There are many different buzz words that explain this phenomenon: flexitarian, semi-vegetarian, and week day vegetarian; where you only eat meat on the week-ends. But anyway you want to say it, you are cutting back on the meat you eat. Some do it for health reasons, animal rights, the environment or all of the above!

Removing high fructose corn syrup and preservatives from our table.
This is my on-line recipe book with my adventures into finding healthy food for my family to eat....
Trying to cook more from scratch with less prepared foods.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Homemade Vegetarian Onion Soup Mix

* 3/4 cup instant minced onion
* 1/3 cup vegetable bouillon powder
* 4 teaspoons onion powder
* 1/4 teaspoon crushed celery seed
* 1/4 teaspoon sugar

Combine everything and then store in an airtight container. 5 tablespoons of the mix equal one package of onion soup mix.

I like to use onion soup mix with flour mix for oven "fried" potatoes give it a great favor.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Still Tasty

I found a site called Still Tasty. where you can search to see if your food is still good. Save money and feel safe in what you are serving your family. It also has the shelf live of homemade goods. How cool is that!

They have a Iphone app that if you have a Iphone can use it right at the grocery store.   I have web ready phone I think this will become a favorite that I can look up products while out.

The info they use comes from the USDA , the FDA which on their site Food has a ton of info for storing your food, the CDC and many non-profit associations.


Thursday, May 27, 2010

Banana Bread

I have 5 very ripe bananas and Miss Animal Rights asking for banana bread. So here we go:

  • 3 or 4 ripe bananas, smashed
  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar   
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • handful of chopped walnuts
Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C).
With a wooden spoon, mix butter into the mashed bananas in a large mixing bowl. Mix in the sugars, cinnamon, egg, and vanilla. Sprinkle the baking soda and salt over the mixture and mix in. Add the flour, mix. Fold in walnuts
Pour mixture into a buttered 4x8 inch loaf pan. 
Bake for 1 hour. Cool on a rack. 
Remove from pan and slice to serve. 

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Donut Mini-Muffins

1/2 cup white sugar
1/4 cup butter, melted
3/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 cup milk
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup all-purpose flour

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
Grease 12 mini-muffin cups.

Mix sugar, melted butter, and nutmeg in a large bowl.
Stir in the milk, then mix in the baking powder and flour until just combined.
Fill the prepared mini muffin cups about three-fourths full.

Bake in the preheated oven until the tops are lightly golden, 15 to 20 minutes.

While muffins are baking,

place 1/4 cup of melted margarine in a bowl.

In a separate bowl, mix together

1/2 cup of sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Remove muffins from their cups, dip each muffin in the melted margarine, and roll in the sugar-cinnamon mixture.
Let cool and serve.


Quick Alfredo Sauce

2 cup half and half
1 cup of Romano/ Parmesan
1/4 t minced garlic.

1 tsp. oregano
1 tsp nutmeg

Mix in a blender and continue mixing until it becomes a nice thick cream. Add seasoning to taste, transfer to a sauce pan and heat on medium low.

4 servings.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Teriyaki Marinade

1/4 cup soy sauce
2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
2 cloves garlic, minced
4 tablespoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground ginger
3 tablespoons peanut oil

Mix with veggies, tofu or chicken and let all ingredients marinate for 20 minutes.

Can use for grilling or pan frying.


Sunday, May 23, 2010

Bee Quick Baking Mix REmake.....

Baking Mix Recipe

4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 tablespoons white sugar
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup dry nonfat milk
1 cup shortening

n a large bowl, combine the dry ingredients. Cut in shortening until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Store in an airtight container in a cool dry place (will keep up to 6 weeks), the refrigerator for longer (about 3 months) or in the freezer for up to 8 months.

Quick Dumplings

2 1/2 cups of baking mix
2/3 cup milk

Stir together until mix forms a soft dough. Drop tablespoon full of dough into hot stew. Cook 10 minutes uncovered then 10 minutes covered.


Mix 2 cups of Baking Mix with 1/2 cup milk. Bake at 450 degrees F for 8 to 10 minutes.


Mix 2 cups of baking mix with 1 beaten egg and 1-1/3 cup milk.

add 2 tbsp. sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla


2 cups of Baking Mix
2 eggs
2Tbsp oil
1-1/3 cup milk.


2 cup  baking mix
2/3 cup milk
1/3  cup sugar
1tbsp  vegetable oil
1 tbsp unsweetened applesauce
1 egg

Oven temp: 400  Line or grease the bottom of 12 muffin cups.
Stir all ingredients until moist. Over stirring can cause a tough muffin.....

can add 3/4 cup of fresh or  frozen fruit. Fold in gently.

If using grated apples can add a tsp of cinnamon for favor.  

Bake at 400*F for   13 to 18 minutes or until golden brown.

Oven baked coating

1 tbsp butter
2/3 cup baking mix
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp Italian seasoning
1/4 tsp pepper

Now I can make my recipes with non-bleached flour and without preservatives!! Cheaper....

Sunday, May 16, 2010

How my garden is growing

Check out my tomato plants!!  They are growing tall fast..

I have a small yard and a dog. I started last year to plant my veggies in containers.  He didn't try to dig them up or eat them, so I thought this would work better than trying to block off a area of the backyard for a garden.

This is a frosting bucket from work.   I need more rocks for the bottom and then I will thin out my buckets.  I have 2 red tomatoes and one yellow tomato bucket... Plus 2 green pepper buckets.  the peppers haven't even started peaking out yet... I did plant at the same time..

 My raspberry bushes are looking very bushy! LOL you might not see it but they have many bees working the small white flowers on the plant. Wow I am excited I love raspberries....
Last year I didn't get to freeze any from the bush in the back yard (I did freeze some from the store) because we ate them all off the bush. Plus the dog loves to help get the one at the bottom of the bush......They were on the small side but I am told they get bigger after the bush has bloomed a couple years......  My dad tied up the bush because he found those stakes after mowing my yard.  My dad is a retired man and likes to "help me out" as he says, so I let him do some chores around the house.  I think he needs to help  as much as I need the help!

Thinking of getting a blueberry bush too, but I do get a lot of fresh and frozen blueberries from my Aunt.  I get some wonderful jams and jellies too... And homemade ketchup that as kids we called hot ketchup cause it had a bite to it... humm I think I will ask for the recipe...... I could make my own!!


Saturday, May 8, 2010

Pizza dough

* 3/4 cup water
* 1 tablespoon olive oil
* 1 teaspoon vital wheat gluten
* 1/2 teaspoon salt
* 1 tablespoon white sugar
* 1 tablespoon dry milk powder
* 2 1/4 cups bread flour
* 1 teaspoon active dry yeast

Place ingredients in the pan of the bread machine in the order recommended by the manufacturer. Select Dough cycle; press Start. Remove dough from pan after rise cycle and let stand for a couple minutes on a floured board or counter. Shape into pan let sit 5 minutes. Top with favorite toppings and cheese. Bake at 425 for 10 minutes until cheese is melted and golden brown.


Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Pizza sauce:

1 (8 oz.) can tomato sauce
1 tbsp. minced onion
1 tsp. brown sugar
1/2 tsp. basil
1/2 tsp. oregano
1/4 tsp. garlic powder

Mix together. can heat if wanted to thicken up sauce. I like to heat together sometimes adding fresh tomatoes. Cool before using.