Vegetarian Breakfast Bake and Homemade Pizza Sauce

I’m making a real effort to save money on groceries by shopping my kitchen, cooking from scratch, meal planning, and eventually monthly batch cooking, so finding recipes that allow me to test those frugal practices out is a must. With so many changes on the horizon, I have to get my grocery game together to save time and money for my family. Yesterday, I made a vegetarian breakfast bake and some pizza sauce (they were not eaten together :-) ). These two recipes were on my meal plan for the week and since I already had everything I needed,  I didn’t spend any extra money on making them. That’s what I’m talking ’bout!

Unfortunately, the kids weren’t feeling the breakfast bake, but I’m not surprised because they’re not egg lovers. However my husband and I were in heaven. I had no issues with the pizza sauce though; everyone ate it up! I want to start making pizza dough eventually, so finding a yummy and easy to make pizza sauce was a must. I’ll definitely be making both of these recipes for years to come!

Note: I eyeball most of the ingredients, so please adjust to fit your tastes.

Vegetarian Breakfast Bake

Ingredients

Breakfast Bake

  • 5 eggs
  • 1/2  white onion, sliced
  • 1/2  organic red pepper, sliced
  • 1/2  organic green pepper, sliced
  • 4 small organic potatoes, diced (I used white potatoes.)
  • 1/2 cup lactose-free cheddar cheese
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Add all ingredients (except the cheese) to a bowl and mix thoroughly
  3. Pour mixture into greased pan. (I used a square cake pan.)
  4. Sprinkle cheese on top.
  5. Bake for 45-60 minutes.
  6. Cut in squares and serve.

Homemade Pizza Sauce

IngredientsPizza sauce

  • 1 10 oz. can of diced diced tomatoes with green chiles
  • 1/2 6 oz. can of organic tomato paste
  • 1/3 15 oz. can of organic tomato sauce
  • 1/3 cup of organic Italian seasoning
  • 3 tablespoons of brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  1. Mix all ingredients in sauce pan.
  2. Heat mixture on stove, stirring frequently
  3. Let simmer for 15-20 minutes.
  4. Add to pizza dough, English muffins, or wherever as desired.

Fun Times at the Orchard & Cider Mill!

We finally made it to the Plymouth Orchard and Cider Mill. I’d been trying to make it there for about a month, but things keep getting in the way. The day we were able to go was perfect — perfect weather, not many people, and plenty of room for the boys to run around. I was so glad to find an orchard that wasn’t too far away from home (it’s about 25 minutes away); it even had a few farm animals, which the boys loved. There was a children’s musical group performing in the store where we bought our cider and donuts, and areas where private parties could be held. In fact, a little girl was having her first birthday party while we were there. How fun is that? All in all, we really enjoyed ourselves and will definitely be back. Next time, daddy and the new baby will join us!

I’m Not the Fun Mom I Thought I Was

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Here’s the deal:  Being the fun mom isn’t one of my best qualities these days. It’s sad, but true. The necessities of everyday have gradually pushed fun to the backburner, and I just realized it today. Fun just feels like something extra that requires my brain power, energy, and time, and, frankly, I ain’t got it. I used to think of myself as a fun, creative, and somewhat spontaneous wife and mother, but these days, with so much to do and so many people and things to take care of, fun just doesn’t always make it in the picture.

What brought this realization on, you ask? I just had a moment to think, that’s all. I thought about the type of things that I’d rather be doing with my family, and then the things that I actually do. It isn’t pretty. Sure, we have our lively, enjoyable moments, and those are the ones that I capture on my here, homeschooling blog and Instagram. When I look back on those times, I don’t think about how planned out they were, I just remember the fun. I hope my kids will too. One day. But, right now, the fun is fleeting. I spend more time wishing, and hoping, and thinking, and praying, planning and dreaming to be a more fun to be around. Not to mention, my boys have attention-spans that last about 30 seconds, so regardless of how much fun I think they’re having, they’ll be over it almost as soon as it starts. I try to keep up, I really do. It’s just tough, you know? I don’t know. They just seem bored most of the time, and I feel bad. Yes, it’s unreasonable to expect to keep them entertained all the time. And, yes, kids should be bored sometimes because it’s a good way to boost creativity and imagination. I know I’m not completely responsible for their fun. Still. It sucks to feel like I’m more concerned with their futures than I am with the present because, of course, the present is all we have.

So, this is where I’m at today. No inspirational ending, no suggestions, no advice. Maybe it’s my hormones. I don’t know. But, right now, fun don’t live here anymore, at least not full-time. Booo. If you need me, I’ll be over on Pinterest.

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