Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Kid tested & Logan Approved!

Hi Everyone!
Meet Logan, a VIBRANT 3 year old in my daycare. 
I do not usually post about the daycare children due to privacy. 
I have consent from Mom! (Thanks Kim)
Logan has recently been diagnosed as having a milk/dairy allergy. 
I have been working with the family to swap out products.  
Logan is a BIG fan of milk and cheese, so anything that we can swap out is great.
Today at lunch instead of boring old soy or almond milk, 
we added frozen organic fruit to almond milk. 

He approved and asked for 2nd's and 3rd's! In fact all the daycare kids loved it! 

Almond Milk Fruit Smoothee

1 cup Almond Milk
1/2 cup frozen fruit (I used mixed fruit from Trader Joe's)

*Blend it up (we use a Vitamix, well worth the money!)
Pour and serve!

Just for fun, here is this little whipper-snapper one more time.
We ended the day with light up horns and a smile!

Do you have a food allergy and swap out foods you enjoy?

Have a great day,

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Cabbage Lasagna

I recently posted on Facebook a picture of my crock pot cabbage lasagna and was requested to share the recipe. 
I truly enjoy sharing my "sometimes wacky" creations with others and love to try new recipes. 
It can get boring eating the same thing over and over again. 

Variety is the recipe of life, RIGHT?

I prepped this at about 5:30am one morning. YES, I know that is early, I'm an early bird.

2 lbs ground meat (I used ground turkey)
Chopped Onion & Bell Peppers 
1-2 chopped garlic cloves (or minced garlic)
Italian seasonings (see how to easily make your own HERE)
Ricotta Cheese
Mozzarella Cheese
4 Eggs (beaten)
1 Large Cabbage (sliced thin)
1 can Marinara sauce 
(I used Trader Joe's brand, but you can use your own or a homemade version!)

Brown the ground meat
Add onion, peppers, italian seasoning & garlic
In a bowl mix the ricotta, half of the mozzarella cheese & the eggs

Start layering in the crockpot!

Start with a small amount of the marinara sauce (enough to over the bottom).
Next is the browned meat/veggie combo.
Then top with cabbage.
Finally that yummy cheese concoction.

Repeat this until you only have a small amount of sauce remaining. Use that to top off the lasagna.
Sprinkle the remaining mozzarella cheese on top and allow to keep cooking until you are ready to eat (maybe another 6 hours).

I find this is great for those busy days as you head out of the house in the morning and can return later in the day to a yummy smelling house and dinner ready to eat.

Tip: Add more veggies by including cauliflower, kale or spinach to your layers 

This would be great to pair with some garlic bread. I toasted some flat bread we had in the freezer and used the GARLIC BUTTER we made a few days ago, that turned out awesome!

What crockpot creations do you have to share?

Thanks for stopping by!

Italian Seasoning "Frugal"

Not that pre-made italian seasoning is going to bread the bank, but still a few bucks here and there can add up. 
This is more cost effective and is super easy to do. 
I have made this using store bought dried versions and I have also grown some of these myself, hung them to dry and used them. 
Honestly the flavor is not much different. 
However when it comes to fresh versus dried, there is always a difference FRESH WINS EVERY TIME!
We are not comparing this right now. 
We want this to be dried so that we can add to recipes, top on pizza or use in making salad dressings during the long winter months (or when we are just being lazy!)
If  you want to know the in & out of drying herbs and processing them, take a look at Betty in this VIDEO
I will make my own video one day!! hehe

Here is the recipe (Super Easy!)


3 tablespoons dried basil
3 tablespoons dried oregano

3 tablespoons dried parsley
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon dried rosemary
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes

Mix all ingredients in a spice grinder or put in a small bowl and crush with the back of a spoon. 
I use a mortar & pestle. 
Store herbs in an airtight jar for up to 6 months.
*here it is to the left (I purchased this one from Ikea years ago!)

If you don't have one of these, I must tell you I use this often. 
I use it to make our NATURAL COLD REMEDY, for the herbs and even for grinding flax seeds.

What ways to do use herbs?

Have a great day!

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Homemade Garlic Butter

Who knew how simple it is to made butter?
Seriously easy! Basically it's heavy cream, shaken or mixed and the liquid is poured out (buttermilk) leaving butter!
Because my kids love garlic bread, I figured why not make my own garlic butter?
1/2 cup heavy cream
1-2 tsp garlic powder (you can also use minced garlic or chopped garlic)
Container that seals tight

Pour cream and garlic into the container. Place light on tight & shake it like u mean it for about 30 minutes! Great project for kids to do, keeps them busy (just be sure to supervise-you don't want them to open it!).
After 30 min, pour out the liquid (butter milk). The remaining solid portion is the butter!
Ah-ha! Garlic butter :-)

Happy garlic breathe to you,

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Honey Pecan Chicken

1/4t salt
1/4t pepper
2lb chicken breasts, skinless (4 oz each)
1/4C honey or agave
2T Dijon mustard
3/4t paprika
1/8t garlic powder
1 1/4C crushed cornflakes (about 4 cups uncrushed cereal) 
*I used organic cornflakes or puffed rice cereal.
1/2C chopped pecans
Cooking spray *I wiped down the pan with coconut oil on a paper towel.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Sprinkle salt and pepper evenly over chicken; set aside. Combine honey, mustard, paprika, and garlic powder in a small bowl; stir well. Combine cornflakes and pecans in a shallow dish; stir well. Brush both sides of chicken with honey mixture; dredge in cornflake mixture. Place chicken pieces on a large baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Lightly coat chicken with cooking spray and bake at 400 degrees for 40 minutes or until done.
Try this: 
For picky eaters, slice raw chicken in to thin strips and place on wooden stick after cooking. For some reason kids just love to eat anything on a stick!
Also, if you cut raw chicken into small bite size pieces, the little guys love that too!

299 calories, 14g carbohydrates, 32g protein, 13g fat, 288mg sodium, 94mg cholesterol, 1g fiber

*Disclaimer: This recipe is from the My180 site from Shaklee. (I cannot tell a lie!)
If you are taking the Turnaround challenge and have not checked out the site, you really are missing out on yummy recipes, exercises and other support tools.
If you have not yet signed up to do a 180 turnaround with your health and would like to learn more, please contact me as soon as possible, You will want to get started right away!

What yummy recipes can you share? I'm always stumped on seafood recipes, got any?

Have a healthy day,