Warming Up Tropical Style

Hi all!  I hope you enjoyed your weekend!

Remember when I was deciding whether or not to bake for my class… I chose Yes! Mostly because I love to bake but also because my other class was canceled this morning so I could legitimately justify baking while I looked at Decision Trees 🙂

To beat the dreariness that is Ithaca for today, I decided to make something tropical sounding!  However, I didn’t have time to go to the store so I made due with what I had.  Behold Tropical Oatmeal Cookies!

All the fruitness of the tropics with the warmth and comfort of a cold winter day!

Tropical Oatmeal Cookies

inspired by Smitten Kitchen’s Thick, Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

1/2 cup butter
2/3 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 cup flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
3/4 cup mixed dried fruit (I used dried mango, papaya, cranberries and raisins)

In one bowl combine dry ingredients except the oats and dried fruit.  In another bowl, cream together butter and sugar.  Add vanilla and egg, blend with a hand mixer until smooth.  Add dry ingredients, mix until combined.  Fold in oats and dried fruit.

Isn’t it colorful!?

Chill for about an hour.  Then bake at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes or until golden on the bottom.

This made 35 small cookies for me, but I’m guessing maybe 20 average sized cookies.

Pretty tasty! I tried one 🙂

While these baked, I made myself a healthy tropical lunch!

Thai Egg Drop Soup

2 servings of dry lentils
2 cups Thai Culinary Stock
1 tsp cornstarch
handful of Kale, washed and chopped
frozen veggies
1 egg, lightly beaten

Bring the lentils and stock to a boil, simmer for about 15 minutes.  Add cornstarch to thicken slightly (first mix with a bit of water in a separate cup).  Add veggies and bring to a boil.  Turn heat down and drizzle in the egg while stirring.

I have a tendency to eat the same thing everyday, but I’m trying to switch it up.  Any good lunch suggestions other than a wrap or sandwich??

Now I’m off to Wegman’s for the first time this week.  I’m literally out of vegetables!  That can’t happen in my household!

I feel like I should do a post dedicated just to Wegman’s since apparently I’m obsessed.

Have a wonderful afternoon!!!

P.S. Giveaways at Salt and Humor and The Actor’s Diet!


5 thoughts on “Warming Up Tropical Style

  1. Jill says:

    Yum to those cookies! I could use some of that soup right now too–*stomach growl*
    What is this Wegman’s you speak of…a grocery store? Do tell!

  2. Karin says:

    Oh my god those cookies look amazing and so colorful!
    My mum used to make Japanese egg drop soup all the time and I miss it. Definitely need to try your recipe :).
    My lunch meals are always boring (mostly salad) and I wish I could have lunch at home.. Microwaved food just isn’t that tasty..

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