Another Sunday, sleep in day! Unless you have a 4 year old who still thinks we are an hour ahead…sigh, up at 5:30 again. At least I got to spend some cuddle time on the couch with my favorite 4 year old and a cup of coffee.
Coconut, Banana, Buckwheat Pancakes!
Nitrate Free Bacon, and Coffee
I have a hard time leaving recipes alone…meaning when a recipe tell me to do something, I do my own thing. This is a keeper from years ago.
I use Arrowhead Mills Organic Buckwheat Pancake Mix. For the most part, I follow the instructions on the back, but with some modifications. I use coconut oil for the oil part, coconut milk for the milk part, and add a mashed banana. You do have to increase the flour by a couple of tablespoons, but not much. Find the consistency that works for you. So it ends up measuring out like this...
2/3 cup + 2 Tbsp Arrowhead Mills Buckwheat Pancake Mix
3/4 cup Coconut Milk
2 Tbsp melted coconut oil
1 tsp honey
1 mashed Very Ripe Banana
I freeze my bananas when they turn brown. Let them set out overnight and they defrost. I think the freezing intensifies the sweetness, and increases the moisture making awesome banana bread recipes.
We were out of maple syrup, so we topped our pancakes with some homemade strawberry jam I made last fall. This is an Organic, No Sugar Added Strawberry Jam. It is REALLY tart, I added too much lemon juice to this batch, but M1 loves the tartness. It actually works with these pancakes.
Did anyone else get out and enjoy this beautiful day?
I wanted to make a nice picnic lunch and ride bikes to the park, but M2 took an impromptu lunch nap. Sigh, kids can really put a damper on well laid plans…so modified lunch. We made our plates and ate outside. Salmon Salad and crackers, as well as a seltzer water for me. Hubby made the cutest little picnic table for the girls last summer and it's a great place for afternoon stay-at-home picnics.
We spent the rest of the afternoon with me making homemade spaghetti sauce and playing outside. We made quite the epic chalk dragon, by the way.
M1 requested spaghetti for dinner this weekend. I like to ask my kids what they want, and work off their idea. They may say chicken nuggets, but I can take that idea and still turn it into a healthy dinner. So, spaghetti sauce from scratch and a Tomato, Avocado, Kale Caesar Salad. I wish I could say I made the Caesar Dressing, but that intimidates me. I found Annie's Caesar on sale, done!
I really enjoy all day cooking, so the opportunity to make a homemade sauce was too hard to pass up. I could have just opened a jar, but where is the fun in that. This is the recipe I used today.
1 pound ground Venison (or whatever meat you want)
1 Onion, Chopped
3 Cloves Garlic, Minced
2 Tbsp Italian Seasoning
3 cups Tomato Sauce or Crushed Tomatoes
3 cups Diced Tomatoes
3 oz. Fresh Basil Chopped
3 Tbsp Fresh Oregano Chopped
2 Tbsp Coconut Sugar
Salt and Pepper to taste
Saute onion and garlic until aromatic, add ground meat and italian seasoning and cook through. Add tomato sauce and tomato chunks, as well as oregano, basil, coconut sugar, and salt and pepper. Let simmer on low for 2-3 hours, stirring occasionally and tasting for flavor.
My family always added brown sugar to their pasta sauces, I used coconut sugar because it tastes like brown sugar and is a great substitute that is low glycemic, meaning it shouldn't raise blood sugar levels in those who need to keep it managed. This could easily be omited.
When I buy pasta, I pick ones that are Organic and whole grains, but also those that have added veggies. They don't add a ton of extra nutrition, but every little bit counts and adds up. These were vegetable noodles and had spinach and tomato noodles.
The family convinced me we needed dessert tonight…let's be honest, it didn't take much convincing. So, I whipped up a batch of brownies. I used a box, hangs head in shame, but it was organic, and had seven ingredients that I could read: Organic Whole Wheat Flour, Organic Cane Sugar, Cocoa Powder, Oat Flour, Sea Salt.
I cut batches into small portions. Just enough that you get to have a brownie and enjoy it, but not so big you feel bad after. It also makes good kids servings for the same reason. They get to enjoy a treat, but its not overkill. I cut an 8x8 dish into 16 pieces.
Definitely had some Nibbles today: