Friday, August 27, 2010

WHOA HOW'D THAT HAPPEN?!

WHOA... Okay guys, was August 5th seriously the last time I posted?! Holy crap!

I am sooo sorry! I promised a breakfast and lunch recipe everyday for about 2 weeks and I hardly made one week! I just couldn't remember to post!

But guys, don't think I'm cheating you out of a bunch of recipes... I WILL post them, just throughout the year... How's that sound?

Sorry again about that...

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Oatmeal

You've probably had oatmeal a million times, right? Did you ever know how good it was for you? Next time you make it, read the nutrition facts... I'm not talking about the instant stuff, but the classic oats, water, and milk if you wish. It's really easy and fast to make, and super good-for-you. The oats are good for your heart, by adding a quarter cup of walnuts, you can add 2.3 grams of Omega 3s. Then of course raisins are a serving of fruit, right? And milk and oats contain protein! This is a great meal!

1/2 cup oats
1 cup water
Splash of milk (optional)
1/4 raisins (optional)
1/4 cup walnuts (optional)
2 tablespoons brown sugar (optional)

1. Stir the oats and water together in a microwaveable bowl. Place in the microwave for 2 minutes.
2. Top with milk, raisins, walnuts, and brown sugar, if desired. That's it!

This recipe is vegan if milk is not used.

Lunch Burrito

Burritos are cool because they have tons of nutrients packed into one little tortilla. Every ingredient in this is optional, (except for the tortilla of course!) so if you dislike something, then don't add it! Also, feel free to add whatever other ingredients you like... this recipe is very versatile!

1 tortilla
1/4 cup cooked rice
1/4 cup black beans
Chopped romaine lettuce
Chopped tomato
Salsa
Sour cream
Guacamole
Cheese

1. Heat up tortilla in microwave for 10-15 seconds. (This makes it easier to fold)
2. Put the cooked rice, beans, lettuce, tomato, salsa, sour cream, guacamole, cheese, and any other ingredients in the center of the tortilla.
3. Fold up the tortilla, then wrap in foil or plastic wrap for lunch.

This recipe is vegan if the sour cream and cheese is left out.

Breakfast Recipes

Not only did I miss lunch for 2 days, but I missed breakfast for 3 days! AHH! Here are the recipes for the last few days:

Banana Bread:
Unless you're a super morning person and wake up about 2-3 hours before school, you probably won't be able to make this in the morning. However, it's great to make on Saturday or Sunday, then cover and save for later in the week. I got this recipe from Allrecipes.com.

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup white sugar
1/3 cup butter, softend
2 eggs
1 cup mashed banana
1/2 cup chopped walnuts

1. Grease an 8x4 inch loaf pan. Preheat over to 350 degrees.
2. In a large mixing bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and sugar. Add butter, eggs, nuts, and mashed banana. Beat until well blended.
3. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake about 1 hour, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the loaf comes out clean.
Basic Muffins:
This recipe, like banana bread, is one that is probably impossible to make on a school morning, but great to make on the weekend and save for later. Since everyone has different tastes, I'm putting up the basic muffin recipe. You can add almost anything to it to make it special. I got this from a book, "Mad About Muffins" by Dot Vartan.

2 cups minus 2 tablesppons sifted all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
5 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 egg
1 cuup milk
4 tablespoons melted butter
Berries, raisins, nuts, chocolate chips, or anything other food you love (optional)

1. Heat over to 400 degrees. In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar.
2. In another bowl, beat together the egg, milk, and melted butter. Pour the egg mixture into the flour mixture. Stir quickly and just enough to moisten the dry ingredients. Do not overmix - the batter will be lumpy. If you are adding an extra ingredient, stir it in at this time.
3. Fill greased muffin tins. Bake for 22 minutes, or until golden brown. Makes about 10 muffins.

Fun with Granola!
Granola is a great breakfast item. It has lots of protein, and is usually pretty healthy. Try using granola with:

Yogurt: you can use almost any flavor, and it gives yogurt some extra texture!
Milk: just pour milk over some granola for granola cereal!
Apples: Click here to find out how!
Fruit: try a breakfast parfait! Click here for a recipe!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

I missed lunch!

For 2 days! Ahh! I just started the Back to School Countdown and I'm already messing it up! Grr...
Well here's the recipe for today... and to make up the last few days, I'm posting 2 lunch ideas.

Macaroni and Peas:

This is a spin off of the classic Mac N Cheese. It adds about 5 grams of protein, 1 serving of vegetables, and tons of color! It tastes great, too!

1 cup Mac N Cheese (you can use the kind from the box, or you can use homemade)
2/3/ cup cooked peas

All you have to do is stir the peas into the macaroni, and you've got lunch! If your school has a microwave in the cafeteria, try heating it up. If not, this is good cold too!

Variations on a peanut butter sandwich:

Bored with the basic peanut butter sandwich? Try this: before you stick the slices of bread together, put apple or banana slices on the sandwich. It's even better than jelly!

If you don't have time to make lunch...

And your school cafeteria has a microwave, try bringing a frozen Amy's meal to school. Yummm!

Now I'm off to post breakfast recipes/ideas!

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Black Bean Salad

Today's lunch recipe is Black Bean Salad! This salad hasn't got very many ingredients, but that doesn't mean it doesn't have much taste! It's fabulous!

2 large leaves iceberg lettuce, chopped
1/2 small tomato, diced
1/3 cup black beans
Dash of cumin
Dressing (I like to use ranch, but try whatever you want)

1. Stir the cumin into the black beans. Toss the beans with lettuce and tomatoes. At lunch time, top with dressing. Enjoy!

Breakfast Pizza

First day of the Back to School Countdown! Yay! The breakfast recipe for today is Breakfast Pizza. Hmm I'm not exactly what to put for the description, because it's just an English Muffin with cheese and optional vegetables... So instead of describing it, I'm just going to write down the recipe.

1 English muffin, cut in half
Shredded mozzarella cheese (experiment with other cheeses too!)
Chopped vegetables for "toppings" (optional)

1. Sprinkle cheese onto the English muffin, then put into microwave until cheese is melted. Top with vegetables, if desired. Enjoy!