What’s For Dinner? 1/20-1/26

Hello friends!  A big thank you to everyone who has shared, commented, and messaged me about my What’s For Dinner? posts.  It’s wonderful to know that so many of you are finding my dinner ideas helpful.  Feeding your family doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive.  I personally believe the more simple the meals the better.

One question I get a lot is, do your kids eat what you cook for dinner? For the most part yes; my son is almost 9 and eats 90% of what I make for dinner, my almost 5 year old daughter has become an extremely picky eater in the last few months.  With her, my husband and I have reached the point where as long as she has some protein and fruit or vegetable we’re happy.  I know it’s just a phase and I’m choosing to not fight the food battle with her.

Monday – Crockpot Chicken Tortilla Soup

Ingredients – 3 cloves of garlic minced, 1 yellow onion chopped, 1 bell pepper chopped, 1 whole jalapeño, 2 stalks of celery chopped, 1 carrot chopped, 6-8 cups of broth or water, 1 can diced tomatoes, 1 small can of El Pato Salsa de Chile Fresco, 1 can of corn drained and rinsed, 1 can of black or pinto beans drained and rinsed,2-3 boneless skinless chicken breasts thawed or frozen * substitute another can of beans if you are making this vegetarian style, Optional Garnishes – tortilla chips, sliced avocado, diced onion, cilantro, shredded cheese, sour cream, hot sauce

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Click here for my recipe.

Tuesday – Ground Turkey Burrito Bowls

Ingredients – Ground turkey, I buy it at Costco, onion, bell peppers, jalapenos, cilantro, lime, quinoa/rice, taco seasoning, salsa, lettuce, avocadoes, tomatoes, optional – mushrooms, squash, kale, black beans, refried beans, cheese, sour cream.

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I could eat this every single night for dinner.  Cook the ground turkey in a large pan, while cooking I start chopping and adding veggies to the pan including the taco seasoning.  You can substitute salsa for taco seasoning to cut down on sodium.  I will cook a combo of quinoa and rice in my rice cooker.  I add lime juice and cilantro to the quinoa-rice mixture when it is done.  I will eat this mixture with greens/lettuce and often add black or pinto beans or refried beans along with my favorite toppings.  The kids will eat this in tortillas.

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Wednesday – “Cheater” Lasagna & Salad

Ingredients – Raviolis, I get them at Costco, jar of marinara or pasta sauce, ricotta cheese, mozzarella, fresh or frozen spinach, garlic, olive oil, lettuce/greens, hard boiled eggs, 1 can of garbanzo beans, 1 can of kidney beans, red onion, feta cheese,  yogurt ranch, balsamic glaze. Optional for lasagna – saute onions, mushrooms, bell peppers and cook italian sausage and add to sauce.

Cheater Lasagna – Layer in a large baking dish – sauce, raviolis, ricotta, mozzarella.  I mix together the ricotta, spinach, and fresh minced garlic.  Top with mozzarella and bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 15 minutes, cover with foil and cook for another 30-45 minutes.

Chopped Salad – Chop eggs, tomatoes, onion, drain beans, add feta, drizzle with yogurt ranch (I use Bolthouse brand), Trader Joe’s Balsamic Glaze and olive oil.

Thursday – Breakfast for Dinner

Lately my kids have been on a pancake kick.  I found silver dollar sized frozen pancakes at Walmart that both of my kids are obsessed with.  A bag of 80 pancakes is less than $4.  Yes, I could make pancakes, but these are very convenient and there is no clean up. Screen Shot 2020-01-18 at 6.57.21 AM

The choices are limitless when it comes to breakfast for dinner.  We love eating breakfast foods, I don’t typically eat them because I intermittent fast, so this is a real treat for me!  We will have pancakes, eggs, and bacon for dinner.

Ingredients – eggs, bacon, pancakes, syrup, butter.

Friday – Kitchen is Closed

Saturday – Burgers & Fries

Ingredients – hamburger patties – we buy the frozen hamburgers from Costco, very convenient to have on hand for last minute meals, buns – I freeze hamburger buns and pull out as needed, produce of your choice – I often saute onions, mushrooms, and bell peppers for burgers, sometimes I include bacon, cheese, condiments of choice, frozen fries.

This is a super simple and quick dinner.  My son has a basketball game at dinner time.  We will grill the burgers on our gas BBQ.

Sunday – Chicken, Orzo Salad, and Green Salad

IMG_6156Ingredients – Whole chicken or chicken breasts/thighs, orzo pasta, cherry tomatoes, artichoke hearts, bell pepper, parsley, green onion, olive oil, lettuce/greens, hard boiled eggs, 1 can of garbanzo beans, 1 can of kidney beans, red onion, feta cheese,  yogurt ranch, balsamic glaze

Chicken – We tend to BBQ chicken seasoned with a dry rub. Baking or cooking in a pan is a great alternative.

Orzo Salad – Cook orzo, drain and transfer to a large bowl. Drain and coarsely chop artichoke hearts and add. Slice in half cherry tomatoes, mince green onions and parsley.  Chop bell pepper and add to mixture.  Drizzle with olive oil or add italian salad dressing.  Refrigerate and serve cold.

Chopped Salad – Chop eggs, tomatoes, onion, drain beans, add feta, drizzle with yogurt ranch (I use Bolthouse brand), Trader Joe’s Balsamic Glaze and olive oil.

I hope you find these dinner ideas helpful.  Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions or ideas.

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