Thursday, May 21, 2015

Mexican Rice

Doesn't look like much does it?  But it's gluten, dairy, and yeast free.  Which are not ingredients you would expect to find in boxed rice.  But they are there.  Which makes eating boxed rice nearly impossible for me.  The one's I have found that I can eat, are really gross.  So I have started to make my own.  And guess what?  It's super easy and delicious!  This stuff is way better than any boxed Mexican rice I have ever made.  A great recipe from allrecipes!  This turned out perfectly as is for children.  If you want more heat, you'll need to add some.

3 Tbps vegetable oil
1/4 cup chopped onions
1 cup long grain rice
1 tsp garlic salt
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 cup tomato sauce
2 cups chicken broth (if you are not using homemade, make sure to check for wheat)


Heat oil in a saucepan and add rice.  Cook, stirring constantly until puffed and golden.  Sprinkle with salt and cumin.

Stir in onions and cook until tender.  Stir in tomato sauce and chicken broth.  Bring to a boil.  Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 20-25 minutes.  Add more chicken broth if needed.  Fluff with a fork.


Monday, April 13, 2015

Peep Surprise Cupcakes

These are a super easy and fun baking treat to do with your children.  My girls were able to help with pretty much every aspect of the baking and decorating which is important.  If it's too hard they get frustrated and walk away.  Then mom gets stuck finishing and it's not really a family activity anymore.  :)

You can play around with what type of cake mix you want.  We did one gluten free and one regular because we were going to a party.  This recipe is for just one cake mix. 

1 box of your favorite yellow cake mix
water/vegetable oil and eggs called for on the box
bag of peanut butter m&m candy & sprinkles if desired
1 container white frosting
green food coloring
24 PEEPS® brand marshmallow chicks


Heat oven to 350 degrees.  Place paper baking cup in regular sized muffin tin

Make cake batter as directed on box.  Divide batter evenly among muffin tins, about 2/3 full.  Bake as directed on box for cupcakes.  Cool in pans 10 minutes, remove from tins and cool completely.

Using a small kitchen knife, scoop out center of each cupcake, about 1 inch deep.  Fill each with 1 candy egg and sprinkles.  

Spoon frosting into a bowl.  Stir in enough green food coloring until you have the desired green color.  Frost cupcakes and top with a marshmallow peep.  

All the kids that ate these loved them.  Especially the suprise inside the cupcake.  A few adults thought they were pretty delicious too.  ;)