I feel a little silly posting this. I’ve been going through my 2014 pictures and I took this picture 1 year ago. My little boys eat this at least once a week… cause it’s super easy for me. Lately, I’ve been minimizing the time I spend cooking so I can maximize the time I get to do my hobbies and teach my boys new things.
- Cook and drain macaroni according to package then put macaroni back into pot. Turn heat down to medium-low
- Put the butter on top of the macaroni in the pot. Stir until melted.
- Stir and sprinkle Italian bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese until desired coverage (~1/4 cup each)
- Enjoy! Or….
- FOR OVER ACHIEVERS: Put macaroni on a baking sheet and broil until a little crispy on the edges (~2 minutes)
I’ve been always afraid to make veggie burgers because I don’t know how they would turn out. I thought it’d be hard and that it wouldn’t taste very good. Well today I succeeded in making a veggie burgers that both my husband and my toddler loved! This recipe is SUPER EASY and it taste super good! It’s not vegan because it contains eggs and cheese but it’s 100% meat free. However, we commented at dinner on how it smells like meat and even kinda taste like meat too.
- 1 can of cannellini beans, drained
- 1 can of butter beans, drained
- 1 can of red kidney beans, drained
- 1 cup of fresh bread crumbs (That’s all they sell in Ireland… they don’t have the dry stuff. I bet the dry stuff work too or take some white bread and shred it up yourself.)
- 4 green onion, chopped into scallions
- 1 tbsp freshly chopped cilantro
- 1 egg
- 3/4 tsp salt
- 1/8 tsp pepper
- 1/4 tsp oregano
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 3/4 cup shredded cheese (I used mozzarella. I’m sure the more cheese you add the better it taste or you can cut back on the cheese if you’re trying to be healthy.)
- 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
- Burger buns
- Burger condiments: lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, ketchup, mayo, ect.
- Put the beans in a strainer and rinse throughly. Make sure they are very dry after rising by using a paper towel.
- Mash the beans in a large mixing bowl using a potato masher until the beans are like mash potatoes. Some texture was fine. I couldn’t get all of the beans to mash.
- Add breadcrumbs, green onions, cilantro, egg, salt, pepper and oregano. Mix well.
- Pre-heat a frying pan to medium heat. Add the olive oil into the frying pan.
- Divide bean mixture into 9 portions. Using clean hands, shape and press each portion into a chunky burger.
- Fry each burgers ~5 minutes on each side or until light golden brown. Cook it until the burger is cooked all the way through and piping hot.
- Put the hot burgers in a bun and add your favorite condiments!
I used to be afraid of being pregnant. Now I realized that there really isn’t anything to be afraid about. It was all in my head! Being pregnant is great! I have no complaints at all. It’s so funny being able to feel the little baby inside poking me. I’m almost six months a long and it’s been a wonderful and spiritual experience for me and my husband. The love that we feel from Heavenly Father and the baby can’t be expressed in words! There are so many blessing to having children. Dallin and I have felt the most love and the Spirit in our home as we prepare for this little child to come.
It’s not weird having a baby inside of me. It feel really normal actually. Seeing the baby in the ultrasound was one of the best experiences for me. He’s just so cute!
I know I’ve been blessed with a good pregnancy so far and I’m super grateful for that! I have to thank Heavenly Father and priesthood blessings for such an easy pregnancy. Other than some thyroid problems (which is easily fixable), I haven’t had any morning sickness and I’ve been able to go to school/work. I’ve been able to work out five times a week and I’ve kept a pretty healthy diet. I’ve been pretty much able to keep my previous lifestyle while being pregnant.
Let me tell you about the great perks about being pregnant:
- Food just tastes so much better! – I don’t even know why… I just think it’s because I have a bigger appetite and I get cravings for really delicious things like steak, hamburgers, ice cream, shakes, cheese, yogurt, fruits, and veggies… I used to feast on salads but now I just eat a big variety of foods.
- Maternity clothes are super comfortable! – No more worries about jeans being too tight. These stretchy pants are the way to go. It helps when the doctor wants me to gain a pound a week! The baby right now is gaining about half a pound a week so maternity clothes are highly recommended. 🙂
- You get to take naps! – For me, I had no excuses to take a nap during the day but now I have all the reason to take naps during the day. I only get tired when I’m out working all day but other than that I can make it from 6:00 AM to 8:00 PM most days.
- Love at Home – There has been an increase of love at home. The Family: A Proclamation to the World explains how a family can achieve greater love and joy by living the teachings and principles of Jesus Christ one which includes having children and bringing them into a loving home. You really do experience joy in your posterity.
- Becoming a Mother is Fulfilling – I have never felt as fulfilled in my life doing anything else than bearing this child. I know this is what I’m meant to do.
- A Lot of Blessings – Just like having faith and following all the other commandments of God, we receiving blessings for doing what God wants us to do and being obedient.
The list goes on. I’m so excited to see our little baby!
This picture is of a tomato basil cracker recipe. I cooked tomatoes in the oven for about an hour in 200 degrees F. Then I put the tomatoes in a liquid measure and filled it to 1 cup of water. I put it in the cracker recipe and sprinkled onion salt and basil on top. You have to play with this recipe and make some fun flavored crackers like garlic and parsley or taco seasoning. It’s a really good cracker recipe.
- 1 and 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
- 1 and 1/2 cup white flour
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/3 cup oil
- 1 cup water
- salt for sprinkling
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
- In a medium bowl, stir together the whole wheat flour, all-purpose flour, and 3/4 teaspoon salt. Pour in the vegetable oil and water; mix until just blended.
- On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough as thin as possible – no thicker than 1/8 inch. Place dough on an ungreased baking sheet, and mark squares out with a knife. Prick each cracker with a fork a few times, and sprinkle with salt.
- Bake for 15 to 20 minutes in the preheated oven, or until crisp and light brown. Baking time may be different depending on how thin your crackers are. When cool, remove from baking sheet, and separate into individual crackers.
This is really good and it tastes just like mashed potatoes!
- 1 medium head cauliflower
- 1 tablespoon cream cheese, softened
- 1/4 cup grated Parmesan
- 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
- 1/8 teaspoon straight chicken base or bullion (may substitute 1/2 teaspoon salt)
- 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh or dry chives, for garnish
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
Set a stockpot of water to boil over high heat.
Clean and cut cauliflower into small pieces. Cook in boiling water for about 6 minutes, or until well done. Drain well; do not let cool and pat cooked cauliflower very dry between several layers of paper towels.
In a bowl with an immersion blender, or in a food processor, puree the hot cauliflower with the cream cheese, Parmesan, garlic, chicken base, and pepper until almost smooth.
Garnish with chives, and serve hot with pats of butter.
Have you ever been to Edo at the mall? You know that place that makes Japanese food. This is kinda like their stir fry. Yummy! You can serve this with brown or white rice on the side. If you want this to have more terriyaki taste… Just add another tablespoon of sugar.
- 1/2 pound of chicken thighs, remove bone, chopped into small pieces
- 2 sticks of celery chopped in little slices
- 1/4 of an onion chopped in strips
- 1/2 green pepper chopped in strips
- 1/4 of a cabbage chopped in about 2 inch strips
- 1 cup of brocoli
- 2-3 cloves of garlic minced
- 1 Tablespoon sugar
- 2 Tablespoon soy sauce
- Garlic Salt
- Lemon Pepper
- Cook the chicken on medium heat on the stove in a frying pan add garlic.
- Sprinkle chicken with lemon pepper and a little bit of garlic salt.
- Once the chicken is almost done turn the heat down 1-2 notches add the onions, celery, and green peppers. Stir and cook for about 3 minutes.
- Then add the broccoli and cook for another 2 minutes.
- Then add the cabbage strips.
- Now let the cabbage cook for 5 minutes on low heat.
- Sprinkle lemon pepper and garlic salt.
- Then add the soy sauce and sprinkle on the sugar.
- Stir and make sure everything is mixed in well.
- Serve stir fry with a side of white or brown rice.
No sugar added, no flour, no egg cookies! But don’t let that deceive you… these are really good! Try them before you judge them. They are puffy little cookies.
- 2 bananas mashed
- 2 cups of oats
- 1 cup applesauce (natural, no sugar added)
- 1/4 cup oil (optional)
- 1/2 raisin or crasins (or mix it up)
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp cream of tartar
- 1 tsp baking power
- 1 tsp baking soda
- First mash the bananas really well if you haven’t done so already
- Add 1 cup of apple sauce
- Add oil if desired, I don’t really think it makes a difference
- Add raisin or crasins, vanilla, cinnamon, baking power, and baking soda.
- Mix well
- Then add oats, beat until cookie dough is light and very fluffy. (~5 Minutes in a kitchen aid)
- Make into about 2 inch round cookies on a greased cookie sheet. Make sure to flatten the cookie because the cookies don’t flatten in the oven.