Homemade Granola

From my friend Nicole F. (via Pam Anderson–Losing Weight & Eating Great)

  • 2 C. old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 C. wheat germ
  • 1/4 t. salt
  • 1/4 C. maple syrup
  • 3 T. vegetable or Canola oil
  • 2 T. warm water
  • 1 t. vanilla

EXTRA INGREDIENTS (your choice of any or all):

  • 1/2 C. chopped walnuts or almonds
  • 1/2 C. sweetened flaked coconut
  • 1/4 C. sunflower seeds
  • 2 T. sesame seeds
  • 6 T. your choice of craisins, dried apricot slivers, dried cherries, and/or dried currants

Minestrone Soup

From my friend Jill Duggar.

 

I’ve made this many times. It’s delicious topped with grated parmesan cheese and a dallop of Greek yogurt.

  • 6 C. water
  • 3 T. chicken base
  • 1 C. onion, diced into ½” pieces
  • ½ t. (1 clove) garlic, minced
  • 1 ¼ C. (2 whole) carrots, cut into ½” slices
  • 1 ½ C. (1 squash) zucchini, cut into ¼” half-circle slices
  • 1 14-oz. can diced tomatoes
  • 1 1-lb.can kidney beans, rinsed
  • 1 14-oz. can garbanzo beans (my addition)
  • ½ C. (2 oz.) uncooked macaroni