Last week in our Eating The Alphabet plan we tried Brussel Sprouts and Bananas. The bananas were enjoyed in banana bread, banana muffins and banana smoothies. The brussel sprouts were another story. I was all excited to try them out on my family–none of us had ever had them! When dinner time came, they allrned their noses up at the mere SIGHT of them. Which was a real bummer since I thought they would love them as much as I did–I had been sampling them since they came out of the oven! The final verdict was that no one else could even finish one of them and they were given an overwhelming thumbs down. Oh well, at least I got my extra vitamins that week when I finished off the leftovers the next few days. My note to you…if you like cabbage you will probably like brussel sprouts as they had a distinctly similar flavor to cooked cabbage.
Moving on that week, I also made pankcakes this weekend and made some Blueberry sauce to top them. We had organic blueberries in the freezer–picked at a local farm over the summer–and I just threw about a half cup in a sautee pan, sprinkled on some sugar (maybe a tablespoon) and heated it up until it came to a boil, simmered for about ten mintues and I had myself a compote/sauce for topping our pancakes! The kids loved it especially when I added some whipped cream! Yes, I started using whipped cream on top of our pancakes and waffles when my sister-in-law pointed out to me that it’s actually got less sugar than I realized and significantly less than syrup (even the pure maple syrup has a lot of sugar in it).
This week’s letter is “C”…we’ve already started by having Cucumbers last night in our salad and will also be having Carrots for a snack and Cauliflower as a side dish. I make my cauliflower by steaming and adding a few sauteed bread crumbs on top–yum! I’m also thinking of making Apple Carrot Muffins as my kids LOVE these and they make a great, healthy snack. Plus I have apples, carrots, raisin bran and buttermilk to use up!
So have you all been inspired to add more fruits and veggies to your diets? How’s it going? Share your ideas in the comments below!
And as always, happy cooking!