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Posts from the ‘Nourish’ Category

Creating dinner themes to make meal planning easier

I found this post a couple a weeks ago and it has made my weekly, meal planning so much easier. We are so blessed to have endless options in this country, but it also makes choosing a more difficult task.  Now, we have soup night, Indian night(s), pasta night, fish night, new recipe night, and pizza night…..or more specifically, “pepperoni pizza with crust” night.

http://www.peanutblossom.com/blog/2013/10/bringing-back-our-family-meals.html/

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A relatively healthy, Chocolate chip & Peanut butter Cookie Recipe

This beautifully, sunny and frigid day has brought out the baker in me.  A warm, chocolate chip and peanut butter cookie sure does sound like a great idea this afternoon, especially to my little cookie monster at home.

This is my favorite, “healthy” cookie recipe because it’s delicious and it came from my sister-in-law.

 

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup quick or regular cooking oats
1 t. baking soda
1 t. salt (Use less salt if the peanut butter already has salt added)
1/4 cup canola oil
2 T butter
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup chunky, all-natural peanut butter
2 eggs
1 t. vanilla
6 oz. bittersweet choc. chips

Preheat oven to 375.  In med. bowl combine flour, oats, baking soda and salt and mix well.  In big bowl, use a mixer to cream the oil, butter and sugars, starting on low & finishing w/ a couple of minutes on high.  Add the PB, eggs, and vanilla and mix well.  With the mixer on low, slowly beat the dry ingredients into the peanut butter mixture.  The dough will be super thick.  Fold in chocolate chips.

Form cookies into 3-inch rounds on a baking sheet and slightly flatten with the palm of your hand.  Bake for anywhere from 5-12 min, until there’s just a hint of brown on the bottom of the cookies.  I’ve found that baking time really varies depending on your oven and the kind of peanut butter you use.  With my gas oven, I bake them for about 5-7 min.  The cookies may seem super soft when you remove them from the oven, but they will harden, so just remove them when the bottom is slightly brown.

Cooking with Momma – Stuffed Peppers

Coming up with recipes that are toddler friendly takes a village!  The one big lesson I’ve learned with feeding my little girl is that, just because she can eat it, doesn’t mean she will.  I thought she was going to gobble up everything once all of her teeth came in,  but  that is clearly not what followed.

Still, I try to involve her in the cooking process as much as I can, so she can enjoy the art of cooking and nourishing our family.  Tonight’s dinner ended up being more like a craft project, but with some guidance, she was able to fill all the peppers and have a whole lot of fun, even though she decided that she would not partake.

Sous Chef Baby

It was one of those mother-daughter moments
I never even knew I was waiting for –
My little girl and I prepping mushrooms for dinner.
We sat across from each other on the floor
With placements under our cutting boards to catch those that rolled away.
I, with a super sharp chef’s knife
And J, with a dull and soon to be frustrating, butter knife.
Chopping together, in preparation for tonight’s dinner.
I handed her a mushroom
She attempted with great effort to split them in two
And pass them back to me.
I diced them into itty bitty pieces,
Perfect for a mushroom thoren.
Just like my Mummy used to make
Just like Ammachi used to make, baby.
And just like Momma will make.