Burgers, Fries, and Roasted Veggies

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

Yes, there are some changes with my food posts and formats and my little guy’s name. Read here to get the full details.

real food mealsBurgers, Fries, and Roasted Veggies

roasted veggies collage

Ingredients:

~ organic potatoes (cut into strips)
~ organic veggie mix of your choice
~ organic ground beef mixed with cheese and bacon
~ organic Italian seasoning
~ organic buns and ketchup

Directions:

1. mix veggies and potatoes (separately) in olive oil and seasoning
2. Place potatoes and veggies in separate pans and bake at 350 for 20 minutes, then switch to boil to properly crisp them dry the oil. Instead of them being soggy they will be tasty and crispy!
3. grill the burgers to your liking. I prefer mine medium, while Tony prefers medium well.

AJ ate the smaller version of the burger, normally he HATES burgers. I explained that these smaller burgers are just for kids. It’s like eating a meatball in a sandwich. He believed every word and ate it up! (UPDATE) we tried to feed him a small burger this past weekend, and it was no-go. Him eating one was just a fluke! 

The roasted veggies and fries were PERFECTION!  

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Yes, buying organic/NON-GMO is expensive. Until there is a big change in food production and what consumers buy, healthy choices will always be more expensive. If you want to start small with organic…here are some great tips.

How to eat organic on a budget. Practical ways to eat well when you can’t afford organic. Dear Mom who can’t afford organic.

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

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

LINKING UP WITH:

 

Mini Van Dreams http://www.jugglingrealfoodandreallife.com

Mommy and Dino’s Real Food Meals

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

Dino is still an omnivore…

Leftover Rice and Beans Made into Nachos

COLLAGE leftover rice and beans

Ingredients:

~ tortilla chips
~ leftover rice and beans with veggies
~ shredded cheese

 

Directions:

1. scoop rice and bean mixture on chips
2. cover with cheese, and your choice of guacamole and sour cream
3. heat and serve

Super tasty dinner 

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Pork and Turkey Meatloaf with Potatoes, Broccoli, Brussel Sprouts, and Carrots

COLLAGE meatloaf2

COLLAGE LEFTOVER meatloaf

Sauce Ingredients:

~ olive oil
~ water
~ cut peppers 
~ cut onions
~ cut leeks
~ cut garlic
~ seasoning of choice

Sauce Directions:

1. saute all ingredients
2. then puree until all smooth
3. Pour some over uncooked meat, then save the rest for dinner and reheats

Dinner Ingredients:

~ ground pork and turkey
~ cut leeks, carrots, onions, garlic, and peas
~ seasoning of choice, olive oil,
~ bread crumbs
~ one egg
~ brussel sprouts
~ carrots
~ broccoli
~ potatoes

Dinner Directions:

1. mix meats, with seasoning, eggs, veggies and breadcrumbs
2. make into three small loafs and pour a little sauce over
3. bake at 350 until full cooked
4. remove and serve, pour remaining sauce over eat slice

Hubby was worried it would taste awful…but he wound of having seconds and Dino ate everything on his plate…EXCEPT the brussel sprouts. 

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Spaghetti, Sauce, and Chicken Parm

COLLAGE chicken parm and spaghetti

Ingredients:

~ chicken thighs (cut into strips)
~ sauce (with purred veggies mixed in)
~ bread crumbs
~ pasta of choice
~ shredded cheese
~ seasoning with olive oil and water

 

Directions:

1. marinate chicken with seasoning of choice, water, and olive oil
2. cook pasta and set aside
3. place bread crumbs on plate and cover each strip of chicken in bread crumbs
4. baked chicken in oven at 350 degrees for ten minutes, then…
5. spread sauce over chicken and continue baking until cooked
6. Remove chicken and sprinkle cheese on top and let melt
7. serve and enjoy

One of Dino’s favorites…as longs as I don’t cook it too often. 

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Gnocchi with Veggies

 COLLAGE Gnocchi

Ingredients:

~ frozen gnocchi
~ butter
~ seasoning and olive oil
~ broccoli
~ carrots
~ leeks  

Directions:

1. saute seasoning, butter, olive oil and leeks
2. then add gnocchi and veggies
3. simmer on stove top until all cooked 

This was so tasty and light…a BIG hit

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 I made pizza, but forgot to take pics of it. Yes, the pizza had meatballs on it, just like Dino wanted. 

 

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Yes, buying organic/NON-GMO is expensive. Until there is a big change in food production and what consumers buy, healthy choices will always be more expensive. If you want to start small with organic…here are some great tips.

How to eat organic on a budget. Practical ways to eat well when you can’t afford organic. Dear Mom who can’t afford organic.

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

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

LINKING UP WITH:

 

Mini Van Dreams http://www.jugglingrealfoodandreallife.com

 

Mommy and Dino’s Real Food Meals

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

Now Dino is an omnivore again…excuse me while I try to stop my head from spinning.

Sighs…I think I may have overdid it with chicken dinners. So I’m going to only plan one chicken dinner, one meat dinner, the rest will be leftovers and vegetarian meals. Depending on money, I may throw in a fish meal. 

 

Spaghetti with Roasted Garlic, Broccoli, and Cauliflower

COLLAGE roasted garlic broccoli spaghetti

Ingredients:

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

 

Directions:

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

Super tasty dinner 

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Meatballs and Veggie Roll Lasagna

COLLAGE veggie lasagna nad meatballs7  

Ingredients:

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

Directions:

1. lightly boil lasagna noodles until they are softened
2. at the same time mix seasoning, ricotta, 1 egg and half of the cheese
3. take one noodle out at a time, layer ricotta mix on top, then veggies
4. fold over twice, and place in cast iron skillet with a small amount of water
5. spread sauce on top
6. bake at 350 for about 20-30 minutes
7. after removing from oven, sprinkle shredded cheese on top and let melt

1. pour some olive oil in a bowl to keep meet mixture from sticking to hands
2. mix ground beef and turkey with seasoning, egg, garlic, leeks, and breadcrumbs
2. roll meat mixture into balls and place on iron cast skillet
3. bake at 350 for about 30 minutes
4. let cool and eat 

AS SOON AS DINO SAW THE MEATBALLS HE WANTED THEM. I guess his vegetarian diet is over.  I will plan to have 1 meat, 1 chicken/fish dinner, the rest meatless and leftovers. 

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Sweet Potato, Leek, and Pinto Bean Quesadillas

COLLAGE sweet potatoe bean quesadilla2

Ingredients:

~ flour tortillas
~ shredded cheese
~ sweet potato
~ pinto beans (already softened)
~ seasonings
~ leeks
~ olive oil

1. cut sweet potato into small skinless cubes and place in oiled skillet
2. add seasoning and leeks
3. cover and bake at 350 for 20 min or until softened
4. uncover and add pinto beans and bake for another ten minutes
5. remove from oven, and mash potatoes until all flattened
6. in another skillet, place tortilla down
7. spread some cheese on one half, then the potato mixture, then more cheese
8. Fold over and repeat so you have two quesadillas cooking at the same time
9. Flip over when toasty on one side
10. Cut in half, eat, and enjoy

How can you beat cheesy, sweet, and savory? 

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Baked Fried Chicken, cheesy potatoes and cauliflower

COLLAGE potatoes and chicken2

Ingredients:

~ chicken tenders
~ flour
~ seasoning with olive oil
~ garlic
~ cauliflower
~ shredded cheese
~ potatoes

1. marinate chicken in bag with seasoning of choice, olive oil, and water
2. cut potatoes into cubes with cauliflower, and garlic, cover and mix with seasoning, olive oil, and water
3. Place potatoes in cast iron skillet
4. Cover potatoes and bake at 350 for about 30 minutes or until fully cooked
5. At the same time, get out flour and coat marinated chicken in flour and place on cast iron skillet
6. bake (uncovered) for about thirty minutes
7. remove potatoes, and sprinkle cheese on top
8. Then remove chicken and sprinkle cheese on top as well

A quick and easy meal…and yes Dino ate all his chicken. 

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Easy Stove Top Rice, Beans, and Veggies

 rice beans and veggies\

Ingredients:

~ rice 2 cups
~ water 4 1/2 cups
~ diced onions and peppers
~ sliced garlic
~ cut leek
~ seasoning
~ olive oil
~ butter
~ cannellini beans canned or already cooked

 

1. put water, onions, garlic, peppers, leeks, butter, olive oil, and seasoning in pot and boil
2. once boiled, add rice and stir
3. then turn down heat to simmer
4. once there is little water left, add the beans
5. stir all together and serve. 

you can add feta or shredded cheese, extra veggies or meat to this meal…it’s beyond versatile. Dino has not eaten it yet. I made it and we will be having it for the next night. 

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Polenta, Eggs, and Cheese

COLLAGE polenta and eggand cheese

Ingredients:

~ 1 cup polenta (dry) NOT the one already cooked
~ 2 1/2 cups water
~ seasoning
~ olive oil
~ butter
~ eggs
~ shredded cheese

1. in water add olive oil, butter, seasoning and boil
2. add polenta, boil, then let simmer
3. make two eggs, sunny side up
4. once polenta is cooked, scoop some into a bowl, top with egg and cheese and mix

 

it was a wonderful way to have eggs without the bread. Polenta is cheaper than bread and can be make into an porridge or then baked in the oven to make pizza crusts or bread…so versatile! 

I made more eggs on the baked polenta, but didn’t get a picture of that. It was so delicious though.

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Yes, buying organic/NON-GMO is expensive. Until there is a big change in food production and what consumers buy, healthy choices will always be more expensive. If you want to start small with organic…here are some great tips.

How to eat organic on a budget. Practical ways to eat well when you can’t afford organic. Dear Mom who can’t afford organic.

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

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

LINKING UP WITH:

 

Mini Van Dreams http://www.jugglingrealfoodandreallife.com

 

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.


Even though I am cooking vegetarian for Dino, I have eaten leftover chicken dinners for lunch. Next week I’m going to make more baked chicken for hubby and I.

 

Couscous with Feta, Broccoli, and Parsnips

feta couscous

Ingredients:

~ couscous
~ sliced parsnips
~ fresh broccoli
~ crumbled feta
~ seasonings of choice
~ olive and coconut oil
~ butter

Directions:

1. In a pot, cook couscous according to directions (I added olive oil, curry and a latin seasoning to give it flavor and make it a yellow and flavorful)
2. In a plan, add butter and coconut oil and cook parsnips and broccoli with extra seasonings
3. when both are done, mix together in a large bowl and toss in feta

Dino LOVED this…of course it was tasty, so what’s not to love

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Karate Test Night
Quick leftover slow cooked beans made into Cheese Melts

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Ingredients:

~ bread 
~ leftover slow cooked beans
~ shredded cheese
~ olive oil and butter

Directions:

1. In a pan add olive oil and heat leftover bean mixture
2. sprinkle cheese on bread, layer heated bean mix on top, sprinkle more cheese on top, fold bread over twice
3.add butter to another pan and heat bread on both sides until cheese is melted

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Baked Breaded Eggplant (for eggplant parm next week)

COLLAGE breaded egglplant

Ingredients:

~ whole wheat panko
~ eggplant
~ olive oil
~ eggs
~ seasoning

Directions:

1. create an egg mixture with eggs and seasonings of your choice 
2. slice eggplant and dip in egg mixture, then in panko
3. place on pan and bake in oven at 350 degrees for about 15 mins on each side

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Veggie Lasagna

COLLAGE veggie lasagna3

Original recipe can be found here

Ingredients:

~ 2 cups ricotta cheese
~ 1 cup grated mozzarella cheese, divided
~ 1 cup grated 3-cheese blend, divided
~ 1 egg, lightly beaten
~ 1 (16-ounce) bag frozen spinach, thawed, chopped and drained well
~ Salt and pepper to taste
~ 2 teaspoons dried oregano
~ 1 (25-ounce) jar pasta sauce
~ 9 no-boil uncooked lasagna noodles

My changes:

  • I used Whole Foods organic noodles were are thinner and was able to get three across and made four layers
  • I used an italian blend of seasonings and some turmeric

 

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. create an egg mixture with eggs and seasonings of your choice
2. In a large bowl mix ricotta, 1/2 cup of the mozzarella, 1/2 cup of the 3-cheese blend, egg, spinach, salt, pepper and oregano.
3. In another bowl, combine the remaining 1/2 cup mozzarella and 1/2 cup 3-cheese blend.
4. Set both bowls aside.
5. In a 9×13-inch non-reactive baking pan, layer 1 cup of the sauce, then a layer of noodles and a layer of the ricotta-spinach mixture; repeat.
6. Top with sauce then sprinkle with remaining cheeses.
7. Pour 1 cup water around the edges of pan, then cover with parchment paper, then very tightly with foil.
8. Bake 1 1/4 hours, then set aside to let stand for 15 minutes before serving.

 

My changes: 

  • I forgot to add other veggies, so I sauteed them later on and just added them to each bowl and leftovers

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Bowtie Pasta with Feta and Veggies 

COLLAGE pasta, feta, spinach, tomato, mushroom

Ingredients:

~ bow tie pasta
~ feta cheese
~ mushrooms cut 
~ spinach thawed and cut
~ tomatoes sliced
~ olive and sesame oil
~ seasonings of choice

Directions:

1. Boil pasta according to directions
2. saute onions and garlic
3. Once onions and garlic are brown, add spinach, tomatoes, and mushrooms
4. Drain pasta, add to large bowl and pour in sesame seed oil
5. Mix in veggies then sprinkle in feta cheese
6. cover and mix well

Dino wanted more!

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I made rice and beans for dinner one night, but forgot to take any pics.

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Yes, buying organic/NON-GMO is expensive. Until there is a big change in food production and what consumers buy, healthy choices will always be more expensive. If you want to start small with organic…here are some great tips.

How to eat organic on a budget. Practical ways to eat well when you can’t afford organic. Dear Mom who can’t afford organic.

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

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

LINKING UP WITH:

 

Mini Van Dreams http://www.jugglingrealfoodandreallife.com

 

Mommy and Dino’s Real Food Meals

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


Dino has informed me that he NO LONGER wants any meat or chicken…sometimes eggs are okay…Some of these recipes still have meat as they are from before he told me and some are for hubby who will always be a meat guy. I still love a good chicken and bone broth, but also love meatless meals…as long as it’s real food, I’m eating it.

 

Sweet Potato and Ground Beef Casserole

COLLAGE ground beef casserole

Ingredients:

~ grass fed ground beef
~ shredded sweet potato
~ cut leeks
~ egg
~ onion and garlic
~ green beans
~ oil and butter
~ seasoning of choice

Directions:

1. coat skillet first
2. mix all ingredients and place in cast iron skillet
3. layer ground beef on top with seasoning,
4. bake in oven at 350 until cooked…
5. boil pasta and mix with a small amount of sauce to keep from sticking together when cooked.
6. Mix together and serve. 

DINO at it reluctantly…then he told me no more meat or chicken…

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Oven Baked Fried Chicken with Wild Rice and Veggies

COLLAGE oven baked fried chicken2

Ingredients:

~ chicken thighs
~ seasoning of choice
~ flour
~ wild rice
~ veggies of choice
~ olive oil
~ butter 

Directions:

1. marinate chicken thighs for a few hours
2. Then coat with flour and place on cast iron skillet
3. Bake at 350 until fully cooked

1. cook wild rice according to directions (I add extra butter and coconut oil with the seasoning)
2. add veggies of choice while it’s simmering
3. fluff with fork and let cool 

Dino was not home for this…though I am going to enjoy eating these leftovers. 

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Stir Fry Veggies with Pasta, Topped with Cheese

COLLAGE pasta with veggies and cheese3

Ingredients:

~ pasta (already cooked)
~ seasoning of choice
~ olive oil, sesame oil and butter

~ broccoli
~ carrots
~ tomatoes
~ leeks, onions, and garlic
~ shredded cheese

Directions:

1. add oils and butter to skillet with seasoning and cook veggies…letting them slowly cook
2. throw veggies over pasta

3. top with cheese

Dino was so HAPPY that it was a meat free dinner, he ate it so fast and wanted more. 

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Pea Soup with Carrots and Potatoes

pea soup for rice and couscous

Ingredients:

~ dry peas
~ water
~ carrots
~ potatoes
~ seasoning of choice
~ garlic, onion, and leeks

~ olive oil and butter

Directions:

1. add dry split green peas, garlic, onions, leeks, water, and seasoning to the slow cooker
2. set slow cooker to low for 6 hours
3. add carrots and potatoes after three hours

This will be used to add to couscous, rice, barley, and Bulgar mixes

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Bulgar with Veggies, Salad, and Fruit

COLLAGE bulgar veggies and pears dinner

Ingredients:

~ bulgar
~ water
~ tomatoes and onions
~ olive oil and sesame oil
~ pears
~ onions, garlic, and leeks

Directions:

1. follow instructions for bulgar, but add olive oil and sesame oil with onions, leeks, and garlic
2. scoop some and add cooked spinach and tomatoes and fresh pairs

Pair with a salad and fresh fruit

Dino loved the food and ate most of his salad, some of the bulgar and veggies, and the fruit….a healthy and balanced meal. 

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Kidney Bean, Pepper, and Leek Quesadillas

COLLAGE bean quesadilla

Ingredients:

~ kidney beans (already slow cooked)
~ green pepper
~ tomatoes
~ onion and leeks
~ seasoning of choice
~ shredded cheese
~ olive and sesame oil
~ whole wheat tortillas

Directions:

1. saute peppers, leeks, and onion with olive and sesame oil with
2. once fully cooked, add beans and tomatoes
3. place cheese on half of tortilla, add mixture, top with more cheese, then fold over tortilla
4. repeat as many times as necessary
5. heat on both sides until crispy

Dino ate all three pieces on the way to karate! 

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Yes, buying organic/NON-GMO is expensive. Until there is a big change in food production and what consumers buy, healthy choices will always be more expensive. If you want to start small with organic…here are some great tips.

How to eat organic on a budget. Practical ways to eat well when you can’t afford organic. Dear Mom who can’t afford organic.

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

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

LINKING UP WITH:

 

Mini Van Dreams http://www.jugglingrealfoodandreallife.com

 

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.

 

Baked Chicken and Fingerling Potatoes with Mushrooms

COLLAGE baked chicken thighs

Ingredients:

~ chicken legs
~ olive oil and seasoning of choice and turmeric
~ potatoes

Directions:

1. coat cast iron skillet with olive oil or butter
2  coat chicken, mushrooms, and potatoes with seasoning and olive oil (I am adding turmeric because of it’s immunity power…learn about it HERE)
3. place on cast iron skillet and layer with cheese
4. bake at 350 until chicken is cooked
5. Serve

6. Dino LOVED it… but forgot to get a pic of him eating. 

Brown Rice, Sausage, and Veggies

COLLAGE brown rice, sausage, veggies

Ingredients:

~ brown rice
~ apple chicken sausage
~ veggies of your choice (I chose spinach, peas, carrots, and corn)
~ seasonings of your choice (I chose turmeric, curry, and Italian blend)
~ olive oil, butter
~ cook brown rice according to directions, I added some extra butter

Directions:

1. cook brown rice according to directions, I added some extra butter
2. After boiling and now simmering, add in cut sausage and veggies
3. add some more water, cover and let simmer until rice is ready. 

4. Dino loves rice mixes and I love that I make them from scratch. 

Roasted Chicken with Veggies

COLLAGE roasted chciken adn veggies

Ingredients:

~ whole chicken
~ potatoes and sweet potatoes
~ mushrooms
~ carrots
~ olive oil and seasoning...I added turmeric again to my seasoning…

Directions:

1. coat chicken with olive oil and seasoning
2. marinate veggies
3. Place everything in a cast iron skillet 
4. bake at 350 until chicken is cooked through

5. WHOA!!! This rocked! Dino said he was eating like a pirate and even hubby loved it! Plus we had leftovers for chicken salad if we needed it with the upcoming storm. 

LEFTOVERS: Chicken Gravy casserole

COLLAGE leftover roasted chicken2

Ingredients:

~ leftover chicken and veggies
~ shredded cheese
~ homemade gravy

Directions:

1. place chicken and veggies on cast iron skillet
1. pour gravy on top
3. Sprinkle cheese on top of gravy
4. cover and bake at 350 for about twenty minutes
5. Serve! 

Dino couldn’t eat this fast enough! 

Baked Apples

COLLAGE apple bake2

Ingredients:

~ apples cut in half with slices
~ butter
~ cinnamon
~ flour
~ honey

 

Directions:

1. cut apples and make slice marks for the butter and honey to melt into
2. mix cinnamon with flour and put on side
3. melt butter and mix with honey
4. pour melted butter and honey mix on top of apples
5. sprinkle flour mixture on top
6. bake at 350 for about twenty minutes

eat and enjoy…we loved them. 

 

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Yes, buying organic/NON-GMO is expensive. Until there is a big change in food production and what consumers buy, healthy choices will always be more expensive. If you want to start small with organic…here are some great tips.

How to eat organic on a budget. Practical ways to eat well when you can’t afford organic. Dear Mom who can’t afford organic.

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

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

LINKING UP WITH:

 

Mini Van Dreams http://www.jugglingrealfoodandreallife.com

 

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.

 

LEFTOVERS: Chicken Casserole

COLLAGE leftover chicken made into casserle

Ingredients:

~ leftover chicken soup (drained)
~ olive oil
~ shredded cheddar cheese

Directions:

1. coat cast iron skillet with olive oil or butter
2 drain chicken soup 
3. place on cast iron skillet and layer with cheese
4. bake at 250 for twenty minutes until heated up and cheese is melted
5. serve.
6. LOOKS NASTY…BUT TASTES SO DARN GOOD! 

Boneless chicken thighs and veggies 

COLLAGE boneless chicken thighs

Ingredients:

~ boneless chicken thighs
~ olive oil
~ butter
~ coconut oil
~ brussel sprouts
~ broccoli
~ carrots
~ spinach
~ seasoning

Directions:

1. marinate chicken with seasoning of your choice and olive oil
2. coat pan with butter and coconut oil
3. place thighs on skillet along with frozen veggies
4. sprinkle more seasoning on top for added flavor
5. cover and bake at 350 for thirty or forty minutes
6. CAN BE CHOPPED UP TO MAKE QUESADILLAS, ENCHILAADAS, PIZZA TOPPINGS, OR CHICKEN SALAD. 

 

LEFTOVERS: Chicken quesadillas

COLLAGE leftover chicken made into quessaditllas with sauce2

Ingredients:

~ whole wheat wraps
~ sauce
~ shredded cheese 
~ leftover over chicken thighs and veggies
~ olive oil

Directions:

1. coat pan with olive oil
2. place whole wheat wrap down, layer with sauce then cheese
3. layer DICED chicken and veggies on top, then more sauce and cheese
4. cover with whole wheat wrap
5. bake at 250 degrees for twenty minutes or when crispy on top, carefully flip over

 

Couscous with chicken and veggies

COLLAGE couscous chicken sausage veggies

Ingredients:

~ pre-cooked spinach and feta chicken sausage
~ couscous
~ garlic and onion
~ frozen veggies
~ frozen spinach
~ olive oil
~ butter
~ seasoning

Directions:

1. coat cast iron pot with butter, coconut oil, seasonings, garlic and onions
2. Cook couscous according to directions
3. once you turn dial to simmer, throw in cut sausage and veggies
4. cover and simmer until all cooked.
5. CAN BE ADDED TO A SOUP
6. *****WHEN SERVING I ADDED SOME BONE BROTH AND TUMERIC POWERDER- GREAT FOR IMMUNITY SUPPORT AND PREBIOTICS*****

Butternut Squash Soup

Some recipes for butternut squash soup Deliciously Organic Gluten Free Goddess Southern Girl Eats Clean Wellness Mama though I changed it up a bit and added more coconut milk, ginger and turmeric and and took out the chicken broth. I love mixing it with leftovers and taking it to work…such a wonderful taste!

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I know I shared this last week, but still loving how great this is for a Recipe Organizer…

I found a better way to store all my recipes. It’s free and easy to use! I got the idea after reading http://food.thefuntimesguide.com/2009/10/recipe_organizer_software.php. It’s so easy to add my recipes, I can make folders and put copies of all the recipes in as many folders as I want. I can add the links and pictures from my blog posts. The best part I can easily read and share the recipes on my laptop at home or on my phone.

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google drive

 

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Yes, buying organic/NON-GMO is expensive. Until there is a big change in food production and what consumers buy, healthy choices will always be more expensive. If you want to start small with organic…here are some great tips.

How to eat organic on a budget. Practical ways to eat well when you can’t afford organic. Dear Mom who can’t afford organic.

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

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

LINKING UP WITH:

 

Mini Van Dreams http://www.jugglingrealfoodandreallife.com

 

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 Soup with Barley, Carrots, Potatoes, and Celery: 

  • whole chicken
  • carrots, potatoes, sweet potatoes, celery, onions, garlic
  • olive oil
  • butter
  • water
  • seasoning

I threw the veggies in the bottom as always, added all my seasoning and water, then placed chicken on top! By placing chicken on top, it still cooks, but it easier to lift out of the crock pot and place in pan to begin pulling off the meat. I messed up and forgot to add barley to the crock pot, so I took some chicken broth, some bones, extra water and cooked the barley in the cast iron pot instead. After it was cooked I added it to the soup. I had extra barley leftover for salads, eggs, or other dishes. 

chicken soup and barley collage

I made a great bone broth from the chicken bones. What is bone broth? I never heard of it till recently and I love knowing I can use up as much as the chicken as possible…nothing goes to waste. Here is more info and recipes…. 

WellnessMama

NourishedKitchen

bone broth

Sundried Tomato Chicken Sausage, Brocolli, Carrots, Cauliflowr, Brussel Sporuts, and Rice: 

  • chicken sun dried tomato sausage
  • veggies of your choice
  • rice
  • butter
  • water
  • seasoning

started cooking rice in cast iron pot, then added tons of seasoning (Italian Herbs with a dash of curry). Once rice was boiling and I switched it to simmer, I threw in the precooked sausage and veggies. I covered and let simmer for about 30 minutes. It came out so darn tasty! 

chicken rice and ssau ce

 I made a HUGE vat of oatmeal and saved into smaller bags. All I have to do is add honey, butter, and cinnamon and enjoy. Perhaps he can really taste the oats instead of all the crap in the packet. A friend said she uses almond butter, roasted coconuts, and coconut oil. What do you add to your oatmeal.

I need to buy more quick oats from the bulk section at Whole Foods…not only can I make oatmeal, I use the oats to make overnight oats and other tasty treats.

oatmeal

No weekly meal plan this week…it;’s been a bit hecti after the holidays. When I go shopping Friday I’ll have a better idea of what I plan on making for the next two weeks.

Are you back on schedule after the holidays? What’s on your meal plan this week and next?

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Yes, buying organic/NON-GMO is expensive. Until there is a big change in food production and what consumers buy, healthy choices will always be more expensive. If you want to start small with organic…here are some great tips.

How to eat organic on a budget. Practical ways to eat well when you can’t afford organic. Dear Mom who can’t afford organic.

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

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

LINKING UP WITH:

 

Mini Van Dreams http://www.jugglingrealfoodandreallife.com

 

 

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.

LEFTOVER Chicken Soup: Whole Chicken, sweet potatoes, celery, carrots, onions, barley, 

Recipe can be found here   

Of course Dino MUST have the red bowl…and he ate every bite. I swear the sweet potatoes make all the difference. 

chicken soup sweet pot leftover collage

FROZEN LEFTOVER Slower Cooker Rice and Beans:

  • Recipe can be found here. We made it into a nachos with lots of cheese

LEFTOVER rice and beans collage

Baked Ziti

  • 1 box pasta
  • ground beef
  • pasta sauce
  • shredded mozzarella cheese
  • seasoning of choice
  • Cook ground beef in cast iron skillet until all pink is gone, cook ground beef with LOTS of seasoning and a bit of water and olive oil, then mix in some sauce, at the same time boil pasta, when past and beef is done, layer half past in pan, layer ground beef and sauce mixture, then layer on cheese, repeat one more time but add more sauce before adding final cheese on top. Cover and bake at 350 for ten minutes

baked ziti collage

Chicken Thighs with Sweet Potatoes:

  • boneless chicken 
  • sweet potatoes
  • olive oil, coconut oil
  • water
  • seasoning of your choice
  • brown sugar
  • marinate chicken with seasoning (I used bbq seasoning), olive oil and water. Then lightly coat in flour and place in cast iron skillet and bake at 350 degrees until cooked. Slice sweet potato and coat in coconut oil, place in cast iron skillet, bake at 350 for thirty minutes. Sprinkle brown sugar over potatoes after cooked. 

Dino got the stomach bug and was eating rice, bananas, toast, and pretzels for days. He happily ate the chicken and potatoes. He said he really liked this chicken…I guess it’s more dark meat for this guy.  

chicken thighs collage

LEFTOVERS – Chicken Thighs, Potatoes, and Chicken Soup:

Dino asked for broccoli to go with his chicken and potatoes. I happily cooked some broccoli, cauliflowers, and carrots in a cast iron skillet and a tablespoon of coconut oil.  

LEFTOVERS chicken thighs collage

 

Even though I push fruits and vegetables, we still crave snacks. Thankfully there are many companies that produce NON-GMO snacks, since I am an awful baker. Some of my new favorites are…..

Liz Lovely’s cookies. Our favorite is Triple Chocolate Mint…but each is so delicious and GMO FREE.

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Coco Roons. Our favorites are vanilla maple and lemon pie. They are GMO Free as well. 

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In an effort to save money and do a better, but EASY job of planning meals I’m just typing it out and putting it on the fridge. I WILL use, must use freezer meals in this meal plan. I don’t want them to sit and not get used…what was the point of gathering up the leftovers and freezing them. Hubby will know what’s on the menu and I won’t have to open up anything or search for the plan…it’s right there.

Here’s a pic of my two week meal plan (this was taken with my old phone…hence the terrible blur)

meal plan for two weeks

I am loving my new phone…the Samsung Galaxy S5.  

It takes amazing pictures and is beyond easy to use! What a difference from this phone and the prepaid phones I used to have.

My favorite apps are…

Blue Mail…which coordinates with gmail and lets you add emails to task folder and reread at a later date! 

Receipt Hog, I take pictures of receipts and get points. It’s that simple. It was recommended by a few reputable sites, I am at 600 ponits and can get a $5 Amazon card when I get to a 1000 points. It’s like getting money for free…we shall see if it really works. I will keep you updated. 

galaxy

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Yes, buying organic/NON-GMO is expensive. Until there is a big change in food production and what consumers buy, healthy choices will always be more expensive. If you want to start small with organic…here are some great tips.

How to eat organic on a budget. Practical ways to eat well when you can’t afford organic. Dear Mom who can’t afford organic.

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

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

LINKING UP WITH:

 

Mini Van Dreams http://www.jugglingrealfoodandreallife.com

 

 

 

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.

THANKSGIVING DINNER:

My mom served some organic and NON-GMO food items, not all, but she tried. It made a big difference to me that she tried. Dinner was great, while Dino didn’t eat a lot, he sure had LOTS of fun!

thanksgiving COLLAGE

TACOS:

  • taco kit
  • ground beef
  • shredded cheese
  • tomatoes
  • cook ground beef in cast iron skillet according to directions, add separate toppings to add to tacos

tacos collage

CHICKEN TENDERS:

  • chicken tenders
  • seasoning and olive oil
  • bread crumbs or flour
  • marinate chicken, then coat in flour, and bake at 350 for thirty minutes in a cast iron skillet, turn over chicken half way through

MAC AND CHEESE WITH PEAS AND CARROTS: Since Annie’s Homegrown sold out to a General Mills I refuse to buy any of their products. General Mills is a company that is spends TONS of money on stopping GMO labeling. I prefer Whole Foods’ NON-GMO mac and cheese.

  • organic and NON-GMO mac and cheese
  • shredded cheese
  • milk and butter
  • peas and carrots
  • follow directions on box but add frozen peas and carrots with the pasta, add shredded cheese with the milk and butter and stir, sprinkle top with shredded cheese

chicken tenders, mac cheese with peas carrots collage

 

LEFTOVER FROZEN MEAL—–CURRY RICE, CHICKEN SAUSAGE, AND VEGGIES

Recipe can be found here 

After dinner he asked for a pear…Dino LOVES pears…he knew he needed somethign super healthy before I would give him some cheese crackers as a snack.

LEFTOVER curry rice, chicken sausage, and veggies collage

CHICKEN SOUP with SWEET POTATOES, CELERY, ONIONS, CARROTS AND BARLEY:

  • whole chicken
  • water (amount depends on size of slow cooker)
  • chopped sweet potatoes, onions, carrots, celery, and barley
  • seasonings of your choice I used lots of garlic and herb mix from Whole Foods and a bit of their Latin seasoning mix
  • fill slow cooker with seasoning, veggies, water and barley, then place chicken on top with more seasoning, set for 8 hours on low.

Why do I place the chicken on top? I find it’s easier to get the chicken out, WITHOUT it falling apart. It adds a great flavor to the veggies and still makes an awesome broth.

chicken soup TUES4 collage

FINALLY A NEW PHONE WITH AN AWESOME CAMERA!!!!!!!!

Next week I will be able you will see clear pictures of our meals…until then enjoy the clear details of the last pic. 

You know how much I LOVE overnight oats. I sometimes make them in a thermos container, but I also make them in the peanut butter jar. When you have just a bit of peanut butter leftover…it’s the perfect amount for overnight oats. They oats are soft and chewy, and the entire snack is filling.

overnight oats collage

 

In an effort to save money and do a better, but EASY job of planning meals I’m just typing it out and putting it on the fridge. I WILL use, must use freezer meals in this meal plan. I don’t want them to sit and not get used…what was the point of gathering up the leftovers and freezing them. Hubby will know what’s on the menu and I won’t have to open up anything or search for the plan…it’s right there.

Here’s a pic of my two week meal plan (this was taken with my old phone…hence the terrible blur)

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Yes, buying organic/NON-GMO is expensive. Until there is a big change in food production and what consumers buy, healthy choices will always be more expensive. If you want to start small with organic…here are some great tips.

How to eat organic on a budget. Practical ways to eat well when you can’t afford organic. Dear Mom who can’t afford organic.

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

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

LINKING UP WITH:

 

Mini Van Dreams http://www.jugglingrealfoodandreallife.com