Friday, November 26, 2010

Week of November 26

Chicken fingers
Chicken noodle soup, adapted for the Crockpot
Chicken (crockpot)
Drip beef sandwiches (crockpot)
Beef and sweet potato stew (crockpot)
Chicken pot pie

Pumpkin molasses cookies

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Mildy chocolatey brownie

E and I made these brownies today.

I did make some modifications today. Of course, I used lard and Enjoy Life chips to make this recipe dairy and soy-free. I also add 1/3 of a cup of water before placing it in the pan because the batter was so sticky. I only needed an 8*8 pan; it's a small recipe.

The brownie was OK. It was moist, the crust brownied nicely and it was pleasant to eat. But, it wasn't overly chocolaty and I like to drown in chocolate when I eat my brownie. I think I would have enjoyed the brownie more had I had coconut ice-cream to place on the brownie.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

New family favorites

I made a delicious vegetable stew yesterday. I loved it! Hearty and nutritious. I basically used this recipe. Next time, I will double the dumplings. I did not use any parsley. I used pinto beans because that was what I had in the cabinet. I put the green beans in with everything else. The dumplings were added about halfway through and cooked on low for about 4 hours.

By the time I got to the meal there was only one dumpling left. I paired my bowl with a thick slice of wheat bread.

Tonight, I made the chicken fingers. For the fourth time (a record in this house). Everyone loves them! E wants them on a weekly basis. Highly recommended!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Nutritious and delicious meatballs

The girls went gaga over them! Slurped up the spaghetti and sauce. Definitely recommend. E asked for me to make it again!

I based the meatballs on this recipe

It was a nice, easy recipe I can throw together in about 15 minutes, after being out all day. I used Panko breadcrumbs, because all other breadcrumbs seem to have dairy and/or soy. I added two eggs and used 1/2 pound sausage and 1 pound of ground beef (low fat). For flavor I added chili powder, since I could not find garlic powder.

Smush it all together and add to oiled, heated skillet. I used two skillets to keep the meatballs from being smushed together. I ended up using all the sauce in the house: 3/4 can of spaghetti sauce, and two almost-finished cans of pizza sauce. No cheese, of course.

I was surprised at how long it took the meatballs to fully cook. Next time I will simmer in a covered skillet. I paired the dinner with microwaved frozen peas and corn. I think in the future I might blend some vegetables in, if I have the time.