April 2024 Recap

April was such a whirlwind with school vacation getaway to Mystic & Legoland, a few social plans, a few dr’s appts, and the start of baseball season!

In the kitchen, I made a few fun things! I took inspiration from Tacobell and made a Taco Pizza – which is kind of a quesadilla pizza? That gets confusing but whatever you call it, it was delicious and was such a meal from the refried beans and ground meet middle layer.

I made a red velvet waffle that is so good and could also be pancakes! I froze the rest and toast them to order!

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A chopped Greek salad rounded out the blog posts and is perfectly hardy to pack for lunch, dinner on the go, or for a group.

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May is another full one – lots of baseball and the last dance classes and recital! At work reunion is coming up. Foodwise, it’ll mean some quick or packable dinners, likely more grilling, and more salads. I love this change of seasons and am glad for more time outside.

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He is getting into the baseball season. We loved seeing him follow the map at Legoland! He thought the vending machines were one of the best parts of staying at a hotel. He’s had lots of birthday parties lately. He is still into bananas and loves a bacon, egg & cheese.

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She is our adrenaline junkie – she LOVED the roller coaster at Legoland. It was great to see her eat really well on vacation. She went to a Taylor Swift Dance Party birthday party and loved it. I was happy to see her have fun with girls in her class. There was about a week on and off of her under the weather – she had a headache and was better, then tired and was better, wasn’t hungry, then was better.

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TacoBell Inspired Pizza

The tacobell pizza has a cult following and is fun and easy to make at home. It is kind of a stacked quesadilla so go for that name if it has better market-ability with your eaters.

Our youngest was my sous-chef and then proceeded to eat the whole thing. She sometimes has the appetite of a bird so that’s either a ringing endorsement, or it fell on a day full of activity and included ingredients we all like, in a format not all that different.

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Ingredients (for 4 servings):

1/2 pound ground meat
2 tablespoons taco seasoning (half a packet)
8 flour tortillas
1/2 can refried beans
~1 cup shredded cheddar
1/4 cup enchilada sauce
toppings: diced tomato, salsa, guacamole, sour cream, corn, red/green/pickled onions, olives, etc

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Cook, drain, and season the meat.
While the meat cooks, preheat the oven 
Warm the refried beans.
Spray 4 of the tortillas with non-stick spray and put them on a baking sheet in the oven for ~3 minutes until warmed through and getting toasted.
Take those 4 warmed tortillas out of the oven spread with the beans and top with ground meat.

Layer the next tortillas on top (optional: can be warming in the oven while the beans & meat go onto the first 4 tortillas.)
Spoon enchilada sauce on top of each stack and sprinkle on the cheese.
Return to the oven for 5 minutes or until the cheese melts.
Add any toppings to each! (Mine was diced tomato and green chili sauce and I forgot we had pickled onions! The others did combinations of black olives, sour cream, and salsa on the side to dip)

Slice and enjoy!

These were very fun and just added a slight twist to taco night. They work OK on a skillet/griddle but getting that top cheese to melt needs heat from above or domed with a cover!

Chopped Greek Salad

This chopped Greek salad has the perfect bite every time since everything is the same size! There are a few special ingredients to make it extra special – spoiler: mint and crumbled pita takes this salad to the next level.

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Ingredients: (serves 2 meals, or 4 sides)

1 can garbanzo beans
1/2 cucumber
1 small tomato
1 bell pepper – any color
~10 mint leaves (or swap for 1 teaspoon fresh oregano)
~1/4 of a red onion
2 tablespoons oil/red wine vingear or 2 tablespoons Italian dressing
1 cup pita chips
Optional: 1 tablespoon creamy caesar + 1 tablespoon Tahini

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Chop the cucumber, tomatoes, peppers, mint, and red onion. Drain and rinse the garbanzo beans. Soak the onion in cold water.
Add all the veggies, herbs, and cheese into a bowl.

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Drizzle in the dressing or oil/vinegar, salt and pepper, zatar spice or Italian seasoning, and toss well.

Taste and adjust as needed. Just before serving, crumble in the pita chips.
Optional: stir together the caesar/tahini mixture and drizzle over the top.

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The mint and the crumbled pita chips are the true stars of this salad. It is flavorful, filling, and has all the textures. I ate this for lunch – and can totally picture throwing it together for dinner on the baseball sidelines! It’d be great to bring to a party.

March 2024 Recap

March was a celebratory month – my birthday! I had a fun family dinner, a really fun night out for indoor mini golfing and dinner with friends, and booked a getaway with my college roomies. Highlights this month was a work trip to NYC and a very fun hibachi dinner for my nephew’s birthday.

These Chicken Cordon Bleu Rice Bowls were the best thing from my kitchen – the kids were wayyy more into this than I expected.

I gave these blueberry pie smoothies a facelift since the 2014 debut!

Orzo with boursin and sundried tomatoes was so good and couldn’t be easier.

I cannot wait for April vacation and we’re ready for some springy weather. I have a breakfast idea, maybe a salad, maybe something Mexican-ish.

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He is doing indoor baseball clinics and is loving it. Any item in his hand becomes tossed into the air. I’m helping his class with bookclubs and like we all know, the teachers are not revered or compensated as they should be. His teacher was getting them reading that days chapter for 3 different book groups, helping with vocabulary words, giving discussion prompts, keeping kids on task, allowing bathroom trips, and having some read aloud to her all while they wiggle, drop pencils, and repeated ask which graphic organizer they’re supposed to use. They are very fun to chat with about their books.

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She went to a Frozen Tea Party Sing-Along which was very cute. She survived pink eye – the medication drops just about did her in. We are trying very hard to get more food into her and are focused on calorie dense options. She learned her whole ballet and tap dances for the recital in May. The kids are very into walkie-talkies and the closet forts continue.

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watch what I’m reading: I read ‘West with Giraffes’ for bookclub and found it very captivating. For a non-fiction pic, I read ‘Extremely Online’ and it was very well done but so dense. ‘Lucie Yi is Not a Romantic‘ was a palate cleanser and pretty cute. I did not like ‘Good Material’ it wasn’t for me.

Chicken Cordon Bleu Grain Bowl

The classic crispy thin chicken rolled around ham and swiss gets a weeknight makeover in this grain bowl. I included all the usuals but in a very assemble your own rice bowl. This was a hit for everyone, and the kids can go either way on rice lately. Cordon bleu translates to blue ribbon so let’s all agree these flavors are winners.

Of course, pounded/breaded/fried chicken cutlets made at home would be better, and a subtle and from scratch sauce would be lovely, but this is the speedy way!

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Ingredients: (for ~4)

1 1/2 cups arborio rice (or any grain you like)
2 cups chicken broth (as needed for your rice/grain)
~3 cups breaded chicken – chopped or popcorn style
~4 slices of deli ham
~4 slices of swiss cheese
~1 cup arugula (or green beans or broccoli or other veg as you like)
2 teaspoons mayo
1 tablespoon dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon water
salt & pepper

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Cook the rice/grain. My risotto takes 7 minutes in the pressure cooker.
Cook the chicken, again according to the package if fully cooked or not.
Chop the ham, cheese, and arugula.
Mix together the mayo, dijon, and water to a dressing consistency and sprinkle in salt & pepper.

Assemble the bowls with rice as the base with rice, ham, cheese, greens, chicken and finish with a drizzle of the mustardy sauce.

I was pretty jazzed that everyone was into it. I don’t think either kid opted for any of the mustard sauce but it always means something for everyone – each kid ate some of everything and one kid was very into the chicken and the other was all about the ham and cheese. I’ll take it.

Grain bowls are such the perfect meal for me and I have more in mind! Some other favorites are veggie burger ones & a chicken BLT one & a chipotle shrimp one & others. That reminds me, this winter veggie grain bowl needs to be added to my meal plan ASAP!

February 2024 Round up

February wrapping up brings us that much closer to my birthday! It was a fun and full month. School vacation with a getaway to NH was the best!

In the kitchen, I made chicken bacon & ranch meatballs

I love this tomato jam and it is perfect in a grilled cheese!

Lastly, I did a hot chocolate dip for dessert. It could have been cutely shaped like a football but we just dipped regularly.

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For March, I will definitely share a grain bowl, and maybe a could be a side/could be a main. I’m not sure what else. I will have some birthday festivities and maybe a quick work trip.

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He is having a good time at basketball which was supposed to end but magically has 2 more games. His food obsession is bananas. He and I went to see a play of Mr. Popper’s Penguins and it was so much fun. He’s watching all the basketball and all star games etc. He was thrilled to shoot hoops and play video games with his cousins.

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She likes dance class but has a hard time stopping playing to get ready to go. She lives in pjs if we’re not leaving the house. She is our adrenalin junkie and wasn’t at all scared of mountain tubing and the roller coaster adventure park.

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