Garlic Chicken Penne

I got this recipe from here…

https://www.buzzfeed.com/melissaharrison/penne-pasta-recipes?utm_term=.hh1Kq3rDD&bffbtasty#.dm72EAKOO

Garlic Chicken Penne

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Serving Size: 6

Garlic Chicken Penne

Ingredients

  • 1 boxcooked penne
  • 1 bunch sliced asparagus
  • 1 package of tomatoes cut in half
  • 1 cup sliced Parmesan
  • 6 sliced garlic cloves
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 4 chicken thighs, meat cut into small one inch pieces
  • Goya seasoning

Instructions

  1. cook pasta and put on the side
  2. cook garlic in pan with olive oil
  3. add chicken cut into small pieces and seasoned with Goya seasoning
  4. cook chicken the remove
  5. cook asparagus and cover until soft
  6. add tomatoes
  7. then add chicken and pasta, then mix in Parmesan
  8. mix and serve
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Reviews:

AJ: LOVED IT, ate every bit of it, even the asparagus

Mommy: LOVE this meal, so tasty and perfect. Though I will only make it in the summer or when I am home. This is not a meal I want to make after working all day.

Daddy: Took it to work and loved it.

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Saving Money with Freezer Meals

save moneyToday’s post is a writing challenge. This is how it works: participating bloggers picked 4 – 6 words or short phrases for someone else to craft into a post. All words must be used at least once and all the posts will be unique as each writer has received their own set of words. That’s the challenge, here’s a fun twist; no one who’s participating knows who got their words and in what direction the writer will take them. Until now.

At the end of this post you’ll find links to the other blogs featuring this challenge. Check them all out, see what words they got and how they used them.

I’m using:

Forget ~ Understand ~ Distant ~ Opal

They were submitted by: http://berghamchronicles.blogspot.com

With the warm weather I try not to use my apartment oven as it heats our tiny kitchen. Now the darn thing is acting up, but at least the stove top works. Between the toaster oven, microwave, stove top, and slow cooker, I don’t need the oven. In the future I would love to get a double toaster, just hope it’s not the distant future. At least with the slow cooker you throw your food in, set the time and forget about it until it’s time to eat. Perhaps a second, smaller slow cooker might need to be bought. It would be nice to have a dessert being make while we prep and eat dinner. The tough part would be storage, with our already small kitchen and limited cabinets, where would we keep it? I always wanted one extra cabinet, but where would it go and how would we get it to match our faded, opal-colored cabinets?

We tried Hello Fresh, a meal delivery service. Since I was able to use a $40 referral credit it was more than worth it. After a week of yummy meals, we decided to use HelloFresh every four weeks. After three weeks of slow cooker meals, we will be treated to a week of new recipes. While it will cost us $35 a meal, which is far more than I would EVER pay for a meal, it is nice to try new recipes. We won’t have much leftovers and understand that it will require more meal prep on my part. In the end I love to cook and relish learning new recipes and ideas in our kitchen. Maybe

*~*~*~*~Freezer Meals*~*~*~*~

PROS:

  • less money per meal
  • little to no prep time on day of meal
  • come home to a cooked meal
  • lots of leftovers

CONS:

  • gets boring after a while
  • if you don’t like you are stuck with lots of leftovers
  • lots of prep to get them into bags and in the freezer

Our normal weekly menu will look like this…

  • Friday pizza
  • Saturday leftovers (pizza and Thursday’s meal)
  • Sunday pasta with meatballs or sausage
  • Monday leftovers
  • Tuesday slow cooker freezer meal
  • Wednesday leftovers
  • Thursday slow cooker freezer meal

Favorite slow cooker meals: 

ginger peach meal  rosemary honey chicken plate2

Slow Cooker Ginger Peach Chicken (SLOW COOKER)
Honey Rosemary Chicken (SLOW COOKER) 
Creamy Mushroom Chicken (SLOW COOKER)
Slow Cooker Lasagna (SLOW COOKER) 
Slow Cooker Ground Beef and Potatoes (SLOW COOKER) 

 

*~*~*~*~Hello Fresh*~*~*~*~

PROS:

  • variety of meals
  • portion sizes are healthier
  • only get ingredients you need, so you are not stuck with unwanted ingredients that you will never use.
  • less time in grocery store
  • get new recipes and add them to my recipe bank

CONS:

  • more prep than I am used to
  • more money per person than I usually spend on a meal
  • leftovers only for one person, unable to spread out meals for the week

 

The week of Hello Fresh menu will look like this…

  • Friday pizza
  • Saturday leftovers (pizza and Thursday’s meal)
  • Sunday pasta with meatballs or sausage
  • Monday Hello Fresh Meal
  • Tuesday leftovers
  • Wednesday Hello Fresh Meal
  • Thursday Hello Fresh meal 

Two recent Hello Fresh Meals

lemon grass beef stir fry  apricot glazed chicken

Apricot Glazed Chicken (HELLO FRESH MEAL)
Lemongrass Beef Stir-Fry (HELLO FRESH MEAL)

 

Here are some great resources for slow cooker meals.

Happy Money Saver http://happymoneysaver.com/freezer-meals/

Hello Glow http://helloglow.co/slow-cooker-freezer-meals/

Buzzfeed 24 Dump Dinners http://www.buzzfeed.com/melissaharrison/crock-pot-dump-dinners?utm_term=.uup2MNJ6a

Thirty HandMade Days http://www.thirtyhandmadedays.com/2015/08/31-crockpot-freezer-meals-for-busy-weeknights/

The Kitchn http://www.thekitchn.com/10-ways-to-use-your-slow-cooker-this-summer-205089

 

Links to the other “Use Your Words” posts

Lemongrass Beef Stir-Fry

lemon grass beef stir fry

This recipe came from HelloFresh meal delivery. We decided to use this service every four weeks. So after three weeks of slow cooked meals, the fourth week will provide us with some new recipes and flavors!

lemon grass beef stiry fry HELO FRESH

 

I only had to use my cast iron pot and skillet for this…and LOTS of bowls

Ingredients:

  • Tenderloin Steak Tips 16 oz
  • Basmati Rice 1 1/2
  • Cup Scallions 4
  • Green Beans 12 oz
  • Red Bell Peppers 2
  • Garlic 2
  • Cloves
  • Lemongrass 1
  • Stalk Cornstarch 2 T
  • Soy Sauce 1) 2) 4 T
  • White Wine Vinegar 2 T
  • Sugar 1 T  not provided
  • Oil  2 t  not provided

 NEXT TIME I MUST PREPARE ALL INGREDIENTS BEFORE I START COOKING…THIS WAS SO INSANE TRYING TO COOK AND PREP. 

Directions

  • Prep: Wash and dry all produce. Bring 3 cups salted water to a boil in a medium pot. Trim the ends of the scallions, then thinly slice. Trim the ends of the green beans, then cut into 1-inch pieces. Core, seed, and thinly slice the bell peppers. Mince or grate the garlic. Add the rice to the boiling water, cover, and reduce to a low simmer for 15- 20 minutes, until tender.
  • Prep the lemongrass: Trim the ends of the lemongrass, then peel off the outer layers until you get to a rubbery core. Finely mince the core.
  • Cook the steak: Toss the steak tips in a medium bowl with the cornstarch and a large pinch of salt and pepper. Heat a drizzle of oil in a large pan over high heat. Add the steak to the pan and cook for about 1 minute per side, until browned but not yet cooked through. Remove from the pan and set aside.
  • Start the stir-fry: Heat another drizzle of oil in the same pan over medium heat. Add the garlic, lemongrass, and scallion whites and cook, tossing for about 2 minutes, until softened. Add the green beans and peppers and cook, tossing for 5-7 minutes, until softened. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Finish the stir-fry: Add the steak, soy sauce, 2 Tablespoons vinegar, 3 Tablespoons water and 1 Tablespoon sugar to the pan. Cook, tossing, for 1-2 minutes, until the sauce has thickened. Taste and season with salt and pepper.
  • Serve: Fluff the rice with a fork. Serve the stir-fry over the rice, garnish with scallion greens, and enjoy!

 

lemon grass beef stir fry22Reviews:

AJ: He did not want it the the first night, but ate everything in his bowl the next night. TWO THUMBS UP! 

Mommy:I I loved it! So tasty and really felt like I was sitting down to a meal at a restaurant. Never used lemon grass before, so this was fun and new.

Daddy: Never had any of it, not even for leftover. Said he forgot…well his loss is beef quesadillas for us! Leftovers RULE!

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   Lori's Culinary Creations

 Epic Mommy Adventures

Epic Mommy Adventures

Tater Tot Casserole

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

collage

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

Loaded Meatballs

Loaded Meatballs

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • 1/4 cup diced onions
  • 1/2 cup diced yellow, red, and green peppers
  • 3 diced garlic cloves
  • 1/4 cup spinach
  • 2 tablespoons turmeric
  • 2 tablespoons of seasoning of your choice
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 2 jars of pasta sauce

Instructions

  1. Saute the garlic, onions, and peppers in olive oil. Then add spinach after it browns
  2. mix into ground beef with breadcrumbs, egg, and seasoning
  3. Form into the size you want and place in cast iron skillet (or pan of your choice)
  4. Bake at 350 for twenty minutes
  5. Then add to sauce in slow cooker, put on low for five hours
  6. loaded meatballs collage
  7. Serve with pasta of your choice
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*****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

chick pot

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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Epic Mommy Adventures

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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Epic Mommy Adventures

Mini Mummy Pizza

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

real food meals

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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

mummy pizza

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

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.

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Jack O’Llantern Quesadilla

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

real food meals

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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. 

halloween quesadilla

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

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

real food meals

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

mac cheese

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.

PicMonkey Collage

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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