Pioneer Woman at Heart
One Flourishing, Frugal and Fun Family!
One family learning to live off the land, cut back on expenses, and to live a simpler and a more self-sufficient lifestyle.
"Eat it up,
Wear it out,
Make it do,
Or go without."
~A Pioneer Sampler, by Barbara Greenwood~
Wednesday, August 17, 2016
Alfredo Sauce the Healthy Way
I had been baking one last zucchini/blueberry cake (hoping not to pack any pounds on), and decided I needed to try a new healthy dinner recipe.
I quickly took a photo before I finished my dinner. I made an alfredo sauce using cannellini beans, garlic, lemon juice and vegetable broth. The recipe comes from Clean Eating. I used some Amish made noodles we were gifted last Christmas. I really should be rotating out my homemade noodles. I guess that will be my next project.
The alfredo was pretty good. Light and very filling. I added peas, but next time will add spinach too. I made the entire pot vegetarian, took out some for them, then added some diced leftover chicken I roasted the day before. Mmmmm! A great way to use up our chicken. I was so full, I could not even think if eating a piece of that lemon butter cream frosted cake I made. However, everyone else in the house did.
I added a slight amount of Parmesan cheese to the sauce as well. I had to double it for us, and used 4 cloves of garlic. I tasted it before I heated it, and it tasted just like hummus. After heating it, I tasted it again, and it just needed something else. I was waiting for Hubby to say, "it needs jalapenos" but he didn't. He ate it all and said it was "very good."
The rain finally stopped. I guess that means I'm back outside again, and the humidity is terrible. The sweat bees are miserably thick for some odd reason. I can't remember a year here where I even saw more than a few. They are everywhere. Everything is soaked to the gills so I'm not even sure yet if I will succeed at weeding anything.
The herb garden is bursting with weeds. Not the good kind of weeds either. I have a table full of oh so many tomatoes to freeze, and a few yellow squash to slice and freeze. Maybe I can figure a way to utilize them in dinner tonight. I was so tired and exhausted last night, I forgot to strain my tea infusion. I am doing that as I post this, and hope it's not over the top strong.
Since we are down to only a few meat eaters, we are able to stretch out a roasted chicken into three meals. Tonight dinner is chicken burritos. Chicken layered with black beans, and then zucchini salsa mixed with an avocado.
Update on the rat situation. I haven't seen it, but I have seen the droppings. We set two traps in the loft in the goat/chicken barn. I'll be checking them in a day or so. We haven't had rats for about 4 years, so I hope it's just one and then we are done.