Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Tuna Casseroles

Quick Tuna Casserole
Ingredients:
8 ounces of rotini pasta
2 cans of cream of mushroom soup
12 ounces of white albacore tuna in water
3 cups of shredded white cheddar cheese
1 cup of bread crumbs

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Prepare pasta according to the box directions. While it's boiling, mix together the soup, tuna, and 2 cups of cheese. Drain pasta and pour into a 9" x 13" baking dish. Add the tuna mixture and blend with the pasta. Cover with the rest of the cheese and top with the breadcrumbs. Slide into the oven and bake for 20 minutes. Serve with buttery crackers.

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Simple touches for a fun Valentine's Day

You don't have to go all out for Valentine's Day. This post is dedicated to simple ways to add some love to your Valentine's meals.(our anytime of year!)

Use a cookie cutter to make simple changes to everyday food

Make homemade bread croutons shaped like hearts. Add to one of our soup recipes

Make an omelet and top with a ketchup heart.

Make an ordinary sandwich into a delight using cookie cutters
Create Valentine pancakes by pouring batter into a heart shape

Use cantaloupe, watermelon and pineapple to design a fruit salad filled with love.


What do you like to make or bake with your kids for Valentine's Day?












































































Wait there is a whole lot more Valentine Recipe Ideas for you

Valentine Kids Recipes
Family Dinner for Valentine's Day
Kids Valentine Dessert Ideas
Breakfast Valentine's Ideas
Valentine Desserts
Make it a healthy Valentine's Day
Simple Valentine's Meal Ideas
Simple touches for a fun kids Valentine meal
10 Homemade Valentine Food Ideas

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Weeknight Dinner Plan made Easy

We’ve all done it. We’ve angled into that drive-thru lane because we were too tired to cook or, worse, too unprepared. We know fast food isn’t healthy. We cringe as our kids insist on French fries instead of apples or carrots or whatever bone they are throwing out for us parents. Sometimes it is just easier to put on the blinders and hand over the debit card.

But weeknight dinners do not have to be such a nutritional wasteland. With a little planning, a little restraint and a little determination, you can get through weeknight dinners easily.

Freezer cooking or once a month cooking (OAMC) is a popular idea to take advantage of downtimes to prepare for the busy weeknights. It takes planning and stamina but many find it worth it in the long run. The concept is simple enough; plan 30 days' worth of meals, then cook and freeze them. Casserole dishes work great but, really, anything is fair game. During your busy work and school week, the extent of your prep work is to decide which bag or container to get out of the freezer for the next day.

Session cooking is similar to OAMC but not as intense. If you see ground beef on sale, for example, you can buy 10 pounds of it and prep it all in an evening. Patty some up for burgers, cook some meatballs and make a few meatloaves. You can also brown several pounds and store it in zip-top bags for quick meals like tacos, nachos or sloppy joes. 
 

Scheduled meals take a different approach. You still cook every night but it is the same meal every single Tuesday night so that you can move through the week on autopilot. If you have picky eaters, you can sit down and decide as a family what everyone will agree to eat and when. See more menu planning ideas

Tag team cooking is the idea of having your spouse or an older child cook on designated nights. If you are swamped on Wednesdays with late meetings and picking everyone up from basketball practice, your partner mans the stove. Sometimes knowing that you have a night or two off off is enough to get you through the week without the drive-thru.

Planned pizza is just a way of saying that you can plan a night out every week or once a month. The benefit of planning it is that you can pick a night when kids eat free or pizza is half off. It gives everyone in the family something to look forward to.

An added benefit to the suggestions above is that they all can help save you money. Buying in bulk and on sale, as well as avoiding weekly fast food runs, can trim some of the fat from your food budget.
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Friday, February 7, 2014

Celebrate with the Winter Olympics

With the Winter Olympics starting in Sochi, get the kids involved with the celebration by cooking some Russian theme fare and learning about the symbols of the Olympics.
Here are some of our favorites:
Borscht

















 Cabbage Rolls









Pierogi



Little Passports Teaches You The Symbols of the Sochi Spirit in the 2014 Winter Olympics!

The Winter Olympic Games take place in Sochi, Russia this year! Host Countries and Cities love incorporating distinctive cultural details throughout each Olympics to share their history and spirit with the world. What are some features that make the 2014 Winter Olympics’ symbols unique?

Join Sam and Sofia as they learn about three of the Sochi Games’ distinctive symbols—the torch, medals, and mascots!

The Olympic Torch
The countdown to the Games kicks-off with the Olympic torch relay, which delivers the Olympic flame from Olympia, Greece to the Host City through a series of runners. For the Sochi Games, each runner carries an eye-catching, red and silver torch.



The torch’s curved shape is inspired by the feather of the golden Firebird, a mythical creature celebrated in Russian fairytales and folklore. According to one legend, the Firebird’s feathers “light the way” and bring good fortune and happiness. You might notice patterns inspired by the Firebird and its feathers throughout the Sochi Games. For example, look for them on Team Russia’s uniforms!



The Olympic Medals
The top three finishers in every event will receive one of the 2014 Winter Olympic medals. They are metal and feature an etched glass-like insert with jagged edges resembling mountain peaks and the seashore. This design highlights Sochi’s unique position between the cold snow-capped Caucasus Mountains and the warm sandy beaches of the Black Sea.

The medals also feature the Sochi Olympics’ recognizable “Patchwork Quilt” design, a mosaic of 16 traditional patterns that celebrate Russia’s rich traditions and cultural diversity. Keep an eye out for the colorful quilt design everywhere at the Games, such as on the torch bearers’ outfits and Olympic souvenirs!

The Olympic Mascots Sam and Sofia can’t wait to meet the Snow Leopard, the Hare, and the Polar Bear—the 2014 winter Games’ mascots! The Sochi Olympics invited everyone in Russia to submit their ideas for the mascots, and to vote for their favorite from the finalists. Officials selected the top three finishers, representing the three places on the awards podium, as the official mascots.


These three native Russian animals represent the country’s spirit and embody the Olympic values. The Polar Bear is depicted as friendly, intelligent and always striving for new athletic heights, while the Hare is an excellent student and loves sports. Tough and strong, the choice of the Snow Leopard, a native of Sochi’s nearby Caucasus Mountains and a critically endangered species, draws attention to Russia’s increasing focus on animal conservation. Look for the three Olympic mascots spreading joy and Olympic spirit throughout the Games!

Sam and Sofia can’t wait to join their friends in Russia to support athletes from around the world. They are very excited to keep an eye out for all of these Olympic symbols as they watch the Winter Games this year!
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Monday, February 3, 2014

Cream Of Cauliflower Cheese Soup - Crockpot

Another great crockpot recipe? Who loves soup? Do you have a favorite soup recipe your kids love to eat and/or help cook?

Ingredients
2 large head cauliflower, cleaned and cut up
1 large onion, diced
2 celery stalks, diced
1 large can (48 oz) chicken stock (about 6 cups)
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 cup heavy cream
2 cups shredded mild Cheddar or American cheese
kosher salt and black pepper to taste

Put first 4 ingredients in crockpot.
Set crockpot to LOW, cover and cook for 7 to 8 hours.

When done cooking, use an immersion blender to puree the mixture in the crockpot, or remove mixture to blender and blend until smooth, then return to crockpot.

When mixture is smooth and returned to crockpot, turn crockpot heat to HIGH, add the cumin, Worcestershire sauce, heavy cream, and shredded cheese, stirring until mixture is hot and cheese is melted.

Taste and season with salt and pepper as needed.
You may use this recipe for any creamy cheese and vegetable soup by substituting another vegetable for the cauliflower - such as broccoli. You can also make it vegetarian by substituting vegetable broth for the chicken broth. Will serve 4 to 6.

























Learn more about making homemade soup.


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