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Ironically, right after I wrote a recent blog entry about cereal, I actually found decent store-bought cereal. I had a coupon for Kashi cereal and wanted to get a box that I had previously tried through a free sample in the mail. Even though there were a few ingredients I wasn’t very happy about on the box, I bought it anyway.

Just below the Kashi cereal, I noticed a brand called Mom’s Best. There were probably 4 or 5 different kinds of cereal. This brand is labeled as nutritious, with no preservatives, and no high fructose corn syrup. I bought one box of cereal, lightly sweetened shredded wheat. The ingredients are wheat, sugar, gelatin, and vitamin E. For $2 this was a great deal. Unfortunately, many of their other cereals have corn syrup and other things I would prefer to not eat, but definitely they are a better option than most brands of cereal, as well as significantly cheaper.

Making dry cereal is still something I plan to continue, but it’s nice to know there is an alternative, in case I forget to make cereal.


April 30, 2010 at 1:23 pm Leave a comment

Menu Plan Monday

Monday: pasta bake (from freezer, I made this extra meal several months ago, it was so nice to pull this out of the freezer today!), snow peas, salad

Tuesday: BBQ chicken, salad, steamed veggies

Wednesday: fried rice

Thursday: meatloaf, baked potatoes, steamed veggies

Friday: homemade pizza (using frozen dough that I made last month)

Saturday: taking dessert to a picnic, sandwiches or leftovers for dinner

Sunday: leftovers

April 26, 2010 at 6:56 pm Leave a comment

Menu Plan Monday (on Tuesday)

Monday: spaghetti w/ my homemade canned seasoned tomato sauce, garlic bread, salad, roasted fresh asparagus

Tuesday: ham and green beans, leftover bread, leftover salad

Wednesday: asian grilled salmon (Simple in Season, page 70), leftovers, steamed veggies

Thursday: chicken and rice soup, steamed veggies

Friday: beef and broccoli

Saturday: leftovers

Sunday: sandwiches or eggs

April 20, 2010 at 11:40 am Leave a comment

Easy Homemade Cereal

Last week my husband requested that I buy cereal. We had just finished a box of Kashi cereal which I had gotten for free because of a coupon. One of my goals (that I started last year) is to stop buying cereal and make healthier breakfasts from scratch. I explained that most of the cereal is not only expensive, but also has terrible ingredients. The few decent cereals are super expensive and it would make it much harder for me to stay within my grocery budget if I were to start buying them.

I started looking through my More with Less cookbook and found a recipe for dry cereal. Basically, it’s 7 cups of dry ingredients (at least 2-3 cups rolled oats, then any mixture of the following suggestions: whole wheat flour, dry milk, corn meal, wheat germ, flax seed, etc.) Mix the dry ingredients up and then add 1 cup of liquid (any one or mixture of these: honey, molasses, butter, peanut butter, milk, etc.) Then spread on pans and bake at 300 degrees for 30-60 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes. Just keep an eye on it so it doesn’t get too dark or burn. After it has cooled, you can add dried fruit, nuts, etc.

The options are certainly endless for this cereal recipe. I used 4 cups rolled oats, 1 cup dry milk, 1 cup ground flax seed, and 1 cup table bran (wheat).

Today I plan to make more cereal and I may increase my liquids a little bit, since I like chunky cereal. My husband did enjoy this cereal, so I am glad to have found something that is easy and cheap to make, and can still allow him to enjoy his cold cereal.

April 15, 2010 at 10:45 am Leave a comment

Menu Plan Monday

Monday: cream of broccoli soup w/ biscuits (leftover in freezer)

Tuesday: creamed chicken (More with Less, page 186) over rice

Wednesday: steak on the grill, baked potatoes, salad or steamed veggies

Thursday: macaroni and cheese, steamed veggies or salad

Friday: chili (leftover from freezer), salad or steamed veggies

Saturday: leftovers

Sunday: sandwiches

April 12, 2010 at 12:56 pm Leave a comment

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