Greek yogurt isn’t just for breakfast! It’s one of my favourite things to bake with; I add it to pancakes, muffins and the like to add moisture – and protein, bonus! – without tons of fat.
I’ve never been a big fan of potatoes, and they’re not something I choose to prepare very often. However since going gluten free a few months ago I’ve rediscovered them a bit, and one of my family’s new favourite side dishes is double stuffed potatoes, with my favourite secret ingredient, greek yogurt. (more…)
You’ve heard it over and over again: “breakfast is the most important meal of the day”. And it’s so true, but many people still struggle to fit a healthy breakfast into their day. Whether you’re busy rushing off to work or school, or getting the kids fed and dressed and out the door, mornings can be a really hectic time for many of us.
Here are three ideas for quick and easy weekday breakfasts that will get your day off to a great start with minimal effort:
Make and freeze pancakes and waffles for reheating in the microwave or toaster oven. In our family we have a rule that breakfast must include a protein serving, and my kids love these high protein pancakes that more than fit the bill with 18g of protein per serving. Top with nut butter or fresh fruit for a breakfast that is ready faster than your morning coffee.
Fall is here, and there are so many delicious vegetables in season! One of my favourites is the often overlooked rutabaga. It’s a root vegetable similar to a turnip and although you can also eat the greens, you usually find just the roots in supermarkets. It’s supposedly a combination of a cabbage and a turnip, but the texture and taste is similar to a potato crossed with a turnip.
You can prepare rutabaga the same way you’d prepare turnip, and it also makes a great substitute for potatoes if you’re trying to watch your calories and/or carbs. A cup of rutabaga only has about 50 calories - compare with 120 for white potatoes – and has less than half the carbohydrates of potatoes as well. Plus it will load you up with fibre, lots of vitamin C and a bit of calcium and iron too. I make rutabaga oven baked fries, and not only are they delicious but the kids don’t realize they’re a vegetable!
Another delicious way to serve rutabaga is as a substitute for mashed potatoes. Here’s my easy kid-approved recipe:
Recipe: Mashed Rutabaga
Summary: Mashed rutabaga makes a great low calorie substitue for mashed potatoes, or a delicious side dish.
1 medium rutabaga
1 clove crushed garlic
3 tbsp butter (or to taste)
generous amount salt and pepper
Cut, peel and cube rutabaga (try quartering then slicing for quickness and ease).
Boil 15-25 minutes, until soft.
Drain, leaving slightly moist.
Add butter, garlic, salt and pepper.
Add some carrots for a delicious, sweeter veggie mash.
This year for Christmas the kids and I – including my daycare friends – made “Nuts and Bolts” party mix to give and share. We used this easy and delicious recipe, and my 11 year old homeschooler tripled it, made the shopping list and did the measuring (math in action!). It’s not hard to make but does take a bit of time, and you need to keep an eye on it or it will burn.
If you can try to picture what my kitchen looked like after making 45 cups of party mix with six little helpers… well, let’s just say I won’t have to feed the dog for a while
I’ll do another post later this week detailing our presentation; I have something cute in mind ;)
I used this recipe from the Food Network as my basis, and my take on it is below. For the third batch I added some Tabasco sauce for a bit of tang, and then mixed all the batches together so that it’s not too spicy for kids. It’s quite salty, so omit the table salt if you’re not a super-duper salt fan.
“Nuts and Bolts” Style Party Mix
3 cups round multi-grain cereal (Cheerios or similar)
3 cups square wheat cereal (Shreddies or similar)
3 cups corn cereal (Crispix or similar)
3 cups small cheese crackers (Cheese Nips or similar)
3 cups unsalted pretzel sticks
1/2 cup unsalted butter
2-3 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoons chili powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon onion salt
1 teaspoon garlic salt
4-6 drops Tabasco sauce (optional)
With the rack in the bottom position, preheat the oven to 150°C (250°F). Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, combine the cereals, crackers and pretzles. Set aside.
Melt the butter in a small saucepan. Add the sugar and spices and stir well. Drizzle over the dry ingredients a little at a time. Toss to coat well.
Spread in an even layer on the baking sheet. Bake for about 1 hour, stirring gently every 15-20 minutes. Let cool.
Store in an airtight container; will keep for several weeks.
This is a super easy all natural wood furniture cleaner. Works beautifully for me, but of course be sure to test it on any priceless furniture first! An economical alternative to pricey store-bought solutions and I like that it’s perfume free.
All Natural Wood Cleaner
1 tbsp lemon juice
2 tbsp oil oil
Mix ingredients in small container or spray bottle. Use sparingly and rub in with a soft cloth. A little goes a long way!