My Favorite Italian Foods

Top Ten Thursday 

Top Ten Favorite Italian Foods

In no particular order. Yes, pizza is good, but I wanted to list foods that I don;’t always get to eat.

  1. Zeppoles: Italian pastry consisting of a deep-fried dough ball

 

2. Tiramasu

recipe image

Source: COoking With Nonna http://cookingwithnonna.com/italian-cuisine/tiramisu.html

 

3. Anisette Cookies

anisette cookies

SOURCE: Italian Dessert Recipes http://www.italian-dessert-recipes.com/anisette_cookies.html

 

4. Ricotta Cheese Cookies

ricotta cheese cookies

SOURCE: Italian Dessert Recipes http://www.italian-dessert-recipes.com/ricotta_cheese_cookies.html

 

5. Fried Calamari

Fried Calamari

SOURCE: Giada de Laurentis http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/giada-de-laurentiis/fried-calamari-recipe.html

 

6. Polenta

COLLAGE polenta and eggand cheese

POLENTA WITH EGGS AND CHEESE http://dinoheromommy.com/2015/03/11/mommy-and-dinos-real-food-meals-15/

polenta, sauce, sausage, cheese Collage

http://dinoheromommy.com/2014/07/02/our-healthy-meal-plan-8/

 

7. Chicken Parmigiana

SOURCE: My Italian Grandma http://myitaliangrandmother.blogspot.com/2009/09/chicken-cutlet-parmigiana.html

 

8. Mussels and Pasta

Italian Mussels & Pasta

SOURCE: Eating Well http://www.eatingwell.com/recipe/252374/italian-mussels-pasta

 

9. Gnochi

Potato Gnocchi

SOURCE: Simply Recipes http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/potato_gnocchi/

 

10. Easter Meat Pie

SOURCE: King Arhtur Flour http://www.kingarthurflour.com/recipes/italian-easter-meat-pie-recipe

 

Fresh Baked Cupcakes

 

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

real food meals

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? 

eating collage

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.

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Our Healthy Meals

healthy meal box

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.

chicken sausage and veggies collage

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.

rice and beans and cheese collage

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.

PicMonkey Collage

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.

Mon mac and cheese collage

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

 

fri rice collage

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.

sun meatloaf collage

 

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.

 

6th collage

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.

 

lunch collage

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.

    

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

 

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Our Healthy Meal Plan

meal plan blank fri 26th

 

I’ve been slacking on posting my meal plans and taking pics…I normally posted every Thursday, but will probably post for the weekend…but that could change. Some days it may be mid week, others may be for two weeks. We shall see.

collage FRI

Dino had a spirit run after school. It was hosted by the PTA and got the kids up and moving for two hours after school. I couldn’t help since I work, but got there about 5:30 and was able to help a bit for the next half hour. I stopped by Whole Foods to get some take out…Dino LOVED the curried broccoli, Feta Cheese Rice, and Chicken Salad.

collage SAT

Dino said he’s tried of pasta and meatballs…so I had to think of another meal with ground beef…and decided to try meatloaf. I added mozzerella in the middle of the loaf, but it melted out….grrrr. I might just mix shredded mozzerella into the meat mixture next time. Any tips on that?

 

collage SUN

After marinating chicken in a mequite bbq mix, I quickly coated the chicken with dry pancake mix…it was perfection. Just a hint of breading without the frying or heaviness… Hubby said it was similar to the chicken Marsala without the thick sauce. Potatoes and veggies added a nice addition to the chicken.

collage MON

 

Dino is all about rice and beans now. I slow cook dry beans with water and lots of seasoning. Then after it’s done, I add alredy cooked rice and sausage. This sausage was already cooked, otherwise I would add it to the slow cooker with the beans.  Throw some shredded cheese on top and you have a perfect meal.

collage MON2

In an effort to eat real food for desserts, I made some apple crumble. I cut up an apple, mixed melted butter with dry pancake mix and coated it over the apples. I baked in the oven for thirty minutes and topped with ice cream.  Real food never tasted so good…who needs all those fake additives to taste like apple, when you can have real apple?

 

Bana crumble collage

No idea, what we had for dinner Tuesday…yup, I’m losing my mind. I do remember our dessert. Just like with the apple crumble, we made banana crumble. Boy, we loved it…so tasty and healthy. I melted butter and mixed it with dry pancake mix and bananas…then placed in a well oiled cast iron skillet. Bake for twenty minutes and you have a tasty and healthy dessert. Top with ice cream of your choice.

fri quinoa collage

What a great, but simple meal. I made quinoa with an organic Latin Seasoning mix…just like Goya, only without the nastiness. Before the quinoa was done, I added diced tomatoes, peas, and carrots. I baked some chicken sausage and mixed it all in. Then topped with shredded cheese for an extra taste. Perfection. Dino and I ate every bite.

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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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  • 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.

 

thurs karate collage

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.

fri balboa collage

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…

sat burgers

 

sun mon collage

 

tues dnner collAGE

 

wed collagewed flowers collage

 

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.

    

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

 

 LINKING UP WITH:

 

   

      Mini Van Dreams

   

Tickle My Tastebuds

So happy to be guest hosting Tickle My Tastebuds Tuesday. I MESSED UP LAST WEEK AND DIDN’T POST, I AM SO SORRY. 

sat collage

I love fish, but it can be expensive…one of my favorites is Salmon. Oh boy, I was so glad to get this on sale. Hubby loved it and

Dino even had a few bites. Paired with wild rice and chicken nuggets it was a perfect meal for outside eating.

tickle my tastebuds welcome

Welcome to Tickle My Tastebuds! We are so happy you are here! If you are new here, welcome! If you are returning to our party, welcome back! Each Tuesday, my lovely hostesses and I will be partying with you and our guests as you tickle our tastebuds! Thank you for making our last week another success! We are so glad you stop by and party with us! If you want to join in on the fun with us, make sure you register to be a monthly guest host!

Now, let’s meet our lovely hostesses!

tickle my tastebuds tuesday

Cathy @ A Peek Into My Paradise – Blog | Pinterest | Facebook | Twitter | Google +

Alecia @ Detours In Life – Blog | Pinterest | Facebook | Twitter | Google +

Laura @ I’m Not A Trophy Wife – Blog | Pinterest | Facebook | Twitter | Google +

Lori @ Lori’s Culinary Creations – Blog | Pinterest | Facebook | Twitter | Google +

Julia @ Mini Van Dreams – Blog | Pinterest | Facebook | Twitter | Google +

 

…and our guest hostesses for July!

Christie @ A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures – Blog | Pinterest | Facebook | Twitter | Google +

Karen @ Dinosaur Superhero Mommy – Blog | Pinterest | Facebook | Twitter | Google +

Ashley @ Leaving the Rut – Blog | Pinterest | Facebook | Twitter | Google +

Would you like to be one of our guest hosts for the month of August?

Fill out this form!

The rules for Tickle My Tastebuds are simple:

  • Link up as many recipes and/or food related posts you’d like, as long as they haven’t been submitted to this party recently (non-food related posts will be deleted)
  • Follow all the hostesses and guest hostesses on at least one type of social media (make sure you let us know so we can return the favor!)
  • Share the love – visit the blogger in front of you, and at least one more
  • Have fun!

 

Please note, by linking up your posts and recipes, you are giving A Peek into My Paradise, Detours In Life, I’m Not A Trophy Wife, Lori’s Culinary Creations, and Mini Van Dreams permission to use your photos in the featured posts and on social media outlets. All photos will be linked back to your sites and respective posts.

 

We’d love it if you’d share our party with your friends!

Mini Van Dreams

 

 

Each week, the hostesses will choose recipes from the previous week to be featured! Each featured recipe will be pinned by the hostesses!

Now, for this week’s featured recipes!

Tickle My Tastebuds via Mini Van Dreams #recipes #tuesdaybloghops

The Seasoned Mom: Shrimp and Avocado Pasta Salad

Cook with Sara: Summer Salad with Blueberry Balsamic Vinaigrette

Hello Little Home: Mexican Black Bean Wrap

Tickle My Tastebuds via Mini Van Dreams #recipes #tuesdaybloghops           

Now, “tickle our tastebuds!”


Tickle My Tastebuds

So happy to be hosting Tickle My Tastebuds Tuesday. One of my favorite meals I made was…

Tickle My Tastebuds via Mini Van Dreams #recipes #tuesdaybloghops

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.

tickle my tastebuds welcome

Welcome to Tickle My Tastebuds! We are so happy you are here! If you are new here, welcome! If you are returning to our party, welcome back! Each Tuesday, my lovely hostesses and I will be partying with you and our guests as you tickle our tastebuds! Thank you for making our last week another success! We are so glad you stop by and party with us! If you want to join in on the fun with us, make sure you register to be a monthly guest host!

Now, let’s meet our lovely hostesses!

tickle my tastebuds tuesday

Cathy @ A Peek Into My Paradise – Blog | Pinterest | Facebook | Twitter | Google +

Alecia @ Detours In Life – Blog | Pinterest | Facebook | Twitter | Google +

Laura @ I’m Not A Trophy Wife – Blog | Pinterest | Facebook | Twitter | Google +

Lori @ Lori’s Culinary Creations – Blog | Pinterest | Facebook | Twitter | Google +

Julia @ Mini Van Dreams – Blog | Pinterest | Facebook | Twitter | Google +

 

…and our guest hostesses for July!

Christie @ A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures – Blog | Pinterest | Facebook | Twitter | Google +

Karen @ Dinosaur Superhero Mommy – Blog | Pinterest | Facebook | Twitter | Google +

Ashley @ Leaving the Rut – Blog | Pinterest | Facebook | Twitter | Google +

Would you like to be one of our guest hosts for the month of August?

Fill out this form!

The rules for Tickle My Tastebuds are simple:

  • Link up as many recipes and/or food related posts you’d like, as long as they haven’t been submitted to this party recently (non-food related posts will be deleted)
  • Follow all the hostesses and guest hostesses on at least one type of social media (make sure you let us know so we can return the favor!)
  • Share the love – visit the blogger in front of you, and at least one more
  • Have fun!

 

Please note, by linking up your posts and recipes, you are giving A Peek into My Paradise, Detours In Life, I’m Not A Trophy Wife, Lori’s Culinary Creations, and Mini Van Dreams permission to use your photos in the featured posts and on social media outlets. All photos will be linked back to your sites and respective posts.

 

We’d love it if you’d share our party with your friends!

Mini Van Dreams

 

 

Each week, the hostesses will choose recipes from the previous week to be featured! Each featured recipe will be pinned by the hostesses!

Now, for this week’s featured recipes!

Tickle My Tastebuds via Mini Van Dreams #recipes #tuesdaybloghops

With a Blast: Rosemary Lime Grilled Chicken 

Eat it and Say Yum: Fresh Tomato and Feta Salad

The Kitchen Chopper: Almond, Kale, Mango Pasta, Green Bean, Chopped

Tickle My Tastebuds via Mini Van Dreams #recipes #tuesdaybloghops       

 

Now, “tickle our tastebuds!”


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Tickle My Tastebuds

I am so excited to be a guest host on Tickle My Tastebuds Tuesday…Each week I post about our healthy meal plans. Last week we were busy, but got in some healthy meals that even Hubby liked (well at least he liked most of the them) Here is the link for last weeks’s meal plan. Here is the link for all our healthy meal plans.

 polenta sausage collagegrilled chicken and corn on the cob collage tilapia collage polenta collage nacho collage jasmine rice and black beans collage

tickle my tastebuds welcome

Welcome to Tickle My Tastebuds! We are so happy you are here! If you are new here, welcome! If you are returning to our party, welcome back! Each Tuesday, my lovely hostesses and I will be partying with you and our guests as you tickle our tastebuds! Thank you for making our last week another success! We are so glad you stop by and party with us! If you want to join in on the fun with us, make sure you register to be a monthly guest host!

Now, let’s meet our lovely hostesses!

tickle my tastebuds tuesday

Cathy @ A Peek Into My Paradise – Blog | Pinterest | Facebook | Twitter | Google +

Alecia @ Detours In Life – Blog | Pinterest | Facebook | Twitter | Google +

Laura @ I’m Not A Trophy Wife – Blog | Pinterest | Facebook | Twitter | Google +

Lori @ Lori’s Culinary Creations – Blog | Pinterest | Facebook | Twitter | Google +

Julia @ Mini Van Dreams – Blog | Pinterest | Facebook | Twitter | Google +

 

…and our guest hostesses for July!

Christie @ A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures – Blog | Pinterest | Facebook | Twitter | Google +

Karen @ Dinosaur Superhero Mommy – Blog | Pinterest | Facebook | Twitter | Google +

Ashley @ Leaving the Rut – Blog | Pinterest | Facebook | Twitter | Google +

Would you like to be one of our guest hosts for the month of June?

Fill out this form!

The rules for Tickle My Tastebuds are simple:

  • Link up as many recipes and/or food related posts you’d like, as long as they haven’t been submitted to this party recently (non-food related posts will be deleted)
  • Follow all the hostesses and guest hostesses on at least one type of social media (make sure you let us know so we can return the favor!)
  • Share the love – visit the blogger in front of you, and at least one more
  • Have fun!

 

Please note, by linking up your posts and recipes, you are giving A Peek into My Paradise, Detours In Life, I’m Not A Trophy Wife, Lori’s Culinary Creations, and Mini Van Dreams permission to use your photos in the featured posts and on social media outlets. All photos will be linked back to your sites and respective posts.

 

We’d love it if you’d share our party with your friends!

Mini Van Dreams

 

Each week, the hostesses will choose recipes from the previous week to be featured! Each featured recipe will be pinned by the hostesses!

Now, for this week’s featured recipes!

Tickle My Tastebuds via Mini Van Dreams #recipes #tuesdaybloghops

Now, “tickle our tastebuds!”


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.
8th Thurs Dinner homemade pizza
9th Fri Dinner leftover chicken, veggies, and couscous 
10th Sat Dinner boneless tilapia, veggies, fries
11th Sun Dinner  Whole roasted chicken, potatoes,carrots, squash
12th Mon Dinner  Barley, leftover chicken and veggies
13th Tues Dinner  Take Out Night/Sports Skills  
14th Wed Dinner  Rice, Beans, Veggies

 

8th Thurs Dinner: Using organic pizza crusts, cheese, pepperoni, sauce and herbs I made two pizzas with Dino. I should have gotten pics of Dino helping..OOOPS. He loved his pepporini pizza and I loved my herb pizza.

Dino’s Pizza:

  • crust
  • olive oil
  • leftover sauce 
  • mozzarella and cheddar cheese blend 
  • pepporoni

Mommy’s Pizza

  • crust
  • olive oil 
  • leftover sauce 
  • mozzarella and cheddar cheese blend 
  • herbs: cilantro, dill, & parsley 

 

homemade pizza collage

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! 

leftover chicken, veggies, couscous collage

10th Saturday– Fish, french fries, squash, I decided to make corn on the cob instead. Using pancake mix, I lightly coated the marinated tilapia and and baked it at 350 for about twenty minutes. I coated the corn with a bit of butter and some seasoning…that was all it needed. I baked the corn at the same temp for about 30 minutes. Everything was cooked in cast iron skillets…which cooks it perfect each and every time. 

fish, corn, and fries collage

11th Sunday – Roasted chicken, potatoes, veggies … Hubby’s games were cancelled so he didn’t have to umpire. Instead he grilled for us on Mother’s Day. We had burgers, hot dogs, (Dino and I had my gmo free dogs while Hubby had the unsafe ones), and fries. It was a lovely treat. Sorry, I forgot to take pics. 

12th Monday leftover chicken, barley, mushrooms, and veggies. We had the roasted chicken and potatoes for Monday. It was yummy as always. Dino loves eating the chicken from the bone. Maybe it’s the mess or just the fact that he feels like a big boy. He was going to town on the potatoes too. He ate them as is, wow a healthy boy I have.  

roast chicken collage

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

14th Wednesday – rice, beans, veggies – After making barley (originally for soup, but keeping it as rice substitute), I added the leftover chicken, potatoes, and some rice. What a filling and tasty meal. I was about to take pics, but forgot. So now I have some rice, chicken, and potatoes left for two small meals.  I am saving the leftover barley for Thursday’s dinner. 

 

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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
  • 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?  

 

    

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

 

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