Thursday, April 29, 2010

Super Sloppies!

Today's lunch was a huge success so I'd love to share it. If you're vegetarian, leave out the meat. If you're gluten free, use GF rolls or bread

saute 1/2 an onion with a bit of butter till soft and yummy smelling (can skip the saute if you're in a hurry)

in a food processor add the onion, 3 carrots, 3 sticks of celery, and any other veggies you need to use up. Pulse till it's finely chopped. Add 1 can of drained black beans and barely pulse to start to break them up.

In the same pan as the onions, begin to brown 1 lb of ground beef (check your labels for color or solution)

When it's almost done, add the veggies and stir. While this is cooking, add a can of tomatoes or 1/2 cup catsup or whatever sloppy joe type base you want. Add spices like onion powder, garlic, parsley. Taste, then add salt to taste. We used about 1 tsp of salt. Add a bit of water if you need it.

Serve in the middle of approved rolls or on top of rice.

This was a huge hit even for my super sensory one who detects the faintest bits of onions or tomatoes. The texture that he expected from the ground beef really hid anything else that was in there.

We served our Super Sloppies in a roll with fluffy stuff (whipped cream, cottage cheese, homemade yogurt, fruit)

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Dandelion fritters...weeding AND food

This morning I weeded my lawn, and then I made lunch.

Dandelion fritters are one of our favorite springtime treats. Just send the kids out to a natural lawn (you don't want to gather from one sprayed with fertilizer or pesticides) and let them fill up a bucketful of dandelion blossoms.

Just pick off the thin stem, it doesn't taste good, dip in corndog batter or your favorite fritter batter, and fry. We usually just sprinkle them with salt and eat. Sometimes we chop a few of the dandelion greens and mix it with the batter along with some savory herbs. Or, for a truly yummy treat, roll them in powdered sugar after frying. YUMMY!

Our very favorite batter is the corn dog batter that I have listed here.

They're very thin so you don't need much oil when they're frying. They tend to flip themselves over on their own too if the batter is light enough so it's easy.

Get the hang of the dandelion twist to make sure your batter is all over the blossom.


Here's a video of a different way to do them. I love the thick batter on mine but someone might like this.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Just a slide show of our RV vacation

This was our awesome vacation. We bought a little and older bumper pull RV trailer and it was a GREAT investment for our little Feingold family. We only ate out once, when we tried rattlesnake, and the rest of the time we had the ability to pull over anywhere we wanted and make food in our little kitchen. LOVED IT!

Somehow it's too large for the column so if you want to see the whole movie just click on it and it should enlarge the show.