Monday, April 12, 2010

Make It Your Self Monday

Just in case you this is your first visit to my blog. My Children are on the Feingold Diet. This Diet removes Artificial Flavors and Colors and certain preservatives from you diet. We started this diet when my daughter was in 1st grade because her teacher wanted to have her diagnosed with ADD. We decided to try everything else before even considering Drugs. For us this diet has worked wonders with about a 95% improvement in her behavior. That being said we had to give up alot of premade items that you get from the store and start making things by hand. Well I've decided to share some of those recipes with you. I have found that homemade is not only cheaper but it taste better too. Today I'm going to share a few of our simple favorites just to get things started and as I go along I will try to include pictures of the finished dishes..... now where did I put that camera???

My friend M. gave me this recipe.
Hot Chocolate Mix:

INGREDIENTS:

* 1 cup baking cocoa
* 2 cup granulated sugar
* 5 1/3 cups powdered milk
* A dash of salt
Mix all ingredients well and store in an airtight container. (recycle an old jelly or peanut butter jar.)

To Use:

Put three or four teaspoons of mix into a cup, add hot water and a drop of vanilla. Stir well.

Now you will notice that once you've made it, it is just as easy to use as the store bought stuff.


My son is a lover of Taco's he would eat them for every meal if he could and this next recipe is great to have on hand when making any thing take on a Mexican flare. I found this recipe in a cook book I got from the library... Unfortunately I didn't write down the name of the book just the recipe so I can't give credit where credit is due...

Mexican Seasoning Mix

1/4 cup flour
2 T. chili powder
1/4 cup onion powder
4tsp salt
4 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
2 tsp sugar
2 tsp cumin
2 tsp oregano

Place all ingredients in a blender and cover. Blend for 5 seconds or less until powdery (don't over do it) Store in an airtight container for up to 6 months. (Save up those old spice containers to use for your new found mixes.)

3 Tablespoons = 1 package of taco mix.

And the last recipe for the day is another easy to use seasoning mix. I got this from the same book as the last one..... I think I will have to go back to the library to see if I can find it. I might even add it to my permanent collection.

Italian Seasoning Mix

1/4 cup dried basil
2t. dried sage
1/4 cup dried thyme
1/4 cup dried rosemary
1/4 cup dried oregano

Once again place all ingredients in a blender and cover. Blend for 5 seconds or less until powdery (don't over do it) Store in an airtight container for up to 6 months.

Enjoy

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Great blog!

You mentioned that you are getting 95% success so I'm wondering if you are on Stage Two? I noticed that a few of your recipes used Stage Two ingredients. Aspartame is also eliminated on the diet so was wondering that too. Even using unapproved powdered milk could hamper more success.

Best wishes!

April said...

Yes my kids are in stage two and I don't use any artificial Sweeteners Not even Splendevil.... I mean Splenda... I stick to sugar honey and mostly Agave Nectar which doesn't have the blood sugar spike. They get organic milk and we don't eat beef very often but when we do its grass raised and grass finished. I've been working very hard to keep them away from bovine growth hormones. You can't convince me that all the young ladies entering puberty and younger and younger ages doesn't have something to do with BGH..... Sorry got preachy there :P

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