Friday, April 11, 2014

Three ingredient "cocktails"

Who loves super easy cocktails? Cocktails so simple it seems wrong to call them cocktails? Cocktails that only entail opening a can of soda, pouring a shot, and adding a spritz of lemon or lime? That kind of lazy booze is my specialty!

My husband and I are hardcore beer snobs. We even brew our own. But when he's on low carb, he needs another option. Sometimes I'll have one of these instead of dessert to satisfy my sweet tooth. I know, so healthy and wholesome, right?

You're probably thinking Jack and Coke, right? There are some great lesser-known mixer options in the soda aisle of your grocery store that you're not taking advantage of. My favorite lazy mixers are Fresca, ginger ale, and club soda/seltzer.

Tequila Fresca (dubbed the Dirty Margarita by my BFF Glutenless Goddess)
Fresca is the number 1 most underrated mixer in your grocery store. Mixed with tequila and lime, it tastes like a perfect margarita with a splash of grapefruit. It's basically a diet paloma.
1 shot tequila (Sauza Gold, baby!)
1/2 can Fresca
splash lime

Gin Fresca
1 shot gin (New Amsterdam is my favorite mid-priced option)
1/2 can Fresca
splash lime

The Gin Gin
My current fave; a little spicy, a little fragrant, a little sweet
1 shot gin
1/2 can ginger ale (diet or not, your choice)
splash lemon

The Whiskey Ginger
1 shot whiskey (I like a local Oregon one, 4 Spirits)
1/2 can ginger ale
splash lemon

Lime Rickey
This one is really refreshing on a hot day
1 shot gin or vodka
1/2 can club soda or seltzer
splash lime

What are your favorite lazy cocktails?

No-Cook Granola Fudge

Probably the first recipe I ever made when I was a kid was edible peanut butter play dough. It was just equal parts peanut butter, honey, and powdered milk. Mash it together, and you had sticky clay! I was much more interested in eating it though, and to do so, I would shape it into little balls and roll it in crushed cereal or oats.

Fast forward almost 30 years to the first recipe I ever made from Pinterest: energy balls. They were oh so appealing because they were essentially peanut butter playdough gussied up with some granola fixin's. The recipe is super flexible and forgiving. My version (with my preferred add-ins and ratios) is below. I'm usually too lazy to bother to roll the mixture into balls like most people, I just press it into the bottom of a square container with damp fingers and cut it into squares, hence the name, "granola fudge." These are so easy, I would have loved making these as a kid (parents, take note)! They are no-cook--just dump and stir. They're a great, filling, healthy snack for traveling, hiking, and gorging in front of the TV.

Granola Fudge
120 g/1 1/2 cups uncooked old fashioned oats
70 g/1/3 cup ground flaxseed (can substitute chia seeds, shredded coconut, or just extra oats)
1/4 cup pumpkin seeds or your nut or seed of choice; optional
1/4 cup dried cranberries or your dried fruit of choice; could even do chocolate chips!
130 g/1/2 cup peanut butter or nut butter of choice
100 g/1/3 cup honey
1 tsp. vanilla extract (optional)

I love to use my kitchen scale for this recipe. Just dump in the ingredients and tare it for each new measurement. That way I don't have to get my measuring cups all goopy from peanut butter and honey. You can just eyeball this recipe if you're not a kitchen nerd like me. 

Mix everything together. The mixture may seem too dry at first, but I promise it will combine! Sometimes it helps to use a mashing motion with your spoon and a couple of minutes of patience to get everything coated. Once everything's mixed, dampen your hands, and either press the mixture into the bottom of a 8 x 8 or so pan, or roll into bite-sized balls. Refrigerate for a couple of hours until firm and chewy.

I like to cut this into 8 bars. 1/8 of the batch equals 215 calories, 13 grams fat, 19 carbs, 4 grams fiber, 7 grams protein.