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Stagg chili is gluten free

Another company puts gluten free on the label. Thank you Stagg.

I’m still here. Sorta. ūüôā Since I’m gluten free for life, you won’t get rid of me that easy! I’m blogging more often at JessieGunderson.com and busy with my five Thinglets, five acres and being a home school junkie. Haha! Anyhow, if you subscribe you won’t miss it when I post. I’ll just stick to the best of the best. Thanks for being patient.

 

October 5, 2011 at 2:29 pm 2 comments

Barbecuey Ratatouille

The other day Thing 1 began screaming. It was¬†that shrill kid cry that adults can never quite identify.¬† I can’t stand that kind of exclamation it is either glee, cackling or pure pain and¬†no one can ever tell which until you can get eyes on the “victim”!¬† ¬†Sometimes it is as simple an answer as, “the baby smiled at me” other times as innocent and understandable, in my case, as “I saw a BEE!”¬† I could not see the kids from where I sat in my garden of weedin’ so when Thing 1 screamed I expected the worst.

He came running with his hands over his eyes sputtering all sorts of nonsense that I couldn’t make sense of.

“Are you bleeding?” I blurted.

“No,” he managed.

My kids know that my first response is likely to be one of two things: Is there blood, or Is something dead (namely a pet or woodland creature).¬† You’d think by now they would come yelling, “No¬†blood mom!”

Finally I got some sense out of my oldest son, whom I’m constantly having to remind myself is still only seven.¬† “Bubba (who is only 2) threw sand in my eye and on my head!”

The boy accused came toddling over with a look of consternation and stood a little distance off assessing the situation.  I helped Thing 1 to get his eyes to tear and had to practically put him in a straight jacket to keep him from clawing at it.  Once I had that situation fairly handled I put my attention to the discipline of my youngest son.

“Bubba,” I frowned, “it’s not nice to throw sand.¬† Tell your brother you are sorry!”

He came closer and as I looked I could see that in his own hair was at least twice the sand that the older son had.  Hmmm I pondered.  This little boy dumped sand all over his own head and then got a brilliant idea to throw sand onto his brothers head? Or could it just be that all was not as it seemed.

Upon further investigation I’m sure you can guess how the real story played out and in this instance there were no innocent parties.

Thankfully no one found any creatures in the woods. 

What does all this have to do with dinner?¬† I think you will be able to follow my logic if you’ve seen Ratatouille.

Ever since watching the Disney movie Ratatouille my boys have been bugging me to make the dish it is named for.¬† When they first asked, I hadn’t a clue what it was but after perusing the Internet for recipes, watching cooking videos and consulting my culinary¬†expert (my husband) I believe all I have left to say is Eureka!¬†

In honor of sand and sun I’ve been spending my days outside and my cooking efforts have maily centered around the grill so my challenge was to make Ratatouille without heating up the house or using tons of dishes.¬† The following recipe is my solution to both.¬† I reinvented¬†this French dish, a peasants¬†vegetable stew and even the “peasants” in my household couldn’t get enough!

Barbecuey Ratatouille:

BBQYRatatouille

Do I really have to go there?  (Shopping List):

Ratatouille is a peasants stew made using various veggies and sometimes served over rice.  You are sticking with the nature of the dish if you include eggplant and zuccini along with any other vegetable that you have on hand or can find cheap. Here are a few items you need as well.

  • olive oil
  • tomato sauce
  • garlic

If I can do it you can do it! (The Recipe):

If you will be serving your Ratatouille with rice now is an excellent time to begin cooking it.

After you have the rice on, gather all your veggies.

various veggies

I used 1 eggplant, 2 med zucchini, 4 small potatoes, 4 small sweet peppers (or 1 large bell), 1 red onion, 1 tomato.  Other vegetables sometimes used are mushrooms, chickpeas, okra etc.

Juline the eggplant, zucchini and peppers. Cut the potatoes into bite sized pieces and the tomato into wedges.  Slice the onion into rings and place over everything in a disposable tin foil roasting pan.

julien veggies

After you are done slice and dicing, fire up the BBQ.

Once you have all the veggies arranged drizzle olive oil generously over everything.

Place 6 cloves of garlic (peeled and sliced) in a tin foil square and drizzle with olive oil then tightly seal the square and put it in the corner of your roasting pan. Cover the pan with another roaster or tin foil and place on the grill.

Grill the covered veggies over medium heat approximately 20 min.  You will have to check from time to time as some vegetables will cook more quickly.  Flip any that are cooking unevenly and rearrange as necessary.  I burnt a few to the bottom of the pan but we decided we all liked the Cajun flavor!add sauce

Once your veggies are cooked through remove any tough skins (I took the skin off the eggplant) and anything burnt beyond recognition. ūüôā¬† Cut everything into bite size pieces and toss into a nonstick skillet over med heat.¬† Immediately pour in 1 cup of tomato sauce or your favorite spaghetti sauce and toss to coat.¬† Simmer just until heated through and serve over a bed of rice.

allons, mangez !

This has been another recipe for the¬†‚ÄúWhat‚Äôs for Dinner Wednesday Blog Carnival‚ÄĚ Hosted by the Gluten Free Homemaker. Thanks for stopping and check out more great ideas here!

July 14, 2009 at 11:05 pm 11 comments

Not yo’ nacho!

I hope I’m not breaking more rules!¬†¬†You know those blog police are always out to get me.¬† At any rate I’m going to use a previous post for my first ever Friday Foodie Fix over at The Whole Gang.¬† I’ve been wanting to participate in the fun¬†since meeting Diane during What’s for Dinner Wednesday’s but between the rock incident, making green smoothies a fashion statement and playing in my garden I just couldn’t find the time.¬† Finally things are settling in and with the help of my cooking hubby we’ve come up with a recipe that fits the bill!¬† P.s It is not against the rules to use a previous post, in fact you can even use more that one post.¬† Whew, I’m off the hook.

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I don’t go to town often and when I do I usually rush home thinking to myself, “I’m never doing that again!”¬† It’s not that I live¬†outside of¬†a terribly busy town, it’s actually quite quaint.¬† It’s not that I can’t find the things that I need or want.¬† It’s mostly my darling two year old who¬†at this point in¬†his young ¬†life is determined to make shopping a chore.

The Bubba, bless his little pink cheeks is bound and determined to live life on the edge.¬† Literally, I mean the edge of almost everything.¬† I often find him dangling off the edge of the counter, belaying off of the big boys’ bunk bed or my personal favorite, attempting the back flip out of the¬†child¬†seat (belt and all) of my shopping cart.

Because of his shopping antics I hate to go to town!

My grandmother, bless her heart, went shopping with me the other day and sat in the car so I could make some quick stops and not have to set up a carabiner for the shopping cart experience.

I asked her “If you had the money and didn’t have to think practically what one thing would you have done on a regular basis?”

I suspected I knew the answer since we often think alike and I have a definite number one.

I was right, we would both hire a personal chef!¬† It’s not that I completely hate to cook (though I’m not great at it) it is a matter of shopping, being responsible for the health and safety (ha ha) of those eating and cleaning up the mess.¬† If I could school the kids, play in the garden and even organize and clean the house without the worry of “What’s for Dinner” I think I’d have it made!¬† I might pop into the kitchen now and again and I would certainly continue to experiment with baking each time I got a hankerin’ but I wouldn’t be the “Queen of the Kitchen”.¬† Grandma and I would gladly relinquish that to anyone else!

My husband got wind of this plan and he mentioned, “Hon, I really don’t mind cooking, in fact I think it’s kinda fun and, no offense, but I’m a much better shopper!”

Yipee!¬† No way!¬† My husband wants to be the “Queen of the Kitchen”!¬† Am I a horrible housewife for letting my husband do the cooking?

You be the judge.

This is what we had for dinner that very night, and¬†in the time it takes to say…

Not yo’ Nacho a¬†$7.00 family meal (serves 6)

Do I really have to go there? (Shopping List):

Note: I’ve been instructed to revise a couple things

  1. 1 bag chips ($3)
  2. 1/2 lb cheese ($2)
  3. 6-8 med. mushrooms (.50)
  4. cilantro (.50)
  5. 1 avocado ($1)
  6. bell pepper (use a sliver from left overs ūüôā pennies)
  7. 1/4 red onion (pennies)
  8. garlic (pennies)
  9. dollop of sour cream (pennies)
  10. olive oil vegetable oil (pennies)
  11. butter

If I can do it, you can do it. Oh wait, I didn’t! (Recipe):

Grate 1/2lb cheese.

Heat 1 Tbsp olive  vegetable oil in a medium saucepan over med/low heat

Add 2 garlic cloves¬†(minced), 6-8 sliced mushrooms and 2Tbsp butter, heat allowing to slow cook for 5-7min. Also in this step add the red onion and 1/4 sliced bell pepper (pretty much left over’s nachos, whatever’s handy in the frig and sounds good).¬† After the 5-7 min simmer add 2 Tbsp butter and continue to simmer 3 more minutes.

In the meantime melt grated cheese over chips in the microwave or in a toaster oven.

Top the nachos with¬†saute’ mushroom mixture

Garnish with avacado slices, sour cream and cilantro

Enjoy!

THANKS HON!!

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This has been another recipe for the¬†‚ÄúWhat‚Äôs for Dinner Wednesday Blog Carnival‚ÄĚ Hosted by the Gluten Free Homemaker. Thanks for stopping and check out more great ideas here.¬†

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June 2, 2009 at 10:11 pm 22 comments

My goofy trick to get kids to eat!

There is not pitter patter in this house it’s more like “Boom, Crash, Slam!”¬†

Then the next thing I know it’s, “Do-do-do-doo-do-d-d-d-dooo,”¬†the talented Thing 2¬†playing the¬†kazoo version of “March of the Empire”!

I love it though, the kids are so creative!

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Last night’s dinner was a hit and not because¬†of my extreme talent.¬† Thing 1 polished off his stir-fry saying “I loved it, I loved it ALL!”¬†

Would you believe me if I told you the stir-fry contained mushrooms, green peppers and bean sprouts?  Here is my secret. 

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Thing 1 sliced mushrooms using this wire egg slicer, Thing 2 stirred and The Bubba  who never needs coaxing when it comes to eating especially if his brothers are there, supervised!

It was a hit¬†mostly because I let the Thinglets¬†help and they couldn’t resist trying what they had “made”!

Stir-Fry Kid Style Un-Recipe: GF

What you’ll need- meat, cooked rice, various veggies, liquid and seasoning (We used olive oil, Tamari Wheat Free Soy Sauce, garlic and sugar water).¬† We in this case means my hubby, as I was the slice and dice supervisor!

  • partially thaw frozen chicken (we were¬†in¬†a hurry) and slice into thin strips while heating an electric skillet (or frying pan) with a little olive oil
  • cook chicken in olive oil over med heat until no longer frozen then add garlic and a little more oil and increase heat to 400 degreesIMG_3420
  • add vegetables that need extra time like bell pepper and onion (if you must-ha ha)
  • continue to fry and stir so nothing burns
  • add Tamari soy sauce, sugar water (and no, I’m not a Bug)
  • add the remaining veggies and cooked rice (yesterday’s left overs).¬† For a little zip add a small amount of crushed red pepper or red pepper oil after you dish some for the kids ūüôā
  • Stir fry until heated through and the vegetables are cooked how you like them.¬† I like mine pretty limp, Not recommended at culinary schools across the nation, if it were I’d probably be on TV and not writing a blog about how to cook Goof style!

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May 27, 2009 at 11:15 am 12 comments

Bath Time Noodle Dish

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Now isn’t that perty?

This week has not been as eventful as past weeks but I did have to give Pee Wee an emergency bath in the middle of dinner, during which I accidentally hosed myself down with the hand shower!¬† It’s hard to wield a shower head in one hand and grip a slippery wet and squirmy infant in the other, not to mention remembering that the stream of water actually needs to be aimed!¬† Thankfully this meal is easy enough to prepare even during bath time and turned out to be one worth shouting about.

Thing 1 got a quick sample during one of his many¬†dinner progress¬†inspections and immediately ran out, slammed the door and began yelling at his brothers, “Come quick, it’s a really, really good dinner!”

I went¬†ahead and “re-purposed” that barbecued chicken one last time and since the sun¬†has begun¬†to peek through those spring storms more often I have been in the mood for something¬†more reminiscent of a picnic.¬†¬†A light noodle dish was just the ticket.

noodle dishNoodle Dish Recipe:

Boil water and cook pasta as recommended (I like tinkyada)

Saute in olive oil over med/low

  • sliced mini sweet peppers
  • garlic
  • onion (if desired)

Add noodles to wok with cooked (or BBQ) chicken and additional olive oil if needed.

Top with parmesan cheese (if desired) and serve warm!

If you are a goof like me you might forget to saute the garlic and veggies in advance so just push that mass of noodles to the side of your wok and make some room near the bottom so you can do it anyway.  Since my chicken was cooked at the beginning of the week it was really just a heat and serve meal.  Whew!  With more time on your hands you might try this with Noodles at Noon.

This has been another recipe for the¬†‚ÄúWhat‚Äôs for Dinner Wednesday Blog Carnival‚ÄĚ Hosted by the Gluten Free Homemaker. Thanks for stopping and check out more great ideas here.

May 19, 2009 at 8:16 pm 10 comments

Chronicles of a one armed cook.

I should have named my blog, “The Chronicles of a One Armed Cook”!¬† There are always at least two other thing going on while I am trying to make food.¬† Often times I am fixing a bottle for the Bubba, listening to and helping¬†Thing 1¬† to read or blending up various foods in the Magic Bullet for Pee Wee.¬† Thing 2 tends to be good at entertaining himself, for better or worse.

This meal was no exception and though I’m sure I’ve said it before; I am no amazing chef, just a busy mamma trying desperately to find inexpensive and quick meals for a large gluten free family!¬† I want gluten free to be something that is not allusive, not expensive and at this stage in my life, not gourmet!¬† Sorry to those of you with lots of time on your hands, these recipes will rarely be for you! ūüôā¬† I do, however, occasionally make things ahead (late at night) to ease my pain during the week.¬†

The bbq chicken in this meal is made all at once.  We buy a bag of chicken thighs at Costco, marinade it in Italian salad dressing overnight and throw all of it on the barby the next day.  Throughout the week I use the pre-cooked chicken in various ways.

It seems that I mention Costco¬†often but truthfully we don’t buy a lot of things there…

  1. salmon
  2. chicken thighs
  3. coffee
  4. tortillas
  5. avacado’s
  6. and sometimes diapers

Chicken n’ Rice Soup:

This recipe is not as obnoxiously large as others I have posted since I’m “repurposing” my bbq chicken.¬† All you will need is chicken broth, chicken, rice and any veggies you would like to include or have on hand.

If I can do it you can do it! (Recipe):

  1. Pour 16 oz of chicken broth into a med pan and set the burner on high.
  2. Add cooked or instant rice (1 Cup will make it quite hearty)
  3. Add shredded or bite size cooked chicken (2 thighs or 1 breast)
  4. If desired add shredded carrots and a bit of cilantro
  5.  bring to a boil (especially if using instant rice) then immediately reduce heat to med/low

Serve with sunflower carrots!

This has been another recipe for the¬†‚ÄúWhat‚Äôs for Dinner Wednesday Blog Carnival‚ÄĚ Hosted by the Gluten Free Homemaker. Thanks for stopping and check out more great ideas here.

May 12, 2009 at 12:31 pm 7 comments

Hamburger Sanity Un-Recipe

Well it’s been a while.¬† I’m surprised that mothers haven’t gone extinct since nearly every one has survived their toddler(s).¬† My two year old is about to put me in the nut house.¬† He is so busy and so cute at the same time.¬†¬†¬†Not to mention he is stinkin’ loud and I’ve told him so on occasion.¬† Today he shrieked “Stinky Woud, Mom!”

Trying to get ahead is a joke, let alone keep up. I start one thing to be outdone three times over by his speed and agility at UN-doing things just around the corner where I can’t see.¬† He has taken to getting himself¬† “coffee” and “feeding” the dogs as well as letting himself into the great outdoors with nothing but a pair of mud boots on.¬† Thankfully we have a lot of space and no neighbors within earshot, but it is quite shocking when you think your littlest walking member of the family is happily playing cars and suddenly, as you are starting the babys¬†“smoothie” you spot a bare bunned “wild animal” trotting through¬†your backyard on a chilly afternoon.¬† YIKES!

This week I dreampt up all kinds of things to post while cleaned marbles out of my shag area rug. Yes, I intentionally bought a shag rug and yes it is difficult picking out marbles and even worse fishing out cereal and raisins.

After all that thinking and planning magnificent meals to wow the world, I came up with this…

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That is MY naptime face!

Hamburger Un-Recipe-gluten free, dairy free (if you please) and worry free

Pre-made burger patties from Costco. “Boo, hiss!”¬† I know I know, even I was doubtful when my husband picked them out.¬†¬†Despite my protest I had used nearly the whole bag by the end of the¬†first week and sent him back for more the next time we went to Costo.¬† I complained, “We can make them just as easily.”¬† Yeah right, between rocks that ruin menu planning and body painting toddlers I’ll take the patties. Sigh!

BBQ the hamburger patties, melt cheese add condiments and wrap up nice and snug in lettuce.

Did you see the veggies!? I called them Kid Carrots but they are really for me.

Kid Carrots:

I boiled baby carrots in water for 2min then saute’d them in olive oil with brown sugar and cinnamon.¬† Does it still count as my veggie?¬† I do think so…

This has been another recipe for the¬†‚ÄúWhat‚Äôs for Dinner Wednesday Blog Carnival‚ÄĚ Hosted by the Gluten Free Homemaker. Thanks for stopping and check out more great ideas here.

May 5, 2009 at 9:56 pm 16 comments

Green smoothie pants and still smiling.

slimeWell, as always I had a bit of fun this week and my darling Thinglets never disappoint. 

Little Pee Wee has been chowing down her twice daily “bulk up” baby smoothie.¬† It’s a mixture of avocado and banana with goat milk or water and looks exactly like Nickelodeon SLIME.¬† She gets a bit frantic about me shoveling it in her mouth and flaps her arms while smacking- mouth wide open, “WAHHH!” too slow mom- then¬†smack, open again like a¬†little bird.¬†

Meantime the Bubba had just emerged from an early morning (and yes, premature) bath time, thanks to potty training,¬†so he was standing in the buff next to me insisting I “Wap Bubba, Mom!”

He wanted his “Nigh-night” wrapped like a cape around him.

“Wap!”

Smack!

WAHHH!

“Wap!”

Crash!

You guess it, the Bubba got wrapped, Pee Wee got smacked and Mamma got SLIMED! ICK!

The awesome thing is I didn’t even cry or yell.

With company coming over for a Bible Study and no time for anything fancy we made our simplest meal ever.¬† Another winner suggested by my wonderful MIL who is forever surprising me with easy, feed an army solutions for my crazy hand to hand¬†combat of a life!¬† I think she must giggle when I try to plan ahead by calling her in the morning “Do you have any ideas?”¬† then when she does I have to call her three more times before I can get it all written down.¬† I have to giggle at myself when I finally sit down to read what I wrote and it goes something like this…

Boil

Drain

Smash

Add sour cream or ?

Stir

Serve

Nearly as simple as getting SLIMED!

My kids even ate thirds!

Potato Soup for a Party:

Do I really have to go there? (Shopping List):

  • potatoes 24 sm- serves approx 15-20 people
  • sour cream or non-dairy milk (16oz sour cream)
  • 2 small onions
  • ham (if you like)

If I can do it you can do it! (Recipe):

I made this meal ahead so if you do not have time for that start at step 4 then back to step 1.

  1. Dice (into bite size pieces) and boil Potato’s (we used 24¬†small russets)¬†5-8min just until a fork can pierce one.
  2. Drain off most the water then smash up some of the potatoes (this will be the broth).
  3. Add sour cream (16oz- if you are expecting a crowd or if you plan to freeze and murder the menu plan  notion as I have done). You can also use Mocha Mix or another non-dairy substitute.  We pulled out some of the potatoes and made a second non-dairy batch for the Bubba.
  4. Season to taste.¬† Puree¬† and¬†saute 2 small red onions (I can’t stand the texture of onion) with 4 garlic cloves (pressed) and add salt and pepper to taste.
  5. The potatoes went (mostly) into a large crock-pot and then the onion mixture got stirred in and the whole thing simmered on low until we were ready to eat.
  6. Freeze the leftovers and re-heat in a pan over med/low heat or return the whole mess (I mean delicious and oh so gourmet soup) to a crock-pot on low 1hr (or more).  You can add more liquid if it is too thick at this point.  Water works fine.
  7. This is also delicious if you add diced up ham. I had some in the freezer and I added it in at the last minute.

Again, my main man, the real Goof couldn’t resist calculating the cost of this one.¬† We scored a huge bag of potatoes on sale for $0.99 and a container of sour cream costs about the same.¬† Realistically a $5.oo meal.¬† This meal would serve approx 15 people so it’s less than a¬†$0.35 per serving even if we had to pay more for the potatoes and use some Mocha Mix.

This has been another recipe for the¬†‚ÄúWhat‚Äôs for Dinner Wednesday Blog Carnival‚ÄĚ Hosted by the Gluten Free Homemaker. Thanks for stopping and check out more great ideas here.

I’ve also submitted this recipe at the $5 dinner challenge at www.5dollardinners.com check it out, there are tons of inexpensive ideas!

April 21, 2009 at 1:21 pm 17 comments

The trouble with rocks

Despite my desire to be organized and make life easier for myself I really don’t like menu planning.¬† No matter how much “flexibility” you can build into a week or¬†month long plan it still feels restrictive to me.¬† I am a surprise kind of person.¬†¬†When it comes to food I like to decided what to eat¬†based on the weather, the pull of the moon, my mood or whatever suits my fancy.¬† Your laughing!? I know you are wondering, how does THAT work with four little ones, especially since I’m a¬†picky eater myself?¬† I don’t exactly know yet but I’m working on it.

The Problem of Menu Planning Illustrated:

Saturday 3:00 pm –¬†I have lots of help because my hubby is home.¬† We are FINALLY able to get outside to enjoy the first sunny and relatively warm day of spring.¬† This should be an excellent day for accomplishing one of my menu tasks.¬† Happily I dig in the dirt and the boys throw rocks into a huge hole filled with rain water just off the driveway.¬† I have visions of taquitos and even some green beans (veggies that I will¬† eat!) , that should fry up quick and give us plenty of time outside in the sun.¬† At the moment I’m thrilled that I’ve planned ahead.¬†

4:00 pm – It’s time to think about getting the boys inside and washed up so we can start dinner.¬† But Oh, this sun is glorious!¬† The big boys have moved on to riding bikes and Bubba is running up and down the driveway exclaiming with glee, “Wide Bite’s! Wide Bite’s!”¬† That’s “Ride Bikes” to the rest of us.

4:45¬†pm – Just about finished staking off¬†the new¬†garden. Three boys are back on a dirt mound tossing rocks. In a split second there is Thing 2 covered in mud climbing up the “bank” of the large puddle sputtering and crying, “Blood, Mom, BLOOOOD! I’m gonna DIE!”

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Thing 2's Red Racecar Band-aid

5:00 pm – Time to start dinner but instead I’m carrying my 5 year old whose head is dripping with blood up to the house.¬† My dear husband has run to get towels, hoping not to have to look at whatever is causing all the ruckus.¬† He does not do blood unless it’s his own.¬† That Goof could cut a leg off and shrug “ah, but a flesh wound”.¬† Make him talk about or look at blood and he goes white in the face!¬† I’m on my own with this one.

5;15 pm – The head is no longer dripping and I’ve got Thing 2 properly bandaged.¬† The¬†two of us¬†are off¬†to the ER for stitches.¬† The story is Thing 1 thought about jumping the ditch but wanted to see if Thing 2 could clear it first. Being the dare devil that he is, 2 was happy to try and yet being short legged and attempting the long jump uphill, landed square in the middle of the puddle which then propelled him forward into the upper bank where a large and jutted rock sat firmly planted in the dirt waiting for a tender little head to split.¬†

Whack! In three seconds flat (the time it takes to convince a 5 year old to jump) my dinner menu plan resolution was ruined and off I flew to the ER, leaving Hubby with Thing 1 (still howling in remorse since it was his idea  that had gotten his brother hurt), the Bubba (howling even though he had no idea why) and Pee Wee (squealing just as loudly, not to be outdone). 

While at the ER¬†I had some time to think¬†on the subject of menu planning¬†and I¬†believe I’ve got an idea.¬† Even if I do¬† menu plan I still have to find the time to cook what I’ve planned and more often than not, there in lies the problem.¬† My new plan:¬† always cook enough for 3-4 meals at once and freeze the extra!¬† Maybe I’ll even get one whole Sat. to cook ahead and then I’ll really be set!

Instead of taquitos around 5:30 we ate Wendy’s take out and then when I got home Hubby and I stayed up late making loads of taquitos that I hope will last a couple weeks.¬† But, you know what they say… “If you cook build it they will eat come.”

Rock Day Taquitos:

Do I really have to go there? (Shopping List):

Costco Baby, Costco!

  1. Frozen chicken (approx. 4lb) beef works too
  2. 50 corn tortillas or if you are really ambitious make your own
  3. vegetable oil (for frying)
  4. seasonings for the chicken if desired

If I can do it you can do it! (Recipe):

IN THE MORNING:

1. Fill your crock-pot to the brim with frozen chicken breast or thighs. Thighs are cheaper but harder to shred. Of course, in typical Goof fashion I learned the hard way.  Cook on high 4hrs.  You may want to re-arrange the pieces then turn to low and finish cooking any that need it.

4HRS LATER:

Take your son to the ER and when you return the chicken will be cool enough to shred without burning your fingers!  See there is a silver lining. 

4 MORE HOURS LATER (or whenever)

2. Shred the chicken using two forks and put in a large bowl. 

3. The easiest way we found to make large amounts of taquitos was in an electric skillet.  Preheat skillet to 300 degrees.

4. Season chicken to taste.  We poured the juice out of a can of jalapenos (put the jalapenos in Tupperware are covered again with water for use later) then added a heaping tablespoon of minced garlic as well as generous amounts of salt and cracked peppercorn (I like the colorful stuff).

5. Use just enough cooking oil to coat the bottom of the skillet or pan you are using.  This will vary depending on the size of your skillet and you will have to add a small amount with each new batch.fry

6. Heat tortillas until they just begin to bubble then remove and place cooked side up on paper towels. We did four at a time until we had 16 then went on to the next step and repeated steps 5-7  until we had used up all the tortillas.

7. Spoon chicken into the tortilla’s (on the cooked side) and roll, then place them, seam side down, on the skillet to fry the other side.¬† Take a little nap on the breakfast bar¬†until you begin to smell the tortilla toasting, it’s time to turn (approx 5 min).¬† Actually we were able to get 16 tortilla’s in my large skillet so by the time the last one was rolled the first only needed 1 min. more cooking time before we could begin to turn them and then only 1 more minute by the time they were all rolled to begin removing them and eating cooling them on a plate to freeze for an anytime meal.¬† It worked well to pack them tight because they didn’t have¬†room to unroll.

If you are making a small batch you will cook 5 min, turn then 5 min more or until the tortilla is lightly browned and no longer soft.

8. Freeze and when you need a quick meal heat on a grill 5 min each side or taquitosmicrowave wrapped in paper towels for 1-3min depending on how many you are re-heating at once.

Variation: Use shredded pork and a can of diced tomatoes and green chilies

NOTE: We got a little overly excited about our hearty home made taquitos and were only able to get 47 taquitos because they were stuffed.¬† I would recommend going a little lighter on the chicken.¬† They need to wrap one and a half times around so they don’t fall apart when you try to eat them.¬† You will still have a far superior taquito to the store bought (often gluten filled) expensive and skimpy on the meat, taquitos.¬† Not to mention at about half the cost.¬†

My Hubby can’t resist doing the math and he figured out that our taquitos cost less than $20 for 50 which¬†have probably 3 times the meat than the $6 box of 20 skimpy taquitos we usually buy.

This has been another recipe for the¬†‚ÄúWhat‚Äôs for Dinner Wednesday Blog Carnival‚ÄĚ Hosted by the Gluten Free Homemaker. Thanks for stopping and check out more great ideas here.

April 14, 2009 at 10:27 pm 23 comments

Simple Salmon

The quickest meals I’ve had are ones I didn’t have to make!¬† Thankfully my husband is often willing to oblige since someone’s got to feed the baby and well… you know… he can’t.¬†¬† Actually my¬†husband is a great cook and much more creative than I am.¬† We spent a couple days out of town and came home to an empty frig so tonight¬†we threw together our family favorite Salmon and Rice.

This is how I he did it.salmon

  1. Thaw frozen salmon patties (mine were from Costco)  under cool running water (I keep them in the plastic for this).
  2. Put rice in the rice cooker or on the stove to cook (remember 2:1 water¬†to rice-Hubby doesn’t need reminding but I do)
  3. Place salmon in a microwave safe plate or glass pan and squeeze a lemon wedge (or lemon juice) onto the fish  then sprinkle with dill seasoning and garlic
  4. Cover with plastic wrap, a plate or Press and Seal (did you know Press and Seal could be microwaved?)
  5. Cook on high until done. Approx. 3-6min depending on the size of the pieces.  The key is to check the temp.  It should register 130 degrees on an instant read therm. My favorite Goof (Hubby) wanted me to revise this adding that salmon is much better pan fried approx 8-10min on med/high  if you have the time.
  6. Hopefully your rice is done now if you didn’t forget to put the rice cooker on “cook” instead of “warm” like I often do.
  7. Serve with rice and enjoy. 

Veggies would be a nice touch but if you read this¬†you’ll know why mine were absent.

For an even better night include a batch of my gooey brownies coming soon mentioned in a previous post.

This has been another recipe for the¬†‚ÄúWhat‚Äôs for Dinner Wednesday Blog Carnival‚ÄĚ Hosted by the Gluten Free Homemaker.¬†¬†Thanks for stopping and check out more ideas here.

A parting poem since I’m low on my own wit today

Simple Simon met a pieman going to the fair;
Said Simple Simon to the pieman “Let me taste your ware”
Said the pieman to Simple Simon “Show me first your penny”
Said Simple Simon to the pieman “Sir, I have not any!”

Simple Simon went a-fishing for to catch a whale;
All the water he had got was in his mother’s pail.
Simple Simon went to look if plums grew on a thistle;
He pricked his fingers very much which made poor Simon whistle.
He went for water in a sieve but soon it all fell through;
And now poor Simple Simon bids you all “adieu”

March 31, 2009 at 9:54 pm 7 comments

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Many of you have been checking back for results on my sourdough creation. At the moment it is still a science experiment, but a happy, bubbly experiment. Never fear, recipes will be here! I did make a beautiful, moist and delicious loaf of sourdough using yeast and a myriad of other ingredients but I'm still trying to create something more user friendly. Wouldn't it be awesome to have a starter on the counter that you could add 4 things to and have a loaf of bread by dinner? Mmmm! Attempt #1 - rose well but resulted in a dense chewy blob Attempt #2 - rose ok but was thin and lifeless then fell and another dense (not so chewy) blob Attempt #3 - to the dogs! Attempt #4 - A sourdough pancake success see post under what's for breakfast gluten-free goof? Ongoing - I've tried several more times and am going to try a completely different approach on the bread starting this week. (Mar 18). My sourdough is still happy on my counter and it makes great pancakes but it's a lot of work just for pancakes. Keep checking! April Update: She is still kickin and I'm still workin on a yeast free, gluten free sourdough loaf! May Update: My sourdough "pet" has been dried and retired until next baking season. I've traded her in for a hotter model, the BBQ! :)
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