Archive for September, 2016

Oatmeal Fruit Butter Muffins

Oatmeal Fruit Butter Muffins

Serves: 3-4

Time: 25 mins

Freezes: Yes

Kid Friendly Tasks: Muffin Filler

Meanwhile, to make the excellent muffins below you need to know a few small things. One, don’t leave out the preserves or they are a little blah. The recipe is really designed around the muffins as fruit butter carrier so they are not that sweet in and of themselves. They are a slightly heavier muffin because of the oatmeal so again, the preserves are necessary. Two, you can use any flavor of preserves or butter, but don’t use either jam or jelly. Both of those are too sweet in my opinion and will drown out the flavor of the rest of the muffin. A fruit preserve with no added sugar would work really well here.

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Chicken Saag

Chicken Saag

Serves: 3

Time: 50 minutes

Freezes: Yes

Reheats: Yes

Kid Friendly Tasks: Spice Measurer

If making Indian food at home worries you due to its complexity I would definitely go for this recipe. It is basically like making a spinach soup, but with chicken chunks thrown in and slightly more exotic spices than you might be used to. We happen to own all of the spices below since my husband went through an Indian cooking phase some years back (I know, I should use fresh spices, but I don’t). If you are missing any of the spices below, check out your local Indian grocery store. The spice prices there are dirt cheap and they have every Indian spice under the sun. Don’t pay Whole Foods prices just for convenience sake. I highly recommend naan to go with this and scoop up the spinachy goodness.

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Fresh Salsa

Last of the Summer Fresh Salsa

Serves: 2

Time: 5 mins

Kid Friendly Tasks: Produce Picker

It’s the end of tomato season and the choices are beginning to look rather run down. That fresh taste of summer is fading once again and we’ll be back to canned tomatoes before you know it. What, other than bruschetta pasta, to do with all of those rather funky tomatoes? Make fresh salsa for a side dish! I never think of fresh salsa and I should. Really, it’s the only kind of salsa I like. The canned kind always tastes terrible to me and you can’t make fresh salsa in the winter because the tomatoes have no taste. Thus my basic fresh salsa below was born.

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