James and BJ have been asking if they could help in the kitchen. Most meals I am in too big of a hurry or I have the big girls helping and there isn't room. Sunday afternoon I called the two of them into the kitchen and asked them to help me make lasagna for dinner. They were over the moon to say the least! Each one did his own 9X13 of lasagna and they both turned out very yummy.
The local farmer's market had #2 apples on sale again, so we purchased three more bushels to can as applesauce. While Rachel, Jonathan and Jordan prepared and canned the applesauce, Rebekah and I worked on bread to put in the freezer.
This week we had homemade sloppy joes. My children love sloppy joes, and while Manwich makes it quick and easy, I prefer a few extra minutes and a much healthier and yummier version! The taste of my homemade is so tasty, without the spaghetti-o sauce taste. I put my sloppy joes on fresh made bread rolls...well they a lot like the the flat sandwich rolls you can buy at the store. What I like about homemade buns for sloppy joes is that I can make different sizes for different people. I make large for the men, medium for the ladies and middle boys and small (about the size of a large dinner roll) for the little girls. Smaller rolls for the little ones helps keep the sloppiness to a minimum! I will tell you there are pinto beans in my sloppy joes. I add the beans at the very end and you don't have to put them in, but they add a great bit of protein, texture and taste to the meat mixture, as well as beans always stretch a recipe to make it more filling for little money.
When I was growing up my grandma made an old Pillsbury Bake Off winning recipe called Pillsbury Poppin Fresh Barbecups. It was a Bake-Off contest winner number 19 in 1968. My brother and I loved barbecups! I have made them many times for my children. When my older children were in 4-H shooting sports I would take a huge batch of barbecups and take them to practice for the team to snack on. Recently I brought out the recipe again and worked to make it a little healthier. My family loved them and they are great for packing a lunch, a quick afternoon snack or a quick meal.
Yes we are eating this week. I am just a little behind in posting our weekly menu. Sunday we had a large gathering at our home after church. I cooked two hams (on sale at Aldi) and a small turkey I had in the freezer. I also made Golden Potato Casserole and Squash Casserole. We had some yummy snickerdoodle cookies with lunch and later in the evening, after things settled down and the kitchen was cleaned, we had root beer floats for dessert. On Monday I made four loaves of bread for lunch on Tuesday and dinner rolls.
We have been eating a lot of beans and rice...rice and beans...sounds a lot like Dave Ramsey. Beans are very healthy and are packed with protein, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals, and are low in fat. Beans are a good source of low fat protein, high in rich fiber and low on the glycemic index.
One half cup of cooked dry beans contains approximately 115 calories and provides 8 grams of protein. In addition to macronutrients, vitamins and minerals, dry beans contain several types of phytochemicals. They are rich in lignans, which may play a role in preventing osteoporosis, heart disease, and certain cancers. The flavonoids in beans may help reduce heart disease and cancer risk. The plant stanol esters, or phytosterols, contained in dry beans may help reduce blood cholesterol levels.
This week I needed a quick lunch that was filling and warm, so I came up with this new favorite in our home....cornbread pot pie. Now I made two 9X13 glass dishes and would probably double that next time...though we could get away with just 3 dishes probably. Even one of my picky little ones loved it. I will also share my recipe for homemade cream soup in case you would like to cut out the canned soup in the recipe!