Friday, March 18, 2011

Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie

This morning while walking on the treadmill I was thinking about making smoothies for my husband and I for breakfast.  I was contemplating using the basis from the other smoothie recipe and adding some protein for some after workout energy. 

So here is what I used.

1 cup organic skim milk
1/2 cup organic vanilla yogurt
2 bananas peeled and frozen
3 TBS All Natural Peanut Butter

I added the liquid ingredients first then the bananas and blended well. Then I added the peanut butter and blended until smooth.

This made 2 nice size smoothies.  I wish I had a picture but we couldn't wait to drink them.  :)

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Thursday, March 17, 2011

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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Pineapple Orange Smoothies

A little more than a week ago I bought my first ever blender.  That's almost a crime isn't it?  Anyway, I bought it for the sole purpose of making smoothies.

Since we have changed our eating habits I have stopped a few different times on a busy day by McDonalds in order to get a Small Wild Berry Smoothie.  They are only 180 calories and they are delicious.  But I figured I could make them at home with better ingredients that would be much better for us.

In the picture you see my very first smoothies.  I used a recipe I found on Money Saving Mom and tweaked it just a little bit.

1 orange peeled and frozen
2 cups frozen pineapple
1 cup organic skim milk
1 cup organic vanilla yogurt
5tsp. organic sugar

I added the liquid ingredients to the blender first then sprinkled in the sugar and added the frozen fruit a little bit at a time blending in between.  Once it was done we had a super yummy smoothie snack.

Since then we have been making smoothies several times a week.  Sometimes we make them for breakfast and other times we make them for after school snacks.  Everyone in this house loves them.

What is your favorite smoothie recipe?

Tidy Mom

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Running a Little Late on Our Menu Plan

Last weeks menu plan went quite well. A couple of things got switched around but everything got made. I didn't get a chance to get the menu plan up yesterday because I spent my whole day at the hospital waiting for my new nephew to be born.  :)

Baby Boy C was a whopping 10lb 1oz and 23 inches long!  :)

Last nights meal was McDonald's...uggh..not really healthy but we were starving by the time I got home last night and there was no chance I was cooking.

So what about the rest of the week?

Breakfasts:  Eggs, Cold Cereal, Smoothies, fresh fruit, Yogurt

Lunches:  PB&J, Grilled Cheese, Spinach Wraps, yogurt, fresh fruit and veggies


Tuesday:  Eggs and Toast.  Something easy because we are going to my sister's to visit and see the new baby after she is released this evening.  :)

Wednesday: Spaghetti

Thursday:  Black Beans and Rice

Friday: Company, not sure what we will have yet, maybe order pizza.

Saturday:  Grilled Cheese

Sunday:  Free For All.  Sunday is usually a busy day.  I may cook but for instance this past Sunday I made Annies Mac & Cheese and a Big Giant Salad for lunch.  Free for all means anyone can eat what they want.

All meals will be accompanied by fresh fruit and or veggies.  We have been going through tons of organic green salads and baby spinach

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Homemade Pineapple Apple Soda

As a child it was really a rare event that we got real soda.   Instead my Mom treated us by making homemade soda.  There wasn't really any kind of special recipe nor did she use any type of soda making machine.  She just put together a mixture of one of our favorite juices with sparkling seltzer water.

Now that we are eating healthier soda has been put on the back burner.  I myself haven't drank real soda in around 4+ weeks.  My hubby and girls have had it a few times over the last few weeks but we are really trying to make that few and far between.

So I decided to try my hand at making my Mom's homemade soda for a treat around here.

There is really no scientific method to this.  You simply need a liter bottle of sparkling seltzer water and your favorite juice.

In the picture above we have Pineapple Apple Soda

I used:

1 Liter Bottle of Sparkling Seltzer Water
R.W. Knudsen Organic Pineapple Juice (32 oz)
3 Cups Hansen's Organic Apple Juice

I basically just stirred them together.  The pineapple foamed a lot so I had to let it sit for a bit before I poured it into the bottles.  Then I just put it in the fridge until it cooled.

I also made Blueberry Pomegranate Soda using the same type of principal.  Depending on the type of juice you are using you may need to add more or less in order to get a good balance.  You don't want the soda to be overly sweet or too carbonated so just taste test until you get it the way you want it.

This new soda went over super well in our home.  The girls loved them....even hubby and I loved them.  The girls are already requesting that we try other flavors.

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Monday, March 7, 2011

Menu Plan Monday 3/7/2011

Last weeks menu went over quite other than the fact that I didn't make the Brown Rice and Lentil Casserole. Wednesday night's Spaghetti made enough that we ate it 2 nights in a row.  I am looking forward to another week of yummy food.

We are to the point now that the majority of the groceries we have are Organic or all natural containing very few ingredients.  I did end up donating a few groceries we decided we wouldn't eat however we still have some pasta and rice and a few other things that we will still eat.

Now on to this weeks menu.

Breakfasts:  Eggs, Cold Cereal, fresh fruit, yogurt

Lunches:  PB&J, Grilled Cheese, fresh fruit, fresh veggies, yogurt, raw nuts, boiled eggs


Monday:  Salad

Tuesday:  Shredded Chicken Tacos - This is so simple.  Put chicken breast covered in salsa in the crockpot on low and let it cook for 7-8 or until the meat shreds well.  Fill your favorite type of taco shell with chicken, fresh veggies, cheese and sour cream. 

Wednesday:  Veggie Cheese Burgers, Homemade French Fries

ThursdayBrown Rice and Lentil Casserole

Friday: Pizza

Saturday:  Breakfast Burritos, Homemade Hash browns - the hashbrowns are made very similar to the fries however I cut them into bite size pieces.

Sunday:  Free For All

All dinners will be served with fresh fruit and/or vegetable.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Who Knew Healthy Eating Could be So Delicious!

I am sure there are plenty of you out there that already knew this however it has been pleasantly surprising for us.

When we announced to our girls that we were going to start buying organic and all natural foods they seemed a little concerned.  I was pretty sure there would be plenty that would be good however I didn't imagine it would taste so much better than the other way we were eating.

Yes I have bought a few things that no one really liked at all but I have bought a ton of things that everyone has LOVED!  I am still learning and so far the process is going much better than expected.

Above was last nights dinner, you can see the steam coming off of the spaghetti.  It was sooooo good!

Here is what I used:

1lb Ground Chicken (cage free, hormone free, etc)($1.99 on sale)
2 Cans all Natural Fire Roasted Tomatoes ($1 per can)
organic dehydrated minced onion (pennies)
organic garlic powder (pennies)
1 box Barilla Plus Spaghetti that I had previously ($1)

I cooked the whole box of spaghetti according to instructions on box.
I browned the ground chicken and seasoned it with the onion and garlic.  Once it was browned I dumped in the 2 cans of tomatoes, added a little more onion and garlic, stirred occasionally and let the juices cook down for about 10 minutes.

Then I tossed the drained spaghetti noodles with the "sauce".  As you can tell by the picture this is not at all like a real sauce, it was very light and all the flavors blended nicely together.  I served it with an organic spring mix and baby spinach salad.

It was delicious!  Everyone loved it and there was plenty enough left for mine and hubby's lunch today.

I almost forgot....with it we drank homeade Pineapple/Apple Soda.....I will post about that soon.  :)

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