Today I started snapping pictures of our meals and how I prepare them. We didn't have a 'normal' day, but I decided to start anyways.
So welcome to my kitchen. This is where I do most of my meal prep- my flour/sugar canisters, spices, baking items and mixer are all accessible, as well as bowls and measuring spoons in the cupboards and drawers below the counter.
I started our breakfast last night. I mixed 3 cups rolled oats, 1 cup kefir, 1/2 cup melted butter, 1 t salt, 1 t cinnamon all together before bed. I covered it with a towel and let it sit until morning, which was 6:30 am.
Preheat oven and mix in 1/2 c brown sugar or honey, (I did sugar this time) 2 eggs, 1 t baking soda, 2 t cream of tartar, and I added dried cranberries and dates, about 1/8th cup of each.
Grease a baking pan ( I used a round cake pan) and smooth mixture into it. Pop it into the oven for about 30 minutes.
Time to check on my yogurt- it has set so I put it in the fridge. More about that later.
I also got my sourdough starter out and fed it. Then I checked the kefir and kombucha. Everything is looking good.
Time for breakfast. The girls eat their baked oatmeal with drizzled raw honey. I eat it with my homemade yogurt with a little drizzle of honey.
We were at my mom's house for lunch and while the girls were taking naps, I made me some garlic tea. I have some allergy/sinus stuff going on and it finally got bad enough for me to do something about it. I chopped a clove of garlic and put in the infuser in that yellow mug. Then I added boiling water. Before I drink it I will add some apple cider vinegar and honey. Not terribly, but not wonderful. It does help though. While that was steeping I drank a packed of vitamin C.
Then I made some sourdough bread. Leiah woke up and played at the sink for awhile while I made bread. I use about 2/3 whole wheat flour to 1/3 unbleached all purpose flour. The starter I have was already 'white' so for now I'm keeping it that way.
Ok, here the bread dough is ready for kneading. Kneading bread dough is one of my favorite things!
I got my rolling pin and rolled it into a sort of rectangle, then rolled it up like cinnamon rolls and put in my greased loaf pan. Unfortunately I forgot about it and it overflowed the pan! So I punched it down and it rose again even faster!!! Luckily I caught it before it overflowed, and now I'm waiting for it to bake. It might look weird.
This week I have not gone to the grocery store yet to buy all of our food. I've picked up a few things here and there, but just haven't had the time to get it all. So I revamped our leftovers from last night. We ate grilled chicken fajitas last night and we had one large chicken breast left and some sauteed peppers and onions.
So I chopped more onion and garlic (chopping garlic sure clears the nose!) threw it in my pot with some olive oil. I let it cook for a few minutes before I put a little over a cup of brown rice in there. I let it cook for a bit before adding the rest of the ingredients.
Then I added 3.5 cups of water, ground cumin, chili powder, some salt and about 2 T tomato paste and stirred it up before I put the lid on to let it cook.
After the rice was mostly cooked I added the chicken I had chopped up and the sauteed veggies. We also had frozen corn on the cob, which I cooked of course, and leftover guacamole and chips. Tomorrow I have to go to the store!! I dread it though...remember I said I wasn't going shopping with the kiddies again? I will be eating my words I guess. Maybe I can snap some pictures of the process if all goes well...no promises though :)