Monday, January 30, 2012

Cauliflower and Bacon

Tonight's dinner was this simple recipe.

We have a habit of standing over the stove when it comes out of the oven and rapidly polishing off all the bacon.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Making Healthy Kid Food

Simple, healthy food for kids is easier than you may think.

I make batches of basics that both kids and adults can enjoy. In this round, a batch of garden kale steamed with garden onion, quinoa, broccoli, and ground turkey meat.

Kale and onions from our garden 
Ground turkey

Variety is great in making each mix.  I rummaged through our fridge to look for little leftovers and found bow-tie pasta and sweet potatoes. You'll also want to look through your spice drawer, flavor is critical to yummy food.  Salt and pepper are not used in this process. 

Based on the size of chunks you want, fill the food mill with all the ingredients that are too big for your little one to munch down.  In our case I hand cranked the kale, turkey meat, pasta, and broccoli. For both the turkey and broccoli, I left some aside to break apart by hand. The sweet potato mushes up with a fork in the bowl.  This addition of larger chunks ads texture and sometimes comes in useful as finger foods when I need a moment to take a bite of my own dinner.

I did two different meals with the same basic ingredients.

Option 1: Pasta, turkey,broccoli
Option 2: Quinoa, turkey, remnants of broccoli (and pasta), kale, sweet potatoes

In both instances, I added seasonings that I enjoy from the spice drawer. I highly recommend options such as hot peppers (just not too much), paprika, sesame seeds, cumin, garlic (if you don't have fresh heads cooked into any of the food), and this amazing Israeli Meat blend that comes direct from Tel Aviv thanks to family. I'd tell you want is in it if I knew, but it's all in clear plastic baggies when it arrives here from their market.

After a lot of hand cranking while watching some good old TV shows or singing to the music on the radio, you'll find yourself with a full container of minced food.  Fill jars and freezer safe containers with the goodies, label with the ingredients and today's date, then store for the next couple weeks.

What meals do you enjoy making to freeze for your kids?

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Swiss Chard Quesadillas Recipe

This  was killer with Dinosaur Kale steamed with garlic and onion from the garden.
Swiss Chard Quesadillas Recipe

Make-Ahead Steel Cut Oats

Our family has taken to regularly preparing Steel Cut Oats ahead of time.  We, usually the hubby, ok, always the hubby and at my request, will make a large batch for the upcoming weeks.  They are best made the night before. In our case since we make 2cups worth, we freeze what we don't need for the immediate 4-5days.  
Great overview of oat options and recipe can be found here:

A Northwest winter

Our Winter Snow Garden

With about 6 inches of snow from one day, ice falling in the morning, and more snow in the afternoon, our garden looked like a winter ice palace estate.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Internet Goes on Strike!

January 18th, 2012 is the largest online protest in history, to stop theinternet censorship bills, SOPA & PIPA. Join in by blacking out your siteand urging everyone you can reach to contact Congress now.

Everyone: Prepare to Strike

  1. If you have a Twitter account, tweet about the #SOPASTRIKE and ask your followers to get ready. You can follow us on twitter for news as the strike gets closer. Go to Blackout SOPA to add ‘STOP SOPA’ to your Twitter image.
  2. Post this SOPA Strike page to your Facebook account by clicking here.
  3. Get ready for January 18th! Email and tweet at your friends, tell them to tell everyone about the strike. When the day comes, call Congress, tweet like crazy (#SOPASTRIKE), and help the strike appear everywhere!

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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Garlic Is In

A few months later than desired, but the garlic is finally in.  Sacrificed a few heads from last years crop and plopped about 50 little garlic cloves in about 2 inches deep.  Rotated the location to the center bed this year.  The were in the east most bed last year and in the side bed by the apples the year before.  Crop rotation is important to prevent diseases.

It's been a wonderfully mild winter, which I am thankful for to allow my slight delay in planting the garlic.  It's not too late to get a small bed in for next year.

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