Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Well, last night I got to thinking. This is exactly the way I cook! I get hooked on about 30 items and use them over and over in different ways. So, today's post will show you how to do that. Here are 30 main ingredients that will make you at least 30 (3 x top ten!) different meals.
Monday, February 21, 2011
This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of CryoCell International. All opinions are 100% mine.
I am just beginning to learn a little about stem cells, and the research is quite compelling for saving your baby's cord blood. Have any of you done it? I haven't with any of my children, but if any of the diseases that could be cured with stem cells were on our radar, I would probably consider this even more. According to www.Cryo-Cell.com, there are 75 of these diseases and they include cancers, leukemia, lymphoma and certain immune disorders. Cord blood seems uniquely able to do many things that bone marrow cannot--and it has a pretty high chance of being useful for siblings as well.
The cord blood is taken directly from the umbilical cord before the placenta is delivered. This is the only time that cord blood can be taken to be used for later incidents in your child's life.
If you are at all interested in banking your unborn baby's cord blood, I would recommend contacting www.Cryo-Cell.net for more information. If you right now, they are offering a free "belly bag" (it looks like a belly--quite funny!). Cryo-Cell has been around since 1989, they are licensed and accredited, and they operate their own state-of-the-art processing, testing and cryopreservation operation. Their cord blood has been used in many life-saving transplants.
So anyway, if you are pregnant, this is definitely worth checking out.
Friday, February 18, 2011
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
2. Yogurt Biscuits at Hearts for Homeschooling
3. Homemade Graham Crackers at Mama Hall
4. Heart Beet Cookies at Mom Endeavors
5. Pizza Rolls at Swappin' Spoons
6. Chicken and Spinach Soup at Joy in My Kitchen
7. Homemade Mozzarella at Good, True, and Beautiful
8. Beer Can Chicken at Simply Recipes
9. Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls at Frugal Fine Living
10. Potato Soup at AllRecipes.com
Monday, February 14, 2011
That's not too much to ask, is it? I have shared that our family has a complaining disease lately, and instead of sharp words, fighting and complaining as the tenor of our household, I would really love to be, as my hubby put it in a prayer recently, all about being grateful, joyful, and prayerful.
I pray that would be our motto and, eventually, our legacy.
Happy Valentine's Day!
Linked with Motivate Me Monday and Makes My Monday,
Friday, February 11, 2011
These creative Valentines were very inexpensive because we have tons of crayons, bajillions of crayons that will never again be used. We put those together with scrap card stock (from back when I used to scrapbook) and bags that I bought from amazon.
This project was overall a huge success: Kids loved it (check), super frugal (check), not all that time consuming (check), beautiful results (check!).
The kiddos are very excited about handing out their Valentines!
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
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Tuesday, February 8, 2011
So here goes:
1. This first one is a suggestion that I've shared with readers before as edible play dough. This is definitely fun to play with, but, it could make a great sweet, healthy snack as well. Peanut butter is (so I've read) something that those on this diet should not take in too much of, but this recipe could also use almond butter or cashew butter (yum!).
Peanut Butter Balls
Mix 1 cup instant nonfat dry milk, 1 cup peanut butter, and 3 T honey. Form dough in small balls and enjoy.
2. Here's a recipe from an SCD Recipe site that my friend recommended:
Egg Noodle Soup
Blend 3 eggs, 1 t water, and 1/2 t salt. Spread on heated and greased frying pan and allow to set. Flip to cook other side slightly. Flip out on a towel and cut into strip. Add these noodles, 1 cup chopped chicken and 1 cup frozen mixed vegetables to 6 cups chicken broth. Season to taste.
3. I found this one here and I think it would be a standard go-to if I were following this diet. Even though it calls for some unusual (and therefore expensive) ingredients, it doesn't use very much of any of them. The great thing about these is that you can leave out the honey and vanilla and add a pinch of salt to use them to wrap savory ingredients (see suggestions below.)
1 tsp coconut oil
½ tsp vanilla essence
1 Tbs coconut cream
1 tsp honey
3 Tbs coconut flour
Combine the eggs with the coconut oil, vanilla, coconut cream and honey and whisk until light and frothy. Add the sifted coconut flour and combine. The consistency of the batter should be the same as normal crepe batter. It should coat the back of spoon but be quite thin.
Heat a little oil in a frying pan on medium and pour about 3 Tbs of batter into the pan. Lift the pan by the handle and roll the batter over the surface of the pan until the whole surface is covered. It only takes around one minutes for the crepe to brown on one side. Turn it over and brown on the other side.
4. Savory Crepes: Make the above crepe for savory ingredients. Choose one kind of meat, a cheese, one or two veggies, and one of these home made salad dressings. (There are 9 different kinds to choose from!) Examples might be ham-swiss-spinach-poppy seed dressing/chicken-cheddar-no sugar bacon-zucchini strips-italian dressing/turkey-carrots-green leaf lettuce-ranch dressing. These all sound yummy and easy to me.
5. Sweet Crepes: Make the above crepe for sweet ingredients. Chop and heat 1 peach in a bowl with 2 T water and 1 t honey. Bring just to a boil. Pour peach mixture into crepe and fold crepe over. Top with SCD safe yogurt. (I am making myself very hungry.)
6. I love casseroles, so I was especially looking for some that my friend could put together. Here's one from this site that sounds very yummy to me.
Zucchini Egg Casserole
1/4 C water, 1/4 t salt, 1 lb. zucchini (coarsely chopped) 1 T butter, 1 C sliced fresh mushrooms, 1/3 C chopped onion, 4 eggs beaten, 1 1/2 C shredded Cheddar cheese, 1 2-oz. jar diced pimiento (drained), 1/8 t garlic powder, 1/4 t salt, 1/8 t pepper
7. This is just a group of vegetables, but since the combination makes me salivate just thinking about it, I thought I'd share: Mushroom Broccoli Medley has the wonderfulness of being cooked in bacon grease and tossed with bacon. I know the SC Diet recommends not too much bacon, so you'd have to make this a different week than #9.Boil zucchini in water and salt for about 7 minutes, stirring often. Drain well and set zucchini asisde. Saute mushrooms and onions in butter until tender. Add remaining ingreients and zucchini to sauteed vegetables and mix well. Pour into a greased baking dish. Bake at 350 F (180 C) until eggs are set.
8. Here's a recipe my friend says she's been enjoying a lot lately. They strike me as something every momma would want to have around the house for the kiddos (and herself too, of course. If I were making them I would use 2C whole wheat flour and 2C AP flour.) This recipe is also from scdiet.org. This is my token high substitutionary flour recipe.
Almond Flour Cookies
4 C of almond flour, 1/3 C melted butter, 1/4 t baking soda, 1/4 t salt, 1/2-1 t SCD-legal vanilla, 1/2 C honey, 1/2 C raisins, 1/2 C unsweetened coconut flakes, 1 T natural peanut butter, 2 eggs
Cook dough balls of this mixture on two cookie sheets at 350 F degrees (180 C) for 6-8 minutes and then flatten them with a fork. Lower the temp to 300 F (150 C) for another 10-12 minutes. Every few minutes alternate the two sheets on the oven racks. Use heavy duty cookie sheets that are extra thick to help avoid burning.
9. I'm sure that those who are on the SC diet do A LOT of tweaking recipes. This recipe for Chuck Wagon Stew could easily be tweaked for this diet. I recently put rutabaga (legal according to this list) in a beef stew instead of potatoes. You could do the same for this hearty comfort stew. Chop it well and it will take just a little longer than potato to cook. Use frozen green beans (put them in when after rutabaga has cooked about 20 minutes.) And chop a fresh tomato to put in about 10 minutes before serving the stew.
10. How about ending with an appetizer/ calorie booster? These Green Bean Bundles sound very yummy. Leave out the sugar, use homemade bullion, and make sure the bacon is low sodium, no sugar.
So I'm certainly no expert, but even just making this list has given me a huge admiration for those of you who have to follow any kind of strict diet. It would be hard to look for recipes you could use just because you have to weed through so many (that sound yummy and) that are full of taboo foods. I hope this helps a teeny bit--even if it's just knowing that someone else sympathizes!
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