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Did I say I was going to clean out and organize my cabinets this weekend? Oooooops. I, uh, didn’t feel like it. Probably because I had huge piles of laundry stacked on my counter and I would not have been able to take everything out of the cabinets unless I first folded and put away all the laundry. And, um, I didn’t feel like doing that.
My husband loves to cook. On the weekends when he is home is always fixing fun foods for the kids, and most of the time they are somewhat healthy, because he also hates junk food. Yes, he is like a robot. A robot who cooks, does dishes, and irons. No, you can’t have him. Though I will consider selling him for the right price. Oh, I am just joking, honey.
When my kids are hungry between meals I am apt to tell them go forage through the cabinets. I think fending for yourself is a good skill to learn. My kids will be able to survive in any frat house.
My husband plans out snacks. And I got to thinking that with a little extra effort on my part I could have something that would be more nutritious to offer during the witching hour when dinner was being made.
This weekend he made deviled eggs, or as the kids like to call them Devil Eggs followed by a cackle.
I don’t make eggs since I am allergic to them. In fact, I don’t even like to look at eggs.
I always thought that Deviled eggs were difficult to make. I don’t know why I thought this. Maybe I was thrown by the use of a pastry bag to squirt the yolks back into the white part? Maybe because it was a multi-step process? Maybe because I never really got close enough to look at them?
Whatever it was, I have seen the light. These are so easy. The kids helped do them. We didn’t use a pastry bag, obviously, and instead just scooped the filling back in with a spoon.
For six eggs:
¼ cup Mayonnaise
teaspoon dijon mustard
½ teaspoon white vinegar
1/8 teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
Paprika for garnish
First you hard boil the eggs. Once they cool off a bit, which can be helped by submerging the eggs in cold water once they are hard boiled.
Peel them, (Really Chris? We should peel the eggs? Yes, I state the obvious for you because I love you, Internet.)
Slice the eggs in half length wise and scoop out the yolk into a bowl.
Mash the yolks up with the above ingredients.
Replace the filling back into the eggs.
For a spicier version: Add a couple teaspoons of horseradish and two tablespoons of relish. Cut the mayo by half. My kids liked the spicier version better.
Here are a couple of quick snack foods that I make:
Peanut butter tortillas:
Spread peanut butter on half of a round flour tortilla. Sprinkle a few mini chocolate chips or mini marshmallows. (Just a few!) Wrap it in tin foil and place in the oven for a few minutes. We also make these over a fire outside in the firepit.
Peanut butter fruit dip:
1/3 cup peanut butter
2 tablespoons milk
2 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon water
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Serve this in a ramekin with some apple slices for dipping.
For this next recipe you must have a toothpick. Yes, it is required to eat the little banana slices with, according to my children. And if the toothpick has that fancy cellophane paper on the tip you get extra points, because one day when they are angry teenagers you can throw it back at them. “Hey, I bought those fancy toothpicks for you, remember? And they cost me an extra eighty-three cents, so don’t say I don’t love you!”
Banana slices served with a ramekin of vanilla yogurt. (Real yogurt, not that artificially colored sugar ladened junk that is marketed to kids. Oooops, is that a rant I feel coming on?)
You pop the banana with the toothpick (hence the name of the recipe) and dip it in the yogurt and then eat it.
As I am typing this my little kids are sitting next to me eating carrot sticks and dipping them into Ranch dressing. Though I am trying unsuccessfully to convince my 3 yr old son that the carrot is supposed to be eaten also, not just used as a vehicle to get the dressing into your mouth.
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