Sunday, April 20, 2014

Weekly Menu (4/20/14-4/26/14)

I forgot to write down everything we got in our Bountiful Basket before we started to consume it, sorry.

The kids' breakfasts will consist of their choice of:
 and lunches will consist of:
  • Sandwiches (Peanut Butter and Jelly, egg salad, or Ham)
  • or Crackers, veggies, and hummus
  • chips or crackers
  • fruit (usually apples or bananas)
  • milk
Sunday:
  • breakfast: hard boiled eggs and mango slices
  • lunch: egg salad sandwiches on teff bread
  • snack: carrots and hummus
  • dinner:
Monday:
  • breakfast: smoothie and a hard boiled egg
  • lunch: leftovers
  • snack: veggies and hummus
  • dinner
    • spaghetti
    • roasted butternut squash
    • veggie sticks
Tuesday: 
  • breakfast: hardboiled eggs and a mango
  • lunch: leftovers
  • snack: veggies and hummus
  • dinner:
Wednesday:
  • breakfast: smoothie and a hardboiled egg
  • lunch: Leftovers
  • snack: hummus and veggies
  • dinner:
Thursday:
  • breakfast: scrambled eggs and veggies
  • lunch: leftovers
  • snack: mango slices
  • dinner:
    • French Toast
    • bacon
    • hashbrowns
    • bananas
Friday:
  • breakfast: smoothie and a hardboiled egg
  • lunch: leftovers
  • snack: veggies and hummus
  • dinner: 
Saturday: 
  • breakfast:  scrambled eggs with veggies
  • lunch: leftovers
  • snack: veggies and hummus
  • dinner: 

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Banana Chocolate Chip Bars with Penuche Frosting

I know it's been ages since I've posted a recipe.  Thank you for your patience.  I have been enjoying my break from recipe testing and have kept myself more than busy with teaching and empowering people on how to live a healthier life.  I love and I mean LOVE doing this and meeting new people, hearing their stories and actually helping them heal.  It's an incredible feeling to know that by small means on my part, I can change a person's life for the better. If you want to know more about what I do, click here.

Anyway, on to the recipe.  I've had this stewing in my mind for a couple of weeks, and finally had a chance to make it. My boys absolutely loved it!


Banana Chocolate Chip Bars with Penuche Frosting

2 cups mashed bananas (~4 or so bananas)
3 eggs
1 cup sugar (or coconut sugar)
2/3 cup brown sugar (or coconut sugar)
1 cup oil of choice (canola or coconut oil)
2 cups GF flour blend
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoons cinnamon (if you want it really cinnamon-y try 2 teaspoons)
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 cup dairy free chocolate chips

Directions
Preheat oven to 350F.  Grease a half sheet pan (13x18x1) and set aside.

Mix together the banana, eggs, sugar, and oil.

In a separate bowl, combine flour blend, salt, cinnamon, baking soda, and baking powder.  Add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and mix well.

Fold in chocolate chips and pour the batter into the greased pan.

Cook at 350F for 30 minutes.  Cool completely before frosting (recipe below).

Penuche Frosting

3/4 cup dairy-free margarine (1 1/2 sticks)
1 1/2 cups brown sugar (or coconut sugar)
1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons dairy-free milk (almond or coconut milk)
3- 3 1/2 cups powdered sugar

Directions
Melt butter over medium heat in a saucepan, add in the brown sugar and heat for about 2 minutes.  Add in the milk and cook until the mixture boils.  Remove from heat and let the mixture cool until it is lukewarm (I'm not patient, so I stuck it in the fridge for a few minutes...just don't forget about it).

Once cooled to lukewarm, gradually whisk (I used an electric mixer) in the powdered sugar, until the desired consistency is reached.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Weekly Menu (4/13/14-4/19/13)

This week in our Bountiful Basket (which I share with my brother) we got:
  • pears
  • carrots
  • green chilies
  • green bell peppers
  • green onions
  • butternut squash
  • bananas
  • watermelon
  • tomatoes
  • artichokes
  • mango
The kids' breakfasts will consist of their choice of:
 and lunches will consist of:
  • Sandwiches (Peanut Butter and Jelly or Ham)
  • or Crackers, veggies, and hummus
  • chips or crackers
  • fruit (usually apples or bananas)
  • milk
Sunday:
  • breakfast: fasting
  • lunch: fasting
  • snack: fasting
  • dinner:
    • hamburgers
    • oven fries and roasted cauliflower (from last week)
    • mango slices
Monday:
  • breakfast: smoothie
  • lunch: steamed artichokes
  • snack: veggies and hummus
  • dinner
    • Barbecue Ribs
    • baked potatoes
    • roasted butternut squash
    • green salad
    • sliced melon
Tuesday: 
  • breakfast: scrambled eggs and veggies
  • lunch: leftovers
  • snack: veggies and hummus
  • dinner:
Wednesday:
  • breakfast: smoothie
  • lunch: Leftovers
  • snack: hummus and veggies
  • dinner:
    • sandwiches
    • veggie sticks and hummus
    • sliced pears
Thursday:
  • breakfast: scrambled eggs and veggies
  • lunch: leftovers
  • snack: mango slices
  • dinner:
    • French Toast
    • bacon
    • hashbrowns
    • bananas
Friday:
  • breakfast: smoothie
  • lunch: leftovers
  • snack: veggies and hummus
  • dinner: 
Saturday: 
  • breakfast:  scrambled eggs with veggies
  • lunch: leftovers
  • snack: veggies and hummus
  • dinner: 

Monday, April 7, 2014

Weekly Menu (4/6/14-4/12/14)

This week in our Bountiful Basket (which I share with my brother) we got our usual basket plus a extra add-on pack, so we got:
  • carrots
  • broccoli
  • cauliflower
  • cucumbers
  • lettuce
  • artichokes
  • green onions
  • baby bell peppers
  • cilantro
  • avocados
  • tomatillos
  • green chilies
  • jalapenos
  • onions
  • garlic
  • pears
  • bananas
  • apples
  • honeydew melon
  • lemon
The kids' breakfasts will consist of their choice of:
 and lunches will consist of:
  • Sandwiches (Peanut Butter and Jelly or Ham)
  • or Crackers, veggies, and hummus
  • chips or crackers
  • fruit (usually apples or bananas)
  • milk
Sunday: (traveling home)
  • breakfast: muffins
  • lunch: leftovers and/or sandwiches
  • snack: crackers
  • dinner:
    • sandwiches
    • dried fruit
Monday:
Tuesday: 
Wednesday:
  • breakfast: smoothie
  • lunch: Leftovers
  • snack: hummus and veggies
  • dinner:
    • Tamales (for the family)
    • beans and rice (or quinoa)
    • green salad
    • slice honeydew melon
Thursday:
  • breakfast: scrambled eggs and veggies
  • lunch: leftovers
  • snack: apple
  • dinner:
Friday:
  • breakfast: smoothie
  • lunch: leftovers
  • snack: veggies and hummus
  • dinner: 
    • Barbecue chicken
    • steamed or grilled artichokes
    • baked potatoes
    • green salad
Saturday: 
  • breakfast:  scrambled eggs with veggies
  • lunch: leftovers
  • snack: apple slices and peanut butter
  • dinner: 
    • hamburgers with New Grains Buns
    • roasted cauliflower
    • oven fries
    • melon slices

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Weekly Menu (3/30/14-4/5/14)

This week in our Bountiful Basket (which I share with my brother) we got:
  • lettuce
  • cauliflower
  • carrots
  • broccoli
  • cucumbers
  • butternut squash
  • strawberries
  • grapefruit
  • apples
The kids' breakfasts will consist of their choice of:
 and lunches will consist of:
  • Sandwiches (Peanut Butter and Jelly or Ham)
  • or Crackers, veggies, and hummus
  • chips or crackers
  • fruit (usually apples or bananas)
  • milk
Sunday:
  • breakfast: scrambled eggs and veggies
  • lunch: leftovers
  • snack: cucumber slices and hummus
  • dinner:
Monday:
  • breakfast: smoothie
  • lunch: leftovers
  • snack: veggies and hummus
  • dinner
Tuesday: 
  • breakfast: scrambled eggs and veggies
  • lunch: leftovers
  • snack: veggies and hummus
  • dinner:
Wednesday:
Thursday:
  • breakfast: scrambled eggs and veggies
  • lunch: leftovers
  • snack: apple
  • dinner:
Friday: We are headed down to my Sister's for the weekend :)
  • breakfast: smoothie
  • lunch: sandwiches or maybe we'll stop at Chick-fil-a
  • snack: apples and crackers
  • dinner: 
    • not sure, but not worried since my sister's family is just like ours in terms of diet. :)
Saturday: 
  • breakfast:  muffins
  • lunch: sandwiches
  • snack: apple slices and peanut butter
  • dinner: 
    • once again not sure, but it'll be good. :)