I have got to get better at writing things down & measuring as I'm cooking. I am so used to not measuring anything, it's hard to remember to do. I'm going to try to tell you how I am making my cheese sauces.
Cheddar Cheese sauce
1/2 to 1 stick of real butter
Milk or cream (I use Braum's 1% & it works great)
Flour of your choice (I've been using organic rice flour or pastry flour - Wondra works great)
2-3 cups of shredded cheddar cheese
2-3 tablespoons of either Plain Greek Yogurt or cream cheese
salt & pepper to taste
pinch of nutmeg
Melt butter in medium saucepan. Whisk in a few tablespoons of flour to make roux, just like you were making gravy. Then I add about 1 1/2 cups of milk (you can add more later if you need it). Keep whisking. When milk gets warm, whisk in the cheese. Keep whisking until cheese is melted & it starts turning into a sauce. Don't panic! It will look like a gloppy mess for awhile, but just keep whisking. When you are just about to give up because you think it's not going to work, it turns into a beautiful sauce. Whisk in yogurt or cream cheese. Add more milk and/or flour to make your desired consistency. Season with salt & pepper. I like to add a pinch of nutmeg.
ALFREDO SAUCE - same as above, but use parmesan cheese instead of cheddar and season with garlic and basil or whatever herbs you like.
I've been making macaroni & cheese using organic whole grain pasta with cheddar cheese sauce. Also, for mac & cheese or casseroles, I found organic whole grain crackers that taste like Ritz. I crumble up a handful of crackers & mix with melted butter and pour over the top for a nice crunchy topping. Cole loves it!
NOTE: Butter has been made out to be our enemy. It is not the enemy, margarine is. I eat eggs cooked in real butter almost every morning and my bad cholesterol dropped nearly 100 points in 3 months. Butter and eggs do NOT raise your cholesterol. They actually have the good fats that help lower your cholesterol. However, margarine is made from the same ingredients as plastic. I choose REAL butter, not plastic margarine. But, that is my choice. We each have to make our own choices.
I hope you can understand my ramblings. Enjoy!
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Friday, November 25, 2011
Even though my life hasn't turned out exactly how I wanted, even though my husband is on dialysis, even though we live paycheck to paycheck, even though I have lived with excrutiating pain the last several years, there is so much to be thankful for. I am thankful that my husband is alive. February 2010 it looked he might not make it. Dialysis is hard on us all & leaves us with very little free time, but God has been with us every step of the way. I am thankful that Kevin, Cole, Grant & myself all have good jobs with good employers & great co-workers. I am thankful that God is healing my body by showing me what to eat & what not to eat & helping me figure out how to cook so that I won't be in so much pain.
Knowing that Thanksgiving was coming up, the last few weeks I have been researching & trying to figure out how to fix some of my favorite holiday dishes without sugar, white flour or corn syrup. Sunday we had our church dinner and I made an organic whole grain apple cake with sugar free cream cheese frosting. I thought it was delicious, but apparently nobody at church wanted to eat a healthy cake. I took the leftovers to work the next day & my co-workers & I ate it with our morning coffee. They all loved it & one of the men came & told me how good it was & was shocked when I told him how healthy it was.
For our family Thanksgiving at the Newtons I always make a 6 quart crockpot of broccoli & rice casserole along with sweet potatoes covered in brown sugar & marshmallows (just the way Kevin loves them) and some desserts. The broccoli & rice I usually make has a block of Velveeta, cream of mushroom & cream of chicken soups & white rice. Not too healthy. So this year, I used brown rice, Amy's Organic Cream of Mushroom Soup & made a cheese sauce with butter, 1% milk & cheddar cheese. It was really good. Cole said he actually likes it better than the one I have always made.
I have recently figured out that corn syrup is another pain & inflammation trigger for me after eating what I thought was honey at a restaurant only to find out later when I was hurting so bad that is was corn syrup with honey. Real honey doesn't bother me at all. So I decided to try to make a pecan pie with no white flour, no sugar & no corn syrup. And I did! It was sooooo good!
SUGAR FREE, WHITE FLOUR FREE, CORN SYRUP FREE PECAN PIE
Crust: 1 cup Organic Pastry Flour
1 stick of butter
3 tbsp of cold water
Mix together until forms a dough. Roll out with rolling pin & place in pie pan.
Filling: 1 cup Splenda brown sugar
1/2 cup Splenda, Ideal or Truvia
2 large eggs
1 stick butter, melted
2 tsps vanilla
2 tbsp milk
1 tbsp Organic Pastry Flour
1 cup chopped pecans
1 cup pecan halves
Preheat oven to 325. Beat sugars with the eggs until creamy. Add melted butter, vanilla, milk, flour & chopped pecans. Pour mixture into pie shell. Arrange pecan halves on top. Bake for 55 minutes.
I hope you all had a blessed Thanksgiving.