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Healthier nutrigrain bars

These bars are good, but I don't think they taste like the original, the dough is just wrong. However, they are much healthier, and cheaper.

2 cups white wheat flour
.5 cups brown sugar
.25 teaspoon sea salt
.5 teaspoon baking soda
.5 cups butter (I'd like to try coconut oil)
.25 cups cold water
1 cup oats
.25 cups agave (I'm not really into agave healthwise, but honey would leave too strong of a flavor for me and I despise brown rice syrup)

.5 cups applesauce
1.5 cups soft fruit (either really ripe, cooked or frozen and defrosted)

Preheat oven to 350 and line a 9x12 baking pan with foil.

Pulse all ingredients through butter in food processor. Add water slowly until ingredients clump and resemble course sand. Add oats and agave and pulse to combine. Spread 2/3 of mixture into pan, pressing to create a crust.

Pulse fruit to create a smooth puree. I used some very ripe strawberries and pears with the applesauce. Make sure it tastes good, add lemon juice, agave, vanilla, cinnamon, whatever you like until it tastes good. Pour over crust and smooth to distribute evenly.

Crumble remaining dough over the top. Bake 20 minutes. Let cool. Remove from pan using foil and cut into bars. Store in the refrigerator.

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Wed--Hamburgers, Salad
Thursday--Cranberry Roast with sweet potatoes and green beans
Friday--Brown Sugar Chicken with rice and cauliflower (omg, can this get any more white?)
Saturday--Bell peppers stuffed with rice and ground beef
Sunday--Soft chicken tacos with cabbage and onion slaw


Tuesday--Chicken fajitas
Thursday--eat out
Friday--brown sugar chicken, asparagus, rice
Saturday--asian shredded beef, frozen stirfry veggies, rice
Sunday--leftovers--spaghetti or pasta fagioli
Monday--Cheeseburgers, sweet potato fries, green beans



My son is allergic to milk protein, or at least that is our best guess. Milk is in EVERYTHING. If it is dairy free it is freaken expensive and you have to buy it at the health food store, or it is plastic like wonder bread. So, I have started making my own bread, about every other day. Today I tackled homemade burger buns, and I must say they look AMAZING. I am so excited to eat my burger.


Cranberry roast review

This was everything a roast should be. Easy, cheap, delicious. It had none of the crockpot aversions listed below. It was tangy and a little sweet. I made it with rump roast, jellied cranberries (that's what I had) and served it with garlic roasted potatoes and butternut squash with vinegar, which all went very well together.

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This week's dinners

Monday-chicken burritos
Tuesday-hamburgers with baked potatoes and asparagus
Wednesday-chicken lettuce wraps
Thursday-beef kabobs with couscous
Friday-pasta fagioli

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Dijon Maple Chicken with Sweet Potatoes

Last night we had one of the  crockpot meals from the previous post. It was a good start.I doubled the recipe because I only have a huge crockpot, chicken doesn't come in one pound packages, and Mike is back to taking lunch. I follwed the recipe exactly except for the thyme, I was out. I would put it in next time though. I also think it was too sweet. Mike and I agreed that the chicken to sweet potato recipe was off and we had plenty of left overs, so next time this is what I will do:

2 pounds chicken breasts or boneless thighs
1 large onion, diced
2-3 sweet potatoes, cut into large chunks
2 cups chicken broth
4 T dijon mustard
4 T maple syrup
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 bay leaves
1 t thyme

Put the chicken into the bottom of your crockpot, top with onions and sweet potatoes
Mix remining ingredients, dump on top
Cook on low for 6-8 hours, or on high for 4-5. This is done when the chicken is cooked through and the vegetables reach desired tenderness.

Goes great with couscous!


Crock Potting it Up

Wow, you say, you haven't posting to your blog about food since July. Well, I probably haven't cooked shince then either. I love cooking and baking, but with the baby it is just too hard sometimes. Plus, Mike left for two weeks, so I didn't really eat. And I have been on a nothing diet. Mean I literally eat nothing. No gluten, dairy, eggs, peanuts or fish. That is like 90% of my diet. So all I ate was almonds, fruit, veggies and potatoes. It was rough, I am back on gluten though, so that is good.

I need a way to cook that requires no hot pans, little man can be in a sling while I dice or whatever, but sauting is out. So what is in? The crockpot! I associate crockpot cooking with three things--fatty stew type dishes, mushy veggies and white trash. I am working to get over it. I foudn this blog and it rocks so I am trying some stuff out. Tonight we are having Dijon Maple Chicken with sweet potatoes, sauted zucchini (I will make it when Mike gets home) and rice. On Sunday night (Mike is going out of town until then) we are having Cranberry Roast with butternut squash (don't know how I am preparing it yet) and roasted garlic potatoes. On Monday we are having Chicken Lettuce Wraps. None of this sounds white trashy to me, we will see. I think the leftovers from Sunday and today will freeze well, and Mike can just take the unfrozen leftovers from the lettuce wraps to work on Tuesday. I'll let you know how it goes.


Meals week 7/12/11

Thai green curry chicken
Hamburgers with baked beans and potato salad (grill chicken too)
Chicken Pesto Pizza with roasted red peppers and artichokes
Casserole/Skillet--Skillet Chicken and Veggies

Pasta--Tortellini with pesto and chicken

Ground Meat--hamburgers

Grilled Meat--




Creamy chipotle chicken review

I don't usually like crockpot food, but with a quarter cow in the freezer and a baby in my arms, it is very useful. I don't feel safe cooking while holding x, so the crockpot is a great solution.

I doubled this recipe because we had extra chicken that was going to go bad, except I didn't have two packages of cream cheese, so I added some sour cream at the end. I think next time I'll quick with cream cheese.

This was good, the chicken was super moist and tasty. The sauce was a little too spicy-however it looked like chicken paprikash so I was a little bummed that it didn't taste like it. The sauce was also I little thin.

Next time-
Less chipotle peppers
More cream cheese
Add onion and garlic
Thicken sauce

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