Everyday Mom's Meals: October 2017

Monday, October 23, 2017

Turkey Day Plan

One. Month. People.

Have you looked at the calendar to even realize what I'm referring to? Yes...that's right, the biggest foodie day of the year is only 4 weeks away! Thanksgiving 2017 is coming and coming fast!

Now, I know for many of you, it isn't even a blip on your radar yet, and you're saying "EMM...I am not even ready to start planning yet, don't rush me." And that is okay. But I am a planner...big time. So, if I were hosting I would already be coming up with a menu, making shopping lists and marking days on the calendar for prep. I know I can't be the only one, so this is for you!

For so many of us big holiday meals are filled with family favorites. Those dishes that show up every year, and everyone looks forward to. But I also know many like to add new things to keep it new and exciting.

To me, the side dishes are the easiest to experiment with. You can still have all the ones everyone craves, but add in a couple newbies too. If you're planning on making a couple veggies anyway, why not something delicious, simple and unique?

We loved these SO much! And since I don't host Thanksgiving, they will become part of our regular dinner rotation...yes, that's how easy they are! Plus, I love the colors...like fall in a bowl!

If you're already planning your Turkey Day Table, I salute you! If you are a "wait until the last minute" host, that is okay too..just remember to come back in a few weeks!

Roasted Carrots and Mushrooms
1 lb. baby carrots, patted dry
8 oz. white button mushrooms*
1 medium yellow onion, cut into wedges
1/4 c. butter, melted
2 TBS Worcestershire sauce 
2 garlic cloves, minced
Salt and Pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 425. Grease a 10x15 baking dish. Place carrots, mushrooms and onion in dish. In a small bowl whisk together butter, Worcestershire and garlic. Pour over vegetables. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Toss gently to coat. Bake for 45-60 minutes until carrots are tender* stirring occasionally.  *NOTES* If you have mushroom lovers, add more! I will next time I make them, because we were fighting over them. We like our carrots crisp tender, so I pulled mine after 45 minutes. 

Monday, October 16, 2017

Simple Weekend, Simple Dessert

Do you ever have those weekends you have to actually schedule time at home? That was us this past weekend. There was so much to get done outside, and Alex had a big project for school...I knew it was time for mama to step in and black out a couple days on the calendar. 

It feels like if the weeks fly by, the weekends are on jet speed. Like I told my mom, "It is nice to know we don't have to be anywhere." 

I had gotten a couple frozen pizzas at the grocery store, some chips, the boys and I had made some Halloween and Star Wars Jell-O Jigglers, all I needed was dessert.  And I had just the thing.

I had this bad boy tucked away on my "must try before holidays" list and I knew this was the perfect time to test it out. I love being able to give you guys ideas way ahead of time so you can plan, and hopefully be a little less stressed out. 

I had actually planned on making this Sunday to go with our "big meal" but couldn't wait any longer! Plus I figured we would have some leftovers so it could work for both days.

This is something magical. First of all, your house is going to smell like fall while it cooks; and even more so, like a holiday. Secondly, if you can chop, stir and set a timer, you will rock this. 

I'm not much of a baker. I wasn't before Max, and now with the 14 month old literally hanging on my legs while I'm in the kitchen, there is no crust making going on! The best way I can describe this is "naked apple pie". (Thank you to my friend Roxie who gave me that!)

In fact, when I was trying to figure out what to call this, I asked friends and fans on Facebook, and promised to mention the one I liked best. Well, Roxie's worked perfectly as a description, but as far as the actual recipe name, I took a few suggestions and put them together to find the right one.  So thank you also, for everyone who left a comment and totally inspired me! 

This is so simple it's perfect any night of the week, or on your simple weekend. Or like I said, save it when Thanksgiving rolls around...which is quicker than you might think!

Autumn Apple Delight
5 Honeycrisp Apples, cored and chopped SKIN ON
1 c. golden raisins
1 c. brown sugar
1 c. chopped walnuts
1 TBS ground cinnamon
1 tsp. ground allspice

Preheat oven to 350. In a large bowl combine all ingredients. Stir well to coat. Transfer to a deep dish pie plate. Cover with foil. Bake for 20 minutes. Stir gently. Bake another 20 minutes, uncovered, until apples are tender. Serve alone or over dessert shells, pound cake, angel food cake or ice cream. Store in fridge and reheat as wanted.

Inspired by Southern Plate

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Autumn Inspired Challenge

So, ya'll know I can almost never pass up a chance at a recipe contest. Almost being the operative word here. Because you know there hasn't been any time around here for contests of any since a certain little Max came into the world. And that's now been over 13 months ago, so I've missed a few. But that's okay, he is 100% worth it! 

But when I was offered the chance to enter one using products from my new friends at Steviva, I thought NOW is the time! Why? Well, their products are low-carb, diabetic friendly and easy to use with already existing recipes. If I can simply swap out one ingredient for something I can feel better about, I'm all for it! 

When I received my samples, it was super easy to decide which one I wanted to try first. The Fructevia had "Excellent for Cooking and Baking" right on the front. Sold! Plus, it had the conversion right there too. Simple...use 1/2 has much as sugar. Sold again! 

Now it was time to decide what to make. Well, that was even easier. I wanted something fall inspired that could highlight two of the flavors we all love this time of year...Apple and Pumpkin! 

Muffins are kinda my go-to sweet treat. They are perfect morning, noon and night. And with Fructevia, they are a little more guilt free! (That means I can eat 2, right?) 

So, wish me luck! First prize is CASH!!! And diapers aren't cheap! 

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Pumpkin Spice Apple Muffins
2 1/2 c. flour
1 c. Fructevia
1 TBS pumpkin pie spice
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
2 eggs, beaten
1 c. canned pumpkin
1/2 c. vegetable oil
3 medium gala apples, peeled and finely chopped
2 TBS flour
2 TBS Fructevia
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1 TBS butter

Preheat oven to 350. Line muffin tin with papers. In a small bowl combine the first 3 ingredients for topping. Cut in butter until crumbs form. Set aside. In a medium bowl combine eggs, pumpkin, and oil. In a large bowl stir together flour, Fructevia, pumpkin pie spice. baking soda and salt. Add wet ingredients to dry, mixing until moist. Fold in apples. Fill muffin tin wells 3/4 full each. Top each with 1 tsp. topping. Bake for 35 minutes until toothpick comes out clean. Cool on wire rack. Makes about 18 muffins.