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Food, Garden and family

What is that green stuff?

So like most children in America it can be hard to get them to eat foods that might be good for them. In a world where parents try harder and harder to be a childs friend instead of well…. parent they cave and give a child whatever they want instead of teaching them to eat things they should. I of course would love to say my children are not picky in any way and eat and like anything I put in front of them but that would be a half lie. They do eat what I serve them but if they don’t like it they don’t ave to ask for seconds. I totally get catering to what you know your child will eat with out a fight but I am not for fixing my 4 year old Kraft mac and cheese and  my 8 year old the 5 foot subway sub every night while Hubby and I eat something different. So when i saw RR take my fav thanksgiving traditions and turn it in to mac and cheese. I was so inspired. So here is what came out of all this jabbering.

Spinach and artichoke mac and cheese with bacon.

6-8 slices of bacon

1lb of tube pasta

2 tbs of butter

3 tbs of flour

half and onion chopped

2 cloves of minced garlic

salt and pepper.

a few grates of fresh or like 1/8 tsp of nutmeg.

10 oz ( or one box) frozen chopped spinach  defrosted and wrung dry

1 can or one box of frozen quartered artichoke hearts ( I cut mine a little more)

2 1/2 cups of cheese ( I chose Smoked fontina. I think a smoked cheese is great in this.)  reserve a bit for the top

2 cups of milk

1 cup of  chicken stock.

Directions

Get your pasta going in a LARGE pot of salted water. Dont let them over cook. You want them to keep their shape. So take one out at about 8 min and taste the bite. to chewy go another like 2 min. Strain it and set aside.

Chop up your bacon and toss it in another pot and let it cook up. Pull it out when almost all the pieces look done. Place it on some paper towels to get rid of some of the grease. Pour almost all  the bacon fat out of your pan leave about 2 Tbs. If you are like me I poured all of it out in to a coffee mug and measured 2 tbs back in to the pan.

To the bacon fat and your butter on med heat till melted then add your onion and garlic and cook till soft with salt and pepper. When the onions are soft sprinkle in your flour and cook that up till it smells kind of nutty. Not crazy… nutty. You know what I mean. Constantly whisking, slowly add your chicken stock and let it thicken up. Then add half your milk, still whisking, let that thicken up add the rest of your milk and keep whisking till it is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon. Sprinkle in your spinach and artichokes. Add your nutmeg and bacon and stir to coat.

Add 2 cups of shredded cheese. Stir to  just combined.

spray a baking dish with  non stick spray ( unless you don’t mind scrubbing cheese off your pans.)and pour the noodles in. Then top the noodles with  the cheese sauce and careful mix the noodles and sauce together. Top with your reserved cheese and put it under the broiler to make it all bubbly. Pull it  out let it cool and enjoy. I would say with some garlic bread or those knots I was supposed to post a couple months ago. Sorry :/

Any way I can get my guys to eat almost anything if I put bacon in it and smother it with cheese. I love that this is kind of a rounded meal in a bowl. I should have used whole grain pasta but I didn’t have any in my cupboard. Let me know what you think. I miss you guys. I hope I still have at least one reader.

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Travel To Cuba minus the passport and embargo stuff.

So when I was 9 may Dad married a woman from Cuba. She  made many things I turned my nose up to. (I was a very picky eater now I am just a semi picky eater) One of my fav things she made was  Black beans and rice. Until then all beans I had eaten were in chili or in a can of refried and all my rice was topped with butter.  Hey i was 9.  So I have asked her and some cuban friends of hers  and I never really got a for sure recipe. So here is what I have come up with .

1 bag of black beans soaked drained and cooked or 2 big ol cans of black beans if you can afford that type of thing.

One whole onion diced

as well as one green bell pepper diced too.

3 garlic cloves minced or pressed thru a garlic press.

2 TBS of vinegar white is ok but cider is better.

1tbs of sugar

3 tbs of Ketchup… don’t question just do it.

a big palmful of ground cumin and another of dried oregano.

2 cups of chicken or veggie stock. .

*Start 2 cups of rice cooking is a steamer or pan according to your rice package directions.

so  get a pot probably a large one and add some oil to the bottom saute up the onion and bell pepper for a few min then add the garlic. Dont burn it.  keep it going till onions are soft  add the herbs and stir it up. add the beans back in with the chicken stock sugar, vinegar and ketchup. Let this simmer for a while. I think mine went for like 30 min in all. I also did a couple smashes with my tater masher  to thicken up the sauce.  Season with salt and pepper to taste. Viola yummy-ness.

In our home we lie to have pork with this meal. If  you want that too i would suggest cutting up a few pork chops into bite size pieces and pan cooking them up while the beans are simmering. To make it even better marinate them in some kind of store bought marinade about an hour before you cook them.  orrrrrrrr Mojo…. google it mah freeeen. Add the pork to the cooked beans.

serve it with rice in the bottom of the bowl then top with beans and maybe some fried plantains on the side. Soooo good I cannot wait to eat my leftovers.

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SFBC Yuminess

So yes this is my second post today but you need to understand that dinner was so good I could not wait to share it with you.

SFBC means spinach feta bacon chicken burgers.  YUM. i served these on regular plain old burger buns with just a touch of ranch and they were awesome. If one likes tomato a good slice  would probably be yummy here too.

1 lb ground chicken

1/2 a 10 oz box of frozen spinach defrosted a rung out well.

2 tbs of diced parsley (optional)

1 egg

1/2 cup of bread crumbs

4 oz of feta chopped in to small pieces.

4 slices of bacon cooked cooled and crumbled.

2 green onions diced fine ( you can use whatever onion you have but i would grate up a big onion so you dont get a ton of onion flavor.)

1-2 tsp salt (to taste)

1/2 tsp of pepper

2 tbs Worcestershire sauce.

Ok  kids remove your rings… I always forget. Open up you chicken plop it in the bowl.. crumble the spinach on top add everythign else up there in to the bowl. Then get to mixing… mix it up good… but dont “squish it” . Heat your grilled pan on med high heat and  start to form your pattys. I got 5 good sized pattys out of mine.  Cook them for 3 min on each side. Mmmm i am still so full but i cant wait for lunch with leftovers tomorrow.

I hope you try these soon

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