Food Stuffs!

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This picture has been circulating around my Instagram and I had a bunch of people ask me how I made it.

Yes, that is a Hello Kitty plate… It’s my daughter’s… She likes broccoli. :p

Anyway, I had some panko breadcrumbs taking up space in my kitchen and I was thinking of ways to use them up. I happened upon this recipe and changed it up a little. Here’s what I did:

  1. Pre heat oven to 425
  2. Put thin layer of panko on a baking sheet
  3. Brown panko in the oven for 3-5 minutes
  4. While the panko is cooking, put broccoli florets in a bowl with olive oil, chopped garlic, and some dried red pepper (to taste)
  5. Toss baked panko into the bowl too.
  6. Put the whole lot on a baking sheet and cook for 8-10 minutes (or until the broccoli is all cooked)

My kiddo liked it with some Parmesan cheese on it but me? It was good with the tiniest bit of kosher salt. ^_^ I used frozen broccoli (cause that’s what I had on hand) but I can’t see this going wrong with fresh as long as you play with the cooking time.

Also, try flavor infused olive oil. I can see myself eating this all the time and it’s not too bad in the health department.

Also? My kid will eat plain broccoli with nothing but lemon juice on it. I can’t attest to the “my kid won’t eat veggies but they will if it’s like this” factor. You other parents out there will have to try that out for yourselves. ;D

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I did a bad thing…

Bacon and Ziti Pizza

That concotion is a collage I made of a bacon ziti pizza with whole wheat crust.

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Just let me say, WOW. I don’t care that this is basically a coronary on a plate, this thing was magical. I wanted to use up the whole wheat bread mix and bacon I saved in the freezer and yet still craved ziti so… I did that. XD

I may have created a monster.

Cooking Light Cravebox

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This box is pretty cool. I LOVE whole wheat and veggie pasta. I’m one of those lucky parents who have a kid who loves vegetables but for those days where I’m too tired to make anything more complicated than a big pot of pasta and jar sauce, sneaking in extra veggies is awesome.

I’m not a big fan of soda in general, preferring water or unsweetened tea, but if I’m craving a sweet drink, the 7UP 10 isn’t half bad.

I’m not a fan of the BelVita cookies but they are PERFECT to give my little one for a snack. Same goes for the fruit bars up there in the corner. Throw ’em right in the lunch box for a no fuss healthy snack. ^_^

The rest I haven’t tried yet but I have the feeling the fudge pretzels will be good. Because, fudge. XD

That’s all I’ve got for today, kiddos! After spending yesterday shoveling snow, cleaning, and doing laundry, I am taking a lazy day for knitting and crochet. Later!

Cooking Light Cravebox

 

It came in a pretty cool box which I could totally see reusing for something else. However, I did the right thing and threw it out so I don’t add to the clutter I’m trying to clean. XD

 

I think this is a pretty awesome selection. My daughter LOVES the Dole cups so that’s a purchase I’ll be making in the future. As fate would have it, we have converted to a Keurig household so the Tully’s coffee I may give away unless I can get one of those refillable cups for the machine. The garlic seasoning is FANTASTIC on fish and I’m happy it’s salt free since I have a sad addiction to salt. The syrup I’m sure I can find a use for but I’m not happy with the fake sweetener. I’m not a fan of any fake sugar, I prefer to us Sugar in the Raw or plain white sugar. If I’m gonna sin, I sin; I use real sugar and real butter when the case calls for it. If I wanna cut down on these things, I don’t eat the foods that contain them.

All in all, I find the contents of this box fitting with what Cooking Light stands for. I do subscribe to the magazine so it was cool to see a box themed for it. 🙂 I put the conversion magnet right on the fridge for when I need it as that will really come in handy for all the baking I do during the holidays. I’m glad to have the spare seasonings and snacks.

 

 

Pagan Blog Project – “K” for “Kitchen Witchery”

I absolutely believe when you prepare food (or anything) with your own hands, you impart some of your thoughts and energy into what is being prepared. Being a busy lady, I don’t have the time to impart such energy into every meal. Its usually Throw-Peanut-Butter-On-The-Bread-And-Get-The-Fuck-To-Work in the mornings and dinner is started right when I walk in the door from work. But on holidays like Samhain and Yule, I am very deliberate and careful with what I put into the meals I prepare. I reflect on what the sacred day means for me and my family and what I hope for the coming year.

I also do this when I prepare meals for any sick family members. You wouldn’t believe a simple can of chicken broth can be turned into a magical elixir for the ultimate destruction of the common cold, but with the love from her mama, my 4 year old believes it is. 🙂

It’s also very therapeutic to be mindful of the preparation of your food. It’s comforting to be IN the moment, not dicing onions while screaming at someone or watching tv. It gives the mind focus and makes me much more aware of what I’m putting in my food.

Also? I hardly ever measure. I do everything by how the food smells, tastes, or feels. This is very annoying for people who taste my food and want to know how I made it. I just stare at them blankly and babble “Really, I have no idea.”

Because it’s magical. 😉