

Create two pouches out of tin foil.  Place into pouches, individually:

2 Tilapia Fillets

Spoon the seasoning into the pouches, covering the fillets. Seal pouches and bake for 10 minutes.

Cilantro Lime Rice Recipe

In rice cooker or small pot combine:

1/2 cup white jasmine rice
1/2 cup brown jasmine rice
1/4 tsp. salt
2 cups water

Simmer until all water is absorbed, 15-20 minutes. Add to rice:

zest of one lime
juice of one lime
generous handful of cilantro, roughly chopped

Stir to combine well. Serve warm.