Monday, March 18, 2013

Oatmeal with Apples

My girls love instant oatmeal with fruit in it however I don't like the junk that is in the cheaper versions and the organic versions are just too expensive.

Last week I decided to make my daughter a homemade version.

I started with 1 red apple that I cored and diced.  I sauteed the apple in a skillet that had been sprayed with canola oil.

While I did this I cooked 1/4 cup dry quick outs per the label on the container.

When the oats were cooked I combined them with the sauteed apples, a tsp of cinnamon, a TBS of raw honey and a splash of almond milk.

This was lightly sweetened and my daughter loved it.  The bowl was much heartier that what comes in one of those little instant packages.  We will be doing more of this in the future using other fill-ins.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Easy Homemade Waffles: No Dairy!

1 3/4 cup of King Arthur White Whole Wheat
1 tablespoon baking powder
Pinch salt
1/4 teaspoon Pumpkin Pie Spice
2 Egg yolks
1 3/4 cups Silk Vanilla Almond Milk
1/2 cup canola oil or coconut oil (I have made it both ways)
2 Egg whites

In a large mixing bowl stir together flour, baking powder and salt. Next add in egg yolks, almond milk, pumpkin pie spice and oil. I used my hand mixer to blend this together. In a separate bowl whip egg white to form a stiff peak. Gently fold egg whites into mixture leaving a few whisps of egg white visible. I made mine in my waffle maker. I use a 1/4 cup measuring cup and let them cook in the waffle maker until the steam starts to dissipate. I know that is not super scientific but that is what works with my waffle maker.

 One batch made almost 14. As you can see the last two on the top are missing their corners.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Many Uses of Baking Soda


 There are so many uses for baking soda. One of the things I do is use it for scratchless cleaning. Scrubs away stains and grease without scratching.
Kitchen Sinks, Refrigerators, Pots and Pans, Counters, Coffee Pots, Stainless Steel Ovens, Microwaves, Bathroom Sinks, Showers, Bathroom Counters, Toilets, Tubs, Tile and Grout
Depending on the area I am cleaning I make a paste by mixing in a small amount of water with the baking soda. Or sometimes I just shake the baking soda on to the area I am cleaning then spritz it with warm warm and scrub away.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Organic or Not

We have mostly been buying organic foods, some all natural and a few non-organic.
Apples, Celery, Sweet bell peppers, Peaches, Strawberries, Nectarines, Grapes, Spinach, Lettuce, Cucumbers, Blueberries,  Potatoes, Green beans and Kale/Greens are the organic choices we have been making.

Do you purchase a lot of organics and if so do you just stick to the dirty dozen list?

An Inexpensive way to Give Your Water Some Oomph

My husband has been trying to drink a certain amount of water each and everyday.  I really should follow his lead.   However you know how boring plain water can be.

He has been adding a slice of lemon and a slice of lime to his glass and he is loving it.

At our local Fresh Foods I have been getting lemons and limes for 25cents each.

Beyond Easy One Pot Meal

I love easy and I love one pot meals.  My crockpot is my best friend several days of the week.  I love the easy clean up and the fact that I can have a hot and nutritious dinner ready for my family.

Tonight I decided to do just a little twist on traditional potatoes and greens beans.  I wanted it to be as close to a full as possible.

I started with 1lb frozen ground chicken.  I put mine in my crockpot for 2 hrs on high checking periodically to break it up.  My crockpot cooks very high so it will cook completely frozen meat without any problem.

Once the meat was cooked through I peeled and sliced 5 small to medium potatoes and layered on top of the meat.  Then I added 2 cans of green bean, including the liquid from 1 can.  I drizzled on some olive oil, sprinkled on some pepper, oregano and garlic and let it cook on high for 2+ hours more (until the potaotes were nice and soft)

Crockpot times may vary!

This turned out to be a super yummy meal.  I will  be making this again.