What We're Eating
I don't know if all families do this, but we seem to go through trends when it comes to food. For instance, there was a time when the only thing my kiddos would eat for lunch was peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, apple sauce, and pickles. For about two weeks straight, all they ate was that meal plan. And all I ate was cheese and crackers. Now we are on a peanut butter "roll-up" kick... well only Liam actually. So, I thought that it would be fun to let you all know what we're eating now. Most of these items are linked to another blog or website, so check them out. They will have everything you need.
The first little item is my current fav. And, there isn't really a "recipe" for it. It's a mixture of Greek yogurt and peanut butter. Probably a 1/2 c yogurt to 2 tlbs peanut butter (more if you'd like it thicker). If you want it a little sweeter, add some honey or agave nectar to taste. It's like eating peanut butter mousse. I don't know where I got it (probably Pinterest), but it's meant to be a fruit dip. You could even add a little almond milk to make it more dip-able.
Next item is Homemade Mac and Cheese. Now, I don't think this is anywhere near that of Panera's mac and cheese, or Paradise Bakery's, but it is pretty darn good. However, I find that each time I make a homemade mac and cheese that calls for flour, it never comes out silky and smooth. You can feel the flour in the cheese sauce. I don't know what I'd doing wrong, or if that is to be expected. Anyway, I used Cabots Sharp Cheddar and I think it was a little too sharp. Next time, I think I'll try half cheddar and the other half smoked gouda or gruyere. Since my kiddos love mach and cheese (well, who doesn't), and I don't want to make another boxed version again, I'd like to perfect my own. And so far, I think this is the best recipe to start with.
Next recipe was a HUGE hit in my house. I'm making it again tonight. It's called Peasant Bread. Super easy to make and so darn good. The recipe says that you can use two small pyrex bowls or one large one. I did one large. The texture is similar to cake, but dense and super moist. It has a great yeast flavor and a nice crust. I made sure I buttered the heck out of the bowl because I was afraid it would stick - the dough is VERY sticky. However, the bread slid right out! I think it would be perfect alongside the mac and cheese or even with a chili or soup. The bread lasted just under a week in a zip-lock bag out on the counter. Try it out. It's worth it!
Finally, we made Banana Pumpkin Muffins with flax seed. They were awesome! They were super moist like banana bread should be. They have flax seed which is a great source of omega-3. We used whole flax seed, but next time I'll grind it. The seeds tend to stick in the teeth. These made a great breakfast or snack. We will be making them again. It has been request that we add chocolate chips next time.
I hope you all get a chance to try these recipes. I find that I search endlessly on Pinterest and find that I don't try half of what I pin. However, due to our boredom, we are working on that. And, as a result, I am 5 pounds heavier than when I first moved to Massachusetts. I guess I need to start searching for recipes that are more on the lighter side. In my defense, I find that living rural, versus suburban or city, leaves me not wanting to leave the house so much. It becomes a chore to go anywhere because it takes too long. On top of that, I have to put 14 layers of clothing on two toddlers and myself before we leave the house. So, for the time being, it appears that we will be baking and gaining weight.
Until next week, namaste.