Tips For Flying 

As Salam Alikum Readers

I am writing about flying in a airplane and here are some tips I’ve picked up along the way.

  1. Always pack a change of clothes in your carry on , this is especially important if your flying with children, 
  2. Gate check the stroller, wear baby / toddler in ergo carrier, if to big to wear then invest in a harness backpack we have one that looks like a monkey it will save you a lot of time and worry if you don’t have to chase a wondering toddler through the airport.
  3. If packing yogurts get the tube kind and freeze before hand and store in a lunch bag for keeping foods cold I did this and it was still frozen when I got to where I was going after 18 hours.
  4. Baby wipes for easy clean up, I use them to wipe down the seat armrests and tray
  5. Bring a pillow and blanket with you
  6. Pack a portable charger and have it fully charged for your phone or iPad 
  7. Snacks and empty bottle for water
  8. Extra pair of socks and underwear 
  9. Extra hijab 
  10. Travel in comfortable clothes 
  11. Have all your important information in one place ( I have a bag I pack my passport and flight information in with a list of emergency contacts )
  12. Something to read or do during layovers and on the flight, or headphones to watch movies if plane has them.

Know that when flying with your baby small children that you’re allowed to take them food and breastmilk, formula just tell tsa that it’s your babies food.

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Easy Sugar Free Muffins

1 cup rolled old fashioned oatmeal run through a food processor until flour consistency

1/2 cups flaxseed meal basically run through food processor until flour consistency

1/2 cup nutritional yeast

1 1/4 cups flour can use white or whole wheat

1/4 teaspoon salt

3 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

Mix dry ingredients well

Can store dry in airtight container until your ready to use I make up several batches of dry and keep in quart jars until I want to make muffins.

Wet mixture

1 cup applesauce

1 cup peanut butter * note can use other types of butters or yogurt or applesauce or pumpkin purée just keep the liquid ratio the same

3 eggs combine wet ingredients well then add in dry ingredients

1 cup of mini chocolate chips

If using chips do not add more than 1 cup chips

I’ve used pecans pieces and cranberries 1 cup each and replaced the peanut butter with applesauce

Combine wet dry and pieces mix well place in well greased muffins tins I use Pam spray on the tins.

Bake for 20 minutes in 375F oven remove from oven and cool down store in airtight container.

Note you can mix the muffins and store the mixture in the fridge and bake next morning too.

Banana Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bread

6 bananas very ripe

2/3 cups peanut butter

3 eggs

2/3 to 1 cup sugar ( I used 2/3 in my recipe )

1 cup old fashioned rolled oatmeal ran through a blender until it’s flour

1/4 cup nutritional yeast

1/2 cup flax seeds run through a blender until turns to meal

1 1/4 cups flour

2 teaspoons baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

Mix wet ingredients in kitchen aid mixer until smooth about 5 minutes with the paddle mixer.

Combine dry ingredients then slowly add to wet ingredients mix well

Preheat oven to 350

Grease 4 mini bunt pans and a small loaf pan , add 1 cup dough to each bunt pan then the rest of dough goes into small loaf pan .

Bake for one hour then pull out and let cool 5 minutes then remove from pans.

Quick Seafood Chowder

1 pound small Shrimp

1 can of clams

1 6 ounce pack of imitation crab meat

1 16 ounce can of sweet corn

1 large russet potato

3 stalks celery

1 large onion

3 tablespoons olive oil

4 cups chicken stock or vegetable stock ( use whatever is in your kitchen)

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon pepper

Salt to taste I leave the salt out and let others adjust it to their taste

3 cups heavy whipping cream ( reserve 1 cup to mix corn starch with )

3 tablespoons corn starch

Finely chop onion, celery cube potato into one inch cubes.

In skillet* heat oil then add chopped vegetables sauté 5 minutes then add stock and simmer until potato is soft about 10 minutes.

In big sauce pot add shrimp , clams ( wash the clams first) and imitation crab meat break meat into smaller pieces add corn with the liquid .

Combine the potatoes mixture with the seafood mixture and heat until boiling then add the whipping cream heat to boil add the 1 cup mixture of whipping cream and corn starch cook for 5 minutes then turn off and serve hot with crackers.

* I use a cast iron skillet.

Easy chili

As Salam Alikum Readers

Here is a super easy recipe

3 cans pinto beans drained

3 cans kidney beans drained

3 cans black beans drained

3 cans stewed tomatoes

2 small cans tomato sauce

3 tablespoons olive oil

1 onion finally diced

6 cloves garlic minced

Salt*( to taste ) I leave salt out and let people add own salt

1/2 teaspoon Pepper* can leave pepper out

2 tablespoons Paprika smoked spicy hot

3 tablespoons Chili powder

1/2 c Nutritional yeast

*Ground beef* 1 pound cooked and drained ( if using meat in dish)

*2 cups textured vegetable protein tvp *rehydrated with vegetable broth if using)

Combined all the drained beans and stewed tomatoes and 1 can of tomato sauce set aside for now.

Sauté onions and garlic in oil add spices and cook for 5 minutes ( if using meat you can sauté garlic and onions with meat and spices) once onions and garlic are soft then add everything to the beans add the nutritional yeast adjust the salt and pepper if adding simmer for 45 minutes on very low serve or cool down and store in fridge , can also be stored in portion sizes and frozen .

Note * means you can use if you want but you don’t have to *

Yummy sauce 

Just Because:CAFE YUMM Bowl Sauce:

Take 1/2 cup olive oil,

1/2 cup almonds,

1/2 cup water,

1/2 cup lemon juice (about 2 lemons),

1/3 cup nutritional yeast,

1 can garbanzo beans, drained,

2 cloves garlic,

1/2 tsp salt,

1/2 tsp cumin,

1/4 tsp chili powder,

1/4 tsp turmeric

into a food processor and pulse until it’s combined