Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Meal Plan Family - Fajita Bake

Oh, this is one of my favorites. It can be made literally, make it the night before, throw it in the fridge and throw it in the oven the next day when you get's easy, it's full of flavor and it's super versatile. We have eaten it as tacos, on rice, on salads, etc. Seriously, make this.

Find the recipe here

MealPlanFamily - Chicken Saag

We love Indian food. Our very favorite Indian restaurant in town is Shaan Indian (if you haven't been, go ahead and head on over there.... We always order some kind of saag dish, so I decided I wanted to play with some Indian spices at home and try a saag dish. I will not say this is as good as take out...but I will say it was really really good....and maybe even better the next day? I used all cut up chicken thighs instead of a full chicken. Spinach, garlic, onions, ginger, tomatoes and lots of spices...what could possibly be bad about this?

We served it over basmati rice and had plenty for leftovers the next day.
Find the recipe here

MealPlanFamily - Tacos

No recipe to really post for this. I mix about half a pound ground beef with a can of black beans, letting the black beans "cook" in the fat from the meat and make my own taco seasoning (I'm not a big fan of some of the ingredients in the store bought ones) - the taco seasoning we are currently using can be found here (except I leave out the sugar). I make a big batch in a small glass jar to keep in my spice cabinet.

We top it with sour cream, tomatoes, avocado, red onions, hot sauce and sharp cheddar.
I prefer crunchy while everyone else in my house likes them soft. :)

MealPlanFamily - Orecchiette Pasta with Chicken Sausage & Broccoli

This is a staple in our house because it's easy and delicious. I can never really find the chicken sausage in Kroger, so I usually get turkey sausage in casings remove the casings. This week I decided to just get a pack of regular mild pork sausage and it was really really good.. so I might stick with that from now on.

Here is the recipe.


I'm on an extended maternity leave from work and decided what better opportunity to really start experimenting in the kitchen! I mean a 3 year old and a 4 month old leave all kind of time for kitchen exploration? right? Well, maybe not quite....but I'm still excited to start trying new things in the kitchen.

The plan: I try to meal plan each week... I will share my meal plan at the beginning of each week and then every day share a picture of the meal I made on instagram with a write up of it and a link to the recipe on this site...along with a picture and a quick review. Sound good?

Feel free to leave comments here or on my instagram account with any meals you love that I have to try! That's what this is all about!

Let's get started!

April 2016
Orecchiette Pasta with Chicken Sausage and Broccoli
Chicken Saag with Basmati Rice
Fajita Bake

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Cincinnati Pumpkin Patches!

I thought I would compile a running list of all of the pumpkin patches we have visited for easy reference for people who are looking to do some Pumpkin Patch'ing this fall.
Enjoy! Please let me know your favorite so we can visit it and add it to the list!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Recipe - Blender Pancakes

My daughter LOVES pancakes. LOVES pancakes. Loves them.
The problem? I don't really love them both from a taste standpoint and a nutritional standpoint. I don't like the idea of my day starting with a meal of basically white flour and sugar.
I tried to make whole wheat pancakes and they were too heavy and dry. I tried a couple variations of Bob's Red Mill Pancake mixes and they worked for a while until I discovered this method....and we haven't looked back since.

These pancakes are made totally in the blender....hence why I'm calling them blender pancakes.

Here are the ingredients:

Notice what's missing? No sugar! No flour! No oil!
Also, pretend those are not quick oats...stupid kroger and their identical packaging.... I usually just get the regular old fashioned oats....but either one will work!

Anyway, next we dump all the ingredients (except the egg) into our blender with the help of our lovely assistant...(ps she is on her learning tower to help me which is on the top of the list of favorite things we own and things we use every day) 

So then we're ready to blend!

I blend it all up, then add the egg and blend it for a few seconds more.... pours right out of the blender and into the buttered skillet!


These pancakes are fluffy and delicious. They are also actually filling as opposed to regular pancakes since we're using oats instead of flour. I would say they have a banana hint to them but do not taste like bananas.

I feel good about feeding them to myself and my daughter for breakfast which is good since she can put away like 8 of these for breakfast....


Slightly Adapted from Mountain Mama Cooks

2 cups old fashioned oats
1 1/4 cup milk
1 large banana
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tbsp honey
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 egg
butter for cooking

1. Put all of the ingredients besides the egg in the blender and blend until smooth. Add the egg and pulse a few more times until the egg is incorporated.

2.  Pour pancake mix into hot buttered pan and flip after about 2 minutes or until bubbly on the top. cook for another 1 minute and then serve with pure maple syrup.