Saturday, August 22, 2009

Vacation Preparation

I spent $11.23 at the grocery store this week to feed the family three meals a days for six days. I impressed myself and it was not all that difficult!

We are going on a family trip soon and I wanted to clear out my pantry, fridge, and freezer for said trip. I like to come home to clean and ready as opposed to messy!

Using things we already had and using produce from our very own garden the only bits and pieces we needed to buy came to less than twelve bucks. I could get used to that!

Here is our meal plan for the week. I am posting just dinners.

Sunday Dinner- Pork Loin, carrots, potatoes, and served with home made biscuits.
Monday Dinner- Grilled cheese (on home made whole wheat bread) with homemade tomato soup.
Tuesday Dinner~ Mega Nacho Bar
Wednesday Dinner~ Lasagna
Thursday Dinner~ Black bean chowder and corn bread
Friday~ Beefy Baked Potatoes and cucumber/tomato salad

I will be posting the recipes for these meals as well as the grocery list this upcoming week.

Even if you are not traveling soon it is always a good idea to base your meals on the following: what you already have, what is in season, what can be frozen and used again!

Monday, August 17, 2009

Romanian Yogurt

Ok, first confession~ this dish is not Romanian at all! However, many moons ago I ate a similar treat while in Romania and thus the name stuck. This is a snack, side dish, breakfast dish, or even for me a late night treat. It is healthy, easy and a fun thing to make with the kids.

Here is what you will need:

Yogurt (I use organic PLAIN)
Honey (buy local honey, it will help with your family allergies!!!)
Seasonal fruit (now for us it is peaches,plums, blueberries, and apricots)
Flax seed

There are no exact measurements for this treat. Basically, you start by cutting up all the fruit. I would think any fruit would due except stay away from citrus fruits.

1. I cut up apricots, peaches, plumbs, and tossed in some blueberries. Don't they look so yummy?

2. Next, in a bowl mix your cut up fruit with yogurt. I usually use half of a tub so that I can make it again later in the week.

3. Next, mix in a fourth cup of flax seed (Come on! Do it! We are talking lots of fiber and omega's here!!)

4. Now, add about a cup of uncooked oatmeal. If you want less, do less. If you want more, do more...this is all about the texture you like!

5. I use unsweetened plain yogurt, so I sweeten this up with honey. I can not even tell you how much I use. I just squirt a bit into it, taste and if it needs a bit more I add some more. You could use Vanilla yogurt and forgo the honey if you choose.

Stir it all up, plop it in a container and you have a tasty treat!!