Sunday, January 11, 2015

In Honor of Fifteen

I have been kind of dragging my heels about getting back into blogging.  I got really out of the habit of writing before Christmas, and gave myself a break because there was so much to do around the holidays!  But now that Christmas is behind us, I really have no excuse.  And I miss writing.

So, let's get started.
I think I may have mentioned that I don't typically choose a recipe for a weeknight meal unless it has five ingredients or less.  Ain't nobody got time for that.  And when I say five, I mean five ingredients other than the ones I already have on hand.  So I am not counting the typical spices most of us have in our kitchens, or the pantry and fridge staples I almost always have (cheese, pasta, milk--you get the idea).  Sometimes I'm not even counting the meat, because I purchase our meat in bulk, at Costco.

I may have also mentioned that there is an app out there all moms need.  It is called paperless.   And I use it EVERY DAY.  So, I decided to put it to work a little more in 2015, by creating a list known as 15 Meals, 5 or Fewer.

Let's face it, in a perfect world, we'd have the week's meals planned out on Saturday, completed our grocery shopping by the end of the weekend, and have a stocked pantry ready to meet the needs of a busy week of meals.  But, we don't live in that world, and basketball games and birthday parties, date nights and playing catch up tend to take over a weekend.  So, in the event that meal planning doesn't get done, I do not want to find myself scrambling to put dinner on the table.

Here are 10 family friendly dinner options, with five ingredients or fewer.  And I have loaded them into my paperless app so that I can access them from my phone at any time.  So, if I happen to be in Target and don't have a clue what to make for dinner, I can pull up my app and see what I need.

Mini Meatloaves with Pureed Veggies (I borrowed this from my good friend, Rachel Joyce, but I changed it a bit--I use swiss cheese and top it with bacon).

Better for You Baked Mac and Cheese (this can be a vegetarian dish, or you can add ham steak)

Savory Chicken (Momsanity Recipe!)

Spicy Tilapia with Mango Salsa

And I said 15, didn't I?  So, bonus 5 Friday night recipes, when you just don't feel like cooking, but going out to eat is too expensive and it's hard to order healthy!  (These are not ALL super healthy, but I guarantee they are healthier than eating out.  And you are guaranteed to EAT less.)

I don't have pictures for all of these, but here they are:
Trader Joes Fish Nugget Tacos--cook fish according to package directions, place in corn tortillas with TJ's broccoli slaw and a little cilantro lime dressing (also TJ's brand).  Yum!

French Toastie Sticks--French Toast (make it yourself for a healthier version), bacon, strawberries, and bananas on a kabob stick.  Little ones will love eating right off the stick (just cut off the sharp end for safety reasons).

Chicken Cheddar Flatbread Pizzas--whole wheat pita, granny smith apples, cooked shredded chicken, warm in oven til cheese is melted and top with Jack's special salsa.

Chicken Sausage and Veggies--saute TJ's Healthy 8 Chopped Veggie Mix in olive oil, remove from pan.  Add sliced sausage and brown.  Mix together and serve over farro (also TJs--cooks in 10 minutes).

Chicken and Rice Crock Pot Meal--place frozen chicken breasts in the crock pot, add 1 packet Italian seasoning and pour one cup warm water over the top.  Cook on low 8 hours.  Serve over rice with a salad.

And here is screen shot of what my paperless app list looks like.  If you would like me to share it with you, I can.  And you don't even have to have the app installed on your phone!  But trust me, you will love it if you do install it.

Have a wonderful week!

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