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Steamed Cabbage and Squash

Over the past few months, I’ve been working on incorporating more vegetables into our diet. As we’re trying new vegetables and cooking vegetables in different ways, I’m finding that I simply love vegetables!

Two of my favorites are cabbage and squash. I ate cabbage growing up, only in a stir fry though! The thought of cabbage any other way wasn’t exactly appealing. As far as squash goes, I just started eating it a little over a year ago. It’s delicious!

Steamed Cabbage and Squash is so simple to make!

Ingredients:

Squash (1 medium/large, sliced)

Cabbage (about 2 cups worth diced up)

Butter (about 2 tablespoons)

Salt/Pepper

Directions:

1. Melt butter in large skillet.

2. Add in squash and cabbage, stir to mix with the butter. Sprinkle with a little salt and pepper.

3. Cover and let steam for a few minutes or until the vegetables reach the tenderness you desire.

4. Serve and enjoy!


This makes a great side dish. I frequently fix this for an easy and yummy lunch. Paxton enjoys the steamed squash and I just love it!

Grocery Budget & Meals: Week 1

During the month of May, I’m sharing a glimpse into our food budget and menu planning. Each week, I’ll share the groceries we purchased and a detailed meal plan.

Our grocery budget is currently $175 for our family of 3 and I am considering bumping it up soon to $200 since we are working towards healthier eating, incorporating more organics, better quality milk and fresh from the farm meat. We value our health and we’re no longer trying to eat for as little as possible. We are trying to frugally eat healthy!

Food we began the month with:

Produce: 8 apples, 1 mango, 2 kiwis, 1 orange, 8 ounces carrots, 10 pounds sweet potatoes, 5 pounds potatoes

Dairy: 1 block cream cheese, 3 8-oz blocks cheese, 8 ounces sour cream, 1/2 gallon milk, 3 sticks butter

Dry Goods:

The contents of our pantry.

{We also have a shelf of venison and 4 chicken breasts and chicken wings in the freezer. Of course, this is not a complete list of the foods that we have but most of the food!}

Our grocery trip for the week:

  • Oats $3.39
  • Saltines $1.00
  • Plain Yogurt (organic) $2.69
  • 3 cups Greek Yogurt $2
  • Greens $1.00
  • Green Chilies $.79
  • White Wine Vinegar $2.69
  • Green Salsa $2.69
  • Sloppy Joe Sauce $.79
  • Dijon Mustard $.89
  • Flaxseed Mill $3.79
  • Granola Bars-2 boxes (organic) $2.38
  • Chocolate Chips $3.49
  • Cheese $3.29
  • Fried Chicken $3.29 (marked down…not healthy but easy!)
  • Chicken Sausage (organic) $1.99
  • Sausage Links $2.50
  • Bananas (2.84 pounds) $1.56
  • Cabbage (4.27 pounds) $2.09
  • Mango $1.00
  • Orange $.50
  • Avocados (2) $3.00
  • Lemon $.50
  • Cantaloupe $1.99
  • Eggs $2.99
  • Chips (not pictured) $2.99

Total: $50 (With tax & 10% off coupon)

{$125 left in the grocery budget for the month.}

Our Meal Plan:

Monday

Breakfast-Sausage, Eggs & Toast

Lunch-Leftover Chicken with Homemade Fries

Dinner-Sloppy Joes with Apples & Chips

To Do-Layout Venison

Tuesday

Breakfast-Yogurt & Apples

Lunch-Leftovers for JD, Avocado/Guacamole with Tortillas and Kiwi

Dinner-Grilled Venison, Baked Sweet Potato, Fried Cabbage and Bread

To Do-Make Banana Flax Muffins, Make Bread

Wednesday

Breakfast-Banana Flax Muffins

Lunch-Leftovers

Dinner-At Church

Thursday

Breakfast-Banana Flax Muffins

Lunch- JD out for lunch; Carrots, Mango, Yogurt & Cheese

Dinner- JD at church; Fried Cabbage, Bread with Yogurt & Kiwi

To Do-Make Homemade Mayo, Make Tuna Salad, Soak Tortillas, Layout Chicken

Friday

Breakfast- Sausage & Hashbrowns

Lunch- Tuna Salad for JD, Leftover Cabbage & Fruit

Dinner- Chicken Tacos with Homemade Tortillas

To Do- Cook Rice

Saturday

Breakfast- Sausage Omelets

Lunch- Leftovers

Dinner- Chicken with Fried Rice & Stir Fry Vegetables

To Do- Layout chicken

Sunday

Breakfast- Breakfast at Church

Lunch- Leftovers

Dinner- Smoked Chicken Wings with Homemade Sweet Potato Fries

 

{I apologize for the long post but I wanted to give you as much information so you can get a good idea about our grocery budget and meal planning!}

 

Buffalo Chicken Pizza

We love anything buffalo around here and lately have been putting Franks Red Hot Sauce on just about anything we think it will taste good on! {It’s really good on Mexican Casserole!}

Buffalo Chicken Pizza has been a favorite dish of ours for a couple of years. It seems that this pizza gets better every time we make it and we love it more!

Ingredients:

Your favorite pizza crust

Chicken

Hot Sauce

Cheese {We prefer mozzarella}

{Lately we’ve been using 2 leg quarters of our Springer Mountain Farms Chicken since it’s just going to be boiled and coated in hot sauce! Save that good breast meat for another meal! }

Directions:

1. Boil your chicken.

2. Shred the chicken. Coat it in hot sauce. We use a lot of  hot sauce!

3. Spread a layer of hot sauce on your pizza crust followed by a thin layer of cheese. Spread chicken evenly around the entire pizza crust and top with more cheese.

4. Bake at 450 for 20 minutes or until the pizza is browned and bubbly!

5. Enjoy this delicious and slightly spicy pizza!!

 

Homemade Baby Food

Homemade baby food is healthy for your baby, easy to make and saves money! About a month before Paxton was started on solids, I started cooking, pureeing and freezing apples, pears, carrots and green beans to stock up.

I simply boiled the carrots and green beans then strained and pureed. With the apples and pears, I made apple sauce and pear sauce and pureed.

Once the food is pureed, I spooned it in ice cube trays and popped into the freezer and froze until solid.

When the baby food is frozen, I popped it out and put it in a freezer bag.

I pulled out cubes of food to defrost in the fridge the night before. {My small Pyrex containers are perfect for storing baby food!}

I wake up to defrosted homemade baby food ready for Paxton to eat! {It’s hard to believe but we’re past the pureed baby food stage and moving on to table foods! We have half a freezer bag of apple sauce left from my second round of making applesauce this fall. The rest of the foods are long gone!}

When he first started on solids, he’d eat 1-2 cubes, as he got older he ate 3-4. Now he can wipe out 4-6 cubes of apple sauce!

Having the applesauce, pear sauce, green beans and carrots in the freezer saved so much time! I only had to defrost these foods and they were the staples of his diet. I made other foods like sweet potatoes and peas that I fed him fresh.

Making your own baby food is so simple and with a little planning it can be easy and convenient – without paying the price for convenience!

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