October 31, 2011

EASY Peasy Jam!

I have been opting to make my own jam lately because I am sick of feeding my kids sugar by the sandwich-full!

Get this: all you need is fruit, sugar, and modified cornstarch...SERIOUSLY...totally not kidding.

I wish there was a step by step instruction for you to follow on this one but there isn't. You just guess and throw it together.

I, so far, have made: Strawberry, apricot and peach jam...all the exact same way.

I chop and pit my fruit, puree it, stick it in a pot with about 8:1 ratio of fruit:sugar and then add some modified cornstarch (I use stuff from Kitchen Kneads). I boil it until it thickens (sometimes I have to add about 2 cups for 16 cups of pureed fruit). Put it in bottles or 2 cup tupperware and either bottle it or freeze it after it cools.

THAT IS IT! Feel free to ask questions if you need to. We LOVE this. We can actually TASTE the fruit and it is SOOOO yummy on toast or PB&J's!

October 24, 2011

Rainbow Fruit and Veggie Tray

This was SUPER fun to make. It was also SUPER delish. Here is what I used:
Red: strawberries and red peppers
Orange: Carrots (could also use orange peppers)
Yellow: pineapple (could also use Yellow peppers)
Green: cucumber and broccoli
Blue: (you could use blueberries)
Purple: Plums (you could also use cherries since they have such a dark color)

October 17, 2011

Pasta or Zucchini...you choose.

You can either pan fry it to eat with a different texture OR you can shred this zucchini with a peeler and use it in the place of noodles. That means you have the option of spaghetti squash OR zucchini as a veggie replacement for a car. Just peel it until you get to the seeds and discard the seeds. This is from 1 small zucchini. If I were to do it again I think I would make slices in the zucchini and THEN shred. I really liked this. The nice thing about Zucchini is it takes on the flavor of whatever you are cooking. LOVE IT!

October 10, 2011

Watermelon Popsicles

You kids will think these are SO COOL and you have to do virtually NOTHING. Just slice watermelon, cut it with a cookie cutter, stick it on a popsicle stick (i got 100 pkg at dollar tree) and put it on foil n plop it in the fridge!

I know it is a little late in the year. Remember for next time :)

October 3, 2011

Avocado and Tomato Melt with balsamic vinegar

This is another one of my momma's masterpieces. I LOVE this...and it has a little kick of flavor.

This one is very similar to the Turkey Avocado melt but this one has a little kick and is SO EASY and SOOOOOO NUMMY!

Whole wheat bread
Balsamic vinegar
Olive Oil
Italian Seasoning

In advance soak sliced tomatoes in olive oil, balsamic vinegar and Italian seasoning. Broil bread until toasted. Put sliced tomatoes and thinly sliced avocado on top. Put your favorite cheese as a topper and broil again until cheese is melted.

We LOVE this!