Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Food Everyday

I have to admit that I am in love with Everyday Food magazine. We've been subscribing since the first year, but hadn't really used them. Of course, we had made a few recipes here and there (including our favorite Cranberry Scones) but until Linus, it was just easier to eat out. Now, though, I'm cooking up a storm using Everyday Food as my guide.

One of the best things about the magazine is the estimated prep and total times. I really use these when menu planning. Although I've had some disagreement with Martha about the estimated times when the time does not include the chopping for the ingredient "diced onions", many of the recipes are pretty quick. I tend to look for ones with a 15-20 minutes or less prep time. Linus can usually entertain himself in his jumper and/or on the floor for that long if I'm lucky.

The great thing about this subscription is that it motivates us to try new things. Just from the past two issues I have made or plan to make...

  • Shrimp and Cabbage Lo Mein- On the menu
  • Fast Chicken Fajitas- Fantastic! Great leftovers.
  • Quick Sauerkraut- Super easy.
  • Pierogi with Sauerkraut and Mushrooms- Some chopping but still quick.
  • Angel-Hair pasta with bacon and peas- On the menu
  • Meat Tortellini in Broth with Arugula and Pesto Toasts- Okay... esp. the toasts
  • Fish Tacos with Salsa Verde and Radish Salad- Adrian loved it.
  • Stuffed Poblanos- On the menu
  • Cilantro-Lime Rice- Like Chipotle and tasty with the fajitas.
And that's just the last two issues. I've pulled many other recipes from older issues including our new favorite Cayenne-rubbed Chicken with Avocado Salsa. This year, along with our subscription, we received an index of all past issues. This makes searching out recipes about 1,000 times easier. Why didn't they think of it sooner?

Usually we have our big meal at noon and a green smoothie for supper. This allows us to sit down with Linus since right now he eats breakfast and lunch.

Speaking of Linus, you may be wondering what he's eating now. It's pretty easy to list since we've been slowly introducing new foods. Here's the list of Linus's eats in the order of introduction to the best of my memory.
  • Rice Cereal- As recommended by Gerber and most pediatricians.
  • Bananas- Still a fave.
  • Oatmeal Cereal-Because he hated the rice cereal.
  • Butternut Squash
  • Avocado
  • Pears
  • Peas- Finding peas, frozen or canned, that have no added salt is a daunting task.
  • Applesauce- The kind that is just organic apples and nothing else.
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Peaches
  • Cottage Cheese
  • Whole Grain Pasta
  • Mango
  • Whole Wheat Bagel
  • Chicken
And on deck... pinto and black beans.

There's what our family has been eating. If you try any of the recipes from here, another issue, or even an old family favorite, please comment and share.


Chelsea + Jonathan said...

We also adore the chicken with avocado stuff... But Jonathan picks out every bit of onion. How much onion do you use? I only used 1/4 of one even though the recipe said to use a whole one. I thought it was still pretty onion-y.

abbyjess said...

I usually only do a 1/2 recipe but do use a 1/2 onion for it as we love our onion around here. However, I do a full batch of the rub because we also like to keep it spicy. Then we sit in our own funky clouds for the rest of the day. :)

William said...

It's funny how a recipe can become a favorite. I still have a copy of the cranberry scone recipe on a piece of yellow legal pad with the name and phone number of the cat sitter on the other side from when Adrian and I actually worked in an office (I shudder at the memory).