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Sunday
Feb022014

Simple, Homemade Apple Sauce (In the Slow Cooker)

My Issie baby loves apple sauce. 

I would venture to say it's his favorite solid. Well that and peas, carrots, yogurt and sweet potatoes. Okay, so he likes ALL the solids. But he really loves apple sauce. 

Since I make (most) of his baby food I figured I should go ahead and learn to make apple sauce. And why not use my slow cooker while I was at it. 

It was so easy, I don't think I will ever go back to traditional apple sauce. 

What you'll need:

3 pounds peeled apples

1/2 cup water

And that's it!

Step 1, peel the apples

Step 2, add them to your slow cooker with 1/2 cup water. 

Turn the slow cooker on high for 3 hours or low for 6 hours. 

They will turn brown and become soft. 

You can then mash them with a fork for chunky apple sauce. 

- OR - 

Add them to your blender for a smooth apple sauce. 

And that is it! It is that easy!

What homemade staple have you made recently? 

 

 

Wednesday
Jan292014

Jittery Monkey- A Coffee Banana Smoothie

I love a good pick-me-up in the middle of the day. I love coffee and I love the sweet, creamy blend of a frappe. But I don't need all the sugar and calories. 

 

Since it's base is made with banana I like to call it a "jittery monkey." 

So I like to whip one up that has NO added sugar and NO heavy cream. 

What you'll need: 
1-2 frozen bananas
1/4 cup milk 
1/2 tbsp coco powder
1/2 cup coffee
blend until smooth

 

Tuesday
Jan142014

Simple Dinners- FAST! 

 

 

Sausage Pepper Bake. This recipe is so simple. It's insanity. Just bell peppers, onions, potatoes and sasauge. Bam! 

 

Roasted corn and tomato quinoa salad. I really love quinoa and not just because it's trendy. I love it because it's filling and healthy and loaded with protein. This recipe is loaded with sweetness and crunch. 

 

Sometimes it's hard to get everything on the table at the same time while it's still hot and good. 

That's why I LOVE one pan dishes like this chicken and roast vegetables. It's easy, quick to throw together and pretty healthy. 

 

These fantastic Easy Cheesy Pork chops only require three ingredients and minimal effort. 

 

Buffalo Chicken Enchiladas. I love chicken. I love enchiladas. But I do not enjoy enchilada sauce. If anyone has a brand or recipe they love, please let me know. 

So I thought I would take a popular chicken enchilada recipe and mix it up with my own ides. What is I replaced the enchilada sauce with buffalo sauce? Oh my! It is so good!

It's creamy and tangy, with just a hint of spice. 

 

Looking for the ultimate in comfort food that's fast? Try Creamy Sausage Stuffed Shells. You won't regret it. 

 

Tortellini with chicken sausage and edamame. This is my go to recipe. It requires little time and little effort and I can have it on the table in 20 minutes!

And it's so good my husband will ask me to make it. Just 4 ingredients! 

Ready in a Flash Stromboli. You know I am the biggest cheerleader for home cooked meals. But I am also a big fan of saving time. We're all busy, we are all pulled in a million different directions and no one has time to stand in their kitchen for an hour preparing dinner.

That's why I have become a HUGE fan of this ready in a flash stromboli. From prep to complete it took me less than 20 minutes!

 

Sunday
Jan052014

Blueberry Apple Breakfast Quinoa


So you're tired of cold cereal and you don't like oatmeal but you're looking for a healthy and delicious breakfast option. 

Have you tried quinoa? We love quinoa at our house. It's filling and delicious and very healthy. Plus a little goes a looooong way and you know this frugal mama likes that. 

But have you tried it for breakfast? It's delicious. I whipped this up last week with a toddler on my hip and it was yuuuum yum. This yields two servings. 

What you'll need:

1/2 cup quinoa, rinsed

1 cup milk (I recommend 2 percent but you can use whole, skim, almond, etc. etc.)

2 tbsp honey

1 tbsp cinnamon or less if you like it less "spicy" 

1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries

1 cup chopped apples

Bring your milk to a boil and add your quinoa. Let it simmer for 10-15 minutes. You will still have a little milk in the sauce pan, that's fine. If it looks dry add a little more milk. 

Next, add your cinnamin and honey and stir. Then toss in your fruit and serve it up!

What are some healthy things your trying in 2014? 

 

Monday
Dec302013

Homemade Mini Pancakes, Perfect for toddler hands

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If you ever need to find my husband on a Saturday morning, look no further than our kitchen. Every Saturday morning Jason graciously makes our family pancakes. This is in part to give me a break from the kitchen, and in part because I can't make a pancake to save my life. 

No, for real. It is either burned completely or raw in the center. Total disaster. 

Jason is so sweet that he even makes mini pancakes for our mini guy. 

Ry loves them and Jason made extra, which we threw in the freezer so I could heat them up on busy mornings. 

You can buy mini pancakes in the store, but you can make them, from whole wheat flour, at a fraction of the cost. 

And Jason has this recipe down to a science. 

What you'll need: 

1 1/2 cup whole wheat flour

3 1/2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp salt

t tblsp sugar or stevia

1 1/4 cup milk

1 egg

3 tbsp melted butter

More butter or pam for skillet or griddle. 

Heat up your skillet or griddle. 

In a large bowl combine your first four ingredients. Then add in your milk, egg and butter and whisk. 

To make our mini version you will pour a small amount of batter, about two tablespoons, onto the griddle. Brown on both sides. 

Sometimes Ry eats them plain and sometimes he dips them in unsweetened apple sauce. 

 

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