Monday, March 30, 2009
March 31st-April 15th
· Breakfast tacos
· Peanut butter and honey on homemade bread, fruit
· Breakfast cookies, fruit
· Yogurt and cereal, fruit
· Boiled eggs, toast, fruit
· Scrambled eggs, toast
· Granola, fruit, yogurt
· Cheese Grits
· Dining hall
· Grilled cheese
Dinners: (14 meals)
· Breakfast (sausage, eggs, toast), once weekly (2 total)
· Chicken noodle soup, homemade bread
· Pasta and sauce, veggies, homemade bread
· Beans and homemade cornbread
· Shepherd’s Pie
· Chopped steak, mashed potatoes, carrots
· Cheesy baked squash (p. 164 in baby cookbook), Cuban Black beans (p. 173)
· Cheesy Chicken and Rice, veggies
· Skillet chicken and couscous
· 4 leftover nights
Things to Bake/Make:
· Breakfast cookies
· Breakfast taco filling (2 batches; 1 batch per week)
· Granola (1 batch)
· Wheat bread (total of 4 loaves; 1 loaf at a time)- try recipe on p. 41 in First Foods book
· Boil eggs
· Cook lentils, white beans, brown rice, and quinoa (for Ethan)
· Banana Coconut Pudding (p. 259 in baby cookbook)
· Make homemade peanut butter
Saturday, March 28, 2009
This is one of my favorite products of all time. It has so many uses- baby body wash, used in cleaners, hand soap, whatever you want! It's so natural that you could swallow it and it won't hurt you. It has a nice lather and rinses off completely. Who would've known that oils would make good soap? I buy this on vitacost- it used to be $9.32, but it went up to a little over $10. Still not bad for 32oz!! It's usually about $14.99!
Boudreaux's Butt Paste All Natural
I've always loved Boudreaux, but I wanted something more natural. I tried this natural stuff that I bought at HEB and wasn't happy with it because it didn't do anything. So, I found this at Target and was really excited. It's Boudreaux, which means it's going to work, but it has natural ingredients: Aloe Vera, Beeswax, etc. I haven't used it much, so I don't know if I should even recommend it, but knowing that it's Boudreaux means that I will probably love it.
Kirk's Castile Original Coco Soap
This is the bar soap that I use for my homemade laundry detergent. I absolutely LOVE it. It is completely natural castile soap, and it is only $1.19 a bar at HEB! :) One bar is enough to make an entire batch, which will last anywhere from 1-2 months. Tom's of Maine Natural Toothpaste
We buy this at Sam's- a 3 pack for just over $8. It's usually about $5-6 per tube! This is a great deal. The only thing about this toothpaste that took me a while to get used to was the fact that it's not sweet. It contains two different mint oils, though, so it still has a great flavor!
We haven't bought one for ourselves yet, but we bought one for Karis and we love it. It's very simple, though, so if you're looking for fancy, this isn't it. It was $1.61 on vitacost.com.
This stuff is potent- it has tea tree oil in it. It is great for clearing blemishes. It took me a while to get used to, but now I love it. It's only $7.33 for 32oz on vitacost. I just filled up my old face wash squirt bottle; it lasts a long time.
I've written about these before, but I had to list them again. They are wonderful. They are made from whole foods!! You can't get any better than that! They are $12.99 for 90 tablets at HEB, and they are $12.85 for 180 tablets through vitacost!
I have tried just about every prenatal out there (it seems!), and this is my favorite. It is also whole foods based, so it gives you what you need from a natural source. It is gentle on the tummy (which is necessary when pregnant!). (and, no, I'm not pregnant! I just wanted to share these!)
Organic Valley Pasture Butter
Straus Family Creamery Organic Butter
I buy this at Whole Foods when I'm there because it's cheaper than the Organic Valley Pasture butter. This butter is made from cows that are mostly pasture fed (they don't have enough grass year round to feed them only that, so they have to give them some feed). Check them out http://www.strausfamilycreamery.com/.
Since I can't buy raw milk around here, I buy the next best thing. I can buy this milk at Whole Foods, and at the Farmer's Market (it is made in Texas). It tastes REALLY yummy! It is from Jersey cows (which have higher levels of calcium and protein), grass fed, it doesn't have hormones, antibiotics, etc. It is low temperature pasteurized and non-homogenized. Non-homogenized means that there is cream at the top. We pour that cream out and make butter. :)
Our Homemade Butter
This butter is by far my favorite. All you have to do is pour some cream into a food processor, turn it on, and walk away (for about 15 minutes). When you start seeing solid pieces form, turn it off, and scoop them out. Put them in a bowl, and pour some cold water on it. Rinse the milk out of the butter, then pour the water out. Do this again a few more times. And, you have some homemade butter! You can add salt to the cream at the beginning if you want salted butter!
Tillamook Cheddar Cheese
This stuff is AMAZING. It doesn't contain any artificial hormones or even artificial colors. It is one of the best tasting cheeses I've ever had. We don't go to Walmart often, but this is one thing that we do buy from there. It is $9 for 2 lbs, which is an amazing price! Nutiva Extra Virgin Organic Coconut Oil
I had this listed before, but I couldn't leave it out!! We go through one of these every 2 months!! We use it in just about every baked good. It is VERY healthy and yummy!!! Order it from vitacost and save about $10! Vitacost has a new one out that I think I might try next time- it's about $2 cheaper. I'll let you know!
I LOVE LOVE LOVE this honey. It is unheated and unfiltered. It tastes amazing. There is NOTHING better than raw honey!! It is made right here in Austin!! :) I buy 2 1/2 pounds from HEB or Whole Foods for $12.99. This lasts us quite a while.
We buy a 40 oz bag of whole beans from Sam's for about $11. This is amazing coffee. Not only is it a great deal, it's organic, and it tastes great!!
Weleda Diaper Cream- I hear this is one of the best, I just haven't tried it yet! The last one that I bought was Boudreaux because it was half of the price! :) Although, I recently found that Weleda is MUCH cheaper through Vitacost! $6 instead of $10!
Richardson Farms (Farmer's Market) Grass Fed Beef and Pork (we have some in the freezer, we just haven't tried it yet!)
I'll let you know if we get to use cloth again on him. I'm hoping that as he grows up, he will get less sensitive. We'll see. He hasn't so far! :(
Something that I've learned is that being healthy isn't about fad dieting. The problem with fad diets is that you may lose weight at first, but as soon as the diet is stopped, many times people gain the weight back. It has to be a lifestyle change. The switch to mostly whole foods didn't happen over night. We have made little changes here and there, ultimately leading to eating mostly whole foods.
Another problem with fad diets is that they are focused on low/no fat and little-no carbs. That's not healthy because it deprives your body of much needed nutrients! Your body needs the nutrients from some fats and carbs. It just depends on where those things come from. Focus on nutrient-rich foods, not on how much fat they have.
One thing that I have struggled with is sugar. I struggle because I have a huge sweet tooth. Cutting sweets out of my diet has been tough, but we're doing it slowly. I LOVE Dr. Pepper, so I treat myself to one sometimes. But, I don't have them daily like I used to. Maybe once a week- two weeks. I have a little bit of sugar in my coffee, but I've slowly been cutting that down. We use things like honey, maple, molasses, and raw sugar when we do use sweeteners because they are not just empty calories. Yes, they still have lots of calories, but they at least have some nutrients with-in them as well. So, when I have those things, I'm giving my body some nutrients. I've pretty much cut out tea because I can't drink it unless it is sweet. When I do, I use fructose because I can use 1/2 the amount for the same sweetness. At home I pretty much drink water. If I don't make a large pitcher of tea, the temptation isn't there to drink it. A cold glass of ice water is something that I want now :). Used to, I hated water!
My biggest indulgence is coffee. I LOVE coffee. This is something that I've decided is okay. We buy organic whole bean coffee (from Sam's- it's pretty inexpensive!). Coffee is something that I will probably always drink :). So, I'm working on ways to use less sugar! I'll get there. It's a slow process.
Anyway... it's been neat to see how making these changes have been taking the weight off without me feeling like I'm trying to lose weight. I enjoy making these changes now, and look for new ways to make foods nutrient-dense and healthy using whole foods. It's not always easy, but I'm getting there!!
And, I will say again that I don't know it all; I'm still learning. I still struggle in some areas, and I still eat things that I shouldn't at times.
I've also made the decision that it's okay to eat in the dining hall here at the camp; I just need to be choosy when I'm in there. I can't pass up the resource of free food. It's also a great time for the kids and I to get out of the house, a time to fellowship with others here at camp, and a time to eat meals with Robert. The food has improved greatly in the past year, and we always have the option of a wonderful salad bar. It's not organic, but that's okay sometimes. At least it's fresh produce!! As I've said before, for me, it's mostly important to eat whole foods, even if those whole foods aren't always organic. Of course, I think organic is better, but again, it's not always an option.
Sorry for the randomness of this post... I've had all these random things on my mind and thought I would just through it out there :).
Friday, March 27, 2009
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
We only have about 6 weeks of school left (plus finals), then we are done for the summer. It will be nice to have a break because everytime I've had "time off," it has turned out to be busier than when I'm in school. I haven't had a break really yet.
I'm honestly pretty exhausted mentally, physically, and emotionally right now. Please be praying for my family as we are going through a lot (not Robert, the kids, and myself, but my family outside of us if that makes sense). I don't want to go into details here because it's not the best place for that!!
Anyway... that's where I've been. I have several things that I want to post about, but it may take a while. Also, our internet is in and out right now; I usually have to sit outside to use it. So, I just don't get online at much.
Monday, March 16, 2009
Sam Evans was the midwife that delivered Ethan!
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Karis at 1 year old:
Karis at 2 years old:
Here's our whole family:
(For some reason the pictures didn't turn out well today, so this was the best one!)
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Check out how many vendors are at this thing:
They are there every Saturday, all year long, rain or shine. They have live music, good food to eat, and it's just a fun atmosphere.
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Where does my passion for nutrition, natural, organic, and local foods fit into an eternal perspective?
As important as it is to do research about the food that we eat, make sure that we are feeding our family natural/organic/local foods, and spend time planning and price comparing, we need to make sure to keep it in the right perspective. I have been enjoying the process of figuring everything out, looking for the cheapest place to buy things, and putting them into use as I make new and yummy foods (and sharing my information). But, has it been too much of a focus? Have I been "worshipping" my new found knowledge, food, and grocery shopping more than God? Have I been caring more about making sure that my family has nutritious food, more than caring about others' souls?
It's important to take good care of our bodies, and the bodies of our family because we need to be good stewards of the bodies that God gave us, and we need to be healthy for the Lord's service, but I personally feel that I need to take a step back and focus more on worshipping my Jesus, taking care of others, and sharing Christ with others.
Now that I know what I know about food, my next goal is to just put it into practice in my every day life and not focus on it so much. Again, it's not bad to research and learn about nutrition (in fact, I think it's good), but I, personally, just need to make sure that I keep it in the right perspective.
I've been so focused on eating the best way that I can, that I have made it into a mini "god," and it has caused some burden for me because I want everything to be perfect. I'm going to do my best to get my focus off of food, and onto Jesus where it should be!!
Monday, March 9, 2009
Anyway... you're probably sick of reading about where I'm going to shop, but I just like to think "out loud" through my blog!!
I always feel bad buying things for myself, but I haven't bought a new pair of shoes in a LONG time, and I needed some new ones. So, I got them. :)
Simple Shoes is an awesome company. Check them out http://www.simpleshoes.com/!
Robert and I have turned into such hippies. I promise I still wear a bra! And, we don't do drugs :).
**** Correction- my friend reminded me what real hippies are, and we are NOT hippies :), we just love natural things!
Saturday, March 7, 2009
Robert let me get out of the house by myself last night, so I went into town and checked out Sun Harvest again since it's been a little while since I've been there. Their organic whole grain berries are CHEAP. Their organic hard red winter wheat is 89 cents a pound, and their organic hard white winter wheat is 79 cents a pound!! They also have organic kamut, quinoa, etc in their bulk section at reasonable prices. We're buying a grain mill attachment for my stand mixer soon; I'm so excited! :) The store is so much more peaceful and laid back compared to Whole Foods, and they actually have better prices on a lot of things (including organic pasture butter!). So, I made the right choice. They don't have the selection that Whole Foods has (and they don't have the milk that I buy), but they have (almost) everything that I need.
I have been thinking a lot about the farmer's market that I posted about, and I've decided not to rely on it as one of my regular sources for groceries. I very rarely go into town on Saturdays, so it would be difficult to get into that new routine... Plus, if I can find everything that I need/want elsewhere, I would rather do that. I may shop there every once in a while, but as of now, it's not going to be my regular shopping place.
I will still use Vitacost for formula (although, they have gone up considerably! from 8.79 to 10.28! yuck!), coconut oil, honey (if I don't buy it at HEB), and personal care products. I just can't find anywhere to beat their prices. I'm considering using http://www.mountainroseherbs.com/ for coconut oil, but I would have to buy a gallon at a time, so I'm not sure I'm ready for that yet! :)
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Not only do they sell produce, they sell grass fed meats, fresh milk and cheeses, etc. I CAN'T wait to check it out!!!
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
1) I look to see what we already have
2) I come up with a list of meal options based on what we have
3) I write a list (for 2 weeks, 5 days each week) of options for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and other homemade items (I don't plan the days because our schedule is always changing, and when I did that, I ended up switching it around a lot anyway!)
4) I write my grocery list based on the list of meal options
5) When making my grocery list, I allow $10ish for good sales (like when I was able to buy organic wheat flour for $2.69 for a 5 lb bag!). I can't pass up sales like that!!
Here's our meal plan for two weeks:
(each morning is a combination of a few of these items)
Fruit (apples, grapes, bananas, oranges)
Peanut butter and honey sandwich
Grilled Cheese w/ raw veggies and dip
Tortillas and Cheese w/ raw veggies and dip
Balsamic and Garlic Venison (p.203)
Black Bean Wraps
Quesadillas (with black beans, cheddar, and homemade salsa)
Lemon-Pepper Flank Steak w/veggies (p.276); homemade bread
Rice Paper Rolls (w/rice, black beans, cabbage, broccoli); roasted zucchini
Roast w/ carrots and potatoes
15 Bean Soup w/homemade corn bread, roasted squash
Sausage, potato, and squash soup; homemade bread
Stiry Fry w/ chicken, broccoli, carrots, snow peas, red pepper, peanut sauce
Homemade Items to make:
Monday, March 2, 2009
- 1 1/2 pounds 80-85% lean ground beef
- 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
- 1/2 cup quick-cooking oats OR 1 slice of bread, torn into small pieces plus 1/4 cup quick-cooking oats
- 1 large or extra-large egg
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 tablespoon catsup
- 1 tablespoon milk
- 2 tablespoons catsup
2. Form meat into one 9-inch long loaf, packing it together well with your hands to avoid air pockets Place in a shallow baking dish (9x13-inch dish works well).
3. Spread 2 tablespoons of catsup over the top of the loaf. Pour water in the dish around the meatloaf, about 1/4 to 1/2-inch deep.
4. Place dish on a rack in the middle of the oven, and then turn on the oven. Set the temperature at 325 degrees F if the dish is glass, and 350 degrees F if it is a metal dish.
5. Bake for 2 hours uncovered. The outside of the loaf will be dark brown.
6. After baking, remove from the dish to a platter. The meatloaf will be easier to slice if you let it cool slightly before slicing. A sharp, thin knife works best for slicing, as a thick knife tends to break up the meat. Slice loaf into 10-12 slices and serve with catsup or barbeque sauce on top.
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
- 1 1/4 pounds ground beef
- 2 cups prepared pasta
- 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 1 1/2 tbsp worcestershire sauce
- 1 to 2 tbsp brown sugar (I use sucanat)
- salt and pepper to taste
- Burger buns
- In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat.
- Add onion and pepper and saute until they begin to soften, about 5 minutes.
- Add the garlic and saute 1 minute more, stirring occasionally.
- Add ground beef and cook.
- Add the pasta sauce, vinegar, worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, and salt and pepper and stir to combine.
- Bring to a simmer over low heat and cook until slightly thickened, about 5 minutes more.
- Spoon mixture onto toasted buns.
- 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1 large onion, coarsely chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 tbsp chili powder
- 2 tsp oregano
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 (15 ounce) can tomato suace
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup cooked kidney beans
- 1 cup cooked black beans
- sea salt
- 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
- Hot pepper sauce, to taste (optional)
- In a large soup pot, heat oil over medium heat. Add onions and garlic, and cook 5 minutes, stirring frequently until onions are translucent.
- Stir in chili powder, oregano, cumin, and crushed red pepper and cook 1 minute.
- Add ground beef and stir to brown meat.
- Add tomato sauce, water, and beans. Season with salt to taste, then bring to boil. Reduce heat to simmer, cover and cook for 30 minutes, stirring often, until flavors have melded and sauce is thickened and bubbly.
- Stir cilantro and hot pepper sauce if desired.
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 1 green bell pepper, chopped
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
- 3 cups mixed vegetables, either frozen, canned, or leftover*
- 4 cups (approximately) mashed potatoes (made from about 8 potatoes)
- 8 ounces (2 cups) shredded cheddar cheese
- 1/2 cup whole milk
2. In a large bowl, combine the meat, crushed red pepper, salt, pepper, and mixed vegetables.
3. Grease a (deep) 10-inch glass pie plate. (You could also use an 8-inch square glass dish.) Spread the meat and vegetable mixture in the dish. Top with a layer of the mashed potatoes, sealing to the edges. Sprinkle cheddar cheese on top.
4. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Just before baking, pour milk over cheese. Bake for 35-45 minutes, until pie is hot and cheese is lightly browned.
Pasta and Homemade Sauce
- 1 package of whole wheat pasta (any kind)
- 1 pound hamburger (we also use venison)
- 2 cloves garlic (or a few tsp minced garlic)
- 1 onion, chopped
- 2 small cans (or one large can) tomato sauce
- 1 can diced tomatoes
- ½ can tomato paste
- 1 tsp Basil
- 1 tsp Oregano
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1-2 zucchini, diced
- 1-2 yellow squash, diced
- 1 1/3 cups whole wheat flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
- 1 teaspoon vinegar
- 1 egg
- 1 tablespoon cold water
Quiche Filling Ingredients:
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 1 pound ground turkey (85% lean or leaner)*
- 9 ounces fresh spinach leaves, coarsely chopped**
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 2 large eggs
- 3/4 cup whole milk
- 4 to 6 ounces shredded sharp cheddar cheese
2. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough into a circle and place in a 10-inch pie plate. Trim and flute edges. Prick with a fork on bottom and sides. Preheat oven to 475 degrees and bake for 8 minutes. Remove from oven.
3. To make filling, brown turkey with the chopped onion. Drain grease, return to skillet, and add the chopped spinach. Over medium-low heat, cook and stir until spinach starts to wilt. Remove from heat.
4. In a large mixing bowl, lightly beat eggs, salt, pepper, and nutmeg. Add milk and mix. Add turkey and spinach mixture, stirring to combine. Pour into pre-baked pie shell. Top with shredded cheese.
5. Bake at 375 degrees for 30 minutes. Let stand 10 minutes before cutting into pieces and serving.
- 1 lb ground beef
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 1/4 cup butter
- 2 tbsp flour
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1/4 tsp pepper
- 1 can mushroom stems and pieces, drained (or fresh, chopped)
- 1 can cream of chicken soup (or homemade)
- 1 cup sour cream (or plain yogurt)
- 2 cups hot cooked noodles or rice
- In large skillet, cook and stir ground beef and onion in butter until meat is brown and onion is tender.
- Stir in flour, salt, garlic, pepper, and mushrooms.
- Cook, stirring constantly, 5 minutes.
- Stir in soup; heat to boiling, stirring constantly.
- Reduce heat; simmer uncovered 10 minutes.
- Stir in sour cream; heat through.
- Serve over noodles.
Cream Cheese Potato Soup
- 3 cups water
- 1 cup diced ham
- 5 medium potatoes, diced fine
- 1 package cream cheese, cubed
- 1/2 medium onion
- 1 garlic clove, chopped
- 1/2 tsp. black pepper
- 1/2 tsp. dill weed
- 1 pkg. taco seasoning mix (or just use onion powder, garlic salt, cumin, and chili powder)
- 1 can diced tomatoes
- 1/2 onion
- 1 lb ground beef
- 1 large can enchilada sauce (or 2 small) (or make homemade- see condiments and "canned items"
- 1 package cream cheese (softened)1 can diced green chilies
- 1 pkg. corn or flour tortillas
- Brown ground beef and onions.
- Add rest of ingredients and simmer for 10 minutes.
- Spread cream cheese on tortillas, top with green chilies, and fold in half.
- Place tortillas in 13 x 9 casserole dish layered on top of one another.
- Pour meat mixture on top, then top with cheddar cheese.
- Bake for 30 minutes at 350.
- 1 lb. ground beef
- 1 can cream of mushroom soup
- 1/2-1 pint sour cream
- 1/2 onion
- 1 pack taco seasoning
- 1 box frozen spinach
- 10 flour tortillas
- 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
- Brown meat with onion.
- Mix in taco seasoning according to package directions.
- Divide meat among tortillas and roll tightly.
- Spray 13 x 9 baking dish with cooking spray. Place tortillas in baking dish.
- In separate pan: Cook spinach as directed on the box. Drain.
- In separate bowl: Combine soup, sour cream, and drained spinach. Spread the mixture over the enchiladas and sprinkle top with cheddar cheese.
- Bake at 400 for 20-25 minutes.
One 'N' One Casserole
- 1 lb ground beef
- 1 cup uncooked rice
- 1 package dry onion soup mix
- 1 can cream of mushroom
- 2 1/2 cups boiling water
- Brown ground beef in skillet
- Put into a greased two quart casserole dish
- Sprinkle with rice and onion soup mix.
- Combine mushroom soup and boiling water
- Pour over rice and beef
- Bake covered at 350 degrees for one hour
Sausage and Pasta
- 1 pkg. link sausage
- 1 cup pasta sauce
- 1 green pepper
- 1 red pepper
- 1 yellow pepper
- 1 orange pepper
- 1 large can tomato sauce
- 1/2 can tomato paste
- Salt and Pepper
- 2 cups grated mozzarella
- Pepperoni and cooked sausage (I like meat pizza)
2. Spread on homemade dough
3. Sprinkle with mozzarella
4. Layer with pepperoni and sausage
5. Bake on 425 for 20-25 minutes.
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 1 small clove garlic, minced (or a sprinkling of garlic salt)
- 1 tablespoon water
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 1/2 tablespoon ground cumin
- 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 teaspoon salt
- Tapatio hot sauce (or hot sauce of your choice), to taste (I like about 2 teaspoons of Tapatio -- this really adds a great flavor!!)
- 1 can (15 ounces) dark red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
- 1 large head iceberg lettuce, shredded or chopped
- 2 cups torn fresh spinach leaves, optional
- 2 cups Fritos (or other small yellow corn chips)
- 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
- 3 cups fresh diced tomatoes
- 1 cup sliced black olives (drained)
- sour cream, for serving
2. Add water, paprika, chili powder, cumin, pepper, salt, hot sauce, and beans. Cook and stir over medium-low heat until hot.
3. Mix lettuce and spinach together.
4. To serve salad, layer each platter or plate with a thick layer of the lettuce mixture.
5. Top with a small sprinkling of corn chips.
6. Add a layer of the meat and bean mixture, and top with shredded cheese.
7. Add a decent layer of tomatoes, sprinkle with sliced black olives, and dab with sour cream. Enjoy! :)
- 1 lb chuck steak or roast (fresh or leftover)
- 4 c beef broth
- salt, to taste
- 1 T sugar
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1 c tomatoes
- 1 c chopped cabbage
- apporximately 1/2 c each of celery, corn, carrots, green beans, and peas
- water, as needed
2. Combine all ingredients and bring to a boil. Simmer, covered, for at least 2 hours, and up to 4 hours.
Crockpot: Cook on HI for 4 hours and on LO for 4 hours or until ready to serve.
I got this recipe from http://heavenlyhomemakers.com. I cut it in half.
It made 6 LARGE cookies.
1/2 cup butter, melted
1/3 cup honey
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/4 cup buttermilk (I used regular milk; I will use buttermilk next time)
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup whole rolled oats
1/2 cup raisins or chocolate chips
Mix everything but the flour and oats. Stir in flour and oats. Fold in raisins or chocolate chips. Scoop heaping tablespoons of dough onto a cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes. Allow cookies to cool on cookie sheet before removing.
Keep the broth hot (you need about 10 cups; if you don't have enough, add water). Stir in 1 onion, diced; carrots (as many as desired); celery; potatoes (diced); and more seasonings (the same as used for the broth). Cook for an hour. Add a package of rotini whole wheat pasta. Cook for another 30 minutes. Sorry that I don't have a lot of exact measurements for things. I kind of just threw it together and hard to record it :).
2 cloves of garlic, minced
2 roma tomatoes, diced
1 1/2 cups cooked black beans
1 cup corn
Juice of one lime or lemon
Salt and pepper
Salsa, guacamole, sour cream, grated cheese
Saute the onions and garlic in olive oil, add the rest of the ingredients and heat through. Serve on tortillas. Add toppings as desired.
Easy and yummy!!!