Monday, June 30, 2008
Friday, June 27, 2008
I am a big advocate of cooking from scratch and keeping it frugal and healthy.. but every now and again I need something quick to put together that does not sacrifice health. I know I will spend a bit more to make it healthy but I also know I am spending much less than if I was to buy take out food for my family and with that added expense there would be no health advantages.
This is one meal I make that is quick to put together and I have used the healthiest ingredients I could find.
Here are the basic ingredients:
Healthy & Quick Lasagna
1 lb hamburger
1 onion, chopped
1jar (25oz approx) organic pasta sauce such as the brand Muir Glen
1 container (16oz) organic cultured cottage cheese
8 whole wheat lasagna noodles
4 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
Here is how it is made
Begin by gathering together your ingredients
Put a frying pan on the stove to heat up.
While it is getting hot, chop up your onion
Cook hamburger and onion until hamburger is no longer pink and onion is soft
Add pasta sauce and mix well
You will need a 13x9 pan to make this in. Spray the pan with non-stick spray
Lay 4 uncooked noodles in the bottom of the pan
Spoon half the hamburger/pasta sauce mix over the noodles
Spoon half the cottage cheese over the hamburger/pasta sauce mix
Now cover with half the cheese
Start the process all over again beginning with the uncooked lasagna noodles and using up the rest of the ingredients and ending with the shredded mozzarella.
After you have covered the top with the last of the cottage cheese and mozzarella cheese you will need to cover it with foil. If you want to prevent the cheese from sticking to the foil as it cooks and melts then spray your foil with non-stick spray first and then cover the lasagna.
Cook at 350 for about 1 hour. Pull it out and stab it with a fork to make sure the noodles are soft. If you need to cook it longer you can put it back in for another 15 minutes. When the lasagna is done allow to cool for 20 to 30 minutes so it will firm up and be easier to serve. Then enjoy!!
Saturday, June 21, 2008
Well this last week has been crazy busy. We were working on all the last minute details to get Leanne ready to leave for Orlando (Teen Missions), CAT testing for the kids and Tobin was working like crazy around the property.
However.. yesterday Leanne left for her 2 month missions trip to
Today has seemed like a relief from all the planning, paperwork, fund raising, packing, shopping, etc… that has gone into this trip. I had a totally new focus today.. I made nearly 100 bottles of lotion (some new scents that I will get up on the site tomorrow along with a couple new soap scents for summer), directed the kids to clean up the basement and house and Jacob and Isaac worked on outdoor projects. It felt almost normal again! LOL..
I feel like I can now focus on summer, menus, housekeeping, summer routines and maybe a garden.. not sure if that will happen. We have had so much rain that it made it almost impossible to get a garden in and then when the weather was cooperating I was so busy I could not get to it. I may see if I can still buy any plants and go from there. If I can’t then I guess I will be visiting the farmers market this year for fresh veggies.
Emily also took another CLEP test last week (History II) and passed with flying colors again!! She now has some time off and has been spending all her time today studying (and plans to spend the next several days doing the same thing) for the next test (American Government) which she hopes to take sometime next week. She is on track and doing great.
Well I need to go and put my feet up….among everything else that has gone on I sprained my ankle last week.. just what I needed.. LOL.. luckily it is not a bad sprain and is healing well.. except in the evening it starts aching.. I need go and elevate it right now.
Hope you all have a blessed Sunday on your homesteads!
Monday, June 9, 2008
This last week flew by. I kept busy with housekeeping, laundry, updating my website, time on my boards, and time in town.
I was in town twice last week; once with Tobin for our weekly date and later in the week with my girls for grocery shopping. Before we got going on the shopping we went to a local community college so Emily could take her next CLEP test. The test was History I and she passed with flying colors! I was quite pleased. She is now heading onto History II. The course had a lot of dates and wars and info to memorize. She is really putting into practice the study skills she learned when she first got started. She emailed her coach when she got home to let her know she had passed. We received a call last week from her degree planner to make the specific plans for her accounting degree. She will know next week specifically what classes she will be taking. Right now she is working on all her general classes. I am very proud of all her hard work on this, on top of working full time.
Leanne leaves in about a week and a half.. yikes! It is coming up too quickly for me! We need to do a practice packing job to make sure she meets the weight limit and make adjustments if she does not. Our church informed us that they would be giving Leanne the last part of the needed funds for this missions trip, which was a real blessing to all of us and I am very thankful for this.
Can’t remember if I shared or not, but my oldest daughter, Carolyn, is having a boy. They will all be here in a few weeks for a visit and I am excited to see them.
We are still waiting for summer to start here in my little corner of the world. Today is about 60 and cloudy and they predict wet and that is the way it has been, with the exception of yesterday. It was actually sunny. I went out on my deck and just soaked up some of the afternoon sunshine. It was not real warm, but the sun sure felt good. But other than that little bit of sun, we have not seen much. I joked with my hubby that we need to take another vacation so we can have some more heat and sun! LOL.. But I know eventually summer HAS to start.. right?
Today I have some soap business stuff to do (package and label), laundry (already have one load done), housework and put something simple on for dinner. It will probably be a pot of soup to help warm up the house. Tobin and I will be heading to town later on today for our weekly date.. love those quiet times with my honey..
Hope you all have a wonderful Monday!
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
While making another yummy bean dish for my family I took step by step pictures for anyone wanting to try this one out! I received several emails from ladies saying they had tried my Italian Pintos and their families enjoyed it, so I hope this will be another good one for anyone who gives it a try!
You can find the recipe for Black Bean Chicken Chili here: http://www.thefamilyhomestead.com/blackbeanchickenchili.htm
The first step is to assemble your ingredients
Add your beans to a 6qt pot and add water
Bring to a boil. Slowly reduce the heat over 5 minutes and put a lid on the pot and turn the burner to low. Slowly reducing the heat over 5 minutes before putting the lid on will help the pot of beans not to boil over.
Let the beans cook for 2 ½ to 3 hours or longer if you live at higher elevations. Check the beans at the end of the cooking time. When you blow on one, the skin should crack. When taste one they should be nice and soft, not hard in any way.
When the beans have finished cooking it is time to prepare the rest of the ingredients. Chop up your onion
And your chicken. My chicken in the first picture was still frozen; I use boneless, skinless frozen chicken thighs and as you can see, after it has defrosted and was cut up it is not as much as it may have looked like in the first picture.
Now add a little olive oil to a fry pan and cook the onions and the chicken
Add the garlic
When it is done add the cooked chicken and onions to the pot of cooked beans
Add the corn
Add the can of tomatoes. I call for Rotel tomatoes in my recipe but have since worked to use only organic tomato products (trying to avoid GMO products as much as possible). The brand I am using is Muir Glen Organic Roasted Tomatoes with Peppers.
Add the chili powder
Stir and simmer a bit to blend flavors and serve for dinner!! I added a nice green salad with homemade dressing, tortilla chips and organic salsa. My family really enjoys this meal and I hope you do to!