I'm not organized enough to have a weekly or biweekly baking day. Wish I were. I do big batches when the mood strikes. I like to dovetail different recipes that use the same ingredients or dirty the same dishes. Because I'm basically lazy.
We were in and out on Thursday- dance class, skate park, yadda yadda. In all I spent about 3 houras in the kitchen, cooking through clean-up. But I cranked out muchas snack foods.
Started with kale chips. Thanks to my sister who gave me this recipe!
Kale, washed and torn- get rid of the tough stalk pieces. Dry it well.
(Always a coveted job.)
While that's in there, chop up a dozen tortillas.
Use your oily cookie sheets and spread these out. Pop back into your 350 oven and crisp these up till you remember they're in there- hopefully that'll be about 18 minutes.
The big kids didn't really care much for the kale chips, but JP and I ate. a lot. of them.
Then we whipped up some almond milk.
With enough left over for a carob latte.
Isaiah and Rosie wanted to make limeade, and away they went.
Then on to salsa.
1/2 bunch cilantro
1 large can diced tomatoes (I recommend Eden brand because their cans are bpa-free, but these were just el cheapo grocery store ones.)
6 frozen jalapenos- obviously, adjust this number to get your desired heat
1t garlic powder
1t dried basil
1/4t cayenne pepper
juice of 1 lime
Medium heat, very flavorful. Even Isaiah, my pickiest eater, will gobble this up.
We chopped up a veggie tray and made a mayo-herb dip. Can't remember what we used- just opened the spice cupboard and dumped in whatever.
And we made parmesan "cheez." This is a classic vegan recipe, you can find variants of it anywhere.
1/2 c flaked nutritional yeast
1/2 c ground walnuts
And finally- phew!- french toast with some bread that went very stale. I ground extra walnuts for the cheez and now I add 10 eggs, almond milk, vanilla-flavored stevia, a dash of salt, and some pumkin pie spice.
And then all there is to do *sigh* is the dishes.
Did I cook dinner? No. We ate snacks. Which may be why my snack supply never lasts as long as I think it will....
'When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, "I used everything you gave me."'