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Wheat Berry Salad with Feta

When flipping through  my new cookbook (new to me I picked it up from a garage sale)Family Circle Annual Recipes 2011.   I came across Wheat Berry Salad.  I knew it would be perfect as a lunch salad.  I love feta and it had crunchy bites of apple and celery, which paired perfectly with the sweet and tangy dried cranberries.  All of these ingredients are some of my favorites.

I just needed to buy some wheat berries.  I know my mom has prepared these but I can’t remember if I had or not.  The directions were clear and it turned out great.  Just prepare yourself by soaking the berries the night before.

Wheat Berry Salad with FetaWheat Berry Salad with Feta:

  • 1 cup wheat berries
  • 1 gala apples, cored and finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup dried cherries, cranberries, or golden raisins
  • 1 rib celery, finely chopped
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 1/2 cup feta cheese, crumbled
  • 1/3 cup cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp honey mustard
  • 1-2 tsp honey
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 3 Tbs olive oil

In a large bowl place wheat berries and cover with water so by at least 2 inches.  Allow to sit at room temperature overnight.

Drain wheat berries and transfer to a  medium sauce pan.  Add 3 1/2  cups water and bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer for about 45 minutes.  Add a little more water as needed while cooking.

Drain and cool to room temperature, meanwhile combine apples, dried fruit, celery, green onions, and feta in a large bowl.

Whisk together in a small bowl vinegar, honey mustard, honey, salt, and pepper.  While whisking add in oil in a thin stream.

Add wheat berries and dressing to the apple mixture and toss to coat the salad.


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Everyday Snacking

Like most people we love to snack.  Being a stay at mom has its downfalls, the kids are always eating so you usually are also.  I try to prepare lots of vegetables and healthy snacks at the beginning of the week.  Having everything cut up and placed in a clear container in the fridge makes things very easy to grab and go.

I love to place a platter of healthy food on the table if we are home the whole day.  It may look like a ton but before the day is over the plate will be clear.  We just ate a whole plate of fruits and vegetables without even knowing it.  If we are headed out for the day to run errands I try to pack containers in a cooler to snack on.  I am sure I am not the only one who gets hungry when aways from home.  When hunger hits it helps to have a healthy snack before starvation hits and you become desperate enough to stop for some junk.

The platter below is just a sample of what we had on hand.  Pick vegetables that your family loves or maybe a few new ones to try.  Sliced apples or oranges are great.  If we have some hummus, award-winning cottage cheese dip, or even a smear of peanut butter it makes it even more fun.  Just watch how long the cottage cheese dip is out, ours doesn’t last long enough to spoil.  I never thought kids or I would like hard-boiled eggs on their own, salt and pepper does wonders.

Some ideas for your platter:

  • Hard Boiled Eggs, wedged
  • Jicama
  • Celery or Carrots
  • Cucumbers
  • Mushrooms
  • Sweet Peppers or Green Peppers
  • Apples or Oranges
  • Cubes of Cheese
  • Radish or Turnip

 

Grandma Ople’s Apple Pie

Grandma Ople's Apple Pie

 

Apple Pie by Grandma Ople Recipe – Allrecipes.com is Mr.Picky’s favortie apple pie.  Grandma Ople must be almost as good of a cook as my own grandma to come up with a recipe as good as this one.

I have made this recipe for years and it always turns out wonderful.  I use my never fail pie crust recipe and it turns out great.  With this recipe the apples are not overly sweet and do not become mush.  When making apple pie I would hesitate to use a different recipe.  If you haven’t tried it give a try the next time pie is calling your name.

Grandma Ople’s Apple Pie:

  • I recipe for a double 9 inch pie crust, try never fail pie crust
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 3 Tbs all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 6-8 granny smith apples or other hard apple, peeled cored and sliced

 

Melt the butter in a saucepan. Stir in flour to form a paste. Add water,cinnamon, white sugar and brown sugar, and bring to a boil. Reduce temperature and let simmer.

Place the bottom crust in your pan. Fill with apples, mounded slightly. Cover with a lattice or a crust with some wide slits cut into it. Gently

pour the sugar and butter liquid over the crust. Pour slowly so that it does not run off.

Preheat oven to 425 degrees, bake pie for 15 minutes.  Reduce heat to 350 degrees and bake an additional 35-45 minutes, or until apples are soft.

Fresh Apple Snack

Recently I came across this recipe for a raw apple snack via:The Most Awesome Raw Apple Snack | Lets Talk Fitness.  We can’t stop eating them, I usually will do about 3 cut apples to his one apple.  And if we don’t eat them all in one day (which we usually do), they last anywhere from 3-4 days in the fridge.  So, So Yummy!

Fresh Apple Snack

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