Breakfast- Part One

Smoothies are one of the easiest breakfast sides and are fantastic for snacks as well. We never make the same smoothie twice, so I will share a couple basic recipe ideas and you can take it from there.

Basic Smoothie

1 Banana

2 cups Raw Milk

1/2 t vanilla

dash of nutmeg

Additional ingredients I might add

Peanut Butter, Frozen Berries, Carob Powder, Maple Syrup and Cocoa Powder

Basic Strawberry Smoothie

1 Banana(I like them frozen)

1 cup Strawberries(again, I use frozen)

3 cups Raw Milk

1 teaspoon vanilla

(dash of maple syrup in mommy and daddy’s smoothies)

Additional ingredients I might add.

Vitamin C powder, probiotics, cal/mag, yogurt, other berries and maybe cocoa powder for a treat.

Berry Yogurt Smoothie

3 cups yogurt

3 cups berries

dash of cinnamon

I don’t really add anything to this one except maybe probiotics, cal/mag or vitamin C

So, those are the basic smoothies that we love, and they’re not just for breakfast! We make them for snacks, Sunday “dinners” and even dessert. Enjoy!

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Menu Plan #3 (The late one with only dinner recipes)

Sorry!

I forgot to write down my breakfasts and lunches last week. How could I forget what I ate for breakfast last week? Apparently, if you eat your breakfast over the kitchen sink and your lunch under a tree(one hand outstretched to catch a child if she should happen to fall out of said tree) you tend to forget what is going into your mouth. Anyone else relate?Planning and preparing food takes up more time than any other task and somehow I still forget it. A good friend once gave me a piece of chocolate and told me “eat this with your mind.” Mindful eating; What I strive to impart to my children and what I rarely do. Before having children it was easy, but then came twins and eating was only a part of survival. I’m trying to be mindful of how and what I eat again… First on the list… Remember what I ate yesterday 😀

 

Monday

Southwest Chicken Skillet (I substituted 1 lb ground beef for chicken)

Tuesday

Swiss Chard Pasta Chicken Bake

Wednesday

Salad and Steak… This was a basic salad with grilled steak on top, but if you want a fancy recipe this looks amazing. You can’t really go wrong with the Pioneer Woman!

Thursday

Chorizo Spaghetti

Friday

Nachos!!! This recipe minus jalapenos and sour cream, and whole pinto beans instead of refried.

Saturday

Dinner at Grandpa and Grandmas

Sunday

Can you guess what we had???? Smoothies, popcorn and apples 😀

 

Recipes

Swiss Chard Pasta Chicken Bake – adapted from this recipe

1 package Organic Pasta(from costco)

18oz Frozen Rainbow Chard

3T Olive Oil

4 Cloves Garlic, crushed

2 cups Chicken, shredded

2 cups Farm Cheese, crumbled

1/2 cup Parmesan Cheese

1/2 cup Breadcrumbs, fine crumb

Salt and Fresh Pepper

Preheat oven to 375.

Boil the pasta until done and add frozen chard into pot and put the lid on. Saute onions in 1T olive oil until translucent, add garlic, 30 seconds later dump the mix into pasta. Season with salt and pepper. Add chicken, farm cheese and a splash of white wine if you have it. Pour into a 9×13 dish.

Throw parmesan, breadcrumbs and remaining olive oil into bowl and mix well with a fork. Sprinkle on top of pasta. Bake for 30 minutes.

 

Chorizo Spaghetti

1/3lb Chorizo

1 Onion, chopped

1/2 Green Pepper, chopped

2 stalks Celery, chopped

2 cloves Garlic, crushed

1 T each Dried Basil, Oregano(fresh would taste even better)

1 15oz can Fire Roasted Tomatoes

3oz Tomato Paste mixed with 1 1/2 cups water

Saute onion and chorizo until onion is translucent. Add pepper, celery and garlic. Cook 5 more minutes. Add remaining ingredients, salt and pepper to taste. Simmer 30 minutes and serve over spaghetti or cappellini. Finish with a dusting of parmesan.

Menu Plan #2

Monday

  • Breakfast- Breakfast Burritos and Oranges
  • Lunch- Random leftovers
  • Dinner- Salad for our Bible study potluck, I meant to make this salad dressing using olive oil, but ran out of tamari and olive oil, so it turned out pretty weird.
  • Snacks- Smoothies

Tuesday

  • Breakfast- Toast, Scrambled Eggs and Oranges
  • Lunch- Had lunch at my sister-in-laws(She made a delicious quiche!)
  • Dinner- Stifatha, Mashed Potatoes and Peas
  • Snacks- Carrots

Wednesday

  • Breakfast- Hard-boiled eggs, Sardines, apples and toast
  • Lunch- Mac and Cheese with Peas and Oranges
  • Dinner- Burritos with all the fillings
  • Snacks- Apples and Toast

Thursday

  • Breakfast- Oranges, Yogurt and Toast
  • Lunch- Leftover Stifatha and Apples
  • Dinner- Pot Stickers, Fried Rice and Cabbage Salad with this dressing
  • Snacks- Apples

Friday

Saturday

  • Breakfast- Up to daddy because mommy’s working today
  • Lunch- Leftovers
  • Dinner-  Hamburgers and Oven Fries
  • Snacks- Apples/Bananas

Sunday

  • Breakfast- Eggs and Toast
  • Lunch- Garlic Bread and Carrot Salad
  • Dinner- Smoothies, Apples and Popcorn (told ya we have this a lot)

Recipes

Breakfast Burritos-This is a simple recipe, scramble 6 eggs, cook up 4 tortillas, shred some cheese and add whatever else you would like(cilantro, salsa, sour cream, potatoes, and whatever else you’d like)

Stifatha-My Grandpa’s Recipe

  • 2 lbs Stew Meat, cut into 1 1/2″ cubes
  • 2 lbs small onions, quartered
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce or 2 oz tomato paste
  • 2 T red wine vinegar or 1/2 cup red wine
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon pickling spice wrapped in cheesecloth with 1 teaspoon orange rind
  • 2 cups beef broth

Heat oil to almost shimmering and brown beef on all sides, add garlic and onions and make sure you coat everything well with oil. Add tomato paste, vinegar, salt, spice sachet, and beef broth. Cover and simmer for 2 1/2 hours. Serve over mashed potatoes.

Pot Stickers-adapted from Teens Cook

  • 2 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 1 bunch green onions, sliced
  • 1 T cilantro, chopped
  • 1 egg
  • 1 t salt
  • 1 lb ground pork
  • 1 pkg wonton wrappers
  • 2 T coconut oil

Mix first 6 ingredients(set aside 2T green onions for sauce) together with your hands until they’re well combined. Wash hands and dip your finger in water and wet the entire edge of a wonton wrapper. Place a small spoonful of the mixture in the center of the wrapper and fold the wrapper in half to enclose the mixture. Finish with the rest of the wrappers. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Carefully cook a few pot stickers at a time, for about 2 minutes. Remove with slotted spoon and place on baking sheet. Heat 1 teaspoon of oil in the pan and cook for 2-3 minutes or until golden brown.

Note; This is a doubled recipe and after boiling the pot stickers you can set half aside and freeze once they’re cool.

Sauce

  • 2 T green onions
  • 2 T tamari
  • 1 T rice vinegar
  • 1 T sesame oil

Mix well and double if needed.

Menu Plan #1

Monday

  • Breakfast: Toast with Fried Egg and Fruit Salad.
  • Lunch: Burritos leftover from Green Chile Enchiladas
  • Daddy’s Lunch: Eat out day!
  • Dinner: Broccoli Cheddar Soup(I served toast on the side instead of bread bowls, and subbed raw milk that was going sour for the half and half)
  • Snacks: Apples and Carrot Sticks

Tuesday

  • Breakfast: Muesli and Smoothies
  • Lunch(ours and daddy’s): Leftover Soup and Green Chili Enchiladas
  • Dinner: Roasted Chicken with Baked Potatoes and Peas
  • Snacks: Bananas and Yogurt

Wednesday

  • Breakfast: Toast with Fried Egg, Yogurt and Oranges
  • Lunch: Salmon Salad Sandwiches
  • Dinner: Mommy and Daddy Date Night!!!! Creamy Broccoli Chicken over Noodles for kiddos and babysitter
  • Snacks: Carrot Sticks and Oranges

Thursday

  • Breakfast: Spanish Tortilla and Bananas
  • Lunch: Leftovers
  • Dinner: Having Dinner with Grandpa and Grandma
  • Snacks: Apples

Friday

  • Breakfast: Yogurt, Fried Potatoes and Sardines
  • Lunch: Leftovers
  • Dinner: Taco Salad with a Southwest Dressing
  • Snacks: Probably Larabars because it’s errand day.

Saturday

  • Breakfast: Eggs, Toast, Yogurt and Fruit
  • Lunch: Eating Out, Pizza
  • Dinner: Nephew’s Birthday Party!!! Bringing a dessert
  • Snacks: Smoothies

Sunday-On this day we have a potluck with our church, so “Lunch” will be the dish I’m bringing

  • Breakfast: Toast and Eggs
  • Lunch: Flourless Chocolate Cake I added Frangelico liqueur to the whipped cream!
  • Dinner: Smoothies, Popcorn and Apples-This is what we ALWAYS have on Sunday night 😀

This week is pretty sweet because three of the nights and one lunch we’re either at someone’s house and they’re feeding us or we’re eating out.

Fruit Salad Recipe

  • 1 Banana, sliced
  • A couple of clementine oranges, divided and sliced
  • Handful of frozen blueberries
  • 3/4 cup of yogurt
  • Drizzle of honey if needed

Green Chile Enchiladas(based on Teens Cook recipe)

  • 4oz cream cheese
  • 1 cup yogurt(or sour cream)
  • 4oz green chilis
  • 2 cups corn, frozen
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cheese
  • 1 t cumin
  • 1/4 t chili powder
  • 2 cups salsa
  • 1/2 cup sour cream(or yogurt)

For the filling mix up cream cheese, yogurt and green chilis. Add corn, cheese, cumin, chili powder. In a separate bowl mix up salsa and blend with yogurt. Add 1/2 cup of the salsa mixture to the corn mixture. Cover the bottom of a 9×13 pan with some of the salsa mixture, now wrap up the corn mixture in the tortillas and place in the pan. Pour the sauce over the top, sprinkle a couple handfuls of grated cheddar on top and bake in a 375 oven for 45-60 minutes.

Note: I had 16 tortillas instead of 10 and filled the last four and fried them up and that’s what we ate for lunch.

Salmon Salad

1 14.75 can of salmon, drained and poured into medium bowl. Add Mayo(made with olive oil) until you’ve got it as creamy as you like it. Now chop up a handful of olives(or pickles or capers), a couple stalks of celery and a bit of red onion. Mix it all up and taste for salt and pepper.

Note on Creamy Broccoli Chicken; I use breadcrumbs instead of ritz crackers and homemade garlic salt.

Spanish Tortilla(my version)

  • 1 lb potatoes, diced
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 clove garlic
  • butter or olive oil

Put a couple tablespoons oil in a 10-12in cast iron frying pan and turn the burner onto medium low. Once the oil is hot add the potatoes, cover and let cook for 10 minutes. Whisk the eggs and add a crushed clove of garlic, salt and pepper. Pour eggs over potatoes and leave the lid off. Once the eggs begin to set turn off the heat and turn your broiler on medium. Stick the pan in the oven until eggs begin to puff. I like to eat my eggs with a little hot sauce 🙂

Taco Salad in our house means, a head of lettuce, beans, ground beef, chips and whatever other toppings we can find(olives, green onions, bell peppers, tomatoes…

From time to time you may see items on the menu that do not come out of our grocery budget. We also have an eating out budget of $40/month. And my husband and I each take out $40 for “whatever” money and that is what he uses for fast food, sweets and some snacks and what I use for ice cream and baking chocolate.

If I link to a recipe that uses processed or ingredients that aren’t lying around(buttermilk or cream of ? soup) Assume that I substitute or make my own(yogurt for buttermilk and homemade cream of ? soup). I may have been too lazy to explain or just plain forgot.

Comment if you have questions