From Scratch Condensed Cream of Chicken soup

It is very common for American recipes to call for a can of condensed cream soup. But after reading the back of the can I have decided that I don’t want to continue to use these in my cooking. For one thing it is loaded with sodium so I can’t serve it to my daughter and truth be told we shouldn’t be eating that much sodium ourselves. After some investigating and playing around with different recipes I have decided that the recipe from Tammy’s Recipes is by far the best. It is easy to whip this up in less then 30 minutes and yields enough for what would be 2 cans. They freeze well so I can always have it on hand when I need some for a recipe.

Homemade Condensed Cream of Chicken Soup

350mL (1 1/2 c.) chicken broth
1/2 tsp poultry seasoning
1/4 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/8 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp salt (or less; taste to test)
1/4 tsp parsley
dash of paprika
350mL (1 1/2 c.) milk
100g (3/4 c.) flour

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Baby Shower Carrot Cake Pops

This past Saturday was my sister-in-laws baby shower and I volunteered to make a cake. After a few times I decided to attempt cake pops again. I was told that carrot cake was her favorite so I decided carrot cake pops dipped in white chocolate. I had seen pictures of baby shower cake pops that looked like little babies wrapped in a blanket. Thinking, how hard can that be, I made the attempt myself. Why on earth I do these things to myself I will never know. I love baking, but decorating is not my strongest suit. I ran into a few problems and had to rush around last minute to find a solution. Originally I was going to use a cake decorating pen to draw a face and nose but I discovered last minute that cake pens don’t write on chocolate. I have to say even though the dummy looked more like a big nose everyone thought they were cute and they tasted wonderful. The recipe for the carrot cake is by far the best one I have tried.

Carrot Cake Pops

4 eggs
(1 1/4 c.) vegetable oil
(2 c.) white sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract
(2 c.) plain flour
2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp ground cinnamon
(3 c.) grated carrots

(1/2 c.) butter, softened
(8 oz) cream cheese, softened
(4 c.) confectioners’ sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract

450g White Chocolate
Decoration
Lollipop sticks
Cupcake Wrappers
recipe from allrecipes

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Lemon Poppy Seed Pancakes

*Update-I apologize to anyone who tried to follow this recipe when it was first posted my metric measurements were severely off. I blame it on a baby brain moment.

Pancakes are such a fun thing to play with, they can be sweet or savoury, filled or topped. This recipe came from me prowling around on pintrest as I often find myself doing. I love poppy seed muffins but truth be told I never thought about making pancakes like this. They were amazing. If you don’t have buttermilk I often use non-fat milk mixed with the juice of one lemon and allow it to sit for 10 minutes.

What unique combinations have you tried with pancakes?

Lemon Poppy Seed Pancakes

280g (2 c.) plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
75g (1/3 c.) sugar
pinch of salt
47g (1/3 c.) poppy seeds
zest of 4 lemons
500mL (2 c.) buttermilk
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
2 Tbsp butter, melted

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Courgette Bites

This week is National Vegetarian Week in the UK, and while I am not a vegetarian I thought I would join in on the fun and feature some fantastic recipes that you don’t even miss the meat. In our house while were aren’t vegetarian we only eat meat for dinner two or three times a week. This is partly because of us trying to eat healthier as well as managing our family budget. We found that when we reduced our intake of meat that it reduced how much we spend a month by almost half. Instead we use filling things like different kinds of beans and squashes and even eat tofu. We have eaten like this for 2 years now and never once has my husband said, ‘we don’t eat enough meat’. It is amazing how filling and delicious your diet can be without meat, and while we don’t have any plans of giving it up completely we will continue to enjoy our veggie only nights.

This recipe was a perfect baby-led weaning recipe for my daughter and served with pasta and a veggie tomato sauce it turned out perfect for Chris and I.

Courgette Bites

200g (2 c.) grated courgette
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 onion, finely chopped
40g (1/2 c.) Parmesan, grated
55g (1/2 c.) bread crumbs
1 Tbsp dried parsley

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Broccoli and Bacon Cheesy Pasta Bake

I think one of the hardest parts of running this blog is trying to make sure that it doesn’t cause me to gain a lot of weight. Once a week I spend a few hours researching ideas for new postings. This research has me combing through blogs, pintrest and recipe sites and often leads to a watering mouth and very bad cravings. There are so many delicious ideas out there and just looking at the images makes me hungry. I often want to make everything in sight, regardless of the calorie consequences. Here lately I have been trying to limit my research on sites that offer healthy ideas, or if I find something that I want to try I find a way that I can reduce the fat in the recipe. This recipe came from a flyer I was given and a WeightWatchers meeting and I found it so simple and delicious that I have repeated it as a easy meal option during the week several times now.

Broccoli and Bacon Cheesy Pasta Bake

200g. whole meal pasta
200g. broccoli, chopped
1 onion, sliced
4 bacon medallions, chopped
25g Cornflour
300mL skimmed milk
100g reduced fat cheddar cheese
15g Parmesan
Serves 4 at 7 WeightWatchers points per serving

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