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I am looking forward to spring so much! We are hoping to plant a few vegetables this year, and I cannot wait to have fresh food on hand to prepare dishes such as these savory roasted vegetables.
Preheat your oven to 350 F. Then chop up some veggies and herbs and toss them in some olive oil. Squash, peppers, onions and tomatoes are a good combination. Add some fresh herbs like basil, parsley and oregano.
Mix all your ingredients and wrap everything in foil on a baking dish. Bake at 350 F for about 40 minutes or so. Drizzle with your favorite balsamic reduction and serve over rice, quinoa or just have it by itself.
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I love cooking in the winter. I can cook and bake to my heart’s content without overheating the house. And I can make soup – a lot. We eat a lot of soups in the winter months. They are usually frugal to prepare. They are very filling and healthy. And most soup recipes make a lot, which means that I can cook once and get several meals out of the effort. I especially love soups that can be tossed into the crock-pot in the morning and then ladled into bowls at dinner time. One of my family’s favorite “soup” recipes is White Chicken chili. I first heard of this recipe from my friend Sarah. I have tweaked it a little until it is just the way my family loves it. It’s frugal, hearty, easy, and it makes a whole lot. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!
This isn’t a true white chili because it calls for black beans instead of white beans. You can choose to use canned ingredients and a store-bought spice mix to make it really fast, or prep the ingredients yourself. I prefer to cook dry beans. I cook up a whole bag and then freeze it in 2-cup portions. For this recipe I use two of my pre-portioned bags. You can buy a white chicken chili seasoning packet, or just mix up some spices at home (for much less money!).
White Chicken Chili
2 cans of corn (or about 4 cups of frozen corn) (do not drain)
4 cups cooked black beans (if using canned beans, do not drain. If using cooked dry beans, add about ¼-1/3 cup water)
2 chicken breasts
1 tsp. garlic powder
Sprinkle crushed red peppers
1 tsp. cumin
½ tsp. oregano
Combine first three ingredients in crockpot. I often throw the chicken in straight from the freezer, but you can thaw it first. Combine spices and sprinkle over the top. Cook on low 6-8 hours. Before serving, remove chicken from crockpot and shred with two forks. Return chicken to crockpot and mix to blend all seasonings. Serve over rice or tortilla chips, with a dollop of sour cream and shredded cheddar cheese! (My husband likes his with a big helping of Tabasco sauce too).
Replace white sugar with the following:
Although real butter is not an unhealthy fat, you may want to replace up to half the butter in your baking recipes. I use these substitutions often for cost savings or to add a bigger variety of nutrition. (You can also use these substitutions if you can't have dairy.) You can use the following substitutions:
Vegetable Oil, Crisco, or Margarine
Please, please do not bake with these products! These are trans fats, and your body does not even recognize them as food, but will store them as toxins instead! Use the following substitutions:
Most chocolate chips are made with GMO sugar and soy lecithin, which are both harmful to your body. Instead, use homemade chocolate chips, an organic chocolate bar cut into chunks or Enjoy Life's chocolate chips (I find them cheapest at Vitacost.)
This one is a little bit of an advanced step if you're not used to it. I do not drink store-bought milk, but instead use raw milk and the cream off it for any recipes that use milk, cream, evaporated milk, buttermilk, etc. If you're not ready to use raw milk/can't afford it, etc., at least try to purchase milk that is antibiotic and hormone free. (If you can't have dairy, you can substitute almond milk or rice milk. Soy milk is not the best option – here's why.)
Another advanced step is to make sure you are using farm fresh eggs. The nutritional content is about 1000% higher than store-bought eggs, and in fact you may be harming your system with GMO's when you eat eggs from commercial chickens. If you're out of eggs or have allergies, you can substitute ground flax seed and water. All you need to do is finely grind some flax seeds in a heavy-duty blender and use 1 Tbsp. ground flaxseed mixed with 3 Tbsp. of water for each egg you need to replace.
Today's flour (even whole wheat flour) is a completely different product than it was years ago. It is basically devoid of nutrition, and actually contains phytic acid which steals nutrients from your body. So in a way it has negative nutrition. If you can find a resource for heirloom wheat (such as Tropical Traditions) you will be getting a product that has not been altered through hybridization. If you cannot get quality heirloom wheat, try to avoid recipes with wheat as much as possible. Instead opt for gluten-free recipes using oat flour, almond flour, coconut flour, bean flour, etc.
These snacks are truly healthy and nutrient dense (no Cheerios or Toddler Puffs here!), but still very quick and easy for mom to fix for the little ones.
I know my little guy likes to be independent, but I don't like the mess that he makes when he eats by himself! Here are some (relatively) mess-free foods that toddlers can eat by themselves. I also tried to make sure everything on this list is not a choking hazard. (Obviously, you still need to watch your children carefully when they eat!)
1. Cheese slices
5. Strawberry slices
7. Apples – peeled and diced
8. Rice cakes with peanut butter or almond butter
9. Hard boiled eggs
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By using a little forethought, you will have all the ingredients already prepped for this by preparing extra when you make your family dinners.
You will need to prepare extra biscuits whenever you are making them and cook up some extra ground beef whenever that is a part of your dinner prep. Keep the biscuits and cooked beef in the fridge and pull them out to make this quick lunch.