Veggie Flats

Hello friends and Happy Friday to you! Today I am going to be sharing a healthy recipe that your kids will love to help you with. Plus it’s a great way to squeeze in those vegetables that are so important. This recipe for Veggie Flats can be used as a meal, side to a meal, or even a healthy snack! It’s one of the many awesome recipes found in the Children’s Culinary Institute curriculum. 

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INGREDIENTS:

1 med  head cauliflower

1 med head of broccoli 

4 large eggs

1/4 cup chopped fresh spinach 

2 tsp onion powder

2tsp. garlic powder 

salt and pepper, to taste

DIRECTIONS:

1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

2. Trim the cauliflower,and broccoli  cut it into small, uniform pieces, and pulse in a food processor in batches until you get a couscous type consistency. The finely chopped veggies should make about 4 cups packed.

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3. Place the fine veggies in a microwave-safe bowl  with the chopped spinach and microwave for 4-6 minutes. Place the mixture in a fine cheesecloth or thin dishtowel and squeeze out as much liquid as possible, being careful not to burn yourself. Dishwashing gloves or nylon pot holder mitts are suggested as it is very hot.

4. In a medium bowl, whisk the eggs. Add in veggie mix ,  salt and pepper. Mix until well combined. Use your hands to shape 4-6 small round flats on the parchment paper. 

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5. Bake for 10 minutes, carefully flip each flat, and return to the oven for an additional 5 to 7 minutes, or until completely set. Place tortillas on a wire rack to cool slightly.

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6. Heat a medium-sized skillet on medium. Place a baked flats in the pan, pressing down slightly, and brown for 1 to 2 minutes on each side. Repeat with remaining flats.

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We love to add cheese and fresh salsa to the tops of our Veggie Flats. But you could also add pizza sauce, mozzarella cheese, and toppings!
 
 
Look at that proud smile! I guarantee had I made this without her she would have never tried a bite. Having kids involved in the cooking process often encourages them to try new things that they otherwise wouldn’t have. 
 
As mentioned before, this recipe (and lots of others) can be found in the Children’s Culinary Institute curriculum. I have been a CCI instructor for 4 years now and I will be the first to tell you that I LOVE it. I am able to use the CCI curriculum and be apart of a team of instructors (nation wide!) who continue to support and help you grow. I can make my own hours and work right from home doing something I love, teaching kids of all ages how to make healthy choices and how to cook and bake. This is an important life skill that so many kids miss out on since it’s often not something offered in schools anymore. Cooking and baking incorporate math, reading comprehension, and science all while learning how to prepare healthy meals and snacks. We have themed months, cooking competitions, field trips, and the kids can even progress through the courses and move up in apron colors. They absolutely LOVE it. Their sense of accomplishment after starting with raw materials and then creating something that they can eat and enjoy… that’s priceless. If you follow me on social media, you have had an inside peek to lots of my kids cooking classes and how fun they really are!
 
Interested in learning more about becoming a CCI instructor? Click HERE and fill out the form at the top of the page. 
Interested in finding classes for your kids in your area? Click HERE and scroll to the bottom of the page.
 

E-licious E-cookbook Review and GIVEAWAY!!

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The winner of this awesome giveaway is Kelsey from Tattered & Inked!
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I have been super excited all weekend to share our awesome giveaway for this week.

Jenna, blogger behind Newlyweds, has released a new e-cookbook and let me just tell you, the recipes in it are fantastic!
E-licious is an electronic cookbook that is FULL of great recipes (over 45 recipes!). From appetizers to desserts, Jenna has included mouth-watering recipes that your family (and mine) are sure to love!
Just to give you a little taste of what you will find in Jenna’s E-licious cookbook, here are a few of the recipes she has included:
Shrimp Stir Fry (Weeknight Meal)
Lemon Meringue Pie (Sweet Treats)
Pan Fried Corn (Man Pleasing Meals)
Artichoke Dip (Happy Hour)
Creamy Tomato Soup (Date Night)
Italian Beef Sandwiches (Crockpot Meals)
Beefy Mac and Cheese (Casseroles)
Beer Can Chicken (Backyard BBQ)

So far I have tried…
And they were both DELICIOUS! 
The recipes were easy, kid-friendly, and most of the ingredients I already had on hand!
On our dinner menu this week I included 3 of Jenna’s recipes: Bacon Ranch Mini Burgers, Lasagna in the Crockpot, and Caesar Salad Supreme. YUM!
To read more about this electronic cookbook, click here.
Lucky for you, Jenna is offering an E-licious cookbook to a MFTM reader!!


How can you win?
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Mandatory:
1. Follow MFTM publicly 
2. Follow Newlyweds publicly  
Extra Entries:
-“Like” Newlyweds on Facebook and leave her a comment letting her know you are visiting from MFTM.
-Pin your favorite recipe from the Newlyweds blog and let us know which recipe it was.
-Blog, tweet, or Facebook this giveaway and be sure to tag Mine for the Making by adding the @ symbol before the name (@mineforthemaking). Leave a separate comment for each… up to 3 entries.
GOOD LUCK! 
That’s a total of 8 ways to enter!
Also, Jenna is offering a 20% off discount to MFTM readers! That’s an entire cookbook for only $4!! What a great Christmas gift this would make! Purchase, download, print and bind! Super easy! Shop here.
Coupon Code: ELICIOUS20
This giveaway closes on Sunday, December 18th at midnight AZ time. The winner will be chosen via random.org and will be announced on the Mine for the Making Facebook page on Monday, December 19th. 
All photos courtesy of Jenna Beth at Newlyweds.

Breakfast for Supper = Supperfast

I have the easiest, yummiest breakfast casserole recipe that I got from my brother-in-law. You just have to try it. I’m pretty sure his family eats this for…well…breakfast. But my family has this dish for supper. If you have not tried having a breakfast dish for dinner, please do!!! Especially if you have chitlins around…for whatever reason, it’s a real treat (and breakfast foods are totally cheap!).

As I’ve mentioned before, I often modify recipes that I find or that are shared with me. So feel free to modify this one to your liking.

You will need:

  • 5 eggs
  • 1/2 cup of half and half
  • bag of frozen hashbrowns
  • 4 table spoons of butter (I use Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter)
  • 2 cups cubed ham (you can use bacon or sausage or a combination)
  • 2 cups shredded cheese (I use mixed cheeses)
  • seasonings
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray casserole dish (I use Pam) and place hashbrowns at the bottom. Pat down. I season my potatoes with onion powder, seasoning salt, garlic powder, and pepper. Then goes in the 4 tablespoons of butter….try to distribute evenly. Sprinkle thin layer of cheese. Sprinkle on ham evenly. In separate bowl, beat eggs and half and half (I also season this with salt and pepper). Pour over hashbrowns and ham. Top with the rest of your cheese. Bake for 30-40 minutes.
See!!! So easy! So cheap! Sooooo yummy :) Enjoy!
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Sunday Dinner {recipe}

My husband and I both grew up having the traditional Sunday dinners with our families. In my home, my father usually prepared the Sunday dinner…and they were not nearly as elaborate as the Sunday dinners Matthew’s family had. His mother prepared the meals (for far more people than my family) complete with beautiful place settings and finished off with a delicious dessert. Matthew and I started sharing family dinners when I was 14 and he was 16 years old. Although there were many differences in our Sunday family dinners, one thing was for certain- we both have fond memories from these dinners. Full of laughter, talking, joking, praying, trying new dishes and enjoying the many repeated favorites. This is something we have decided to do in our family. A tradition. Sunday dinner.

This Sunday, I tried a new recipe for Creamy Potato Soup. One of my favorite kitchen tools is my crock pot…so naturally this soup is made in one. Here is the original recipe that inspired what I made for dinner (I almost always modify the ingredients):

Ingredients:

  • 5 green onions chopped
  • 5 large red potatoes cubed
  • 1/2 cup chopped carrots
  • 1 stalk celery chopped
  • 1 can Cream of Celery soup
  • 1 can chicken broth
  • 1 can evaporated milk (I used non fat)
  • 1 1/2 cups hot water
  • 1 cup shredded cheese (I used mixed cheeses)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 tsp minced garlic
  • salt, pepper, onion powder
  • 6 pieces of cooked bacon chopped (I used turkey bacon)

Pour Cream of Celery soup, chicken broth, evaporated milk, and hot water into crock pot. Whisk together well. Add all veggies and seasonings ( including bay leaf). Stir. Set crock pot to low and cook for 5-7 hours.

Once veggies are soft, pull out bay leaf and blend 4 cups of the soup until smooth. You can use a blender, food processor, or a immersion blender (I poured the 4 cups into a mixing bowl and used the immersion blender until smooth). Add blended soup back to the rest left in the crock pot. Add the cheese to the soup and stir. Serve in a bowl and top with shredded cheese, chopped bacon, and bread for dipping (we had Asiago Cheese Bread).

I am always nervous when trying out a new recipe. You see, my husband is a cook and has even been the executive chef of a few restaurants. I take his advice and tips willingly. He is always honest (which is what I appreciate most) and this often helps me with my recipe trials.

Here is a picture of this Sunday’s dinner. I wonder if it was as good as my kitchen smelled…


This is 2 helpings later…when I had to stop myself from licking the bowl…

A success!!

Mine for the Making, ours for the eating, and yours for the trying. Enjoy!!

2010

Looking back on 2009, I remember many challenges. Thinking of those challenges, I am also reminded of the many blessings of 2009. Luci had her first birthday, Matthew and I were married (finally!), and we purchased our first home. With that being said, I decided that this year, I would make meaningful “New Year’s Resolutions”…in other words goals for 2010.

Now, if you you know me, you know I am a list person. I make lists. Multiple lists. For everything. And if you make it on my list, I will check you off. I always stick to my lists. I always accomplish my lists. Some call me crazy (my husband *cough*), but I call me organized. So….I made a list of my goals for 2010. The list was revised several times (the original one actually was crazy…Superman would not have been able to accomplish this list in 365 short days) and now I am ready to share it with you.

1. Have more patience (especially with my husband)
2. Read more…and from new authors (branch out…big step)
3. Learn new cooking/baking recipes and perfect them
4. Make more (crafting and sewing)
5. Finish renovating our home
6. Go on a fantastic family vacation
7. Start a blog (which has now been checked off)

Ok…there you have it. My New Year’s Resolutions for 2010.

I had my students look up the word ‘resolution’ in the dictionary.

resolution- a decision to do something or to behave in a certain manner

Some of the resolutions they came up with based on this definition made me smile.

“I will bake more cookies with my mom” –boy, 8 years old (AWWWWW)

“I will play more video games” –boy, 8 years old (His mother responded with “That is the stupidest resolution I’ve ever heard!” LOL!)

“I will get faster at my multiplication facts” –girl, 8 years old (LOVE her!)

“I will be nicer to my little brother” — boy, 9 years old (so sweet)

What are some of your resolutions for 2010?