Well, we finally finished off the big pot of beans I made on Sunday, as part of my quest to teach the children gratitude. By the way, none of you were very forthcoming with your wonderful bean recipes. I was left to my own devices which consisted of BBQ sauce and curry. Oh, and cheese. Everything is more palatable with copious amounts of cheese.
One good thing to come out of all this beans business (besides the high fiber content) was my condiment squeeze bottle savvy. I procured several 99 cent clear plastic squeeze bottles from Walmart (like the kind you’d put ketchup in) and filled them up with our favorite high fructose corn syrup free sauces. Right now I have a sweet chili sauce, BBQ sauce, pineapple teriyaki sauce and a mild yellow coconut curry sauce all in accessible squeeze bottles just chillin’ out on the door of my fridge. Because of the narrow squeeze feature, the condiments don’t gush out and the kids can add the flavors themselves. These come in very handy when trying to mask the fact that you are serving the same thing every night with only the slightest variations.
Another one of my new favorite finds is buying diapers online. Amazon offers a free Amazon Mom program to parents and caregivers to incentivize us to buy our diapers, wipes and anything else online. I just bought a box, free 2 day shipping and everything for 9 cents a diaper. That’s better than Costco. And I didn’t have to lug the box home. I know diapers.com offers a similar program. It’s all about “subscribe and save.” If you are in diapers at your house, look into it.
I’ve also been trying some natural, low calorie alternatives to sugar. (I know, I thought it was an oxymoron too.) So far I’ve tried Stevia and Xylitol. (Both of which you can order on Amazon and get free 2 day shipping if you’re an “Amazon Mom.”) Stevia’s sweeter but Xylitol has absolutely no after taste at all. But I’m not really all that picky. It all registers as yummy and guilt free to me. My green smoothies have never been sweeter.
Maybe that will be how we get the next batch of beans down the hatch, with sweetness. I do have a recipe for making white bean peppermint patties…no joke. I’ll post the recipe once I’ve perfected it using my Stevia.