Monday, December 16, 2013

Our Healthy Pantry

A lot of people ask have begun to ask me what we have in our kitchen for meals and snacks. Most of what we have is for feeding a family of eight, mostly gluten free, somewhat Paleo. What we have is mostly fresh or frozen. We try to avoid the highly processed foods that come in all those middle isles of boxes, cans and jars. But they occasionally make our way into our home. Notice the premade pumpkin pie in our fridge!


Our fridge at home or on vacation generally includes:

Distilled Water, Naked Juice, Sparkling Water

Dressings, sauces, crushed garlic, maple syrup, jelly

Applesauce, dried apricots, fresh fruit (apples, bananas, grapes), Sweet/Green Peppers

Almond Milk, String Cheese, Block Cheese, eggs, yogurt, coconut butter, dairy butter

Pickles, fresh veggies (lettuce, onions, cucumbers, carrots)

Ground Turkey, deli meat, venison brats / turkey dogs, bacon pieces, other meats


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My favorite thing to stock is sparkling water, lime LaCroix hits the spot as a carbonated drink. No sweetners of any kind, just bubbly water.



Our freezer [fridge and chest freezer] stays stocked with:

Frozen veggies (green beans, mixed veggies, zucchini, pumpkin, spinach)

Fruits (strawberries, blueberries)

Garden Burgers, Meatballs, Garden Lites muffins

Meat (ground turkey, chicken breasts, farm beef, venison)

Breads, incl gluten free loaves

Butter, ice cream, popsicles

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Countertop and Dry Storage:

My kids are always asking for snacks, so I must always have apples and bananas on hand. This is also where I store my onions, sweet potatoes and squash on the countertops.

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Other snacks are in locked cupboards. These are the basic gluten free chips and crackers, baby snacks, rice cakes, craisins, raisins, peanuts, pistachios, dried fruit, salsa and the like. However, the other cupboard holds our gluten or high carb snacks such as fruit snacks, potato chips, oatmeal, wheat pasta, croutons, popcorn, etc. As you can see, it's a rather empty spot.

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Newer to having a real stash of canning goods (so much more next year), this is my mini section for canned tomatoes, pickles, venison, salsa, jams and relishes.

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Our main pantry:

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Wisconsin Dells Vacation

Top: Organic Coconut Sugar, Truvia for baking, Namaste Gluten Free Flour Blend, Trader Joe's Rolled Oats (Gluten Free), Brown Rice, Almond Flour, Coconut Flour

Middle: Sauerkraut, Peanut Butter, Marinara, Broth, Canned Tuna and Chicken,  Canned tomatoes and fruit, Canned Beans, Garlic, etc

Bottom: Noodles (Brown Rice and Corn), Wild Rice, Gluten Free Pizza Crust, Quinoa, Chia seeds, Flax (ground), nuts

Base cabinet: Cereals, pancake mix, applesauce, peanut butter, and other gluten free breakfast foods.

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Spices enhance any basic Meat and Veggies Meal!

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*Notice supplements are part of our nutrient rich stash… (


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My liquid cooking cupboard includes olive oil, vinegar, honey, molasses, vanilla and coconut oil.Healthy Pantry



I hope this glance into my cupboards helps get your gears going on what you should have in your kitchen, and maybe what you should be throwing out? Of course we're always refining our diets and making changes to our meal plans. Please comment on your favorite parts of this post or link to what your cupboards look like!

Strawberry Santas


This was one of those Pinterest ideas I just had to follow through on!


Simply, cut strawberry point and leaves off.

Fill with piped whipping cream.

Top with strawberry point.

Add whipped cream on top.

Use food coloring gel for eyes.


Surround with mini marshmallows if you'd like!

Venison Stew

The Michalek Kitchen - Venison Stew


Now that I have a few jars of Canned Venison in my pantry, I wondered what deliciousness I could come up with. I made a typical stew with broth, carrots, onions, and celery and added in my canned venison. The only seasoning I added is Cabela's Wild Game seasoning.


mmm good.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Thanksgiving-Autumn Table Inspiration

Thanksgiving with Maltzens


Our first home had an autumn kitchen year round.

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Our second home brought more sophistication as my decoration collection grows and we upgraded our furniture.




Our third home, smaller and simpler as more joined the family. Lots of room to place all the casseroles and dishes of food.

Thanksgiving with Maltzens

Thanksgiving with Maltzens


Last year's table setting included pumpkins and gourds from my aunt and uncle's farm, and decorations the kids made from handpicked pinecones and festive masks.

Halloween 2012

You can barely notice the plastic table cover over the fabric cloth. Handy for everyday cleaning without taking it all apart.

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This year I'm maxed out for time and energy being pregnant with our sixth child and kids who love to touch everything. So here's my simple every day setting.

A Clean House


I can't wait to add this year's photo to the collection!


Happy Thanksgiving!

Cranberry Relished Sweet Potatoes

Sweet Potato Cranberry Dish
Cranberry relish mixed into sweet potatoes makes a delicious cold or warm dish for a side, breakfast or treat! As discovered by me.

Food processor crush:
12oz fresh/froz cranberries
1 C pineapple chunks, drained (or 1 lg pear)
1 navel orange, with peel
1 C Brown Sugar

Peel, boil, drain then mash a 1/2 soup pot of sweet potatoes. (About 5-8 cups mashed)
Add 1/4 C Brown Sugar
Add 1 C Almond Milk
Add 1/4 C Orange Juice
Stir together, add cranberry relish.

Serve with whole cranberries on top. Serve chilled or warm.

Option to add crushed pecans, candied or toasted.

Monday, September 30, 2013

First Communion Chalice Gelatin

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Found gold plastic "chalices" and added Strawberry-Banana Jell-O, fresh cut strawberries. Once gelled, I added a slice of banana for the "host." Of course no one could eat that nummy gelatin stuck in the bottom of the cup.

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Thanks to all those who've posted this idea online before! Glad to not have to reinvent everything.

First Communion Cupcake Rosary

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Gluten Free Cupcake Batter, chocolate baked in foil liners

Homemade frosting recipe of choice, topped with flowers and edible pearls

and custom made cake toppers on toothpicks

Some cakes topped with a vanilla cookie "host"

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For those not inclined to take the cake, I had vanilla scented hand sanitizers and plastic cupcakes filled with jelly beans.

Meal Idea - Grilled Chicken with Steamed Veggies


Before the warm weather is gone, get your chicken on the grill. Inside warm up a pan with some olive oil and red onions. Add broccoli and carrots, seasoning of choice. Cover and let steam cook for 20 minutes.


What is better than popcorn?


Pass on that corn for some warm cauliflower (I used fresh) with coconut butter and salt. I warmed mine up in the microwave and was completely satisfied with one bowl as I'd have with a large bowl of popcorn.



Meal Idea - Honey Mustard Ham Salad

Nutritious Food

Brown cubed ham in a pan. Add warm over spring greens with a lite honey mustard dressing.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Red White and Blue Berry Dessert

Memorial Day Treat

It speaks for itself.

Memorial Day Treat

Low Carb solution to dessert!

Fresh Berries and (homemade) Whipped Cream


For those not on a diet, add a slice of angel food cake, almond pound cake or shortcake.



Happy Independence Day!

Memorial Day Tribute

Strawberry Spinach Salad

Strawberry Chicken Salad

Spinach and Romaine are a great combo for this salad. Add sliced strawberries, slivered almonds, shredded carrots, sliced red onions, and grilled chicken to make a complete meal! Top it off with a healthy poppy seed dressing, and you'll never have to visit Applebees to have this treat again.


You can add a store bought Poppy Seed Dressing, or you can make your own!

Orange Poppyseed Dressing 

Sweet Poppy Seed Dressing

Paleo Poppyseed Vinagrette



Typical Easter Meal at Mom & Dad's

Easter 2011 at Maltzens

Campfire Veggies

The Michalek Kitchen: Campfire Veggies

Want a healthy snack for your campfire or Confirmation party? Until I started making veggies look more like playfood, it was hard to convince my children to eat peppers! Now when they see this colorful bowl come out, they don't last long.

*Simply slice your red, yellow and orange sweet peppers into narrow triangles, and arrange as flames in a small bowl.

To continue the theme, pose white radishes as marshmallows!

Salmon Patties

The Michalek Kitchen: Salmon Patties

My mom made salmon patties as a special treat now and then while I was growing up. I remember always, always wanting another. So it was inevitable that I'd be frying them up for my kiddos. This is a healthier take on those fish burgers for Paleo People and health nuts alike. Just think of all the great Omegas you'll get!


Combine salmon meat (canned), eggs (1 per can), white or *green* onions, minced garlic, salt and pepper, and a squeeze of mustard in a small mixing bowl. Add small amounts of coconut flour at a time until thick enough to form a patty.  Makes about 3-4 per can of salmon

Eggs can be omitted or replaced, but it really helps hold the patty together.

Fry in coconut oil until crisp on both sides and steaming. Serve hot.

Great with a side of asparagus and quinoa!

Turkey Wraps with Fruit Flowers

There is nothing like in season, juicy fruit and crisp vegetables to make it easier to throw together a quick, but delicious meal. This is a simple lunch idea myself and the kids have enjoyed over and over again.

The Michalek Kitchen: Turkey wrap and fruit


Simply wrap up your favorite turkey and shredded cheese with an Italian vinaigrette in a large leaf of romaine. Brighten up your platter with fresh fruits with complimenting colors. Here I chose kiwi, clementine oranges, and black berries. As you can see, you can get kids to eat anything - even healthy foods - when it's all about the presentation!
The Michalek Kitchen: Orange Flowers


The Michalek Kitchen: Oranges and Berries


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