Tuesday, June 26, 2012

That time again to see what's on the menu this week!

1.  Moroccan Stew - from a cookbook so can't find online
2.  Chili With Barley - can't find online but it looks like a pretty basic chili with barley and recipe doesn't call for beans but I think I'll add some
3.  Quick Salsa Chicken and Rice - quick simple and easy though I may use quinoa instead of rice as my kids don't seem to care for rice.
4.  Creamy Chicken Enchiladas - a family favourite.
5.  Sausage with Peppers and Pasta - another yummy one lightened by using turkey sausage.
6.  Chicken Nuggets - the kids LOVE them so it's almost a weekly meal for when I'm feeling lazy.

I start working a longer shift at work soon and won't be home to make lunch for the kids so I'm hoping to incorporate lunches into my meal planning.  Right now we usually have leftovers or I have soup and make them sandwiches or something quickly thrown together but I definitely need a better plan in mind since I won't be the one doing it.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Feeding The Smallest Food Critics

My kids are 1 and 2.5 years old so when looking for recipes and ideas for dinner I try and look for something that is quick, not too unhealthy for me and BOTH kids will eat.  It's a tall order but after work I like to spend as much time with the kids as possible (out of the kitchen) and I don't like having to make multiple meals.

They both seem to like pasta and by that I mean most of the time they will eat it but being toddlers because they ate it yesterday doesn't mean they'll eat it today!  Last night I decided to try out the Minestrone Casserole.  It used ingredients from the pantry and required minimal chopping.  Everything was quickly thrown together than while it baked I had that extra time to play.

Apparently I wasn't quick enough with the camera before hubby dug in!  

The pint-sized portion.

Hubby and I loved it, in fact he went back for seconds.  My 2 yr old son had a few bites and my 1 yr old daughter ate the beef and threw the rest of the floor!  Now had I served it again today they might have gobbled it up.  

Life Made Delicious has plenty of quick and easy recipes such as this one for all occasions.

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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Weekly Meal Plan!

1.  Minestrone Casserole - there will be a separate post soon about this dish.
2.  Morrocan Stew - there's many variations but I can't find the one I'll be using as it's from a cookbook.
3.  Creamy Chicken Soup - from a cookbook and can't find it online
4.  Turkey Sausage Pasta -  I love sausage and pasta!
5.  Chicken Divan - I have made variations of this but this one has been lightened.
6.  Spinach Lasagna Rolls - a favorite in this house!

So again I've been trying lots of new recipes with the family as I work my way through old cookbooks copying good recipes then getting rid of them.  Stay tuned for more exciting posts featuring food and new recipes in addition to my weekly meal plan for the next year!

Monday, June 11, 2012

Weekly Meal Plan!

Lots of new recipes again for this week!  I look for somewhat healthy, quick recipes that are both toddler and baby friendly!

2.  Parmesan Turkey Meatloaf - we used chicken instead and I didn't fry the onions ahead of time, I omitted the egg and I used oatmeal instead of bread crumbs and it turned out fine
3.  Summer Veggie Chili - can't find this
4.  Baked Chops and Stuffing - can't find this either and from the looks it's not very diet friendly! 
5.  Chicken Express - from a cookbook 
6.  Chocolate Zucchini bread - not for dinner but to use up old bananas

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Temptations Review, Contest and a Giveaway!

A little shake of the bag and my cats came running.  With a crunchy outer shell and a soft tasty center my cats will do anything for Temptations.  When it comes to cat treats they are a little bit picky but they enjoyed all three flavours they were sent to try; chicken, beef and tuna.  At under 2 calories each and in a resealable pouch I feel great giving these treats to my cat's and they love all the flavours and will gobble them up every chance they get.  

Each Temptations bag comes with a pin code right on the front of the bag which can be entered here. You can instantly win one of thousands of prizes including up to $100,000!  Each pin that's entered that doesn't win adds Temptation bucks to your account and at the end of the contest you may be one of the five lucky winners that gets to take home the equivalent of their account in Canadian dollars!  

Check out the Temptations Canada facebook page and while there try out the really cute #KittyCat Hijack. It's a button you add to your favorites bar and if you press it on any website then shake the Temptations bag that appears cats will takeover the screen meowing and doing everything they can for Temptations.  Personally I love using the app to drive my cats crazy! 

For the giveaway one of my readers will win a $50 Temptations prize pack perfect for the kitties!  To enter just comment with your email address.  Contest is open to Canadian residents only and ends at midnight June 15th, 2012.  

Monday, June 4, 2012

Weekly Meal Plan!

I know I didn't post anything last week.  I just returned to work so we were getting used to the change in schedule for everybody and I had to get used to that awful 5:30 am wakeup!  So now that things are back to normal here's this weeks plan:

1.  Zucchini treats - never made before but I love zucchini!  These will probably for for breakfast/snack
2.  perogies and veggies - the frozen variety for the night I have no time to cook or feeling lazy
3.  Veggie Chili - from a cookbook and can't find online
4.  Chili Hash - also from a cookbook and can't find but basically another chili variation with rice and beef
6.  Almond Chicken - from a cookbook and couldn't find the same version online
7.  Chicken nuggets - box or homemade

Most of the recipes from this week I've never made before.  Stay tuned for some exciting stuff coming up on my blog including more delicious recipes!