For an afternoon snack, I made soft pretzels from scratch. I initially put cinnamon & sugar on them, but everyone except my daughter decided they were better plain with mustard instead. Either way, they were a lot healthier than anything you could buy at the store and they were a lot lower sodium! The kids had milk with their pretzels and I had my second Diet Coke of the day.
1 package yeast1 1/2 cups warm water
1 tbsp sugarDouble Up Food Bucks program (or free, depending on how you look at it, since they were grown in Michigan and purchased with the free tokens because of that). The broccoli was some that I'd gotten free from the Broccoli Lady, a person that offered up a bunch of broccoli on Freecycle that I was happy to receive from her. The cheese sauce was made with the fat drippings of the steak, a little flour, a little milk, and a couple ounces of cheese (so about $0.40 worth at what I paid for it). So all in all, with the sour cream and steak sauce thrown in there, we paid probably less than $1.50 for all of us for that dinner! The kids and I had milk for dinner, which might have put us over that $1.50 mark, but it was covered by WIC.
1 tbsp salt
1 tbsp honey
2 cups whole wheat flour
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 egg, beaten
cinnamon & sugar for topping (optional)
pretzel salt for topping (optional)
Preheat oven to 425. Mix yeast, water, sugar, salt, and honey in a large mixing bowl. Add the flour and stir in completely. Sprinkle a small amount of flour on a clean surface and knead dough 5-10 minutes, or until smooth. Divide dough and form into desired pieces (letters or numbers would probably be fun for small children). Place shapes on greased baking sheet. Brush with beaten egg and add any additional toppings you desire. Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool slightly before serving. They can be frozen and reheated in the microwave.
A bit after dinner, my husband asked if I could bring him some chocolate chips. I told him I didn't think we had any, but he said we did because he had gotten into some the night before. Sure enough, I looked and he had found the chocolate chips I'd hidden in case of a chocolate emergency. *sigh* So he and the kids had chocolate chips for dessert.