Guess What I’m Cooking!
I know, I realize that makes me sound like white trash, but whatever, I’m past caring at this point. But anyway, yes, we are pretty happy. The kids and I have been cooking/baking/eating up a storm over here and so I figured that this would be as good a time as any to answer one of the questions that I get asked most often in real life and on this blog.
“Uh… wait. So… if you don’t eat gluten, one of your kids doesn’t eat dairy, and (for the most part) you only eat organic products… uh… what the hell do you eat?”
Yea, that’s pretty much what we eat around here. Food. Other stuff just doesn’t taste very good!
So allow me to take you through a couple weeks of eating at my house and throw in a few easy recipes along the way!
(I’ll add a little disclaimer in here that no, you probably can’t eat like this on a food stamp budget alone, but because my kids diet is medically necessitated my ex is court ordered to pay a portion of our grocery bill).
So if you were to come over for a meal, this is what you might find yourself being fed in my kitchen:
Blueberry pancake muffins (click here for the recipe).
Strawberry cream muffins:
Teriyaki salmon, quinoa, and veggies:
Grilled Cheese sandwiches with a sausage and banana flower:
… that looked really boring so I made it into a robot!
Banana and broccoli dolphins to go with the fish I didn’t take a picture of. I had no real reason of doing this except that I was bored for about 5 minutes and that’s when stuff like this tends to happen…
Ivory Teff Flour quesadillas (obviously not cooked yet):
Cesar salad with Greek yogurt Cesar dressing (if you guys haven’t tried Bolthouse dressings, you are missing out! I can’t vouch for all of them but you cannot tell the difference between a “regular” creamy Cesar and their 30 calorie protein yogurt dressing).
And yes, sometimes we make treats as well.
Homemade brownies with mint coconut ice cream:
And uh… sometimes mommy needs a mommy snack after the kids go to bed. Do you want to know an easy way to have chocolate covered strawberries? Dip them in a pudding cup:
Do you want a few recipes?
Here is one of our household favorites, breakfast ice cream sundaes!
Breakfast Ice Cream Sundaes
What you will need:
One cup of frozen Greek yogurt
Vanilla Wafer (they make gluten free ones now!)
Place the waffle in a bowl and then put a scoop of the frozen yogurt on top:
Place the berries around the frozen yogurt (I also squish a few and drizzle the juice on top so that the kids think they have syrup) and then sprinkle the chia seeds and a few chocolate chips on top of everything. Lastly, just stick the Vanilla Wafer on top!
Now let’s play a game! What do you think I’m making??
Well here’s a big hint:
If you don’t have time for an omelet in the morning, my kids are BIG fans of breakfast cookies, and I’m a big fan of how easy there are to make.
What You Will Need:
1.5 Cups uncooked oatmeal
2 Ripe bananas, mashed
1 Cup unsweetened applesauce
1/3rd Cup dried cranberries
1 Tsp vanilla extract
1 Tsp cinnamon
Coconut oil to grease the pan.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
And then put everything in one bowl. It really is that easy!
Then mix it all together.
The Boy Child especially loved the mixing part.
Eventually I told him that it was time to put the mixture on the pan (greased), and… well, I guess I should have been more specific that we were going to take it out of the bowl…
Then he mixed some more.
And some more…
Until I had to wrestle the bowl out of his hands.
Simply put the mixture onto a greased pan (choose your own cookie size) and bake at 350 degrees for 20-30 minutes.
Next up is one of my favorite recipes because it’s easy and makes so much that I get three meals out of it (for The Girl Child and I. The Boy Child can’t eat the dairy)
Crock pot Lasagna:
What You Will Need:
12 Uncooked lasagna noodles
16 Ounces ricotta cheese
12 ounces shredded mozzarella cheese
4 ounces Parmesan cheese
7-8 Cups sauce
3 Tbsp half n half
1/4 Tsp salt
1 large beaten egg
In a bowl combine and mix the half n’ half, ricotta cheese, salt, and egg.
In another box combine and mix (just with your hands) the mozzarella and Parmesan cheese.
Start layering the crock pot beginning with the sauce, uncooked noodles (break to fit), ricotta mix, and top with shredded cheese. Repeat this process until you are out of ingredients, ending with shredded cheese. Remember that the uncooked noodles are going to absorb the sauce so use a little more than you think you might need.
For a 4.5 quart crock pot, cook on low for 6-8 hours or high for 2-3. You will know it’s done when you stick a knife in and can feel that the noodles are soft, hence my knife holes in the picture below.
I think what surprised me the most about this recipe is that it doesn’t come out soupy. It cuts well and stays together nicely.
Edited to add that it was a long day and then I cheated and ordered a gluten free pizza, which I rarely do, and it was just as amazing as I was dreaming it would be.
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Glad you got your food stamps back! Nothing wrong with a parent getting food for her and her kids. I don't call that white trash – I call getting food for your kids “good parenting.” 😉 I loved this hilarious and celebratory post. Here is one of my cheap favorites: http://www.frugalwoods.com/2015/01/23/our-epically-frugal-lunch-recipe/
Haha, aw thanks 🙂
I’m totally going to check out the link! Thanks for sharing!!
all looks very good and yummy
It was 🙂
Nice to see your well stocked refrigerator and smiles on those adorable faces. Thanks for sharing the recipes!
YAY!! I'm glad you at least have that one less thing to worry about. The food looks delish…Now I'm starving. Thanks for that.What's the green stuff? How do you make it?
Goo! Glue and soap!
Love, love, love, breakfast cookies! Your recipe is pretty much the one I use, but I add ground flax seed and peanut butter. There are a lot of variations. It's like a bowl of oatmeal in cookie form! So glad the food issue is working out. 🙂
ooo, that sounds great! How much do you add? Does it replace something?
And now I'm hungry. Thanks, haha.Glad you have a fridge full of yummy food. 🙂
Me too 🙂
In my parents' house, if you are cooking, you have control of the house. (Or at least, this is my theory on how to take the power away from my mom on the weekends I have to go home… my living situation is crazy right now!)So yeah, I am DEFINITELY going to have to make some of these while I'm there. Although I'm far too big to get up on the counter and that makes me sad. =/
Haha!! Let me know how it turns out!
I usually just eyeball the amount, but it's about 2 TB each of the peanut butter & flax. It doesn't replace anything. That's another reason to love breakfast cookies- if they're dry, add more applesauce, banana, etc. If they're too moist, add more oats, etc. You can't mess them up. Sometimes I put chocolate chips in them for a true 'cookie' experience. Also I've been making these breakfast cups/muffins. They're really good! http://pumpsandiron.com/2014/02/11/apple-banana-quinoa-breakfast-cups/
That sounds yummy!! I’m totally doing peanut butter and chocolate chips next time lol! Peanut butter, oats, and chocolate. YES PLEASE. I wonder if I could do banana but no applesauce. Not sure if I’d like the applesauce and peanut butter combo. But them might be too try then…. hum…
Thanks for the link!!
You're welcome! I put in both banana and applesauce. It doesn't taste weird or anything with the peanut butter. It's all good! 🙂
Maybe you could make a cookbook for family/kids, even an ebook if you are inclined. I'm stuck in a rut right now with my kids diet. This is an inspiring post.
That would be fun!! I know the rut feeling, hence my strange robot toast creature haha!
I'm making the crock pot lasagna as we speak it is cooking 🙂 hoping it comes out as good as yours looks! Thanks for the idea!
How was it!?! I saw the comment come through on my email yesterday and kept meaning to pop in here but life got in the way. I hope it turned out well!!