Tuesday, March 9, 2010

How to Tweak a Recipe

I hardly ever actually follow a recipe. I'm not sure whether that's bragging or making a confession. It's probably both. This means that sometimes I come up with original creations that taste wonderful and sometimes I come up with original creations that taste...well, not so wonderful. But it's in my genes, so no matter how horribly I mess something up, the next time I look up a recipe, there I go tweaking again.
Let's look at an example. The following recipe is what I found on AllRecipes.com that matches the mood I'm in and basically the ingredients I want to put together. I'm making four dinners at one time: one for the church freezer, two for couples in our church who just had babies, and one
for us.

Pretty straight-forward, I guess. And it meets my requirements of no cream (I'm lactose intolerant); I can handle a little cooked milk, but if I put in sour cream or cream cheese, my tummy is not thanking me, for sure.
So I really won't tweak this one much, but here's what I'll actually end up making tonight:
2 16 oz. boxes of fettuccine pasta, cooked
1 green pepper, chopped fine
10 cloves garlic, diced
4 cups of frozen broccoli, cooked in boiling water for 5 minutes
4 cups bouillon (mix of chicken drippings, water, and bouillon cubes)
1 cup margerine
1 cup flour
2 cups milk
1 cup soy milk
1 cup water
3 8oz. blocks of cheese (mozz, mild cheddar, and sharp cheddar) cubed
salt and ground pepper to taste
I will saute the garlic and green pepper, make the sauce basically like #s 3 and 4 say above then mix everything together.
I'm leaving the chicken out because I'm lazy. I've cooked 2 large chickens, and they look pretty, so I'll just half them and put them in a dish with the broccoli-noodle mixture around them.
Sometimes I use a recipe even more loosely than this, but this gives you the general idea.
And now for one that I didn't need a recipe to make. Yogurt Banana Splits are a favorite snack for my kids and they have endless possibilities. Just split half a banana, pour on some yogurt, and then top it with whatever you have on hand. This particular one has sprinkles and a grape. We've used m&m's, chocolate chips, cookie crumble, granola, and other kinds of candy.
I love a snack that is so win-win. I feel like they are getting nutrition, and they feel like they're getting a treat!
Linked with Tempt My Tummy Tuesday and Tasty Tuesday.

1 comment:

  1. I always follow a recipe exactly!!! I am too scared that I will make it all wrong and it will come out terribly if I don't. :)