Welcome to the April 2013 Carnival of Natural Parenting: Family Recipes
This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Code Name: Mama and Hobo Mama. This month our participants are sharing their recipes, their stories, their pictures, and their memories.
When I saw the topic for this month’s carnival I simply HAD to participate. Cooking is one of my passions. I cook almost all our food from scratch. I love being in the kitchen trying new recipes and experimenting with different flavours. I have a whole shelf of recipe books and I actually use them. I even have my own folder of my favourite tried and tested recipes that I’m collecting for Nookie when she’s older. I just love to cook.
But I’ve had some difficultly selecting a recipe to devote to this carnival. There are so many I could have chosen, ones that maybe one day I’ll finally get around to posting to my blog. From the basic “splat” cake my mum used to make us as kids, to my favourite perfect ginger biscuit recipe (that took me years of experimentation to find), the beautiful sausage and bean casserole I make at least once a month, or the tomato and chorizo risotto that is just sublime… ah so many recipes! In the end though I wanted my carnival recipe to be frugal, healthy and simple. And the recipe I’ve chosen is all those things.
I found this recipe in a cook book for students when I had just left home for university and didn’t really know how to cook. I spent the first few months living off frozen food. As a (then) vegetarian and poverty-stricken student I ate a lot of pasta and bland vegetable stir-fries. Finally I tried some recipes from the cook book I’d bought in preparation for university, and this one is the best one I ever tried. I’ve made it lots of times for Hedgehog (getting him to eat a meal that doesn’t include meat is challenging, but even he likes these), but it’s so quick and simple sometimes I just make it for myself too.
So onto the recipe. Seed and bean burgers. These really are so simple and quick, and they’re extremely healthy and cheap. The whole meal shouldn’t cost more than a few pence each to make if you have some staple sundries like lemon juice in your fridge and pantry (as I do). This is what you’ll need:
- 1 onion (finely chopped)
- 1 400g tin cannellini beans (mashed)
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 tbsp vegetable oil (plus oil for frying)
- 2 tbsp fresh parsley (choppped)
- 3 tbsp pumpkin seeds
- 1 egg (beaten)
- 60g breadcrumbs
Stir-fry the onions and pumpkin seeds in the 1 tbsp of oil for around 5 minutes.
Add to a bowl with the other ingredients and squidge together. Season (don’t skimp on the seasoning or they’ll be tasteless).
Shape into four patties (or four large ones and a little one for your toddler who, of course, doesn’t eat it).
Fry the patties in the oil on a medium heat for around 8 minutes on each side (try not to turn them too often or they’ll break up, but if they do, don’t worry… the bits that break off are the most delicious!).
Drain on kitchen paper, and then you’re done. I like to eat these in a bread roll with lots of ketchup, but they’re also great in tortillas or pitta breads. And if you want to spice them up a little you could add some finely chopped chilli too.
Please take time to read the submissions by the other carnival participants:
- German Red Cabbage: A Family Tradition — At Living Peacefully with Children, Mandy shares her favorite dish and a part of her family’s history.
- Grandma Wicken’s Sugar Cookies — Jana Falls at Jananas talks about how special her Grandma’s sugar cookies made her feel.
- Recipe: Seed and Bean Burgers — ANonyMous at Radical Ramblings shares one of her favourite frugal recipes that is also super-healthy and totally delicious.
- PULLING Dinner Together For the Kids – Crockpot Pulled Pork — Lisa at The Squishable Baby PULLS dinner together for the kids.
- The Best Banana Muffin Recipe (Gluten Free & Vegan) — Dionna of Code Name: Mama’s adventures in gluten free baking have not been 100% successful. But today she is guest posting at Fine and Fair to share a banana muffin recipe that will knock your socks off!
- The Pierogie Mama Whips Up Strawberry Pierogies! — Bianca at The Pierogie Mama shares her family’s recipe for strawberry pierogies…a sweet, summery version of the Polish dumplings that she affectionately named her daughter after.
- Mom’s Cookbook — Tree at Mom Grooves digs into the big book her mom created for her six daughters and shares a favorite family recipe.
- Crispy Duck Confit — Jennifer at Hybrid Rasta Mama takes the liberty of starting a family recipe tradition with this super simple, totally delicious crispy duck confit.
- Stovetop BBQ Chicken — Amy at Me, Mothering, and Making it All Work shares a yummy BBQ chicken recipe that you can make on the stovetop in less than 25 minutes, fridge to table!
- Twice-Baked Sweet Potato Casserole w/Bacon — Martine at Whey Beyond the Naked Truth shares a naked food twist on an old family favorite!
- Strawberry Panna Cotta — KerryAnn at CookingTF.com shows you her favorite dessert, a quick and easy Strawberry Panna Cotta that she enjoys so much, she had it instead of a birthday cake this year.
- Special crepes for a special day — Mikko at Hobo Mama is learning to cook his grandma’s signature holiday meal alongside his dad.
- Three Favorite Family Recipes: To Eat, To Wash, To Play — Kristin at Intrepid Murmurings is back with three family favorites: gluten-free vanilla orange sugar cookies, DIY powdered laundry detergent, and something fun for the kids: homemade “Flubber”!
- Black Bean Soup Forever — Mercedes at Project Procrastinot shares a soup recipe that’s been around forever.
- Do you want to know a secret? — SRB at Little Chicken Nuggets lets go of her mac and cheese recipe, a comfort food favourite for friends and family for years.
- Creating Our Own Family Recipes — Emily at S.A.H.M. i AM shares how she’s trying to create meals that her girls will want to pass down to their own children some day.
- Vranameer Chicken: A Family Recipe — Luschka at Diary of a First Child shares a recipe that reminds her of childhood and more specifically, of her mother. It’s a South African take on sweet and sour chicken and what it lacks in healthy it makes up for in tantalising to the taste buds.
- One Recipe, Three Uses: Dishwasher Liquid Detergent, Dish Soap, and Hand Soap — If you love saving money and time, you’ll love this green recipe from Jennifer at Hybrid Rasta Mama, guest posting at Natural Parents Network.
- Our Family’s Favorite Pies — Abbie at Farmer’s Daughter shares recipes and tutorials for the quintessential American dessert.
- Deliciously Easy Crock Pot Chili — Lactating Girl shares her crock pot chili that is not only quick and easy, but awesome.
- All-Purpose Crock Pot Pork — Crunchy Con Mommy‘s simple “recipe” for cooking perfect pork in the crock pot is for whatever mood her family is in!
- Family Rules: A Recipe for Harmony — Cooped-up kids + winter weather + frazzled parents can all blend together into a recipe for disaster. Dionna at Code Name: Mama shares what brought back the peace in her house.
- Favorite Healthy Family Recipes — Deb Chitwood at Living Montessori Now shares her family’s healthy eating experiences along with links to free printable vegetarian recipes that her family has created with love.
- Grandma’s Banana Bread — Megan at The Boho Mama has early and fond memories of her grandma’s banana bread. It’s love in a loaf!
- Family Comfort Food — Jorje of Momma Jorje shares a recipe handed down that moms have made for their kids, for regular meals as well as to comfort.