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I am always looking for great tasting recipes that don’t use sugar, as well as a recipe my little one can help with. I am in love with the all natural sweetener Xylitol, not only is it a great one for one substitution for sugar but it always has great dental benefits as well. The great thing about making banana bread is that it is something everyone in the family can participate in–it is just pouring ingredients mixing, and my personal favorite part, mashing the bananas! These are all things that can be fun for your little ones to do and makes it easy for them to participate. Even my little one year old loved that she got to help me mix and mash in this recipe. So here it is–I adapted a few different banana bread recipes to get to my liking, and remember any time you want to use xylitol as a substitute for sugar it is one for one, so you don’t even have to mess with different measurements. This makes it a very simple and quick substitution.
We love making homemade ice cream using my Blendtec blender, my kids love it so much so I decided to collect more ice cream recipes kids will love. If you love berries, here is one of the super easy recipe that you should try, my Homemade Berry Ice Cream.
Three ingredients and no cooking make this a quick and easy snack to make when those chocolate cravings hit. This Weight Watchers inspired low calorie s’more recipe is super easy to make and lets you enjoy dessert without the guilt.
Summer is here, and one of the best thing about summer is the fresh seafood. I love the sweet flavor of crabs, and crab cakes are a big hit in my family. It’s the perfect summer seafood appetizer for our gatherings. I found the best way to cook crab cakes and it’s cheaper and has no fillers unlike those expensive ones from restaurants. This crab cakes recipe is a winner! You only need a few minutes to make this, and the result is oh so delicious.
Does your family have different food allergies or sensitivities? Mine does, and it makes meal planning a bit difficult for me. My husband is allergic to gluten, and I have a kid who is allergic to dairy and another one that’s allergic to eggs. Honestly, it is quite hard to grocery shop and prepare meals because I have to be careful and make sure to consider the ingredients that I’m going to put in each recipe so that it will be safe for everyone to eat. Preparing individual meals for each is not an option because I don’t have the time and that will certainly be too expensive for our budget. So to make life easier, I made a list of Gluten Free Dairy Free Egg Free Recipes that I know my family will enjoy and that are easy for me to prepare especially during busy days.
I believe every person struggles with what to cook for their family. I struggled so much I used to avoid the thought until someone came downstairs and demanded dinner. I would open up the refrigerator and stand there. I do not know what I expected to happen but the chef I hoped for didn’t tumble out of my freezer.
I realized a couple of things that not planning resulted in. The first was my food budget was out of control. I mean truly mortifying. The second thing I realized is when I walked around the store and threw things in the basket I got home, and nothing went together. The third and most embarrassing thing is we began to throw away a lot of food.
The worst part about all of it is I felt I was failing. Then one day I saw a 7-day meal plan. I figured I could do anything for seven days, so I went through my families favorite recipes, and I wrote down a list of 30. I then created a calendar. I pulled out my family calendar to see what nights I should cook what meal on.
I felt like a rock star. I had a plan and for the first time in years. I wasn’t anxious when I opened up my refrigerator. Then something even better happened.
I figured out that I could double up some of my favorite recipes which saved me time and money and then the next month I would have less to cook. I find that using a calendar and a plan has helped me to become the mom I wanted to be. I no longer hide in the bathroom or the closet. Yes, I have done both hoping they found something to eat so I wouldn’t have to cook.
I use my calendar to save both money and time. You can read about how I have saved thousands using a calendar in this post How to save money using a calendar.
These are tried and true menu ideas that are easy, healthy quick meals that will not drain your bank account or your energy reserve.