Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Broccoli, Turkey, and Rice Casserole

These children of mine are finally starting to eat mixed foods (I've been trying for a good 5 years now).  I wasn't sure it would go over well today, but it did!

Broccoli, Turkey, and Rice Casserole

1 large head of broccoli, cut in bite-sized pieces (steamed)
1 can   cream of mushroom soup
1 1/2 cups  milk
1 small onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
Pepper, to taste
2 cups shredded old cheddar, reserve 1/2 cup
2 cups cooked turkey
2 cups cooked rice, basmati

1. Steam the broccoli, throw in casserole dish.  Add in cooked turkey and cooked rice, mix together.

2. In a small saucepan bring the can of soup, milk, onion, garlic and pepper to a simmer.  Add 1 1/2 cups of cheddar, whisk in until smooth.

3. Add the sauce to the casserole dish and mix until completely mixed.

4. Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup of cheese.  Put in 350F oven for about 20 minutes.

5. Serve with a green veggie or salad. My girls mixed their peas in with their serving!

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Homemade Instant Oatmeal

I don't like to buy the boxes of instant oatmeal for many reasons.  The first reason is the cost of it, compared to quick oats in bulk.  There is also the amount of sugar, salt, unpronounceable words, etc.  This is the recipe that we like. 

Homemade Instant Oatmeal

3 cups   quick oats
1/3 cup  brown sugar
1/4 cup  flaxseeds
1/4 cup  chia seeds
1/4 cup  finely chopped nuts (walnuts or pecans are our usual suspects)
2 tsp      cinnamon

1. Mix everything together in a big bowl, and then move it to a food storage container/jar/large ziploc bag.
2. When you want to eat some take 1/3 of a cup of oat mixture.  Mix in a microwaveable bowl with 1/4 cup of water and 1/4 cup of milk (or all water if you prefer).
3. Cook for 1-2 minutes, stirring after a minute.

These are some of the things we add to the bowl after:

1. frozen wild blueberries
2. unsweetened applesauce
3. mashed banana
4. more nuts or sunflower seeds
5. any other fruit, fresh or frozen