Sunday, May 29, 2011

Day Two hundred and thirty-two

Breakfast: Fruit salad oatmeal, sweetened with blue agave.

Coconut pineapple ice. This was so easy to make- 1 (20 oz) can of pineapple in its own juice, 1 (14 oz) can of light coconut milk, 1/2 c. sugar, 1/2 c. skim milk, and 1/2 c. half and half. Mix well, and freeze, stirring occasionally, or freeze in an ice cream machine.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Day Two hundred and thirty

Dinner: "School lunch." My daughter doesn't buy school lunch more than once or twice a month, but was begging the other night to have the "a chicken nugget shaped as a burger" and tater tots. So, I found acceptable versions of them in the store and we had a "school lunch" dinner night. Chicken patties on whole wheat potato rolls, tater tots, cucumbers and carrots, and watermelon. Compromise. ;)

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Day Two hundred and twenty-nine

Lunch: My daughter was begging for mac & cheese, so I whipped up a box of Annie's. It has pureed cauliflower in it, but one would never know.

Homemade pizza, with a half whole wheat crust. I was really bummed about this pizza, but I fretted for nothing. My main reason for making pizza dough was that I had a ball of fresh mozzarella needing to be used up. When I got out said ball of cheese, it was green. Darnit. I had to use cheddar, but it actually tasted great. The fresh basil from the garden combined with the cheddar was an interesting combination.

Dinner: Cheddar basil pizza, steamed veggies, fresh watermelon.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Day Two hundred and twenty-six

Dinner: Macaroni and cheese (crockpot; recipe: Make it Fast, Cook it Slow) with pureed cauliflower (ala Sneaky Chef), steamed broccoli, and fresh strawberries. Usually M&C wouldn't be enough protein to suffice as dinner, but this recipe has an egg, 4 c. of milk, and 4. c of cheese, so I let it slide. Also, my husband wasn't home for dinner, so I didn't have to see his sad face when he saw no meat on his plate. ;)

Day Two hundred and twenty-five

Flourless peanut butter chocolate chip cookies. These were so simple and so good!

So good, in fact, that I will share the recipe right here, which I don't normally do. In a mixing bowl, cream together 1 c. creamy PB, 1 1/4 c. powdered sugar, 1 t. vanilla, 1 egg, and 1/2 c. chocolate chips. Form into 1 in. balls, flatten with fork, and bake on greased cookie sheet at 325 for 10 mins. Yields about 2 dozen, and I promise they won't last long.

Day Two hundred and twenty-four

Dinner: Whole grain baked ziti with ground chicken, steamed spinach, pineapple, and french bread (leftover from yesterday). This was one of those meals where I actually kissed myself (no matter how strange that sounds). Quite a while back, I'd made an extra baked ziti and froze it for a rainy day. This meal was actually on a rainy day (ha) and I was sick with something flu-like, so a homemade meal without anything other than popping it into the oven was SO welcomed. Kudos to my husband for heating it, putting dinner on a plate, and taking the photo!!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Day Two hundred and twenty-three

Vanilla yogurt. A friend recently asked me why I make my own yogurt. It tastes delicious, there's nothing mysterious or artificial in it, and making it costs half the price of buying it. It's little more than heating milk; waiting for it to cool; adding sugar, vanilla, and starter (leftover yogurt); and letting it sit in a water bath for a few hours. See the Frugal Girl's site for instructions.

Dinner: Chicken stew (crockpot), homemade french bread that my daughter and I kneaded together (recipe: Frugal Girl), and fresh pineapple. I followed the traditional beef stew recipe from Make it Fast, Cook it Slow, but I substituted chicken (and chicken stock) in place of the beef ingredients. This was really delicious (and resulted in two days of leftovers to enjoy) during this cool, rainy week.

Day Two hundred and twenty-two

Dinner at my grandparents, kitchen closed again! :)

Day Two hundred and twenty-one

Dinner at a friend's birthday party, kitchen closed!

Day Two hundred and twenty

Dinner: Leftovers from the week

Sunday, May 15, 2011

A Day in the life of "a year in the life of a kitchen" (Day Two hundred and nineteen)

This was a day with an insane amount of cooking. In addition to making breakfast, lunch, and dinner, I had to make food to bring to my daughter's school for an event, we baked a bread, and then I decided to make ice pops with my little one. Whew. Here's a peak at our day (and please excuse the spacing-- blogger won't let me alter it no matter what I try!)

First, we began with a broccoli and cheese quiche, which went to school with my daughter for teacher appreciation day:

Since the oven was already on, I decided to make some egg cups (eggs, diced turkey bacon leftover from Mother's Day, broccoli, and red peppers). Two went into my daughter's lunchbox, and the rest stayed home for our lunch:

Next we went grocery shopping, and came home with lots of fresh vegetables, so I decided to make: lunch-- A veggie and pita chip platter with low fat vegetable dip:

Then we made ice pops, based on an idea I saw in BJ's member magazine. Starting with 5 oz. dixie cups and popsicle sticks (both purchased just for this occasion):
We blended three cups of fresh fruit:

One tbsp. of sugar, and one tsp. of lemon juice:

To make our ice pop mixture:

It went into the freezer:

And three hours later, out came after-dinner ice pops!

Next we baked a loaf of potato bread (half whole grain) which would later accompany dinner:

My husband came home, and offered to filet and brown the chicken breasts:

At dinner-time, the bread was sliced:

And finally, we ate dinner: Grilled chicken with fresh mozzarella, baby spinach, and grape tomatoes on potato bread, honeydew, and fresh vegetables with dip.

Then I put my feet up!

Day Two hundred and eighteen

A night of "Man cooking," which always means BBQ. Marinated chicken, red peppers, and grape tomatoes skewered on the grill.

Dinner: BBQed chicken, red peppers, and grape tomatoes, potatoes au gratin (leftover from Mother's Day), and steamed veggies.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Day Two hundred and seventeen

Tortellini salad (fresh mozzarella, fresh basil, cherry tomatoes, and olive oil).

Dinner: Tortellini salad, steamed broccoli, and fresh honeydew.

Day Two hundred and sixteen

Dinner: Leftovers from Mother's Day. I was singing an "I love leftovers!" song all through dinner.

Day Two hundred and fifteen: Mother's Day

Lemon bundt cake (recipe: Wilton)

Broccoli cheddar quiche (before)

Mother's day brunch: Danish, turkey bacon, green beens with shallots (recipe: Cooking Light), broccoli cheddar quiche, fruit salad, chicken cutlets, and creamy potatoes au gratin (recipe:

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Day Two hundred and fourteen

Dinner: Chicken stroganoff (crockpot) over egg noodles, steamed vegetables, and blueberries.

Dinner #2: For some reason my husband decided to BBQ for himself even though I'd already put dinner in the crockpot. A burger with onion and colby jack.

Day Two hundred and thirteen

Dinner: Rotisserie chicken (BJ's), mashed potatoes, corn and carrots, steamed broccoli, and pear slices. Still under the weather and letting my husband handle meals, which means corn for two nights in a row, lol.

Day Two hundred and twelve

Dinner: Pulled brisket (my husband got this from Trader Joe's) on rolls with steamed vegetables and corn. I was under the weather and not eating, so my husband handled dinner, which of course means "meat!!"

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Day Two hundred and eleven

Dinner: Chicken, cheese, and black bean quesadilla casserole (crockpot; recipe was a conglomerate of something I found on, and another from Make it Fast, Cook it Slow).

Dinner: Above casserole w/sour cream, and sliced pears.

Day Two hundred and ten

Breakfast: Peanut butter banana flaxseed smoothies (recipe: Cooking Light).