Tasty Chicken with Rice and Veggies

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Tasty Chicken with Rice and Veggies

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Tasty Chicken Ingredients:

~ organic chicken breasts with the skin
~ organic seasoning of your choice (mix all the seasoning in a bowl)
~ organic olive oil (for the cast iron skillet only)

Directions:
~ rub the seasoning all over the chicken, including under the skin – this makes the chicken less greasy and keeps the seasoning stuck to the chicken
~ oil the cast iron skillet, place the chicken in it, then cover
~ bake at 350 for about 30 minutes or longer

~ remove the chicken and slice into strips and serve 

PAIR WITH brown rice and veggies… I chose green beans, leeks, peppers, and onions…so it was super tasty. 

AJ loved it, despite the “whatever” face. He said “This is the best chicken he ever had. It’s really tasty.” Which is where I got the phrase-tasty chicken.

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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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Mommy’s Pasta Salad

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Mommy’s Pasta Salad

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Ingredients:

~ organic pasta (I only had this version of pasta…though smaller pasta works better)
~ organic corn
~ organic colby cheese cut into small cubes
~ organic mozzarella cheese cut into small cubes
~ organic cucumbers diced
~ organic tomatoes diced
~ red onions diced
~
organic Vivaldi onion dressing 

Directions

~ follow directions for making pasta and put on the side
~ cut all the ingredients and mix with dressing
~ then mix with the pasta
~ cover and place in fridge to cool then shake and serve 

AJ loved it but I had to cut the pasta smaller, so it would be easier to grab and eat. Other than that it was an AWESOME meal. 
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What do you like to add to your pasta salad? 

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

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

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

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Bacon Wrapped Chicken

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Bacon Wrapped Chicken with
Quinoa with Onion and Peppers

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Got the recipe from a Buzzfeed video…of course I used all organic ingredients. You can watch it here.

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Bacon Wrapped Chicken Ingredients:

~ organic chicken breasts
~ organic pesto
~ organic bacon
~ organic olive oil
~ organic Italian and bbq seasoning
~ organic apples – cut into cubes

Directions:
~ lay bacon strips on pan
~ make a large slit in  marinated chicken breasts
~ scoop a good amount of pesto into the chicken
~ lay chicken on bacon and wrap bacon all around chicken
~ bake at 350 until chicken is completely cooked. 
 

Quinoa with Onion and Peppers Ingredients:

~ organic quinoa
~ organic onion and peppers
~ organic butter, olive oil, and sesame seed oil
~ organic seasoning of choice

Directions: 

~ follow directions for making quinoa 
~ add butter, olive oil, sesame oil, and seasoning to the water 
~ after adding quinoa to the boiling water, throw in fresh onion and frozen sliced peppers
~ after initial boil, reduce heat to simmer and keep stirring
~ add more butter or sesame seed oil if you prefer 

quinoa with onions and peppersSorry no picture of Anthony eating the dinner, but he LOVED the chicken and quinoa. 

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

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

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

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Pesto Chicken Salad

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Pesto Chicken Salad

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Ingredients:

~ organic leftover chicken
~ organic pesto
~ organic shredded cheese
~ organic and NON-GMO mayo
~ organic cooked broccoli
~ organic apples – cut into cubes

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Directions:

1. cut up apples and leftover chicken into small cubes
2. scoop in generous amount of pesto and some mayo
3. cut up cooked broccoli
4. mix together
5. sprinkle with cheese if desired.

For variety you can add: feta cheese, blue cheese, walnuts, blueberries, grapes, sliced almonds, or cherry tomatoes, What do you like in your chicken salad? 

AJ LOVED it…he couldn’t eat it fast enough. I had to remind him to slow down. What a great way to use leftovers and eat real food. 

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

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

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

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Honey Mustard Chicken Quesadilla

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Honey Mustard Chicken Quesadilla

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Ingredients:

~ organic tortilla wraps
~ organic shredded cheese (blend of your choice)
~ organic leftover chicken (cut into small pieces)
~ organic honey mustard dressing
~ organic green beans (pureed)
~ organic BBQ and Italian blend seasoning
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Directions:

1. puree green beans and cut up leftover chicken
2. place chicken, green beans, seasoning, and honey mustard dressing into small cast iron skillet
3. heat up slowly, as to mix all together
4. In a large cast iron skillet, put one wrap down, sprinkle cheese on top, then add layer of chicken mix, sprinkle on more cheese, then place another wrap on top.
4. After a few minutes, turn wrap over, then remove after a few minutes
5. Repeat with as many wraps as you like
broccoli and chicken quesadilla3AJ LOVED it…not only are quesadillas a big hit, but the added flavor of the honey mustard was 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.

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

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Slow Cooker Roasted Chicken

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Say what? Roasted chicken in a slow cooker? No way! YES  WAY! Other recipes called for putting a roasting rack in your slow cooker, I didn’t have one. Then I found THIS recipe from Family Fresh MealsAll I had to do was put 4 tin foil balls on the bottom of the slow cooker and put my chicken on top.  SUPER EASY

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The first thing I did was remove the chicken from its original bag, put in in my own freezer bag with olive oil, water, and seasoning of choice. Make sure you get seasoning in the chicken too. Then I popped it in the freezer. Days later when I decided to make it, I took it out of the freezer…the seasoning marinated into the chicken as it defrosted.

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Ingredients:

~ organic whole chicken
~ organic potatoes
~ organic carrots
~ organic couscous
~ organic butter and olive oil (amount depends on preference)
~ organic coconut oil (amount depends on preference)
~ organic Italian seasoning (amount depends on preference)

Directions Chicken:

1. place four tin foil balls on bottom of slow cooker, pour 1/2 cup water in, and place chicken on top. (Rub on extra seasoning if you choose)
2. Turn on slow cooker to high for six hours
3. When chicken is done,, place in pan or cast iron skillet carefully, and broil for ten minutes on each side to make sure skin is crispy.

Directions Veggies and Couscous:

1. Cut potatoes and veggies, coat generously in oils and seasoning, place in oven and bake for ten minutes at 350 degrees.
2. Then broil veggies for another 10/15 minutes to preference. Make sure to turn over and mix veggies so both sides get equally broiled.
3. Boil couscous according to directions, add butter, olive oil and seasoning for flavor.  (I buy it from the bulk section at Whole Foods and only get what I need for the week).

What a tasty and flavorful meal! So easy or a weekend, then you have leftovers for the week. 

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

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

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

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Broccoli, Beans, and Rice



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Broccoli, Beans, and Rice

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Rice meals are a big hit with AJ, because it’s versatile, hearty, and filling. The best part is they make great leftovers: quesadillas (shown below), add to soup, throw on nachos, mix into eggs for a great breakfast, or throw them in enchiladas.

What do you do with your leftover rice and beans dinner?

Ingredients:

~ organic broccoli (one head chopped into small pieces)
~ organic and NON-GMO canned kidney beans (1 can)
~ organic rice (1 cup dry)
~ organic butter and olive oil (amount depends on preference)
~ organic Italian seasoning (amount depends on preference)

Directions:

1. Boil rice according to directions, add butter, olive oil and seasoning for flavor.  (I buy it from the bulk section at Whole Foods and only get what I need for the week).
2. Then turn down heat and simmer rice, adding more seasoning and butter if you prefer.
3. Add 1/2 cup extra water and add canned (drained) beans and chopped broccoli

4. Mix all the ingredients and cover to continue simmering
5. Continue checking every ten minutes until all the water has been absorbed and rice is soft. Mix and fluff with fork. 
6. Remove from heat and serve 

Sprinkle cheese on top for extra flavor. 

LEFTOVERS: Quesadillas

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Ingredients

~ organic tortillas (I used white tortillas, because whole wheat doesn’t always agree with me)
~ shredded cheese of choice
~ leftover rice, beans, and veggies

Directions

1. Place tortilla on heated cast iron skillet
2. Layer shredded cheese, then the leftover rice, beans, and broccoli, then another layer of cheese
3. Top with another tortilla. 
4. After five minutes carefully flip over, the cheese will have melted all the ingredients into the tortilla. 
5. Remove from heat when cooked, slice into sections and serve. 

I can put anything in a quesadilla an AJ will eat it up. 

How do you get your kids to eat leftovers?

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

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

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

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

<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />  I'm Leah Segedie. After losing 100 lbs, I discovered the meaning of real health. Come join with me and I’ll share it with you.

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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

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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.

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Real Food Meal – Raviolis and Green Beans in Butter Sauce

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

AJ still an omnivore. You may notice me referring to Dino as AJ from now on. As he is getting older, I think its time my blog grew with him. While the name of this blog won’t change, his will. So why AJ? Well I feel it’s a bit older than Dino, close to his real name while allowing for continued anonymity. 

Yes I am changing this format. Instead of posting all the meals I make in a week, I am going to feature one per post. It will save me time and allow me to share more with you. What do you think?  

Raviolis and Green Beans in Butter Sauce

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Ingredients:

~ organic raviolis
~ organic green beans
~ organic butter
~ organic Italian seasoning

Directions:

 

1. boil raviolis in water with some butter and salt
2. bake seasoned green beans in oven until cooked but still a bit hard
3. mix together when all cooked, add butter and melted coconut oil
4. Serve and enjoy

AJ LOVED the meal especially when you can stuff your face with ravioli and make funny faces. 

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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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Mommy and Dino’s Real Food Meals

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Dino is still an omnivore…

Tilapia Fillets, Stuffed Potatoes, and Butternut Squash

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Ingredients:

~ tilapia fillets
~ potatoes
~ frozen butternut squash
~ butter
~ bacon
~ olive oil
~ seasonings of choice
~ leeks, onions, garlic

Directions Tilapia:

1. marinate in baggie with olive oil, water, and seasoning
2. Place on cast iron skillet when ready and sprinkle with some flour to give it that “fried” look
3. bake at 350 until fully cooked

 

Directions Potatoes:

1. place in clast iron skillet and cover, bake at 350 until full cooked
2. carefully cut in half when cooled, scoop out insides
3. mix scooped out potatoes with butter, milk, cheese, leeks, garlic, pre-cooked bacon, and seasoning of choice
4. scoop mixture back into each potato and cook for another five minutes

Directions Squash:

1. marinate with olive oil and coconut oil
2. cover with honey and cinnamon
3. bake at 350 until outsides are crispy….

There were no leftovers…

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Tilapia Quesadilla For Dino

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Ingredients:

~ tilapia fillets cooked and cut into small pieces
~ 2 whole wheat tortilla
~ cheese
~ seasoning

 

Directions Quesadilla:

1. latyer toritalla on cast iron skillet
2. layer cheese, seasoning, and shredded tilapia
3. add more cheese and cover with second tortilla
4. cook fully on both sides with crispy

 

Dino LOVED his dinner

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Pea and Ham Soup

 

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Ingredients:

~ ham bone with some meat still on it
~ dried peas
~ carrots
~ potatoes
~ leeks, onions, garlic,
~ couscous
~ seasoning of choice

Directions:

1. add water to bowl with seasoning of choice
2. place bone in pot
3. Then top with herbs and peas
4. Set at a boil, then simmer for one hour
5. Remove bone and cut off all meat and marrow and place back in soup
6. add couscous and veggies and simmer for another hour
7. Let cool and serve

Dino hasn’t had this as of yet…may have to freeze in smaller bags and serve last minute dinners…I LOVED IT THOUGH

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Easter 

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We used rubber bands to decorate our eggs…Yes we used plant and herb based dyes for our eggs! They came out pretty darn cool! Then Dino drew on them.

The Easter bunny did give him some chocolate, but it was organic NON-GMO mint truffles..he LOVES anything with mint. He also got money, markers, glo sticks, a key chain and LOTS of Legos. Of course all his grandparents got him Easter gifts too, but we can’t list everything!

 

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Meatballs and Spaghetti

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meatloaf collage

Ingredients:

~ ground beef and turkey
~ seasoning of choice
~ garlic and onion
~ sauce
~ spaghetti
~ bread crumbs
~ egg
~ small bowl of olive oil

 

Directions meatloaf:

1. chop up garlic, onion, cauliflower
2. mix with egg, breadcrumbs, and ground beef and turkey
3. use olive oil to keep meat mixture from sticking to your hands
4. roll into balls and place on cast iron skillet
5. ****save some mixture and mold into small meatloaf****
6. bake at 350 for about 30-40 minutes or until cooked

 

Serve with spaghetti and sauce! 

Bake potatoes and broccoli with seasoning and serve with meatloaf

Dino LOVES LOVES LOVES meatballs and spaghetti

 

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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:

 

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