As I'm sure you've noticed, I haven't posted any daily menus for Ainsley in a while. After Leighton's hospitalization, I was so overwhelmed with getting everything back on track that (a) I didn't keep up with what Ainsley was eating during that time and (b) I'm pretty sure we probably fed her almost the same thing every day just for simplicity's sake. But now we're back on track and she's eating lots of interesting things again! Here were yesterday's menus:
Lunch: My mother kindly fed us. She made her chicken & dumplings (recipe posted previously) and green beans. My mom is from Louisiana, where they do vegetables right. She prepares her green beans by frying bacon in a boiler and then taking the bacon out (but leaving the drippings) and putting the green beans (+ water) in the boiler. She then breaks the bacon into little pieces and puts that back in to cook with the green beans. Healthy? Well, not exactly. But tastey? You bet!
Dinner: My mom-in-law fed us this time. She roasted a turkey she had gotten free over Thanksgiving. It was a Butterball. Apparently -- and ironically, given the name -- Butterball is one of the only manufacturers that does not baste its turkeys in butter (check to make sure that is still the case before you buy your own Butterball). Along with that, she prepared Stove Top stuffing, steamed green beans, and steamed carrots.
For dessert, she made this super awesome sweet chex mix -- she got the recipe off of the Betty Crocker website:
Chex "School Fuel" (I prefer to call it "Sweet Chex Mix")
3/4 C packed brown sugar
6 Tbl dairy-free margarine (like Earth Balance, Smart Balance Light, Fleischmann's unsalted, etc.)
3 Tbl light corn syrup
1/4 tsp baking soda
4 C Corn Chex cereal
4 C Rice Chex cereal
1/4 C dairy-free chocolate chips (like Enjoy Life)
In large microwavable bowl, microwave brown sugar, butter, and corn syrup uncovered on high for 1-2 minutes, stirring after 1 minute, until melted and smooth. Stir in baking soda until dissolved. Stir in cereals. Microwave on high another 3 minutes, stirring each minute. Cover cookie sheet with wax paper and spread mixture on the wax paper to cool (about 10 minutes). Break into bite-size pieces.
In a microwavable bowl, microwave chocolate chips uncovered on high about 1 minute 30 seconds or until chocolate can be stirred smooth (bowl will be hot). Drizzle chocolate over snack (you can do this easily by pouring chocolate into a ziploc bag and then cutting a small hole in one of the corners of the bag). Refrigerate about 30 minutes or until chocolate is set. Store in airtight container.