Mommy and Dino’s Real Food Meals

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

CHICKEN TENDERS AND POTATOES:

chicken tenders:

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

 

seasoned potatoes:

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

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RAVIOLI AND MEATBALLS WITH SAUCE:

Meatballs:

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

 

Ravioli and Sauce:

  • frozen ravioli
  • NON-GMO Whole Foods pasta sauce

 

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

CURRY RICE WITH SUN DRIED TOMATO CHICKEN SAUSAGE AND VEGGIES:

Rice:

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

 

Sausage and Veggies:

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

 

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

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MASHED POTATOES AND CHICKEN:

Mashed Potatoes:

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

 

Chicken:

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

 

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

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CHOCOLATE CHIP, BANANA PANCAKES:

Pancakes:

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

 

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

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

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

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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/

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Our Healthy Meals

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

overnight oats

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

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

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

    

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Our Healthy Meal Plan

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Sun Meatloaf, potatoes, broccoli, and crumble

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

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

Tues collage curry rice, pesto chicken sausage, and broccoli

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

WED pizza

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

 

leftovers

 

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

out to eat

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

    

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.

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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.

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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?

 

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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.

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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.

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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?

 

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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.

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

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

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

    

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

 

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Our Healthy Meal Plan

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

    

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Our Healthy Meal Plan

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

 

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

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

Thanks Mom and Dad for staying with me…

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

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

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

    

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

 

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Our Healthy Meal Plan

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  • 10th Thurs Dinner: grilled chicken and salad
  • 11th Fri Dinner:  burgers, chicken nuggets, salad
  • 12th Saturday– salmon, potatoes, and veggies
  • 13th Sunday – pasta, sauce,  meatballs
  • 14th Monday – leftovers
  • 15th Tuesday – grilled chicken, couscous, veggies
  • 16th Wednesday – leftovers

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Grilled Chicken and a salad makes for a great dinner…even if I’m the only one who eats it.

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Tony totally loves the organic, local burgers. He had the bacon, cheeseburger and I had the portobello mushroom and swiss burger. I got two crab cakes, we roasted potatoes, and had more salad. Dino HATES burgers of any kind…so he had his chicken nuggets.

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I LOVE fish and was so pleased that Hubby loved it too. Even Dino had some of the salmon. Of course chicken nuggets was his protein for dinner. I loved the wild rice and the veggies…the pre-mixed seasonings make a big difference in our meals. We enjoyed watching the family of birds in our tree…even Balboa was curious about the birds.

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I didn’t have any breadcrumbs…but thanks Mom for the idea of using tortilla chips instead. They tasted great and I plan on using them again. I used local ground beef and added brocolli rabe to the sauce…Tony LOVED it. Even though Dino was sick…he ate every bite. At this point, we didn’t know what was wrong with him, but he was burning up and his face was getting swollen.

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Turns out…Dino has a swollen salivary gland… Guess that can happen…really weird though.

Balboa is now on seizure medicine…hopefully it will ease the seizures..watching him go through the seizures breaks my heart.

Dinner was just leftover pasta, but Dino just wanted peanut butter and jelly.

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Dino LOVED the couscous, beans, and veggies. He didn’t want any chicken, but had four servings of the couscous. What a healthy boy.

LOVE cooking beans in the slow cooker, it makes a fabulous sauce and all I have to do is throw the grains, rice, or pasta in at the end with the veggies.

I was able to reorganize my cabinets in our SMALL KITCHEN. We only have one cabinet for food…so I have to make it count. Buying bulk at Whole Foods…saves money and space. Please note…THE SUGAR IS NOT MINE…that is hubby’s.

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Tonight was another leftover night…as Dino had karate. Tomorrow night he’s being tested for his yellow belt…fingers crossed he can handle his routine in front of all the other kids being tested and their parents.

Balboa has a neurological evaluation Friday morning, as his seizures seem to be getting worse. Please keep him in your prayers.

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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

   

Our Healthy Meal Plan

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  • 3rd Thurs Dinner: takeout
  • 4th Fri Dinner:  hot dogs, burgers, and potato salad
  • 5th Saturday– family bbq
  • 6th Sunday – girls night with friend
  • 7th Monday –  grilled chicken, coucous, and spinach
  • 8th Tuesday – rice and beans with veggies
  • 9th Wednesday – leftovers

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To me there is nothing better than homemade potato salad… I had chicken pesto burgers, Dino had organic hot dogs, Hubby had his hot dogs and burgers. We were all happy. Before that Hubby and Dino let off some fireworks in the driveway. I hid on the porch but captured all the pics.

5th bbq

We enjoyed a family bbq, my sister’s mother-in-law invited us and had a pool out for Dino. He loved her dog, Rocky. He was so excited that he looked like a wolf. I think he also understood that he was older and needed more kindness…Dino wanted to hug him goodbye and take a pic with him.

6th

Dino spent to days with my parents, giving me time to hang out with my friend. I was able to buy better fitting bras, since I lost tons of inches, and more workout clothes.

7th

Hubby and I were alone for our dinner, Balboa enjoyed the peace and quiet. We grilled chicken and made couscous with spinach. I used a lemon dill seasoning, but I think there was pepper in the mix…it was TOO HOT… Of course Hubby thought it was fine, I needed extra water with my dinner.

8th

There is nothing better than rice and beans… This time instead of soaking the beans over night…put them in the slow cooker. I put three times the amount of water that I had in pinto beans. I added tons of seasoning and fresh basil and cilantro. Once the beans were soft, I added the jasmine rice and veggies…the water had turned into a delicious sauce, which added tons of flavor to the rice and veggies.

9th

 

It was a hectic day, poor Balboa had a seizure. We don’t know if it’s from his shots, the heat, or his liver. We are going to keep a close eye on him. I am praying it was just a one time incident.

I cut up the grilled chicken from two nights ago, added some mayo, fresh basil, walnuts, and sliced avocado. Dino now has karate on Wednesdays too! He is doing so well, we wanted him to have two days of it. Therefore we had a quick meal before we went to karate. He also had a container of strawberry almond yogurt. After karate and after Daddy got home from the vet, he quickly grilled his and our hot dogs.

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So Dino has been better about eating more almonds and cashews, I am trying to get him to eat some walnuts too. I have been mixing a small amount of the protein mix into his milk.

He loves coconut and almond yogurt, but doesn’t like granola. I am trying to change that.

I’ve also been making trail mixes…using a variety of…annie’s bunny crackers, raisins, chocolate chips, cashews, and chocolate almonds. There are now NON-GMO marshmallows, once they are at Whole foods, I will buy them.

Any other suggestions for trail mix ingredients?

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Our Healthy Meal Plan

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

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

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

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

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

polenta, sauce, sausage, cheese Collage

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

leftovers mon

 

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

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

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

fish potatoes Collage

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

 

LI need some ideas.

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

 

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

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

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

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

    

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

 

 LINKING UP WITH:

 

   

      Mini Van Dreams