Monday, November 29, 2010

Healthy Thanksgiving Leftovers!

Happy (Belated) Thanksgiving!

We hosted far-flung friends AND family this year, and while I tried to keep the dishes cholesterol-friendly, in honor of my dear Father in Law, we did kind of tend towards the fatty (bacon draped turkey legs, anyone?) and the buttery and the when Sunday rolled around, and all our guests (a houseful and a half!!) had departed, Matt and I (and no-longer-Baby Eddie) were ready for some healthful fare.

I found this in Mothering magazine and want to save it, and then thought I'd also share it here.

Sweet Potato-Lentil Burritos

4 large sweet potatoes, roasted in 425 oven ~one hour (leave oven on after removing potatoes), mashed

2 c. cooked lentils (we did brown rice and black beans together), adding

1 tbs cumin

2 tsp chili powder (We added 2 tsps of Thai Spice, since we ran out of chili powder)


Sour cream


~2 c shredded cheese of choice

6 whole wheat tortillas (this was four flour for us, two corn for Eddie)

Assemble the burritos, tucking into oiled casserole dish, and sprinkle any remaining (or extra!) cheese on top.

Bake in the 425 oven for 10-15 minutes, until cheese is melted and tortillas are golden.

(We omitted the baking step, since Eddie was really hungry. These burritos are just fine unbaked, but who doesn't like melted cheese on top??)

We loved them, but Eddie was not such a fan until we dissected his burrito and served him the main components with a spoon for his use...


Sunday, November 21, 2010

How To: Make a Butterfly-Shaped Birthday Cake

First, bake two 11 x 13 rectangular cakes.  I made one chocolate, and one vanilla.

Then draw a butterfly wing on a sheet of paper, and cut it out.  This is your template.

Place template on first cake.  Cut around cake according to template.  Do the same to the second cake.

You will have cake "scraps."

Time to decorate!  Gather your supplies, such as: colored frosting, decorating bags, couplers, tips, candies, etc.  This is the fun part!

Decorate any way you wish.  There are lots of different ways to decorate a butterfly.  First I piped frosting on the entire butterfly, alternating pink and yellow stripes.  Then I chose to make the "body" out of M &M's and the "antennae" out of frosting that I drew on the board.  I also made the hearts and spelled my daughter's name in M & M's.

I wrote "Happy 3rd Birthday" on the board to not take away from the design on te cake.

The birthday girl, who seemed very pleased with the result!