Apr 4, 2014

This week's menus - no processed foods!

I've been making a serious effort for the past few months to cook with and eat as few processed foods as possible. Much of the ingredients for the menus below comes from items I have already canned or "Make Your Own" mixes that I have made in large quantities and store in jars. Unless noted, everything is made from scratch.

(found these on sale as a Manager's Special. Four beautiful beef shanks for $3.00!)

Tuna Noodle Casserole
Green Salad

Scrambled Eggs
Toast from homemade sourdough bread
(Link for making your own sourdough bread starter)
Fruit salad

Meatloaf (pre-made in freezer)
Leftover mac & cheese
Mixed Greens salad

Soup from pantry (home canned)
Grilled cheese (homemade sourdough bread)

Ham Steaks
Scalloped potatoes
Steamed green beans

Fish tacos
Assorted pickled/fermented vegetables
Apple Blueberry Crisp*
Homemade yogurt with homemade strawberry sauce
Homemade oatmeal cookies

Apple Blueberry Crisp: There is no exact recipe for this. I dump a pint jar of home canned apples into a 9 x 9 cake pan, and mix in some frozen blueberries, a tablespoon of flour and a tablespoon of brown sugar. In a bowl, I mix up about 1 1/2 cups oatmeal, a tablespoon of brown sugar, 2 tablespoons of flour, a pinch of salt, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, sprinkle of nutmeg, a bunch of walnuts chopped and sometimes some flaked coconut. To this mix I add 2 tbsp of butter and mush it all up real good with my fingers til the butter is evenly dispersed throughout. I spoon this oatmeal mixture over the apples and blueberries and bake in a 375 oven for about 30 minutes.

All measurements are approximate!

You can use 3 or 4 fresh apples, peeled and sliced, but you will want to cook for about 15 minutes longer.

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