Tuesday, February 2, 2010

New Things

New things are happening in my kitchen. Here is what I have done in the last week:

-Made homemade chicken stock
-Made spouts with quinoa
-Made homemade cream of mushroom soup (for casseroles)
-Cooked most of our meals from scratch
-Cooked and baked with coconut oil
-Made homemade Thai coconut chicken soup

I've also stopped buying:
-boxed mac & cheese
-canned soups, chili, spaghettios

Next steps I want to take:
-stop buying all processed food...crackers, tortillas, bread...(need to make alternatives first)
-learn to make sourdough bread
-find a recipe for Ranch dressing that my kids will eat
-find a recipe for non-dairy creamer that my husband will use
-buy local eggs and chicken from a farm
-cut back on white sugar

There are more things I want to do, but I'll get overwhelmed if I try to change everything at once...I do still have to feed four children and my husband!

I am reading:
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver
And these blogs: Kitchen Stewardship, GNOWFGLINS

So far I'm having a blast...hopefully I wont burn out before I make more positive changes!


Sally said...

Yay Jen! You are far ahead of me, but mentally we're on the same page... how did the cream of mushroom soup turn out???

Sarah said...

OOHHH I want to know how the cream of chicken soup turned out? I need the recipe.

Great job. Remember baby steps!

Andrea, creative collector said...

Jen, I have a great tortilla recipe I found online. The link is somewhere on my blog. I'll find it and send it to you in an e-mail.

I really loved that book and found it very inspiring. Gave me a whole new perspective on the importance of local!

Good luck with all these changes. I love hearing about your adventures and goals. You'll find what balance works best for you, I am sure!

Jen said...

Hey ladies,
The soup turned out yummy, and it was really easy. I had to eat some of it before I used it in my curry chicken casserole! You can adapt the recipe for any cream of x soup. I got the recipe from the Kitchen Stewardship blog.
Andrea, I'm excited to try the tortillas. We use them all the time for snacks, breakfast and of course tacos! I'll be glad to give my kids a healthy version.

JJ said...

Have you been living in my home?!
So funny- we are cooking lots of the same things...I just started with the quinoa and making homemade cream of mushroom soup.
Also- trying to get rid of the processed stuff.
I have a good ranch dressing recipe if your interested!

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