Thursday, May 31, 2012

Mini Egg Frittatas

I don't know if I've mentioned this before or not, but I love omelets!
I'd make one everyday if I didn't have to take the time to chop the ingredients, whip it together, cook it, then wash all the dishes.

Then I came across this recipe on Pinterest and the light bulb turned on.
I made three times the recipe and froze them in Tupperware.  They are so delish!  


I put diced ham, green peppers, onions, and cheese in mine.

I've been eating two of them for breakfast with a smoothie.  The high protein mixed with the fiber in the fruit fills me up until lunch.  I used to snack in between but I don't need to with this.  Then for lunch I don't eat as big a meal as I used to either.
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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Ham, Olive, & Cheese Kabobs

So I was trying to think of new ways to prepare food for Rayelle.  I feel like I make the same old stuff over and over again.  

One day I was preparing ham and cheese chunks and she asked for a toothpick to eat them with.

Then I thought I might as well make kabobs out of them.  She absolutely loves eating them that way.  And it looks cute :)




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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Menu Planning Tip

In case you're wondering how I choose my meals, I plan my meals around what produce is on sale.  That's why in one week you'll see the same produce repeated so often.  For instance, this week strawberries ($.98 lb), pineapple ($.98 each), carrots ($.33 lb), cucumbers ($.16 each) and romain lettuce ($.50 each) were on sale.  Just a way that we save money.

And for the meat, Whenever beef, chicken, ham or sausage goes on sale for a great price, I buy in bulk and freeze it to use whenever it works for us.

And for the weeks when there aren't any good fresh produce sales, I have frozen veggies that I can use.  I bought a bunch when the 1 lb. bags went on sale for $.69 each. Pin It

Menu Plan (5/28 - 6/3)

I know I'm a day late posting but at least I had it done in time.


Monday:

B:   Omelet / Smoothies
S:   Milk
L:   Beans & Rice / Apples
S:   Applesauce
D:   Salisbury Pasta / Salad


Tuesday:

B:   Cereal / Strawberries
S:   Fruit Leather
L:   Chili / Carrots
S:   Rice Cakes
D:   Baked Potatoes / Broccoli


Wednesday:

B:   Waffles / Oranges
S:   Pretzels
L:   Zucchini Bread / corn
S:   Strawberries
D:   Ranch Baked Quessadillas / Avocados & Tomato


Thursday:

B:   Cereal / Strawberries
S:   Yogurt Raisins
L:   Corndogs / Cucumbers
S:   Mango Slices
D:   Tomato Parmesan Pasta / Salad


Friday:

B:   Omelet / Smoothies
S:   Fruit Leathers
L:   Ham & Cheese kabobs / Olives & Cucumbers
S:   Pineapple
D:   Cheesy Beef Corkscrew Pasta / Salad


Saturday:

B:   Cereal Craisins
S:   Pineapple
L:   Pizza / Carrots
S:   Applesauce
D:   Fajitas / Salad


Sunday:

B:   Waffles / Pineapple
S:   Mango / Flaxseed Crackers
L:   Tuna Sandwich / Apple & Carrots
S:   Popcorn
D:   Left-Over Fajitas / Salad


In case you're wondering how I choose my meals, I plan my meals around what produce is on sale.  That's why in one week you'll see the same produce repeated so often.  For instance, this week strawberries ($.98 lb), pineapple ($.98 each), carrots ($.33 lb), cucumbers ($.16 each) and romain lettuce ($.50 each) were on sale.  Just a way that we save money.

And for the meat, Whenever beef, chicken, ham or sausage goes on sale for a great price, I buy in bulk and freeze it to use whenever it works for us.

And for the weeks when there aren't any good fresh produce sales, I have frozen veggies that I can use.  I bought a bunch when the 1 lb. bags went on sale for $.69 each.
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Friday, May 25, 2012

Rayelle's Waffles

Since Rayelle has a wheat allergy, I've had to improvise on making her some foods.

But I found this flour mixture that is completely wheat/gluten free.  It is pretty expensive ($19.00 for a 4 lb bag) but it can be used instead of flour in any recipe that calls for flour.  What a great invention!  So I made Rayelle some waffles.





Rayelle's waffles didn't turn out as thick and fluffy as the original recipe looked.  But that is probably because she doesn't have the same flour.  But they were still tasty.  And she loves them.  Oh yeah, I add some chocolate chips because I was afraid she wouldn't like them much. ;)

I cooked the whole batch up and cut them into triangles.  Then just put them into a freezer bag and pull one out when we have waffles for breakfast.  And she is my silly girl because she always wants honey on her waffles instead of syrup.  Who'd of thunk?!
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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Menu Plan (5/21 - 5/27)

Monday:

B:   Hashbrowns / Oranges
S:   Fruit Leathers
L:   Hotdogs / Cucumbers
S:   Pretzels
D:   Dinner w/ Friends


Tuesday:

B:   Cereal / Blueberries
S:   Rice Cakes
L:   Ham, Cheese, Olive Kabobs / Carrots
S:   Yogurt Dots
D:   Italian Chicken Panini / Salad


Wednesday:

B:   Waffles / Strawberries
S:   Yogurt Raisins
L:   Noodles & Sausage / Green Beans
S:   Popcorn
D:   Butter & Parmesan Pasta w/ Ham / Salad


Thursday:

B:   Oatmeal / Strawberries
S:   Fruit Leathers
L:   Tuna Sandwich / Corn
S:   yogurt Dots
D:   Left-Over Butter & Parmesan Pasta w/ Ham / Salad


Friday:

B:   Hashbrowns / Oranges
S:   Fruit Leathers
L:   Alfredo / Cucumbers
S:   Flaxseed Corn Chips
D:   Burgers / Sweet Potato Fries


Saturday:

B:   Cereal Craisins
S:   Yogurt
L:   Quesadillas / Avocado & Tomato
S:   Mango Wedge
D:   Italian Herb & Sausage Linguine / Green Beans


Sunday:

B:   Waffles / Apples
S:   Flaxseen Corn Chips
L:   Ham, Cheese, Olive Kabobs
S:   Popcorn
D:   Pizza / Salad 


I found this menu pdf that I fell in love with right away/  I've been looking for one that includes a spot for snacks because I need to feed Rayelle snacks.  And if I have the snacks planned out as well as the meals than I don't just give her junk to snack on...a.k.a. fruit snacks or cookies.



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Chicken and Pasta Primavera


I tried this new recipe a few weeks ago to change things up for my weekly menu.
I like to try at least one new recipe a week.  It keeps things hopping around here.  And it makes me feel domesticated and productive ;)



I don't remember why I chose this recipe.  Normally I read reviews and chose recipes that are very highly rated and have have positive reviews with little changes from the original recipe.

It was good but it was lacking something.  Probably not gonna make this one again.  It made a huge batch of sauce for just myself and Matt so there were lots of leftovers.  But Matt was a good sport and took it for lunch a few times.  
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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Menu Plan (5/14-5/20)

Monday:

B:   Toast / Grapes
S:   Cheese
L:   Hotdogs / Corn
S:   Fruit Leather
D:   Quesadilla / Salad


Tuesday:

B:   Waffles / Grapes
S:   Cheddar Nut Thins
L:   Broccoli & Cheese
S:   Fruit Leather
D:   Chicken Pasta / Salad


Wednesday:

B:   Toast / Oranges
S:   Grapes
L:   Nuggets / Cucumber Slices
S:   Cheese & Olive Kabobs
D:   Salisbury Pasta / Corn


Thursday:

B:   Cereal / Blueberries
S:   Apple Slices
L:   PB&J / Carrots
D:   Salisbury Pasta / Corn


Friday:

B: Waffles / Mango
S:   Raisins
L:   Grilled Cheese / Jicama Fries
S:   Pretzels
D:   Burgers / Sweet Potato Fries


Saturday:

B:   Cereal / Oranges
S:   Yogurt Dots
L:   Corndog Muffins / Cucumbers
S:   Cheese & Olive Kabobs
D:   Fried rice


Sunday:

B:   Waffles / Apple Slices
S:   Mango Chunks
L:   Tuna Sandwiches / Green Beans
S:   Popcorn
D:   Family Gathering



I'm at a loss for new snack-time ideas and breakfast ideas.  If you have any to share let me know!
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Thursday, May 10, 2012

Laundry, Laundry, & More Laundry

Do you ever feel like it never ends?
That's probably because it never does.

I know that's not very comforting, but it's just the way it is.

You may however, find comfort in knowing that you probably don't have as much laundry to fold as I do.
Then again, you might. :S

This pic should at least give you a chuckle amid your overwhelming pile.

I can now say that it is done and put away. YAY!
The sad news, there is another load in the washing machine. :(
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Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Light Sour Cream Chicken Enchiladas

I'm always excited to try a new recipe.  So these weren't too bad.  Our company thought they were yummy.  It just wasn't what I was comparing them to I guess.

I used this recipe for white chicken enchiladas on Sunday because it looked so yummy!  And I've had white enchiladas before and they were yummy.


So here's what you''ll need:

1 8oz container sour cream
1 8oz container plain yogurt
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 4oz can diced chiles
12 four or corn tortillas
1 cup shredded cheese
1 1/2 cups cooked chicken
1/4 cup green onions

heat oven to 350*.  Spray 13x9 baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
In medium bowl, mix sour cream, yogurt, soup, and green chiles.
Spoon about 3 tbsp of mixture down center of each tortilla.
Using 3/4 cup of the cheese, sprinkle each tortilla with cheese, chicken, and green onions.
Roll up, place in baking dish, and spoon remaining mixture over tortillas.
Cover with foil.  Bake 25 - 30 minutes.
Remove foil.  Sprinkle with remaining cheese.
Bake uncovered about 5 minutes.



I thought the enchiladas could have used more flavor.  They tasted kindda bland.  But not bad for someone with a more sensitive palate.  I might use this recipe again and just add more seasoning.
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Friday, May 4, 2012

Homemade Strawberry Jam

 As I was out grocery shopping today, I came across a deal offering strawberries for $1 a pound.  Rayelle LOVES strawberries so I grabbed a couple cartons.  They looked fine to me at the time.  But by time I got home they were soft and squishy.  But they smelt delicious!

I decided we couldn't eat them in their squishy state, so I did some web surfing to see what I could make.  That's when I came across a simple jam recipe.  I especially liked it because I didn't have to add any sugar to it.  I was shocked at how much sugar goes into regular homemade jam recipes.


What you'll need:

2 cups strawberries
1 cup cold water
1 box strawberry gelatin, sugar free

In a large saucepan mash the strawberries.  Add the cold water and gelatin and mix until blended.
Heat on medium heat until it comes to a boil, stirring constantly.  Turn heat to low and simmer 2 minutes.
Pour into jars and allow to cool.  Cover and store in refrigerator.
can be stored in fridge for 1 week.  Frozen for several weeks.



Rayelle wanted to "help mommy".  She was a pretty good stirrer too since it had to be stirred constantly.  It freed me up to do other things.


It took about 3 hours for it to cool completely in the jars.  After 2 hours in the fridge it was still pretty runny.  So I guess we'll see how it turns out in the morning. I'm excited to taste it!

*DISCLAIMER*
I didn't have any sugar free gelatin, so I used the regular kind.  And during this process I read somewhere that the sugar used in original jam recipes pulls out the juices from the strawberries.  So maybe I shouldn't have used so much water since I was using regular gelatin.  Trial and error I guess.  Tomorrow will reveal our results.


*UPDATE*
I checked the jam the next morning and it had firmed up.  And the taste result definitely passed the test.  I am pleased to say that I will be making this again!  :)

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