Finding Solace in FoodšŸ˜‹

Cooking and baking has become a necessity now that we all take comfort and safety in staying home. Watching cooking shows has been the most entertaining and age appropriate tv time for my entire family, and has been an easy way for me learn a few new recipes.

If you have children at home you will relate to my hectic 3 meals a daily schedule. During the week lunch hour changes by the online school schedule, and only on weekends we all enjoy a more relaxed menu around the kitchen table.

Food brings us together, and sitting together for a meal for me has always been comforting, and I do confess my family is not fussy or limited by food allergies, so I have less stress preparing meals.

Since quarantine I have used my pasta maker 3 times, for spinach and ricotta ravioli, and fettuccini. Baked tart shells that everyone filled w their favorite fruits, and grilled chicken and burgers just to give myself a menagerie of recipes to prepare for our meals.

We are all doing our best during the quarantine to keep it together, and I will remember this experience as the time I challenged my family to enjoy my cooking without ketchup.šŸ¤£

Round eclairs stuffed with custard

Burgers with home baked buns

Valentineā€™s Day Breakfast

Breakfast is our most favorite meal of the day, and for Valentineā€™s Day we have decided to give our family a big pink delicious breakfast. ā¤ļø

Pancakes with berries
Pancakes with berries, pomegranate seeds, walnuts, maple syrups, and powder sugar
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Scrambled eggs with cheese, turkey bacon, spinach, and hash browns
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French toast casserole with apples

We are thinking maybe …..

1- french toast casserole

2- pancakes Ā with walnuts & strawberries

3- yougurt, honey & berries

4- oatmeal w dates & berries

5- scrambled eggs, turkey bacon, spinachĀ 

Yogurt peanut butter on toast with peaches breakfast
Yogurt with drizzle of honey, toast peanut butter topped with slices of peaches
Biscuit scrambled eggs quince jam turkey bacon
Scrambled eggs, turkey bacon, biscuit with quince jam
Oatmeal, Berries, Bananas, Maple Syrup, Cinnamon, Almond Milk
Oatmeal, Berries, Bananas, Maple Syrup, Cinnamon, Almond Milk
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Biscuits with favorite jams
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Scrambled eggs with enchilada sauce, bacon, avocados, feta cheese
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Poached eggs with cheese grits and fruits

And of course a valentineā€™s Cookie hidden in the lunch box, and the iPad case for after lunch.

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13 Foods that keep us healthy as we Get older

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Breakfast,and healthy small meals- Oatmeal with berries dash of cinnamon, and tumric- yogurt, almond,walnuts, raisins and prunes. Green tea.

Blueberries
antioxidants, are linked to lower risk of heart disease, and blueberries have them more than any other fruits. Add blueberries to cold or hot cereals, and salads.

Raspberries
Great source of antioxidants, this little berry can slow down cognitive aging.

Prunes
It is common knowledge that prunes are full of fiber and help our gastrointestinal system, but they also help bone density,
and protect against osteoporosis. Potassium in prunes, help increase bone mineral density and decrease the risk of bone breakdown.

Cauliflower
Helps boost mind health. All cruciferous veggies including broccoli, Brussels sprouts, kale or arugula help with aging with a clear mind.

Tomatoes
Have Antioxidant and lycopene. lycopene helps to protect our skin against damage from UV light. We absorb the lycopene in cooked tomatoes. So add tomato sauce to your pasta.

Yogurt
Great source of calcium, protein, and probiotics. We need all three for healthy bones, strong muscles and healthy gut. Some Greek yogurts have more protein than other yogurts, and taste great in a parfait or as a spread with a favorite jam.

Nuts
Snacking on almonds, pistachios and peanuts may help us live longer. People who regularly eat them have a lower risk of heart disease, cancer and respiratory disease.

Green tea
Rich in antioxidants, drinking green tea can help the skin repair itself from sun damage, pollution, and poor nutrition .

Tumric
potent anti-inflammatory. The cause of painful joints, and arthritis, is inflammation in the cartridge . Add a dash of Tumric to almost anything, not only it adds color to your food it is a also great for you.

Chili peppers
Capsaicin in the peppers helps protect against heart disease. So use it to spice up scrambled eggs chili, taco meat, and salsa.

Whole grain bread
The fiber in grain can help us with depression, cancer and heart disease as we age.

Salmon
Omega-3 fatty acids, we need it to keep our mind sharpe, good for skin, and balance our mood. We can get more calcium my using canned salmon with bones every once in a while.

Eggs
nutrients in the the yolks may help decrease our risk of macular degeneration, and cataracts. And to help our muscles the amino acids found in eggs help rebuild and repair muscle tissue.

 

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Easy, fast, yummy family breakfast

Raspberry jam, apricot, and fig, with biscuits
Our young bakers wanted raspberry, apricot, and fig spread with their biscuit.

 

You need:

2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
8 tablespoons cubed butter
3/4 cup (more or less if needed) milk

Mix flour, sugar, baking p, salt.

cut butter in small pieces, with a fork mix it with the flour mix. Add milk.

shape and place on a baking sheet, preheat the oven at 475 bake for 10-15 minutes. You can use the fork test.

Biscuits baking at 475 degrees for 10-15 minutes

 

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Breakfast = Thinking better and performing better

We are skipping breakfast, and mostly ending up with a cup of coffee before starting our day.

Eating Ā breakfast balances and replenishes our blood sugar in the morning, which helps our muscles and brain to work better.

Yogurt peanut butter on toast with peaches breakfast
Simple and easy to prepare breakfast. Yogurt with drizzle of honey, toast peanut butter topped with slices of peaches.

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