Baked Cheese Pumpkins

This recipe is great as a snack, or can be made for a Halloween. Children will love helping you make these, once they have cooled.

8 slices paleo bread
4 slices white cheese
pumpkin cookie cutter
  1. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper (can be wiped and reused later).
  2. Place 4 slices of bread on the cookie sheet.
  3. Put a slice of cheese on each slice of bread.
  4. Put a slice of bread over each slice of cheese.
  5. Bake both at 350* until cheese is melted.
  6. Remove cookie sheet from the oven.
  7. Remove the sandwiches from the pan and place on a cutting board. Allow to cool some.
  8. (This is the part the children can do!) Use the pumpkin-shaped cookie cutter cut ghost shapes out of the sandwiches.

This actually gives you eight pumpkin-shaped cheese sandwiches. The cutouts and the outer edges.

Enjoy!

Shannon

Freezer: Using up the Winter Stocks

Since it is the time of the year when we spring clean, I thought it would be nice if we all considered our freezers for a few minutes. Do you have any leftover produce in the freezer? I know that I still have some frozen smoothie packs and berries in the freezer that need to be used. Here are some pointers for using up your winter stores:

* The eggs you purchased on sale and froze will need to be used. Since the yolks had to be broken to freeze, you cannot make boiled or fried eggs with them. You could make other things, though:

  • scrambled eggs
  • french toast with a hearty paleo bread
  • use them when baking

These can be frozen in snack size baggies, then put all the baggies into a quart or gallon size freezer baggie until needed. Freeze them one egg to a snack size baggie, or use bigger bags and freeze more than one  in each.  Take the eggs out of the night before  you need them.

* Use grated zucchini  to make:

  • muffins
  • breads
  • omelets
  • cookies
  • brownies
  • cakes

* Diced apples are great for breads and muffins, brownies, cookies and cakes.

* Sliced apples make great crisps, pies, sauces, and cobblers.

* You can make a great soup from (saved) leftover vegetables, meats, and liquids from cooking the veggies.

* Make smoothies using the smoothie packs you froze during the winter.

Happy eating!

Shannon

Zowie’s Leftover Turkey Sandwich

Zowie, my 17-year-old daughter, has her own favorite turkey day leftover recipe. Today, after eating a full Thanksgiving meal at 4:00, she was ready to make her sandwich at about 7:00.

Ingredients:

leftover turkey

2 slices of bread

leftover mashed potatoes

shredded cheese

mayo

leftover gravy

  1. Shred some turkey.
  2. Place the turkey on a slice of bread.
  3. Spread mashed potato over the turkey.
  4. Add some shredded cheese.
  5. Put the prepared bread, as well as one slice of bread with nothing on it, on a baking sheet.
  6. Bake until cheese is melted.
  7. Remove from the oven, put the topped bread on a plate.
  8. Pour some gravy on the topped bread.
  9. Add mayo to the plain bread.
  10. Enjoy!
  • You can use any condiment that you like for step 9.
  • Zowie eats this as a stand-alone lunch or dinner, but you could have vegetable side dishes with it.
  • Mozzarella cheese is great to use, but it is okay to use other cheeses.

(Update January 2017: This sandwich has used other Thanksgiving leftovers over the years. Also, It can’t really be called healthy. But I want to leave it here as it is an important family memory, and Thanksgiving leftover sandwiches can be quite delicious. Try one sometime. Tell me what you think.)

Happy Thanksgiving!

Shannon

Chicken Roll-Ups

These are great as snacks, or in a lunchbox. They are affordable, and can be made from leftovers. Roll-ups are also quick and simple to make.

Chicken and Cheese Roll-ups

  • Paleo tortillas
  • Thin chicken slices
  • Lettuce leaves
  • Spinach leaves
  1. Place the chicken on the tortilla.
  2. Place the lettuce and spinach leaves on the chicken slices.
  3. Roll up the tortilla and wrap or place a toothpick through the roll-up to hold it together.

NOTE: This recipe can be made without the tortilla if desired.

Shannon

Quick Tip: How to Use Up Apples

Apples are abundant during the autumn months. Sometimes you’ll find yourself with too many. They’ll keep awhile when wrapped individually in newspaper and kept in baskets or boxes in a cool place. You can also make homemade apple, puree and freeze or can it for later use.

So, what can be made with all of this apples?

  • Apple crisps and cobblers
  • Paleo pple Roll
  • Paleo muffins and breads
  • Paleo pancakes
  • Apple bars
  • Apple pie
  • Roll-ups
  • Crepes

Shannon

Quick Tip: How to Use Up Pumpkin

Pumpkin is abundant during the autumn months. If you find yourself with a lot of pumpkins, remember they will keep awhile when not cut. You can also make homemade pumpkin puree, and freeze or can it for later use.

So, what can be made with all of this pumpkin?

  • Soups and stews
  • Paleo pumpkin Roll
  • Paleo biscuits, muffins and breads
  • Paleo pancakes
  • Pumpkin pie
  • Pudding
  • Ice cream

Shannon

Quick Tip: How to use up Blueberries

Maybe you went blueberry picking over the weekend. Or purchased them at a great deal. Or someone gave them to you. Or you were lucky enough to come by them at the food cupboard. Perhaps you have too many blueberries, and you can’t use them up fast enough.

Did you know that blueberries are very high ranking on the antioxidant scale, making them one of the healthiest foods around?

Here are some ideas to help you to use up all of those blueberries:

  • Add a handful to your paleo muffin or bread mix.
  • Make paleo blueberry pancakes.
  • Add a handful to your smoothies.
  • Make a berry salad.
  • Add to fruit salads.
  • Put some into a vegetable salad.
  • Top coconut yogurt with a handful.
  • Make a blueberry sauce.
  • Make blueberry-maple syrup.
  • Top crepes with whipped coconut cream and blueberries.

Do you have any other ideas?

Shannon

Baked Cheese Ghosts

Yet another recipe that you can make with the help of your children, that can be served as a snack. These would also be great at a Halloween party.

8 slices paleo bread
4 slices white cheese
ghost cookie cutter
  1. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper (can be wiped and reused later).
  2. Place 4 slices of bread on the cookie sheet.
  3. Put a slice of cheese on each slice of bread.
  4. Put a slice of bread over each slice of cheese.
  5. Bake both at 350* until cheese is melted.
  6. Remove cookie sheet from the oven.
  7. Remove the sandwiches from the pan and place on a cutting board. Allow to cool some.
  8. (This is the part the children can do!) Use the ghost-shaped cookie cutter cut ghost shapes out of the sandwiches.

This actually gives you eight ghost-shaped cheese sandwiches. The cutouts and the outer edges.

You may also enjoy:

Baked Cheese Pumpkins

Enjoy!

Shannon