Baking Day!

I’ve been looking forward to today for over a week. A day to stay home. Let the oven warm up the house (it’s been so cold here for the past two weeks). A day to make delicious REAL food.

Around this house, we are getting ready for our Thanksgiving road trip. Laundry and packing are so much more enjoyable with the smells of a fresh loaf of bread baking, and cinnamon spiced granola in the oven!

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This granola is SO easy to make, and it’s SERIOUSLY delicious! I just hope some of it will last until Saturday. Its like eating candy! If you can’t find unsweetened coconut or don’t happen to have sunflower or pumpkin seeds, don’t let that stop you from making this. Just add more cashews and almonds.

I also made some muffins. What road trip isn’t complete without MUFFINS?!?!

These were a great idea because I needed to use up some carrots I bought from our local farmer. I used pure maple syrup instead of honey, and baked half of them in Mickey Mouse muffin liners for my son. He LOVES Mickey!

Only a couple more items left to make. Next on the list:
Homemade Larabars
Whole Wheat Tortillas

But first, little man needs a nap…

Thank you 100 Days of Real Food for the great road trip worthy recipes. There won’t be any fast food stops for this family!

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Red Beans and Brown Rice

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I would never have thought I would like something as simple as beans and rice.
But. When I made my own beans (from dried) it completely changed my perspective. The beans are so creamy and tasty without the tin can flavor.
We followed the recipe from 100 Days of Real Food and served it with a side of balsamic Brussels sprouts. Lots of flavor, budget friendly and VERY filling!

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Can we call it pizza?

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I wanted pizza last night.

Instead of going to the effort to make (and let rise all day) a pizza dough, I made a batch of whole wheat tortillas. I didn’t have any mozzarella cheese, and I don’t like how cheddar cheese turns out on a pizza. So I made a cheese sauce (just like you’d make for mac & cheese). I had some organic mushrooms and organic red onions that I sauteed in olive oil and balsamic vinegar. I thought to myself… this is going to be really rich, so I’ll top it with the salad we were going to have on the side! Just organic romaine lettuce and organic persimmons (ps. this is the first time we’ve tried persimmon, and we LOVE them!).

Not sure if you’d call this a pizza, but whatever it’s called… it was delicious!

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