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.

Dino has informed me that he NO LONGER wants any meat or chicken…sometimes eggs are okay…Some of these recipes still have meat as they are from before he told me and some are for hubby who will always be a meat guy. I still love a good chicken and bone broth, but also love meatless meals…as long as it’s real food, I’m eating it.


Sweet Potato and Ground Beef Casserole

COLLAGE ground beef casserole


~ grass fed ground beef
~ shredded sweet potato
~ cut leeks
~ egg
~ onion and garlic
~ green beans
~ oil and butter
~ seasoning of choice


1. coat skillet first
2. mix all ingredients and place in cast iron skillet
3. layer ground beef on top with seasoning,
4. bake in oven at 350 until cooked…
5. boil pasta and mix with a small amount of sauce to keep from sticking together when cooked.
6. Mix together and serve. 

DINO at it reluctantly…then he told me no more meat or chicken…


Oven Baked Fried Chicken with Wild Rice and Veggies

COLLAGE oven baked fried chicken2


~ chicken thighs
~ seasoning of choice
~ flour
~ wild rice
~ veggies of choice
~ olive oil
~ butter 


1. marinate chicken thighs for a few hours
2. Then coat with flour and place on cast iron skillet
3. Bake at 350 until fully cooked

1. cook wild rice according to directions (I add extra butter and coconut oil with the seasoning)
2. add veggies of choice while it’s simmering
3. fluff with fork and let cool 

Dino was not home for this…though I am going to enjoy eating these leftovers. 


Stir Fry Veggies with Pasta, Topped with Cheese

COLLAGE pasta with veggies and cheese3


~ pasta (already cooked)
~ seasoning of choice
~ olive oil, sesame oil and butter

~ broccoli
~ carrots
~ tomatoes
~ leeks, onions, and garlic
~ shredded cheese


1. add oils and butter to skillet with seasoning and cook veggies…letting them slowly cook
2. throw veggies over pasta

3. top with cheese

Dino was so HAPPY that it was a meat free dinner, he ate it so fast and wanted more. 


Pea Soup with Carrots and Potatoes

pea soup for rice and couscous


~ dry peas
~ water
~ carrots
~ potatoes
~ seasoning of choice
~ garlic, onion, and leeks

~ olive oil and butter


1. add dry split green peas, garlic, onions, leeks, water, and seasoning to the slow cooker
2. set slow cooker to low for 6 hours
3. add carrots and potatoes after three hours

This will be used to add to couscous, rice, barley, and Bulgar mixes


Bulgar with Veggies, Salad, and Fruit

COLLAGE bulgar veggies and pears dinner


~ bulgar
~ water
~ tomatoes and onions
~ olive oil and sesame oil
~ pears
~ onions, garlic, and leeks


1. follow instructions for bulgar, but add olive oil and sesame oil with onions, leeks, and garlic
2. scoop some and add cooked spinach and tomatoes and fresh pairs

Pair with a salad and fresh fruit

Dino loved the food and ate most of his salad, some of the bulgar and veggies, and the fruit….a healthy and balanced meal. 


Kidney Bean, Pepper, and Leek Quesadillas

COLLAGE bean quesadilla


~ kidney beans (already slow cooked)
~ green pepper
~ tomatoes
~ onion and leeks
~ seasoning of choice
~ shredded cheese
~ olive and sesame oil
~ whole wheat tortillas


1. saute peppers, leeks, and onion with olive and sesame oil with
2. once fully cooked, add beans and tomatoes
3. place cheese on half of tortilla, add mixture, top with more cheese, then fold over tortilla
4. repeat as many times as necessary
5. heat on both sides until crispy

Dino ate all three pieces on the way to karate! 


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.

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Mommy and Dino’s Real Food Meals — 18 Comments

  1. I think that’s very interesting that Dino has decided he doesn’t want meat or chicken. Has he lost a taste for it or do you think he perceives it as unhealthy?

    • I think he has lost a taste for it and as he eats more fruits, vegetables, and grains he feels they taste better. I think a small part is that he realizes the animals he sees on TV are the same ones he’s eating. He eats eggs though…

    • I think he might, I’m sure hwen we go out he might want meatballs pizza or chicken tenders…but maybe I’m wrong… Kids sure keep us on our toes, right?

  2. I know it sounds silly but I always forget that I can alter the recipe to fit my needs/wants. Perfect example is the kidney bean quesadilla recipe-looks so good but I wouldn’t have thought of it on my own. I am so used to doing like a chicken quesadilla I forget I can change it and make it for my meatless Monday!

    Also the sweet potato recipe looks delish as well!

    Sounds like Dino is finding what he likes and isn’t afraid to communicate with you

    • yes, I sometimes get stuck in a rut making food the same way, then I realize you change it all up. It’s fun to experiment and try new recipes. Oh the sweet potato was sooooo good!!!!

    • it was so overwhelming when I first started and the more I learned the easier it got. A great place to start is with the following sites 100 Days of Real Food and The Food Babe. Also asking lots of questions at health food stores is useful too. I would start in steps, switching out processed rice, pasta, and bean mixes for ones that are dry and in the bulk sections. Make your own spice mixes to flavor them…it makes a big difference.

    • I don’t think I could ever go back to processed foods, not only does it make me feel icky, I can taste the “fakeness” immediately. There is nothing better than the taste of real food and spices…and so many fun options. At first I was overwhelmed, now it’s part of the routine.

  3. Well, good for Dino choosing to share his preference. I appreciate that, my eldest daughter was a vegetarian once… for about a month. However, I embraced it, I made her meat-free meals.
    Your oven baked fried chicken looks AMAZING!

    • I am having some of that leftover chicken for lunch today…I can’t wait. That was awesome you did that for your daughter. I want Dino to know that he has a voice and I will respect his food choices.

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