Sunday, April 11, 2010

Cajun Burgers

1T Wildtree Garlic Grapeseed Oil (or Wildtree JalapeƱo Grapeseed Oil)
3-4T Wildtree Cajun Seasoning
2T - Wildtree Rancher's Steak Seasoning
1 pound Ground Beef (80/20)

Mix all ingredients. Form to Patties and grilled as desired.

WE LOVE this recipe, and thank our friend Lisa for sparking the idea. This is good w/o the grapeseed oil as well.

Ham Alfredo

After Easter, we had a BUNCH of honey ham left. I decided to make a noodle dish.
Here are the ingredients:

1-2T Garlic Grapeseed Oil
1/2 Large Onion Diced
5 T Fresh tomato Diced
2 C Ham Diced
1/4 C Wildtree Alfredo Seasoning
1/2 C Milk
3 T Butter (melted)
1/4 C Wildtree Kids Cheese
1 Box Thin Noodles - cooked al dente

This was real easy, most of the time was spent boiling the water and chopping the ingredients.
I cooked the Onion in the Garlic Grapeseed Oil. Added the Tomato, cooked a bit longer, stirred in the ham to heat.
Mix separate, the Alfredo, Milk, Melted Butter and Kids Cheese mix. Add to the Onion, Tomato and Ham. Stir in drained noodles. Let sit about 5-minutes.
ENJOY!!

Kid 1 (age 5) LOVED. Ate 2 helpings.
Kid 2 (Age 2) Loved
Kid 3 (Age 38) Loved. Ate 2 helpings
Me: Really Liked this dish. I will make it again soon!

Friday, April 2, 2010

Chicken Strips - FRIED!

Ok, I LOVE chicken tenders, Chicken Fried Chicken and all of that yummy, unhealthy stuff. I have researched Grapeseed Oil, and the Wildtree Oils are actually NOT bad for you. IF you want to indulge in fried, this is the best way to do it.

My experimentation idea was as follows:

1 cup Flour
1 package of fresh chicken chicken breasts - cut in strips
1/4 cup Garlic Grapeseed Oil
1/4 cup Natural Grapeseed Oil
1 cap full of Wildtree Rancher's Reserve Seasoning
2 cap fulls of Wildtree Buffalo Wing Seasoning

Mix Flour and spices in bowl.
Start skillet with oils heating.
Cover chicken pieces with flour mixter (shake off extras). Place chicken in oil (once heated). Cook until done (mine took less than 3 minutes on each side).

This was soooooo tasty, NOT oily. You didn't need a dipping sauce. The family all enjoyed (the kids dipped theirs in Ranch).

Lemon Chicken

This week was hectic, so I am now playing catch up. I am going to write each one independently. I also now know... keep a notebook of the weeks eats - my memory is not as good as it once was!

Wednesday was a hectic one. I put out chicken to defrost on my way out to work. I then got a call around 4 that my dad was in the hospital (he is okay). This being said, I went by the hospital before heading home. Dinner had not crossed my mind.

I got home at 7, looked at the chicken. It was not what I had planned on (I thought strips for fajitas, this was thighs). Given the time, I decided to go easy.

Coat each thigh with Lemon Grapeseed Oil and sprinkle some Wildtree Rancher's Seasoning on it. My Advantium Convection cooker cooked it in 8 minutes. I made some Buttered Rice and salad.
In less than 15 minutes - healthy and tasty!

Husband - really liked the chicken.
Oldest Son - LOVED it all
Youngest Son - ate the rice and some of the chicken - decided playing was more fun. Yippee!!! I love the age of 2 at dinner time!
Me, It was good and fast. Next time, I think I will put this all on fish.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Pepperoni Pizza's

Saturday night - and the kids wanted pizza...
I made using the Wildtree Quick and Easy Pizza Crust. I made in 2 different 9" cake pans.

The recipe calls for any Grapeseed Oil - I selected the Garlic - YUMMY! I did cheat a little with the pizza's and pre-baked for 4 minutes the crust without the sauce and toppings. Given the temperature for cooking is 500, I figured it was best to make sure we didn't crisp up the cheese too much.

For sauce, I cheated as well. Ragu Pizza sauce. While I know that goes against our no additives, I was out of ingredients to make Wildtree Pizza Sauce.


The end result was nothing but yummy. I will post images soon!

Friday, March 26, 2010

Chicken Parmesan w/ Side Salad - Italian Dressing

Today was not the typical Friday. Why you may ask? My 2 year old was home sick and I got the privilege of watching him instead of working. When a 2 year old is sick, it typically means a reduction in sleep at night.

The good news, today we made Chicken Parmesan!!

This recipe is on the Wildtree website. It is chicken, Tomato Puree, Wildtree's Spaghetti seasoning and plain bread crumbs.

Well, while I wanted this to be my favorite, I know a few things:
1. Don't use the organic puree. If you do, add garlic salt.
2. My family loves garlic. This was lacking. I do think I can adapt the recipe though and make it better.
3. While it wasn't my favorite, it was good.

Verdicts:
1. 6 year old - mom, it is missing something. I sprinkled garlic salt, stirred, he ate it up!
2. 2 year old - note, he is not in the best spirits... he ate it.
3. Husband, it is lacking something - see 6 year olds. Once I did this, he liked it a lot.
4. Me - I need fresh garlic and didn't want the salt. Ate the meal as is. Liked it, but WILL adapt to add fresh garlic.

Now, for the salad. Oh my goodness... I don't think I could EVER eat a different Italian Dressing!!! It was so flavorful. The ingredients:
Wildtree Italian Dressing Seasoning
Wildtree Natural Grapeseed Oil
a Little water
Apple Cider Vinegar

WOW...
1. 2 year old - Ate ALL of my celery from my salad with it on it. asked for more. I had to make him a celery salad.
2. 6 year old - I put a little on pasta for him to try (not a greens eater). He liked it!
3. Husband - may I nickname him Mr. Ranch... He went to eat ranch... I told him no! He ate the Italian - and LOVED IT!!!!
4. Me - as you can see above, I loved this dressing. It would be hard to eat the bottled or even the 7 Seasons (or whatever it's name is). The blend of flavors in my opinion was perfect.

So, that was dinner tonight. I hope that everyone has an amazing night/weekend. More soon!

Tuna Casserole

Last night, I came home a good hour and a half late. To top off the treat of running late, I forgot to defrost meat for dinner... YEAH ME (sarcasm).

So, I decided to concoct a Tuna Noodle Casserole - ala Wildtree.... mmmmm... enter 5 year old "Eeeewww, I don't want Tuna." I then determined - make the Noodles and Cheese Sauce - add meat to please. Probably a bad habit, but as you can tell, the day already stunk!

Ingredients:
1 10 oz box of bowtie noodles (wheat was my choice)
1/4 cup + 1 TBS Wildtree Kidz Cheese Blend
1/4 cup Wildtree Alfredo
3/4 - 1 cup (I eyed it... SORRY!) Milk (I used Organic Whole Milk)

Boil noodles according to package and drain.
Add in hot pan, milk and 2 seasonings - blend until lumps are gone. As it sits, it will thicken slightly. Stir in Noodles... taste test... MMMMMMMMM!

I portioned out enough for a serving for the 5 year old - stirred in lunch meat ham.
Drained and added 1 can of tuna to the remaining noodles.

Verdict:
1. 5 year old - ate it all - asked for seconds. Bad mommy didn't have seconds of his. He followed it up with a sigh and Wii.
2. 2 year old - ate his, Tuna and all - ate seconds
3. Husband - ate 2 helpings - stated make this one again
4. Me - I ate all of mine and sprinkled on Wildtree Rancher's Seasoning for extra flavor.

In the end, after 20 minutes (5 minutes of which was me determining what to eat, then boiling the water. Crisis was averted... and we ate well! YEAH!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Sloppy Joe's

Tonight, I made the Sloppy Joe's. I am very picky when it comes to Sloppy Joe's. Typically, I find the store mixes to be too salty. I figured, rather than scratch, let's go ahead and give the Wildtree Mix a shot.

Well, here is what we learned:
1. I did not prepare properly - I didn't have any Tomato Paste.... don't fret, I used Tomato Puree instead!!
2. I had a pound and a quarter of ground beef, 10 oz of Puree, instead of 6 oz paste - use the proper amount of water and 3 1/2 tablespoons of the seasoning and you get:

A. a Kindergarten picky eater - mixed it in with his Mac n' Cheese versus on a bun - LOVED IT, and is taking leftovers in his lunch tomorrow!

B. a 2 year old that put it on his grilled cheese (white wheat bread, american cheese - toast the bread, put a tad of butter on it, place meat in cheese on top. Place in microwave for 12 seconds) - LOVED IT!

C. me - I ate it on a wheat bun (no sugar) with a slice of American Cheese on top.

D. Hubby - will post a comment soon. He is onsite and will be eating it soon.

The bottom line - worth the purchase, was not salty and took VERY little effort. Obviously, the recipe in mixings can be adjusted without compromising flavor. I think the single jar will last us about 5 meals!!

Why this site...

Who am I, why would you want to read MY site?
  • I am a working mom, who has a high paced life. I realize many mom's do... please don't get me wrong.
  • I commute an hour each way to "my real job", listening to the radio, catching up on the news and ramping up or decompressing from a long day. When I walk in the door, it is family and dinner time (though I do log in and spend time when the kids are sleeping on work).
  • I am the main provider for our family economically, as my husband starts a remodeling business.
  • I am the wife to an amazing man, who is the manager/coach for our son's little league team. I am not team mom, but I am the coaches cheerleader and biggest supporter.
  • I am a Wildtree Representative - to support my cooking hobby
  • MOST OF ALL, I am a MOM. I have 2 boys born in 2004 and 2007. They ARE my angels. I never thought I would be blessed with kids or an amazing husband, but I have been.
Since getting married in 2002, I recently realized, I was forgetting about myself and my passions outside of my family. Not that this is horrible, but there was a sense of "what about me".

I have always been a social person, but as work tenure and responsibilities increased, and the family expanded beyond just me and my husband, I lost track of being social.

I went to a friends house for a Wildtree party, and it hit me. I could make a little extra, spend time with friends (make new friends) and promote things I believe in:
1. Eating as a family at the dinner table
2. Cooking responsibly - I can do # 1, and actually cause more problems for my family - reducing the amount of time we have together... I am choosing to pay attention and eliminate a lot (not all) of the crud. Over the past 2 years, cholesterol was getting higher for me and my husband!
3. Taking care of my family, while not sacrificing me.
4. Help my sometimes high strung kids mellow out by removing elements from their diet - not letting them pop a pill.
5. Eating healthy and slowly diminishing the "picky eatings" of 2 boys that are ages 2 and 6 - hence restoring sanity at dinner time.
6. Being a mom that my kids are proud of...

So, I am keeping my "real job", taking on a paying hobby... and starting this blog. Why the blog? Well, quite simply, it is to share our adventure of cooking with the products and talking about my kids opinions and the growth of "me" on my new adventure.