Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!

Hope your Thanksgiving is great!  I will be spending time with Ken, the kids and Ken's coworkers.  

Get out after dinner for a walk {I know we will}, and remember, moderation when it comes to dinner {and especially dessert}

Monday, November 25, 2013


Here are the recipes I plan on using for my Thanksgiving dinner.  


I'm altering Martha Stewart's All-American Meatloaf to be vegetarian.  

2 t dry mustard
1/2 cup egg substitute (equivilent to 2 eggs)


  1. Preheat oven to 400 and spray a 9x5 loaf pan with pan spray
  2. Process bread in food processor.  Place in mixing bowl
  3. Process carrots, celery, onion, and garlic until they are minced.  Add to mixing bowl
  4. Add ketchup, dry mustard, veggie meat, and eggs.  Mix with your hands until everything is mixed tgether. 
  5. Bake for 35 minutes.


Peas and green beans with sauteed mushrooms and pearl onions
16 oz frozen peas
16 oz frozen green beans
16-24 oz mushrooms, sliced
1 bag pearl onions


  1. Saute mushrooms until soft, set aside
  2. Cook peas and green beans according to package directions.  Add pearl onions into one of the vegetables
  3. Toss everything together.

Mashed potatoes
1 lb of potatoes per person
Sour cream
Skim milk


  1. Boil and mash potatoes as you normally would
  2. Use sour cream in place of the butter normally used and use skim milk instead of whole milk or cream

Mashed sweet potatoes
{Follow same directions as with the mashed potatoes}


There are 2 ways to do your gravy.  They are both super simple and easy
For both recipes
16 oz mushrooms, sliced
1-2 onions, diced
2 cloves of garlic, either minced, or sliced


  1. Saute onions, mushrooms and garlic until the vegetables are soft, and the onion is translucent

Vegetable broth


  1. Bring desired amount of broth to a boil
  2. In a seperate bowl mix together 1 T cornstarch and 1 T water per cup of broth
  3. Whisk cornstarch slurry into broth, bring back to a boil and simmer until thickened.  If it isn't as thick as you'd like it then mix together another tablespoon cornstarch with a tablespoon water and whisk in.  
  4. Mix in mushroom, onion mixture
Lipton Mushroom Onion Soup Mix

  1. Follow directions on box.
  2. Add in mushrooms and onions

Approx. 18 slices of bread, cubed
1 cup of onions, diced
2 cups of celery, sliced small
1/2 lb of (veggie) sausage [optional]
1 T poultry seasoning
1 T ground sage
1/2 cup egg substitute
1 cup veggie broth 

  1. Sautee onions and celery until soft (if you're using regular non-vegetarian sausage you want to cook it too at this point)
  2. Place all ingredients in a big bowl and mix together (use your hands, it works the best.  Don't be afraid to get messy!)
  3. Place in a baking pan and cover with tin foil. 
  4. Put into a 325 degree oven for 30 minutes
  5. Uncover and bake for another 15 minutes until golden brown.
Pumpkin Cheesecake

I'm sorry I didn't give you more definate measurements.  The measurements will honestly depend on how many people you are cooking for.  If you need help deciding how much to make here are a few good links.  

Hufffington Post

Cooking For Dummies

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Fancy Seeing You Here!

Hey guys!  Sorry I've been gone for the past 3 weeks.  This month hasn't been any fun for me.  The stress of life kind of sent me into a mini depression.  Ontop of that, the girls and I each were sick.  I wish that once, just once, all the kids would get sick at the same time.  Whatever it was that the girls had went from one kid to the next.  I didn't get a break from it for a week!I'm happy to say that I am stress-free, mentally clear, nobody is sick, and the house is back to normal (or atleast what's considered normal in the house.)

There is one thing that isn't normal though.  The fact that my body has decided it no longer wants to eat fish.  For the past 2 weeks I have been living off of egg substitute, egg whites, and Greek yogurt.  Does this bother me?  Honestly, no.  I actually really like eggs.  Plus they are an AMAZING source of protein.  1 cup of egg substitute and egg whites hava 26.6 grams of protein and only 133.25 calories.  1 cup of plain Greek yogurt has {roughly} 140 calories and 23 grams of protein.  

Before I get any comments on the fact that there are so many other protein sources available that are vegetarian let me explain something.  The only reason I haven't varied my protein much is because I haven't gone shopping.  

Yesterday Mo and Ken went to a Daddy-Daughter Dance at Mo's school yesterday.  

Even though it was a gloomy, drizzly evening they had a blast.

I forgot something important!  Today is the 21st!  The 21st is Recipe Redux reveal day.  The theme for this month was DIY mixes.  As soon as I read the prompt I knew EXACTLY what I was going to do for you.  Flourless chocolate Cookies.  These are some of the best, fat free cookies I make.    Unfortunately I forgot to get a picture of the mix.  But this is what they look like when you bake them. 

Cocoa Cookie Mix
Makes about 24 cookies

2.25 cups powdered sugar
.75 - 1 cup cocoa powder

  1. Mix together the powdered sugar and cocoa in whatever container you are giving to your hostess

Directions for finishing the cookies
3 egg whites

  1. Preheat oven to 350 and grease a cookie sheet
  2. Add egg whites to mix
  3. Drop 1 T batter onto cookie sheet.  Make sure they are nicely spread out or they will bake together
  4.  Bake for about 8 minutes or until the tops start to crack.  
  5. Cool on the pan
{You can also whip the egg whites and make them into a semi meringue type cookie.}
Nutritional Information
Calories: 55
Fat: 0.5 g
Carbs: 13.2 g
Sugar: 11.1 g
Protein: 1.3 g

Hope you {and whoever you give this mix to} enjoys! 

Friday, November 1, 2013

To My Loving Husband...

I love you!

My NaBloPoMo prompt for today is:  If you found one million dollars in the morning and had to spend it by nightfall, what would you do with the money?
Which I find very fitting on my husband's birthday.  I will start with him, I'd give him the money to start his scooter business.  
For me/the family -- A new truck and a house sitting on a big piece of land with some animals

Tomorrow,  I'll share photos from Halloween and Ken's birthday.