SUPER easy AND healthy AND yummy!

It is very rare that I find a meal that fits all 3 of these categories…but I just made one that did! So, of course, I had to share with you!

I’m going to call my recipe…

French Toast Bites

4 pieces of bread (best would be whole wheat with NO high fructose corn syrup OR homemade!)
4 eggs (free-range, hormone-free)
a splash of milk
coconut oil

*I melted about 1-2 Tablespoons of coconut oil into my frying pan

*I put the eggs and milk into a bowl (with a spout, makes it easy!) — whisk together

*Tear pieces of bread into pieces (I tore one piece of bread into 6 bites, you don’t want them TOO small or they will fall apart!)

*Put bread pieces into eggs

*Pour into frying pan

*Let cook, flip around some so they cook on both sides

*now, for this healthy meal, PLEASE don’t put that nasty syrup full of HFCS on these!! Use your 100% maple syrup or something of the like. πŸ™‚

VOILA!! YUMMY!! HEALTHY!! SUPER EASY!!

Bonus: these are even better than traditional french toast b/c the egg to bread ratio should be higher on the small pieces of bread. So you are getting MORE of the good eggs! AND, it is easier for kids to eat, it’s already cut up!

Monthly Menu

The ladies over on the Homeschool Share board were talking about monthly menus last week. They inspired me. πŸ™‚ Since we have been working towards a more healthy eating style in our home, I thought now would be a good time to implement a monthly menu! Let’s see if I can stick to it! (Oh, and my friend, Kendra, made up some CUTE monthly menu sheets to fill out and stick on your fridge!)

Some of these recipes are new to us, I’m trying some recipes that the ladies on the board posted. Some are also from my new favorite healthy cooking blog, and some are old favorites. You will notice that Mondays are generally crockpot meals or from the freezer, that is the day my mom comes over to keep the kids in the afternoon, so I’m not here to cook. On Tuesdays you’ll notice I did “easy” breakfast for supper…those are the days we have Bible study and are gone most of the day.

Week 1
S – Steak (on the grill) with sweet potatoes and salad
M – Roast, potatoes, carrots (crockpot)
T – French Toast, bacon
W – Spaghetti, salad
Th – Chicken Enchiladas, rice
F – Mac & Cheese, steamed veggies

Week 2
M – Italian Chicken, baked potatoes (crockpot – chicken and Italian Dressing)
T – Eggs, bacon, toast
W – Chimi-Changas and rice
Th – Grilled Ham & Cheese, Oven fries, steamed veggies
F – Ultimate Chicken Sandwiches, baked sweet potatoes

Week 3
M – Taco Soup
T – Pancakes, bacon
W – Chicken Casserole
Th – Sloppy Joes, oven fries, broccoli/carrots and dip
F – Shepherd’s Pie, salad

Week 4
M – BBQ Chicken (crockpot) and baked potatoes
T – French Toast
W – Salmon Patties, steamed veggies
Th – Hamburgers, oven fries, veggie sticks & dip
F – Apricot Chicken with rice, salads

Week 5
M – Lasagna, salad
T – Eggs, bacon, toast
W – Tacos
Th – Grilled chicken, steamed veggies
F – Vegetable Beef Soup and salad

If anyone wants any of the recipes that aren’t linked, I will try and post some of them soon on the blog…but you can ask for one as well!

So, do you make a menu plan? I’d love to read what your plans are for the coming weeks, leave me a comment with your links!

Happy planning!

Yummy & Healthy Granola

Granola is one of my FAVORITE things to eat!! Especially now that I know the ingredients are good and healthy for you…
The recipe that I use came from Elizabeth originally…and I tweaked it a bit. (Speaking of healthy, this recipe includes coconut oil, have you read about all the benefits to coconut oil? WOW, I’m using this stuff more and more! Granola is one of the easiest ways to use it!)

Here are the ingredients that I use:
6 cups rolled oats
1 cup chopped almonds
3/4 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup real maple syrup (I would think honey would work, too!)
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup (packed) brown sugar
Up to 1 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
1 cup raisins

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 325ΒΊF.
First, I mix the “wet” ingredients together: coconut oil, maple syrup, vanilla and also the cinnamon.
Separately, I mix all the “dry” ingredients: oats, almonds, coconut, salt. (Save the raisins and brown sugar for after it is baked.)
Next, mix the wet and dry ingredients together and spread onto a large cookie sheet.
Bake for 40-45 minutes, stirring every 15-20 minutes.
Once you are finished baking it, sprinkle on the brown sugar and add raisins!
Yum!

Real Food

The past few weeks I’ve been reading a book called Real Food, by Nina Planck. If you are interested in moving your family’s eating habits into a more healthy direction, I highly recommend this book! It has been easy to read and VERY eye opening!! It is quite scary to think about some of the foods our country has gotten used to eating…and the fact that we don’t even know WHAT all we are putting into our bodies!!

Real Food: What to Eat and Why

Over the past few years I have had times of moving towards eating healthier and it usually ends up being a phase and ends up being too hard for whatever reason. Well, this time I’m making some big changes and I hope they are going to last!

You may remember when I got my Nutrimill about 2 years ago, well…since then I think I’ve burned through 2-3 bread machines and have no way to make my bread now, so I’ve gotten out of that habit. I have been still using the soft white flour for things like muffins, pancakes, cookies, etc. But, I’m working on convincing David to let me buy a Bosch very soon so that I can get back to that! (yikes, these things sure are expensive!)

Bosch Universal Kitchen Machine

Some other changes that the book Real Food encourages that we hope to be making very soon are:

*buying local grass-fed meat (we just happened upon a very local source this week through some friends of ours! Yay!)

*buying local milk, cheese (haven ‘t found a source for this yet, anyone know?)

*local produce (and eating MORE of it!)

*local eggs that are free-range, no hormones, no anti-biotics (found a source for these and need to call them today!)

*no more High fructose corn syrup (I’ve slowly eliminated this from our diet over the months, but there are still a few convenience foods I need to get rid of, that will be the hardest change!!)

*good fats – not eliminating all fat, as some are good for you…

*real butter, olive oil, coconut oil

*no more white flour or white sugar (I’ve been making muffins/pancakes/cookies with my freshly ground soft white flour for awhile, so this won’t be too new/hard)

So…in looking for ways to cook things, recipes to try and just helpful hints, I have found a blog that is SUPER helpful…she is knowledgable, fun and easy to read and has SO MUCH information on her blog! Kelly the Kitchen Kop is a FABULOUS resource for getting started on this route…look at the top of her blog and you will see categories to link on, I’ve been reading through all of those! Click on the recipes and you can find healthy recipes in every category of meal/food item. VERY helpful!!

So, how many of you are on this journey with me to healthier (and more traditional) eating? Eating real foods the way God intended them to be eaten and made? I’m excited and would love to hear from you…any tips? Any recipes? Any books or websites you love? I hope to share more in the future too, as we learn and try new things.