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22nd-Oct-2010 10:31 am - Don't eat Eggo waffles
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why would you want to anyway? They taste like perforated cardboard. The only good thing about them is that you can just pop them into the toaster and PRESTO waffles!

But let me tell you a little secret. You can do that with home made waffles and pancakes too. I know this because I'M SUPER AMAZING.

And you know what's even better? You can make your pancakes or waffles be spectacular by adding fruits and vegetables to them. First you start with your standard batter recipe:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, stirred or sifted before measuring
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 to 1 3/4 cups milk(or water, or other milk substitute)
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
If you are making waffles, use less liquid so the batter doesn't freely escape the waffle iron.

Here's the amazing part... ready for it?

You can add awesome shit to the batter. Lately I've been adding pumpkin purée with some cinnamon and other such spices. If you do this, add the liquid last and slowly. Only add enough to get the right consistency because you will need less since the pumpkin is so moist. Same goes for mashed bananas. If you add those, you don't even need egg!
Other things you can add that don't affect the moisture level so much:
  • chocolate chips
  • berries (fresh or frozen)
  • thinly sliced apples or pears
Really, anything your heart desires can go into a pancake or waffle.

So you should really make up at least a triple batch. It doesn't take any long batter-making wise and only slightly longer cook-time wise.  Make all your pancakes or waffle sand set them out to cool.

THEN FREEZE THEM! I like to wrap them individually or in groups of 2.

When you want to eat them, just take them out of the freezer, unwrap and then put them in your toaster. The same way you would with an Eggo waffle. Except this will be much MUCH yummier.

On this day:

In 2009 -
In 2008 -
In 2007 - polygamy
In 2006 -
In 2005 - brussels sprouts
31st-Jul-2010 06:10 pm - The giant zucchini
mom hair
Our garden has yielded one GIANT Zucchini.  It was so big Bobby had a hard time carrying it.  It was so big, I made TWO zucchini bread loaves and Brent made a big batch of risotto with the rest.

Risotto is just about the best food ever. People think it's so hard to make and that it's so fancy when it's really very very basic.  Discover!!!

Zucchini Risotto

2C seeded, grated and drained zucchini
1.5C arborio rice
4C warm broth/stock whatever
1C white wine (a good one you would actually drink)
1/2 onion finely diced (minced even)
1/4C parmesan (more is better, ALWAYS. Also use freshly grated. If you buy pre-grated parmesan we are no longer friends)
1/4 stick butter cut into pats
zest of one lemon
juice of 1/2 lemon
2T olive oil

  • sautée the onion in olive oil until translucent
  • add the rice to the skillet and let it toast for about 3 minutes (stir it!)
  • add wine, stir to incorporate
  • add the broth 2 ladle fulls at a time, stir to incorporate, once mostly absorbed, add more
  • when the broth is done, stir in the Parmesan and butter to emulsify
  • ass in lemon zest, juice and zucchini and eat the whole god damned thing
If you are trying to get laid, feed this to your groin's desire and let me tell you, 90% of the time, it works every time!

On this day:

In 2009 -
In 2008 - numbers
In 2007 - vacation
In 2006 - songs I hate
In 2005 - hmmm I kinda feel the same way right now
2nd-Jul-2010 10:34 pm - Food Revolution Friday
peace
You can't make EVERYTHING from scratch can you?  If there's something you can't make from scratch, does that mean you just shouldn't eat it?  What do you think?

I'm specifically thinking about the summer BBQ - hot dogs.  Hot dogs are horrible for you.

I've compared the nutritional data for regular hot dogs and some veggy dogs.  The results may surprise you.  The 'regular' hot dog has gross things like "mechanically separated chicken, pork and beef" and a couple of random chemicals but not much else in the disgusting zone.  Although you know what mechanically separated meat is right? Basically anything that isn't a bone.  YUCK!

Now the veggy dogs.  They had a couple of mystery ingredients:  hydrolyzed corn and soy protein, torula yeast, dextrose.  I don't know what those are.  They also had a higher salt content than the meat dogs.  On the other hand, they had no fat and cholesterol or gross tendons and veins in them.

Another thing I noted about the veggy dogs is that they were basically a vitamin tube.  Which is a good thing I think. I mean, if you are going to be eating hot dogs anyways, you might as well get all your vitamins.

So what say you?  Is it better to choose the slightly higher in salt and probably all around healthier veggy dog, or should I try to find some equally easy, fun, yummy BBQ alternatives?  On that note, this recipe for home made veggy dogs looks promising...  maybe a vacation challenge!

This post is part of Food Revolution Friday


On this day:

In 2009 - the story of my cat getting nabbed
In 2008 -
In 2007 -
In 2006 -
In 2005 - I no longer watch scary movies
11th-Jun-2010 10:08 am - Food Revolution Friday #8 COOKIES
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My son isn't the hugest cookie fan.  He likes them but he generally doesn't have much of a sweet tooth.  Last night my husband and I both wanted some baked treats (see this entry to find out why). 

Bobby has helped me make cookies once before but lately I've pledged to myself to get him helping in the kitchen as much as possible so I gave him much more responsibility this time.  His jobs included:
  • fetching things from the pantry (the stuff he could reach/could carry)
  • washing his hands
  • dumping in ALL the measured amounts (I pre-measured before bringing him into the kitchen to help me because I didn't want him to be bored while I did it, or feel like he wasn't allowed to do everything himself)
  • mixing everything together (I just did the finishing touched)
  • squishing the dough balls down onto the cookie sheet
It was very fun. I told him what all the ingredients were as we went "Now we mix in the flour..." and he would repeat it and tell me we would eat them after they come out of the oven.

Regarding oven safety.  We have a rule in our house that if Bobby is in the kitchen when adults are opening the oven, he has to have his hand on the fridge. This keeps him far enough away that he doesn't get heat-blasted and we have room to pull things out and maneuver around without worrying about him getting underfoot and possibly having hot stuff dropped on him.  Once it's closed, we turn on the oven light and he watches the cooking magic through the door.

He ate TWO cookies! I am surprised because last time he only ate half of one (same recipe).  He was very proud of all his work and this morning he woke up talking about how we made cookies last night.

The recipe ( adapted from Vive le vegan! )

1C unbleached all purpose flour
1 t baking powder
1/2 t baking soda
1/4C brown sugar (next time I'm going to use maple sugar since I have a bunch)
1/4 t sea salt
1/3 C MAPLE syrup (not TABLE syrup)
1/4 t black strap molasses
1t vanilla extract
1/4-1/3 C olive oil
1/3 C chocolate chips
1/2 T cinnamon

The recipe calls for mixing things in separate bowls in certain orders but I just put it all in together. I'm a baking REBEL.

Make 2" balls then flatten onto a cookie sheet.  Cook at 350 for 10 minutes. Cool for 5 minutes then eat them all. (It only makes about 10 cookies)


This post is part of Food Revolution Fridays

On this day:

In 2009 -
In 2008 - fused body parts
In 2007 -
In 2006 - a poll
In 2005 -
28th-May-2010 01:40 pm - Food Revolution Friday #6
loser
Wow - HEAT WAVE

Temperatures around these parts have been in the mid 30's this week so it's only natural that popsicles have been on my mind.  Did you know that Popsicle is actually a brand name for ice pop?  From now on I'm going back to pops.  This is similar to my new use of "facial tissue" instead of saying "Kleenex"  TAKE THAT BRANDING!

As I was saying - ice pops - they are basically fruit flavoured sugar water. NOT HEALTHY.  The great thing though, is that is it EASY to make very healthy ones.

When I was a kid, my mom would just pour peach juice into a mold and freeze that and I considered going the juice route but you now what? Juice is crap.  It's basically taking out the majority of what is healthy about a fruit and leaving you with the rest.

So I figured I would puree whole fruit and freeze those into pops!  The best thing is that you don't even need a recipe but if you are very uncreative, you can copy what I did:

Fruit Pops

-1 ripe banana (peeled)
-1 container blackberries (washed)
-2 kiwis (peeled)
-4T mediterranean PLAIN yogurt

Put it all in a blender until smooth, pour into molds and freeze.

The banana adds enough sweetness that you don't need to add any sugar.  I just added the yogurt because otherwise I wouldn't have enough to fill ALL my molds.

Other flavour combos I want to make soon:

-strawberry watermelon
-coconut lime
-lemon raspberry
-apple peanut butter

Any other flavour suggestions?

This post is part of Food Revolution Fridays

On this day:

In 2009 - on the value of nutritional information
In 2008 -
In 2007 - sexist or funny?
In 2006 - operation zip-tie was foiled
In 2005 -
mom hair
Wow,

It seems like if I didn't hold myself to these posts, I would never write here at all!  The problem is a mix of twitter and never being near a computer when I have post ideas.  I'll either just have a one line story or be too tired/brain dead by the time I have time to write a post that it just doesn't happen.

Last night this happened:

head bang

And you would think that I was salivating over some delicacies and got a little too close. Well that's not the case at all.  Bobby and I went to get some good old healthy spinach for dinner and he ran off to go look at the cakes/fondle some bread.  I bent down to keep him from smooshing everything and didn't notice the glass and totally slammed my forehead into the glass then FELL OVER ONTO THE GROCERY STORE FLOOR LIKE A DAZED BIRD THAT JUST FLEW INTO A WINDOW.

I'm not kidding, it was hard to get up. Luckily NO ONE HELPED ME. *sarcasm* then I went to pay and let Bobby pet the plastic seeing eye dog and drove home and made dinner and wondered to Brent if I had a concussion since I was all dizzy and barfy feeling.  

So there you go, I'm NOT cake obsessed!!


On the other hand, I DID eat gourmet cupcakes FOR DINNER last Saturday night.  They were absolutely stellar. I had 2 and instantly regretted it. Don't get me wrong, they were fabulous but I immediately felt that feeling of sugar overload.  The one I get when I have been 'good' about my sugar intake and then go temporarily insane.

You would think that after all of this I would have a recipe for healthy cupcakes for you, but I don't. Such a thing, sadly, does not exist.  What I CAN tell you about is what I made with all that spinach.
What you will need (amounts approximate):

-1/2C goat cheese (crumbled)
-4C or more uncooked spinach (washed)
-4C cherry tomatoes (washed and halved)
-3-4 minced garlic cloves
-700g fusili
-4T olive oil
-freshly ground black pepper (lots! If it looks like too much, add more)

Boil your noodles in salted water (always salt your pasta water people! if you are worried about sodium, make sure the rest of your meal is salt less)
Cook up the tomatoes and garlic in a hot pan with olive oil until the tomatoes just start to break down. Add 1/2C pasta water. Cover to keep warm.
Toss cooked pasta with spinach until in wilts
Add tomato mixture, cheese and pepper and stir to coat

Eat that shit up.

This post is part of Food Revolution Fridays

Ont his day:

In 2009 - I have that lime photo on the tack board of my desk
In 2008 - I never did make those grits...
In 2007 - I like that I still stand behind this parenting decision I made before ever becoming pregnant
In 2006 - Their house is so awesome now.  I want to live in their kitchen!
In 2005 - Steak - I'm sure it would kill my insides now...


14th-May-2010 10:08 pm - Food Revolution Friday #4
kitty
The one where I gloat.

The other day I tweeted that Bobby got upset when we ran out of brussels sprouts at dinner.  That boy LOVES his cruciferous veggies. AND YOU CAN TOO!

Many many people have disliked brussels sprouts - with good reason.  Mushy, over cooked yuckiness.  However, I can lay claim to at lead four FOUR converts that I know of. Possibly more.  How do I do it?  Simple, high heat, no water.  This gives them a rich nutty taste.

Here are my two point five favorite ways of making them. 

Way #1 - hash

Cut of the dry ends and remove loose/yucky leaves. Slice it up vertically, as thin as you can.  Quickly pan fry with a small amount of one of the following:

-olive oil
-butter
-bacon grease

That list ranges from healthiest to least healthy. Can you guess which one is the most yummy?

Mix in toasted slivered almonds (and bacon bits if you went the bacon route) and serve.

Way #2 - roasted

Cut of the dry ends and remove loose/yucky leaves. Slice it vertically into quarters. Put them all into a metal baking dish (I usually use a bread pan) with one of the lubricants noted above, chopped garlic and some Montreal steak spice.  Roast at 350, stirring every 10 minutes, until about 1/3 of them kind of look caramelized.

Way #2.5 - BBQ

Prepare the same as above but in a foil packet. Throw on the bbq with and turn every 5 minutes until you can smell them when up close.

If you have never likes brussels sprouts before, I dare you to try one of these recipes.  DOUBLE DARE YOU.

This post is part of Food Revolution Fridays

On this day:

In 2009 - people mocked me during the aftermath of my car accident for not having a cellphone, but ou know what, I didn't need one because EVERYONE ELSE had one...
In 2008 - selfish bus users
In 2007 - my 7 year plan is now my 5 year plan, although I doubt I'll quit my job.
In 2006 - I think I still have that same batch of TVP
In 2005 - I still have that dress... *sigh*

30th-Apr-2010 08:18 am - Food Revolution Friday #2
hoodie
Since I haven't posted about it yet, most of you don't know that Brent no longer works from home. He's in week two of his new job. It means a bit of an upheaval on our home life and schedule (more to come on that later, once we figure it all out) but we are both already so much happier.

The first week he made no plans for lunch and found himself either going without and then gorging later, or going out for lunch etc.  This week we have a new thing going on.  A Deal. These are the kinds of things that make our marriage work and our lives go smoothly.  The deal is as follows:

Every single night, Brent  cleans up the kitchen immediately after dinner
Every work night, after Bobby goes to bed, I pack him (and myself) a healthy lunch

So far it's going great. He's enjoying the surprise we he opens his lunch the next day and I feel like I now have a reason to put a bit more effort into my own lunch since doing all kinds of work just for one is tedious and sometimes wasteful.

Things I've been including are:
  • celery, carrot, bell peppers, cucumbers with hummus or babaganouj
  • a piece of fruit
  • plain yogurt topped with chopped fruit (today is mango with a pinch of brown sugar)
  • dinner leftovers if there are any
  • breton cracker sandwiches with natural peanut butter and a touch of honey
For today I made egg salad sandwiches and I'm going to share with you my recipe that makes a perfect TWO awesome sandwich amount.
  1. Hard boil 3 large eggs
  2. Finely dice one green onion, a two inch piece of celery stalk and one quarter of a red pepper (us the rest of the celery and pepper as veggie sticks on the side)
  3. When eggs are done, cool in a cold water bath
  4. Peel eggs and put in a large soup bowl
  5. Mash them with a fork
  6. Add 1.5T mayonnaise (NOT MIRACLE WHIP FOR THE LOVE OF GOD) and 1.5T whole grain mustard (Dijon would do in a pinch)
  7. Mix to coat eggs
  8. Stir in diced veggies
  9. Spread evenly on two slices of whole grain bread
  10. Top each piece with another piece of bread
  11. Cut diagonally
Because we had some leftover baby spinach, I threw some on the sandwiches as well.

What do you like in your egg salad?


This post is a part of Food Revolution Fridays

On this day:

In 2009 -
In 2008 - It's like LSD meets carnival meets Freddy Mercury meets fluffy kittens.
In 2007 - All goals accomplished! (or partially abandoned)
In 2006 -
In 2005 -
16th-Mar-2010 10:45 pm - Confession Corner
burn
In the past week and a half, I've been responsible for the recent death of 4 chickens.




They were delicious.



That is all.


On this day:

In 2009
- I was just starting on my "free stuff to do with kids" lists. Help me add to it!
In 2008 - I was doing informal computer research
In 2007 -
In 2006 - I was admiring my orange nails
In 2005 - The comments were really better than the posts.
6th-Oct-2008 10:16 pm - all about food!
what
Today I went to Superstore (which is fairly uncommon) and found vegetarian Chick'n Nuggets which I bought and totally satisfied my craving for chicken fingers. I'm super happy about that!


Over and out!



On this day:

In 2006 - the full moon crazies
In 2005 - dreaming of pierogies

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