July 25, 2011

Stir-Fry with Peanut Sauce

This is one of my hubbies FAVORITES! I actually REALLY love it too and it is SOOO easy! You gotta try it!

1 lbs chicken breast, cut into 1/2-inch chunks
1 Tbsp vegetable oil
1 cup brown rice, uncooked
3 cups veggies cut into bite size pieces
(broccoli, bell peppers, mushrooms, green onions)
¼ cup peanuts, chopped (optional)

Peanut Sauce:
2 Tblsp creamy peanut butter
1 ½ Tbsp low-sodium soy sauce
1 Tbsp brown sugar
1 Tbsp lime juice
1 tsp fresh garlic or ginger, minced
¼ cup water

Directions: Prepare rice. Prepare peanut sauce: place peanut butter, soy sauce, brown sugar, lime juice, garlic, ginger and water in microwave safe bowl. Microwave 30-60 seconds and then whisk until combine.
In a large skillet, heat oil at medium heat. Add chicken and sauté. Add veggies to pan and sauté in an additional 3-4 min. Serve over prepared rice and top with chopped peanuts, if desired.

July 18, 2011

Easy Apples for Kids

Burger King (shockingly) inspired me! They have/had the option of doing apples that look like fries. I thought it was genius. My kids love anything that looks like a fry.

I have had the problem, and maybe you have too, where EVERYTHING that is healthy is hard for a baby/toddler to eat. One of my little guys has hated apples because they are hard for him to eat.

Soooo, as I was moseying around Ross one day, I ran across this fry cutter!
I.LOVE.IT. I actually use it. It gets my kids excited about everything (because they look like fries!) It has mad things so much easier for my kids to eat, and even better, they eat it quickly!

July 11, 2011

Penne Pasta with Veggies

This is going to sound terrible but I have no idea where I got this recipe but I LOVE IT! My kids love whole wheat noodles! I would just recommend not OVER cooking the veggies.

¼ c balsamic vinegar
2 Tbsp minced garlic
1 cup diced onions
1 sm eggplant, diced
1 sm yellow squash diced
1 sweet red pepper, diced
2 cup diced tomatoes
¼ cup chopped fresh parsley or basil
1 Tbs olive oil
¼ cup grated parmesan cheese
½ tsp salt
½ tsp dried thyme
8 oz. Whole Wheat Penne pasta

Directions: In a large skillet over med-high heat, cook vinegar and garlic for 3 min. Add onions, eggplant, squash, and peppers. Cook for 3 min. Stir in oil, parmesan, salt and thyme. Cook for 3-4 minutes or until sauce thickens.

Cook pasta in a large pot of boiling water. Drain and return to pot. Add sauce mixture and toss well. For a more assertive flavor, substitute chopped fresh basil or parsley.

July 4, 2011

Green Bags

Have you ever seen these before??? Can I just tell you that if you eat lots of produce, these.are.a.MUST!!!! I am 100% in love with these!

There are 10 "small" bags (really not so small, like normal produce bag size) and 10 BIG bags. They are reusable up to 10 times....and probably even beyond.

We eat LOADS of fresh produce and we haven't even used all of these once yet.

You wanna know HOW amazing these are??? Well, usually when I buy parsley, it is bad within a day or 2....mine has been sitting in my green bag, in the fridge...FOR OVER a week! No joke!

I bought strawberries, again, I didn't wash them just dumped them in to the bag, they were getting kinda ripe so I was worried. We ate them (after about 1 1/2 weeks in the fridge) before they got too ripe!

Spinach has been sitting in one of my large bags, oh...for about a month now. It STILL isn't bad! I just use it when I want to. Green onions, zucchini, summer squash, tomatoes....seriously, SO.MANY.THINGS!!!!!!

I have found that there are some things that really don't work in there and usually they are things that you have to peel, like oranges and banana's. They ripen just the same for me.

Have you tried them???