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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

20 One Pot Kid Friendly Dinner Recipes

Kid Friendly One Pot Meals

One pot meals offer you the pleasure of home cooking assembled with minimal fuss and cleanup.

They combine various ingredients, therefore allowing you diversity in cooking, while keeping things simple. Hence its name, one-pot meals require actually just one pot. Yes, you will need some knives, spatulas, or cutting board, but when speaking about the pots, you really need just one.

One-pot meals are great way to get kids to try new foods. Kids can try a new food mixed with old favorites. They allow you also to reconstruct some classic meals and give them a new and exciting twist your kids just might love.

Kid Friendly Burrito Bowls

Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4


½ tablespoon olive oil

1 small sweet onion, chopped

1 red bell pepper, seeded, chopped

¾ lb. lean hamburger

7oz. corn

7oz. can black beans, drained, rinsed

7oz. can crushed tomatoes

¼ cup mild chunky salsa

½ cup Jasmine rice

1 cup chicken stock

½ teaspoon cumin

½ teaspoon Taco seasoning

½ cup shredded cheddar cheese

Salt and pepper, to taste
Sour cream, to serve with, tortilla chips, or chopped cilantro

1.       Heat the olive oil in a skillet. Add the bell pepper and onion and cook until tender.
2.       Add the hamburger and cook until browned, for 5 minutes.
3.       Add the remaining ingredients and bring to a light boil. Reduce heat and cook, partially covered for 20 minutes or until the rice is done.
4.       Serve with tortilla chips, sour cream, or cilantro.

One Pot Chicken and Rice

Preparation time:5 minutes
Cooking time: 40 minutes
Servings: 4

1.5lb. chicken breasts, skinless, boneless

2 cups marinara sauce

1 cup long grain rice or brown rice

15oz. can crushed tomatoes, with juices
1 teaspoon dried basil

Salt and pepper, to taste
1 cup mozzarella, torn into pieces


1.       Heat the oven to 375F.
2.       Combine the marinara sauce, rice, tomatoes, and basil in a baking dish.
3.       Slice the chicken breast into chunks and season with salt and pepper.
4.       Arrange the chicken onto rice. Cover the baking dish with aluminum foil and pop in the oven.
5.       Bake the chicken for 35-40 minutes.
6.       Remove the chicken from the oven and top with mozzarella cheese.
7.       Broil the chicken for 5 minutes or until the cheese is melted.
8.       Serve while still hot with some fresh salad.

More One Pot Meal Recipes

Beef Stroganoff
Chili Mac Supper
Sloppy Joes 
Chicken Curry
Chicken Picatta
General Tso Chicken
Kung Pao Chicken
Pork Fried Rice
Sweet and Sour Pork
Franks and Beans
Garlic Sauce Pasta
Red Beans and Rice
Beef Stew
Ham and Macaroni Chowder
Tortellini and Peas
Beef and Broccoli
Sweet Potato Burritos

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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Celebration of Chocolate Month- Recipe Round Up

February is not only the month to celebrate love it is the Celebration of Chocolate Month. You can find 100's of chocolate recipes to enjoy this month. You could probably even find a new one to try each day of the month if you wanted.

Here are some of our top chocolate recipe picks to dig in and enjoy.

Chocolate Recipe Round Up

Start with a little lesson on how chocolate is made. 

Dark Chocolate Brownie -a super moist brownie recipe you are sure to love!

Decadent Tuxedo Cookie Bars- A homemade cookie bar with some added goodness!

Learn how to make homemade chocolates- with candy melts and plastic molds even the kids can  make these homemade Valentines.

Chocolate Protein Peanut Butter Balls- A no bake treat great for kids afterschool snacks, cooking classes or an easy Valentine recipe.

Try this gluten free brownie, you'll never know what you're missing! Flourless Chocolate Brownies.

These little balls are filled with some amazing awesomeness; white chocolate, pistachios, cranberry! White Chocolate Cranberry Snowflakes

This just makes me want it to snow outside or at least get cold enough to enjoy a nice cup of cocoa. The kids will love making this creation. Triple Hot Chocolate with Homemade Whipped Cream!

Chocolate Avocado Pudding Cups- a good way to sneak in some goodness that you'll kids will never know.

A three ingredient recipe that you won't believe how good it is! Bacon Chocolate Truffles

An easy homemade chocolate cake recipe, what's not to love.

A perfect 5 ingredient recipe for the kids that they will love. Homemade Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

A hit with chocolate lovers-  Flourless Chocolate Cake Recipe with a Dark Glaze

Chocolate Avocado Mousse- made with 6 ingredients including avocado and coconut milk. Surprise the kids how good this is!

Make homemade fudge

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Monday, January 30, 2017

Easy Waffle Iron Meals and Ideas

Easy Waffle Iron Meals and Recipes - Beyond Waffles

The Waffle iron is an appliance with two hinged metal plates, molded to create honeycomb patterns we all know. A Waffle iron is the appliance we use for only one thing, making waffles, but this appliance has a few other menu ideas up its sleeves.

Other dishes can be prepared with this appliance like sandwiches, French toast, chewy cookies, and hash browns. With the waffle iron, you are cooking ingredients directly over the heat, so no pans, grills, or sauce pans are necessary.  Think no bake cooking with kids!

Thanks to the direct heat source the cooking time is cut by half, as well as the cooling time, which is quite handy when you are hungry, having lack of time, or just want something sweet and you want it fast.

Do you want some grilled cheese, or fast brownies? A Waffle iron is the only appliance you need and within no time your favorite meal will be served. Another benefit of the waffle iron is that you do not have to wash big piles of dishes, or suffer with scrubbing browned bits.

A big plus is the waffle iron is easy to clean, if you spray your waffle iron with a cooking oil or spray. Also look for a waffle iron with removable plates for easy clean-up.

Waffle Omelet

Try a Waffle iron to cook the perfect omelet or Spanish frittata.
Preparation time: 2 minutes
Cooking time: 2 minutes
Servings: 1

    -    2 eggs
    -    3 tablespoons heavy cream
    -    1 tablespoon mozzarella cheese
    -    1 breakfast sausage, chopped
    -    Salt and pepper, to taste

    1.    Preheat your waffle iron and coat with cooking spray.
    2.    Crack the eggs in a bowl and beat with heavy cream, salt, and pepper.
    3.    Stir in the remaining ingredients and slowly pour the egg mixture onto the iron, not covering more than ¾ of iron.
    4.    Cook for 2 minutes and serve after.


Waffle Brownie

Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 5 minutes
Servings: 8 mini brownies
    -    ¾ cup flour
    -    ¼ cup Dutch processed cocoa
    -    ¼ teaspoon baking powder
    -    3 tablespoons chopped almonds
    -    2 eggs
    -    1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
    -    2 eggs
    -    ¼ cup applesauce
    -    1/3 cup brown sugar
    -    1 pinch salt
    -    3 oz. dark quality chocolate
**Don't have time for brownies from scratch, prepare a brownie mix and pour batter into hot waffle iron.

    1.    In a bowl, combine all the dry ingredients, flour, cocoa, baking powder, almonds, brown sugar, and salt.
    2.    In a microwave, melt the coconut oil and chocolate until smooth.
    3.    Beat the eggs with applesauce, and melted chocolate. Fold the liquid ingredients into dry ones and stir until blended.
    4.    Heat the waffle iron and make sure to coat with cooking oil.
    5.    Drop the batter onto iron, making few small mounds and cook for 2 minutes.
    6.    Repeat with remaining batter and serve after.

More Waffle Making Meal Ideas

Quesadillas Waffles

Lay a tortilla on a hot waffle, top with shredded cheese and other ingredients you'd like in your quesadilla. Top with another tortilla. Press waffle iron closed and cook until golden brown.

Waffle Hash Browns 

Using frozen shredded potatoes, Add onto a hot waffle iron. Sprinkle with seasonings. Cook until golden brown.

Try These Ideas for Waffle Meals Too: 

Corn dogs in the waffle iron- Use corn muffin mix and add chopped hot dogs into the batter. Pour on hot waffle iron. Cook until firm.

What have you cooked in the waffle iron?

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