July 10, 2014
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June 29, 2014
I have been trying to limit/eliminate breads and pastas from my diet. I love carbs, and the thought of the plain, lack of taste alternatives that I have seen, makes me cringe. Spaghetti and meatballs are one of my favorite things to eat. I have tried the whole wheat pasta, and just can't stomache the graininess of the pasta.
That's when I thought of eggplant.
I peeled one eggplant, and cut it the long way into fours. Then, all I did was run the four pieces one a t a time through my juilenne slicer.
Place all the eggplant into a frying pan, add 1 tablespoon of minced garlic, 1 teaspoon of grated parmesan, and drizzle extra virgin olive oil. Saute until all the eggplant is soft.
Plate, and add your sauce and meatballs! This was probably one of the best healthy alternative dishes I have ever made!
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Most of us like chocolate and peanut butter, a.k.a = Reese's Peanut Butter Cups. What I don't like is, 1. the lack of actual chocolate in the candy bar, and 2. the processed in our processed foods.
One of my girls came to me the other day, asking if we could make our own peanut butter cups. I thought this would be a great project for them, and while we were in the process of making this, I thought that maybe a lot of other people would enjoy making these easy desserts with their own children this Summer. So here we go:
What You'll Need:
A good quality Chocolate for melting. approx 4 cups.
an all natural peanut butter, 1 cup
confection sugar. approx 2 cups
small cupcake papers.
Mix the peanut butter and confection sugar until crumbly. Place in fridge for about 30 minutes.
Remove peanut butter mixture from fridge, and begin to roll into small balls.
You'll want to make sure you are rolling the balls small enough so that they will fit into the small papers. Place formed balls back into the fridge.
Place chocolate pieces into a double boiler, and stir often. If you burn the chocolate, you will need to start over.
Once chocolate is melted, remove from heat. I find it slightly easier to place my melted chocolate into a pastry bag, although it is very hot, you may need a glove if you go this route. If not, you can always just spoon the melted chocolate into each cupcake paper.
If you choose to use the pastry bag, be sure to have someone else pour the mixture in while you pinch the bottom, so nothing leaks out!
Begin to slowly pour the melted chocolate into the paper cups. Be sure to only fill the cups 1/4 full. The melted chocolate will raise once you place the peanut butter balls in. You can then go back, and add more chocolate to cover the peanut butter balls.
I found this process much easier by filling the papers with the first round of chocolate, having one daughter, place the peanut butter balls into each cup, and having the other daughter covering each cup with the remaining chocolate.
Place into fridge for at least 1 hour.
Once cooled, enjoy!
May 10, 2014
I used to always pull out that blue box when my family asked for Mac & Cheese for dinner. After each and every time, one of my girls would inevitably say after dinner that their stomache hurt. Which got me thinking as to what exactly was inside that blue box.
After some research, I found out that the NY Times had done an entire article on those blue boxes that are made in the USA. Did you know that the UK actually has different labels for those boxes we buy, with not 1, but 2 warning labels on them?
Warning labels like:
"This product may have adverse effect on activity and attention in children."
and this one:
"GMO Declaration, Made from genetically modified wheat (May contain GMO)"
So in an effort to eat healthier, I began my quest on making the most delicious and tasty mac and cheese dish from scratch. With that said, here's the recipe that has been such a huge hit in our house, that I am now making this dish once a week.
Mac & Cheese
1 - 1lb package pasta of your choice
1 - 1/2 lb package of cooked bacon
1/2 cup chopped chives
1 cup shredded Gouda Cheese
1 cup shredded Havarti Cheese
2 Cups shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese
2 TBSP Cream Cheese
1/2 - 3/4 Cup Milk
2 TBSP Butter
1 tsp flour to thicken
Salt & pepper to taste
Cut raw bacon into bite size pieces, cook in pan until crispy. Drain and set aside. In another pan, cook pasta until done, drain and set aside. Use pasta pan to melt butter, stir in milk, and flour to thicken. Slowly add your shredded cheeses one at a time, stirring continually until each one is melted and smooth. Add cream cheese. Stir until smooth.
Add your cooked pasta, and mix until thoroughly coated. Add cooked bacon. Transfer to a baking dish, add a dash more milk, top with additional shredded cheese if desired, cover and bake for 10 - 15 minutes in a 350 degree oven.
Once you serve each plate, top with chives, and serve.
Once you realize just how easy this dish is to make from scratch, you'll never want to buy the blue box again!
April 09, 2014
April 08, 2014
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March 12, 2014
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