December 20, 2014

Husband Food – Meal Plan #2

When my husband decided to marry me, he sure didn’t pick me because of my culinary skills.

So, it makes me super excited when I can put together a meal that he really enjoys.   This week, that happened not once, but TWICE.

Score!

Awesome and SUPER EASY Meal #1

Pulled Pork (in the crock pot!)   I LOVED how simple this was!  I made it for Sunday lunch, it’s lasted for several meals, and we still have pork left over!   Chris cut up the onions for me.  (Maybe one day I’ll post a pic of how I cut up onions.  It involves me wearing my 7 yr old son’s scuba mask.  Not highly effective but quite entertaining for all other parties involved.)

Anyway.  Hubby was home so he helped. :)  Into the crockpot went the first onion, then I added the pork roast, and then poured some Ginger Ale on top.  I found the natural cane sugar kind at Trader Joe’s.  I finished it off with one more onion and left it to cook overnight.  In the morning, I drained off the juice, mixed in bbq sauce, and let it cook for a few more hours.  DONE!

I felt like a hero.  Chris had a blast turning it into a fun “man dish”.  He added blue corn chips, shredded cheese, guac, and cowboy caviar, and then proclaimed it perfect Super Bowl food.

Awesome and slightly more complicated Meal #2


Chicken Marsala.
 I used Chef Emerile Lagasse’s recipe and, oh my gosh, we thought we were in a restaurant.  It was THAT good.   It was so totally amazing I can’t wait to get more red wine so I can make it again.  I’m going to wait till we move in mid-December though, because I’m trying to purchase as little as possible right now and use what we have!   His directions were nice and thorough, and this non-chef didn’t have any trouble following them.

Let me know if you decide to try either of these recipes, and how you like them!

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I have a confession to make…

I have a confession to make.

I am a terrible, no good, awful cook. I burn grilled cheese sandwiches and have a terrible time making dinner that tastes good. I LOVE to bake, and while my kids wouldn’t mind living off of scones and bread, that’s not exactly a well rounded diet.

I am a huge advocate for a whole foods diet, which naturally means using as little processed foods as possible. With the busy-ness of life, we’ve gotten away from that and have been utilizing the freezer section at Trader Joe’s far more than we should.  Does anybody feel me there?

So, in an effort for some accountability, and because I know I am not the only one who could use a personal chef in my back pocket, I want to share what our meal plan looked like for the week, and how the recipes went. (Not to fear, these are NOT my recipes).

Sunday
Salisbury Steak Meatballs with egg noodles and organic corn. Chris and I made this together on Sunday afternoon. It was fun doing it together. There were a couple of moments he said, “don’t do that!” Oops. Another positive of doing this together: cooking lessons. And a huge reminder to only do one thing at a time, instead of ten. (I have no idea how I will actually manage this. Feel free to give me suggestions in the comments!)

Anyway, back to the recipe. It took a LONG time. I watched Pioneer Woman’s episode for some tips on making this, and realized how much time they edit out. We probably spent an hour and a half making this! Ok for a Sunday afternoon, but it’s not going to work during the week.

The recipe came out well. Chris and my oldest loved the meatballs and devoured them. I didn’t care for the flavor as much, but vibrant flavors are something I’m getting used to. We had organic beef from our local farmer to use, and it felt good to serve a home-cooked meal.

Tuesday
Fancy Mac and Cheese
This was another meal that took a while to prepare, but oh-my-gosh it tasted fabulous. Bacon + mushrooms + lots of cheese = fantastic. I experimented and used my Vitamix to grate the cheese. I mixed the softer and harder cheeses together for that purpose, and it worked out well. This meal took a while too because it had lots of separate dishes to prepare to put together in layers. I was trying to homeschool math and make this at the same time, so that was a little stressful.

Friday
It was a crazy day and we had friends coming over for a send-off meal together. I just heated up the Trader Joe’s pulled pork, warmed up some organic buns, and cooked organic corn on the stove top. We added some leftover cheese from the Fancy Mac and Cheese for a topping. Everyone loved it, and while it didn’t meet my whole foods standards, I got overwhelmed with the idea of cooking pulled pork for 6-7 hours, wet basting every 45 minutes. Trader Joe’s to the rescue!

Up this week:
Stovetop lasagna
Chicken Marsala with Alfredo
Tilapia


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Breakthrough for Truth-in-labeling!

In a landmark decision, the Supreme Court opened the door for peer-to-peer labeling accountability.  As labeling laws struggle through congressional houses, good ole capitalism is taking the bull by the horns.  Coca Cola has been marketing a drink called Minute Maid Pomegranate-Blueberry juice.  With that name, you’d expect it to contain, well, lots of pomengrantes, right?  Not a chance.  The juice (can I call it juice?) is made of only .3% pomegranate juice.  Yes, you read that correctly.  .3%.  The POM Wonderful folks, who sell actual pomegranante juice, can now take up their truth-in-labeling case with Coca Cola.   To make matters worse, the drink blend has a scant .2% blueberry juice.

This ruling has great potential for many markets, including essential oils. One of my great peeves with the essential oils market is that oils must only contain 5% of the actual oil to be labeled “pure”.  That’s how we get such cheap oils in the grocery stores – 5% oil + petrochemicals and other synthetics = cheap to mass produce.  Real, quality oils that are sourced well are hard to come by, hence the heftier (and well worth it) price tag.  Learn more about oils.


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How To Make Awesome Homemade Mayo!

Check out my latest recipe, posted over at Surviving the Stores, and learn how to make easy and super yummy mayo!  You’ll never want to buy it at the store again!

Homemade Mayonnaise: How to Make Mayo At Home!


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Homemade Peanut Butter In 3 Minutes Or Less!

I’ve started making my own peanut butter at home.  I LOVE how quick and easy it is, not to mention better for you!  Click on over to Surviving the Stores to see my guest post explaining exactly how to do it!

How To Make Homemade Peanut Butter In 3 Minutes Or Less!


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Recipe: Peppermint Chocolate Chip Brownies

It’s brownie time!  I LOVE these brownies!  They are my go-to recipe for a sweet treat for the essential oils classes that I teach, and they’re extra fun because of the peppermint oil.  Hop over to the Grain Mill Wagon for the recipe I share there:

Peppermint Chocolate Chip Brownies


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Yay for Baked Chocolate Donuts!! New Recipe!

I love chocolate donuts.  I read the ingredient label at the ones in the store, when I’m tempted, and just set them back on the shelf.  No such problem here!  Enjoy this recipe for good-ingredient yumminess!  (Is that word?)  Click over to the Grain Mill Wagon for the full recipe!  (I’m participating in their recipe challenge.)


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Double Chocolate Chunk Muffin Recipe

Yummy, yummy, yummy.  Chocolate muffins!  Hop over to the Grain Mill Wagon for this yummy Double Chocolate Chunk Muffin recipe!


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Recipe: Petite Vanilla Scones

I love picking up a petite vanilla scone at Starbucks as the occasional treat, and decided to play with creating a slightly healthier version, not to mention cheaper!

I’m really happy with how it turned out.   Check out the Petite Vanilla Scones recipe, posted as part of the WonderMill Grain Mill Wagon Challenge and made with freshly milled flour!

Also shared at Tasty Tuesday!


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Recipe: Chocolate Chip Cookie Perfection

There is a special place in my heart for chocolate chip cookies.  Especially ones that don’t contain too much sugar and therefore don’t send my blood sugar levels into outer space.

My awesome kid helpers and I used freshly ground wheat berries for our flour for this recipe, ground to perfection by our new WonderMill!  Hop on over to the Grain Mill Wagon blog to get the recipe!

Also shared at Tasty Tuesday!


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