What's that? A job? Yes, my friends, I got a job! I'm now an adjunct professor of chemistry at the local State U. No, chemistry is not exactly my subject, and no, I don't have much teaching experience. An adjunct position is a great way to get experience, though, so this is a great opportunity. I'm in my 2nd week so I'm still adjusting to my new schedule and new habits, so I'm not cooking all that much- and I wasn't able to improve on one of my own recipes.
Instead, I turned to Cooking Light, which always seems to have some good recipes, healthy but delicious.
I decided on the Cranberry Oatmeal bars partly because I had all the ingredients on hand- I also haven't had much time to go to the grocery store. They were incredibly easy- I didn't even have to get out the stand mixer! And they were quick to throw together, even if I planned poorly and ended up sauteing brussels sprouts instead of roasting them for dinner, since I'd already put the bars in. Oops. (sauteed brussels sprouts are much quicker, although I think I prefer roasted)
recipe from Cooking Light
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup flour
1 cup oats (I used old-fashioned)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4t baking soda
6T butter, melted
3T orange juice
1 and 1/3 cup dried cranberries (or other dried fruit)
3/4 cup sour cream (I used low fat)
1/2 cup white (I used about 1T less than 1/2 cup)
2T flour (I used whole wheat)
1t orange zest
1 egg white
Preheat over to 325F
For the crust: combine all the dry ingredients and mix. Pour in melted butter and orange juice and mix til combined, it'll still be a bit crumbly. Reserve about 1/2 cup of the mixture and press the rest into the bottom of an 11x7 baking pan (a 9x13 works too). Set aside.
For the filling: combine all the filling ingredients and stir til combined. Spread over the crust in the pan, and then sprinkle the reserved 1/2 cup crust mixture evenly over the top.
Bake at 325F for about 45 minutes. Let cool and cut into squares.
Nutritional info: (this is from CL's site, and doesn't factor in the whole wheat flour, low fat sour cream and slightly less sugar that I used)