Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Kale Chip Recipe



I can not believe that it has taken me this long to get on the Kale chip bandwagon.  I guess every time I pass by it in our local grocery store I think oh its sooo expensive ($3.00 or more/bunch) to "try" to make chips...what if I burn them or we don't like them.   I have passed by this super food many times due to price but not last week.  I saw the sign that I had been waiting for $1.97/bunch.  I can handle that and so this Kale made its way to the Peterson house. 

I did some looking online before I baked up these prefect chips that hubby, myself and 2/4 children ate up.  So here is my super simple Kale Chip recipe that will become a staple now in our house. 

Kale Chips
- Preheat oven to 425
- Tare the Kale off the stems, wash and spin dry in lettuce spinner
- Use a paper towel or cloth to make sure they are good and dry
- Lay Kale on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper
- Coat in Olive oil, sprinkle with salt and you can add some garlic salt to if you want.
- Put into the oven
- TURN OFF OVEN and set timer for 20 minutes (this is the genius step!!  I don't want them to burn so this is the KEY step for making the prefect chips)
- When timer goes off you can take them out and enjoy!  

From the big bunch of Kale I bought I made 3 batches of chips from it :)  The first batch I sprinkled the still warm chips with parmesan cheese and the other two batches I made for lunches so I just left them salted. 

If you find the chips aren't crispy enough for you after the 20 minutes and you aren't in a hurry to eat them you can flip them over and leave them in the warm oven to dry out a little more. I haven't had this problem but I did read that in my search for the prefect chips. 

Hope you enjoy your chips as much as this little guy did :) 


Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Stuffed Mini Peppers






Trim Healthy Mama has really changed the way I plan meals in our home.  I am thankful for this time I have had to stop and think about the proteins we are choosing and planning meals around those instead of which carb- rice, pasta or potato will we choose.  

I seen this idea for mini pepper nachos on pinterest and knew I wanted to try them.  I was excited last week when these were on sale at Walmart.  I picked up 2 bags of them to try out the nachos.  

Earlier that week I had made a roast beef so I had that left over and decided to make a different version of the nachos and try something like a philly steak stuffed pepper.  So that is what I did. 

Start by cutting your peppers in half and remove the seeds and steam. 


Fill the mini pepper cups with mozzarella cheese.  This help the meat to stick better. 


I shredded the roast beef and fried it up with finely chopped mushrooms and onions.  You can add your favorite BBQ sauce as well. 


Fill the mini peppers with your steak filling and top with more cheese.  Bake on a lined cookie sheet at 350 for 20-30 minutes and enjoy! 






Friday, July 18, 2014

Roasted Veggies


Roasting vegetables is one of my favorite ways to prepare veggies.   Roasted vegetables are easy to prepare.  I simple wash, cut and drizzle them with olive oil in a bowl before laying them out on parchment paper. 


Here I did Asparagus, peppers and cherry tomatoes.   



To get great tasting asparagus I used this technique



I roasted at 400 for about 15-20 minutes.  These are a great side dish with any BBQ'd meat. 

Friday, July 4, 2014

50 Days of Summer Fun!!!


Welcome to our 50 days of summer fun!!!  This year the kids and I decided to draw out our list on our big brown school paper!!!  We have been doing a summer fun list for a couple of years (2012, 2013).  Every year I love hearing the things the kids want to do again and try for the first time :) 

This year we made a summer fun bunting banner which adds a new flare in our kitchen.  I purchased this bunting at Target in the party section for $4.99.  You get two of them in the package.  They are chalk boards so you can decorate them, erase and start all over again.   I have used it now for 4 different functions and it still looks great. 




When creating a list I find that looking through my summer fun board on Pinterest is helpful for finding some things to add to your list.  The kids really enjoy this part and are not shy to tell me which ones they want to do.  The other thing I do is we know some of our summer plans ahead of time and put these on the list.  This year we will take a family vacation to Quebec so that made the list.  Also every summer we celebrate M&M on toast day so that is a given on our list as well.   If your family has a vacation spot or if the kids will be going to VBS I always add them.  Other fun and inexpensive things we usually do in the summer is have a movie night,  eat corn dogs (this year I am buying pogos), make pop floats, water fun, beach, swimming and a camping trip to the grandparents cottage!    Your list doesn't have to be crazy and filled with things for every day of the summer.  Its just a fun thing that adds excitement to the kids summer.  Most of the things on our list are things we do as a family it just seems to be more exciting when the kids can see things that we will be doing and of course checking them off as we do them :)  Oh an don't forget to add a few new summer recipes to your list as well.  The kids love making smoothies, popsicles and ice cream sandwiches

Peterson List 

Quebec
BBQ
Camp fire supper
M&M on toast day
Smoothies
Hike
Picnic
Hula Hoop party
Floats
Tent
Farmers Market
Fly a Kit
Sundae Night
Pogo's
Game night
Lunch with Daddy
Buskers
Run through sprinkler
Library
Read 50 books
Play at parks
Water Wars
Build a SandCastel
Splash Park
New River Beach
Zoo
Pick Flowers
Nature Park
Gardening
Popsicles
Jam
Bike Ride
Washer Party
Drive in Movie
Q-plex swim
Go fishing
Water Balloons
Fire Works
Catch butterflies
Roast Marshmallows
Pirate VBS
Trip to the ice cream store
Go camping
Pick Strawberries
Celebrate Canada Day
Weird Animal Camp
Smore fun
Glow sticks
Family Canoe Ride
Marshmallow guns








Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Spaghetti Squash Casserole


I want to share with you this delicious family favorite meal that I made the other night that was a BIG hit!!!  I usually make Spaghetti casserole for our family with the left overs we have from a spaghetti supper.   Now that Micah and I have been trying to follow the THM life style I decided to make our favorite casserole using spaghetti  squash.     Let me tell you it did not disappoint!  It was just as delicious if not even better using the spaghetti squash.   So here is the recipe.

Spaghetti Squash Casserole

Spaghetti sauce (mine was homemade but you can use bottled or whatever)
cooked spaghetti squash
2-4 oz melted cream cheese
Cheddar cheese
parmesan cheese
2 handfuls of french fried onions

In the bottom of a casserole dish place a cup of spaghetti sauce.  Add 1/2 of a spaghetti squash.  Now spread your melted cream cheese mixture over the squash.  Now finish up your casserole by layering another cup of sauce, the other half of the squash and top it all off with the remaining sauce.   You can grate some cheddar cheese on the top of it.  Bake at 350 for 30 minutes.  The last 5 minutes of baking you can add your french friend onions.

Serve with some grated parmesan cheese and a caesar side salad.


Friday, June 20, 2014

Trim Healthy Mama





For the past couple of weeks I have been reading through this book, making notes, searching for recipes and putting it into practice.  As of the beginning of this week hubby and I are following their Satisfying (S) and Energizing (E) meals, snacks and treats!



During this week I must confess that I do feel a lot more energetic!!!   I don't feel like I need to have my 1:00 pm nap any more.   I feel very full and satisfied with all the great recipes that I have found.   We are finding that you need to change your mind set from foods we are use to eating and we are learning to change our taste buds as well as we start to cook with different ingredients.

For those of you following the Trim Healthy Mama life style or those of you who may want to look into it.  Here is my meal plan for the next 3 weeks :)  I have found that there are SOOOO many recipes out there on pinterest you shouldn't have a problem coming up with meals.


Breakfast

Brownie Batter Oatmeal


Trim Healthy Pancakes (THM)

Omelets (all different kinds)

Cottage Blueberry Porridge (THM)


Creamy Quinoa (THM)

Broccoli and Cheese mini omelets (great for the freezer) 



Cheesy Sweet Potato Crisp with greek yogurt and berries 

Steal cut oatmeal with cream and sliced berries 

Crustless Asparagus Quiche (use water instead of milk)

Greek yogurt with berries

Sour dough bread with natural peanut butter




Lunch

Greek Salad


Asian Chicken Salad

Cottage Cheese Salad:  Cottage cheese, tomato, cucumber, red onion, salt and pepper.

Chicken Club Salad (use regular mayo)

Salad in a jar 

Turkey wraps – Oven roasted turkey with avocado slices, tomato slices, and cheese rolled up – with cut-up veggies on the side.

Avocado Strawberry Salad


Tuna Salad

Crustless quiche with side salad

Mediterranean Quinoa salad

Feta Avocado Chicken Salad (don't use corn)


Quinoa Pizza bites 

Philly cheesesteak stuffed peppers 

Zucchini pizza - cut zucchini length wise, top with pizza sauce, pepperoni, cheese and bake




Supper

Chicken crumble Casserole with squash and garlic butter green beans

Beef Kabobs

Chickens on sticks with spinach salad

Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry (mushrooms, peppers, onions)

Spaghetti Squash with Meaty sauce


Pork Roast with Cinnamon Sweet Potatoes and oven roast cauliflower

Burgers with Zucchini Fries 

Asian Lettuce Wraps (use beef instead of turkey)

Egg rolls in a bowl

Greek Chicken Skewers with summer Quinoa salad


Taco bowls




Coconut Curry Kabobs with Quinoa

Chicken and Broccoli with Alfredo Sauce

Spaghetti squash au gratin


Desserts/snacks and treats

Peanut butter whip

* This was a BIG hit in the house :) 


Berries with whip cream

Chocolate muffin in a mug


Berry Whip



Berry treat in a jar 

Chunky Cream Pops (THM book)

Peanut butter blizzard 

Skinny Chocolate (THM book)

Strawberry vanilla coconut smoothie

Fat Stripping Frappa (THM book)

Good Girl Moonshine (Favorite drink)




There are so many awesome recipes out there for you to find!!!  If I have learned anything it is having a plan is key to success.  So here are our meals for the next 21 days :)  We have been eating the THM way for 7 days now and hubby is down 5 lb :)  I am thinking after changing our taste buds and enjoying all these yummy foods we will be sticking with it!!!  I truly do feel more energetic :)  If you are looking for a new life style I highly recommend getting the Trim Healthy Mama book and learning a new way to enjoy food and life!!!  If you buy the book and need help I would be more than happy to help you out.  Plus there are hundreds of recipes in their book that aren't even on this meal plan.  Its worth the 35$ thats for sure.


Friday, June 6, 2014

Appschooling

We've been using iPads to teach our kids for a couple years now.  We'd like to pass on what we've learned to save you some time and money!


  1. Before you unleash technology on your kids, make sure you restrict apps that have access to the Internet.  Check out our other nerdy blog on how to protect your home from the dangers of the Internet! youcanbeanerd.blogspot.com.
  2. Apple iPads are the best for safety, ease of use, great apps, you get the apps first, and free app of the week.
  3. Get the big iPad, not the iPad Mini!  You are going to use it to watch movies and the babes need all kins of space to touch everything.  We recommend getting the bigger 64GB model because you run out of space fast and that can be very frustrating.  It's worth the investment!  We also recommend for protection, the m-edge supershell bumper case (not sure if they have one for the iPad Air) and the zagg invisibleshield for the screen cover.
  4. Don't let your kids run to the iPad first thing in the morning, it sets a bad tone for the day.  Schedule your kids to have different times that fit them (the other kids are napping maybe) so that everyone is not always fighting over it.


And finally, here is a list of great apps that our kids use to learn and have fun doing it!



Math


Reading


General Learning


Writing


Chess
JP Chess HD
Lean Chess
Chess
DinoChess


Hacking
Hopscotch
Cargo-Bot
Daisy the Dino
Light-bot hour
codecademy
Basic

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