Thursday, March 24, 2011

Sloppy Lentils

Sunset over the ocean. I love this. And, a good crock pot meal.

Each week my meal plan includes several dishes that feature beans and lentils. This is because they can be incredibly delicious, are a source of wonderful nutrition and are a means to serving a frugal meal. Aside from their versatility one thing that I really appreciate about beans and lentils is how far they can be stretched. Just one cup can go such a long way. I order my beans and lentils in bulk from a natural food co-op in my community.  Ordering in bulk provides my family with a lot of savings and we reduce the amount of packaging that we are responsible for, which was one of our Earth Day Manifesto goals from last year. Hey, every little bit helps!

It also means, however, that in my pantry there are giant tubs of beans. Sometimes this can be a little bit draining. I think to myself, "What in the heck can a gal do with more lentils than my body weight?".......

Thus far I have only been using lentils for the most part in two recipes.
Mojardra and Spicy Lentil and Greens Soup which can both be found in our Recipe Index.

Yesterday a part of my meal plan was to include a crock pot meal that I came across on Passionate Homemaking. As it is not my meal and I only modified the type of vinegar used I am simply going to link you there. If you like lentils you really might like this. If you like sloppy joes you really might like this. If you are considering trying lentils, but are not so sure if your family will enjoy them, this may be a good starting place. It is a fantastic way to feature the little lentil in a flavor packed way!


My entire family loved this. It took moments to prepare, stick in the crock and was aromatic all day long through out the house, something we enjoy.

Many blessings!

Monday, March 21, 2011

Whole Foods Resources


There is no reason for me to repeat (probably poorly and with grammatical errors!) that which is already out there in cyberspace on really great websites! Here is a list of some of my most favorite websites which have fantastic recipes using whole foods, lots of encouraging and wonderful information and are ever growing resources.

Kitchen Stewardship 


Passionate Homemaking

The Nourishing Gourmet 

Chickens in the Road

Heavenly Homemakers

Nourishing Days 

Heartland Renaissance

Keeper of the Home

There are hundreds more of wonderful quality and creativity that you can find links to through these that I have listed. In fact, it can get a bit crazy! Have fun reading and learning!


Sunday, March 20, 2011

Avocado Pudding (That screams Chocolate!)

Overall I am not a big fan of hiding healthy food in something disquised as a treat. I like my family to know what they are eating, appreciate it for what it is, and learn to like it. But~ let's be real~ it is not always going to happen that way! There are going to be foods that our children (or perhaps our spouses!) are dead set against.

My oldest son used to love avocados. Until a few months ago that is. Just one day he announced that he did not like them anymore and that was that. Momma has tried them as guacomole, in salad, grilled with cheese, salt and peppered, and on top of soup. Its not happening. Well, as far as he knows.....

Today I made chocolate pudding.
There was not actually any chocolate in the pudding.
It was not actually pudding.
But, no one could tell. They liked it. They ate it. They asked for more.
Inside my head I let loose a miniacal laugh. I just got my family to eat raw avocado without their knowing. Moo-hoo-hahaha! Moo-hoo-hahah!

And, here we go in case you also find yourself in need of a recipe to help the avocado (which is terrilby good for your body) go down without a fight.

2 RIPE avocados 
1/2 cup (or even a bit less depending on how sweet you want it) blue agave syrup 
1/4 cup of carob powder 
2 to 4 tbs coconut milk (I used four to make it a bit creamier) 
1 tbs vanilla 
pinch of salt 
pinch of cinnamon 

While no one is look add the following into your blender. Turn on high and watch green avocado magically turn into chocolate pudding before your eyes....

"Oh, darlings!", you say with a smile. "Momma has a special treat for you all today!"

Serve and laugh. Moo-hoo-hahaha! And, then eat some yourself.

This is called Chocolate Pudding.  As a lover of my Jello brand cook-n-serve puddings made with milk I will tell you that this does NOT taste like that. There is a comfort factor in that little box of Jello pudding that is not in this recipe. However, it is lovely and good and delicious and a great way sneak in some healthy avocado for anyone currently on a strike of the little green powerhouse.