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Salutations Readers!

Kalamazoo has good food.
Great food, in fact. We have made it our mission to check out all the local eateries one at a time - and more for our own poor memories than any other reason, we'll be chronicling our adventures in food here. And some places float our boats way more than others, which is why we have developed the very scientific
five golden forks rating scale. Ok. It is not scientific at all. It is actually quite unscientific. But, it is something. And now, you can search all of our reviews by the forks rating. YAY!

But, wait! There's more!
Kalamazoo Foodies no longer just eat at restaurants then review them. There are recipes posted, some easy, some less easy, all delicious. There are, or will be, book reviews, the new
Foodie Movie Review-y which will focus on movies about food or ones that have a lot of beautiful food in them. There are other food musings, and hopefully soon contests and so much more. But, Foodie Friends, it is all about food. Because we love it!
And, we want to hear from you!

We want to hear your comments on our recipes and reviews. We want to know where you love to eat. And, we are looking for GUEST bloggers to broaden our horizons a bit. And, if you haven't found us on Facebook, you should do that too. Like our page for other fun Foodies stuff like photos, polls, and more.

SO KALAMAZOO PATRONS - where do YOU love to eat? Because we'd love to check it out and share our thoughts here. Give us a comment below, and quickly! Our tummies are grumbling in anticipation.

A Note from the Foodies about our typical fair:
So, you may notice as you read our blog that we often order the same thing wherever we go. OK, maybe not quite, but we do often order similar things. Kristin has her caprese salads and mushroom dishes. Kate has her baked goat cheese and things with tofu. Well, readers, we wanted to let you know that this is absolutely intentional. A) We love those things, so why not order what you love? And, B) It is a lot easier to compare apples to apples than it is to compare apples to comquats. So, we like to order similar things to have a good sense of how to compare them. Just wanted to let you in on that little secret. Bon appetit!

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Foodies at Home: Oatmeal Blueberry Muffins

I love to bake. We know that, right? But, I haven't been as keen on it since I have become pregnant. Partially because it is REALLY hard to resist licking the batter off my fingers (or the spoon, or the spatula, or the side of the bowl) which I can't do. And, partially because I know that every calorie counts, and filling up with cookies and cakes and brownies, though VERY tempting as a pregnant person, is not the best move.

So, I have started looking for recipes that have lots of redeeming nutritional values (i.e. multiple items on the "really good for growing baby" list of foods) to begin preparing. Paul and I have been meal planning every week with this in mind, and I am just starting to branch out into exploring some baked goods options that meet this criteria.

NOTE: If you have any baked goods recipes that are healthy, lower calorie, contain really good for you ingredients, etc... PLEASE SHARE! I miss baking. A lot. It is my number 1 stress reliever!

Anywho, Paul also likes baked goods, so, I went on a search for something to make, and came up with this one...

Oatmeal Blueberry Muffins


1 1/4 cups quick cooking oats
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup white sugar
1 tbls. baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
1 egg
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 tsp. vanilla
1 cup (or more) blueberries, rinsed and drained

Makes 12 muffins


Preheat oven to 425 degrees

Mix together oats, flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
Stir in milk, egg, oil and vanilla until all ingredients are combined.
Gently fold in blueberries.
Fill greased muffin cups 2/3 full.
Bake for 20-25 minutes.

These muffins are hearty because of the oats. Have antioxidants because of the blueberries. And, have about 150 calories per muffin.  YAY!

1 comment:

Hillary said...

I commend you for sticking to the healthy eating - but let yourself bake once in a while! Trust me - from one baker to another - you'll have less time and energy to do so once baby actually arrives!