Let me tell you a story. A couple years ago Shane bought about a dozen fresh jalapenos, a block of cream cheese, some bacon, and a box of kitchen gloves. He told me about all these things EXCEPT the box of gloves and asked me to make some jalapeno poppers.
So one afternoon I pulled out the three ingredients I needed and started cutting the jalapenos in half, scooping their seeds out. Now, I know I need to be careful with jalapenos. So after I was done I washed my hands. I washed them twice actually. …
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If you follow me on Instagram you might have seen that I made Eskimo Donuts last week. Where I live, Eskimo Donuts are a staple. Eat them with your chili or soup. Put your taco toppings on them, cover them in cinnamon sugar, dip them in maple syrup, or just eat them plain. They are a favorite for sure. …
I don’t know about you guys but I have been seriously bored with my supper menu lately. I think it has something to do with spring being here. Everything outside is changing meanwhile in my kitchen the same 5 meals have been circulating. Boring.
I thought that maybe if I am getting bored that some of you might be also. So I asked a handful of my friends to help me in a series for the month of May. I am calling it Meal Plan Monday. Each Monday for the rest of this month I will have a guest post with 5 new supper ideas. That means I can get 20 new supper ideas and you guys can get 25 new supper ideas (including my 5 that I will give here today). Isn’t that exciting? And bonus- you all can get to know a few of my friends! Win-win!
Here are 5 (maybe) new supper ideas for you! Are you in the sharing mood? You are welcome to share your favorite recipes in the comments! The more the merrier!
Chicken Salsa Tacos– This is a great way to mix up the traditional taco. Cut into strips (fajita style) and cook 2-3 boneless, skinless chicken breast in a frying pan. Once fully cooked add some salt, pepper and oregano (or Italian seasoning). Then pour in 1 cup salsa (more or less to preference) and let that get pretty hot. Then boom you are ready to put it in some taco shells, top with cheese and lettuce and enjoy the easiest supper you’ve ever made in your life! Side note- this also makes a super delish pizza topping.
One Pot Cheeseburger Casserole– What’s better than cooking an entire supper in one pot? This supper is DELICIOUS and goes a long way- which is important when you have a lot of mouths to feed. And don’t be scared by the long ingredient list. Most of the ingredients that I think you will already have in your cupboard.
Sloppy Joes– Ok, I know you have all had sloppy joes before. But you need this recipe. It is amazing. I made this at least twice a week when I was pregnant and then froze a bunch for after baby was born. I have made this recipe on the stove top and also in the slow cooker and it turned out amazing every single time. The only things I do differently are instead of Worcestershire sauce I use soy sauce. This is only because there is no gluten free Worcestershire sauce in Inuvik. Then I add a splash of apple cider vinegar because I like a kick. Enjoy. I know you will.
Buffalo Chicken Spaghetti– Forget everything you think you know about spaghetti. Do it. Right now. Now open your mind to your new favorite pasta dish. Seriously. It is so good! You can add more or less hot sauce and ranch dressing so that it is just the right amount of spicy for you. And if you want a replacement for the ranch dressing try my recipe using Greek yogurt.
Cheesy Quesadillas– I have posted about this dish before but since we eat it at least 3x a month I have to add it to my list here. It is our favorite…I think. I always have had a hard time picking favorites of anything. When we are having quesadillas I usually boil the chicken (or fry it) earlier in the afternoon then when it is suppertime I have fully cooked chicken cut and ready to go for supper. You could even cook a bunch in the beginning of the week and have it for lunches or quick suppers all week long. We add chipotle sauce sometimes (I mix mine with plain Greek yogurt). The opportunities are endless with this dish. If it sounds yummy, throw it in! My sister got me a quesadilla maker for Christmas which makes this supper even better. Although you don’t need one it is worth the investment to get one!
I hope you are as excited for this next month of Mondays as I am! Keep checking back each Monday for new recipes and to meet the guest poster! And please share a supper idea with us before you leave!
If you are allergic to gluten or know someone who is you might know that most of the artificial syrups have caramel color in them. Caramel color often contains gluten. While some things (like Coke) have caramel color and don’t bother me, that artificial maple syrup gives me a horrible reaction every time. It makes me so sick. So, obviously I don’t eat it anymore.
Pure maple syrup is a great alternative. First of all, it’s just plain better for you (as good as sugar can be for you) but also it is pure…so no fake stuff. It is pure maple syrup and completely gluten free. Lucky for me, I live in the North and have to pay triple the price for most items of that nature. Because of that, pure maple syrup just isn’t a luxury I choose to have. Instead, my daughters and I have been making our own “syrup.”
It is really easy to make!
1 TBSP honey
3 TBSP peanut butter
(or soy butter if you have a peanut free home like mine)
a splash of vanilla
Just put the honey and peanut butter in a mug and microwave for thirty seconds or so. Stir until smooth then add the vanilla. Poor your deliciousness over your pancakes. YUM.
*note, as it cools it thickens. As that still tastes amazing it does make your pancakes seem more dry. So just heat it up right before you put it on your pancakes.
Then, if you have leftovers you can smear it on oreos or brownies or- I mean, apples and rice cakes! I would never smear this delicious peanut butter concoction onto a chocolatey dessert. That would be so delicious- I mean, unhealthy.
Let me know if you try this!
Meet Chewy. He’s a super cute cockapoo. He’s been unofficially mine since he was a little pup but officially mine for a little over 5 years now. Before I had any kids he was my baby. He napped on my back when I napped. We went for walks together all the time. Then William came. Then Jenna came. Then Pepper came. And now Chewy is no longer my baby. We still enjoy going for walks and the occasional nap on the couch but let’s face it, I don’t have time for him like I used to. One thing I am happy I can do for him, though, is make him some treats.
And what’s fun about making the pup treats is that the kids can help. They are so basic and easy to do that they are just about impossible to mess up. And with only two ingredients they don’t take long to make.
Just blend up one can kidney beans until they are pureed. Then add in 2 cups of flour.
Now, I will be honest. I would not ordinarily spend the half hour that it took to roll the dough and cut it into special shapes. BUT when you are baking with kids, it’s good to take each opportunity to work on any skill with them. And rolling and cutting is not only fun for a toddler, it is very good for their development. Hand-eye coordination, following instructions, identifying shapes, determining how much space is left on the dough, etc…It is great for the kids.
I lined a pan with parchment paper and let Jenna put out little treats on the pan while I preheated the oven to 350 degrees. We put them in for just 30 minutes then let them sit on the pan for another 5 minutes before setting them on the counter to cool.
Of course, Chewy loves them. And they are so much cheaper than buying a bag of treats. You can substitute the kidney beans for just about any pureed fruit or veggies. Look into it before doing it if you are unsure if that particular fruit or veggie is safe for a pooch.
Homemade Dog Treats
1 can kidney beans, pureed
2 cups flour
Mix together. Roll out to 1/2 ” thick dough and cut into shapes. Place on parchment lined pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes. Enjoy! Or, rather, let your pup enjoy!