Mealtime Mama: Recipes That Sound Crazy

bigstockphoto_calligraphy__recipes__283740.jpgEverybody’s got one – a recipe that sounds ridiculous but somehow it just works. Today I’m going to share a couple of mine. If you’ve got an equally crazy recipe that you just love, please share with your fellow moms by sending us an e-mail at Now, go get a little crazy.

Ziploc Omelet

My mom received this one via e-mail, so I’m unsure of the original source. We both tried it, and, believe it or not, it actually works. It’s a great idea for those times you’re short on time in the morning or have a big group of people to feed.

The night before, have each family member or houseguest write their name on a quart-size Ziploc bag. Crack 2 eggs into each bag and shake to mix. (I also add a splash of water to make the eggs fluffier.)

Then have each person add whatever ingredients they like: ham, cheese, onion, green peppers, salsa, bacon, tomatoes, etc. Be sure to get ALL the air out of the bag before you seal it. Shake to mix well. Store in the fridge overnight, if you like. (But it’s not necessary to keep them overnight for this to work.)

The next morning, pop each bag into a large pot of rolling, boiling water. Boil for EXACTLY 13 MINUTES. Then cut each bag open with scissors and let the egg omelet slide out on the plate. Serve with fresh fruit, coffee cake, etc. It’s a quick breakfast, and everyone gets to eat omelets at the same time with no waiting! Sounds crazy, but it works!

Mountain Dew Apple Dumplings

I borrowed this one from Mrs. Ora Fischer, a dear family friend, who really knows her way around a dessert.

1 cup (2 sticks) margarine, melted

2 large apples, peeled and cored

1 cup sugar

2 8-ounce cans refrigerated crescent rolls

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 12-ounce can Mountain Dew (or 7-Up or Sprite)

Heat oven to 350 degrees. In small saucepan, heat margarine with sugar and cinnamon; set aside. Slice peeled apples into 8 slices per apple. Wrap each slide of apple in a crescent triangle and place seam down in a 9×13 inch baking dish. Cover with margarine mixture, making sure each dumpling is covered. Lastly, pour Mountain Dew into one corner of the pan, NOT over the dumplings (so as not to wash sugar mixture off dumplings). Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. (You can also try it with peach slices!)

Serve and enjoy. Great with vanilla ice cream!