It has been a while. I fell off the bandwagon this weekend and then I didn’t make any new recipes. Don’t worry however (not that you were), but I am back with a vengeance. It all started when I went out to dinner for girls night with our Sunday school class on Friday and then my husband and I went to dinner for date night on Saturday. On Sunday we had Culver’s after church. I was going to come home and make something, but we ended up eating with a friend and wanted to grab something fast as we were taking the boys sledding. On Monday I had a lunch date with my husband as my in-laws invited the boys over for lunch with my nephew. Today I am back on the straight and narrow. I successfully made it through the day without eating out! 🙂 I do feel better when I eat whole foods and I am going to try to continue doing it the majority of the time, but I am realizing everything in moderation.
Anyways, today I made two recipes that I ended up tweaking a little. I had been spending a small fortune on bread without junk in it at the grocery store, so I decided to try making my own bread. I used this recipe, http://www.kingarthurflour.com/recipes/classic-100-whole-wheat-bread-recipe. The things that I altered are this; I used 1 cup of water and 1/4 cup orange juice for the liquids, and 3 Tablespoons of butter instead of the oil. I made the dough in my bread machine and then baked it in the oven. My boys (all 3 of them) said that it was delicious and we ate almost half of the loaf today. I think we had a winner. 🙂
The second recipe that I made was a baked macaroni cheese. I made the macaroni and cheese recipe on 100 days of real food. I then put the macaroni in a Pyrex dish and topped it with some more shredded cheese. I broiled it for a few minutes to brown the cheese. While that was broiling I melted a tablespoon of butter in a pan on the stove and added 1/4 cup of bread crumbs and toasted them up for a minute or two and then added some parsley, salt and pepper. I turned the oven down to 375, topped the macaroni and cheese with the bread crumbs and baked for about 5 minutes more. Everyone but my youngest cleaned their plates. The 3 year-old didn’t like it, but my 5 year-old really liked it. This is the third time I have attempted making whole wheat macaroni and cheese from scratch and the first two times he wouldn’t eat it at all and loved it to time. I don’t know if it was just the repeated exposure or the fact that I let him stir the cheese sauce, so he felt like he was involved in the recipe.
In other news I ran 5 miles for the first time ever on Saturday and got a 4 mile run in today! I am excited about these new distances that I am achieveing and hoping to keep it up!
Tomorrow I am going to attempt some brownies with whole wheat flour and honey. Here is hoping they are as good as these two recipes. Have a great night!