Beef Samosas

20 09 2010

I started this recipe and didn’t realize a few things in advance so I’ll note them here!.  First, though it says it is ready in 40 minutes, you are supposed to cool the mixture in the fridge for an hour after everything is combined!  Hadn’t planned on that.  Second, I bought puff pastry to put the samosa stuffing in so I could just bake it instead of frying.  I’ve never used phyllo dough before and I didn’t realize you have to defrost it overnight before you can use it.  So we had our samosas in tortillas.  I guess that is Indian/Mexican fusion cuisine!  The surprise was that even Jason liked it!  Zach was tentative, Jacob ate it somewhat reluctantly but Ian ate it up and had thirds and fourths.  So I will definitely make it again.  One last FYI, there are A LOT of spices to combine.  If I had planned in advance, I would have pre-measured them out.


Baked Oatmeal

17 09 2010

I got this recipe from a fellow twin mom and the little ones have been eating it every morning of their lives since they could pick up finger food.  They still love it!  I make a double batch about twice a week and keep it in the refrigerator.  My twins are 16 months and eat this with their fingers or a fork.  To serve, I cut it into about half inch cubes.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees

  • 2 cups quick cooking or old fashioned oatmeal (not instant)
  • 1 cup applesauce or 1 cup shredded apple
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • pinch cinnamon
  • 1 egg
  • 2 1/4 cups of milk

In a large bowl, stir together oatmeal, applesauce, brown sugar and cinnamon.

In a large measuring bowl if you have one, crack the egg and beat.  Then pour in milk until it reaches the 2 1/2 cup measuring line.  If you don’t have a large measuring bowl, it is approximately 2 and a quarter cups of milk.  Beat the milk and the egg mixture until well mixed.  Pour milk/egg mixture into oatmeal mixture and stir well.  Pour into a 3 quart casserole dish.  The mixture will be thin except for the oatmeal and will only come up maybe a half inch in the dish. Bake at 400 degrees for 40 minutes.  Edges should be browned and top will be firm.

BBQ Chicken Pizza

17 09 2010

I usually use a refrigerated pizza crust and pre-bake it about 7 minutes before putting the toppings on.  Also, cut up chicken into bite size pieces before sauteing with the bbq sauce.  I don’t have sesame oil on hand so I always just use olive oil.

Spicy Garlic Lime Chicken or Pork

17 09 2010

I’ve used this spice mixture on both chicken and pork and it is good on both.  I cut back on the cayenne pepper a bit for the kiddos sake.  Otherwise, I pretty much follow this one as written.  Served it over brown rice.

Hamburger Buddy

16 09 2010

This is a macaroni dish with a sour cream/vegetable sauce.  The veggies are finely chopped with a food processor.  All three boys ate it.  Zach and Ian ate leftovers, Jacob didn’t care for it as much the second time around.