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Healthy and Filling Sandwich *kid approved*

16 Apr

This seems to becoming a food blog, but I thought about it and realized that I’m in a house with 4 boys who eat

ALL. DAY. LONG.

I came across this recipe a little over a year ago, I think it came from Paula Deen, but this is how I do it.   I have never had more than a quarter of one of these, it is sooo fattening.  Little Jeremy has never had much interest in food (until recently)  Around 1 yr of age he went through the “failure to thrive” thing, or as I like to call it “he’s just little!”  thing.  I’m always trying to get something that can fill them up and put on some pounds.Grilled Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwich

Grilled Peanut Butter and Banana

Mix together:

2 tbs natural peanut butter (enough for a good slathering)

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp honey

Spread on your bread ( I use whole wheat)

Slice up half a banana

Top with the other slice of bread and butter each of the outsides

Put a little butter in your pan and grill the sandwich

I have a cinnamon/sugar shaker I shake on each side when it’s done, or you could mix some cinnamon and sugar and coat the sandwich.

This is a couple of times a month sandwich and my boys are very active.  Made with whole grain bread, raw honey, cinnamon, it is high calorie and good for them!  Better than the dr’s suggestions of adding more butter and oil to their foods.. ugggh.

Enjoy!

 

For the love of soup (and homemade stock)

10 Apr

I love soup!  I fell in love while I was in culinary school.  I made potato chowder and all I could think of was watery mashed potatoes.  I was amazed when I tasted it, such a basic recipe but so creamy and full of flavor!   As I went from restaurant to restaurant I branched out more and more.  The last place I worked, the evening “chef”  made beef vegetable, beef vegetable and beef vegetable soup.  It wasn’t bad, but wasn’t anything special and finally I got to show my stuff and snuck something else in.  I had to fight tooth and nail to get him to stop making this stuff in 5 gallon buckets (seriously).  When I went on vacation, I would make batches of soup up and freeze them so he wouldn’t make anymore beef vegetable!

I have recently started making more soup at home.  It is frugal and so yummy and healthy. What I make most frequently is Chicken Vegetable with Brown Rice-pretty basic, but easy to make and the kids like it.   I often make a roast chicken in the crock pot, so here are a few tips on being frugal with your time and budget.

Take a whole chicken and pull the skin up and rub seasoned salt under, reach back into the legs, get it all over.  Place in your crock pot with a half cup-cup of water, maybe some veggies if you’d like, but you don’t have to.  Cook it for 6-8 hrs on low, 4-6 on high.  The juices make a great gravy, if you don’t do gravy, leave the liquid in the crock pot.

When it’s done, Take the meat off the bone and stick the bones back into the crock pot.  Fill with water to cover the bones and throw in any veggie scraps you have around, some salt, a couple bay leaves and peppercorns.  Cook on high for another 6 hours or so (even low overnight).  I just strain mine through a colander into another pot, then dish it out into small containers.

Maybe I’ll share some of my soup recipes soon, I’ll think about it….

*TIPS*

Washed out Smuckers Natural Peanut Butter jars-GREAT glass storage containers, we’re getting away from plastics here.

When I’m making soup, or anything else with celery, onions or carrots, I put the scraps into a ziploc in the freezer, when it’s time to make stock, I throw the veggies in my crock pot with the bones and put the bag back into the freezer, ready to fill again.

 
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