This months Clickin’ Moms Blog Circle Challenge was food. I set out to make French Macaroons for this challenge. I wanted to photograph something colorful. With all of the ingredients laid out and ready to meet their culinary destiny, I smelled smoke. Sure enough the oil that had spilled from my roasted veggies last week was turning black and quickly filling the kitchen with smoke. On to plan B. I didn’t have a plan B. Scouring Pinterest, my fridge and pantry I quickly searched for something I could make (without using the oven) and photograph. What does probably every American have in their kitchen? Vanilla ice cream and chocolate syrup. Chocolate floats it would be. I promised my 5 year old it would be all his once I was done. While gathering my camera and lights I told my son not to touch it. I came back to find he had added an m&m. He was so proud of his addition. I’m just thankful he chose a brown one to match. So here is my take on food photography for this month. I hope you like the pictures enough to go make yourself a chocolate float! And make sure you check out Michelle Hrin’s take on Food Photography.
Chances are if you ask my kids what they want for breakfast they will answer “PANCAKES!” My husband is the king of breakfast around our house. I try to make his pancakes the same way and without fail the kids will say they like dad’s better. Trader Joe’s was sampling these pumpkin pancakes with this syrup and they were delicious! I thought I’d risk changing up the normal pancake recipe. The kids loved them and I don’t even think they noticed a difference in the syrup.
What are some of your favorite breakfast recipes?
Eva was being supervised. Sam was right next to her the entire time. I promise!
Last week I told you about the homemade LARA bars/ “bites” that I had made. I tried two more recipes for you and I would love to share. Please forgive my photography on this one. I don’t do well with still life.
If you have never tried a LARA bar before, I suggest you try one. If you don’t want to make them yourself I think most grocery stores carry them as well as Target.
I came across this recipe for the homemade bars and thought I would give them a try. They are SO easy! The base is just dates and cashews.
The first two flavors I tried were the Blueberry Muffin and the Chocolate Coconut Macaroon. I brought them camping and the group was split as to which was their favorite.
I later tried Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip and Cookie Dough. My son loves the cookie dough one, but I’m not so sure.
The recipes call for additional salt, but since there was already salt on the cashews, I left it out.
I store them in the fridge and they are a great little snack that I don’t feel guilty about eating.
I said in my last post that I would never buy the store ones again. After making them I realized it’s nice to have the pre-packaged ones available in my car and purse.
If you make them, please let me know which flavor you tried and what you think. I’d love to know!
Can I please share with you one of my favorite recipes/marinades? Please bare with me as I kind of made it up, so sorry that I have no measurements for you. But that is what makes it so simple and delicious. It started when we moved into our house and received one of the best house warming gifts, a rosemary plant. Talk about the gift that keeps on giving! I wanted to make something with the rosemary and had some chicken that needed to be eaten up. I had always heard about rosemary chicken and thought I’d give it a whirl. So I guessed. I took a ziploc bag and added olive oil, chopped rosemary, Johnny’s seasoning salt and a heaping amount of minced garlic. Mixed it up and added raw boneless, skinless chicken breasts. I let marinade for 20 minutes or so in the fridge and then cooked it on the stove until just cooked through. Seriously delicious!!!
This has become a staple in our home. It is the perfect go to meal when you just don’t have the energy to cook but want to have something healthy and flavorful.
Yesterday I was making chicken enchiladas for a friend who just had a baby. Normally Sam makes this dish, but he was outside building a gate for our garden. Yay, no more bunnies eating the lettuce! Anyway, I had to cook the chicken first and thought I would try the same idea as the recipe above but with a Mexican twist. Instead of rosemary I used chopped cilantro and added my new favorite seasoning, mojito lime. This time I lined a cookie sheet with foil and baked the 4 chicken breasts at 350 for 30 minutes. Again, super delicious.
Mater chefs please don’t laugh at me when I say that as I was putting this together I realized the olive oil, garlic and Johnny’s is probably a basic base and you can add anything else you want to change it up. Next I want to try some sort of Thai marinade and then maybe Italian. Pictured below is the Mexican chicken. If you make this please let me know what you thought. What are some of your favorite, simple yet delicious go to recipes?
I get asked all of the time, now that you can’t eat a lot of foods, what is left to eat? Surprisingly there is a lot I can still eat. I currently can not have any flour, sugar, gluten, dairy, eggs, alcohol, juice, peas and corn. I’m not going to lie, this has not been easy for me at all, especially no dairy and gluten. I just don’t know enough about gluten and where it hides. I have messed up many times, but this is a learning process for me and I’m thankful for the healing it is bringing. Here is a glimpse into a day of my eating.
Strong black coffee. Gluten free crispy rice cereal with bananas and almond milk.
Larabar. This is the only flavor that I have found to like so far.
Spinach salad with baked chicken, strawberries and sliced almonds.
Afternoon pick me up. Iced tall sugar free vanilla latte with soy.
Strawberries and blueberries. Parents if you want your kids to eat more fruit try setting the fruit out on the table and letting them snack on it throughout the day. I've found my kids eat way more fruit this way.
Kinza. I'm sure this breaks all gluten rules with the rice, soy sauce and mystery dressing. It was a busy day and Sam came home for dinner unexpectedly. I've learned that planning is key to staying on track!