Yes, My family eats lots of veggies.
We DO eat meat with a lot of our meals.
No, meat is NOT a requirement for me to enjoy a meal. (100% of the time I eat NO meat for breakfast)
My boys love lots of different types of meals and veggies. (I expose them to a lot)..
Food Prep saves my life!
It also saves me a TON of time..
I love my crock pot to a certain extent..
Sweet potatoes are my #1 FAN!!
This really works if you line it up for the week…
Thank you to Kelly Isbell (for helping me get through a busy teacher’s life)…
Food Prep That Works and This Easy….
I am a BIG believer in things being easy, and not a lot of effort when you could be doing something else with your time. The things that I love doing is spending time with my family. It is just amazing how God has designed it for these people to be your family. Family is important to me, and making sure that they eat healthy meals is triple important too! I always try to make sure that I do most of my grocery shopping on Sunday’s, and get it all done for the week. So that means that I have most of my meals in mind when I am shopping.
Mandolin Food Slicer….
This device can be deadly if NOT used appropriately, and can cause some real damage to your extremities. If you notice that hand guard there on top (its white) please use that any time that you are going to food prep veggies, or any type of fruit. These things do save a lot of time, but can hurt you badly. I cut my finger SUPERBLY, and Jerral did too trying to help me. We did this because we weren’t using the hand guard. I have learned my lesson, but did not want to throw it away. Listed below are some of the meals that were prepped for the week…
- Turkey Ricotta meatballs, with parmesan cheese and Ziti (crockpot for meatballs)
- Sweet potato casserole (lean version)
- Beef stir fry (using Ramen noodles)
- Blueberry Waffles (Will need a waffle maker)
These recipes are fool proof, and save you a ton of time! I actually bought this mandolin HERE. I repeat please be careful with this kitchen gadget, it can quickly become deadly. Here are some of the recipes below starting with one of my favorite foods of all time.
Sweet Potato Casserole…….
Sweet Potato Casserole
6 medium sized sweet potatoes (depending on how many your feeding)
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp cinnamon
5 TBSP butter (salted butter)
You may use the mandolin to do all the slicing for you, and or your trusty old knife.
The mandolin just gave me even slices, and uniformed pieces in my baking dish.
Preheat oven to 350.
Wash all your potatoes by hand, and peel with a peeler.
Get them all clean and cut them up for your baking dish.
I rubbed a little butter on the bottom of my baking dish so it wouldn’t stick so terribly.
First, layer then sprinkle sugar, nutmeg, and cinnamon on each layer.
Continue layering until you reach the last layer, and don’t FORGET to keep sprinkling in between each.
Last layer put the rest of the butter, and cover with foil so it can steam some in that baking dish.
Let cook for at least 45 minutes while you are….
(Helping with homework, getting baths ready, and or finishing something else useful)…
My boys really LOVED this dish a lot…
1 package full of ground sirloin
1 package lean turkey (ground)
1 onion chopped
1 jalapeno chopped fine
seasoning of your choice (I use Zatarains)
1 tsp black pepper
1 TBSP garlic powder
fresh minced garlic 1TBSP
Ricotta (whole container) whole milk
1 cup parmesan cheese (for the end)
1 cup italian bread crumbs
1 cup fresh parsley
Makes about 35 meatballs.
Let stay in crock pot for 8 hours on low heat.
Use a large bowl
Dump both meats in bowl
Mix in minced garlic, jalapeno pepper, garlic powder, bread crumbs, any other seasoning you have.
Start rolling your meatballs into a medium size, and make a small hole to stuff a 1/2 tsp of ricotta into each one.
Roll them up and you can freeze half for a later date, and use half for what is needed tonight.
My oldest loves the kitchen so he finished rolling them since hubby and I were injured. (LOL)
I placed these in my crock pot before I left for the day. I took the onion I cut up the morning before I left, and more parsley and dumped it in with my favorite marinara sauce.
Ramen Noodle Stir Fry……
1 6 pack of oriental noodles (Ramen)
1 pack of pre-cooked fajita beef meat (pictured above) or chicken
6 TBSP sesame oil
1 small onion cut up
1 cup carrots shredded
1 cup broccoli florets
1 cup tri-colored bell pepper already pre-cut in freezer with jalapenos, and onions.
I use two of the seasoning packets that is in the RAMEN bag!! (Keep it light)..
I own a wok, but any pan can DO!!!!!
I saute the meat and all the veggies in recipe with the sesame oil.
Side Note: I boil my broccoli for 4-5 minutes in the same water with my RAMEN noodles to soften them a bit.
Once sauteed all meats and veggies, zap noodles for 4-5 minutes in a HIGH BOIL POT with water.
Start transferring over with meat and veggies, from one pot to the other. (Please don’t over boil these noodles, they will be mushy).. LOL
Then voila!! (Sooooo Good)…
These are super easy, and I love making these to freeze ahead so that my guys can just pop them back into the waffle maker. You can find the recipe to these waffles here. These are really good blueberry waffles, and we love them on any random morning. Remember I don’t always miss the meat in my breakfast.
Side Note: I suffer from reflux, and believe me meat is NOT a miss in my book. I have actually loved the way my body feels without the meat, and I am okay with that!