Monday, November 24, 2014

Thanksgiving 2014

Hi.  There is no more space left in my brain.  None.  It's done.  So this here blog, I am using to move some space out of my head.  Kind of a journal but mostly for menus and food stuff that I want to remember but can't unless it's on 'paper.'  I do keep all my lists and weekly menus on paper but then I have thousands of papers floating around and I can never find what I need or remember what we liked when we tried it.  Here I am again with Thanksgiving week food.

Today was prep day number 1.  We made 2 loaves of teff bread, which I just love but do NOT double the recipe.  (Yes, I am yelling. Seriously do NOT double the recipe.  It weirdly will not work.)  You have to measure it all out individually which is a huuuuuuuuge pain so I only ever make 2 at a time.  It goes quickly in our house.  We also made a batch of our blueberry muffins which made 19 muffins today, it always makes 18-20.  No more, no less.  Weird.  Then came the cranberry sauce which was followed by twice baked butternut squash which is what we had for dinner.  It was pretty good.  Not great.  The cranberry sauce, however, was sooooo yummy!  It was my first attempt and my husband was pretty excited because cranberry sauce is his favorite and my kids like jam of any kind.

I used 2 bags of frozen organic cranberries and subbed coconut sugar for the refined sugar.  It tastes wonderful but when I separated the liquid from the jammy stuff it did not gel as the recipe said.  I was a little bummed but it was probably because of the sugar substitution or maybe I didn't cook it long enough.  I don't know, I don't care, it was still good.  Now we have this 12 ounce jar of jam and an equal amount of separated cranberry sauce which will be awesome with our Thanksgiving dinner, provided it lasts that long.  We decided to have jam sandwiches for lunch!  Teff bread, coconut oil, a wee bit 'o honey, jam and apples.  I put apples on my sandwich but my kids think that's weird so they ate theirs all boring and separate.  ;-)  They also had hummus and veggies.

Moving on...
This is what we're eating this week:

Twice Baked Butternut Squash- there are tons of recipes on Pinterest but I just baked my suash the night before, prepared some quinoa the day of, toasted pine nuts, lots of crushed garlic, basil, sea salt.  Scrape out the suash, mix with the other stuff, refill squash shells, rebake 400, 30 minutes.

Sweet potatoes, lentils, green beans- kids love it. Done.  Bake your sweet potatoes in the crockpot.  Just wash 'em and toss 'em in, set it on low and your good to go until you need to eat.  

Chicken Enchilada Rice Casserole-  This looks amazing.  I'll make my own sauce which doesn't take long and use daiya cheese and no corn.  I'm also adding peppers and zucchini.  I'll do my chicken in the crockpot in the morning.

Thanksgiving! - We're having a small turkey that I'm hoping to brine and cook all herby and fancy-like, cranberry sauce, green beans, mashed red potatoes, peas because my daughteer planned our menu ;-) and teff bread.  We're doing the whole Snoopy thing the night before Thanksgiving with toast, jellybeans, popcorn, hot chocolate, pretzels and marshmallows!  I'm pretty excited!  So we have to make marshmallows next!  It's wonderful that we can get or make all of these things gluten, dairy and egg free as well as most of it is real food!  Hooray!

Oh and pie, we're having pie.  Cherry!!!!!!!!! and Apple!  :-)  Leftovers the rest of the week.....I hope.  I have back-up pasta just in case we eat everything.

Cherry Pie on a Stick 
Cherry filling
Apple Pie

Happy Thanksgiving!!!


Saturday, November 8, 2014

New Life, New Food, New Rules

It's been a really long time.  It may be a really long time before the next post as well, who knows?!  However, here we are at this moment.  We are blessed beyond measure, been through a lot of stuff (like a lot of stuff), brand new baby, family of 6, no beans for now, no cashews for now, probably more but no time to tell.  Ok so that catches us up enough.

We are now a family of six!  Four sweet and energetic/exhausting little ones.  Malachi Sage was born in 2012 and Rosemary Bernadette only a couple of months ago (2014).  Malachi Sage means God's gift of health/wisdom and Rosemary Bernadette is dew of the sea which symbolizes new beginnings and brave as a bear.  The elders; Genevieve Noelle (white wave of life) and Declan Darragh (man of prayer) you've met before ;-).  So today we are celebrating new beginnings and we are in a food rut which I believe must be from exhaustion because I can't think of what we ate yesterday and no way can I think of what we are going to eat in the future.  Meal planning.  Hmm.  More daunting than I feel it should be but life comes in stages and this stage presents food stress.  I don't like stress.  I don't want it.  What will make it less stressful?  Write. It. Down.  Here be's it folks:

-Quinoa Enchiladas (I use g-free tortillas or crushed chips, skip the flour in the sauce and add frozen corn and/or zucchini to the veg mix)

-Pasta (brown rice pasta, jovial is my fave and who knows what sauce at this time)

-Sweet potato, kale, sprouted wild rice and sprouted lentils (no chokes)

-Pot Roast (red onion, garlic clove, grass fed Aussie roast, sea salt.  Big pot.  Cook onion and garlic add roast, sprinkle with salt and spices, brown.  Add water to cover, simmer on very low heat for 4-6 hours, covered.  Take off lid, beef should fall apart when forked, increase heat, cook off liquid.  Perfect.  Cook desired veggies; potatoes, green beans, carrots, etc separately as desired.  Roasted or crocked are always good ideas.)

-Baked Chicken with Spinach and Artichokes.  (make dairy free if necessary, buy frozen artichokes from TJ's instead of canned)

-Lemon Garlic Brussel Sprouts, Squash Rounds, and Roasted Cauliflower

-Stir Fry (jasmine rice, shredded cabbage, shredded carrots, shallot, garlic, green beans, zucchini, red pepper, maybe broccoli.  Sauce of Bragg's aminos, ginger, pineapple.  Less than 30 minutes.)

Other stuff:
Good book:  Maker's Diet
Pinterest:  love it!
Sleep:  need it
Winter: not so much
Summer: miss it
Snuggles: always
Pictures: 'ain't nobody got time for that'

Signing off.