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!

COLLAGE swuash soup2

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.

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Chicken sausage with couscous and veggies (carrots, cauliflower, broccoli, and brussell sprouts)

COLLAGE chicken sausage, cous cous, veggies

Ingredients:

  • veggies
  • couscous
  • seasoning
  • chicken sausage (pre-cooked)
  • olive oil and butter
  • seasoning

Directions:

  1. follow directions to make couscous in cast iron pot add seasonings and…(add your own combo of butter, olive oil, and coconut oil)
  2. After couscous has begun to simmer, add sliced sausage and frozen veggies of your choice and cover pot
  3. occasionally mix to stir in all flavors
  4. Once cooked, serve or reheat the next day

Can be added to a broth for soup.

 Chicken soup Dump: with all the veggies you have and can add to the soup:

COLLAGE chicken soup potatoes and mushrooms

Ingredients:

  • spinach
  • tomatoes
  • mushrooms
  • potaotes
  • broccoli
  • carrots
  • cauliflower
  • squash
  • olives
  • barley
  • whole chicken
  • water
  • olive oil
  • coconut oil
  • onions
  • garlic
  • butter
  • seasoning

Directions:

Day ONE:

  1. cooked the potatoes, and mushrooms in a cast iron, at the same time I cooked the tomatoes, olives, and barley in a cast iron pot…then added it all together.

Day TWO:

  1. place remaining veggies and ingredients and chicken in slow cooker, add seasoning of choice.
  2. remove chicken when done and peel off meat (save extra chicken for other meals)
  3. scoop hot soup and yesterdays barley and veggies into bowls for hot and yummy meals.
  4. after soup cools, mix into container with barley and veggies.

LEFTOVERS: ENCHILADAS-Mommy Style

Chicken soup MADE into chicken enchiladas. While I can eat chicken soup EVERY day, Dino does not want that, but I want him to have the goodness of the meal. 

COLLAGE enchilladas

Ingredients:

  • chicken soup drained of all broth
  • whole wheat wrap
  • shredded cheese
  • pasta sauce
  • olive oil
  • seasoning

Directions:

  1. drain chicken soup of all broth (let broth go back into container)
  2. Coat pan with olive oil
  3. Place shredded cheese evenly on one wrap and layer chicken and veggies on wrap
  4. fold wrap twice and leave room for more enchiladas.
  5. Repeat as many times as you like (make as thick or thin as you like)
  6. I coated pan with olive oil and added shredded cheese to one wrap, I folded it twice and repeated this
  7. spread sauce over enchiladas and sprinkle cheese on top
  8. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 mins or longer depending on how crunchy you want them

 

Better 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. 

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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

 

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

chicken tenders and potatoes collage

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!

curry rice, sausage, veggies collaGE

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!!!!

mashed potatoes and chicken collage

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”.

pancakes collage

 

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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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.

     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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I know I keep changing the main graphic for this post, but as our information and understanding of real food and cooking healthy changes, so do my posts. I am teaching Dino to be aware of what is in his food and recognize the USDA ORGANIC and NON-GMO labels. He loves to watch food documentaries with me. This is why I am including him in my title of this post.

This week we had of the same foods and tried new things.

One of our meals was meatloaf mixed with a barbecue seasoning and squash…which came out great. I added mac and cheese and veggies…it was a big hit. The meal pictured was leftovers, which is why there are hardly any veggies left. meatloaf and mac cheese collage

On the same day, I made a snack between lunch and dinner…I sliced one potato and cut out the centers, then quickly cooked them in a cast iron skillet. I chopped up the left over potato and onion and mixed with a bit of half and half, two eggs, and seasoning. I poured the egg mixture over the potatoes, lowered the heat, and covered the cast iron skillet. The egg mixture came out super fluffy and tasty. Dino almost devoured the snack.

egg and potatoes collage

Yes, we made chicken soup again! It’s so easy and tasty…a perfect meal for the cold weather. Plus we have leftovers!!!! This time I added a good portion of Minnesota Wild Rice with the jasmine rice.

I find that putting the veggies on the bottom and the chicken on top makes the veggies the perfect consistency and the Chicken is easier to take out of the slow cooker. I can get it out in one piece, but the meat still falls off the bone.

chicken soup collage

I do love chicken and apple sausage! Another favorite of mine. I think I need to update or change up my meals likes I promised! This time I added brown qunioa to the mix…Dino loved every bite.

chicken sausage, couscous, and veggies collage

Recently some states have been fighting for GMO labeling and lost. Monsanto, who creates these science experiments and poisons in our food, has spent a lot of money to advertise the benefits of GMOs, which is sickening and laughable. So tired of hearing how GMO labeling would be more expensive. If Monsanto really wants to prove how safe GMOs, then just label them in their products…but they know the food would labels would show bacteria, antibiotics, chemicals, and poisons.

On a recent shopping trip, I saw a perfect example of how easy GMO labeling or NON-GMO products could be. Cedar’s hummus is NON-GMO verified and is $0.50 cheaper. Sabra chemical mixtures to look like hummus is $0.50 more for 2 oz more. I think I rather go for the 8oz of real hummus than 10 oz of chemicals. What about you?

gmo labeling example

Recently Dino got his purple belt, I am so proud of him! He is loving karate and is doing great. I hope he keeps loving and stays with it. I know the older boys who are now on their striped belts and advancement levels stay and help Sensei with class. I would love for Dino to do that when he’s older.

karate purple belt collage

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

How to eat organic on a budgetPractical 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

 

 

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.

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.

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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

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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

 

 LINKING UP WITH:

 

   

      Mini Van Dreams