I was in the mood for Feta Stuffed Burgers and sweet potato fries.
I was in the mood for peanut butter cookies today. Which is crazy since I don’t even like peanut butter. But sometimes I get a hankering for it, so I found this flourless recipe and thought we’d try it out.
It’s a pretty simple recipe:
1 cup peanut butter
1 c sugar
1 tsp vanilla
Preheat oven to 350 °.
Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
Mix all ingredients in a large bowl.
Make 1 inch balls and place on baking sheet about 2″ apart.
Gently press each ball with a fork to make a criss-cross pattern.
Bake for 10 minutes until cookies are lightly browned.
They were really gross. Way too peanut buttery for me. I guess they’d be great for someone who really likes peanut butter, like the rest of my family. They loved them.
Not me. Next time I think I’ll stick with regular oatmeal, cranberry, chocolate chip cookies. Now those are really yummy.
Today was my turn to send snack for Doodle’s class. Sometimes I ask him what he had for snack and I cringe when he says things like: Cheetos, candy bars, cookies, Lucky Charms cereal. Those types of junk food snacks are just empty calories that spike sugar levels. They teach kids to reach for sugary or salty empty snacks instead of something healthy, nutrient rich.
I sent in apple slices soaked in orange juice. And you know what? The kids LOVED them. Several came up to me after school and asked if I could bring them in the next day too.
1/2 onion, diced
4 carrots, diced
4 celery stalks, diced
4-5 large potatoes, diced
5 cups water or ham stock (see note at the bottom)
2-3 cups chopped ham
1 can cream of broccoli soup
2 1/2 cups milk
6 tbs flour
salt/pepper to taste
1. Put ham stock in a pot, add onions, carrots, celery and potatoes. Simmer over med heat until veggies are soft, about 20 min.
2. While veggies are simmering, mix soup, milk and flour in a mixing bowl until smooth.
3. When the veggies are tender, add the soup mixture and the ham.
4. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Turn heat down and simmer for about 20-30 more minutes, depending on how mushy you like your potatoes. I like mine pretty mushy, so I simmer mine for longer, about 30-45 min. Taste it and add some salt and/or pepper if you like.
To make the ham stock, put your leftover hambone in a large pot and add an onion, a celery stalk, a bay leaf or two and some parsley. Cover with water, bring it to a boil then reduce heat to a simmer. Simmer it for several hours until all the meat has fallen off the bone. Remove any white foamy stuff that forms on top of the water. Strain out all the cooked bits and reserve the liquid. That’s your ham stock.
If you don’t like Cream of Broccoli, you can use another flavor.
Try adding some sweet potatoes in addition to white potatoes for a flavor variation.
Doodle’s using a REAL knife and he’s only in kindergarten. Today he helped me cut onions, potatoes, celery and carrots for our homemade ham chowder. He’s rather good with it too.
This is one of our favorite things to do together. He told me he wants to start a cooking show with me. He said, “You can be the chef, and I’ll be your assistant.” That sounds super cool to me.
Talk about YUMMY! This is definitely a favorite at our table.
1-2 lbs sweet potatoes, shredded or diced
1/2 cup finely diced onion
1/4 -1/2 cup chicken broth
1 tsp paprika or cumin or any other spice you would like
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/4 cup cottage cheese
Toppings (You can use any toppings that you like but I typically have these)
plain yogurt (use this instead of sour cream)
guacamole or plain sliced avocado
fresh chopped cilantro
1. Heat chicken broth over medium heat in a pot until steaming, then add sweet potatoes and onion, cook until desired softness, stirring often and adding more chicken broth if mixture gets too dry. I like mine mushy, so I cook ‘em for a while (about 30 min.) Once the sweet potatoes are soft, add spices and cottage cheese and cook until cheese is melted, about another 10 min.
2. Spray a large non-stick pan with cooing spray and heat over medium.
3. Now for the fun part, the quesadilla assembly. When the pan is nice and hot, place a tortilla in the pan, spread a layer of sweet potato mixture, smooth it out so that most of the tortilla is covered, top with avocado (or guacamole) salsa, yogurt, any other toppings you’d like, add a layer of shredded cheese and finish with the top tortilla. It doesn’t have to look pretty, because it will taste yummy. Flip the quesadilla over when the bottom gets nice and brown. Cook on the other side until it is also nice and brown.
4. Serve with any extra toppings you and your family like: plain yogurt, salsa, guacamole, chopped green onions…
Hope you enjoy!
Shredded vs. Diced Sweet Potatoes – either will work, diced sweet potatoes cook faster and become more mushy, shredded sweet potatoes take longer to cook and will retain some of its crunchiness. It just depends on what you prefer. I personally like the mushy better.
Filling the Quesadilla – you don’t want to add too much filling, because when you attempt to flip it over all the stuff will fall out. Not that that’s ever happened to me, never. I’ve never had a pan filled with gooey, cheesy, sweet potato mixture. Well, maybe only once or twice…
If you want to lessen the possible mess, only cover half of the tortilla with the sweet potato mixture and fold it over to make a half quesadilla. Then you only have to worry about the filling falling out on one side.
Sonja’s Healthful Swirl-Bits:
Use Chicken Broth instead of Oil for sauteing the sweet potatoes – Using chicken broth brings out the natural flavors of your food and is much healthier than oil.
Cottage Cheese – you may ask, “Why the cottage cheese?” It contains more casein protein, vitamins and minerals and has less fat than cheddar cheese. I use it as a way to increase the amount of protein in our meals.
Use Plain Yogurt instead of Sour Cream – Plain yogurt has less calories, less cholesterol, more protein, Vitamins and Minerals (especially Vitamin A and Folate).