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. 

CHICKEN TENDERS AND POTATOES:

chicken tenders:

  • marinate chicken with olive oil, coconut oil, water, and seasoning of your choice
  • coat in bread crumbs
  • place in well oiled cast iron skillet
  • bake at 350 for about 30 minutes

 

seasoned potatoes:

  • coat sliced potatoes in coconut oil and seasoning
  • place in well-oiled cast iron skillet and cover
  • bake at 350 for 30 minutes

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RAVIOLI AND MEATBALLS WITH SAUCE:

Meatballs:

  • ground beef
  • Whole Foods seasonings (Latin and BBQ seasonings)
  • eggs, ketchup, and breadcrumbs

 

Ravioli and Sauce:

  • frozen ravioli
  • NON-GMO Whole Foods pasta sauce

 

We added the leftover chicken tenders to our dinner…what a great treat. ravioli, sauce, and leftover tenders collage

CURRY RICE WITH SUN DRIED TOMATO CHICKEN SAUSAGE AND VEGGIES:

Rice:

  • 1 cup brown rice
  • curry seasoning and other seasoning of your choice
  • 2 1/4 cups water
  • butter and coconut oil (amount of your choice)
  • put seasoning, butter, and oil in water and boil. Add in rice and boil, then simmer for about 50 minutes. Leave a bit of water in…for a “creamy tasty”

 

Sausage and Veggies:

  • coat cast iron skillet with olive oil and a bit of coconut oil
  • slice sausage into thin slices and throw in veggies of your choice
  • mix all around to coat in oils
  • sprinkle with seasoning of choice
  • leave on medium heat until thoroughly heated/cooked

 

This was such a tasty dinner, had a nice flavor and kick without being too spicy. Dino ate every bite!

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MASHED POTATOES AND CHICKEN:

Mashed Potatoes:

  • potatoes peeled and cut into small cubes
  • seasoning of choice
  • olive and coconut oil
  • butter and milk
  • coat potatoes with oils and seasoning and bake at 350 for thirty minutes
  • after potatoes are cooked and soft, either mash by hand or in blender.
  • because I season while baking, the flavor is locked in and has wonderful taste. The coconut oil also adds that extra flavor. 

 

Chicken:

  • two large boneless chicken breasts
  • flour and seasoning of choice
  • olive and coconut oil
  • slice breasts into thin slices and marinate, then coat with flour
  • quickly saute breasts on each side for thirty seconds…then cover and place in the oven and bake at 350 for twenty minutes

 

I seem to have lost my potato masher, so I put it in the blender which made it VERY thin. I prefer thick and bumpy mashed potatoes. Will have to try this and make sweet potato soup!!!!

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CHOCOLATE CHIP, BANANA PANCAKES:

Pancakes:

  • pancake mix
  • NON-GMO chocolate chips
  • bananas
  • chocolate milk
  • butter
  • coconut oil

 

Dino likes to eat his plain, because they are just THAT good! The times he wants a syrup, we use an organic/NON-GMO jelly with fresh fruit and butter. I mix and microwave together to make a tasty and healthy “syrup”.

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What is Dino drinking? R.W. Knudsen makes organic and NON-GMO juices. While I believe the best nutrients come from actual fruit, sometimes a kid just wants to drink juice. This is a juice I can safely give to my son.

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Our Healthy Meals

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I know I haven’t posted about our foods in a LONG time, but we are still buying, cooking, and eating organic and NON-GMO. I know it’s expensive, but the end results are worth it. I am proud to say that Dino knows the organic and NON-GMO labels. I know some people get insulted or think I am “brainwashing” him. The funny thing is that Monsanto and all the food companies are tricking the masses into buying food filled with chemicals. I am teaching my son to know what’s in his food and if it’s real food. How is that wrong? How is that bad? I know I can’t control what he eats ALL THE TIME, but if he is informed then I have done my job.

 

I sliced and seasoned potatoes and placed them on the cast iron skillet. Then layered frozen vegges on top, then a layer of cut chicken and apple sausage. I put the top on and baked in the oven at 350 for thirty minutes. It was came out so tender, juicy, and tasty. A meal we all loved.

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I find it so easy to slow cook a huge batch of beans, then scoop some out for later use. I throw in rice, and veggies the last half hour. Scoop into a bowl and top with cheese.

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Now that the weather is colder, slow cooked chicken soup is needed and loved. I chop all my veggies, coat with seasoning, and place on the bottom of the slow cooker. This time I used mushrooms, carrots, onions, and potatoes. Then I added a cup and a half of barley. Throw in the water, then place a whole chicken on top. Throw some extra seasoning on top of the chicken and set it to go. I have my hubby set it up for me to start at 8 am, if it starts too early I think it gets dried out by the time I get home.

I just love a great tasting chicken soup, this one came out extra thick, but adding some extra water does the trick. I froze the chicken bones to create a chicken broth down the road.

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I have been reading about overnight oats for SOOOO long, I decided to try it and I have fallen in love. They are super easy to make and what a great treat the next day. All you need is your choice of dry oats, peanut butter and milk. You can add any toppings you prefer. I like cacao chips, coconut flakes, and raisins. Mix it all up and let it sit in the fridge over night. The next morning you have a super tasty and yummy treat.

overnight oats

I have been shopping at Stop and Shop more often, just to get the gas rewards. I buy the organic and NON-GMO foods that are there and save the items I can’t for Whole Foods. I swear nothing compares to Whole Foods. One week at Stop and Shop they had a huge bag of organic onions, I hated to buy so many…but I chopped them all up and saved in the freezer. They freeze well and I have onions to last me for God knows how long. Here’s just a few of the bags.

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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 budgetPractical ways to eat well when you can’t afford organic.  Dear Mom who can’t afford organic.

    

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Our Healthy Meal Plan

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Sun Meatloaf, potatoes, broccoli, and crumble

Dino LOVED the meatloaf and veggies…he even asked for a second helping of food. I mixed my meatloaf with some shredded cheese just to give it an extra flavor. For dessert, we had my favorite, apple crumble.

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Who needs Annie’s mac and cheese when you have Whole Food’s mac and cheese AND it’s GMO free? Beat that Annie’s. I mixed broccoli into the mac and cheese and topped with shredded cheese…so good. I had some salmon burgers on the side…which were too salty for me.

Tues collage curry rice, pesto chicken sausage, and broccoli

As I made the rice, I added a good amount of curry and some Latin seasoning mix and threw in some broccoli. Then I cut the defrosted chicken pesto sausage and baked it for a bit, since it’s precooked. After I mixed it all together, I topped it with shredded cheese….AWESOME!!!!!!

WED pizza

Instead of taking Dino back home before karate, I picked up pizza and we ate in the car at the rec center. Dino loves this…we listened to music and chatted.

 

leftovers

 

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Dino just LOVES rice and beans…and this just looks so “Halloweeney” if that is even a word. As usual, I slow-cooked kidney beans with lots of seasoning, then we added rice and veggies. Topping it with shredded cheese finishes it off. It was tasty and filling!

out to eat

We went out to eat at our favorite place, Piccolo’s Pizza. Dino of course got pizza, but I had the pesto chicken wrap…my favorite.

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Hubby said he’s a bit tired of meatloaf, but Dino loves it…so Dino wins as he can’t go out and get his own food. I love it too…sorry hubby.

 

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For me the best tasting qunioa is when I add olive oil and butter to the water with TONS of seasoning…then dump in the quiona when the water boils. This locks in the flavor and keeps it super tasty and fluffy. Then mixing it with the sausage and broccoli only adds even more flavor. Dino LOVES it and will eat it like mad. you can mix it with eggs or sprinkle cheese on top…so many choices.

 

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I bought Dino a new lunch box…Planet Box Shuttle. The rover seemed too big for him, especially since he doesn’t eat a lot of the food I pack…too busy talking. If he starts to eat more, then I’ll get him the Rover size. I remember to take pics of three lunches. Planet Box keeps the food cold, is cute, and easy to clean.

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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 budgetPractical ways to eat well when you can’t afford organic.  Dear Mom who can’t afford organic.

    

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Our Healthy Meal Plan

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I started using The Six O’Clock Scramble for meal planning and organized shopping lists. I can alter the recipe to make it organic/NON-GMO. Most of the recipes use the slow cooker or can be made in under 30 minutes.  If I make a big meal in the slow cooker, we can have leftovers for lunch and dinner the next day.

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  • 21st Thurs Dinner- Daddy Choice
  • 22nd Fri Dinner- leftover rice and beans made into quesadillas
  • 23rd Saturday– dinner with friends – sausage and peppers in rolls
  • 24th Sunday – Slow Cooked Baslsamic Rosemary Chicken
  • 25th Monday – open faced chicken sandwiches with gravy
  • 26th Tuesday – Slow Cooked Vegetable Soup with biscuits 
  • 27th Wednesday – vegetable soup over rice 

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Dino hates burgers, but hubby loves them. Hubby is going back to nights so we had what we wanted for dinner tonight. It’s not my favorite, but Dino was happy with the hot dogs. I loved my potatoes and salad.

Potatoes: sliced, then coated with coconut oil. Then sprinkled sea salt and other seasonings on them, before baking them at 350 degrees for 20-30 minutes. When taken out of oven, sprinkle shredded cheese on potatoes.

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Sorry, forgot to take pics…but Dino and I LOVED them…so flipping good and what a great way to use leftover rice and beans.

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I did take pics…but only of us hanging out by hubby’s fire pit…but it was too dark and my phone doesn’t take good pictures in the dark. We had a great time though

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Now that I will be going to back to work soon and most likely helping Dino with his kindergarten homework I need to make more slow cooked meals and use leftovers for other meals. I made rosemary and balsamic slow cooked chicken. It really was simple…I doused the whole chicken in balsamic vinegar and covered with tons of rosemary…it tasted wonderful. Then I baked potatoes, broccoli, and green beans with coconut oil and seasoning. Together it was a great meal and we have tons of chicken for many leftover meals.

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What a super easy meal to make. Coated carrots in coconut oil, honey, and lemon dill seasoning and sauteed on stove top. Then put chicken on bread and poured on homemade gravy. How did I make the gravy? Well I boiled some of the homemade chicken broth form the slow cooked chicken and added a ton of pancake mix…yup, that easy. Hubby insisted on some mac and cheese, but I didn’t have any. Dino was so tired from having a fun day with friends at the farm, but he had most of his food.

I was able to make three baggies of chicken gravy and three bags of chicken with veggies. Each bag is perfect for two people or three with small portions. Hopefully if I keep this up, I will have extra meals for when I am working late or can’t cook.

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I decided to try Naturebox and do love it. Sure it’s a bit pricey, but you are getting darn good and healthy snacks and tons of variety. It teaches Dino there are more snacks than the ones he’s used to. After sampling each bag of snacks we probably ate a whole serving, so each of the snack bags I made could have had more in it or another bag. Not bad, right?

Toasted Sesame Sticks are like bread sticks…only healthier. Mommy YES, Dino NO

Sweet Blueberry Almonds are great way to eat more almonds, sweet but no yucky aftertaste Mommy Yes, Dino Yes

Mango Orange fruit Chews are like regular fruit chews, similar to the NON-GMO ones we buy at Whole Foods. Mommy Yes, Dino Yes

Mesa Chips, are like mini corn chips, they are okay, but I won’t buy them again. Mommy No Dino No

Dutch Sun Cocoa Crunch are like mini dried out brownies…but have a great cocoa taste. Mommy Yes, Dino Yes

Big Island Pineapple are so flipping good and sweet, naturally sweet. Mommy Yes, Dino Yes

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Another great slow cooker meal…I put only a BIT of dry lentils…too much and I get sick. Then I added couscous, sliced tomatoes, spinach, and fresh herbs and seasonings. After it was cooked, I added the previously cooked potatoes, carrots, and green beans.

It was so good and tasty…Dino loved it and plan on having it tomorrow with rice.

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I am so excited for Dino, he’s a big boy now and on his way to learning.

 

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I made a big batch of rice and sectioned them into smaller bags. I took one bag and mixed it with some leftover soup and topped it with colby cheese…SO GOOD. Dino just about licked the bowl clean.

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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 budgetPractical ways to eat well when you can’t afford organic.  Dear Mom who can’t afford organic.

    

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Our Healthy Meal Plan

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  • DID NOT PLAN AT ALL…between Anthony’s karate test and Balboa getting sick and needing to see a neurologist I just figured out each day as we go.

 

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Dino was so proud to earn his yellow belt. Since this test was at 5:30, we ate pizza in the parking lot of the karate dojo. Dino loves his karate classes. Hopefully he will continue to be successful and learn more than just karate, he will learn how to be respectful and gentle.

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We spent from 10 am to 6:30 pm in the vet office just to see a neurologist. It was worth the time (and money) though. Balboa does not have a brain tumor, he does have increased white blood cells, but not enough to be alarmed. Right now he is to continue his meds unless his seizures gets worse…then onto to steroids instead.

Thanks Mom and Dad for staying with me…

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Dino loves watering my herbs, tomatoes, and lettuce. Even better he loves helping with the compost bin and looks forward to dumping leftovers in the bin and shaking it up.

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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 budgetPractical ways to eat well when you can’t afford organic.  Dear Mom who can’t afford organic.

    

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Our Healthy Meal Plan

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  • 26th Thurs Dinner: chicken sausage, rice, veggies  
  • 27th Fri Dinner:  grilled chicken, veggies, mac and cheese
  • 21st Saturday– leftovers
  • 22nd Sunday – polenta, chicken sausage, sauce, cheese
  • 23rd Monday –  breaded fish, potatoes, veggies
  • 24th Tuesday – chicken sausage, rice, veggies
  • 25th Wednesday – rice and beans with veggies 

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Always a simple but favorite dinner, chicken sausage and veggies cooked in a cast iron skillet. Then jasmine rice seasoned, cooked, then mixed with the sausage and veggies.

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Sorry, no pics. We were going to have grilled chicken, but after the work week and me still being sick, Hubby decided to order takeout. I am glad he did…I needed a break.grilled chicken, mac cheese, veggiescollage2

We had a great day at home, Dino played in the pool, which is suddenly too small for him.

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I used the grill all on my own. I know, it’s sad, but I’, scared of grilled. But I did it and the chicken and veggies came out awesome. I seasoned and folded the veggies in tin foil and placed on the grill. They came out great.

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I LOVE polenta and may need an intervention. It;s just so cheap, easy, and yummy.

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Again, no pics, sorry. We had leftover chicken and veggies. I made my own gravy/seasoning with some water, olive oil, and garlic and herb mix. It came out great and poured it over the chicken for Dino and me.  hot dog Collage2

We had a great day at the beach with my friend Cathy and her daughter Cathleen. Dino loves Cathleen, though I want to kick myself for not getting pics of them playing in the water. By the time we took pics, poor Cathleen was ready for a nap. Once happy to smile at Dino, she just wanted to go home.

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By the end of the day, I didn’t want to do anything. I got badly burnt on my back (blame hubby for not putting enough sun screen on before I left). Dino looks totally exhausted…because he was even though he denied it over and over.

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Tonight we had one of hubs favorite meals. Tilapia, with potatoes and carrots. As usual, I sprinkled pancake mix on top of the fish to give it that “breaded feel” without the mess and me messing it all up. (I put TOO MUCH on this time…but with a bit of water it was fine) This works and tastes so good. I think the key is LOTS of seasoning…which is locked in by the mix on top.

 

LI need some ideas.

Lately Dino has not been eating a good breakfast, this is going to be a problem when he starts kindergarten. If school starts at nine, he needs to be on the bus about 8:30…so he NEEDS to eat a filling and healthy breakfast.  He likes hard boiled eggs, buttered toast, oatmeal, and cereal…but not all the time. If he ate peanut butter on his toast I’d be so happy. 

 

I tried a NON-GMO protein shake/meal replacement, I LOVE it…and will use it every morning starting in the fall. Dino didn’t like it that much, but I put half a cup of mix into his milk and he was more receptive to that. It has TONS of protein and will fill him up. (the kids one didn’t have any protein-only veggies…which he eats like crazy) I’m hoping though that when he realizes how much he has to do at school, he WILL want to eat more.

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Any tips for ideas on how I can get Dino to eat a better breakfast? 

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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 budgetPractical 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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Our Healthy Meal Plan

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  • 19th Thurs Dinner: black beans, rice, veggies 
  • 20th Fri Dinner:  nachos with meat, shredded cheese and leftovers 
  • 21st Saturday– family camping
  • 22nd Sunday – pasta sauce, polenta, sausage, cheese  
  • 23rd Monday – breaded tilapia, potatoes, and veggies 
  • 24th Tuesday – white wine chicken and veggies
  • 25th Wednesday – polenta lasagna 

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It may take a bit longer to soak and then cook dry beans, but it’s healthier. Besides instead of using pre-seasoned garbage, I use fresh herbs and organic seasoning and the taste is amazing and natural…the way it should be.

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To start off the day, it was Dino’s preschool graduation…sniffles. My big boy is one step closer to kindergarten.

Then we had the leftover rice and beans using them to make nachos…I layered them on tortilla chips with some sour cream and shredded cheese…SO GOOD

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First we had Karate…this session was fun. Dino learned how to spar with the other kids. He’s great at kicking and punching and can even take a hit, but needs to learn to block.

This weekend was Hubby’s family camping with his boy scout troop. The same troop he was in as a kid, he now volunteers with and often runs many events. We tried to sleep over with Dino, but with the fire pit so close to our tent, Dino couldn’t sleep. They do skits around the campfire and Dino wanted to go to bed. This is a kid that knows what he wants and when he’s tired he wants to go to bed now. Thankfully the site was pretty close to our home, Dino and I drove back home…in the dark…that sh&t was scary.

Next time we’ll try camping with just the three of us or maybe another family…so Dino could sleep when he wants.

polenta collage

THIS IS MY NEW FAVORITE. It’s cheep, healthy, and delicious. It takes just like baked ziti…but fills you up. Polenta will take on whatever flavors you mix into it…so it’s perfection.

tilapia collage

this was a BIG hit. I seasoned the tilapia with a Whole Food preseaoned mix (garlic and herbs) and once it was in the cast iron skillet, I sprinkled pancake mix on it…giving it a “breaded” feel. Hubby LOVED it and Dino ate it all.

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Nothing better than grilled chicken. As always I season the corn and place in a bag…then grill…much better that way. We had two plates of grilled chicken and corn, but I only took a pic of one. A truly healthy meal…full of protein..so it builds muscle and keeps up lean.

We had leftover chicken for lunch-chicken and avocado salad sandwiches… LOVED IT!

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so good…after cooking the polenta, I scooped it into the baking pan. Then layered pesto chicken sausage, then sauce, and topped it all with shredded mozzarella cheese.  Dino and I loved it…Hubby, well we’ll see if he likes it.

Is there an organic product that you REALLY like or want to try? Have a favorite organic recipe?  

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 budgetPractical ways to eat well when you can’t afford organic.  Dear Mom who can’t afford organic.

    

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Our Healthy Meal Plan

 

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  • 12th Thurs Dinner: leftovers
  • 13th Fri Dinner:  chicken, couscous, veggies
  • 14th Saturday– shrimp, asparagus, rice
  • 15th Sunday – polenta with veggies and beans  
  • 16th Monday – slow cooked pea soup with carrots, potatoes, and 
  • 17th Tuesday sports skills – take out night
  • 18th Wednesday leftovers 

 HERE are some polenta recipes and ideas 

12th Thurs Dinner leftovers Love adding avocados to my food…it goes with anything. I sliced some avocados and mixed it with the leftover chicken and potatoes. Then sprinkled on some olive oil and balsamic vinegar…SO GOOD. Dino came home sick, so he hardly ate, poor thing. 

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13th Fri Dinner Chicken, Couscous, veggies  Dino was home sick all day, so by the time I got home Hubby decided to just order sandwiches from our favorite pizza place, Dino got a slice with pepperoni. It took him a while to eat it, but he did.

14th Saturday Dinner– shrimp, asparagus, rice It was exciting to try something new. I seasoned the shrimp with a orange ginger premade seasoning by whole foods. I put them in a cast iron skillet and baked them at 350 for thirty minutes…PERFECTION

Then I cut the ends off the asparagus, coated with olive oil, seasoning, and some fresh herbs. I put them in another cast iron skillet and baked them for about twenty minutes…PERFECTION

I made jasmine rice with the same orange ginger seasoning…the meal was a big hit with Hubby and I, but Dino did not like it at all…NOPE… At least he tried it. Funny, he LOVES eating sushi with me, but did not like the shrimp or asparagus. He was happy with his peanut butter and jelly sandwich. 

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15th Sunday Dinner – polenta with veggies I always wanted to try polenta, but was scared. Then I realized how flipping cheap it was…talk about saving money. 2/3 cup only cost me .40c. YES FORTY CENTS! You can either use water or chicken broth, season and boil the polenta.  You can leave it in “oatmeal” type form or cut and place in a pan to bake or fry. I decided to bake, it had a crispy outer edge and soft in the middle. PERFECTION. Next time I’m going to try keeping in in a bowl, adding sausage, cheese, and sauce. 

YES, I am asking Dino to give me a thumbs up or down for dinners…this way he can let you know if he really likes it or not. He loved the polenta and veggies.

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16th Monday Dinner – slow cooked pea soup with ham and carrots Another thumbs up by Dino, but after more than halfway through he said he didn’t want anymore grass. LOLOL. I threw dried peas, ham bone, and carrots all in the slow cooker with water, herbs, and seasoning. 

I’ll had either couscous or polenta to the soup to thicken it up.  

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17th Tuesday Dinner  sports skills – take out night We didn’t have sports skills this week, so we had leftover pea soup with palenta. Dino didn’t like it. Sometimes he gets into moods and doesn’t like dinners that I know he likes. Maybe it was too hot for soup, oh well. Then I scooped some palenta into a bowl and put cheese on top. That he liked. Next time I will have to try palenta with sauce and mozzarella cheese. 

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18th Wednesday Dinner leftovers I wanted to make a bean dish, but forgot to soak the beans overnight. Instead I made a chicken dish. I seasoned two chicken breasts with white wine, shredded coconut, water, and orange ginger seasoning. I added tater tots to the mix. What a great dinner. 

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I introduced some other snacks to Dino…edamame, chocolate covered almonds, cashews, cacao nibs, vanilla almond granola, banana and fruit granola, and yogurt… he can put a few of those in his yogurt.

Dino HATES the cashews…but loves the chocolate covered almonds. He loved the cheddar puffs, yogurt with cacoa nips, which can NOT be eaten on their own. My dad tried this and was horrified by the taste. It is raw cacao…on it’s own it’s nasty, but adds beautiful flavor to oatmeal, cereal, yogurt, or ice cream, or anything you like.

Dino did NOT like the edamame…sighs…I will keep trying though.

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What are your favorite healthy snacks? 

 

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 budgetPractical 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

 

 LINKING UP WITH:

 

   

      Mini Van Dreams

 

 

 

Our Healthy Meal Plan

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  • 5th Thurs Dinner: Minnesota wild rice, chicken, and veggies
  • 6th Fri Dinner:  chicken sausage, jasmine rice, and veggies
  • 7th Saturday– leftovers
  • 8th Sunday – pasta, sauce, turkey meatballs
  • 9th Monday – coconut chicken, potatoes, carrots
  • 10th Tuesday sports skills – take out night
  • 11th Wednesday leftovers 

 

5th Thurs Dinner Minnesota Wild Rice, chicken and Veggies From the Bulk Section at Whole Foods, I got Minnesota Wild Rice. adding lots of seasoning I followed the directions to cook. It is a chewy type of crunchy, and very yummy. Dino loved eating “WILD” rice and kept shaking his body saying it was making him WILD. 

I seasoned the chicken and cut into smaller pieces. Then I added a half a bag of stir fry frozen veggies in with it and sprinkled on some shredded coconut. Yes, I’m in to coconut lately. It came out so darn good…Hubby didn’t like it, but Dino and I did. 

wild rice collage

6th Fri Dinner: Chicken sausage, jasmine rice, and veggies 

chicken and apple sausage and sun dried tomato sausage cooked baked in a cast iron skillet with cauliflower, broccoli, and carrots. Then mixed with boiled jasmine rice. PERFECTION

chicken sausage collage

 

7th Sat Dinner: Leftovers We had family over to celebrate Dino’s birthday. It was just a small gathering since we had the kid party last weekend. Since Daddy was working, we just had leftover chicken pork, rice, and veggies. Every Saturday, Dino takes karate. His teacher says he’s a natural, born to learn karate. In just a few weeks he got his second stripe. The teacher thinks next month Dino will be ready to test for his yellow belt. 

karate

8th Sun Dinner: Pasta, Sauce, turkeyballs it was a quiet day, stay at home day. Dino loved hanging out in the yard playing with his cars. He chose to eat peanut and butter sandwiches and a popsicle. I still made the pasta, sauce, and turkeyballs, but we’ll have them for Monday. I did make homemade popsicle with him. I bought silicone pop makers. We blended almond milk, bananas, and strawberries then poured them into the pop makers. After freezing them for a few hours, they were delicious. 

homemade pops

9th Mon Dinner: coconut chicken, potatoes, carrots Since we had the pasta, sauce, and turkeyballs for dinner tonight, I still had to make the chicken. I sectioned it off and now have to sets of breaded coconut chicken. All I will have to do is make the grains and veggies. 

spaghetti Collage

10th Tues Dinner: sports skills – take out: Today was the last day of the sports skills class at the Little Gym. I am going to sign him up for the gymnastics class over the summer. He will truly enjoy that. He was so proud of his accomplishments and loved showing me what he learned. He loves his medal and we always celebrate with pizza and gelato.

Dino loves pepperoni pizza (he eats tons of fruits and veggies that I don’t mind his love of this topping). I prefer the pesto pizza. The best part is, we order the personal sized pizzas, take half for dinner and half for lunch the next day. 

little gym Collage

11th Wed Dinner: leftovers Tonight was coconut chicken, baked potatoes, and carrots. Hubby has down right refused to eat anything organic…saying it tastes yucky. Poor dude has no clue that the “flavor” he is eating is all chemicals created in a lab. All I can do is make sure Dino and I eat healthy and real food.

I marinate the chicken with olive oil, water, coconut shreds, and herbs/seasoning. I coat the chicken in panko and shredded coconut…it just adds a superb flavor. The best part is having it for leftovers with sliced avocado…hmmm..the flavor is awesome. . 

coconut chicken Collage

I’m going to introduce nuts and granola to Dino. My stomach doesn’t always do great with nuts, but a small dose should be fine and I need more snack ideas for Dino.

What are your favorite healthy snacks? 

 

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 budgetPractical 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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Our Healthy Meal Plan

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29th Thurs Dinner: couscous, veggies, chickpeas

30th Fri Dinner:   homemade hummus, tortilla chips, cheese sticks, and fruit  

31st Saturday– leftovers  

1st Sunday – pasta, sauce, leftover turkey balls

2nd Monday – coconut chicken, potatoes, carrots, squash, 

3rd Tuesday Dino’s BDAY…his choice for dinner 

4th Wednesday leftovers 

 

29th Thurs Dinner couscous, veggies, chickpeas I didn’t soak the chickpeas long enough, so I decided to use all the chickpeas for hummus

coucous veggie collage

30th Fri Dinner homemade hummus, tortilla chips, cheese sticks, and fruit 

homemade hummus is pretty easy and healthy. I loved making it. Here’s some great hummus recipes I made our hummus with dried chickpeas, I soaked them overnight in TONS of water, cooked them the next day with lots of seasoning then added our ingredients. I added some pesto, cilantro, and dill. Wonder what I will try next time? 

hummus collage


31st Sat Dinner leftovers This was the day of Dino’s birthday party, I was happy to whip up leftovers and eat whatever, but hubby kindly got burgers and chicken fingers form our favorite place. The cake was from Stop and Shop, sadly it was NOT GMO free… IT would have cost too much. The snacks and juice I got for the party were all NON-GMO though. 

bday cake


1st Sun Dinner  pasta, sauce, leftover turkey meatballs – Love when I have leftovers I can incorporate into another meal. 

pasta collage

2nd Mon Dinner coconut chicken, potatoes, carrots, squash – DID I get a picture of this? NOPE. 
3rd Tues Dinner sports skills night AND DINO’s BDAY Dino LOVED going out on his b-day. He chose our favorite pizza place (we had the leftovers for lunch) and had gelato for his bday dessert. He always orders the pepperoni pizza, I got the pesto pizza. 

bday dinner collage
4th Wed Dinner leftovers  Sometimes, leftovers just don’t cut it…and all you want is an apple with peanut butter. pasta dinner collage

Leslie from Pampers, Play dates, and Parties asked that I show some healthy snacks I have for Dino… Thanks for the idea Leslie

While I want Dino to eat organic and NON-GMO, I know that we still need chocolate and sweets occasionally. If they are made from safe foods then I will buy them.

I always have fruit that Dino can get anytime he wants…bananas, raisins, apples, pears… I love to put peanut butter on anything…

Some of our favorite snacks are

fruit, raisins, mango collage

jerrky, cheese, carrot collage

veggie stick, bunnies, and pretzel collageapplesauce Collage

tea, jolly beans, chocolate collage

 

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 budgetPractical 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

 

 LINKING UP WITH:

 

   

      Mini Van Dreams