Weekly Recipe Idea

Are you constantly looking up recipies on WTF to make for dinner because you are tired and have no idea what you did last week?

Okay this is going to take a little bit of legwork but I promise you it will be worth it. Take a handful of minutes each night (skip Facebook for 5 minutes tonight and tomorrow) and write down in your Phone notes section all the meals you love and make for your family.

Once you have enough bust out some notecards and write down the name of the dish along with the ingredients. Bonus if you add photos. Photos take longer and may be hard to manipulate but we are very visual creatures so if you see a photo chances are you are going to get more excited about it.

Now you have 20-30 dishes give or take however many if good for you and put them in a little envelope somewhere. I took the next step because I’m an organize freak when I have the time and split it into 1) breakfast / lunch 2) main dishes 3) sides and sweets

BAM! High five. Look at your Miss Organized for Food. Take the guesswork out and put your notes front and center. Magnets (or tape) and a white board if you feel fancy.

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Pumpkin Apple Muffins

BABY LED WEANING (and husband) APPROVED

 

I tend to skim over what people write in the beginning of recipes, they get soooo loooong….so here is a haiku instead.

I always look for
this recipe from my Mom
Most scrumdiddlyumptious

2 ¼ cups all purpose flour

2 tsp. cinnamon (you can never add too much in my opinion I add an extra 1/2 tsp.)

½ tsp ginger

¼ tsp nutmeg

¼ tsp cloves

—if you prefer, use 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice—

1 ½ tsp baking soda

1 ¼ tsp salt

¼ tsp baking powder

1 large (2 small) apple – peeled, cored, diced ~ 1 2/3 cups

1/3 cup raisins (I use golden – they bake up softer)

½ – 1 cup coarsely chopped pecans (or walnuts)

½ cup butter (1 stick softened at room temperature)

1 ½ cups light brown sugar

3 eggs

1 ½ cups pumpkin

1/3 cup milk

For Muffins Preheat at 375º for 15 minutesspray with cooking spray
For a Bread Loaf Preheat at 350º Bake 1 hour and 20 minutes

or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

In a small bowl, combine flour, spices, baking soda, salt, and powder.

In another small bowl combine the chopped apple and raisins; toss with 2 Tbsp. of the flour mixture. (This helps the fruit to stay suspended in the loaf and not just sink to the bottom.)

–On medium speed, beat butter and brown sugar until combined. On medium-low, beat in eggs and pumpkin until blended. The mixture will look curdled.)

–On low, alternately beat in the flour blend with the milk until all are blended. Stir in the apple/raisin mixture and pecans. Transfer the thick batter to the pan or muffin tins. Cool on a rack for 10 minutes in the pan. Slip the muffins or bread out and let it cool some more on the rack. You can drizzle a powder sugar/milk icing on if you like it sweeter, but I like it plain.

The Best and Healthiest 3 Ingredient Pancake Recipe Ever

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I dare you to make these. Please. Everyone is on a health kick these days but the taste component seems to fall flat. I rediscovered these visiting my Mom. She used to make these for me when I was a kid. I didn’t have time for a gourmet photo, my 9 month old was too busy gobbling them up and I was busy helping her. They are great cold as well.

Into the whole baby lead weaning deal? These pancakes are great to add to your growing list of “holy crap my baby loves this” list. Usually my kiddo does NOT take food from me, but she was so excited she wouldn’t hold the pancake (see photo for proof.) It has such a light and fluffy texture and has that extra hit of protein you wouldn’t expect from a pancake with the eggs and cottage cheese.

The Best & Healthiest 3 Ingredient Pancake Recipe
3 Eggs
1/2 carton of cottage cheese (so about a cup)
3 tablespoons of flour

Additionally you could add a splash of vanilla and a squeeze of lemon or cinnamon or top with berries.

Mix well, fry in pan or griddle with butter or whatever sort of butter substitute that blows your skirt up.

What’s for Dinner?

We all have our favorite dishes. Maybe one day I’ll throw up a template to help you out, but for now here’s just an idea. Write or print off your favorite dishes and put them in a note card format. When you are stuck on WTF to buy at the grocery store or what to cook next, your little cards can save the week.

Throw them on a weekly calendar if you are feeling extra organized.

 

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Easiest Pizza Recipe (Give it a try it’s with bread)

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Don’t be scared you don’t have to make any dough. When I’m craving pizza but don’t have much time, this is a great way to snag that craving.

  1. A good loaf of your favorite bread – I chose french bread but you can go with whatever and slice it in longer pieces if you choose.
  2. Mozzarella Cheese
  3. Sauce – I spend the extra buck on marinara for taste
  4. OPTIONAL – Toppings, Olive oil & spices – Oregano, Garlic Salt, Crushed Red Pepper Flakes

Cut bread
Top with sauce
Sprinkle with cheese
Add toppings – I had goat cheese, olives & mushrooms in my fridge

Sometimes I’ll bake at 400 degrees for around 10 minutes
Other times I’ll bake at LOW BROIL for 6 minutes

I almost forgot to take photos of the end result – not the prettiest photo but sure good. I toss a little olive oil with oregano and crushed red pepper flakes on top.

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Easy Asparagus Side Dish

The easiest way to cook asparagus is just boil asparagus in a little H20 for a few minutes but some days you need a little more flavor to one of the yummiest veggies out there.

1. Asparagus
2. Olive Oil
3. Cajan Seasoning

Chop up asparagus to your liking and lay them out on a pan. Sprinkle olive oil over and dust with cajan seasoning. I would dust over just the tops unless you need more kick. 400 degrees in the oven for around 10 minutes and presto change-o! You have a killer side dish now.

Chopped asparagus  Add Olive Oil & Cajan Seasoning to Asparagus

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