Tater Tot Casserole

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Ingredients:
~ ground beef
~ diced onions and garlic
~ tater tots
~ shredded cheese
~ peas
~ seasoning of choice

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Directions:
~ cook ground beef with onions, garlic, and seasoning of your choice (cook mostly done)
~ layer ground beef in pan, then add peas on top
~ sprinkle with shredded cheese
~ layer tater tots and cook at 350 for 40 minutes
~ remove from onion and put a layer of shredded cheese on top

TOTALLY FLEXIBLE: ADD ANY VEGGIES and CHEESE YOU WANT

What an amazing and easy dinner. AJ said this was one of his favorites.  

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Loaded Meatballs

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Ingredients:
~ ground beef
~ diced onions
~ diced yellow, red, and green peppers
~ diced garlic (as much as you can stomach, needed for cold season)
~ spinach
~ turmeric
~ garlic and herb seasoning
~ breadcrumbs
~ egg
~ 2 jars of sauce

 

Directions:
~ saute the garlic, onions, peppers, and spinach in olive oil
~ then mix into the with ground beef, seasonings, breadcrumbs, and egg
~ form the meatballs and place on iron cast skillet and cover ( I needed two as I made a HUGE batch)
~ bake at 350 until almost fully cooked
~ pour pasta sauce over meatballs, cover once again, and let finish cooking

Serve over pasta of your choice

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I really LOVED the the way the sauce came out. It had all the flavors of the meat, peppers, and garlic! A truly tasty and hearty meal! 

*****As you have seen from my recipes, not all the items are organic. While I still believe organic and NON-GMO is the best for us, it really ate up all our money. I still buy mostly organic, but have to make tough choices to buy some foods that are not organic. I do see the difference with certain reactions, but now have the money for other important items. It’s really sad that the food industry is treating us all like science experiments and creating crap for us to eat. In the end shopping at Stop and Shop, buying their organic foods, and earning gas points is vital.

Yes, there are ways to save, but with a tiny apartment, limited storage space, and limited gardening areas I can not do as much as I wanted. Do not take this as we are eating unhealthy foods. We are still eating nutrition packed foods and I still believe in probiotics, essential oils, and homeopathic treatments first over typical drugs.*****

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Flavorful Chicken and Potatoes

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Ingredients:
~ skinless boneless chicken thighs
~ potatoes cut into small pieces
~ onions diced
~ peppers diced
~ turmeric
~ garlic and herb seasoning
~ honey
~ Parmesan cheese
~ olive oil

Directions:
~ marinate chicken thighs with honey, turmeric, garlic and herb seasoning, and honey. Then set aside.
~ cut and dice peppers, onions, and potatoes and mix together
~ then add olive oil, turmeric, and other seasoning to potato mix
~ place in cast iron skillet, cover and cook at 350 degrees until cooked
~ place chicken in cast iron skillet, top with shredded Parmesan and bake until cooked

Serve chicken and potatoes together for a flavorful meal

I really LOVED the way the way the potatoes came out. AJ loved how juicy the chicken was. He ate every bite of his dinner! 

*****As you have seen from my recipes, not all the items are organic. While I still believe organic and NON-GMO is the best for us, it really ate up all our money. I still buy mostly organic, but have to make tough choices to buy some foods that are not organic. I do see the difference with certain reactions, but now have the money for other important items. It’s really sad that the food industry is treating us all like science experiments and creating crap for us to eat. In the end shopping at Stop and Shop, buying their organic foods, and earning gas points is vital.

Yes, there are ways to save, but with a tiny apartment, limited storage space, and limited gardening areas I can not do as much as I wanted. Do not take this as we are eating unhealthy foods. We are still eating nutrition packed foods and I still believe in probiotics, essential oils, and homeopathic treatments first over typical drugs.*****

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   Lori's Culinary Creations  

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Kielbasa, Rice, and Veggies

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Ingredients:
~ One kielbasa
~ rice
~ frozen carrots
~ frozen cauliflower
~ olive oil
~ tumeric
~ parsley
~ basil
~ lots of butter

Directions:
~ cook rice and add lots of butter. We LOVE buttered rice in our family!
~ place frozen veggies in a cast iron skillet and cover with olive oil and seasonings, bake at 350 degrees until mostly cooked.
~ Then add cut kielbasa and mix in with veggies, bake for an additional 15 minutes
~ Serve kielbasa and veggies over rice

A SUPER QUICK AND TASTY MEAL

AJ loved it and asked for seconds. Even hubby ate it all up and wanted to take some for work the next day.

*****As you have seen from my recipes, not all the items are organic. While I still believe organic and NON-GMO is the best for us, it really ate up all our money. I still buy mostly organic, but have to make tough choices to buy some foods that are not organic. I do see the difference with certain reactions, but now have the money for other important items. It’s really sad that the food industry is treating us all like science experiments and creating crap for us to eat. In the end shopping at Stop and Shop, buying their organic foods, and earning gas points is vital.

Yes, there are ways to save, but with a tiny apartment, limited storage space, and limited gardening areas I can not do as much as I wanted. Do not take this as we are eating unhealthy foods. We are still eating nutrition packed foods and I still believe in probiotics, essential oils, and homeopathic treatments first over typical drugs.*****

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   Lori's Culinary Creations  

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Mini Mummy Pizza

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

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Mini Mummy Pizza

Ingredients:
~ round bread or organic english muffins
~ pasta sauce
~ shredded cheese
~ provolone cut into thin slices

Directions:
~ bake english muffins or bread for ten minutes or until partially cooked (to prevent sogginess)
~ layer sauce on, then shredded cheese
~ bake for another ten to fifteen minutes

Take out of the oven
~ let cool for a few minutes
~ layer slices of provolone on top of mini pizzas
~ place two chocolate chips for eyes (I WAS going to use olives, but was all out).
~ Serve and enjoy

AJ only helped for a few pizzas then got “bored”. He wasn’t bored eating them though, he gobbled them up

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mummy pizza2Sorry no pic of AJ , he did not want his picture taken and I have to respect that.

Recipe idea from Whole Foods, click picture for link.

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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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Jack O’Llantern Quesadilla

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Jack O’Lantern Quesadilla 

Ingredients:
~ refried pinto beans
~ shredded cheese
~ two large tortillas
~ butter

Directions:
~ mix refried beans and shredded cheese
~ butter cast iron skillet and lay one large tortilla down
~ layer bean and cheese mix on tortilla
~ cut out face on other tortilla and place on top **** you will have to move cheese from open spaces so it doesn’t burn when you flip the tortilla over****
~ flip over so it evenly cooks on both sides
~ Serve and enjoy

AJ LOVED helping me cut the eyes, nose and mouth. Then when he got to use the pizza cutter to slice up the Jack O’Lantern he was thrilled, even laughed like a mad scientist. He took great pleausre in eating the eyes first, then the mouth. 

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halloween quesadilla2Sorry no pic of AJ ripping into his Jack O’Lantern Quesadilla, we were having too much fun eating. I will leave you with the link to the recipe and other Halloween recipes for kids.

Click the picture below for more Halloween recipes for kids.

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http://www.allyou.com/food/recipes/kids-halloween-dinner

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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

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

<br /><br /><br /><br /> I'm Leah Segedie. After losing 100 lbs, I discovered the meaning of real health. Come join with me and I’ll share it with you.

Want to see who I’m linking up with…check out my link party page HERE

Mac and Cheese with Carrots

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Mac and Cheese with Carrots

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Ingredients:

~ organic mac and cheese
~ organic almond milk
~ organic carrots sliced
~ organic shredded cheese
~ organic butter

Directions for Carrots:
~ mix sliced carrots with butter, honey, and cinnamon
~ bake in covered cast iron skillet at 350 for twenty minutes
~ when fully cooked, add to mac and cheese

Directions for Mac and Cheese:
~ follow directions for mac and cheese
~ add shredded cheese to make it extra cheesy
~ when carrots are cooked, add them to mac and cheese and mix it up

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As I have mentioned before we have a tiny kitchen in our apartment. We have little counter space and few cabinets. It gets tough prepping for dinners and baking. Then I found a space saving cutting board and colander on Amazon. You can find it HERE.

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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

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

<br /><br /><br /><br /> I'm Leah Segedie. After losing 100 lbs, I discovered the meaning of real health. Come join with me and I’ll share it with you.

Want to see who I’m linking up with…check out my link party page HERE

Pasta with Meat Sauce

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Pasta with Meat Sauce

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Ingredients:

~ organic pasta of choice
~ organic pasta sauce
~ organic frozen spinach
~ organic garlic
~ organic onions
~ organic ground beef

Directions:
~ defrost ground beef and spinach
~ dice onions and garlic, mix with olive oil and saute in cast iron skillet
~ add ground beef and spinach with 1/4 cup water and sauce, then simmer and cover
~ boil pasta and add some olive oil to keep pasta from sticking together

AJ approved it, but asked for more meat in his sauce. He doesn’t like hamburgers, but loves meatballs?!?!?!?!

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I keep seeing videos on flattening out ground beef for 1. portion control, 2. easier storing in freezer, and 3. quicker defrosting. All three did work, but AJ wants MORE meat in his sauce next time.

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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

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

<br /><br /><br /><br /> I'm Leah Segedie. After losing 100 lbs, I discovered the meaning of real health. Come join with me and I’ll share it with you.

Want to see who I’m linking up with…check out my link party page HERE

Herbed Chicken with Broccoli and Rice

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Herbed Chicken with Broccoli and Rice

Nope, not pizza with eggplant as the base, but rather pizza with sauteed eggplant as a topping. It’s tasty and perfect. 

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Ingredients:

~ organic chicken thighs with skin and bones (I buy the chicken with bones since it is cheaper, I cut out the bones and save it for chicken broth)
~ organic southwest spice mix
~ organic sliced onions and garlic
~ organic broccoli
~ organic jasmine rice
~ organic dill, chives, parsley, and basil form my garden
~ organic olive oil
~ organic coconut oil
~ water

Chicken Directions:
~ chicken de-boned with rubbed herbs over and under the skin
~ place chicken in cast iron skillet with fresh garden herbs on top of chicken AND cover
~ bake at 350 degrees until fully cooked

Rice Directions:
~ follow directions for rice
~ add sliced onions, garlic, and herbs of choice to boiling water after adding rice

Broccoli Directions:
~ mix broccoli with herbs, spices, olive oil and coconut oil
~ bake at 350 degrees until cooked to preference. I love my broccoli fully cooked, while hubby prefers them only slightly cooked. 

 

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AJ approved, he said he was only giving it a sideways thumbs up. In the end he almost emptied his plate.
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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

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

<br /><br /><br /><br /> I'm Leah Segedie. After losing 100 lbs, I discovered the meaning of real health. Come join with me and I’ll share it with you.

Want to see who I’m linking up with…check out my link party page HERE

Eggplant Pizza

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

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Eggplant Pizza

Nope, not pizza with eggplant as the base, but rather pizza with sauteed eggplant as a topping. It’s tasty and perfect. 

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Ingredients:

~ organic pizza crust
~ diced organic eggplant
~ sliced organic onions
~ organic sliced garlic
~ organic olive oil
~ water
~ fresh organic basil, parsley, and cilantro

Directions:
~ saute onions and garlic in olive oil in cast iron skillet
~ add eggplants, herbs, and keep adding water as the eggplant dries out
~ keep cooking until eggplant is dark and soft to the touch
~ brush pizza crust with olive oil
~ add sauce, eggplant mix, then cheese on top of pizza crust
~ bake until cheese is melted. 

I made this once before when I had extra eggplant after making eggplant parm, AJ LOVED IT!!!!

AJ approved

Yesterday afternoon I made big batch of eggplant pizza. I asked hubby to heat up a few pieces at a specific time so when I got home from karate with AJ, they would be ready. Sadly he heated up all ten of them, so there would be no leftovers. We can’t reheat them again, that is not safe. In addition, most of the slices were badly burnt or dried out. 

burn collageHas this ever happened to you? You make a great meal, then someone messes it up and you just want to cry. 

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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

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

<br /><br /><br /><br /> I'm Leah Segedie. After losing 100 lbs, I discovered the meaning of real health. Come join with me and I’ll share it with you.

Want to see who I’m linking up with…check out my link party page HERE