After graduation, David and I went home to his house and took on the challenge of cooking dinner for his very large family each night. Cooking for 9 people this week has made me really think about how I spend my budget! In planning the menu for this week these were some of the ideas I took into consideration- the dishes we made included: a DIY quinoa bar, banana pancake breakfast-for-dinner, chickpea & kidney bean vegetarian chili, banana ice cream and more! All those recipes will be up over the next week. :)
(Prices vary, this is what I usually pay shopping at Target, Wallmart, local farms when possible or local grocery stores).
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Homemade Fruit Rollups (12 Different Flavors!!!)
Click the link and pick your favorite fruit flavor combinations:
- Plum: 5 medium, unpeeled, chopped
- Peach or nectarine: 5 medium, unpeeled, chopped
- Apple: 3 large (Gala or Granny Smith), peeled and chopped
- Strawberry: 4 cups, hulled and chopped
- Raspberry: 5 cups
- Grape: 3 1/2 cups (preferably Concord), seeded if necessary
- Banana: 5 medium, peeled
- Mango: 2 large, peeled and chopped
- Raspberry-Vanilla: 5 cups raspberries plus the seeds from 1/2 vanilla bean
- Strawberry-Banana: 3 cups strawberries, hulled and chopped, plus 2 medium bananas, peeled
- Apple-Ginger: 3 large apples, peeled and chopped, plus 1 1/2 teaspoons grated ginger
- Spicy Mango: 2 large mangoes, peeled and chopped, plus 1/8 teaspoon each salt and cayenne pepper
Soy free, Dairy free!
Healthy Fudgsicles (Dairy-free, Soy-free)
makes 4 ice pops
Adapted from this recipe
Scoop the flesh of the ripe avocado into a blender, and combine with the rest of the ingredients. Blend well, and adjust the flavor to taste, keeping in mind that the final frozen ice pops will be slightly less-sweet in flavor. Because avocados can vary in taste, based on ripeness and variety, you may need to add more cocoa powder or maple syrup to create a rich, chocolate flavor that you enjoy. The resulting batter will be thick and pudding-like, but you can thin with additional liquid, if you prefer.
The beauty of making raw desserts is that you can taste as you go, so you’ll never have a recipe flop!
I love desserts with raw ingredients :)
Baked Garlic Parmesan Chicken
This meal is quick and easy, while also being healthy and delicious! Serve with salad, pasta, or rice for more variety. This satisfying main dish is a great option for those nights when you don’t have a lot of time but want to stay healthy and eat something tasty!
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 cup dry bread crumbs
- 2/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 1 teaspoon dried basil leaves
- 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 6 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a 9x13 inch baking dish.
- In a bowl, blend the olive oil and garlic. In a separate bowl, mix the bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, basil, and pepper. Dip each chicken breast in the oil mixture, then in the bread crumb mixture. Arrange the coated chicken breasts in the prepared baking dish, and top with any remaining bread crumb mixture.
- Bake 30 minutes in the preheated oven, or until chicken is no longer pink and juices run clear.
Great instructions on how to make your own miso soup. “Miso soup is good to lighten digestion, it has many antioxidants, it has vitamin E and vitamin B12. Several research studies show that it is good to prevent cancer and to reduce the levels of LDL cholesterol.”
Recipe Link: kirainet.com