Monday, November 30, 2009
A few years ago, I purchased the cookbook 500 Best Healthy Recipes by Lynn Roblin. I was looking for a cookbook that had easy and healthy recipes. Let me tell you, this is the best cookbook I own! Every single recipe I have made out of this book has been delicious and easy. I love that the nutrition information is listed on each recipe, so you know just how many calories, fat, sodium etc are in each dish. Most recipes are very low in calorie, but the quality of taste does not suffer! I also love that real, fresh and whole ingredients make up most of the dishes in this book. I have been trying to get away from processed and packaged foods in my cooking. If you are also wanting to start eating real food, this is a great resource!
Some of our favorites from this book are:
Tortilla bean salad with creamy salsa dressing
Chinese lemon chicken w/red peppers and snow peas
Spaghetti squash with vegetables and tomato sauce
Spicy rice, bean and lentil casserole
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
In an effort to save money yet eat healthy, we've been trying "meatless mondays" here at the Kapple house. I have found many delicious meatless recipes that call for lentils as the main ingredients. Lentils are super cheap and healthy and very delicious as well! Here is our favorite lentil recipe so far!
Spicy Rice, Bean and Lentil Casserole(adapted from 500 Best Healthy Recipes)
2 tsp olive oil
2 tsp minced garlic
1 onion, chopped
1 green pepper, chopped
3 3/4 c vegetable stock
3/4 c brown rice
1/2 c green lentils
1 tsp dried basil
1 tsp chili powder
1 can red kidney beans (you can substitute any type of bean that you like)
1 cup frozen corn
1 cup salsa
*Saute garlic, onions and green peppers in oil for about 3 minutes. Stir in stock, brown rice, lentils, basil and chili powder. Bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat to medium-low and cook 30 to 40 minutes, stirring occasionally, until rice and lentils are tender and liquid is absorbed.
* Stir in beans, corn, salsa; cover and cook 5 minutes or until heated through.
* We like to eat this topped with shredded cheese and sour cream with a green salad on the side. It's super delicious and very filling!!
I will post more meatless dishes in the future!
Monday, November 23, 2009
All Purpose Natural Cleaner
1 gal hot water
1 tbs baking soda
2 tbs liquid soap (I use Dr. Bronner's liquid soap, but Dawn liquid dish soap would also work)
Mix together in a spray bottle.
*all amounts are approximate. My spray bottle is clearly less than a gallon, but I still used the same amounts of baking soda and soap with less water, it's just a bit more concentrated!
Saturday, November 21, 2009
One of my many projects for the Christmas season was to make stockings for our family. I found this great Amy Butler stocking pattern here. It's free and super easy! I'm kind of obsessed with felt right now. It's such a great material to work with if you are new to sewing. Because it doesn't unravel, you are able to sew leaving raw edges which makes things so easy!
The finished product!!
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Here are some of the materials and ingredients you will need:
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies
*adapted from allrecipes.com
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cups butter, softened
1/2 cup crisco or margarine
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup white sugar
1 (3.4 ounce) package instant vanilla pudding mix (or chocolate, butterscotch, french vanilla et
1 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
*Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Sift together the flour and baking soda, set aside.
*In a large bowl, cream together the butter, brown sugar, and white sugar. *Beat in the instant pudding mix until blended. Stir in the eggs and vanilla. *Blend in the flour mixture. Finally, stir in the chocolate chips and nuts. Drop cookies by rounded spoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets.
*Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven. Take the cookies out just when they look a little bit underdone and let them sit on the hot pan to continue "cooking" for a few minutes before putting them on a cooling rack. This helps them stay super soft!
Now, the fun thing about this recipe, is you can change up the recipe every time you make them!! In the picture above, I used chocolate pudding and peanut butter chips (and added a little extra cocoa powder). You could also try butterscotch pudding with white chocolate chips, banana pudding with m&m's and the list goes on and on. Every time I make these, everyone absolutely loves them and the cookies stay super soft for days!!