I like to keep foods in my freezer so that I can make a healthy meal for my family easily. This is an example of one of these recipes. To make my turkey noodle soup I simply took out of my freezer a few cups of frozen, mixed veggies and about 2 cups of white turkey meat. After I cook a turkey I cut off and cube some of the meat to use in the future. I usually freeze 2 cups of cubed meat in a small freezer bag and label it. Next, I added a few cups of frozen, homemade turkey stock. I put all of this in my crockpot and heat it up. Then I added some already cooked thin spaghetti noodles. I cut the noodles with scissors so that they are short. I add a little pepper and done! Tasty, frugal, and healthy!
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Monday, February 24, 2014
I recently got a copy of A Match Made in Texas from Bethany House Publishers to read and review. A Match Made in Texas is a novella collection by these authors: Karen Witemeyer, Mary Connealy, Regina Jennings, and Carol Cox. It took me a L-O-N-G time to get through this book. There isn't anything wrong with the book or the stories therein, it's just that this type of romance novella isn't appealing to me right now. I've read many of this type of book through various publishers and I just can't seem to get into them. That said, this would make good reading for a vacation or something of that sort, where you can read a story in a small amount of time. They are cute stories, but just not something I'm that into right now. 3 out of 5 stars.
Sunday, February 23, 2014
We go through a lot of tortilla chips at our house and there is always about 1/2 of a cup of tiny pieces or at the bottom of the bag. Instead of throwing them out, I started to keep them in a freezer bag in the freezer the way you might with the heels of homemade bread to use for breadcrumbs. Usually a recipe only calls for about 1-2 cups of breadcrumbs or cracker crumbs so I can put the broken pieces of tortilla chips in my food processor and blend them to make bread crumbs. I use these in meatloaf, as a topping for macaroni and cheese, or other casserole. Also, you can make a tortilla pie using crushed up tortilla chips for the pie crust. If the chips aren't too small, you can add them to salads or soups as a substitute for croutons. You can use them to stretch the beef in meatballs. I've made meatballs using beef, Taco spices, a little salsa, tortilla chip crumbs, and eggs. These are nice to put in tortilla soup or chili.
Saturday, February 22, 2014
Whatever You Grow Up To Be by Karen Kingsbury is a very sweet children's book.
I got my copy for free through booksneeze.com. When I was selecting a book to review I asked my kids what they thought looked good and they all chose this one. Getting it in the mail was like getting a present so we read the book right away. We read it a few times because they kept saying "again"after I was finished.
The illustrations are big and colorful and the text is very simple and affirming. This book sends the message to kids that they are okay no matter what and that they are loved and accepted. This book isn't overtly religious either. There are small scriptures written in the bottom corner every page or so that relate to the main text on the page. Jeremiah 29:11 features prominently.
This is a book I would buy as a gift and we've reached for it night after night since it arrived. 5 out of 5 stars.
Thursday, February 20, 2014
Here's what I had left in my fridge the other day. Just a few vegetables and they were a little past it. So, what to do?
I chopped up the cabbage, peeled the potatoes and sliced them, and chopped up the onion. I mixed all of the raw veggies in a big metal bowl with about 1/2 C of olive oil and about 1 T of Lawry's seasoned salt. Then I poured the veggies into a Pyrex and cooked it at 450 degrees for about 10 minutes to brown the veggies. Then I covered it with foil and baked for 1 hour.
It came out delicious. The cabbage was salty and flavorful, the potatoes were soft, and the onion was sweet.
We ate the roasted veggies as a side dish the first night and the next night I added the leftover veggies to the crockpot with some homemade stock the following night. This made a very good soup.
I chopped the pepper and froze it. A few days later I used it in my lentil chili. It added nice flavor and color.
If you have veggies that are sitting unused in your fridge consider cutting them up and freezing them or roasting them and then freezing them. You can always add them to soups or chili to make your food more nutritious.
Friday, February 14, 2014
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
This is an easy recipe using frozen spinach. In fact, it's not even a recipe, it's just a method. You can adjust the quantities and flavors however you see fit. It's a good way to get your greens and calcium. I had this for lunch for a few days last week.
First cook a package of frozen spinach in about 4 cups of water
In a small pan, cook 1 chopped onion in a little butter or olive oil until it's soft. Add a little minced garlic if you want. Set it aside.
Once, the spinach is done, add some chicken broth base and bring to a boil so that the broth base dissolves. Add the onion mixture to the spinach and place in a blender.
Add 1 to 1 1/2 cups of sour cream
and about 1 to 1 1/2 cups milk
Blend. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Serve with bread.