In My Kitchen This Week – 1

by Heidi @ Food Doodles on July 29, 2012

This Week in the Food Doodles Kitchen!


I’m super excited to do this post, it’s such a fun change from the regular posts!  I’m afraid this post will be a little picture heavy so I’ll just get into it.  This week I brought out my dehydrator.  It’s just a really cheap dehydrator – nothing special.  I don’t use it all the time but when I bring it out, it doesn’t go away for a while.  Cases of mangos were on sale last week so I bought a few to dry.

I have to say I LOVE these.  No added sugar, nothing but mango.  And some dark chocolate on a few of them.  The chocolate was probably the messiest thing ever for my daughter(seriously, chocolate in her eyebrows!), but I loved it.  Dark chocolate on mango.  Who knew?

Moving on!  I found this healthy recipe for Peanut Butter Freezer Fudge on Money Saving Mom, originally from Food Babe.  I used one ingredient peanut butter instead of almond butter in the original recipe.

I actually doubled the fudge part of the recipe and used the same amount of chocolate on top in an 8×8 pan.  I used half chunky peanut butter which was amazing.

Oh, and I doubled the maple syrup because I have a crazy sweet tooth and 1 1/2 tbsp of maple syrup to 1 cup of peanut butter was not enough.  Double the maple syrup was perfect for me and still very little sugar in one bite sized piece!

These little squares are amazing!  Perfect texture and consistency out of the freezer.  I think next time I wouldn’t double the recipe, I’d just pour it into a lined loaf pan instead to get the thicker pieces that I like(maybe just with half the amount of chocolate on top).

Oh, and speaking of the chocolate, I melted the chocolate with a little coconut oil to make it crisp and crunchy right out of the freezer, but way more meltable than chocolate chips are from the freezer.  I just poured it over the fudge just once the top had set and then returned it to the freezer to completely solidify.  It made it a little harder to chop into neat and tidy squares,  but it was sooo good!

I had to put it in the fridge for a little while till it mostly solidified because it would have been sitting kind of sideways in my freezer and my daughter stuck her fingers in it while it was still soft 🙁  Of course it was still amazing, just not so pretty anymore.  Oh well! 🙂

Definitely recommended!

Our most recent obsession is this Mozzarella Pesto Grilled Cheese Sandwich.  I’m at a loss for words to describe it.  If you have mozzarella, pesto and a good crusty whole grain bread, get to your kitchen and make it! 🙂

I bought a ton of basil this week and made a completely basil pesto(with toasted almond this time!) so instead of using this Spinach Pesto I’ll try the all basil one this week.  I can’t see how it wouldn’t be even more amazing!


Mozzarella Pesto Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Makes 1 sandwich

  • 2 thin slices sturdy whole grain bread
  • 2-3 tbsp your favorite pesto
  • 1/3 – 1/2 C grated mozzarella cheese(or enough to fill the sandwich)
  • 2 tbsp butter, for spreading on both sides of the sandwich

Heat a skillet over medium heat.  Spread pesto on the two slices of bread and place the mozzarella in between.  Spread butter on the outside of the bread and place in the hot skillet butter side down.  Butter the other side of the bread and place a lid over the pan.  Cook for a couple minutes until the bottom is golden.  Remove the lid and flip the sandwich.  Continue to cook until the other side is golden and serve immediately.


Next thing to try my pesto on… Pizza!

And finally, a picture of my Farmers Market purchases for this weekend.  I spent $21.40 on all this, not including the eggs.  I actually don’t get my eggs from the market, I go to the farm for them and I pay $3 a dozen.

So for $21 dollars I got more than enough mostly organic produce for this week(in addition to what I got at the grocery store, what’s in my garden and what’s already in my fridge).

  • 5 large bunches of basil that I’ve already made into pesto(except for one bunch that I’m saving for something else).  Some pesto I’ll freeze, some I’ve given away and some I’ll use this week.
  • At least enough new potatoes for one meal.
  • Green beans for two meals(probably one dinner and one lunch for just the kids and I).
  • A bunch of carrots that would be good for one meal but that are being devoured for a snack as I type.  The tops of the carrots went to our bunny 🙂
  • Beets for a couple meals(plus the tops which will be good in smoothies if I don’t cook them for a meal).
  • A large bunch of kale for chips
  • A bunch of rainbow chard probably for smoothies.

Plus I have zucchini, hot peppers and other herbs(parsley, dill, thyme, rosemary, mint etc) from my garden.

Let me know how you enjoyed this kind of post!  And what else you’d like to see…  Some of my ideas to hopefully include in the future are more kids snacks, breakfast oatmeal ideas, more in depth meal planning for the week, etc.  Just leave a comment below to let me know what you’d like to see! And… Tell me what recipes you’ve tried(and loved!) this week.  I hope you’re having a great weekend!

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{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

1 CJ at Food Stories August 25, 2012 at 11:24

Love your pictures and your roundup post … I do something similar every Monday where I share some of the happenings … Great Job 🙂


2 Erin July 31, 2012 at 16:55

My gosh that grilled cheese sandwich looks AMAZING!


3 Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies July 30, 2012 at 18:53

The photos are all gorgeous, especially the farmers market one–wow! I had “chocolate dipped dried mango” on my list of potential recipes to develop, but I see I’m not the only one with that idea! 😉


4 Heidi @ Food Doodles July 31, 2012 at 16:36

It must be a good idea if you thought of it too! 😀


5 Les July 30, 2012 at 13:07

Those beet greens are amazing steamed and served with a touch of vinegar over the top !


6 Heidi @ Food Doodles July 30, 2012 at 16:06

Mmm, thanks for the suggestion!


7 Heather July 30, 2012 at 11:02

I love this kind of post, it was so interesting!

What a great haul from the Farmers Market – this time fo year farmers markets and stands are my weakness 🙂


8 Cara July 30, 2012 at 10:48

Nice idea for a post! Love the sound of those dried mangos…


9 Faith July 30, 2012 at 09:32

LOVED this post, it’s such a fun idea! Those sandwiches look killer — I need to make pesto ASAP! Love the picture of your gorgeous farmers’ market loot too!


10 Laura Lea July 30, 2012 at 08:10

I agree–I ADORED this post and am pretty much in love with every single thing you made! Thanks for such a great way to start a Monday 🙂


11 chinmayie @ love food eat July 30, 2012 at 06:35

Love posts like this… It’s so much fun to see more than just recipes 🙂


12 Kathryn July 30, 2012 at 02:31

That fudge sounds amazing!!


13 LisaMN July 29, 2012 at 23:31

Just got out my dehydrator TODAY also!! Never used it before. I have an Excalibur. Mangoes sound deelish! Trying potatoes and kale first. Any personal dehydrator tips are welcomed! Love your site!


14 Baking Serendipity July 29, 2012 at 19:00

I love this post! I am always buying dried mangos at Costco, but I’ve never thought to dip them in chocolate before. Too good!


15 em July 29, 2012 at 12:53

i would love all of those recipes!
i made coconut oil + dark chocolate peanut butter cups this week, which were so good. i also made veggie sandwiches paired with homemade roasted red pepper aioli sauce and crusty sourdough. delish!


16 Erin @ Texanerin Baking July 29, 2012 at 12:35

That fudge! I went and looked at the ingredients. Sounds great.

And I love these kind of posts! I won’t say what all I’ve made this week, but yesterday I made blueberry maple sauce, blueberry frozen yogurt, coconut butter, peanut butter coconut butter, and white chocolate raspberry blondies. Recipes to come soon. 🙂

I love the gooey cheese in your sandwich! Especially in that close up. It makes it look irresistible,


17 september July 29, 2012 at 12:27

love it!!!!! yes yes and yes, luv pictures love recipes always love your postings thank u so much 😀


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