Whole Wheat Zucchini Bread- They Ate It!


Part of the problem with our shift towards real foods is the fact that my children in general hate vegetables.  For the first few days THE HUSBAND added a few handfuls of spinach to the boys smoothies in the mornings they would not drink them. Not because you could taste it but because they knew there was “green stuff’ in it.

I had some zucchini that was about to go bad so I decided to attempt Whole Wheat Zucchini bread. I found this recipe on the 100 Day of Real Food blog. It uses whole wheat flour and honey as sweetener.

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I had a lot of help in the beginning, but as soon as everyone saw “green stuff” they were out. Only my one year old was faithful to “help” me the entire time.

It smelled delicious while baking and once it is done nothing looks too green. So my boys decided to try it. The verdict= they loved it! They all asked for more. This recipe was officially filed away in my recipe box next to the Maple Pecan Breakfast Cookies and will be added to the breakfast rotation around here.

Sorry I don’t have a picture of the finished product. I forgot to snap one when it was first done and now it is all gone!

Let me know if you try it and what you think.


My “Real Food” Pecan Maple Breakfast Cookie Experiment

We are in day two of our 10 Days of Real Food Challenge thanks to Erica from ChildOrganics.  

So far so good. The boys are adjusting reasonably well and I am finding the extra time it takes to prepare real food. The making it on a budget part is a work in progress and a future goal.

This morning for breakfast we experimented with Pecan Maple Breakfast Cookies.  I thought anything called Cookie would convince the boys to try it.

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They were very easy to make. I was a little skeptical about how they would taste considering they only have applesauce and a little maple syrup to sweeten them. I only made one batch (about 20 cookies) just in case they were not well received.
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I am happy to report they are delicious. Even THE HUSBAND was impressed. They are hearty and have subtle hints of tastes that make them really yummy. The boys each had 2 and a smoothie (with yogurt, fruit, spinach, OJ and protein powder) for breakfast today.

These will definitely be an addition to our regular menu. They are easy to make, easy to store and are perfect for a quick or on the go breakfast.

This is a fairly frugal recipe. Most of the ingredients you will already have in your pantry. The most expensive ingredient is the real pure maple syrup (if you don’t make my mistake on the pecans) . The recipe only requires 3 tablespoons so while buying it initially will add to your budget you should be able to make several batches.

You can find the Pecan Maple Breakfast Cookie Recipe here.  If you try them let me know what you think!

My CVS Victory and Kroger Failure

I thought I’d share my morning shopping trip with you all. My CVS trip was a complete success my Kroger trip was somewhat of a failure.

First up CVS.

Complete Multi-Purpose Solution (12 oz) -$8.99, Get  $8.99 Extra Care Bucks (limit 1)
4 M&M Filled Eggs-$.88ea
-2 $1/2 Easter M&M products from 3/4 and 3/18 RP
Used the $10 ECB I earned a couple of weeks ago and the $.50 ECB that printed for me at the coupon machine

Total=$0.01 + $1.16 in tax
Got Back=$8.99 ECBs

I love when deals work out at CVS so I only have to pay tax! I got contact solution, which THE HUSBAND and I both use, and Easter candy for the boys. I have $8.99 to spend on my next trip. That makes this trip a success in my book.

On to Kroger…..

This trip was about getting all the foods we will eat this week during our 10 Days of Real Food challenge. Admittedly I didn’t plan quite far enough ahead so I was buying more stuff that I “need” this week than I usually do.

Things went well in produce department until I decided to try to save on pecans. The 12 oz bags were $5.99.  I felt like that was a lot so I decided to check out the price in the bulk food department. They were priced at $16.49.  I am not sure why but looking at it I thought it read $16.49 /5lbs. I did some quick math and that made them just a little over $3/lb. Great job self, you just saved $3.  I did not pay much attention to the pecan price while checking out.  However, when I got home and looked over my receipt I realized I paid $13.52 for the .82 pounds of pecans I bought.  $13.52 people!

What else made this trip a fail? Three of my coupons did not scan correctly (including one for a free item) and I forgot to get spinach.

I did however get everything else we will need for this week. I stocked up on whole wheat flour, real maple syrup, raw honey and a few other things that will make eating real food possible this week.

I spent way more than I usually do. :0( But,if you subtract the $13.52 in pecans, the $5 in coupons that did not scan, the $25 I spent on staples it would bring my total back down to $130 which is much closer to the $100/wk I usually spend.

On a high note my Kroger does have Old Mill bread and it is yummy! I also found Almond butter for half off and they boys loved it at lunch today.

Have you been shopping this week? What was your favorite deal or biggest flop?