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.

Even though I am cooking vegetarian for Dino, I have eaten leftover chicken dinners for lunch. Next week I’m going to make more baked chicken for hubby and I.


Rice, Chick Peas, and Veggies

COLLAGE beans, couscous, and veggies


~ chick peas (already softened)
~ rice
~ onions
~ peppers
~ leeks
~ tomatoes
~ butter
~ olive oil
~ coconut oil


1. saute garlic, onions, tomatoes, peppers, and leeks
2. cook rice, add butter and coconut oil to the water
3. once all items are sauteed, add chick peas and cooked
4. mix all ingredients together

Super tasty dinner and full of protein


Eggplant Parm with Spaghetti

COLLAGE eggplant parm


~ pre-baked, breaded eggplant
~ spaghetti
~ shredded cheese
~ sauce


1. boil spaghetti and put on the side
2. pour sauce over breaded eggplants and reheat in the oven
3. once heated, remove from oven and sprinkle cheese on top


While Dino happily ate the spghetti he did not like the eggplant. He previously tried and hated zucchini as well. Guess watery veggies are not his thing. 


LEFTOVER Pasta with Roasted Garlic and Broccoli


COLLAGE leftover spaghetti with broccoli


~ leftover spaghetti
~ garlic

~ broccoli
~ olive oil
~ sesame seed oil
~ butter


1. cut garlic and saute in cast iron skillet with olive oil
2. add broccoli and butter and mix, lower heat and cover
3. heat spaghetti by pour boiling water on top through a colander
4. mix broccoli mixture with sesame seed oil and mix into spaghetti

Dino LOVED this dinner…I could eat pasta with veggies and olive oil and butter all the time.


Quinoa and Roasted Veggies

COLLAGE quinoa and broccoli2


~ quinoa
~ leftover roasted veggies

~ sesame seed oil
~ butter
~ seasoning of choice


1. cook quinoa according to directions, add butter and seasoning to water
2. mix in heated up veggies
3. toss in sesame seed oil and mix

Dino was home sick Monday and Tuesd`ay. He started feeling a bit better and needed protein. I made him eat quinoa and told him to eat it. He had some but begged for peanut butter and jelly. I caved, just this once. 


Mac and Cheese with Roasted Garlic, Cauliflower, and Spinach

mac and cheese with roasted garlic, spinach and cauliflower


~ mac and cheese
~ spinach
~ garlic
~ olive oil
~ shredded cheese


1. make mac and cheese and add shredded cheese
2. saute garlic and spinach in olive oil
3. mix ingredients together and enjoy. 

This was my dinner and lunch for school…so good. Dino just wasn’t in the mood for it. 



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 — 7 Comments

  1. My kids are the same way with squash foods. I don’t get it. Summer squash is a grilling favorite around here. And I don’t think my kids would ever turn down mac ‘n cheese. I’m pretty impressed that Dino didn’t eat it, actually.

  2. Hi Karen! I’m stopping over from Let’s Get Real today. I love your simple real food recipes. They are easy to get to the table when we have a busy schedule.

  3. I love the ‘Eggplant Parm with Spaghetti’ idea. I’m going to give that a try. My kids love Spagetti, hopefully they will give this a try.

Would love to read your thoughts