I had some dental work done this afternoon, so I made a big pot of this soup this morning. With a whole grain loaf of bread, some good cheese and a side of roasted asparagus, it made a nice dinner for a gloomy day.
Sweet Potato, Corn and Wild Rice Chowder
1 tbsp vegetable oil
I large or 2 small onions, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
12 cups water
1 cup wild rice
2 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp ground cumin
generous pinch salt
4 cups diced sweet potatoes (about 3)
2 1/2-3 cups corn kernels–fresh, frozen or really good canned ones (if using canned, rinse well)
Half Mexican Pizza/ Half Grilled Eggplant and Grated Mozzarella
Roasted Portabello Mushrooms, Fresh Tomatoes and Fresh Mozzarella
I don’t know why so many people buy those ready-made pizza crusts…while they look like pizza, they generally neither taste nor feel like pizza. Add to that the fact that they are usually overpriced, and they become even less exciting.
You know what? Pizza dough is actually absurdly easy, cheap and fun to make.
Though there are a lot of variations, this partly whole wheat dough is a family favorite for pizza night–the whole wheat flour adds a slightly nutty flavor and a nice nutritional boost (yay fiber!) If you really hate whole wheat, or don’t have any whole wheat flour in the pantry, you can use any other alternative flour or just use all white.
French toast is definitely a favorite family breakfast, but there are few mornings (even Sundays) when I want to stand over the stove making piece by piece and worrying about keeping them warm in the oven so that we can all eat together.
With this recipe, I slice the bread, stir the ingredients together…stick it all in the oven at one time and we can all sit down to eat french toast together 🙂
Now that my little one is old enough to require her own activities, balancing her busy schedule with my preschooler's often makes getting dinner made seem virtually impossible.
Difficult as it is, however, I refuse to rely on convenience foods to make up the bulk of my family's diet…
Enter the cheap slow cooker that I bought for $15 or so in some drugstore about 10 years ago and just recently rediscovered in my cabinet. There are few things more satisfying than chopping up a bunch of vegetables in the morning, pouring in some broth and having a decent dinner cook itself by dinner time.