Edwards Family

Edwards Family

Monday, July 28, 2014

Recipes that are quick, easy, cheap, healthy, and yummo...perfect for my pre-missionary!

I created a mini recipe book for my pre-missionary here.

I invited Adam to choose his favorite recipes that are quick, easy, cheap, yummo, and mostly healthy. 

Some of you requested that I post the recipes. 
So here they are! 

Some meals are so easy they don't need a recipe like burritos or fried eggs. Those are marked with a yellow dot on the table of contents tabs. After each of the five tab lists (meals, soups, salads, treats, breakfasts) I'll include any recipes in that category. Most of the baking recipes originally called for honey but that's pricey so I converted them to sugar for Adam's mission.

My friend who has lived in Europe suggested I send a set of American measuring cups and spoons with Adam on his mission to France so he won't have to convert to the metric system. Good idea! I also don't know if Adam will be able to find some of the staple foods I cook with like canned chicken and beef and bouillon (sooo convenient from Costco). But I'm hoping if not, that he can improvise and still have plenty of variety to eat. 

1. Quick Meals for lunch or dinner

Brown rice is a healthy and cheap staple food. Because it takes a while to cook, I suggested that Adam cook up a double batch on P-day and keep it in the fridge to use during the week.  

2. Soups  

3. Salads

4. Treats

Any quick bread like banana, blueberry, apple, pumpkin can be made into muffins or a cake, depending on what pans Adam finds in his missionary apartment. 

5. Breakfasts 

I added some blank 3x5" cards to the back of the book in case Adam wants to add any more recipes. 

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Sunday, July 27, 2014

A mother heart gift to my pre-missionary son -- his favorite recipes that are quick, easy, and cheap

I just created a little treasure for my beloved son who is preparing to leave for his mission. 

I invited Adam to choose his favorite recipes that are: 

  • Quick 
  • Easy 
  • Cheap 
  • Healthy (mostly)
  • and of course YUMMO 
Then I made a little tiny recipe book for him. 

I wrote ideas for quick meals on a table of contents tab for each category. 

This is page two of quick meal ideas. 

Then for anything that needs a recipe, I wrote out the recipe with simple, step-by-step directions. 

I did my best to estimate the recipe size for two hungry missionaries for two meals. I hope Adam has a fridge!  I don't know if he'll be able to purchase the same staple foods we cook with all the time here. But if he can, he'll be ready to cook! 

It may have saved time to type and print these...but I didn't want to.  

My husband Mike suggested I save time by photo copying my own cards. I didn't want to. I wanted to hand write them myself with Adam in my heart with each pen stroke. I wrote most of them to and from our Pioneer Day family trip to Logan. Then I finished them up last night with the family gathered around the kitchen table watching The District, which is on Adam's mission papers' checklist. Both happy, yummy memories for me and him. 

Adam said, "When I cook my first recipe with those cards with your hand writing, Mom, I'm going to cry." I don't think he'll cry, but I loved his sweet comment. 

Adam knows how to cook...some things. 

I invited him to cook dinner every day from now until he leaves on his mission in October. He looked at me with a shocked expression. I think it's a good idea...he'll be a pro by then! 

My next gift from my mother heart is a tiny quote book. 

I am a quote collector. I have a document all made up that I created for my dear friend's first missionary a few years ago. But I didn't know then the importance of correctly citing each quote. We'll see if I get to updating the citing and adding quotes just with Adam in mind. I hope I can make the time....

P.S. I took a picture of every recipe in the little book. Leave a comment below if you'd like me to post these quick, easy, cheap recipes. 

Click here for a great book list for pre-missionaries.