See How Easily You Can Come Up with Food Ideas

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Here are some more suggestions for different foods using the ingredients given on the previous blog. I have listed them from those that are the fastest to prepare for eating to the slowest. If you are very hungry and don’t have much time, start at the top. If you have more time, go further down the list.

Here is my top 6 list. Can you add more?

1. nuts or raisins to eat in hand
2. cornflakes with milk
3. prepare oatmeal and raisins
4. “boil” eggs for cooked eggs
5. make vanilla or chocolate pudding (cupcakes have come back in popularity, so why not pudding?)
6. custard, in individual cups or in a baking dish

Having butter or oil available would open up the possibilities for a wide assortment of different foods. These ingredients help add lightness and flavor to products and keep foods from sticking to pans. With oils you could make many other foods, such as popovers, pancakes and waffles, oatmeal cookies, sugar cookies, granola, popovers, muffins, cakes, scrambled eggs, omelets, and many different ways to use eggs, among others.

When we’re short of ingredients, we need to use our creative thought processes to come up with interesting and healthy foods, using what we have on hand. That is, unless we have a grocery store next door. Cookbooks and the internet are important resources in giving us suggestions for what to prepare. See our list of cookbooks here at the side for more food ideas.

I hope you’ve had fun thinking through this project.

Best to you,
Lee Jackson

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Helping Kids Make Good Food Choices

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Parents should help children make good food choices. Food preferences in children are largely developed by age five. Therefore, it’s important that parents help their children develop a taste for nutritious food early.

Here are ways you can involve your children in making good food choices:

Talk to your children about the categories of foods that are most important. These would include: fruits and vegetables, meat or protein alternatives, breads and cereals, and milk.

Help them cut out pictures of foods from magazines or newspapers. Make sure they have foods from all the groups. When they find pictures of cookies and ice cream, ask whether those have a place in their “good food choice” list? You can tell them they are not “bad” but there are other foods that are better for growing strong bones and muscles.

Have children paste the foods on file cards or construction paper. You can use different colored paper for different food groups: green for the vegetable and fruits, white for the milk group, red for the meat and protein group, and blue for the bread and cereal.

Let children decide which foods from each group they would like to eat. This is a good way for them to see that choosing one food from each group works toward having a balanced meal.

Another card can be made up of “special treat” foods. These are foods eaten only once in a great while. This will probably include pictures of frozen yogurt, cookies, and other sweet and/or high fat foods such as French fries and potato chips.

Here is a recipe for a “special treat” food, granola, which can be a breakfast food with milk or eaten plain as a snack food. It has many ingredients that are very nutritious.


4 cups rolled oats (not instant)
1/2 teaspoon salt (omit if using any salted nuts)
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1 stick butter, melted
1/2 cup honey or pure maple syrup

Extra suggestions – may be added when oat mixture has browned:
1/2 cup walnuts
1/2 cup sliced almonds
1/4 cup sesame seeds
1/2 cup of any dried fruit such as raisins, cranberried, pineapple, cherries, etc.

Preheat over to 350 degree F.

In a large bowl, combine oats, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg. Melt butter in small saucepan or microwave, add honey or syrup. Pour this mixture over the oatmeal mixture until all is coated.

Spread this on a cookie sheet that has been lined with foil.

Bake for 15-20 minutes, checking and stirring often until flakes are light brown. Watch carefully as they can over-brown easily and the honey will burn and taste bitter. Go light, rather than dark.

When slightly cool, add any of the extras. Mix well. Store in airtight container. I like to use a plastic container with a tight fitting lid. Then I place a scoop inside for easy access. Works well to store in a large glass canister, too. This looks inviting sitting on your cabinet. This granola has much more substance to it than many of the already-prepared products on the market. Enjoy.

Lee Jackson
Home and Family Living

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Baking Cookies for Bake Sales or Christmas

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These delicious crunchy oat cookies are quick and simple to prepare and, like the cup cakes, are another great last minute idea to take to school bake sales or have ready for Christmas. You could even bake a batch every week to keep at home for afternoon snacks, as they last well stored in an airtight container and the whole family will enjoy them!

Recipe for Oat Crunchies

2 cups quick cooking or regular oatmeal
1 cup flaked coconut
1 cup cake flour
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup butter
2 tablespoons golden syrup such as maple syrup

Preheat the oven to 350 F

Collect together: small saucepan, mixing bowl, cup measures, baking tray measuring about 14 x 10 inches

Put the butter, syrup and sugar in the small saucepan and melt it together, stirring occasionally, over a low heat. Don’t let it start to bubble or it will turn into toffee!

Put the rest of the ingredients into the mixing bowl and stir them together. When the butter mixture has melted, pour it over the dry ingredients and mix well till everything is evenly coated with it.

Grease the baking tray. Turn the mixture onto the tray, spread it out evenly and begin to press it all down with the back of a metal spoon. Make sure that it reaches all the corners and sides and is a fairly even thickness all over.

Bake in the oven for about 20 minutes, when it should be a golden brown color.

Grab the oven gloves, take out the tray and with a knife mark out squares. This sized tray should make about 30 squares in all. Cut all the way down with the knife but leave the crunchies to cool in the tin for about 15 minutes, before turning them out to finish cooling on a wire rack.

There are loads of variations you can experiment with for yourself. Try one or more of the following:

replace 1 cup of oats with a cup of your favorite muesli
add ½ cup of chocolate chips
add ½ cup of mixed nuts
add 2 tablespoons cocoa for chocolate crunchies
add 1 teaspoon of either cinnamon or ginger to spice up the flavor
if anyone in your family can’t eat wheat, use rye or oat flour to replace the cake flour for completely wheat-free treats.

Did you know?
Crunchies are a traditional South African cookie – almost every family has their own favorite recipe for them.
In Britain they have the same recipe, but there they call them flapjacks!

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