April 14, 2010
This meal is very versatile. I’ve posted the basic recipe here, but you can add other veggies of your choice, or ham or bacon or other meat. And it’s about as cheap as meals can get! It makes a great breakfast, as well.
one potato for each person
1 large onion per 5-6 potatoes
Butter (approximately 1 tsp per potato)
Peel potatoes. Use a cheese grater to shred the potatoes into a big pot. Cover with plenty of water and bring to a boil. Boil for approximately 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Strain potatoes using a fine mesh strainer. Melt butter in pot. (If you’re using bacon or other meat, you might want to omit the butter and just start with the meat in the pot.) Add onion and potato (and any other veggies you’re using). Fry, stirring occasionally, until browned and fairly dry.
Serve with: Applesauce, Maple Yogurt, Fruit Salad, and eggs (if desired)
April 14, 2010
2-3 oranges, peeled and cut into chunks
2 grapefruit, peeled and cut into chunks
2 Tbsp shredded coconut (optional)
2 Tbsp slivered or sliced almonds
Mix well and serve immediately.
Serve alongside muffins, biscuits, or toast for breakfast.
April 14, 2010
This granola recipe is a nice change from my usual granola. It has no oil and no sugar at all, so it’s also a very healthy granola recipe. I also find it to be crunchier than most, and gets into bigger “clumps” or “clusters”, which some people like.
1-1/2 355mL cans frozen apple juice concentrate, thawed
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup chopped pitted dates
1 cup chopped dried apples (optional)
1 cup whole or sliced almonds
10 cups regular rolled oats
Combine juice and vanilla in a mixing bowl and add the dates and apples (if using). Let that stand for several hours, or overnight, to allow the dried fruit to soak up the liquid and plump up. Then, pour into a blender, along with the almonds, and blend until ground fine and smooth. Pour over the oatmeal and mix thoroughly. (I used my hands because it’s just way easier.) Spread in two cookie sheets and bake at 200* for 2-3 hours until quite dry, stirring every 30 minutes. The granola will get crispier as it cools off. If you want to, you can add more chopped dates in the last 30 minutes of cooking time, or you can just add some raisins or chopped dried apple or whatever you want once it has cooled.
March 27, 2010
This seems to be the only way I can get my family to enjoy cornmeal as a breakfast cereal. I guess, being Canadian, cornmeal isn’t something I grew up on, like so many of those “down South.” But really, this is very delicious. When you buy cornmeal for cereal, get the stuff that’s more grainy – not the stuff so fine it’s almost flour. If it’s too fine, this is just way too mushy.
3 cups cold water
1-1/2 cups milk
2 cups cornmeal
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup pancake syrup
2 Tbsp butter
1/2 cup raisins (optional)
Whisk together water, milk, cornmeal and salt in a medium-size saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently with a spoon, until mixture reaches a boil, about 10 minutes. Reduce heat to low. Cook 3-5 minutes, stirring frequently, until mixture thickens. Remove from heat. Stir in pancake syrup and butter; ladle into bowls. Sprinkle with raisins just before serving, if desired.
February 19, 2010
I don’t tolerate too much caffeine very well – especially coffee. And yet, I love coffee. It is rare that I have it. The odd time, I treat myself to this Coffee Pick-Me-Up in the afternoon if I know I’ll be up late for some reason. It doesn’t affect my stomach as much with the grains in it, and it’s also more filling, so it’s a full-fledged snack. Or, you could have it for breakfast.
approx. 3/4 cup brewed coffee (I like it STRONG)
about 1/4 cup milk
about 1 tsp honey
a little less than 1/4 cup rolled oats
3-4 ice cubes
Place all in a blender in order listed and blend until well mixed and oats are ground. (If you have a regular blender, they will have a tendency to sink to the bottom, which can be disappointing, but what can you do? If you have a Vitamix, on the other hand, it will liquify those oats and you won’t even know they’re there!)