Tuesday, November 24, 2009

A Desert or Snack: Strawberry Flax Yogurt



I put flax seed into the yogurt that I feed my family. My son will eat this, but is always a bit hesitant. I found a fun trick that not only he enjoys, but all of us love.

We take basic vanilla yogurt, Stonyfield Farms Organic is what we buy. We mix a bit of strawberry jam into the yogurt and then add the flax seed. Just a tiny bit of the jam turns the yogurt into a sweet and strawberry treat. The flax adds important omega-3's and fiber that we all need.

This is a common desert item in our house as the jam does wonders to basic yogurt. And,this is an easy and very popular afternoon snack around here.

Pumpkin Tomato Soup



I have posted a similar recipe to this before, but as we have just had it again I wanted to share it once more. I am blown away by how easy this is and how delicious!

Instead of giving you an exact recipe I am going to provide you with the ingredients and your task is to prepare the soup anyway you want it based on the ingredients. This is my favorite type of cooking, estimation cooking, where there is not a real right or wrong.

Here is what you will need:
Onion
Carrots
Canned Tomatoes in Juice
Pumpkin Puree
Basil
Salt
Pepper
Milk/Cream
Broth (I used vegetable)
Garlic

Step one: Peel your carrots and onion. Place into a food processor and chop up until small. Place them into a pan with a bit of butter. Cook them, filling your kitchen with a wonderful aroma. Add a hint of garlic.

Step two: Meanwhile, place your tomatoes into the food processor. I used a jar of tomatoes that I had canned this past summer. Chop them until they are all blended and pureed.

Step three: In a soup pan add your tomato puree and your pumpkin puree together. Stir and begin to heat.

Step four: Add in your carrots, onion, garlic and stir together. Add in your vegetable broth. Add enough to make the soup the consistency you desire.

Step five: Heat this soup for a good hour. Stirring frequently. Add milk/cream (I used a cup of half and half) at the last ten minutes of cooking.
Salt, Pepper, and Basil to taste.


We eat this soup with whole wheat toast and apple slices. We love it, especially the second day when the flavors have all blended so well together.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Thanksgiving Meal Plan

Due to the holiday, travel, and the anticipation for a delicious Thursday the actual meal plan for this week is easy breezy. Plus, I am the size of barn so I am happy to take it easy until this baby is born!

I am talking relaxed and fast.

Monday Night: Salad made with spinach leaves, cranberries, chicken pieces, tomatoes, pineapple chunks, and sprinked with wheat germ. We serve the salad with whole wheat rolls and pumpkin butter.

Tuesday Night: Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup

Wednesday Night: Breakfast for dinner (Whole Grain Waffles and Scrambled Eggs)

Thursday, Friday, Saturday~ Thanksgiving and leftovers!!!!