Sunday, October 28, 2012

Witches Morning Gruel #SundaySupper

Green is good.

How would you like a morning meal that takes minutes to make and is healthy? That is what I have been looking for since I started training for a half marathon. In order to get longer runs in I have had to get up early a few Saturdays and have little time for fuel. This has left me dragging through my runs. At a recent running clinic the girls and I discovered an amazing new way to enjoy oatmeal.

Since my husband works late hours a lot I take the girls with me almost everywhere. Recently they attended a fitness and nutrition running clinic sponsored by our local grocery store. I set the girls up with fruit from the salad bar and a movie. They ate the fruit and ignored the movie. Fortunately the dietitians know us and were very accommodating. When Audrey begged for more to eat they started making a recipe they call Swiss Oatmeal. Mo helped and both girls devoured their helpings.

For the upcoming holiday we adapted the amazing dish to make it festive.

Witches Morning Gruel
  • 1 to 1 1/2 cups Minute Oats
  • 1 cup yogurt 
  • 1 small can crushed pineapple in juice
  • 1/4 cup chopped nuts
  • 4 tbsp spinach puree
Mix all ingredients in a medium bowl. No need to heat or do anything but stir. If using plain yogurt I like to add a little honey to sweeten, 2 tbsp is plenty.

Those of you who do not make green monsters  might be a little unsure about the spinach puree. Spinach is an amazing puree to use because it is almost completely tasteless when cold. We use it to make green eggs.

Do yourself a favor and make a batch of gruel for quick fuel so you can be ready for whatever your week brings.

A simple meal.

Adding the green.

The #SundaySupper Team has decided to do Halloween up for us and share all of their cool recipes. Check them all out because they look amazing.

On the menu for our Trick-or-Treat #SundaySupper Halloween Party:

Bewitching Brews

Ghoulish Gruel: 

Haunted Snacks: 

Spooky Sweets: 

Please be sure you join us on Twitter throughout the day, this Sunday (October 28th) during #SundaySupper.  We’ll be meeting up at 7:00 pm (Eastern) for our weekly #SundaySupper live chat where we’ll talk about all things Halloween.  All you have to do is follow the #SundaySupper hashtag, or you can follow us through TweetChat.

We’d also love to feature your favorite Halloween recipes on our #SundaySupper Pinterest board and share them with all of our followers, too.

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Sunday, October 21, 2012

Mini Quiches #SundaySupper #BakeForACure

A meal fit for a princess.

We are back. It was a lot of fun but it is so good to be home and back in my own kitchen. The girls and I have done a little cooking that we hope we can share with you soon. It is all a matter of finding the time to write the posts. 
One post I can always find time to write is the one for #SundaySupper. We love to cook and eat together as a family and that is what the #SundaySupper team is all about!
This week they are supporting #BakeForACure and sharing some amazing recipes. We decided to bake some Mini Quiches to enjoy for a simple supper and freeze a few extra for busy mornings. These are crust-less quiches because we needed something that would travel easy for our busy mornings.
Please forgive the pictures, they were taking with my phone because my camera is still packed away. Eventually I will get everything unpacked and put away!
I helped the girls gather and chop ingredients to add to our mini quiches so that each could have her own version. They picked the meat and cheese and avoided the yummy veggies but this was our first time making these this way so I am going to try again with different yummy veggies. Please feel free to put a wide variety out so your gang will have a lot to select from.
Arranging potatoes.

Measuring milk.

Mixing!

Mini Quiches
  • 8 eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • salt and pepper
  • your favorite ingredients
Add eggs, milk, flour, and seasoning to a medium bowl and mix well. Pour into baking molds. We like to use muffin cups, brownie pans, and muffin tins for mini versions but feel free to use a larger cooking vessel.

We put together a selection of the additions we enjoy and simply added them to the cooking dishes before pouring over the egg mixture.

Bake for 20-25 minutes for smaller items and 30-45 for larger pans.

Serve with potatoes cut thin, brushed with a little oil, and baked with the quiches. We bake our potatoes for 10 minutes longer than the quiches so we like to get them in first.

Check out what the rest of the #SundaySupper team brought to the table this week.

These #SundaySupper Contributors, were given a beautiful Easy As Pie Dish by Chantal Cookware.  They have created these beautiful recipes to brighten someone’s day.  The Sunday Supper team was in agreement, we loved the Easy As Pie Dish! The patented design simplifies the art of baking the perfect pie. Designed for ease, the interior ridges conveniently hold the dough in place and provide an even, uniform mold for the outer crust.  A raised rim on the outside of the dish allows for precise trimming of excess dough. 9″ interior Diameter. And the best part, it is microwave, Oven, Freezer and Dishwasher safe.
Check out these gorgeous Sunday Supper Recipes:
Do you want to get your own Easy as Pie Dish?  Chantal is offering  will be 20% OFF of ALL Chantal Pie dishes on www.chantal.com. BAKE4CURE must be entered at checkout to receive the pie dish discount. The coupon discount code is active October 16, 2012 through October 30, 2012.
The Sunday Supper Team and Chantal Cookware, would be honored to have you join us for this special #BakeForACure event Around the Family Table this week.
Join us on Twitter throughout the day during #SundaySupper.  We’ll be meeting up at 7:00 pm(Eastern) for our weekly #SundaySupper  live chat.
All you have to do is follow the #SundaySupper hashtag or you can follow us through TweetChat.
We’d also love to feature your easy go to recipes on our #SundaySupper Pinterest board and share them with all of our followers, too.
Keep up with the latest from Chantal on their websitetwitterfacebook, and Pinterest !

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Sunday, October 7, 2012

Sweet Potato Pancakes #SundaySupper

All things orange.

The wedding is a week from today. We leave Thursday for the park (Devil's Den) and will return the following Wednesday. Most everything is finished and we are just carrying on with our lives. Our lives are a little different these days now that I have started running. A typical Saturday used to involve a park or the library. Now it looks like this:

We are Color Runners.

Saturday the girls and I completed the Lawrence Color Run, the Happiest 5k on the planet. It really is. I brought the jogger and plenty of blankets for the girls to hide under but they had other ideas. Mo ran most of the second half and Audrey kept asking for more color. It helped that several of their own age friends attended and one ran the entire run.

The girls and friends.

When planning for a run of any kind, whether timed or just for fun, like the Color Run, it is best to fuel up. Complex carbs are fabulous and we recommend Sweet Potato Pancakes. They are easy to make and fun to eat. I wish we had made two batches because the girls and daddy ate most of this batch.

Sweet Potato Pancakes
  • 2 cups shredded sweet potato
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 1/2 tbsp flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • oil for the pan
Squeeze potatoes after you shred them to remove the extra water. Add to a medium bowl with the three eggs, beaten. Stir in flour and salt. Meanwhile, heat a skillet over medium heat and add 1/4 inch of oil (we used vegetable but Canola would work great as well). Place rounded tablespoon of batter in the skillet and flatten. Cook for 2-4 minutes on each side or until crispy. Place on a towel-lined plate to drain while you cook the rest of the batter. Serve with applesauce and sour cream.

Looking beautiful while shredding.


She had seconds.

I think this recipe is a keeper.

The #SundaySupper Team decided to embrace Color as well and put together a menu of All Things Orange. Go check out them out!


Sunrise  (Breakfast and Brunch)
Paula from Vintage Kitchen Notes is bringing her Orange Ricotta Pancakes
Erin from Dinners Dishes and Desserts is baking up some Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins
Heather from Girlichef is bringing Pumpkin Doughnuts with Spiced Buttermilk Glaze
Nicole from Daily Dish Recipes is making Pumpkin Donut Puffs
Patti from Comfy Cuisine is bringing  Classic Orange Marmalade
Sunithi from Sue’s Nutrition Buzz is making Spiced Pumpkin Ricotta Muffins with Craisins and Walnuts
Wendy from The Weekend Gourmet is cooking up some Pumpkin Maple Oatmeal
Jamie from Mama Mommy Mom is bringing Butternut Squash Butter
Chelsea from Chelsea’s Culinary Indulgence is bringing Pumpkin Spiced Donuts with Chai Icing
Kris from In The Kitchen With Audrey and Maureen made Sweet Potato Pancakes 

High Noon (Soups, Salads and Sandwiches)
Renee from Magnolia Days is serving up some Butternut Squash Soup
Beate from Galactopdx is bringing her Carrot Ginger Soup
Jen from Juanita’s Cocina is making some Curried Sweet Potato Salad With Cranberries and Pecans
Megan from I Run For Wine is making Skinny Roasted Butternut Squash and Italian Sausage Soup
Sarah from What Smells So Good is filling our bowls with some Spicy Sweet Potato and Coconut Soup
Alice from Hip Foodie Mom is coming with her Roasted Carrot and Red Quinoa Salad
Susan from The Wimpy Vegetarian is making Cider – Spiced Sweet Potato Soup
Tora from Tora’s Real Food is bringing Butternut Squash and Tomato Soup
Melanie from From Fast Food to Fresh Food is making Monty’s Pumpkin Soup
Lyn from The Lovely Pantry is bringing Roasted Pumpkin & Coconut Soup
Kim from Cravings of a Lunatic is whipping up some Mandarin Chicken Salad

Sunset (Dinner and Main Dishes)
Sarah from Crispy Bits & Burnt Ends is offering up some Pumpkin Ravioli
Shelia from Pippis In The Kitchen Again is serving her Roasted Squash and Ricotta with Honey
Pam from The Meltaways is making Spooky Stuffed Peppers
Patsy from Famfriendsfood is bringing her Carrot Souffle
Laura from Small Wallet Big Appetite is bringing Chicken and Sweet Potato Fritters
Mehereen from Chattering Kitchen is making Sichuan Orange Glazed Chicken with Toasted Sesame Seeds
Tammi from Momma’s Meals is making Hearty Pork Stew
Kristin from Kwistin’s Favorites is making Orange Chicken
Soni from Soni’s Food For Thought is cooking up some Rigatoni with Pumpkin Ricotta Sauce
Shelby from Diabetic Foodie is cooking up some Moroccan Vegetable Stew
Dara from Generation Y Foodie is bringing Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese
Brandie from Home Cooking Memories is sharing a DIY Baked Sweet Potato Bar
Amber from Mama’s Blissful Bites  is bringing Rice and Fig Stuffed Mini Pumpkins
Valerie from Val’s Food and Or Art made Double Stuffed Roasted Acorn Squash

By The Bonfire (Sweets, Snacks and Sips)
Brie from Brie’s Bites is making Peanut Butter Pumpkin Bites
Carla from Chocolate Moosey is making Pumpkin Tiramisu with Pumpkin Butter Caramel Sauce
Heather from Hezzi D’s Books and Cooks is offering up some Pumpkin Cake Truffles
Shelia from Cooking Underwriter is bringing Sweet Potato Bacon Beet Salsa
Anne from Webicurean  is making some Drunken Pumpkin Bread
Karen from In The Kitchen With KP is making Oven Baked Sweet Potato Chips
Leslie La Cocina De Leslie is making Sweet Potato Atole
Seet Fei from My Trials in The Kitchen is bringing Sweet Potatoes Mini Balls
Tara from Noshing With The Nolands is bringing Oranges En Suprise
Susan from The Girl in The Red Kitchen is making Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Scone with Pumpkin Glaze
Conni from Mrs. Mama Hen is making Orange Glazed Poundcake
Isabel from Family Foodie is baking up Moist Pumpkin Bread
Cindy from Cindy’s Recipes and Writings is baking up a Vegan Pumpkin Orange Cake
Brenda from Meal Planning Magic is whipping up some Creamy Pumpkin Dip
Laura from Family Spice is making some Unprocessed and Gluten Free Pumpkin Bread
Kathya from Basic and Delicious is baking up Butternut Squash and Carrot Bread
Liz from That Skinny Chick Can Bake is serving up Pumpkin Roll with Cream Cheese Filling
Stephanie from The Cookie A Day Challenge is whipping up some Pumpkin Ice Cream Sandwiches
Katie from She Like Ruffles, He Likes Truffles is bringing Pumpkin Harvest Cookies
Nancy from Gotta Get Baked is baking up some Orange Macadamia Dark Chocolate Cookies
Angie from Big Bear’s Wife  is bringing Orange Soda Pumpkin Patch Cupcakes
Katy from Happy Baking Days is bringing Carrot Cake with Orange Glaze
Sandra from Midlife Road Trip is bringing Orange ya glad it’s fall! Hungarian Apricot/Walnut pastries
 Please be sure you join us on Twitter throughout the day during #SundaySupper.
We’ll be meeting up at 7:00 pm(Eastern) for our weekly #SundaySupper  live chat where we’ll talk about our favorite recipes featuring our favorite fall color.
All you have to do is follow the #SundaySupper hashtag, or you can follow us through TweetChat.
We’d also love to feature your easy go to recipes on our #SundaySupper Pinterest board and share them with all of our followers, too.
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