Mommy’s Meatballs and Apple Crisp

So after my dealings with the rancid meat and smelly pizza dough, I had to purchase them again. After that set back, I was able to make meatballs with pasta and sauce, (I make my own meatballs now, for financial and health reasons) and meatball pizza pockets, meatball sandwiches.

Meatballs:
ground beef
diced zucchini
diced onions
diced garlic
1 egg
milk (I used almond milk)
bread crumbs

Mix together and make into small meatballs. I place them in my cast iron skillet and then cook at 300 degrees for twenty minutes. Once my electric oven is heated up, the food cooks VERY fast, I learned this lesson after a meal was over-cooked. Then place meatballs in sauce and simmer for about ten minutes, to allow sauce to soak into meatballs.

With all the extra meatballs, I was able to make meatball and broccoli pizza pockets (original recipe here) . This time I made the pizza pockets and used pancake mix instead of flour. I’ve been calling them calzones, old habits die hard. We also had lots of meatball sandwiches. I even used some meatballs for my omelets with salsa. Sound gross? Hey, got to use every last bit of food, right?

Quick apple crisp

1 apple, cut into slices
dry pancake mix, mixed with butter (I used non-dairy butter)
cinnamon or other spices of your choice

mix all together and place in cast iron skillet at 250 degrees for twenty minutes, they still have a little crunch. Then top with your favorite ice cream. I used Trader Joe’s chocolate cherry soy ice cream.

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CLEANING SCHEDULE

Daily:
run washing machine if full
put away dried clothes
clean up disaster areas from Hurricane Dinosaur

Tuesday:
clean bathroom

28th
clean fridge and microwave (hate doing this)

What’s your cleaning agenda today?

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You DON’T Know It All

So tired of people telling me about allergies and dairy.

Dinosaur was born at 35 weeks at 4lbs 6oz, due to preeclamapisa, which should have been diagnosed by my FORMER doctor. He was in the NICU for 12 days due to lack of ability to suck. During that time I had numerous people say I was suffering from post-partum depression, which was frustrating and annoying. Everyone WHO HAD NEVER HAD A BABY OR NEVER HAD A BABY IN THE NICU WHILE THEY WERE STUCK IN THE MATERNITY WARD all had comments to make about how it would be okay or how I was feeling. Yes, I was depressed, any mom would be if you had to be let into a locked room to see your newborn son and go home without him. It was NOT what I expected at all. I was mourning for the loss of birth I expected. But, I also loved my son and held, kissed, fed, rocked, and talked to him every chance.

I cried a lot and everyone, but my mother was the only one who understood that I was just sad about the situation, NOT suffering from PPD. Everyone, except my mother, kept giving me advice and told me stories which only pissed me off more.

He couldn’t breast feed and I had numerous infections in a two-month span, so I decided to do formula and I am very happy with my decision, but that is a story for another day. He spent so much time at doctor’s appointments and was put on inhalers for asthma, since my father-in-law and  SIL’s oldest son have asthma issues. I kept asking if he was allergic to dairy, but doctors and everyone else said NO.

He was then put on a very special and expensive formula with no soy or dairy, and he was a little better, but still sick all the time. Then he started drinking milk, because I was bombarded that milk was what he needed and he would be fine. Well, his “outside allergies” got worse and was going to be put on a higher dose of singular.  His colds were horrific, when he got sick he would be sick for up to two weeks and I would have to sleep with him for about three nights, because he coughed ALL NIGHT.

Thankfully I went to a chiropractor recommended to me and after casually talking about son’s allergies he suggested I take son off all dairy for five days. Now, I have IBS and can’t have any dairy myself, but was pissed that I should have listened to myself. So I immediately took him off all dairy, which was hard to do at first, and gave him almond and rice milk to drink and substituted soy cheese for regular cheese. Well, needless to say after only three days, all his allergies disappeared. He did NOT need any singular, and I have not used the inhaler for asthma since I took him off dairy over a year ago.

Of course some people can’t handle that and every time they see me have comments to make. They insist  that I get him tested for allergies to prove that I am wrong. They insist that Dinosaur will grow out of it. They insist that because FIL has allergies, Dinosaur does too. Well, could it be that FIL should eliminate dairy and maybe half of his allergies would go away.

I am NOT forcing anyone else to go dairy free, I am not forcing my beliefs that cow’s milk really isn’t healthy for anyone and should only be fed to cows. I feel…”LIVE AND LET LIVE”, so why do other people feel the need to get me to live how they want? Is my son’s lack of reactions to outside allergies not enough evidence? Is my son’s ability to now sleep through the night with a cold not enough evidence? Is my son’s lack of need for medicine not enough evidence?

Or how about, it’s not your flipping business what I choose to feed my son. It don’t care if you have three, ten, or one kid, you are NOT my child’s parent. You do not get to tell me how to raise my son.

I have never been good around know-it-all people and would always speak my mind. Now, I am just getting nasty and braver. Perhaps I should print out all the evidence that dairy causes allergies just hand it to him and other annoying people and tell them to get their facts straight before they decide to talk about what they know nothing about.

Anyway, I knew there was something wrong with my pregnancy, but everyone kept telling me after six years of trying to get pregnant I should stop complaining and enjoy it. I WAS RIGHT, I had preeclampsia

I knew that having that breathing tube down his nose into his throat and his failure to suck was going to result in speech issues and I WAS RIGHT! Dinosaur had speech services for a year. 

I knew that once  all his allergies disappeared, he was in fact allergic to dairy, and he has been better ever since, I WAS RIGHT.

Thank you for letting me rant today.

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Daily:
run washing machine if full, put away dried clothes, clean up disaster areas from Hurricane Dinosaur
Thursday:
dust all furniture
16th
wipe down cabinets

What’s your cleaning agenda today? 
  

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Chocolate Pancake Heaven

OMG, I am in heaven with these pancakes. THEY ARE BEYOND DECADENT.
I did my usual batter but used Trader Joe’s CHOCOLATE almond milk this time. I like to experiment and try things out, you never know until you try, right? And if if turns out bad, you just keep trying till it comes out right. I’ve never really had a food I couldn’t eat, it was just different than I expected.
Doesn’t that looks so delicious and creamy. Oh, I knew it was going to be good.

I didn’t get a pic of me cutting and adding the diced strawberries and mashed banana chunks, but here is a photo of them cooking on the cast iron skillet. Can you see the chunks of strawberries and bananas in the batter. I was dying to to try them.

My hubby will eat almost any dinner I make (with the exception of pork and things with soy cheese) but he REFUSES to eat my pancakes. He prefers plain boring pancakes, who wants that when you can have…..

THESE!!!! Just look at how mouth watering those chocolate strawberry-banana pancakes are. You can see the fruit bursting to get out and when I added syrup…well oh my I was so hungry to eat them.
I didn’t get any pictures, because Dinosaur and I were stuffing our faces, they were THAT good.
How do you like your pancakes?

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Daily:
run washing machine if full, put away dried clothes, clean up disaster areas from Hurricane Dinosaur
Tuesday:
clean bathroom
14th
clean living room shelf
(Still need to clean fridge and microwave)

What’s your cleaning agenda today? 
  

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All out of flour

So after seeing the Healthy Pizza Pocket tutorial on The Busy Mom’s Diet Blog I had to try it.

Healthy Pizza Pocket

Now, if you haven’t realized already, I make up my own rules when cooking and try things on the fly. I don’t really follow recipes exactly and like to experiment. I find that when I do that my dinners turn out much better.

For starters, hubby was late and kind of messed me up, I wanted us to do this as a family. So I was doing this in a rush while watching Dinosaur climb on the couch and swiffer pole.

I didn’t use whole wheat dough, I have bad reactions to whole so we used the dreaded white dough, LOL. I didn’t have any flour, I thought we did, but we didn’t. Without flour, a rolling pin was useless. But that is okay, we can improvise and figure it out. That’s the fun part. I want my son, even though he wasn’t helping this time, to know that cooking is fun. We are not supposed to be perfect and orderly, messy is good. Cooking should be fun, NOT a chore.

I used my sauce and homemade meatballs (with zucchini chunks). I have to sneak veggies in anyway I can. I also used soy cheddar cheese and totally forgot about the eggs. I will post about my meatballs on one of the Tuesday posts in the future.

I will now be moving Healthy Pizza Pockets  from my “Recipes to try” list on Pinterest to “Recipes I Tried and Loved

Super messy, using just olive oil and sauce. I think I over did it on the sauce, oooops.
On the pan they looked horrific, I was worried they were going to be too thick and doughy. Next time I am going to bake them on the iron cast skillet.

On the plate they looked really good. The soy cheese was spilling out and the dough was red from sauce.
That first bite was magical, but the real test was Dinosaur. He totally approved and would not put the pizza pocket down in between bites.
He ate an ENTIRE pizza pocket. He is one messy, but sated dinosaur.

 Do you like to follow recipes exactly as they are written? 
Or do you prefer to experiment as you go?

I also wanted to share my stove with you. It’s an electric stove and I spent ten years cooking on a gas one. I have to say electric heats up faster and cooks quicker, so it took some getting used to.

As I have stated in previous posts, we live in a small apartment and ALL of the appliances are outdated, but still work. That is what happens when you rent. How old is my stove? Well, I’m not sure, but here are some pics to show you how old it is.

If you can’t see from that pic, how about this one? The timer and clock doesn’t work, I use my phone to time how long foods are baking/boiling. Yes, there is a pocket knife on the stove, that is our letter opener. We open our mail right away and throw useless information in the garbage. It’s not a perfect plan and we sometimes forget, but it works for the most part.
Do you have updated appliances? 
Or do you love your outdated appliances and all their quirks?

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Daily: run washing machine if full, put away clothes, clean up kitchen
Tuesday: clean the bathroom 
7th: wash bathmats
What’s your cleaning agenda today? 
  

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Chai Tea and Ice Cream

 Mommy’s Chai Tea
To me the perfect tea drink is my homemade chai tea. I know what is going into it and it’s cheaper than getting it in a store. Please ignore the duct tape in the background. We never know when we will need it, LOL. 

Start with sugar in the mug then add one Lipton tea bag, no other tea is quite like it.  I know they have iced tea bags, but I prefer the taste of hot tea cooled off.




Then add the boiling water, obviously.

In a tumblr add lots of ice
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Trader Joe’s chocolate almond milk OR you can use their vanilla almond milk as well.
After tea has brewed in mug, pour tea into tumblr. I pour it in the sink,
to make spills an easy clean up. 

Then enjoy every delicious sip…oh so yummy and refreshing on a summer day. You can have it on the go or enjoy it at home.  

How do you enjoy your tea? Any special ingredients?
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 Dinosaur’s favorite ice cream

We love this ice cream, not only is it dairy free, but Dinosaur feels like he is eating ice cream he sees other people eat. They are  too big though, that is my only complaint.
 ALMOND DREAM® Vanilla Dessert Bar

Now I wish I was able to find this in stores, but I don’t see it anywhere I live. Such a shame, a few of these would be the perfect portion for Dinosaur. 

ALMOND DREAM Dessert Bites

Dinosaur happily eating his ice cream bar. Don’t mind the wires to the right, lol
What is your favorite dessert?

 

Mini Banana Muffins and Leftover Egg Muffins

Dinosaur loves to eat food he can hold in his hand. He can eat with a fork and spoon rather nicely, but the best way he eats is when he eats with his hands. As moms know, we have to get our kids to eat anyway we can.

I love taking a trusted banana bread mix and using it to make mini muffins. I follow the directions, instead I pour the batter into a mini cupcake pan.
 

 
Dinosaur loves to lick the spoon and being an only child you get to lick two spoons! 
  

After they are done, they look so yummy and smell delightful. They are the perfect size for Dinosaur’s hands.

 

 These are perfect for daycare as breakfast or lunch, or even dessert with coconut or soy ice cream

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After seeing this all over pinterest, I had to try it. I chopped up our leftovers from the diner (chicken fingers, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, and french fries)  and put them in a bowl with four eggs. I added parsley, onion, curry and garlic.
 

 They came out so unbelievably delicious. Dinosaur ate them right up.

Reminds me of quiche, may have to make these when company comes over. Would make a great appetizer.

ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL DINNER

Tonight I made chicken cutlet strips with potatoes, carrots, broccoli and cauliflower.

I cut thin cut chicken cutlets into halves, then marinated them with olive oil, water, curry, allspice, onion, garlic, and parsley.  After an hour, I placed them in hefty ziploc bag with bread crumbs and crushed french onions and shook them up to coat them. I cooked them in cast iron skillet on each side, then out them in a container until later. 

While chicken was cooking, I marinated potatoes and veggies in left over seasoning. Put them in skillet, cover and place in oven at 300 for 30 minutes. Our oven is an old electric oven and cooks pretty fast

 Hubby was thrilled with the way dinner looked, I thought me might have gone to heaven.
He gave me a clean plate and a two thumbs up. This makes me very proud. 
 

NO CHEESE Breakfast Wrap

One of my favorite breakfasts is turkey bacon and egg wrap. My dinosaur superhero loves it too. He can eat it, very carefully, on his own. Even dips it in ketchup sometimes.

Ingredients:
three eggs
three strips of turkey bacon
olive oil
wrap of your choice

Directions:
I heat the wrap on the cast iron skillet first then put it on the plate

put a little olive oil in the skillet

Cut the bacon into small pieces and cook in the skillet

Once bacon is cooked, add the eggs

I don’t have time to scramble, I just crack them in and mix them as I cook.(Hubby hates when I do that, lol)

Place bacon and eggs on wrap and fold up two ends,then roll the up the tortilla on the other sides. This ensures food doesn’t fall out as you eat it.

You don’t need cheese to keep the eggs and bacon in the wrap. As long as you wrap it correctly, it all stays put.

Mango Pancakes with Banana Syrup

YES, mango pancakes!

I cut the mango into tiny cubes and mixed them well into the regular batter. They smelled so good when cooking and YES on one of my cast iron skillets. I swear I love the way they cook food.

Then I mashed a banana into a bowl and added syrup. Yes, that simple. I poured it all over son’s pancakes and he ate them up.

I even froze the leftovers for him to have a daycare one morning.

Crunchy Sandwich

Superhero Dinosaur loves eating ham sandwiches, but they get boring. So I decided to spruce them up and make them fun.

by simply grating carrot and cucumber onto the sandwich, it gives it a coleslaw like flavor. There’s a great crunch to the sandwich and son goes crazy for it. I’ve also added apples and pears.

*As mom’s we have to find ways to sneak in veggies anyway we can

**If you havne’t noticed, I don’t put cheese in my son’s sandwich. I use mayo or hummus. We are both allergic to dairy, therefore its a big NO NO for us.