Weekly recipes 1/15 – 1/20

Ok soooo about last week… It was crazy!!! My 5 year old starting throwing up out of no where on Sunday and by Saturday night we were in the ER for our 3rd doctor’s visit. That whole situation deserves it’s own post (soon to come).

But I’m so glad that I made a decision to make a plan for our meals that week. It TRULY came in handy. If we didn’t have it, I’m sure we would have eaten out a bunch or had the same thing everyday.

I’m happy to report that things are back to “normal” and this week has gotten off to a good start. Here are the meals for Tuesday – Sunday this week.

Chicken Mushroom Marinara Bake

chicken mushroom marinara bake

Beef Stew

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Sausage & veggie skillet meal

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Lemon Pepper Sheet Pan Dinner

Angel Hair Pasta with Lemon Shrimp

or Shrimp Scampi with Pasta

What I didn’t get a chance to make! 😦

Confetti and Rice Pasta with Chicken
Creamy Garlic Pasta with Brussel Sprouts ….The brussel sprouts are STILL in the fridge!

Sausage & veggie skillet meal

I love meals where all I’m required to do is cut the food, sprinkle some seasoning and throw it in a pan!

This is another one of those…

Like the beef stew meal, I use a variety of veggies from the fridge.

Ingredients:

Package of sausage (Austin and I prefer the spicy kind)
A clove or 2 of garlic
A couple of cups of chopped: potatoes, onions, zucchini/squash, spinach or kale

Steps:

I sauté the garlic first, then add the potatoes because it takes them longer to cook. Lastly, I add everything else and cover for a little while (ugh, my instructions are so estimated, I’m sorry. But with trial and error, you’ll figure it out just like I did) 🙂

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Beef Stew

This is another recipe that I learned from my mom…
One day I think I’ll cook it without the beef, because Meatless Monday just sounds like a good idea!

Ingredients: (Everything’s estimated of course…)

A couple of cups of:

  • Celery
  • Carrots
  • Onions
  • Potatoes
  • Zucchini/Squash
  • Or any other random veggie that I have in the fridge

***I guess you could buy a bag of frozen veggies if you don’t want to wash, peel and chop.

-1 pack of meat for stew. I cut the pieces in half to make more…
-Dump meat in pressure cooker. I add a tad bit of olive oil in the pot.
-Press the meat option on the pressure cooker.
-When it’s done, I add all of the veggies, a couple of cups of water, and a pack of beef stew seasoning. But if I’ve forgotten the seasoning at the store, I’ll use this quick seasoning recipe.
-I cook brown rice separately.

I love using my pressure cooker for this! Everything is done in 30 minutes max!

And just like that, our whole dinner is ready in less than an hour!

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Weekly recipes 1/6 – 1/13

I am by no means a recipe engineer, more like a seasoned recipe reviewer.

Currently I share bits and pieces, here and there on my Instagram feed, but I thought it would be cool to share in detail what I’m begging my kiddos to eat week by week…

Actually, I lied! I don’t beg them to eat anything. Either they eat it or they drink it lol. More on that secret later! 😉

We’re halfway through week 1 and I’ve managed to cook 4 out of 7 of these meals and the kids have eaten 0 of it LOL! So let’s just rename this to, “What me and my hubby eat on a weekly basis” As soon as my feelings are done being hurt about the kids, I’ll share what they actually eat too.

Ok, so here goes it… our recipes for the week are:

(in no particular order, because I’m super spontaneous, duh!)

What I’ve cooked already!

What I have left to cook! (Check back for updates & pictures)

Enjoy!

Old fashioned Tuna

I call this old fashioned because I remember my mom making it when I was younger and me hating it. But there’s something about becoming an adult that changes things…

Now I think it’s the perfect snack! Just dip it with crackers or throw it on a couple of slices of bread 🙂

Here’s the simple recipe and remember, I’m NOT a recipe generator, I’m a mom aka someone who rushes through everything to go back to my real job of mommying. So excuse the roundabout measurements 🙂

  • 2 cans of tuna or 1 big can (in water). I made the mistake of buying it in vegetable oil once and YUCK! Lol.
  • 1/4 of an onion
  • 1/2 stalk of celery
  • Couple shakes of ground pepper
  • 1-2 tablespoons of sweet relish, beware there are different kinds out there. Don’t ask how I know! (facepalm emoji)
  • 1-2 tablespoons of mayo (or olive oil OR avocado, I’ve tried both)
  • 1 boiled egg, chopped

I usually taste it to make sure I like it and always end up adding more relish and mayo…

Mix it all together and VOILA! I’ll update with a better pic soon haha!

Tuna

Sausage skillet dinner thing!

Cutting veggies is my thing! Idk why exactly but there’s something about it that’s therapeutic to me. As odd as it is, it really works for my good when I make meals like this…

I’m used to making a quick dish full of sausage, potatoes, zucchini, onions, and whatever other veggie we have too much of in the fridge, but this one is a little different.

My mother in law actually sent the recipe to me a while back… Her’s included shrimp, because, well they can afford shrimp lol! This go round I chose spicy sausage only.

The recipe:

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My rendition:

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Try it out and let me know how y’all like it!

 

Veggie of the week: SPINACH!

This week’s veggie is SPINACH!

Before eating cooked spinach at my in laws a while back, I don’t think I had it since Popeye was cool back in the day.

But I’m so thankful for my hubby and his parents introducing me to the finer things in life. LMBO!

On to the need to knows…

WHAT: Spinach. (Cooked, raw, canned, frozen)

WHEN: It’s available year round but it’s a cool season plant.

WHY: Spinach is full of protein, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, vitamin A, & folate!

HOW: Add it to: a salad, omelette, stir fry, burrito, pasta, taco, smoothie OR just boil it and eat it. It’s so versatile! That’s why I love it!

Watch my quick video with more tips on preparing it!

 

BONUS!!! Wanna see some super cute kids prepare a special treat for their daddy?

Fruit of the week: All about Avocados!

What: Avocado! It’s a fruit. Screen Shot 2018-03-26 at 2.17.31 PM

Different types: Click to see all, 8 different types of avocados.

When: It’s in season year round in Mexico and many are imported from there, but here in the U.S. a large amount of them are grown in California from about February to September.

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Why: Avocados are full of healthy fats, vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, folate, fiber, potassium. Click for more info on health benefits. 

How: Watch my video explaining how to pick and cut avocados here!!!

No time to watch, fine 🙂 Pick an avocado that’s not too dark in color and not too mushy either. If you’re not using it the day of buying, go for one that’s a little more green than brown. (You should really watch the video lol). Once you select the perfect one, which you probably won’t do on your first go round (just buy 2 or 3 like me), you’re ready to cut.

To dice: Cut it lengthwise, leaving 2 halves. Score (cut straight lines down the avocado and then across without slicing the skin), then scoop out the contents. On the remaining half with the pit, whack at the pit and gently remove OR if you’re like me and too scared to do that, gently scoop the pit out with a spoon.

To slice: Cut it lengthwise, leaving 2 halves. Scoop around the entire avocado, separating the contents from the skin. Flip avocado upside down and slice!

 

 

 

#HealthyTipTuesday: Stop drugging your kids!

Soooo… I’ve been in between, to go hard or go easy! I think I’ve decided to go HARD! Why? Because your families deserve it. Point, blank, period.

As parents we really do the best that we can to keep our children out of harms way, right? I would say that 75% of this is true. The other 25% is probably just because we don’t know any better.

We all know that too much candy is bad. That sugar causes cavities, but what I think most parents are lacking is the knowledge behind the actual addiction that sugar creates. If we did, we probably wouldn’t opt for the quick bowl of cereal in the mornings or the breakfast bar, or the latte that we drink ourselves.

Sugar is a DRUG! No one thinks of it like that, I know! And I for one, don’t always avoid it in our household. My children will eat sweets ALL day if I let them.

Please bare with me over the next few weeks as I research the heck out of sugar and the dangerous effects that it has on our bodies. Most importantly, stay tuned for the positive ways to improve our health without going cold-turkey.

This is a really good video on how sugar affects the brain from TED Ed!

 

#HealthyTipTuesday: Start SOMEWHERE!

Last week I started Healthy Tip Tuesday (again lol) and the point was super simple…. Just start somewhere! The hardest part of starting anything is the beginning. Things just kinda come to you after that, well unless you’re like me and then you get bored and want to start something completely different smh.

Checkout my quick video! I hope it helps you feel a little more comfortable with starting from scratch. 5 years ago when I really started to change the way I ate and viewed nutrition, I didn’t know where to begin. If my memory serves me correctly, I think I started with buying more fresh fruits and veggies vs canned foods.

But you can start with whatever seems easiest to you! C’mon, I believe in you (hugs) 🙂