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July 10th, 2014 at 3:19 pm

5-Ingredient Recipes

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I’ve been trying some new recipes, and it seems like they involve so much time and so many ingredients. I try to plan my meals and visit the food store once a week, but that one visit to the food store always takes forever because there are so many things to buy! After a particularly long night of cooking, I decided to check out some simple 5-ingredient meals and was pleasantly surprised at how much less time they took to prep and cook, and how much less cleaning I had to do after! Simple recipes often end up saving you money because there’s less to buy and the ingredients are usually common.

Sloppy Joes in Corn Tortillas

Jalapeño Basil Pork Chops

Flank Steak Pinwheels

Chicken Parmesan

Express Shrimp and Sausage Jambalaya

Cornmeal-Crusted Chicken Nuggets

Sundried Tomato Chicken

Black Bean Quesadillas (or any quesadilla, in fact!)

“Last-Minute” Lasagna

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May 19th, 2014 at 8:36 am

Creating On-The-Go Meals

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If your life is anything like mine, in late spring and summer you are always on the go! My biggest struggle with this is trying to create healthy meals  instead of running through the drive-thru of the nearest fast food restaurant. Here are some of my favorite  ways to make dinner fast or even carry it along while on the run.

Sandwiches
Sandwiches are a great go-to for dinner or lunch! I make up a batch of chicken or tuna salad and fill pocket bread or pitas to eat on the run. You don’t even have to make a sandwich necessarily…skip the bread and eat it alone with a fork, or just put the salads in a container and carry along some pretzels or crackers to scoop it up. Sandwiches can be paired with fruits, veggies, crackers or baked chips. Think of different options that your kids may like. Even some cheese on bread makes a good option for picky eaters.

Sometimes for lunch in between activities, a good option is cheese, crackers, and a simple meat (turkey slices, pepperoni, even sausage pieces). Cut up a bunch at the beginning of the week and this makes a fun snack to have in the car.

My kids also love the lunch packs that can be bought at the store. Recreate them for less expensive on-the-go alternatives.

Crock Pot Meals
When I am busy, making a meal in the crock pot is the best way to make a good meal for the evening. Plus, the crockpot won’t warm up the house as much as regular stovetop or oven cooking! Even something as simple as throwing chicken breasts in the crock pot with some cream of celery soup makes some good filling  on a bun. Try this with beef or pork also. Once it has cooked, pull it apart with a fork and make it into sandwiches or with a pre-made side dish.

Freezer Meals
Grab a meal out of the freezer you can cook without preparation, making dinner a little easier. Sometimes a frozen pizza or other frozen meal from the grocery store is okay. Time can slip away when you have a home, family, a job, etc., so don’t beat yourself up if you can’t make a healthy dinner every single night! Consider it a “treat” night for the family.

 

Check out these great ideas to organize eating in the car! I will definitely be trying these out…

Cereal Box Meal Tray

Sectioned Muffin Tin

Basket Meal

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March 6th, 2014 at 1:28 pm

The Paleo Diet

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The “Paleo” (paleolithic) diet has risen in popularity over the past few years. According to ThePaleoDiet.com, it involves eating only foods that our ancestors from the Paleolithic era ate, which includes meats (poultry, beef, lamb, pork, etc.) fish and other seafood, fresh fruits, vegetables, seeds, nuts, and natural oils such as olive, coconut, avocado, etc. Things like dairy, cereal grains, refined sugars, legumes, and any type of processed food are not included, as the hunter-gatherers of that age did not have the tools and knowledge to cultivate or create them (although some variations of the diet do include eggs and beans). Overall it’s a type of low-carb diet. Advocates of the paleo diet believe it aids in preventing certain diseases and ailments, including acne, obesity, some types of heart disease, diabetes and others. If you’re interested in trying this diet, you should consult your doctor first. The are skeptics who don’t find this diet to be as effective as others in terms of balanced diet and weight loss, so it’s important to do your own research and determine if it’s something that’s right for you. Here are some great Paleo resources for information, recipes and more.

Have you tried the Paleo diet? Share your experiences here and on our Facebook page!

Photo Credit: http://8bitreally.com/category/nutrition/

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September 26th, 2013 at 11:42 am

Favorite Fall Recipes

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Fall is here and to me, that means I can start making my favorite cold-weather meals again! Stews, chili, casseroles, roasts and pies are perfect, especially when you use seasonal ingredients like pumpkin and apple. There’s nothing like returning from a fun fall activity and enjoying a delicious meal to warm you up. Here are my favorite fall recipes:

Traditional Chili

Beef Stew

Pot Roast

Chicken Noodle Soup

Tuna Noodle Casserole

Chicken Pot Pie

Apple Pie

Pumpkin Pie

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Cinnamon Sugar Apple Cider Doughnuts  (They’re BAKED!)

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