The Best Things to Do With a Glass of Milk
Out of ideas how to get your milk? Milk is nature's best food source, yet, so many things are great eating, and, drinking, milk gets left to the wayside for many people. It may be the case that one can get milk nutrition from ice cream (loaded with fats or artificial fillers) or cheese or even soy products like tofu but, if you try it you will probably agree, nothing feels as good as a real glass of milk. Maybe its the H₂O or something else mystical hiding in its depths.
Graham Crackers and Milk
This tops my list, because, number one, I have not hardly had this since I was a young child, and, number two, because, it is so yummy. To create this cereal/snack substitute you get a few graham crackers, about 4 or 5 2" x 2" squares, this is about an ounce. After you place this is a bowl (or a glass or mug) you add to it 1 Tb. or sugar or sugar equivalent. To this, you add one cup of your favorie milk, whole or skim. Savor this with a spoon.
Frozen Hot Cocoa
You will need non-fat dry milk powder, an envelope of hot cocoa or hot chocolate ready-made cocoa mix, some water, additional sweetening and ice, plus a blender. A blender works out perfectly. I have never used a food processor or smoothie machine for my frozen hot cocoas or smoothie recipes so I would say if this is all you have on hand, simply follow the instruction that come with it for creating frozen things with ice, although these instructions are probably interchangeable between blenders and other similar kitchen gadgets.
If you are using the blender, you take 3 ounces of water, 1 package of hot chocolate mix, any style including diet versions, 2 to 3 Tb. of non-fat dry milk powder, 2 tsps. of baking cocoa, 1 Tb. of sugar or an equivalent measure of a substitute sugar and ice, probably 5 large or 8 small cubes. Whirl it together and pulse the blender off and on until all of the ice is blended in and the mixture is thick and smooth. Pour this into a thermal glass, add a tall spoon and a straw if you want.
Cream of Tomato Soup
Try you hand at homemade Cream of Tomato Soup. There are two favorite ways, that I like to do this, one is with Campbell's Classic Tomato Soup and the other is with Hunt's Classic Tomato Sauce. To make the Cream of Tomato with the Campbell's you will use a small sauce pan and one-half of the soup can of condensed soup. To make the soup with the tomato sauce you will use 1 8 ounce can of the tomato sauce and a microwave safe bowl or mug. To either version you add 1/2 a cup of evaporated canned milk which is 4 ounces. Four ounces of evaporated milk is equal to one cup of fresh milk.
After you combine the tomato product with the evaporated milk you add a teaspoon of worcestershire sauce, and, when you are using the tomato sauce to make the soup add an extra 1/4 tsp. of salt.
Milk Gravy is not just for country folks eating Ham & Biscuits. It is perfect to use over scrambled eggs, omelets, toast, breakfast meat such as sausage and even to make a vegetable soup such as Cream of Broccoli or Cream of Corn.
A simple way, to make milk gravy, that won't require the traditional drippings, starts with 2 Tbs. of cornstarch. To the cornstarch you add 1/2 a cup of milk and stir until the cornstarch is thoroughly dissolved. In a small pan, on top of your stove you should have waiting a scant cup of milk. Turn on the heat and add the cornstarch mixture. Also, add a heaping half teaspoon of salt. Now, over medium, and, stirring constantly heat until the mixture boils. Boil for one minute, turning the heat to low if the boil seems to lively. This should be thick and creamy now. Put it into a gravy boat or use it with a half cup of corn or broccoli florets to make a cream of vegetable soup.
If you have made the gravy from this base, pour it over your breakfast omelet, toast or sausage and you have had your healthy glass of milk. A lot of people like black pepper on this for color and bite.
Be sure to include ample quantities of milk in your diet. If you have a family or spouse, don't forget to encourage them to include more milk in their diet. Simple snacks like those above can be prepared on short notice and will ward off hunger while building your body and helping to sustain your immune system.