Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Quick Hint

Whenever you bake something with flour half it with whole wheat flour. It will add a bit of fiber and nutrition to what you make! (Even Cookies!!)

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Recipes I submited for the Family Cookbook

I thought I might share the recipes I submited for the family cookbook. They are not too great but my family loves them. I have a lot more to share but I don't have a ton of time to type them all out. Well anyway, here they are. I hope you enjoy them.

Caramel apple pie
5 apples
¼ cup butter
½ batch of Homemade Caramel warm or 30 premade wrapped caramels, warm
Prepared pie shell

Peel, core, and slice apples. Cook in a medium sauce pan with butter. When apples are about halfway cooked Add caramel and stir. When caramel is melted pour mixture in a prepared pie shell. Add top crust. Cut slits in top crust. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 mins. Serve with caramel or vanilla ice cream.

Banana “Sushi”
2 slices of bread with or without crust
2 tablespoons peanut butter
1 medium banana

Overlap bread slices by about ½ inch. Roll out with a rolling pin. Spread out peanut butter. Roll bread around banana. Slice into circles ½ to 1 inch thick.

Chili and Cornbread Crockpot meal

1 lb ground beef
1 small onion
1 clove garlic
1 can diced chilies
2 cans store bought chili
1 can diced tomatoes
1 package of jiffy cornbread mix or ½ batch scratch cornbread

Sauté ground beef, onion, garlic, and chilies in a large high sided skillet until ground beef is brown and onions are soft. Add canned chili and tomatoes. Pour into 4 qt. crock pot.
Mix cornbread as directed on package or homemade recipe. Carefully spread cornmeal mix over chili. Set crock pot to high and cook of about 4 hour or until toothpick inserted into the middle of the cornbread comes out clean.

Asparagus and Swiss cheese chicken

2 boneless skinless chicken breasts cut in half
4 slices Swiss cheese
12 spears of asparagus
1 can cream of mushroom soup
½ cup chicken broth
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp pepper
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder

Sandwich chicken breast half in between two pieces of plastic and with either a meat mallet of small frying pan pound chicken breast until less the ½ inch thick. Repeat with remaining 3 chicken pieces. Place 1 slice of Swiss cheese on the cut side of the chicken, on one side add 3 asparagus spears and roll chicken up. Using 3 toothpicks close roll up.
In a small bowl mix remaining ingredient. Pour cream soup mixture into the bottom of a 9x13 pan place chicken rolls on sauce bed. Spoon some sauce over chicken. Bake uncovered in a 375 degree oven of 35 mins or until chicken is done. Let cool in pan of 10 mins. Remove toothpicks and spoon more sauce over the chicken. Serve with your favorite salad and rolls.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Ground Beef Extravaganza‏

So this past weekend we went to a store in Tumwater we don't normally go to. They had a great sale on Ground beef. We got almost 10 lbs for $16.00. I was pretty excited. We took it home and divided it up into packets in freezer bags. We are going to get at least 20 meals out of it. If the meals make leftovers and we have those leftovers for lunch that is a possible 40 meals just out of 10 lbs of meat. We have always tried to eat meat sparingly and have our main diet be fruits, veggies, and grains.
I have a ton of things I do with ground beef. they are not all recipes but mostly "methods of meal making" as I call it. You can take the same ingredients and put them together in different ways substituting as you go and have many wonderful, filling, healthy meals for your family.

For example, take ground beef, carrots, onions, celery, garlic, saute it up and that is the base mix. The world of dinner making is at you finger tips now. combine that mix with any kind of wet flavorful substance, i.e. tomato paste, cream soup, beef stock, soy sauce, whatever, have a starch/grain (potatoes, pasta, rice, bread, etc) and additional veggies and you have a grand slam dinner in the making. No real recipe needed. Just use your creativity and have fun. It is almost always going to turn out awesome. Here are just a few of my quick dinners with my beef basic mix. ( You could also do the same thing with chicken, pork, or game. Whatever you have on hand.)

If you saute the beef, onions, celery, and garlic add tomato paste, ketchup, water and hot sauce plus whatever seasonings sound good to you and serve it on bread you have sloppy Joe's, you can take the same mixture and nix the ketchup and add Italian seasonings, canned tomatoes and put over pasta and have spaghetti. you can also take the leftover sauce and add beef stock and frozen mixed veggies and barley and have Veggie Beef soup. That is the tomato method.

Another method uses cream soup instead. You can make strogonoff, or creamy beef veggie soup. One thing I do that my family loves is I take the base mix, ground beef, onions, celery, and garlic mix it with milk and cream of mushroom soup and layer it between peeled sliced potatoes. Or you can pour the whole mix in a casserole dish and top with mashed potatoes and you have Shepard's pie.

Also you can take the base mix and add soy sauce and corn syrup and ginger add stir fry veggies and put over rice, stir fry skillet I call it and it is great. I like to use the corn syrup because it leaves a hint of sweet and helps the sauce be a little glossier without having to add cornstarch and sugary stir fry sauces.

Like I said be creative. Anything goes! Have fun with making dinner and include your kids. They might just eat better it they help make dinner. at least that is what they tell me. Someone should clue Isabella in. She will cook with me till the cows come home and still not eat dinner. Oh well, this too shall pass!

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