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Family Dinner Guide – Week 2

31 May

Screen Shot 2013-05-24 at 10.03.06 AMWe’d like to welcome back Belinda DiGiambattista!  

She’s checking in to see how preparing dinner last week went for you. Did you find it challenging, manageable, intimidating or fun? Share your stories with us!

Belinda has planned out another week of nutritious family dinners for you. Keep up that momentum, and have fun cooking!   

“What’s for dinner?” – Week 2

Welcome to week two of your new commitment to creating healthy, planned-ahead dinners for your family!

With all the effort you put into Sunday’s prep work, it had to be satisfying when you walked in the door every evening around 6pm to know the answer to the question, “what’s for dinner?” That said, Sunday was a lot of work. Last week’s secret was to not have to ‘think’ about dinner during the week, and this week’s secret is getting the prep done with a little extra support.

My secret weapon for getting all the prep done is my wonderful babysitter. She comes over once a week to finish up any prep that I was unable to get to. I provide her with the same instructions described in my blog post, and she arrives while the kids are still at school so that she can focus on preparing the food.

Getting help from time to time, whether it’s a babysitter, your family or friends, is certainly a life changing experience.

5472456147_e69e8c7f1bThis week, our menu is:

Monday:  Sole, steam julienned vegetables, kale salad, and brown rice (or wild rice)

Tuesday – Kids’ Choice Night:  Turkey tacos with pico de gallo

Wednesday:  Cheese frittata (optional: add spinach and/or ham), side of broccoli, side salad and an optional side of bacon or veggie bacon

Thursday – One Pot:  Black bean quinoa with red bell peppers

Friday: Whole wheat cheese ravioli with marinara sauce served with a salad and crudités

This week’s Grocery List for a family of four is right here. Plan to have these items in the house by Saturday evening and you are ready to go. Planning – check. Groceries – check. What’s for dinner? – check.

Here is your personal Sunday prep for the week as well as your Nightly Prep Guide that will take the guess work out of every night.

Have fun.

Good luck.

And enjoy homemade meals every night of the week!

Photo courtesy of LifeSupercharger

colorful tailor-made tacos

27 Mar

photo-22It’s taco night!

What a fun way to include your children in the cooking process – have them come up with some of their favorite toppings, and include them in the cooking process. They can tailor their tacos as they please, and will likely get a little experimental with some fun ingredients!

Start with some shell’s either hard or soft, depending on your liking, cook up some lean ground turkey meat with some spices, bake, then top off with your favorite toppings, and you’re in for an amazing meal!

Here’s how:

Serves 2

Ingredients: 

  • 1/2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • .5 lb lean ground turkey
  • 2 tbsp of your preferred spices: cajun rub or a mixture of cumin, paprika, chili powder, salt, pepper
  • 4 taco shells, or soft tacos
  • 1 avocado, cubed
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • optional: shredded cheese of your liking, garnish of cilantro, lime wedges

Directions:

1. Prep your ingredients. Preheat oven to 350F. Mince garlic, cube avocado, dice onion, shred cheese, pluck cilantro, cut lime wedges. Arrange taco shells on baking sheet.

2. Cook and season turkey. Add olive oil to your pan, sautee the garlic then add in your turkey. Sprinkle in your cajun rub or spice mix. Mix turkey meat in pan, and cook for 10-12 minutes.

3. Assemble your tacos. Distribute taco meat into taco shells. If you’re using cheese, add in as well. Place in the oven for 5-10 minutes or until tacos have warmed up, and cheese has melted.

4. Finish. Remove tacos from oven, add toppings, garnish with cilantro and a splash of lime, then dig in!

Buon aprovecho!