Fresh Baked Cupcakes

 

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

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Fresh Baked Cupcakes…out of the freezer????

I’ve made fresh baked goods before, but then when you freeze and reheat it just doesn’t taste the same. So now, freezing the mixture raw, you can get that fresh baked taste every time…and only bake what you need.

freezing collageCupcakes:

~ organic cupcake mix
~ organic coconut or almond milk
~ organic butter
~ organic egg

Directions:
~ mix ingredients as directed
~ poor into cupcake wrappers placed in cupcake pans
~ flash freeze  – freeze in cupcake tin for a few hours so it will be solid
~ store in baggies
~ When ready to bake, place the desired amount in cupcake pan then bake for correct amount of time

I chose to make mini cupcakes, but you can do this with average sized cupcakes and muffins. I just tried it with brownies. Yes, I make brownie cupcakes and it was perfection. 

Add bananas, blueberries, strawberries, chocolate chips, or raisins. What do you like to add to your brownies or cupcakes? 

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AJ loved picking out the cupcakes he wanted and put them in the pan.

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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

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

Dino is still an omnivore…

Potatoes, Egg, and Cheese snack

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Ingredients:

~ potatoes
~ cheese
~ eggs
~ spices 

Directions:

1. slice potatoes and bake in oven until fully cooked
2. pour raw scrambled eggs on top of baked potatoes (I mix my eggs with water and seasoning)
3. cover and bake until eggs are fully cooked
4. remove from oven and sprinkle shredded cheese on top

 

Makes for a great and filling snack

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Meatball and Spinach Pizza

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Ingredients:

~ ground pork and turkey
~ spinach
~ whole wheat pizza bread
~ sauce and shredded cheese
~ seasonings of choice
~ olive oil

Directions:

1. cook ground pork and turkey with seasonings
2. Set aside frozen fresh spinach
3. coat both sides of pizza breads with olive oil
4. spread on sauce and add meat on one and spinach on the other
5. then sprinkle cheese on top
6. let cool then serve

Who doesn’t love pizza? 

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Meatballs and Pasta

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Ingredients:

~ pasta and sauce
~ ground beef and pork made into meatballs

for sauce: puree spinach, leeks, tomatoes, onions, garlic, and seasonings to get flavorful sauce to pour over meatballs while they bake

 

Directions:

1. cook pasta and meatballs as you would
2. mix together with sauce and serve

an easy meal that’s always a family favorite

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Rice and Beans with Veggies

collage rice, beans, veggies

Ingredients:

~ rice and beans of your choice
~ leeks, onions, garlic
~ carrots, broccoli, spinach
~ seasoning of choice
~ shredded cheese

Directions:

1. cook rice with butter and olive oil
2. add seasonings of choice
3. add in veggies, herbs, and beans
4. sprinkle cheese on top before serving…

 

One of Dino’s favorites

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Chicken Thighs with Broccoli and Potatoes

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Ingredients:

~ seasoning of choice
~ chicken thighs
~ potatoes

~ broccoli
~ leeks, garlic, onions

Directions:

1. marinate chicken for a few hours with honey, olive oil, water and seasonings of choice and herbs
2. bake chicken at 350 until fully cooked…keep cooked juices for gravy (miz with flour to get gravy)
3. season and bake potatoes and broccoli and serve with chciken

Not eaten yet…but all ready for hungry bellies

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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.

http://foodbabe.com/ http://www.100daysofrealfood.com/

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

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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

Ingredients:

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

 

Directions:

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

Super tasty dinner 

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Meatballs and Veggie Roll Lasagna

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Ingredients:

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

Directions:

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. 

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Sweet Potato, Leek, and Pinto Bean Quesadillas

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Ingredients:

~ 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? 

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Baked Fried Chicken, cheesy potatoes and cauliflower

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Ingredients:

~ 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. 

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Easy Stove Top Rice, Beans, and Veggies

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Ingredients:

~ 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. 

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Polenta, Eggs, and Cheese

COLLAGE polenta and eggand cheese

Ingredients:

~ 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.

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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.

http://foodbabe.com/ http://www.100daysofrealfood.com/

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

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I am always so scared of grilling, I am truly afraid I am going to cause the grill to explode or cause a fire. I know, very silly of me. Anyway I was super proud of myself. You can check out my other meals for that week here. I post about our meal plans from the previous week each Thursday.

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Our Healthy Meal Plan

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90% of the time, I cook the dinner/meal the night before. It’s easier that way and saves me time. I also started shopping on Wednesdays before I get Dino from daycare. My meal plans will be from Thursdays to Wednesdays to reflect my shopping schedule. When my schedule changes so will the meal plan days.
15th Thurs Dinner grilled chicken, corn, peppers and onions with leftover barley
16th Fri Dinner leftover chicken and barley
17th Sat Dinner chicken sausage, veggies, and couscous
18th Sun Dinner  pasta, sauce, leftover meat and porkballs,
19th Mon Dinner leftovers
20th Tues Dinner  Take Out Night/Sports Skills  
21st Wed Dinner  Rice, Beans, Veggies

 

8th Thurs Dinner: Corn on the cob, grilled chicken, and barley with veggies. We had parent orientation for kindergarten that night. So I made sure to marinate the chicken and season the corn ahead of time. Hubby just grilled the chicken and corn, and I heated up leftover barley. I was the only one who ate the barley…but the corn and chicken was a big hit. 

Seasoning Corn: I melted some butter with seasoning. I rubbed each corn with the butter mixtured then placed it in the freezer bag then put it in the fridge. Before we were going to grill the corn, I ran the bag under warm water to make sure the butter seasongn was all over the corn…so easy and tasty.

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9th Fri Dinner:    Man, that chicken, veggie, and couscous dish was amazing. We loved it so much that we finished it off on Friday. Well, I have a bit saved for a small chicken salad sandwich! 

 

10th Saturday– chicken sausage, veggies, and couscous: totally forgot I was hanging out with my friend and we were having dinner. Dino had leftover chicken tender and couscous. Sorry no pics

 

18th Sunday – Pasta, Sauce, and leftover Meatballs: Dino was so hungry he gobbled it all down. 

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12th Monday leftovers. I made chicken sausage, jasmine rice, and string beans the night before so we could have it ready for dinner. It was beyond delicious and Dino scarfed it up. 

chicken sausage Collage

13th Tuesday sports skills…so takeout once again It’s our little tradition and I LOVE it. 

14th Wednesday rice, beans, veggies – trying to save money and use the food in the freezer. Dino and I had leftover pea soup with the rice, chicken sausage, and string beans. It was amazing and perfect. 

 

I won’ be posting pictures of lunches anymore. This week I just kept forgetting to take pics. As soon as I was done packing lunch and cleaning the kitchen, I just wanted to sit down and chill with Dino and Balboa. I will list all our lunches, but not include pics anymore. Dino’s Lunches:

  • white bread with ham and cheese and mayo
  • pizza from school
  • turkey, ham, cheese roll-ups, with guacamole and chips
  • chicken salad on bread
  • tuna salad on bread

Dino’s Snacks:

  • french toast with mango slices
  • grilled cheese with orange slices
  • chips and carrots with hummus
  • oatmeal with raisins and cranberries
  • apples, carrots, pears, or oranges
  • pretzels
  • cookies
  • homemade cake or brownies

Mommy’s Lunches:

  • white bread with turkey and cheese and mustard
  • turkey, ham, cheese roll-ups, with guacamole and chips
  • tuna and guacamole with chips
  • chicken and guacamole with chips
  • chicken salad or tuna salad on bread

Mommy’s Snacks:

  • cereal with almond milk and either banana or raisins
  • apples, carrots, pears, or oranges
  • pretzels
  • cookies
  • homemade cake or brownies
  • baked artichoke with melted butter

 

All foods I cook with and eat are NON-GMO verified or organic. It is expensive, but worth the piece of mind. I hope change is coming and REAL FOOD will no longer be expensive. I hope the food industries will all be required to list all their chemicals in food and therefore change their products.

Here are great sites for how to save on organic. How to eat organic on a budgetPractical ways to eat well when you can’t afford organic.  Dear Mom who can’t afford organic.

UPDATE:

Vermont is going to be sued by the food industry…because they don’t want to label all the GMOS. This HAS to prove that they are hiding something…if all the ingredients were safe, why would this be a problem?  

 

    

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Our Meal Plan April 19th – 25th

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I posted my weight/inches on Saturday. I’ll post every Saturday Getting Healthier and Stronger for my son 

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From now on all the foods that I eat, use for lunches, and cook with are either NON-GMO or organic. Sometimes a food can be organic, but unless it has the seal of NON-GMO then you know for certain it is 100% clean.

I know organic/NON-GMO foods are SUPER EXPENSIVE. It’s sad and ridiculous that we have to pay more for clean food. I work hard to keep my foods within budgets and can find good sales on some items at Whole Foods. Though I save the most by buying from the bulk section.

Here are great sites for how to save on organic. 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.

HOPEFULLY with Vermont now requiring GMO labels on all “Food” products, other states will follow. Perhaps if all states DO follow, the big food industries will STOP putting unsafe additives in food, provide healthier choices, and organic will become more affordable and the mainstream food in all kitchens. 

 

 

I have been getting into the habit of cooking dinners the night before. It saves me time after coming home from work. I can let it cook in the oven or slow cooker while I eat, play with Dino, get ready for the next day, and do our nighttime routine.

Sat Dinner Pasta, sauce, and leftover porkballs
Sun Dinner Easter
Mon Dinner take out (Karate presentation)
Tues Dinner  homemade split pea soup, ham, carrots, and couscous
Wed Dinner roasted chicken, potatoes, veggies
Thurs Dinner  chicken and barley soup with veggies
Fri Dinner  leftovers

Sat Dinner:  I never thought I could have pasta sauce again. Then I started going to Whole Foods and buying their non-GMO products. I was amazed that the next morning I was NOT sick, but feeling great. That just further proves to me that eating clean foods is the way to go. 

pasta and spaghetti collage

 

Sun Dinner:   

We had a wonderful Easter at my mom’s house. We had brunch and Dino LOVED being able to run around in a bigger house and yard.

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Monday– Since Dino had a karate presentation in daycare, I picked up two slices of pizza and we ate in the car after I picked him up. Then we went back in for his karate show. He of course was the loudest and craziest one, but that is my Dino. 

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Tuesday– Using dry split peas from the bulk section of Whole Foods and the ham bone my mother gave me from Easter, I made split pea and ham soup. It was DELICIOUS. I added fresh rosemary, cilantro, dill, and parsley, with some other seasonings, as well as carrots and couscous after the soup was done. 

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Wednesday – We had lefter over soup and pasta. Dino eagerly awaited the pea soup, he scarfed it down again. I tried to get him to dip some bread in it…but he’s not a dipping kind of guy (unless it’s chicken or fries).

leftover pea soup collage

 

Thursday – We had my new favorite…roasted chicken with veggies. I get so much chicken out of this meal…we can make soup, and chicken salads with the leftover. 

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Friday–  leftovers 

Instead we went out to our favorite place to eat…Prime Burger…as always it was delicious and hits the spot.

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I won’ be posting pictures of lunches anymore. This week I just kept forgetting to take pics. As soon as I was done packing lunch and cleaning the kitchen, I just wanted to sit down and chill with Dino and Balboa. I will list all our lunches, but not include pics anymore.

Dino’s Lunches:

  • white bread with ham and cheese and mayo
  • pizza from school
  • turkey, ham, cheese roll-ups, with guacamole and chips
  • chicken salad on bread
  • tuna salad on bread

Dino’s Snacks:

  • french toast with mango slices
  • grilled cheese with orange slices
  • chips and carrots with hummus
  • oatmeal with raisins and cranberries
  • apples, carrots, pears, or oranges
  • pretzels
  • cookies
  • homemade cake or brownies

 

Mommy’s Lunches:

  • white bread with turkey and cheese and mustard
  • turkey, ham, cheese roll-ups, with guacamole and chips
  • tuna and guacamole with chips
  • chicken and guacamole with chips
  • chicken salad or tuna salad on bread

Mommy’s Snacks:

  • cereal with almond milk and either banana or raisins
  • apples, carrots, pears, or oranges
  • pretzels
  • cookies
  • homemade cake or brownies

 

Tuesday Tastings Continue reading

Our Meal Plan April 6-11

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I’ve been doing pretty good with my healthy eating. I lost another 3.2 pounds for a total of 16.4  POUNDS!

After much debating I decided to stop using Peapod. They have been giving me fruit that was not always fresh and I think all their food wasn’t always the best or had the best selections. The fruit and veggies I bought would go bad in a few days each and every time.I will still use stop and shop for seltzer and bottled water, but not on a weekly basis. I decided to use Whole Foods Market (since they were pretty close) and was impressed. I like knowing the foods I choose are not only non-GMOs but also organic fruits, veggies, and meats. It’s amazing to watch the fruits and veggies actually stay fresh and taste better. 

Yes, they are a bit more expensive, but it is sad that the healthier and cleaner foods are the most expensive. My eyes have been opened and I can’t believe how sugar and chemicals are in food. It seems the food companies want us sick and overweight. It is beyond scary. Anyway, after lots of research, I found a bunch of ways I can save money with Whole Foods. By creating a set shopping list for each week.

  • shop the bulk section and pick out the amount of grains, rice, granola, and fresh ground peanut butter I need for the week (what a great idea to only buy the amount you need)
  • pick the produce (2-3 veggie meals), poultry, meat, and fish (3-4 meat meals) that is on sale and plan meals around that. 
  • stock up on snacks, meats, and cereals that are on sale 
  • use the coupons that I can either print on line or get at the store
  • buy their brand “365” when possible. 

I think I might even be able to take Dino with me next time I go. I’ll feed him in their restaurant area and then let him walk around with me while he’s still snacking. I heard that also offer healthy snacks at customer service for kids. It will be a great teaching opportunity on how to choose foods that are real as opposed to fake foods AND how to stay within a budget but still eat healthy.

***I still have some foods that were not super healthy as I am slowly making the change. I used them for the meals this week. When I post next week, I’ll have even bigger and healthier changes.***

Sun  pork meatballs, roasted tomatoes, and cheese on Italian bread
Mon Dinner rice and beans with veggies

Tues Dinner gluten free pasta, tomato chunks, spinach, and cheese
Wed Dinner  chicken thighs, mushrooms, broccoli, and couscous
Thurs Dinner leftovers
Fri Dinner  chicken taco pizza http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/recipe/chicken-taco-pizza

Dinners:

Sunday – LOVE the fresh herbs I got at Whole Foods. Mixed bread crumbs, cilantro, dill, and onions into the breadcrumbs, one egg, and the locally grown ground pork. Then I quickly cooked some peas, carrots, and broccoli in a small cast iron skillet and purred it in the blender and added that to the meatball mix. OH BOY DID IT TASTE BEYOND YUMMY

Then I cut some fresh tomatoes with lots of seasoning and cooked for a bit. I placed cut porkballs, tomatoes and cheese on Italian bread slices and ate. Dino was too tired to eat them, but hoping to use them as leftovers tomorrow. 

pork ball Collage

Monday – Dino and I had leftover pork and veggie balls. I seasoned and roasted fresh tomatoes and mixed it all with gluten free pasta. What a tasty meal. meatballs and pasta Collage

Tuesday–  Dino has “sports skills” at the Little Gym on Tuesdays, so either I have to cook on Monday nights for Tuesday or just continue to order pizza for us. We had our usual favorites. He chose a plain personal pizza and I chose my jazz personal pizza. We ate half and saved half for lunch the next day. Sorry no pics

Wednesday – I love using my cast iron skillet. I seasoned and cooked the chicken in the skillet and had a small bag of chicken broth left over. I swear nothing better then using fresh/frozen herbs in our meals. I seasoned and cooked portobello mushrooms and broccoli then added it to the couscous. Sorry no pic of Dino eating…he was in a picky mood that night. 

chicken thigh Collage

Thursday – Slow Cooker Steak, rice, and veggies I TOTALLY FORGOT to set up the slow cooker with the steak. I realized this as I drove into the parking lot at work. I could have asked hubby, but it’s just easier to do it for the next day. So we had leftover gnochi and pork casserole and Italian bread pizza. 

Friday – using leftover chicken and broccoli from Wednesday’s dinner, I used it in the quesadilla. 

quesdilla Collage

 

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LUNCHES

MONDAY: 

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Mommy-white bread with wo turkey slices, and one colby cheese slice, apples, strawberries and popcorn. bananas and mesa sunrise cereal with almond milk, pretzels.
Dino-ham and cheese on white bread, strawberries, apples, popcorn, and one carrot. (He LOVED eating the big carrot)
Dino Morning Snack-french toast with apples

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TUESDAY:

Mommy-cheese and turkey quesadilla on gluten free tortilla, cooked and seasoned broccoli, cucumbers, strawberries
Dino-ham, cheese, and turkey sandwich, cooked and seasoned broccoli, cucumbers, strawberries
Dino Morning Snack– hard boiled egg, cheese snack, pears

SORRY NO PIC

WEDNESDAY:
Mommy– leftover pizza, carrot, and strawberries
Dino leftover pizza, carrot, and strawberries
Dino Morning -toaster strudel (once they are gone I am not buying anymore) and apples

lunch thurs

THURSDAY:
Mommy-turkey slices, colby cheese slices, guacamole, chips
Dino-turkey slices, ham slices, colby cheese slices, guacamole, chips
Dino Morning Snack-french toast and grape tomatoes

 

lunch thurs

FRIDAY:
Mommy-turkey, swiss, pickles, mustard on pita, tomatoes, grapes. Granola bar, banana, special k, almond milk, pretzels. 
Dino-Dino really wanted pizza again, makes lunch prep easier, pretzels, grapes, carrots.  
Dino Morning Snack-egg and cheese sandwich and strawberries

 fri lunch collage

Possibly linking up with one or more of these blog hops…

Table for 7Table for 7

Tuesday Tastings

 

Our Meal Plan March 23rd – 29th

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I’ve been doing pretty good with my healthy eating. I lost another 2.2 pounds for a total of 13.2 POUNDS! Though I need to eat more protein. I got lots of tips and ideas on Facebook, thanks everyone. 

As you all know I have cut out some processed foods (tomato sauces, low fat, fat free, sugar free) and now cutting out even more. I recently got sick again, in fact just last night, so I am really wary about eating anything that I  did not make myself. Because of my IBS, I will need to still eat white bread but will look for an organic, non processed bread. I will only eat gluten free pasta (because it is made with rice) if I do eat pasta at all, and need to incorporate brown rice into my meals. Going to stick with chicken and fish and try to cut out all red meat, since Dino doesn’t like and it’s another trigger. 

I will cut out coffee and only drink tea, so it’s not a trigger, and try to find organic and non processed snacks, pancake and cake mixes for Dino, and make my own seasonings for using spices in my cabinet. 

Thinking back to my recipes from a year ago when I made the cheapest dinners, I now realize they were the most unhealthiest for us. Sadly in our world cheap and easy means filled with sugar and chemicals. I would love to be able to buy organic, but that is not feasible with meats at this point, unless it’s a great sale. I look forward to the nicer weather and going to farmer’s markets to get locally grown foods there as well.

Yes, it’s tough after working all day then coming home and cooking, but the end results are so worth it. 

Now onto my meal plan…which is from the week befrore, so not all the changes I want to make yet. 

Sun  Monterrey chicken http://www.food.com/recipe/ww-monterey-chicken-353484 with baked potatoes

Mon Dinner mini Italian Bread Pizzas
Tues Dinner leftovers

Wed Dinner  ham, cheese, and broccoli casserole
Thurs Dinner slow cooker steak, rice, and veggies                                          
Fri Dinner slow cooker honey garlic chicken, rice, and cauliflower and carrots  http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Honey-Garlic-Slow-Cooker-Chicken-Thighs/Detail.aspx 
Sat  leftovers

Dinners:

Sunday – Monterey Chicken: DinoHeroMommy Style I used fresh tomatoes and some baked green beans from my potato sides. After seasoning with a Caribbean lime seasoning, I baked in a cast iron skillet, topped with the tomatoes and greens, and sprinkled with cheese. I seasoned the potatoes and greens with goya and onions and baked in a glass pan. I swear, the more the I cook with the cast iron skillet, the more I hate using anything else. The taste is better and the cleanup is easier.  

monteray chicken Collage

 

Monday – Italian Bread Pizza: Version 2. Used my new blender to pure tomatoes, garlic, onions, and spinach to use as the “sauce” for pizza. Made three varieties; meatball, spinach, and tomato. 

pizza Collage

Tuesday–  left over enchiladas and raviolis Decided to use my new blender once again. Boiled a half a box of ditalini (love using up every bit of food). Then pureed kidney beans, onion, garlic, and seasoning. Sauteed the sauce in the cast iron skillet, added broccoli and poured over the pasta. Dino ate EVERY bite. What a healthy and satisfying sauce.

kidney bean pasta Collage

Wednesday – Ham, Broccoli, and Cheese casserole what a simple and tasty dinner this was. Two ham steaks cut into cubes, frozen broccoli, and shredded cheese. I really liked this and as usual Dino ate every single bite. 

broccoli collage

Thursday – Slow Cooker Steak, rice, and veggies I TOTALLY FORGOT to set up the slow cooker with the steak. I realized this as I drove into the parking lot at work. I could have asked hubby, but it’s just easier to do it for the next day. So we had leftover gnochi and pork casserole and Italian bread pizza. 

leftover Collage

Friday – Pasta, tomatoes, peas, onions, and parmesean cheese I decided to have the slow cooked steak, rice and veggies instead. Wow…I used my own spices to make one hell of a dinner. 

steak Collage

Saturday –  Hubby suggested we use another gift certificate and go out to eat…it was a nice break to not have to cook, but hard trying to eat healthy real foods.

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LUNCHES

Between using EasyLunchBoxes  and planning what I eat ahead of time, I am in control at work and I know Dino is eating healthy at school. 

MONDAY: OOOOPs totally forgot to take a pic. 

Mommy-turkey and cheese on a pita with mustard, apples, bananas, grapes, granola bar pretzels,
Dino-ham and cheese sandwich with sliced apples, pickles, apples, pretzels,
Dino Morning Snack-toaster strudel and strawberries 

 

lunch tue

TUESDAY:
Mommy-leftover monterey chicken made into chicken salad with mustard in a pita, extra chicken salad mixed with potatoes, cheese stick, tomatoes
Dino-leftover pizza, grapes, and applesauce
Dino Morning Snack– french toast and raisins

 

WEDNESDAY: OOOOPs forgot the pic again, but took the pic of my lunch at work. 
Mommy– leftover pizza and grapes, granola bar, apples, pretzels
Dino-wanted to order pizza from school so he’ll have pretzels and carrots along with his pizza
Dino Morning – Egg and cheese quesadilla cut into long strips, strawberries,  

 

 

lunch thurs

THURSDAY:
Mommy-pita with turkey, swiss cheese, mustard, and pear slices, raisins, extra pear slices, pretzels, peanut butter bar. 
Dino-ham and cheese sandwich, raisins, applesauce, pretzels, teddy grahams, fruit chew
Dino Morning Snack-hard boiled egg, 1/4 bagel with a little butter

PicMonkey Collage

FRIDAY:
Mommy-turkey, swiss, pickles, mustard on pita, tomatoes, grapes. Granola bar, banana, special k, almond milk, pretzels. 
Dino-Dino really wanted pizza again, makes lunch prep easier, pretzels, grapes, carrots.  
Dino Morning Snack-egg and cheese sandwich and strawberries

 

Possibly linking up with one or more of these blog hops…

Table for 7Table for 7

Tuesday Tastings

 

Our Meal Plan March 16-22

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I’ve been doing pretty good with my healthy eating. I lost another 2 pounds for a total of 11 POUNDS! I am so excited and feel great. I love the feeling of being in control of food and eating healthy food that doesn’t make me sick. Plus cutting out those modified foods, processed foods, and switching tomatoes for tomato sauce has made me feel better. 

So now onto our meals for last week. I was recently asked why I post meals that are a week behind. Though it would be easier to list our meal plan for the current week, I prefer to show you what our meal plan was last week, how the meals went, and if Dino approved. I also like to show our lunches and how we are sticking to a plan and eating healthy. 

Mar 9th-15th

Sun  Fish, Potatoes, and Green Beans
Mon  chicken enchiladas
Tues   left over enchiladas and raviolis 
Wed   steak, rice, and veggies using this recipe  smoked sausage, peppers, onions, rice
Thurs meatball tacos
Fri  shells, tomatoes, peas, beans, and parmesan cheese
Sat  leftovers

Dinners:

Sunday – 

fish potatoes and green beans

Monday – Chicken Enchiladas with Green Beans and Spinach 

chicken enchiladas collage

Tuesday–  left over enchiladas and raviolis 

Wednesday – Steak, Rice, and Veggies 

steak, rice, and veggies collage

Thursday – Meatball Tacos, though this tasted good it didn’t agree with my tummy. I think the preservatives in the seasoning made me sick. I have to find a way to make taco mix from scratch. 

meatball tacos Collage

Friday – pizza from our favorite restaurant

Saturday – Tony took us out to eat before he attended an umpire meeting. We had a nice dinner (gift card included) at Applebeas. 

Meatball Tacos

  • frozen meatballs
  • Taco kit
  • tacos
  • shredded cheese
  • olives
  • tomatoes

reheat meatballs in cast iron skillet with seasoning then add olives
put slide tomatoes and shredded cheese in separate bowls
It was a quick and easy dinner, but I think I will still with my ground pork tacos made from scratch. I think the processed seasoning is what made me sick. 

Chicken Enchiladas

  • Enchilada kit
  • skinless and boneless chicken breast
  • spinach
  • string beans
  • cook sliced chicken, spinach, and string beans in cast iron skillet
  • mix chicken and veggies with seasoning
  • place chicken mixtures on tortillas and fold over in pan
  • Pour sauce over folded tortillas, bake according to directions on box and sprinkle with cheese

While this was also a pre-made seasoning, it did not affect my tummy in a negative way.

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LUNCHES

Between using EasyLunchBoxes  and planning what I eat ahead of time, I am in control at work and I know Dino is eating healthy at school. 

 

MONDAY LUNCH FOR 17th

MONDAY:
Mommy-mini pita with turkey, american cheese, and apples and balsamic vinegar, strawberries, pretzels, nature valley bar, special K cereal, almond milk, cheeze-its
Dino-ham and cheese sandwich with sliced apples, pickles, apples, pretzels,
Dino Morning Snack-hard boiled egg, cheese stick, half banana 

lunch Tue

TUESDAY:
Mommy-turkey and cheese with mustartd and pears in a pita, raisins, carrots, extra pears, nature valley bars, special k cereal, almond milk, peanut butter, apples,   
Dino-ham and cheese sandwich with pears, raisins, carrots, extra ears
Dino Morning Snack– one chocolate chip pancake, cheerios, grapes, (fruit bar and pretzels for the afternoon)  

 lunch wed

WEDNESDAY:
Mommy– bean and cheese quesadilla, strawberries, peanut butter, apples, special k, almond milk, pretzels, cereal bar.
Dino-wanted to order pizza from school so he’ll have pretzels and strawberries along with his pizza
Dino Morning Snack-french toast, apples, I keep forgetting they also have snacks at school for the kids, I should pack less snacks and let him have the school snacks. 

 lunch thur

 

THURSDAY:
Mommy-leftover steak, rice, and veggies, grapes, tomatoes, crackers, raisins, pretzels, carrots, and a a granola bar. 
Dino-ham and cheese sandwich, grapes, carrots, hummus and chips, pretzels
Dino Morning Snack-toaster strudel and raisins

lunch fri

FRIDAY:
Mommychanged my lunch after I started to feel icky from the tacos. I decided to change from leftover tacos to just a bean and veggie quessadilla. Also have grapes, extra veggies with cheese, special k with milk, granola bar, and pretzels. 
Dino-Dino really wanted pizza again, I have to make mini pizzas the night before so he has them. xExtra Snacks fruit snack, pretzels, granola bar, 
Dino Morning Snack-french toast, grapes 

I also made a few freezer meals. It would be nice to make more freezer meals, but don’t have kitchen space and am afraid that it won’t taste as fresh. As always I make lots of breakfasts items and freeze them. This week I made banana and choc chip pancakes and egg muffins. Sorry no pic of the pancakes. 

egg muffins collage

I also tried a chicken freezer meal. All in a cast iron skillet, I made Goya chicken, cheesy rice, broccoli, and beans. We saved the leftover chicken broth to use when I make another dinner. I have a steak broth leftover as well. I saved both the broth and chicken dinner in separate freezer bags. I pushed out the air and kept them flat to save room in the freezer. 

freezer meal

Possibly linking up with one or more of these blog hops…

Table for 7Table for 7

Tuesday Tastings

 

Never-Ending Dinner

Welcome to a Secret Subject Swap. This week, 14 brave bloggers picked a secret subject for someone else and were assigned a secret subject to interpret in their own style. Today we are all simultaneously divulging our topics and submitting our posts.

Here are links to all the sites now featuring Secret Subject Swap posts.  Sit back, grab a cup, and check them all out. See you there:

 

Secret Subject Swap

http://www.BakingInATornado.com  – Baking In A Tornado

http://themomisodes.com  – The Momisodes

http://stacysewsandschools.wordpress.com/ – Stacy Sews and Schools

http://followmehome.shellybean.com – Follow me home . . .

www.outmannedmommy.com  – Outmanned

http://thethreegerbers.blogspot.ch/  – Confessions of a part-time working mom

http://www.dribblesngrits.com – Dribbles and Grits

http://spatulasonparade.blogspot.com  -Spatulas on Parade

http://dinoheromommy.com/ -Dinosaur Superhero Mommy

http://www.someoneelsesgenius.com – Someone Else’s Genius

http://morethancheeseandbeer.blogspot.com – More Than Cheese and Beer

http://singlemumplusone.blogspot.com – Searching for Sanity

http://rantsfrommycrazykitchen.com – Rants From My Crazy Kitchen

http://climaxedtheblog.blogspot.com –Climaxed

SSS collage dinner

My subject is “You have an unlimited amount of money, what is your family gonna eat tonight?”  It was submitted by http://followmehome.shellybean.com  Here goes:

So many possibilities came to me? What would I buy? Would it be organic? Would it be the most expensive seafood on the planet? Would it be Mexican? hmmm

Would I make plans to go out with my family to the most expensive restaurant in town and get service that would put all other restaurants to shame. 

I thought long and hard then realized I am not really a fancy type of girl. I love a bargain, love saving money and always having extra food. 

I decided to go to our local specialty pizza joint in town and have a nice dinner there…BUT…I would also order one of everything and have it wrapped up to go home. 

makeup collage

YES! THAT’S RIGHT! I would have it all wrapped up, the prompt did say “unlimited amount of money”, so we’d eat our meal then have TONS of pizzas, sandwiches, wraps, seafood, entrees, and desserts. The food would be endless. I would section them up and save them in freezer bags. We would eat like royalty every weekend for months. Yes only on the weekends, I want to make this food last.

Just look at how decadent their food looks and it tastes even better.

makeup collageI did tell you LAST WEEK I am frugal, though I don’t always make the best decisions or know the best prices on things other than food and coupons. LOL