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Easy Breakfast for a Family of Five
Breakfast is a killer for a family that eats real food. No pop tarts, no cereal... Permalink
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Kelly’s Going-Bananas Banana Bread
I know, I know, we all have great banana bread recipes. But this, I PROMISE you, is worth a try.... Permalink
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The Taste Test
I love Costco. Yes I do, yes I do. I’ve also finally started to come around to buying the Kirkland brand of products [in some cases]. But when I came home from the store the other day with the Kirkland brand of chocolate chips…... Permalink
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The Dairy Detox
So in light of certain events around this house, including A.’s continued bowel problems and hives after the introduction of small amounts of cow’s milk, we’re once again going dairy free. Here’s the problem…I like cow’s milk. I like ice cream, and cake, and muffins, and pancakes, and cheese. I also enjoy getting to make a recipe and only having to substitute eggs [yeah, I’m lazy]. But the biggest problem by far is struggling with how much I need to refrain from dairy. A. is still nursing, and depending on the status of her teething she either nurses a LOT or a little. Comments? Suggestions?... Permalink
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Adventures of the Carni-Vegan
Sorry I’ve been absent the last few weeks, but I’ve been busy eating. No, literally. I’ve spent almost every waking hour of the last two weeks stuffing my face full of anything and everything (including dairy products) I could find. The reason? Turns out those silly folks that talk about the paleo diet are right [at least regarding my body]: eating meat, veggies, and fruits DOES make you lose weight and have more energy than you could imagine. The problem? [Bear with me as I know that the idea of post-baby weight loss doesn’t really seem like a problem…] I’m also breastfeeding. [Dun-dun-dun —– cue: scary music] Wait, breastfeeding while eating the paleo diet doesn’t sound scary to you?  Let’s have a visual aid. For a normal person the paleo diet rocks, and they end up looking like this:   For me the paleo diet looks like this: And no matter how you put it, the above-referenced picture is just NOT ideal for wives, mothers, your friends, or…well, anyone. On that note, and in an attempt to remedy said situation, I’m off to have another piece of toast this morning. Adieu.... Permalink
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Easy Quinoa
This is one of my best “healthy” and quick dishes.  As a mother of three, this meal is the one guaranteed pick-me-up during the day and well worth the 20 minutes it takes to fix.  Often I’m the only one eating it because the girls think quinoa looks funny once it’s cooked, and Husband sticks pretty closely to a paleo-diet (although quinoa is one of the grains he’ll eat without much fuss).  None of that matters, however, because the stuff is so yummy and nutritious that I’ll eat it all myself (and put any leftovers in the fridge for lunch the  next day) and have loads of energy the rest of the day.  If I’m making it go as a side, I’ll flavor it according to whatever I’m making…so enchiladas means I’ll add a little bit of cumin and chili powder, and perhaps a can of diced tomatoes; italian means I’ll add some oregano and basil…you get the picture.  Also, you can get the quinoa in a large bag at Costco, and I’m always a fan of buying in bulk! I originally received this from my mother, but since she’s vegan I had to carni-vegan it up!!   Recipe: Quinoa Ingredients 3 Tbs. olive oil 1 red onion, minced 1 red bell pepper, minced 2 zucchini, halved and sliced thinly 2-3 cloves garlic, minced 3 cups chicken broth 1 1/2 cups quinoa (rinse VERY well) Instructions Add olive oil to pan and head to medium high. Saute onion, bell pepper and zucchini about 5 minutes, until onions begin to soften. Add in garlic and cook for 30 seconds until fragrant. Add in chicken broth and quinoa and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer, cover, and cook for 15 minutes. Opt.: add shredded chicken or other source of extra... Continue Reading
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Tortilla Love
I recently delved into the world of tortilla making, as I haven’t been able to find tortillas I love in any of the stores.  Central Market has wonderful homemade tortillas they make fresh in the store everyday, but [and this is a big BUT] they give Abigail gas.  If this sounds a little unbelievable, I don’t blame you.  However, I’ve tried them numerous times, with nothing at all in my diet changed except the addition of the tortillas.  And??? Central Market’s tortillas give Abigail gas.  How is this possible?  To be honest I don’t quite know, but I’m thinking there must be some sort of cross-contamination with milk.  Either that or there’s a huge cover-up of Seinfeldian “frozen yogurt” proportions. Regardless, after looking at the ingredients of all the mainstream tortillas in the stores I finally decided to just try to make some myself.  The verdict?  Yay!!!!!  They taste yummy.  So yummy, in fact, that my picky 6 year old declared that they were best tortillas ever. The first recipe I made used flour, baking powder, salt, warm water, and vegetable shortening.  I used the shortening as I didn’t have any decent lard on hand, even though the shortening in and of itself is full of skeevy ingredients.  Using the food processor to cut the shortening in made the entire process take less than 4 minutes.  I then kneaded the dough for about 5 minutes [okay, WAY less than 5 minutes.  Have you tried kneading dough?  Holy cow that’s a workout!!] before cutting it into 12 pieces and letting it rest.  The next step was to roll the dough balls out and then throw them into a hot cast iron skillet for about 45 seconds on each side.  And voila!  Tortillas were done. The second recipe I made was this... Continue Reading
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The Quest for Lard
I wandered into the valley of homemade tortillas this week, and my first impression was “Wow, that was really easy!”  This was followed by my second opinion, which was “Hmmmm, I bet these would taste way better made of lard instead of vegetable shortening (which was all I had in the pantry), which was what the recipe had called for.”  So, naturally, I set off on a quest to find lard. I vaguely remembered seeing lard at Kroger and Tom Thumb, but I wasn’t sure how “pure” it was.  The answer I discovered after a trip to my local grocer?  Not very pure at all.  Lard was the main ingredient, followed by hydrogenated lard, followed by three different chemicals to preserve flavor.  I.  THINK.  NOT. This all led me to internet research (which, according to the AMA is dangerous and should be strongly discouraged)  (I jest, people, I jest!).  What I discovered is that organic lard is indeed readily available, you just have to know where to look.  The organic/grass-fed farms that sell items online usually carry it, although they only carry it in large sizes (2.5-5 lbs.). What about buying local?  YES!  There is a local farm that sells at the Dallas Farmers Market on Saturday under the name Busy B’s Market.  The lard is sold in smaller sizes, can be frozen up to a year, and can be used in place of crisco or bacon fat for a large variety of recipes.  It is also available from the same farm though a local Dallas co-op, Brian Speaks. This Saturday morning (since my MIL will be in town and I’ll have people to help with the kids) I’m going to DASH down to the farmer’s market and buy myself some lard.... Permalink
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The Carni-Vegan Dines Out
[Me:] “Yes, I’d like the small Mowie Wowie, please.  With daiaya cheese instead of mozzarella.” [Man at Mellow Mushroom:] “No problem.  Ummmm, are you okay with the ham and bacon?” [Me:] “Yes.  I’m a carni-vegan.” [Man at Mellow Mushroom:] “Alright, it’s all good.  I’ve just never ever heard of that combination before!” *  *  *  * So I had my first experience with daiaya cheese, and I’ve got to tell you, it kind of creeped me out.  I was expecting it to look like real cheese, which it probably does until it comes out onto a table full of mozzarella cheese-covered pizzas. Everyone else’s pizza cheese looked bubbly and yellow. Mine?  It looked like someone had draped somewhat gelatinous, opaque shreds of something all over the pizza.  The color was also a teensy off-putting; I would describe it as white with some grayish hues. My solution, of course, was to make Husband eat some of it after I had gotten a few bites in. [Husband:] “Do I have to?” [Me:] “Yes.” [Husband, after thoughtfully chewing a large bite:] “Hmmm.  It’s actually pretty good.” (I’m still not sure he said this JUST to make me feel better.) I continued to chip away at my slice of pizza, which for the record had a pesto base, applewood smoked bacon, ham, pineapple, and banana peppers.  I figured with all of the toppings the daiaya would be more for show, and that it would be a great opportunity to give it a try.  As it turned out, however, the texture of the cheese was very creamy (not what I was expecting) and the after-flavor of the cheese almost reminded me of goat cheese (which I do NOT like). All in all, I will be getting my next pizza sans cheese – daiya or any... Continue Reading
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Random Food Thoughts
Dear Mr. Kellogg, I understand that with inflation on the rise you are trying to find ways to continue making a profit without raising your prices or cutting the size of packages.  Truly, I sympathize.  Whatever the solution may be, I don’t believe it’s THIS: (For the record, this is an empty bag of Frosted Mini Wheats with a ridiculous amount of shredded wheat at the bottom.  I’m presuming that this allows the folks at Kellogg to meet the weight requirements of the package while cutting down on the amount of actual product they’re putting inside the bag.)  * * * * * On a different subject, I took my Raisin Bran Muffin recipe and changed it into Chocolate Chip-Cherry Bran Muffins.  They were absolutely delicious, and I used the dried cherries my mom brought me from Trader Joe’s in Omaha (I know, I know – WHY is there a Trader Joe’s in Omaha and NOT a Trader Joe’s in Dallas?!)  They only take 15 minute to bake which is nice and quick, and they’re pretty nutritious.  Since Husband won’t eat fruit in any kind of dessert or baked good I made half of them without the dried cherries.   And of course, the whole recipe is carni-vegan friendly! In case you’re curious, these babies will all be gone by noon tomorrow. Recipe: Chocolate Chip-Cherry Bran Muffins Ingredients 1 c. unsweeted almond milk 1/3 c. sunflower oil (or vegetable) 1/2 c. applesauce 1/4 c. full flavor molasses 1/2 c. dark brown sugar 3/4 c. wheat bran 1/2 c. old-fashioned rolled oats 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 1/4 c. whole wheat flour 1 Tbs. baking powder 1 c. chocolate chips 1 c. dried cherries, chopped Instructions Preheat the oven to 425. In medium bowl, whisk together milk, oil, applesauce, molasses, and brown sugar.... Continue Reading
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