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.

Now Dino is an omnivore again…excuse me while I try to stop my head from spinning.

Sighs…I think I may have overdid it with chicken dinners. So I’m going to only plan one chicken dinner, one meat dinner, the rest will be leftovers and vegetarian meals. Depending on money, I may throw in a fish meal. 


Spaghetti with Roasted Garlic, Broccoli, and Cauliflower

COLLAGE roasted garlic broccoli spaghetti


~ spaghetti
~ garlic
~ broccoli
~ cauliflower
~ olive oil
~ butter
~ seasoning of choice



1. boil spaghetti
2. saute garlic, broccoli and cauliflower in olive oil and butter
3. mix together and serve

Super tasty dinner 


Meatballs and Veggie Roll Lasagna

COLLAGE veggie lasagna nad meatballs7  


~ lasagna noodles
~ shredded cheese
~ ricotta cheese
~ veggies of choice
~ eggs
~ ground beef and turkey
~ sauce
~ bread crumbs
~ olive oil and butter
~ seasonings of choice


1. lightly boil lasagna noodles until they are softened
2. at the same time mix seasoning, ricotta, 1 egg and half of the cheese
3. take one noodle out at a time, layer ricotta mix on top, then veggies
4. fold over twice, and place in cast iron skillet with a small amount of water
5. spread sauce on top
6. bake at 350 for about 20-30 minutes
7. after removing from oven, sprinkle shredded cheese on top and let melt

1. pour some olive oil in a bowl to keep meet mixture from sticking to hands
2. mix ground beef and turkey with seasoning, egg, garlic, leeks, and breadcrumbs
2. roll meat mixture into balls and place on iron cast skillet
3. bake at 350 for about 30 minutes
4. let cool and eat 

AS SOON AS DINO SAW THE MEATBALLS HE WANTED THEM. I guess his vegetarian diet is over.  I will plan to have 1 meat, 1 chicken/fish dinner, the rest meatless and leftovers. 


Sweet Potato, Leek, and Pinto Bean Quesadillas

COLLAGE sweet potatoe bean quesadilla2


~ flour tortillas
~ shredded cheese
~ sweet potato
~ pinto beans (already softened)
~ seasonings
~ leeks
~ olive oil

1. cut sweet potato into small skinless cubes and place in oiled skillet
2. add seasoning and leeks
3. cover and bake at 350 for 20 min or until softened
4. uncover and add pinto beans and bake for another ten minutes
5. remove from oven, and mash potatoes until all flattened
6. in another skillet, place tortilla down
7. spread some cheese on one half, then the potato mixture, then more cheese
8. Fold over and repeat so you have two quesadillas cooking at the same time
9. Flip over when toasty on one side
10. Cut in half, eat, and enjoy

How can you beat cheesy, sweet, and savory? 


Baked Fried Chicken, cheesy potatoes and cauliflower

COLLAGE potatoes and chicken2


~ chicken tenders
~ flour
~ seasoning with olive oil
~ garlic
~ cauliflower
~ shredded cheese
~ potatoes

1. marinate chicken in bag with seasoning of choice, olive oil, and water
2. cut potatoes into cubes with cauliflower, and garlic, cover and mix with seasoning, olive oil, and water
3. Place potatoes in cast iron skillet
4. Cover potatoes and bake at 350 for about 30 minutes or until fully cooked
5. At the same time, get out flour and coat marinated chicken in flour and place on cast iron skillet
6. bake (uncovered) for about thirty minutes
7. remove potatoes, and sprinkle cheese on top
8. Then remove chicken and sprinkle cheese on top as well

A quick and easy meal…and yes Dino ate all his chicken. 


Easy Stove Top Rice, Beans, and Veggies

 rice beans and veggies\


~ rice 2 cups
~ water 4 1/2 cups
~ diced onions and peppers
~ sliced garlic
~ cut leek
~ seasoning
~ olive oil
~ butter
~ cannellini beans canned or already cooked


1. put water, onions, garlic, peppers, leeks, butter, olive oil, and seasoning in pot and boil
2. once boiled, add rice and stir
3. then turn down heat to simmer
4. once there is little water left, add the beans
5. stir all together and serve. 

you can add feta or shredded cheese, extra veggies or meat to this meal…it’s beyond versatile. Dino has not eaten it yet. I made it and we will be having it for the next night. 


Polenta, Eggs, and Cheese

COLLAGE polenta and eggand cheese


~ 1 cup polenta (dry) NOT the one already cooked
~ 2 1/2 cups water
~ seasoning
~ olive oil
~ butter
~ eggs
~ shredded cheese

1. in water add olive oil, butter, seasoning and boil
2. add polenta, boil, then let simmer
3. make two eggs, sunny side up
4. once polenta is cooked, scoop some into a bowl, top with egg and cheese and mix


it was a wonderful way to have eggs without the bread. Polenta is cheaper than bread and can be make into an porridge or then baked in the oven to make pizza crusts or bread…so versatile! 

I made more eggs on the baked polenta, but didn’t get a picture of that. It was so delicious though.


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 — 14 Comments

  1. It’s so hard to make sure that there’s a good variety of foods/meats throughout the week. My kids would be thrilled if I just had spaghetti and meatballs every day. Though I haven’t had polenta in a little while, and yours looks so good!

  2. I love quick, easy and healthy meals, Karen, and you’ve definitely got a winner here! Every time I come to your blog it makes me smile. Great photos – a real happy place! Have a great weekend 🙂

  3. I love sweet potato and need to incorporate them in the rotation more often. I would have never thought to put them in a quesadilla! I think I’d throw some jalapenos in there though.

    Next week Dino will only want rice pilaf or jelly beans probably

Would love to read your thoughts