Friday, February 12, 2010

Macaroni and Cheese Mishap

You may already know that you can substitute applesauce for the fat (butter, mararine, oil, shortening) in recipes when baking to improve the nutrtional value of your food. I recently saw a spot on a local TV show about making your baked goodies more healthy.

I learned that you can also use pureed white beans, like great northern beans, in place of fat. I tried it with pumpkin bread and it worked pretty well. So I was inspired to try it in other things.

My Little Miss LOVES Mac and Cheese. But I tend to feel a little guilty feeding her the practically nutritionless dish. So I decided to try the bean trick with Mac and Cheese. The recipe calls for 1/4 cup of margarine (406 calories and 45.6 g of fat, not to mention the trans fat they dont tell you about). By substituting 1/4 cup of beans(55 calories, 0 g fat, 3 g fiber and 3.5 g protien), you significantly improve the nutritional value of the dish. Sounded good to me.

So I dumped the beans in the food processor.
Which resulted in some icky mush.

I added the beans in place the the margarine the the recipe calls for. This one may have been a bust. The Mac and Cheese ended up runnier than usual, and the beans gave it kind of a grainy texture. I certianly wasn't a fan, and I don't think I convinced Little Miss either. I guess we'll just have to try the half-whole grain and save the bean trick for baked goodies.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

My Dad Was Right

"She's not very domestic" was the warning my dad gave my husband the day he asked for permission to marry me. How Rude! Well, now that I've been married for a while and have a little one running around, I've realized: MY DAD WAS RIGHT.

Housekeeper I am not.

Nor am I much of a cook.

Crafty and Thrifty I can do, but it usually ends up looking a lot like this.
And so this blog is going to be a sort of travel log for my quest to become a "Domestic" wife and mother. Not to mention fun, smart, fit and stylish to boot! And who knows, maybe someone out there will find some of the the things I learn to be helpful too.

Not very domestic... I'll show you!