Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Pear Toast

You could call this an appetizer or dessert - each bite is full of flavor from the sweet honey and jam, tangy cream cheese, crusty bread, nutty seeds, refreshing pear, and some added crunch from granola.

Pear Toast
1 small slice Seven Stars bread
2 tsp cream cheese
1 tsp strawberry jam
1 pear slice
1/4 tsp sunflower seeds
a few granola oats
1 tsp honey

1. Toast the bread in the toaster.
2. Spread on cream cheese and jam.
3. Top with pear, sunflower seeds, oats, and a drizzle of honey.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Rainbow Salad

This salad was delicious. I think it is an evolutionary adaptation that makes us attracted to colorful foods because they are often highly nutritious (Lucky Charms and other artificially colored foods not included).

Rainbow Salad
2 cups baby spinach
4 cucumber slices, halved
1 hard boiled egg, chopped
1/4 cup shredded carrots
4 cherry tomatoes, halved
1/4 cup roasted red bell peppers, chopped
3 portabello mushrooms, halved
1/4 cup black beans

1 tsp rice wine vinegar
1 Tbsp sesame oil
2 tsp reduced sodium soy sauce
black pepper

1. Pile spinach on a plate, and top with cucumber, egg, carrots, tomatoes, bell peppers, mushrooms, and black beans in that order.
2. Mix together the dressing ingredients and drizzle on top of salad.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Josh's Fish Panini

Crispy, warm, and stuffed with melted cheese, this panini by Josh Leung is both easy to make and delicious.

Josh's Fish Panini
2 slices whole wheat bread
1 fish filet
2 slices American cheese (or cheese of your choice)
1/2 cup spinach leaves

1. Assemble sandwich.
2. Press on the panini press for 2 minutes, or until bread is golden brown and cheese is melted.
3. Cut in half.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Microwave Broccoli

We know, it doesn't sound particularly delicious. You might wonder, "The Ratty has steamed broccoli, so why would I waste my time firing up the microwave for a few vegetables?!" For one, you can control how cooked your broccoli is. Secondly, you can season your broccoli. And last but not least, microwave broccoli turns an awesome other-worldly bright green that just looks cool.

Microwave Broccoli
a few broccoli florets (raw, from salad bar)
a drop of sesame oil
a drop of soy sauce
a drop of broth (any clear soup will do, like beef broth or onion soup) or water
black pepper

1. Get a bowl and combine everything in the bowl.
2. Microwave on high power for 45 seconds, or until broccoli has turned a bright green slightly translucent color. The goal is to get it cooked but not mushy.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Hot Pastrami Swiss Cheese Panini on Rye

Delicately crispy, with nutty rye, savory pastrami, and melty swiss cheese in every bite. I thought having veggies in the sandwich would compromise the panini's texture, but you can definitely enjoy them on the side.

Hot Pastrami Swiss Cheese Panini on Rye
2 slices light rye bread
3-4 slices pastrami
2 slices swiss cheese
1/2 cup green beans (on the side)

1. Layer one slice of swiss cheese, pastrami, and the other slice of swiss cheese on a slice of rye.
2. Place the other slice of rye on top and press in the panini press for 5-7 minutes or until nice brown char marks appear.
3. Enjoy with steamed green beans (the Ratty calls them "French beans" I think) on the side.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

DO NOT Make this Peanut Butter Waffle!

This was originally posted a long time ago, before we were notified that no one should put peanut butter in the waffle irons because of allergies! We are sincerely sorry for setting a bad example, but instead of deleting this post, we feel that it would be helpful to keep it here as a friendly reminder for future peanut butter waffle lovers.

Original Post:

The peanut butter mixed directly into the waffle batter makes an extra crunchy crust and infuses the whole waffle with a rich peanut butter flavor.

Peanut Butter Waffle
1/2 ladle waffle batter
2 Tbsp peanut butter
1 small banana, sliced
1 Tbsp honey + 1 Tbsp peanut butter
whipped cream

1. In a cereal bowl, mix waffle batter and 2 Tbsp peanut butter until well-blended.
2. Spray a waffle machine with non-stick spray and pour the batter in the center. (Note: We used less waffle batter to give the waffle an fun shape)
3. Cook waffle as directed.
4. In a small cup, mix honey and 1 Tbsp peanut butter. (Note: Feel free to use just honey instead of the mixture, if you prefer)
5. Garnish waffle with sliced bananas, peanut butter and honey mixture, and whipped cream.
6. Dust the top with cinnamon.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Nathan's Macho Nacho Burrito

This delectable burrito is the product of Nathan Feng's genius, and is an efficient and tasty way to get the flavors of nachos without having to load the toppings on individual tortilla chips.

Nathan's Macho Nacho Burrito
1 whole wheat tortilla
1/4 cup diced tomatoes
2 Tbsp salsa
1/4 cup shredded cheese
2 Tbsp sliced olives
1/4 cup guacamole
2 Tbsp sour cream
1/4 cup refried beans
1/2 cup shredded lettuce

1. Put toppings on tortilla.
2. Wrap it up so it resembles a burrito.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

"Honey Nut Cheerios"

A friend mentioned the other day that the Ratty doesn't have Honey Nut Cheerios - well, you can make your own! And you can customize the honey-ness and nuttiness.

"Honey Nut Cheerios"
1 cup Cheerios
1 Tbsp old-fashioned peanut butter
2 tsp honey
2 tsp sunflower seeds
2 tsp pumpkin seeds
3/4 cup soymilk

1. Get a bowl of Cheerios. Drizzle on peanut butter and honey, and top with the seeds.
2. Add soymilk.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Pasta and Spinach Salad Medley with Egg

I love making salads with ingredients from all corners of the food pyramid. In this one, you get your grains (pasta), meat/protein (sausage & egg), dairy (cheese), unsaturated fat (olives), and of course, veggies (spinach, broccoli, tomatoes). Oh alright, the candy/sweets group is missing. I suppose you could add a drizzle of honey? Or some chocolate sprinkles...?

Pasta and Spinach Salad Medley with Egg
1/2 cup pasta shells
handful of baby spinach
2 slices sausage, chopped
7-8 olives, sliced
5-6 cherry tomatoes, halved
3 broccoli pieces, chopped
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1 tbsp basil infused olive oil
1 sunny-side-up egg
salt and pepper

1. Mix pasta and all ingredients excluding egg on a plate. Put in microwave for about 1.5 minutes, or until cheese is melted and spinach is starting to wilt.
2. Get a sunny-side-up egg and place on top of salad. Add salt and pepper to taste. Break the yolk and enjoy!

Friday, December 18, 2009

Tuna Salad Salad

What else would you call a salad with tuna salad on top?

Tuna Salad Salad
2 cups mixed greens
4 grape tomatoes, halved
3 olives, sliced
1 slice Seven stars bread
basil infused olive oil

Tuna Salad
3 tsp mayonnaise
black pepper
1/8 tsp garlic powder
1/8 tsp onion powder
1/8 tsp ginger powder
1 Tbsp red bell peppers, diced
1 Tbsp green bell peppers, diced
1/4 cup tuna

1. Toss the mixed greens, tomatoes, and olives.
2. Lightly drizzle both sides of bread with basil infused olive oil. grill on the panini for 3 minutes, or until golden brown.
3. Meanwhile, mix together all ingredients of tuna salad.
4. Remove bread from panini press, tear into crouton-sized pieces.
5. Garnish salad with tuna salad and croutons, and some black pepper.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Turkey Wrap with Ginger Hoisin Sauce

With ginger hoisin sauce, a little bit goes a long way. To make this a vegetarian wrap, substitute the turkey for cubes of organic firm tofu, whose smoothness balances the sharpness of the sauce very nicely.

Turkey Wrap with Ginger Hoisin Sauce
1/2 spinach tortilla (cut a whole one in half and you can make two!)
2 slices tomato
2 leaves lettuce
2 slices turkey
7-9 sugar snap peas (optional) 1 purple onion ring (not the whole disk)
3 tbsp hoisin sauce
2 tsp powdered ginger
1 tsp sesame oil
scallions, baby tomato for garnish

1. Make sauce by mixing hoisin sauce, ginger, and sesame oil in a small cup. Spread this mixture over one side of tortilla.
2. Put lettuce, tomato, turkey, peas, and onion ring in tortilla and fold both sides over to create a triangular pocket.
3. Secure with a toothpick (if you happen to have one) and garnish with tomatoes and scallions, and any extra sauce. Devour.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Pepperjack Cheese Veggie Pita Pocket

I used to think the whole wheat pita pockets were sour, tough, and inedible, but I was proven wrong by the flavor powers of garlic infused olive oil, pepperjack cheese, and the magic touch of the panini press. This veggie pita pocket is loaded with healthy nutrient-rich spinach, bell peppers, and mushrooms, not to mention the goodness of whole wheat pita. The perfect antidote to all the soft serve we've been consuming (you know who you are!).

Pepperjack Cheese Veggie Pita Pocket
1/2 whole wheat pita pocket
2 slices pepperjack cheese
3 slices portabello mushrooms
3 slices roasted red bell pepper
1 Tbsp corn
1/2 cup baby spinach
1 Tbsp chopped white onion
1 Tbsp shredded cheese
1/4 tsp garlic infused olive oil
1/2 cup romaine lettuce leaves

1. Layer the inside of the pita pocket with pepperjack cheese, mushrooms, bell peppers, corn, spinach, onions, and shredded cheese.
2. Drizzle garlic infused olive oil on top.
3. Grill on the panini for 2 minutes, or until cheese is melted and pita pocket is golden brown.
4. Serve with fresh greens.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Peach Ice Cream Swan

Okay, we confess. The swan was unintentional. So even if your attempt doesn't resemble a swan, don't worry because it will still taste good.

Peach Ice Cream Swan
1/2 cup peach slices
1/4 cup ice
1/8 tsp nutmeg
1/8 tsp ground ginger
1/8 tsp cinnamon
vanilla ice cream
waffle cone

1. Fill a bowl with peaches, ice, and spices.
2. Top with vanilla ice cream.
3. Drizzle honey on top and garnish with waffle cone pieces.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Cheesy Broccoli Olive Prosciutto Pasta

Pasta doesn't always have to involve tomato sauce; try incorporating different veggies from the salad bar into your pasta if you tire of the same red/white sauce every day of the week.

Cheesy Broccoli Olive Prosciutto Pasta
2 spoonfuls of corkscrew pasta
3 spears broccoli
2 slices prosciutto
3 mushrooms
3/4 cup shredded mozzarella
8 olives
2 purple onion rings
2 tbsp basil infused olive oil
salt and pepper

1. Cut broccoli, prosciutto, mushrooms, olives, and onions into small pieces. Mix with pasta.
2. Sprinkle cheese over pasta. Drizzle olive oil on top, add a pinch each of salt and pepper.
3. Microwave on high for 1 minute. Stir; add more salt if needed. Enjoy!

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Josh's Ham and Turkey Panini

This gorgeous panini by Josh Leung features savory ham and turkey layered neatly with lettuce, tomato, and American cheese, grilled to perfection!

Josh's Ham and Turkey Panini
2 slices whole wheat bread
3 slices American cheese
2 slices tomato
sliced turkey
sliced ham

1. Assemble sandwich.
2. Grill on the panini until bread is golden and crispy.
3. Slice in half and devour.

Yogurt with Grape Jelly Honey Drizzle

Grape jelly mixes with honey to create an interesting balance of fruity tartness and honey sweetness that contrasts nicely with plain yogurt and crunchy granola.

Yogurt with Grape Jelly Honey Drizzle
1/2 cup plain yogurt
2 packets grape jelly
1 tbsp honey
1 tbsp cinnamon
1 tbsp granola

1. In a small cup, mix grape jelly with honey.
2. In a separate bowl, toss granola with cinnamon.
3. Drizzle grape jelly honey over yogurt and sprinkle cinnamon-coated granola on top.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Omelette Bagel

There's this poster outside Au Bon Pain with a gorgeous egg bagel, and it inspired me to make this. I don't know if this has occurred to anyone else, but how exactly does one eat a bagel sandwich? It's like they expect our mouths to be 7 inches tall. It looks nice, but it's impractical. Yet I found that if you take the thing apart and eat it with a fork and knife, interspersing your mouthfuls of egg with bites of toasted bagel, it's actually quite good. Enjoy!

Omelette Bagel
1 oat bagel
1 omelette (with mushrooms, peppers, cheese, onions)
baby spinach leaves

1. Toast the bagel.
2. Cut omelette into a circle to fit on the bagel.
3. Layer spinach and omelette between the top and bottom halves of bagel. Attempt to eat as a sandwich, fail, and use fork and knife.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Creamy Tuna Dip

Chunky and savory appetizer with ingredients from the grill (lettuce, onions, relish), drink station (lemon), Tastes of the World line (scallions, sour cream), salad bar (tuna, green bell peppers), spices counter (garlic, ginger, paprika), soup station (cracked black pepper, crackers) and burger condiments counter (mayo).
Creamy Tuna Dip
Juice of 2 lemon wedges
1/4 cup sour cream
1/4 cup tuna
1/4 tsp paparika
1/4 tsp garlic powder
pinch of garlic salt
a few turns of black pepper
1/8 tsp ginger powder
2 Tbsp diced green bell peppers
3 Tbsp scallions
1 Tbsp white onions
3 tsp relish
1 Tbsp mayonnaise
1 hard boiled egg
2 lettuce leaves
1 lemon wedge for presentation
1. Mix all the ingredients up to the mayonnaise in a cup.
2. Peel the egg, dice it up, and fold it into the dip.
3. Spoon the dip onto the lettuce, garnish on the side with a lemon wedge and garnish the top with scallions and paparika.
4. Serve with crackers.

Crunchy Chewiness on Whole Wheat

A big thanks to Susie for providing this awesome, healthy, energy-loaded breakfast recipe! All the monounsaturated fats from the nuts and peanut butter balance nicely with the complex carbs of whole wheat, and along with hints of sweetness from the raisins, this breakfast goes great with a glass of milk.

Crunchy Chewiness on Whole Wheat
1 slice whole wheat bread
1.5 tbsp all natural peanut butter
1 tbsp pumpkin seeds
1 tbsp sunflower seeds
1 tbsp raisins

1. Spread all natural peanut butter on one side of whole wheat bread.
2. Sprinkle seeds and raisins on top and enjoy folded over or open-faced.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Roast Beef Sweet Bean Sauce Wrap

The combination of sweet bean paste, roast beef, and onions create a flavor balance reminiscent of Peking duck wraps.

Roast Beef Sweet Bean Sauce Wrap
1 spinach tortilla
3 tbsp sweet bean paste (the one in the un-labeled bottle)
1 tsp powdered ginger
2-3 slices roast beef (from bistro line)
1/2 cup green snap peas (from noodle bar)
1/4 cup diced red bell peppers
1/2 spoonful mustard mashed potatoes
1/4 cup diced scallions
10-12 baby spinach leaves
3 purple onion rings

1. Pour sauce over tortilla. Add ginger powder and spread evenly over tortilla with butter knife.
2. Add rest of ingredients.
3. Carefully fold up both sides of tortilla and roll up the ingredients inside.
4. Cut in half and enjoy!

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Grape Cream Pumpkin Seed Bagel

Grape Cream Pumpkin Seed Bagel
1 bagel top half (I used the brown/white swirled one, whatever it's called)
1 tsp butter
2 Tbsp cream cheese
2 tsp grape jelly
1 Tbsp pumpkin seeds

1. Spread bagel with butter. Toast for 1 minute, or until slightly browned and crispy.
2. Mix cream cheese and grape jelly the best you can (it's hard to get it smooth).
3. Spread cream cheese onto toasted bagel and sprinkle on pumpkin seeds.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Banana Split Chocolate Cake

An extravagent dessert from the V-Dub. This cake combines the classic unbeatable pairings of bananas and chocolate, strawberries and bananas, strawberries and chocolate, chocolate and vanilla, and strawberries and cream. In short, a pillow of happiness.

Banana Split Chocolate Cake
1 square slice chocolate cake
1 large banana, sliced
2 Tbsp chocolate ganache
1/4 cup sliced strawberries in juice
whipped cream

1. Slice cake into 3 sections.
2. Sandwich banana slices and chocolate ganache between the sections.
3. Garnish with banana slices, strawberries, and whipped cream.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Grilled Cheese

The butter and cheese on toasted Seven Stars Bread is delicious.

Grilled Cheese
2 slices Seven Stars wheat bread
1 Tbsp butter
1/4 cup shredded cheese
1 lettuce leaf
1 tomato wedge

1. Spread inside faces of both slices of bread with butter.
2. Sandwich cheese in between, and grill on the panini press for 2 minutes or until cheese is melted and bread is browned.
3. Serve with lettuce and tomato.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Asian Spinach Salad

Powdered ginger is the secret ingredient that gives this salad an Asian flavor. The dressing goes especially well with chunks of organic medium-firm tofu (the kind featured at the Ratty).

Asian Spinach Salad
handful of baby spinach leaves
5-6 slices cucumbers
7-9 slices mushrooms
8 cubes tofu
5-6 rings purple onions
1/4 cup raisins
1 tbsp chopped scallions
Sweet Bean Paste Sesame Ginger Dressing:
1/4 cup sweet bean paste
3 tbsp sesame oil
1 tbsp powdered ginger

1. Make sauce (I like to use a small cup, such as a coffee cup) by combining ingredients and mixing well.
2. Drizzle sauce over salad using a fork.
3. Garnish with chopped scallions and enjoy.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Ice Cream Sandwich

Ice Cream Sandwich
2 cookies
vanilla soft serve ice cream
chocolate soft serve ice cream
whipped cream

1. Turn one cookie upside down and add vanilla ice cream. Add the second cookie.
2. Garnish with chocolate ice cream and a strawberry, and serve with whipped cream.

Hummus Ham Sandwich

Hummus Ham Sandwich
2 slices whole wheat bread
1 Tbsp old fashioned peanut butter
2 slices swiss cheese
2 slices ham
1 lettuce leaf
1 Tbsp hummus

1. Spread one slice of bread with peanut butter and the other with hummus.
2. Layer on cheese, ham, and lettuce.

Grilled Cheese with Onion

Just can't get enough of the grilled cheese! A recipe seems silly for this one.

Grilled Cheese with Onion
2 slices Seven Stars multigrain seed bread
1/4 cup shredded cheese
1 Tbsp butter
2 tsp garlic infused olive oil
3 onion slices

1. Butter both surfaces of the both slices of bread.
2. Place cheese on one bread slice and drizzle garlic infused olive oil on top.
3. Add onions and the second bread slice.
4. Press on the panini press for 2 minutes or until cheese is melty.
5. Tear in half and devour.

Cucumber Cream Cheese Sandwich

Mild and refreshing cucumber perfectly balances the colorful personalities of light rye bread and savory cream cheese spread.

Cucumber Cream Cheese Sandwich
2 slices light rye bread
1 container cream cheese
1 tsp garlic powder (or onion powder)
a dash of black pepper
juice of 1 lemon wedge
4 cucumber slices
2 tomato slices
2 lettuce leaves
2 slices swiss cheese

1. Mix cream cheese, garlic powder, black pepper, and lemon juice until well-blended.
2. Spread onto one slice of bread.
3. Layer on cucumber, tomato, lettuce, and cheese.
4. Add the slice of bread, cut in half and eat.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Peanut Sesame Noodles

This peanut sesame sauce can really spice up anything from the Asian noodle bar. If you like to spice up your noodles literally, by all means feel free to add a tablespoon or two of hot chili sauce to the recipe.

Peanut Sesame Noodles
1 heaping spoonful plain noodles (about 1 cup)
1/2 cup shredded chicken
1/2 cup peas
1/2 cup green beans
1/4 cup diced red bell peppers
1/4 cup crispy round things from noodle bar (optional)
1/3 cup all-natural peanut butter
1/4 cup sesame oil
1 tsp ginger powder
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup chopped scallions

1. Mix all of sauce ingredients together until well incorporated.
2. Pour sauce over noodles and rest of ingredients.
3. Mix until sauce is well mixed in (I find it helps to mix noodles and veggies/meat separately with the sauce). Garnish with chopped scallions. Bon appetit!

Monday, November 30, 2009

Grapefruit Cinnamon Honey Yogurt

If you picked up a copy of the Brown Daily Herald for Tuesday 12/1, then you'll likely recognize this yogurt creation from the front page! We would like to extend our thanks to Monique for interviewing us and writing about Ratty Gourmet, and I might add that the finishing touch of adding granola to this recipe was Monique's brilliant suggestion.

Grapefruit Cinnamon Honey Yogurt
3/4 cup plain yogurt
1 tsp cinnamon sugar
1/2 grapefruit
drizzle honey
sprinkling of granola

1. Spoon yogurt into bowl. Evenly sprinkle cinnamon sugar on top.
2. Cut grapefruit into small sections and arrange on top of yogurt.
3. Add a drizzle of honey, a sprinkling of granola, and enjoy.

Tuna Alfalfa Sandwich

The alfalfa at the V-Dub adds a delicate crisp to the mayo-infused tuna. If you're lucky enough to find fresh multigrain bread, this sandwich becomes a pillow of deliciousness.

Tuna Alfalfa Sandwich
2 slices multigrain bread
3/4 cup alfalfa mixed with 1 tbsp mayo
3/4 cup tuna mixed with 1 tbsp mayo
1 slice swiss cheese
2 slices tomato

1. Spread one slice of bread with alfalfa mixture.
2. Layer on tuna mixture, tomatoes, and cheese.
3. Add the other slice of bread, cut in half. Bon appetit.

Tofu Veggie Wrap

A healthy vegetarian wrap balancing lean protein, complex carbs, nutrients, and "good" unsaturated fat from peanut butter and sesame oil.

Tofu Veggie Wrap
1 spinach tortilla
4 lettuce leaves
4 slices tomato
4 onion slices
1/2 cup cubed tofu
1/2 cup shredded carrots

Peanut Sesame Sauce
1 Tbsp peanut butter
1 Tbsp sesame oil
1 tsp reduced sodium soil sauce
1/4 tsp garlic salt
1/2 tsp ginger powder
1/2 tsp onion powder
1 Tbsp Hoisin sauce

1. Mix all of the sauce ingredients together.
2. Spread sauce in a line on center of tortilla.
3. Arrange remaining ingredients along the sauce.
4. Fold in the left and right edges and roll everything up. Cut in half.

Chicken Cranberry Quesadilla

It was delicious, except I went a little overboard on the cranberry sauce so some pockets of it were too sweet. Go light on the cranberry and it will match well with the savory chicken and cheese.

Chicken Cranberry Quesadilla
1 sundried tomato tortilla
1 Tbsp butter
1 Tbsp basil infused olive oil
1/3 cup shredded cheese
1 grilled chicken breast, cut into chunks
1/4 cup broccoli floret tips
1/4 cup scallions
2 Tbsp chopped white onions
2 Tbsp cranberry sauce

1. Spread one side of tortilla with butter.
2. Flip tortilla over to non-buttered side and sprinkle 1/2 of the tortilla with cheese and drizzle on olive oil.
3. Top the cheese evenly with chicken, broccoli, scallions, and onions.
4. Spread the other half of the tortilla with cranberry sauce.
5. Fold in half and place on a 200 degree panini press. Cover and press for 5-7 minutes, until tortilla is crispy and cheese has melted.
6. Cut into 4 triangles.

Fruit and Yogurt Salad

It takes a little patience to cut the fruit, but it's worth it! (especially if the kiwis are ripe, the contrary to which we have all adversely experienced) Needless to say, honey with plain yogurt is a classic combo you just can't beat.

Fruit and Yogurt Salad
1 kiwi, cut into bite-sized chunks
1 orange, cut into bite-sized chunks
melon and pineapple chunks
1/2 banana, sliced
1/2 grapefruit, cut into bite-sized chunks
1/2 cup plain yogurt
2 tsp honey

1. Combine fruit in a bowl.
2. Spoon yogurt on top and drizzle with honey.

Cranberry Apple Bagel

The tart cranberries heighten the tangy flavor of the apple jam, while both compliment the smooth cream cheese sandwiched in between.

Cranberry Apple Bagel
1/2 cranberry bagel
1 container cream cheese
2 Tbsp apple jam (pancake toppings)
11 craisins

1. Toast the bagel.
2. Spread with cream cheese, apple jam, and top with craisins.

Monday, November 23, 2009


1 graham cracker
2 tsp Nutella
pinch chocolate chips
whipped cream
chocolate sprinkles

1. Break graham cracker in half. Spread one square with Nutella.
2. Sprinkle chocolate chips over Nutella side of cracker.
3. Give it a spritz of whipped cream, sprinkle chocolate sprinkles on top, and enjoy.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Kicked-up Mushroom Tomato Bacon Soup

Ridiculously easy to make, this soup gets an added dimension of creaminess from the melted cheese and a fragrant accent from crisp green scallions.

Kicked-up Mushroom Tomato Bacon Soup
1 bowl of Mushroom Tomato Bacon Soup (or any savory tomato soup)
1/4 cup shredded white cheddar cheese
2 Tbsp sliced scallions

1. Top a bowl of the soup with the cheese.
2. Microwave for 30 seconds.
3. Garnish with scallions.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Chicken Finger Lettuce Wrap

Never underestimate the power of simplicity and balance when it comes to food. Case in point: the chicken finger lettuce wrap. The crispiness of the chicken finger against the creamy mustard sauce, the juicy tomato on the crunchy seasoned crust, the tangy sweet mustard against the savory meat, and the refreshing cool lettuce wrap encapsulating the whole illegally scrumptious concoction.

Chicken Finger Lettuce Wrap
1 chicken finger
2 large lettuce leaves
1 tbsp honey mustard sauce
1 tomato slice

1. Layer one lettuce leaf, chicken finger, tomato, honey mustard sauce, and the other lettuce leaf.
2. Grab it and eat.

Lucky Charms for Dessert

Do we ever need an excuse to eat Lucky Charms? (Or whipped cream, for that matter.)

Lucky Charms for Dessert
1/2 cup milk
1/3 cup Lucky Charms
whipped cream

1. Fill cup halfway with skim and/or whole milk (can substitute soymilk).
2. Add 1/3 cup Lucky Charms cereal.
3. Garnish with whipped cream and enjoy!

Garbage Cookies 1

"EEEEWWW. These cookies look like garbage!"
"Now now, must you flatter me so?"
The reason all bakers love garbage cookies.

Inspired by Meeting St Cafe's infamous Garbage Cookie, these use classic college cafeteria goodies as mix-ins. Fast, easy, and customizable-the basic cookie dough can be used for any "kitchen-sink" type of cookie you want (see Garbage Cookies 2 and 3).

Garbage Cookies 1
1 cup salted butter, softened
1 cup packed dark brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup colorful marshmallows
1/4 cup sprinkles
1/4 cup raisins
1/4 cup Oreo cookie bits
1/4 cup granola
1/4 cup M&M's
1/4 cup Trix cereal
1/4 cup Rice Krispies
1/4 cup cinnamon

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. In a large bowl with a spatula, beat butter and brown sugar until smooth and creamy, about 2 minutes. Beat in eggs, one at a time, until well blended. Stir in vanilla.
3. In a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder. Gradually mix into wet ingredients until just combined (don't overmix or else cookies will be tough!). Add desired "garbage" fillings. You can mix these in or sprinkle on top.
4. Drop batter by heaping tablespoons or with a 1 ounce ice-cream scoop onto baking sheet about 2 inches apart. Bake until golden, about 16-18 minutes. Cool on pan, then remove to foil or plates and enjoy!

Tuna Salad Rye Sandwich

Nothing incredibly novel here, but delicious nonetheless.

Tuna Salad Rye Sandwich
2 slices dark rye bread
2 slices tomato
1/2 cup tuna
1 tbsp chopped white onion
2 pieces lettuce
2 slices Muenster cheese
1 tbsp mayonnaise
1 tbsp honey mustard
pinch black pepper

1. Spread mustard on one slice of bread.
2. Mix tuna with mayo, onions, and pepper.
3. Layer ingredients on bread in order of: tuna mixture, lettuce, tomato, lettuce, cheese.
4. Cut in half and enjoy.

Totoro Bento

A few key ingredients may be absent from the Ratty, but can be found at Sushi Express (instant rice, black sesame, nori).

Totoro Bento
1 7.4 oz container white rice (ready to be steamed in microwave)
1/4 cup black sesame seeds
2-3 slices American Cheese
2 sheets nori (seaweed)
1 slice ham
1/2 cup edamame
3 spears of broccoli
3 lettuce leaves

1. Steam white rice in microwave according to package directions. Let cool, then mix in black sesame seeds in a medium bowl.
2. Form Totoro's body using about 1 cup of mixed rice (wet hands and create an elongated spherical shape). Create two half-golf-ball sized lumps of rice and form into Totoro's hands. Create two small rod-shaped rice pieces for ears. Make an indentation for the mouth.
3. Cut cheese into a semi-circle, place on belly.
4. Cut nori into v-shapes, place on belly.
5. Cut circle-shaped cheese and smaller nori circles for eyes.
6. Cut a circle out of ham to fit in mouth; cut teeth using cheese.
7. For dustball, roll a piece of nori around a golf-ball sized ball of rice, add cheese-circles for eyes.
8. Decorate with lettuce, broccoli spears, edamame, etc.
9. Take a few pictures and enjoy!

Waffles Foster

On those blissful days that the V-Dub serves bananas foster for dessert, we invite you to try our version of waffles foster. It's really nothing more than a classic crispy-on-the-outside and soft-and-elastic-on-the-inside waffle paired with vanilla ice cream and some rich fruit sauces, topped with whipped cream. Simple, but delicious.

Waffles Foster
nonstick spray
2/3 scoop waffle batter (to get the nice serrated edges)
1 scoop vanilla ice cream
1 spoonful bananas in syrup
1 spoonful black cherry sauce
whipped cream

1. Make waffle.
2. Scoop vanilla ice cream onto a plate, pour banana syrup over the top.
3. Spoon black cherry sauce on side.
4. Garnish with waffle and whipped cream.

Blueberry Banana Waffles

These are actually from the V-Dub, not the Ratty, but cafeteria food nonetheless! The bananas mixed into the batter came out warm and gooey, with intensified banana flavor. Just be careful not to add too many bananas because the batter will stick to the waffle maker.

Blueberry Banana Waffles
nonstick spray
1 scant scoop of waffle batter
1 banana, half mashed into large chunks and half sliced
2 scoops blueberry sauce

1. Generously spray waffle machine with nonstick spray.
2. Pour in waffle batter.
3. Drop small chunks of banana and blueberry into the batter in the machine.
4. Cover and cook like you would with a normal waffle.
5. Remove, cut in 4ths, serve with slice bananas and blueberry sauce.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Asian Salad

Inspired by the Cutting Board Asian Chicken Salad, this version is simple and maybe even fresher than the prepackaged version. The sauce is made from Ratty condiments and tastes almost identical to the Asian sesame ginger dressing.

Asian Salad
mixed greens
sliced cucumbers
shredded carrots
diced red bell peppers
cubed tofu
turkey strips
toasted pumpkin seeds
shredded white cheddar cheese
Asian Sesame Ginger Dressing (recipe follows)

Asian Sesame Ginger Dressing
1 Tbsp sesame oil
1 Tbsp old-fashioned peanut butter
1 Tbsp Hoisin Sauce,
1 dash of cracked black pepper (in the soup station)
1/4 tsp soy sauce
1 tsp onion powder (3 shakes)
1/8 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp honey (optional; I didn't put it b/c peanut butter was sweet enough)

1. Assemble salad.
2. Drizzle dressing on top.

Kashi Honey Banana Yogurt

Thick rich banana medallions accent the hearty crunch of Kashi cereal laced with sticky honey, all atop a bowl of silken yogurt for a delicious breakfast. The picture is self-explanatory, but here's the recipe just for kicks:

Kashi Honey Banana Yogurt
1/2 cup plain yogurt
1/4 cup Kashi Go-Lean Crunch
1 Tbsp honey
8 thick slices of banana

1. Put everything together in a bowl and make it look gorgeous.
2. Dig in.

Turkey Spinach Quesadilla

Crispy ridges on the tortilla from the panini press add unique texture to this quesadilla that oozes melty cheese around pockets of fresh spinach and savory turkey. Brushing the tortilla with melted butter or oil before putting it in the panini press gives it an extra crunch and nice "grill" marks.

Turkey Spinach Quesadilla
1 whole wheat tortilla
1/2 cup shredded white cheddar cheese
1/4 cup shredded turkey
1/2 cup raw baby spinach leaves
2 Tbsp melted butter or olive oil
sour cream, salsa, guacamole (optional)

1. Brush both sides of the tortilla with melted butter or oil. (Or just brush the outside)
2. Fill half of the tortilla with all the remaining ingredients, dispersing them evenly throughout. Fold over the other half to form a half moon.
3. Spray the panini press with nonstick spray and place folded tortilla with fillings on the press.
4. Press for 2-4 minutes, checking every minute until cheese is melted and tortilla is crispy or golden brown.
5. Serve with sour cream, salsa, or guacamole if desired.

Yogurt with Glazed Blueberries and Granola

Perfect for breakfast or dessert.

Yogurt with Glazed Blueberry and Granola
1/2 plain yogurt
1/4 cup Cracklin' Oat Bran cereal
1/4 cup organic granola
1 tbsp blueberry sauce
whipped cream

1. Fill a cup halfway with yogurt.
2. Add Cracklin' Oat Bran cereal and/or granola.
3. Add 1 tbsp of glazed blueberries and garnish with a short burst of whipped cream. Enjoy.