Monday, October 4, 2010

Healthy elves

In an attempt to feed little mouths fresh fruit and veggies without going broke,  I often try to hit my favorite grocery store, Woodman's, between 8:30 and 9:00.  This magic window is when I can get the best produce prices.  This morning, I was favored by the "Woodman's elves."

1 ripe honeydew melon: $.79
1 ripe cantaloupe: $.79
10 oz organic herb salad mix: $1.39
10 oz organic baby greens salad mix: $.99
4 lb ripe strawberries (with a total of four berries I had to discard): $1.78

Happy mama, healthy kids: priceless.

Monday rush

So, today we had Pakistani Kima from the More with Less Cookbook.

Basically, it's hamburger curry with a fancy name.  It's fast.  It's good.  It's cheap.  It's one of my favorites.
I serve it with fresh brown rice.

Also, I made a dessert that my kids adored.

I sliced strawberries into little bowls, topped with a dollop of whipped cream and drizzled chocolate syrup on top.  I put it down in front of my three-year-old and his face lit up and he declared, "I LIKE it!"

Mission: accomplished.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Breakfast of Champions

This morning I couldn't sleep (stress, I guess), so I got up early to make breakfast for the troops.  I also had to make 20-25 of *something* to take to a mother/daughter tea this morning.  So, I flipped through my tried and true old-school Betty Crocker book (the kind you can only get at used book stores).  They had a recipe for "Buttons and Bowknots", but it required biscuit baking mix, which I don't use, so I don't have.  So, instead I found my old BC stir and roll biscuit recipe, which is fast and good.  I used coconut oil (thanks, mom!) instead of olive oil.
I rolled tablespoonfuls of dough into balls and then into cinnamon-sugar ad baked them.
Currently Bri, my early riser, is devouring them with gusto, having finished off her cantalope.  I'm also going to have enough left over to take to tea.

Mission: accomplished.

Friday, October 1, 2010


So, yesterday I was under the weather.  And the kids were bouncing off the walls.  So, we had macaroni and cheese (from the box) with cut up hotdogs in it.  Easy for me, delicious for them, everyone's happy, right?

Well, not me.  With the best of healthy intentions, dinners like that make me feel guilty.  Oh, well.  Today is a new day.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Apple Pudding

Last night I made Apple Pudding from the Betty Crocker book.  It was really amazing.
When I saw pudding, I immediately think "Jello-pudding", but this was more old-fashioned, almost like bread pudding. 
There was only a handful of ingredients and at first I thought the mixture would be too dry, but I had to let it sit while I greased the pan and it got moist on it's own.  I do think that adding more apples than are in the recipe is a good idea.
Once it's baked, it's like a cross between apple pie and coffee cake with the best of both--no crust to worry about and lots of soft, warm apple goodness.
For presentation, a dollop of whipped cream or cream and a drizzle of carmel sauce makes a laid-back, easy dessert company ready.

Quick, easy, inexpensive comfort food.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Starting off

Today I created a salad, made a favorite dish, and discovered a new dessert.  Then, naturally, I called my mother to tell her what I had done.  :-)

She, in turn, told me what she had done for dinner.  It sounded unique and exciting. 

We have lots of these conversations.  However, I, for one, know that knowledge is fleeting, especially when I haven't slept the night before.  So, we are going to write down our accomplishments to share with each other. 

Here goes:

Menu for today:

Spanish Noodle Skillet (from the More With Less Cook Book): my tried and true hamburger standby
Rainy Day Fall Salad: recipe follows
Apple Pudding (from the Betty Crocker Cook Book): it was easy and amazingly good! 

Rainy Day Fall Salad

Put fresh spinach in a bowl.  Top with a handful or so of shredded cheddar cheese and a chopped apple or two.  Cut a couple slices of bacon into little pieces and fry, cool and add to top.  I put the salad on the plates and added a light olive oil dressing to the individidual servings. 

The above menu was eaten by my husband, my three year old and my almost two year old. 

Mission: accomplished.