Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Cute Easter Bags

The kids got to make these cute Easter Bags at story time the other day. It is just a white paper bad with construction paper ears, eyes, and whiskers. Add a cute pom pom or cotton ball for nose, and one for the tail. They turned out really cute and the kids had fun making them.

Huevos Rancheros

This was in the Biggest Loser Book Simple Swaps

Ranchero Sauce

2 tsp olive oil
1 small onion, chopped
1 tbsp chopped garlic
1 can diced tomatoes
1/2 tsp ground coriander
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp salt
ground pepper to taste
1/2 tsp dried chipotle powder
1/4 cup chopped cilantro

Huevo Rancheros
1 corn tortilla (I used flour)
2 tbsp fat free refried beans
2 egg whites
1 tbsp low fat cheddar cheese
fresh cilantro

To make the sauce heat the oil in the nonstick skillet. Add the onion and cook for about 5 minutes. dd the garlic and cook for a minute longer. Add the tomatoes, coriander, cumin, oregano, salt, pepper, and chipotle powder and cook for a minute longer. Carefully transfer the sauce to a food processor ad blend briefly. The finished sauce will be chunky. Stir in the cilantro.

To make the Huevos Rancheros warm the tortilla and refried beans and set aside. Coat a small nonstick skillet with cooking spray. Add the egg whites and cook until nearly set. Turn the eggs and cook for a minute longer. Place the tortilla on a plate, top with beans and egg whites. Top with 1/2 cup of hot ranchero sauce. Garnish with cheese and cilantro.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Broccoli Soup

I found this recipe here.

4 tablespoon butter
3 tablespoon flour
3 cups of half and half (can be substituted with heavy cream or milk)
1 pound frozen broccoli, fresh or frozen
2 cans chicken broth
Grated sharp cheese for garnish, use more to make it cheesy

  1. Pulse thawed broccoli and 1 can of chicken broth with your food processor or blender until desired consistency. I like broccoli pieces, but when I am hiding it from the kids I process it until it is nice and smooth. If you use your blender, but you will have to do it in smaller batches.
  2. In your soup pot, combine the broccoli mixture and the second can of chicken broth over high heat and bring to a boil.
  3. In a sauce pan, melt the butter over medium heat. Once completely melted, add the flour and cook while stirring for about 3 minutes to create a roux. Once your broccoli/broth mixture has begun to boil, add the roux to the pot and stir until completely incorporated.
  4. Pour half and half into the boiling mixture and stir until thickened (usually right before it starts to boil).
  5. Serve and garnish with grated sharp cheddar cheese.