Thursday, July 4, 2013
Ther are some challenges with going chemical/hormone free in your eating - namely cost and taste. Yes, cost is what keeps a lot of families from going natural. However, if you overcome cost, you are still left wanting in the area of taste-at least for a newbie. I have 3 goals for my new c/h free lifestyle. The first is to eat c/h free on a budget of $60.00 a week for a family of 4. Secondly, I want to be able to prepare breakfast, lunch, dinner, desserts and snacks that my family will love. Lastly, I want to share it all with my dear readers. I want to eventually post menus with recipes and costs.
For now, my success and failures in the past 2 days. Homemade pineapple ice cream - UCK! Ok, I followed a recipe for this one. The recipe called for 2 tablespoons of liquid Stevia. I thought that was a lot, but, hey, it's a recipe that someone has tried and liked! I did use coconut milk in the place of evaporated milk, bot the aftertaste of the stevia was terrible! It was not edible. That was Monday evening. This morning, I made an oatmeal casserole for breakfast. Success!!!! This was a winner. Even my picky eater ate it! Here is the recipe:
1 organic apple cored and sliced
1 c. raisins
1/2stick of butter
1/2 c of maple syrup
2 T. wheat germ
2T. Flax seed or flour
3 c. oatmeal
2 t. baking soda
1t. sea salt
1 c. Vanilla Almond Milk
2 t. cinnamon
Grease a shallow casserole dish. Layer the apples and raisins in the bottom. Mix the rest of the ingredients together in a mixer. Pour this mixture over the fruit. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes.
The apple, raisins, butter, eggs, wheat germ, oatmeal, and Almond Milk were organic. Kroger has an organic brand that is relatively inexpensive. I buy a lot of my groceries from Kroger. They also have c/h free meat.
This afternoon, I gave the ice cream another try. This time I used honey instead of stevia. I didn't add any fruit. I used vanilla almond milk in place of evaporated milk. It was a lot beter, but not much taste. We added some leftover breakfast casserole as a topping and it was really quite tasty. Next time, I will add a little more honey and another teaspon of vanilla.
As soon as I perfect the ice cream, I will share the recipe! Coming tomorrow - Awesome Organic Chili!