Mommy and Dino’s Real Food Meals

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All recipes and meals are made with organic, real food and/or NON-GMO products.

LEFTOVER Chicken Soup: Whole Chicken, sweet potatoes, celery, carrots, onions, barley, 

Recipe can be found here   

Of course Dino MUST have the red bowl…and he ate every bite. I swear the sweet potatoes make all the difference. 

chicken soup sweet pot leftover collage

FROZEN LEFTOVER Slower Cooker Rice and Beans:

  • Recipe can be found here. We made it into a nachos with lots of cheese

LEFTOVER rice and beans collage

Baked Ziti

  • 1 box pasta
  • ground beef
  • pasta sauce
  • shredded mozzarella cheese
  • seasoning of choice
  • Cook ground beef in cast iron skillet until all pink is gone, cook ground beef with LOTS of seasoning and a bit of water and olive oil, then mix in some sauce, at the same time boil pasta, when past and beef is done, layer half past in pan, layer ground beef and sauce mixture, then layer on cheese, repeat one more time but add more sauce before adding final cheese on top. Cover and bake at 350 for ten minutes

baked ziti collage

Chicken Thighs with Sweet Potatoes:

  • boneless chicken 
  • sweet potatoes
  • olive oil, coconut oil
  • water
  • seasoning of your choice
  • brown sugar
  • marinate chicken with seasoning (I used bbq seasoning), olive oil and water. Then lightly coat in flour and place in cast iron skillet and bake at 350 degrees until cooked. Slice sweet potato and coat in coconut oil, place in cast iron skillet, bake at 350 for thirty minutes. Sprinkle brown sugar over potatoes after cooked. 

Dino got the stomach bug and was eating rice, bananas, toast, and pretzels for days. He happily ate the chicken and potatoes. He said he really liked this chicken…I guess it’s more dark meat for this guy.  

chicken thighs collage

LEFTOVERS – Chicken Thighs, Potatoes, and Chicken Soup:

Dino asked for broccoli to go with his chicken and potatoes. I happily cooked some broccoli, cauliflowers, and carrots in a cast iron skillet and a tablespoon of coconut oil.  

LEFTOVERS chicken thighs collage


Even though I push fruits and vegetables, we still crave snacks. Thankfully there are many companies that produce NON-GMO snacks, since I am an awful baker. Some of my new favorites are…..

Liz Lovely’s cookies. Our favorite is Triple Chocolate Mint…but each is so delicious and GMO FREE.

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Coco Roons. Our favorites are vanilla maple and lemon pie. They are GMO Free as well. 

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In an effort to save money and do a better, but EASY job of planning meals I’m just typing it out and putting it on the fridge. I WILL use, must use freezer meals in this meal plan. I don’t want them to sit and not get used…what was the point of gathering up the leftovers and freezing them. Hubby will know what’s on the menu and I won’t have to open up anything or search for the plan…it’s right there.

Here’s a pic of my two week meal plan (this was taken with my old phone…hence the terrible blur)

meal plan for two weeks

I am loving my new phone…the Samsung Galaxy S5.  

It takes amazing pictures and is beyond easy to use! What a difference from this phone and the prepaid phones I used to have.

My favorite apps are…

Blue Mail…which coordinates with gmail and lets you add emails to task folder and reread at a later date! 

Receipt Hog, I take pictures of receipts and get points. It’s that simple. It was recommended by a few reputable sites, I am at 600 ponits and can get a $5 Amazon card when I get to a 1000 points. It’s like getting money for free…we shall see if it really works. I will keep you updated. 



Yes, buying organic/NON-GMO is expensive. Until there is a big change in food production and what consumers buy, healthy choices will always be more expensive. If you want to start small with organic…here are some great tips.

How to eat organic on a budget. Practical ways to eat well when you can’t afford organic. Dear Mom who can’t afford organic.

Products that participate in and are NON-GMO can be found here



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Mommy and Dino’s Real Food Meals — 3 Comments

  1. This is great, Karen! One of my New Year’s resolutions is going to be saving on my groceries. Of course we too try to eat as healthy as possible with real foods, and that can get expensive. I really like that you are sharing this!! Everything looks good too!

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