Category Archives: Meal Planning

Midweek Update June 12,2018: Allergies, Blueberries, and Cornhole Boards

Quite an assortment of topics for this update. I’m sure I will add in a few others as we go along too.

Allergies

First on the list is the allergies. I try to be preventive and I spray the beds every morning with an essential oil concoction that contains Lavender. This usually helps but I didn’t spray when I made the beds yesterday and the grass was mowed in the afternoon.

I took a trip to the garden after the mowing and now I’m dealing with major allergies. (Last night’s fresh tomato sandwich was so good though.) I love the outdoors but they don’t love me. I seem to also have an allergy to bug bites, especially mosquitoes, after I was attacked by a swarm of mosquitoes last Fall.

Luckily the kids aren’t as bad as I am. Joey gets the sneezes every now and then. I’ve found that the generic Zyrtec helps us both when the Lavender isn’t enough.

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Cheesy Garlic Skillet Biscuits

Mmmmm…. these were so good. The idea for these came about as I had forgotten to take the rolls out for my Cheesy Garlic Pull-apart Bread to go with dinnerWe’d had a very busy day dealing with ants.

I happened to have some canned biscuits (and mozzarella cheese sticks) in the fridge from the weekend. I had planned to use the biscuits for Monkey Bread on Saturday but as that is one of William’s favorite breakfasts and he wouldn’t have been able to eat it I chose not to make it.

This is also a great recipe to let the kids help with as they can cut the cheese sticks and wrap the biscuits around the cheese.

Cheesy Garlic Skillet Biscuits

Ingredients:

  • 2 cans biscuits (I used 2 -10 ct tubes)
  • 1/2 stick butter
  • 1 T minced garlic
  • 1 t. Italian seasoning
  • 3 sticks mozzarella
  • Extra cheese for top, optional

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400.

Cut each cheese stick in quarters.

Wrap one biscuit around each piece of cheese.

Melt the butter in a large cast iron skillet. Add seasonings and cook 1-2 minutes.

Turn off heat.

Carefully place the biscuits into the skillet, turning once to coat each biscuit with butter.

You could sprinkle with Parmesan cheese at this point, desired.

Bake 10-12 minutes

Sprinkle with grated cheese, if desired.

Cool 5-10 minutes and serve.

Smushed Taters

Oh man are these good! I saw a recipe for something similar posted earlier in the week and had to give these a try.

I used some regular Russet Potatoes, which I cut in half, but I think they would be great with red potatoes as well.

Smushed Taters

Ingredients:

  • 6-8 potatoes, washed well
  • 1/2 stick butter, melted
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper (We like Lawry’s Garlic Salt)
  • Other seasonings, as desired

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400.

Grease a large baking sheet.

Make sure the potatoes are washed well and place in a pot.

Cover with water and boil 20-30 minutes until fork tender.

Drain well and place on baking sheet.

Smash slightly with a potato masher….

Or a fork.

Drizzle with olive oil then butter. Sprinkle with seasonings and bake 20-30 minutes.

You can place them under the broiler for a few minutes, if you like.

Enjoy!

For loaded potatoes you can top with sprinkled cheese, chives, and bacon bits. Broil 5-10 minutes.

Quick and Easy Burrito Casserole

This is a recipe that I’ve had for awhile and I’ve tweaked it a bit here and there to get it to our liking. I’ve actually had it on the menu plan for the past couple of weeks but haven’t been able to make it as we’ve just had some hectic schedules here lately.

You can call the kids in to help with this one. My littles like to tear up the tortillas and sprinkle on the cheese while the girls like helping to stir the meat and bean mixture and spread the sour cream. You can also let them help make a salad to go along with this yummy dish!

Quick and Easy Burrito Casserole

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb of ground meat (I like to use ground turkey for this)
  • 1 onion, chopped (optional)
  • 1 pack of Lipton Onion Soup Mix
  • 1 package taco seasoning
  • 8 large flour tortillas
  • 1 large can refried beans (I use a 31 oz can) or you can use about 3 c. homemade refried beans.
  • 2 – 3 c. Shredded cheese
  • 1 or 2 cans cream of mushroom soup
  • 1/2 c. sour cream

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350.

Spray a 9×13 casserole dish.

Brown the meat and onion, if using and drain any excess grease.

Add seasonings and stir in refried beans.

You can also mix in a can of soup if you want to make it go a little farther.

Mix one can of soup and the sour cream in a bowl.

Spread 1/2 of the sour cream mixture in the bottom of your greased casserole dish.

Tear 4 flour tortillas into bite size pieces and spread over sour cream mixture.

Layer 1/2 of the meat and bean mixture over this.

Sprinkle with a layer of cheese.

Repeat the layers, ending with cheese.

Bake for 20-30 minutes until heated through and the cheese is bubbly.

Serve with sour cream, salsa, guacamole, yellow rice, and a nice salad for a hearty meal.

This would probably also work well as a freezer meal if you wanted to double the recipe and make an extra casserole for later.

Reserve Your Spot!

Hey there,

I hear the virtual seats are filling up for the live online event about raising healthy eaters with Katie Kimball of the Kids Cook Real Food eCourse!

She’s a former elementary teacher and mom of 4 who knows her way around healthy food and has the neatest ways to explain basic skills to kids. She is sharing her secrets with us this month, the same ones that have helped over 6,000 families eat healthier food — and I wanted to make sure you saw the opportunity!

* Tuesday, Feb. 27, at 7PM Eastern (4PM Pacific)

* Tuesday, Feb. 27 at 10PM Eastern (7PM Pacific)

* Saturday, March 3, at 4PM Eastern (1PM Pacific)

RESERVE YOUR SPOT! https://sl290.isrefer.com/go/raising/happy2bmyownboss/

I’ll be soaking it all in too because no matter how much time I spend with my kids, there’s always something more to learn (or something I’ve forgotten in my poor full brain)! Hope to see you in the chat!

Even if you can’t make it live, I’d totally sign up because you can get the replay. (Efficiency at its finest – watch it at 1.5 speed! Ha!)

One big reason to come live: you get access to her full-length knife skills class for ALL ages 2-teen. It’s changed the way some families do dinner in just 10 minutes!

I am so determined that my kids know how to cook – the real stuff, not just boxes – so that they’re independent and healthy adults (and, truth be told, to get a little help in the next 5-10 years around the house too!).

Are you with me?

REGISTER NOW https://sl290.isrefer.com/go/raising/happy2bmyownboss/

Here’s to always improving,

Susie

PS – Don’t worry, you can just sit back and watch, so you can totally be doing other things and no one will tell you to look at the speaker. 😉 Get your spot now  so you don’t miss out! https://sl290.isrefer.com/go/raising/happy2bmyownboss/

Quick Reminder: Free Healthy Food Tips For Kids

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So, if your email inbox is half as crazy as mine, you miiiiiiight have missed my blog post a few days ago about a free live online event that will change dinnertime in your house in a big way. I don’t want you to miss it though so here it goes again!

I’m excited to be connected with Katie Kimball, the “kitchen whisperer” who has taught thousands of families how to cook and tens of thousands of kids to (gulp) use sharp knives safely (including ours). Apparently, her kids actually stay at the table all throughout dinner most of the time – and she’s willing to share her strategies with us! 😉

These secrets will make dinner with your kids sound better than a hangnail, and you can expect more veggies to be going down the hatch than ever before. #itcouldhappen #evenpickyeaterscanchange

It’s kicking off soon – the first event is TOMORROW, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 22 at 1PM EASTERN (10AM PACIFIC), so take 20 secs and register now:

YES! RESERVE MY SPOT! https://sl290.isrefer.com/go/raising/happy2bmyownboss/

You definitely should plan to make it LIVE because you get a special gift just for coming (a 10-minute cooking lesson for kids!!!)

If that time doesn’t work for you, you can also catch it on:

* Tuesday, Feb. 27th, at 7PM Eastern (4PM Pacific) OR 10PM Eastern (7PM Pacific)

or

* Saturday, March 3rd, at 4PM Eastern (1PM Pacific)

Here’s a bit of what you’ll learn:

  • 7 Proven Strategies to Make Family Mealtimes Peaceful (even if you have picky eaters)
  • 3 Choices to Give Your Kids That Will Make Healthy Food a Reality in Your House — but They Still Think They’re in Control
  • 2 Way-too-common Ways Parents Sabotage Dinner Without Even Realizing it
  • The Snacktime Rule that will be your new best friend
  • The Biggest Mistake Parents Make when inviting their kids into the kitchen…and how to avoid it.
  • How to Make the Clean Plate Club Totally Unnecessary
  • How to Teach Kids to Use Sharp (or dull!) Knives Safely
  • Plus WHEN YOU ATTEND LIVE, you’ll get access to a free video teaching kids to use knives safely — for children of ANY age. Be ready for your kids to exceed your expectations!

If you’re already registered, awesome! Really try to make it live to get that knife class for your kids, but no matter what, you’ll get the replay, so you can register without checking the calendar and still feel good about it:

REGISTER HERE https://sl290.isrefer.com/go/raising/happy2bmyownboss/

We all put a lot of time and effort into being good parents, and training our kids in life skills and mealtime manners is part of it – but it can be hard to know just where to start. I often feel like just giving up on getting everyone to eat what I fix without asking for something different.

So whether you feel just like me or the polar opposite, unless your kids are already competing for the healthiest eater award, you can probably use some encouragement and fresh ideas for meal times (and kitchen prep).

I’m looking forward to hearing what Katie has to say!

See you there,

Susie

PS – The live event is totally free and all online. Expect no more than an hour with as much actionable info as possible packed in to respect your valuable time as a parent!! Don’t miss it! https://sl290.isrefer.com/go/raising/happy2bmyownboss/

Raising Adventurous Eaters – 7 strategies even for picky kids

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Ah, dinner time.

That moment in the day where the whole family comes together, enjoys a nourishing meal, and takes a genuine interest in one another’s day…

(or maybe…not?)

If your mealtimes feel a little more like Looney Tunes let the Tasmanian Devil loose around your kitchen table…or the princess from the pea-under-the-mattress story stopped by to give commentary on each item on the plate…you’re not alone.

And I might have a solution for you.

I’ve been checking out some tips from the teacher behind the Kids Cook Real Food eCourse, an online cooking class for kids. She’s got so many ideas about strategies for peaceful dinners, fostering healthy eaters, and dealing with picky ones, and she’s sharing them all in a (free!) live online event this week:

Raising Adventurous Eaters: 7 Proven Strategies to End Mealtime Madness and Get Your Kids to Eat Healthy Food ​​​​​(even if they’re picky!)

Katie Kimball, who is a teacher and mom of 4, will show you:

  • 7 Proven Strategies to Make Family Mealtimes Peaceful (even if you have picky eaters)
  • 3 Choices to Give Your Kids That Will Make Healthy Food a Reality in Your House — but They Still Think They’re in Control
  • 2 Way-too-common Ways Parents Sabotage Dinner Without Even Realizing it
  • The Snacktime Rule that will be your new best friend
  • The Biggest Mistake Parents Make when inviting their kids into the kitchen…and how to avoid it.
  • How to Make the Clean Plate Club Totally Unnecessary
  • How to Teach Kids to Use Sharp (or dull!) Knives Safely
  • Plus WHEN YOU ATTEND LIVE, you’ll get access to a free video teaching kids to use knives safely — for children of ANY age. Be ready for your kids to exceed your expectations!

Are you ready to experience a family dinner that everyone enjoys – even the adults?

You won’t want to miss this free event – your kids’ futures depend on it! SIGN UP NOW!

https://sl290.isrefer.com/go/raising/happy2bmyownboss/

For attending, you’ll also get a free knife skills video from her Kids Cook Real Food eCourse that you can use to teach your kids (of any age!) how to use dull and sharp knives safely, in a fun and kid-friendly way.

Over 20,000 families have used this class to teach kids knife safety and techniques. I’m so excited that you get a chance too (it’s usually part of a $20 set of 5 videos)!

RESERVE YOUR SEAT FOR THE LIVE EVENT https://sl290.isrefer.com/go/raising/happy2bmyownboss/

 

PS – The training has 4 times to choose from so it’s even easier to get there:

* Thursday, Feb. 22nd, at 1PM Eastern (10AM Pacific)

* Tuesday, Feb. 27th, at 7PM Eastern (4PM Pacific)

* Tuesday, Feb. 27th, at 10PM Eastern (7PM Pacific)

* Saturday, March 3rd, at 4PM Eastern (1PM Pacific)

It will be recorded and signing up is the only way to get the replay!

https://sl290.isrefer.com/go/raising/happy2bmyownboss/

Kids Cook Real Foods: 20 Recipes Kids can Make (that aren’t braindead easy)

This is a really interesting post on the Kids Cook Real Foods site that we have been using for part of our homeschool curriculum this year. We are absolutely loving this site and I think you will too so head on over and check them out by clicking on any of the affiliate links in this post or the links below:

20 Recipes Kids can Make (that aren’t braindead easy)

FREE Download: 10 Snacks Your Kids Can Make

 

Teach Kids These 5 Habits for Lifelong Healthy Eating

Teach Kids These 5 Habits for Lifelong Healthy Eating:

What are the best habits you learned from your parents? What are the most important habits you’re teaching your kids? #2 on this list is especially good:

Teach Kids These 5 Habits for Lifelong Healthy Eating

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No Bake Kool Aid Pie

This pie is so easy to make that the kids are always asking for it. You can experiment with the flavors to find your favorite.

No Bake Kool Aid Pie

Ingredients:

  • 8 oz Whipped Topping
  • 1 packet unsweet Kool Aid mix (we really like the strawberry)
  • 1 – 14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 graham cracker crust

Directions:

Mix the first three ingredients together and pour into the crust.

Chill 1-2 hours and Serve.

5 Resolutions – Using the Instant Pot to Achieve Them

5 Resolutions – Using the Instant Pot to Achieve Them:
Trying to eat better this year? How about budget better? This is a great list of 5 New Year’s resolutions and how the Instant Pot can help with them ALL: 5 Resolutions – Using the Instant Pot to Achieve Them
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Homeschool days making dinner crunched?

Homeschool days making dinner crunched?

Having dinner ready to go whenever we’re ready to eat is such a lifesaver on busy weeknights when we head out to activities. Now my *kids* are taking charge of dinner from start to finish. Before we start school, they start the slow cooker. Check out the videos from Kids Cook Real Food that we are using here.