August 18 – 24th
Monday- Teriyaki Stir-fry / Rice
Tuesday- Meat & Veggie Pasties / Salad
Wednesday–Alice Springs Chicken / Roast Potatoes / Green Beans
Friday- Mini Meatball Minestrone Salad / Fresh Bread
Saturday- Out for Dinner
Sunday- Hamburger Vegetable Soup / Garlic Bread
August 11 – 17th
Monday- Homemade Pita Pizzas
Tuesday- In-N-Out Burgers (repeat) / Macaroni Salad / Veggie Stix / Hummus
Wednesday– Turkey Ranch Club / Salad
Thursday- Chicken Wild Rice Soup / Garlic Stix
Friday- Out for Dinner!
Saturday- Breaded Fish / Tartar Sauce / Homemade Fries / Carrots
Sunday- Out for Dinner! I’m bringing Warm Pizza Dip
Chocolate Mud Muffins
Egg Free & Dairy Free
We love reading here. We go through so many books. One we read quite often is the “If You Give A Moose A Muffin“. We actually have the treasury and have read them all. They are fun and they have songs and recipes included in each one. My girl wanted to try the “Chocolate Mud Muffins” one day. Since, my baby is now on an no dairy-no egg diet, I thought I would improvise a bit. I substituted the buttermilk for coconut milk and used safe chocolate chips. They turned out awesome! They were so good. As you can see from the picture, I made muffins and some mini donuts. Fun Fun!
2 cups flour
1 1/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup cocoa
1 tsp cinnamon
1 1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/4 cup buttermilk (I used coconut milk)
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 tsp vanilla
Moose Treats – Choose 1 or more of these to total one cup:
– chocolate chips
– chocolate-covered peanuts
– chocolate-covered peanut butter pieces
- Turn on oven to 400 degrees F. Make sure rack is in center of oven. Generously spray or grease muffin cups and the top of a tin.
- In a large bowl, with a fork or whisk, combine the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. In a medium bowl, mix buttermilk, oil, and vanilla. Add the wet mixture to the dry mixture, then stir just until combined. In 2 or 3 strokes stir in moose treats. (Optional: hold back about 1/4 cup of moose treats to sprinkle on top)
- Divide the “mud” equally among muffin cups, then sprinkle the remaining treats on top, if you wish. (You can taste the batter – no eggs!) Bake about 25-30 minutes or until the tops are very well cooked.
Yields: 12 muffins
Vegetable Lo Mein
I thought I would try this as I love these kinds of dishes. I did a few things different and next time I will try it another way. I did not have rice wine vinegar so I googled to find a substitute and most said apple cider vinegar. I had some in fridge so I used it. I did not use the hot sauce as I am not a fan and I wanted the girls to eat it (wishful thinking!). I forgot to use the scallions. I had no idea what chinese noodles were so I got Japanese noodles instead. I think next time, this is what I will do different- try to find the chinese noodles. I think I would like a skinnier noodle. The sauce was delicious and I was glad I doubled it with the thick noodles. I usually tend to double most sauces in a recipe anyways. I can’t wait to try next time= skinnier noodles and scallions will be added next time! Happy Eats!
2 T. soy sauce
1 T. rice wine vinegar (I used apple cider vinegar)
2 T. brown sugar
1/2 t. toasted sesame oil
1/4 t. Chinese five spice powder
1 t. grated fresh ginger
2 t. minced garlic
1/2 t. Sriracha hot chili sauce (optional)
2 t. cornstarch
2 t. canola oil
3 C. Dole Broccoli Slaw
1/2 C. thinly sliced scallions
6 oz Chinese egg noodles
- Cook your noodles per the package directions. Drain them and set aside.
- Combine the soy sauce, wine vinegar, brown sugar, sesame oil, five spice powder, ginger, garlic, sriracha, and cornstarch in a small saucepan set over medium heat. Bring to a boil and heat until thickened. Set aside.
- Set a large skillet over medium heat with the canola oil. Toss in the broccoli slaw and sauté until the veggies are tender. Add the noodles and sauce, tossing to combine.
100 % Whole Grain Bread
With my youngest being on a Dairy-Free diet at the moment, I have been making her bread. I tried this one out and it was delicious! Really though, how can you go wrong with any type of homemade bread? It was a hit with her and that is all that matters. If I had more time, I may just consider making homemade bread every week…
1¼ cups very warm water (but not hot or boiling)
2¾ tsp. dry active yeast
¼ cup grapeseed oil
¼ cup maple syrup
3 Tbsp. vital wheat gluten *
1½ tsp. salt
3 cups white-whole wheat flour, plus additional as needed *
¾ cup Dry 10 Grain / 8 Grain or 7 Grain Hot Cereal *
- Pour water in a large bowl. Sprinkle with yeast and let sit for 5 minutes. If it doesn’t become foamy, your yeast may be old and inactive. Consider starting over with fresh yeast.
- Stir the oil, sweetener, gluten, salt, 1 cup flour, and the 8-grain mix into the yeast-water mixture, mixing until well combined (by hand or using a mixer with the dough hook attachment). Add 2 cups wheat flour, and mix again until well combined. Begin kneading with your hands when it becomes too thick to stir.
- If the dough is too sticky to handle, add more flour, 1 tablespoon at a time, until it is still a little tacky, but doesn’t stick significantly to your hands. The 8-grain mix will soak up some of the moisture as it cooks, so you don’t want the dough to be on the dry side.
- Knead the dough for a few minutes. Place dough back in the bowl, cover, and let rise in a warm, draft-free place for about 1 hour.
- Thoroughly grease and flour a 9×5-inch loaf pan.
- Punch dough down, and briefly knead to get any air bubbles out. Shape dough into a loaf that will fit in your pan, folding under as you shape so that the seam is on the bottom. Plop the loaf shape into your prepared pan. Lightly cover (with plastic wrap or a damp tea towel) and let rise in a warm, draft-free place for 1 hour, or until it has risen to near a full loaf size, and the crown of the dough is peaking about an inch above the pan.
- Preheat your oven to 350ºF.
- Bake the bread in your preheated oven for 35 to 45 minutes, or until the crust is golden and relatively firm to the touch.
- Pop the loaf out and let it cool completely on a wire rack before wrapping in plastic wrap or storing in an airtight container at room temperature. If you are in a humid climate, you may need to refrigerate or freeze the loaf after 2 days to keep it fresh.
- * I used Bob’s Red Mill products
Prep time: 15 min. Cook time: 40 min. Total time: 55 min.
Yields: 12 slices
Monday– Teriyaki Chicken Casserole / Corn
Tuesday– Loaded Burritos (Dairy Free) / Veggie Stix / Hummus
Wednesday– Pulled Pork / Coleslaw / Veggie Stix
Friday– Baked Falafel Sandwiches (Dairy Free)/ Salad
Saturday– Mac & Cheese (Dairy Free) / BBQ Sausages
Sunday– Easy Chicken Cordon Bleu / Rice / Broccoli
BBQ Chicken Salad
Summertime always brings back the salads. I thought I would give this one a whirl as it has two of my favourite things, chicken and ranch dressing! How can you possibly go wrong with that combination? It did not disappoint. It was so good that we polished it off and wished there was more. The recipe says 2 servings (which are fairly large). You could probably get 4 side salads if serving with something else. The only thing I didn’t add was the tomato because a) I didn’t have one and b) I don’t really like them 😉 This salad is going in my favourite’s folder!
1 Tbsp. olive oil
2 boneless, skinless thin-sliced chicken breasts
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
6 cups chopped romaine lettuce
1 Roma tomato, diced
3/4 cup canned corn kernels, drained
3/4 cup canned black beans, drained and rinsed
1/4 cup diced red onion
1/4 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/4 cup Ranch dressing
1/4 cup BBQ sauce
1/4 cup tortilla strips
- Heat olive oil in a medium skillet over medium high heat.
- Season chicken breasts with salt and pepper, to taste. Add to skillet and cook, flipping once, until cooked through, about 3-4 minutes per side. Let cool before dicing into bite-size pieces.
- To assemble the salad, place romaine lettuce in a large bowl; top with chicken, tomato, corn, beans, onion and cheeses. Pour Ranch dressing and BBQ sauce on top of the salad and gently toss to combine.
- Serve immediately, topped with tortilla strips.
Yields: 2 Servings
Chocolate Razzy Smoothie
It’s always nice to have a refreshing drink. I don’t always make them but it’s more of a nice treat for us. I made this one afternoon while the baby was sleeping for my toddler and I. She loved it- I liked it. The flavour was good but I found the chocolate chips weren’t blended enough for me. I was half chewing- half sipping. Zoë’s only complaint was “she couldn’t sip in her straw” (the choc. chips were getting blocked in it). I think when I try it again, I will blend longer and maybe even try a different blender.
1 cup fresh or frozen raspberries
4 Tbsp. fat-free vanilla yogurt
1/4 cup chocolate chips
1/3 cup fat-free or low-fat milk
3 cubes ice
- Combine all ingredients in a blender and purée until smooth.
Yields: 1 Serving
Source: Rachel Ray- Dr. Ian
Monday– BBQ Chicken Salad / Veggie Stix
Tuesday– Baked Falafel Sandwiches (Dairy Free) / Salad
Thursday– Beef & Broccoli Stir fry (Dairy Free) / Rice
Friday– Baked Fish Sticks (Dairy Free)/ Potato Salad
Saturday– Loaded Burritos (Dairy Free) / Veggie Stix
Sunday– Homemade Burgers/ Amish Macaroni Salad
Treat of the Week: Baked Donuts (Dairy Free)
Monday– Quinoa Salad / Oven Baked Chicken / Green Beans
Tuesday– Green Bean Hamburger Casserole (Dairy Free)
Wednesday– Pancakes / Fruit / Yogurt
Thursday– Ham / Mashed Potatoes / Edamame
Friday– Crustless Quiche / Salad
Saturday– Turkey Meatballs on a skewer / Rice / Carrots
Sunday– Pork Tacos / Veggie Stix / Hummus