Simple City Life

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Enjoy National Breakfast Month with @Krusteaz Gluten Free!

Are you one to celebrate fun national days? I don't get in on all of them, but there are a few that are easy to jump in on, like National Ice Cream Day and National Guacamole Day. Now not only do we give a entire day to such fun things we even have a whole month to celebrate! Did you know that February is National Hot Breakfast Month? In reality, we hardly ever have a hot breakfast except on the weekends for breakfast. Typically we have our hot breakfast for dinner. 

This month I am celebrating Hot Breakfast Month with Krusteaz Gluten Free. Krusteaz has some delicious options for gluten free baking mixes. We love their brownie mix and were very excited to try out their buttermilk pancake, corn bread and blueberry mixes- all gluten free of course. As our nights tend to be super busy, it's really nice to be able to prepare a hot meal quickly. I love that my oldest has become such a great help in the kitchen and loves to take over the dinner preparations. Last night while she and the boys made pancakes and muffins, I was able to create a delicious breakfast dish. I wanted to test out using a corn bread crust for quiche. I have used several different crust variations over the years when it comes to my quiches, this however was my first time using corn bread!

Broccoli and Mushroom Corn Bread Quiche

1 package Krusteaz Gluten Free Corn Bread Mix 

1 Cup Chopped Organic Broccoli
1 Cup Chopped Baby Portabella Mushroom
1/4 cup green onions
1 T chopped garlic
salt and pepper to taste

6 eggs
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup shredded Cabot Sharp Chedder

Make corn bread according to package. Put half of the mix into your greased 9x13 pan. Bake at 350 for 10-12 mins.

In a mixing bowl, mix the 6 eggs and 1/2 cup of milk. set aside.

While the corn bread is baking, saute vegetables until tender, add in garlic, salt and pepper. Remove corn bread from oven. Spoon vegetables on to the corn bread. slowly pour egg mixture over the top and return to oven. Bake 20 mins, top with your cheese and finish baking 10 mins or until the eggs are completely cooked.
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Considering my children will not eat anything related to broccoli, I simple enjoyed this delicious meal and have plenty left over for the week! The kids has their share of delicious pancake and muffins- a fine meal before a carb burning Taekwondo class.

Are you a breakfast for dinner family? We love having our "Brinner" nights and studies show we aren't the only ones!
What is you favorite breakfast food? 
Courtney


Sunday, January 31, 2016

Tales of a canning jar addict. #stonyfieldblogger

I honestly can't you tell when it began, but once it started it was something fierce. Who knew a flat of glass Ball canning jars could bring one person so many opportunities? Years ago we we moved our house towards a toxin free environment. We tossed our plastic containers, baggies and moved forward with the goal in mind to live without plastics and waste. Around that same time we started canning. With so many jars around I naturally started to grab them for drinking out of, storing left over in and using them for school lunch containers. I soon discovered the variety of sizes available to me and things started to spin out of control. The choices are endless- wide mouth, pint, quart, jelly jar, quilted, heritage collection colors...it's endless!

I walked around my house this morning and took a few pictures of the many ways I use our canning jars.
 

Other than my boys obsession over creating collection jars, their second favorite way I use my Ball Canning jars is to make Grab & Go Parfaits. Last weekend we had to leave the house at 6am in order to arrive on time to the kids Taekwondo tournament. With Owens dietary restrictions, we are very limited on eating on the road. I have to plan ahead. I decided to make up a few of these parfaits for the kids to enjoy on the road. They take just a few minutes to make. After they are assembled, keep them in the fridge or cooler until you need them. These pictures below are make with three ingredients:
organic strawberries
Stonyfield Greek yogurt
LiveG'Free berry crunch granola from Aldi's.

Layer your fruit and yogurt leaving about a inch head space with your fruit on top, then add your granola. I like to have the fruit on top as it helps keep your granola crunchy! Grab a spoon and enjoy!


I know I am not alone in my addiction! What is your favorite use for your Ball Canning Jars? 

~Courtney

Friday, January 22, 2016

Making Organic More Accessible with Stonyfield and Walmart

*As a Team Stonyfield ambassador, I am being compensated. All opinions are always my own**


If I am going to the store to purchase groceries or pick up organic food, usually Walmart is at the bottom of my list. I have found in the past a very small selection of organic products I am looking for at the super store so I have moved on to other places. 

       

Well it seems like the times they are a changin!!!  As a Stonyfield Yogetter I was given the challenge to shop Walmart and purchase my family's favorite organic yogurt and a few other groceries and I was pleasantly surprised.


I have looked for Stonyfield in the past at a few of the Walmart's by me but have not had much success. The other day I bundled up my little side kick and we headed out in the winter cold to the closest Walmart near me to grab yogurt and fixings for our salad night.  Even though the Walmart closest to me only had two Stonyfield products to chose from I at least was happy that I could buy it in store.


 I know that other Walmart's in other cities have more options like YoKids Squeeze pouches, not just the YoBaby and Smooth and Creamy 32Oz containers that I found. I am hoping there will be a  bigger selection from Stonyfield in the not so distant future at Walmart near me.




So the next time you grace the doors of the popular Mega Store, stop by the yogurt section and grab your favorite organic yogurt! ~Abbie