Recipes

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Play Dough

An easy recipe for a big amount of soft dough! Over two cups worth. My son loves it.

Ingredients

2 cups of flour, 1/2 cup salt, 2 Tbsp. cream of tartar, 2 Tbsp. oil (vegetable, olive, corn, whatever you have), and 1 1/2 cups of boiling water.

Mix the flour, salt, cream of tartar, and oil in a bowl. Stir. Stir. Stir, until blended. Then add in the boiling water, a bit at a time, mixing it well. Let the dough sit in the bowl, and once it cools down, knead it by hand into a smooth texture. If it’s sticky, knead more flour into it. Store in an air tight container for about six months.

{I have not tried this, but, I am told that if you want to, separate the dough into sections, and with rubber gloves on, mix in a drop of food coloring to each of the sections. Fun!}

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Fruit and Vegetable Juice

As I was rinsing the fruits and vegetables for our juice yesterday, I thought, “Wow! This is really beautiful!” So, I did what I always do – snapped a picture and immediately uploaded it to Instagram. What isn’t visible though, is just how easy this makes it to get lots of nutrition into my 2 1/2 year old son. He just knows that it is, as he says it, “JUICE!” and I know that he’s getting his share of:

A whole carrot, a whole small zucchini, a peach, mint leaves, grapes, blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, and not in the photo: spinach, almonds, orange, flax seed, ground cinnamon, vanilla yogurt, water, and anything else I may have on hand on a particular day to combine into one powerful JUICE.

Everything is combined into our handy NutriBullet and in about a minute, it’s ready. Added bonus: My son thinks the loud noise from the machine is really cool, like a motorcycle or something.

What are your favorite recipes or ingredients?

06.28.2016

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Get Well Soon Chicken Bake

A dish that, during a particularly annoying cold virus, both my husband and toddler wolfed down. With all of the root vegetable and spice ingredients, we all agreed that it was not only delicious, but this was our ticket down the road to recovery!

Fresh Ingredients:

8-10 chicken drumsticks*, rinsed and patted dry

1 ½ cups of rice, uncooked

1 russet potato, peeled and cut into 1” pieces

1 large carrot, peeled and cut into 1” pieces

handful of green beans, cut into bite size pieces

1 whole onion, peeled and chopped

3 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped

about an inch of ginger, peeled and chopped

Pantry Ingredients:

1 can of coconut milk

1 can of diced tomatoes, juice included

season with black pepper, cinnamon, curry, cayenne, paprika, cumin, nutmeg, allspice, salt

Optional: anything else you have that sounds good, such as beans, nuts, other root vegetables and spices.*Different cuts of chicken can be used. Try dicing up some tenderloins, adding in whole eggs similar to a Cholent recipe, or even making the dish with no meat at all.

Directions: In a large roasting pan, spread out the rice. On top of that, place all the chicken pieces, spacing them out somewhat evenly. Spread in between them the potato, carrot, and green bean pieces.

In a bowl, mix all remaining items. I have posted an image of what things should look like at this point. Pour bowl contents over foods in the roasting pan.

Bake covered in foil for an hour at 350F; Remove foil and bake another half an hour, until your chicken is fully cooked.

06.27.2016

 

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