Adventures in Eating: Cheap. Easy. and Healthy

Join me on my quest to dissect the world of eating, learn to make everything from scratch, find a more simple solution to everyday feeding, and to do it all as cheap as I possibly can. Keep in mind that I have no idea what I’m doing, and that I’m attempting to teach myself; mostly through trial and error, mixed with some internet research and advice from friends. Read more about my blog...

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Sweet Potato Banana Smoothie!

Sweet Potato Banana Smoothie
1/2 cup frozen banana, sliced
1/2 cup frozen sweet potato, cooked and cubed
1/2 cup milk, or almond milk
1 tbsp greek yogurt, plain
1/4 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp nutmeg
dash of salt
water to dilute to consistency
*sweetener, optional
Add all ingredients to blender except water.
Blend until smooth.
It'll be pretty thick, like a milkshake, so next add water and blend again until desired consistency.

This recipe makes about 1 serving. That's the whole thing fitting perfectly into that glass!
*I absolutely love sweet potato and don't add any sweetener to mine. But sweeter is often more delicious, I just prefer to skip the extra calories here. If you add honey you may want to blend it with the milk before adding the frozen stuff. It always freezes in clumps when I try to add it all together--just sayin' :)

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Sun, Fun…and Sawdust

Sheep are HILARious!
...especially when they're coming for ya

Ok. I have to admit it, I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed. Life is still good…and so is food…there’s just a lot to accomplish, and so little time.

I’m still baking, perusing sales, stocking up on my food storage, and making all kinds of fantastic mistakes. I’ve got a ton of new recipes, and even some pictures. But, with summer approaching and my new house being built it’s so hard to find the time to sit down in front of this pretty little glowing screen.

To alleviate the guilt, and a whole bunch of unnecessary stress I’ve come to the conclusion that I need to take a blogging break. So…here we be.

I made spaghetti I could have pots for my plants

I purchased 50lbs of white beans!

Brownies = Therapy

I’ll be back in July (or maybe August), and ready to go with all sorts of craziness…

Thanks for stopping by…and I’ll see you again soon!

Happy Eating!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

I baked me some Spring-Time

Part of my original idea for Easter was to bake some cupcakes. I had it all planned out. The Easter bunny would bring a trail of jelly-beans, and as the kids collected them we would save them for decorating cupcakes later that day. It would be the start of a fun family tradition. Well, as the holiday progressed that plan was quickly discarded; for several reasons, but mainly as a way to Simplify.

So, since I had already purchased the cupcake papers I couldn’t let them go to waste. I decided that Spring can be just as diligently celebrated. It is a marvelous season, and so very anticipated.

Let the celebration begin!

Ok. I dug out a recipe from my hoard. It was written as a cake-in-a-baking-dish recipe, so I modified it for cupcakes. I also reviewed the altitude adjustment information and made some changes from there. And there’s one more thing I did change. I have recently (yesterday) acquired (purchased) 50 pounds of WHITE beans…and I have been DYING to use them. So, of course, I ground some into flour and added them to the cupcakes!

As with any dessert in my family, there were mixed opinions. I liked them a LOT; they’re just like little peanut-butter-cups, only in a cake! My honey said they were good. Boys and Aunt L all loved them, and girl only ate the middles; she’s funny like that…then I had an explosion of cupcake bits all over my kitchen; which is usually an indicator that they enjoyed it…

Over the next few days the little’s managed to eat cupcakes for every meal, and snack time as well. I think they were a success!

I did have a bit of indecision about how they should be stored. The frosting was a bit soft, so if I just covered them in plastic I envisioned the frosting would stick to it and make a big goopy mess. To solve that problem I put them in the fridge to harden the frosting. Then I covered them in plastic wrap. I thought it would be best to just leave them in the fridge because of the frosting. But the next morning, when they were cold they didn’t quite taste as good, and they weren’t as soft and fluffy. After that I just left them on the counter during the day, and put them in the fridge at night.

They taste SO delicious at room temperature…so, if you want to store them in the fridge make sure to pull them out in time to warm them up before serving.

Boy #2 decorated this one...isn't it cute?! he was SO proud of it!

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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Rolled and Roasted

I’m still a bit overwhelmed by the whole “altitude adjustment” ordeal, and I haven’t been able to make myself sort through the information yet.  Combine that with the Holidays, and other various circumstances, and life has become somewhat complicated—in a manner of speaking. So, I’ve been sticking with what I know. Or, at least, what I think I know.

I have dreams and delusional expectations about how I’d like to conduct the Holidays…but, I’m learned enough to at least know how much I personally can handle. For now, I’m playing it very low key.
Simplified = Good

Here’s how I simplified my Easter 2011, Celebration:

And these are my simplified Easter 2011, Foods:
Breakfast = Easter Bunny brought it (see previous post)
Party = Potato Salad (store bought)
Lunch = Scraps (aka leftovers/cereal/misc)

For the roast I just improvised a recipe, using whatever sounded good. I’ve heard it said that it’s impossible to screw up a meal in the crockpot. Well, I will testify that it IS possible…in fact, I do it all the time. I think I am exceptionally talented in “crockpot ruining”. On occasion I get lucky, and it all comes together. This one turned out pretty good, and was super easy…but, I’ll blame any unlikeable part of it on the altitude.

The rolls are one of our favorites. They are soft and sweet, dense yet fluffy. I like them even better the next day, once they’ve softened from being in an airtight plastic bag. They taste just like the ones I can buy in a big bag from the Costco bakery.

This was the first time I actually doubled the recipe, though, and it didn’t turn out as great. The problem was that I had to move the oven racks to fit both pans in at the same time. The rolls ended up browning faster than the middles baked. They were completely cooked, and tasted good, but some of them had more dense centers that were somewhat doughy tasting. I’m sure it’s related to the weather, the altitude, my decrepit oven, and the quantity I was trying to cook at one time. Step around my obvious handicaps and you should do fine.

I also have trouble with hard-boiled eggs. I can usually cook them fine, but the shells ALWAYS stick to the whites, and it’s a massacre to get them off. SO frustrating.

Here are the directions I used this time to boil the eggs; and also some tips. Mine mostly turned out alright, but about half of them still stuck to the shells…so, I’ll keep trying:

Also, keep in mind that water boils at a lower temperature when you’re at high altitude (along with a whole collection of scientific altitude complications). What that means is that the water isn’t quite as hot once it starts to boil, so food takes longer to cook.

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