Thursday, September 18, 2014

Dinner ideas

Dinner ideas are usually a struggle for me. I love to cook, but don't have a lot of time in the evenings, so I need easy. I also need kid friendly. =)
Here are a few ideas for fairly easy meals that we've had over the last couple weeks. The kids love them all. Yes, even the brussel sprouts. I don't know why they get such a bad rap, because they are one of my favorite foods on the planet!! And so good for you.
These meals all remind me of fall. The nights are getting cooler, so it's easier to cook inside! Horray! If you have a great recipe that's kid friendly, and easy, leave it in the comments. I'd love to try some new stuff out!

Teriyaki Meatballs with Grilled Veggies
package of frozen meatballs
teriyaki sauce
fresh or frozen veggies (I used peppers, carrots, celery, onions, and water chestnuts)
jasmine rice
dice veggies and grill them with olive oil
cook meatballs according to the directions on package
combine veggies and meatballs and cover in teriyaki sauce, mix together well
pour mixture over steamed rice
sprinkle teriyaki sauce over top

Coconut Curry Chicken
chicken breast
container of coconut curry (I buy mine at Costco and it comes in a fresh, refrigerated package)
brussel sprouts
jasmine rice
dice chicken breast and grill until cooked through
grill onion separately and then combine with chicken
mix in entire container of coconut curry
let simmer for 15-20 minutes on low heat
chop brussel sprouts in half, cover in diced garlic and olive oil and grill until brown
cook jasmine rice according to package
pour chicken mixture over rice and serve with grilled brussel sprouts on side

White Chicken Chili
1 1/4 lbs boneless skinless chicken
2 cans pinto beans
1 can hominy
                                                                        1 envelope taco seasoning                                                                        
1 can of chopped green chilies
1 can condensed cream of chicken soup
1 can chicken broth 
1/2 cup sour cream
place frozen chicken breasts in crockpot
cover with pinto beans and hominy
in a separate bowl, combine taco seasoning, green chilies, cream of chicken soup and chicken broth
pour on top of ingredients in crock pot
cook for 8-10 hours
before serving, stir to break up chicken and stir in sour cream
diced avocado
diced green onions

Ground Turkey Spaghetti
1 lb ground turkey
1 box of uncooked noodles (I used penne)
1 can diced tomatos
1 jar tomato sauce
Italian seasoning
parmesan cheese
cook ground turkey until cooked through
stir in tomato sauce, diced tomatos and Italian seasoning (I do this, to taste)
simmer for 15 minutes on low
salt/pepper as needed
cook penne noodles
serve sauce over noodles
Optional Side:
steamed green beans
Brussel Sprout/Apple/Walnut Pasta
1 box uncooked pasta noodles (I used rotini)
1 large apple
2 cups brussel sprouts
1/2 cup walnuts
olive oil
dice brussel sprouts, apples and walnuts
grill with olive oil and salt until cooked through
cook noodles
combine noodles and mixture above
add 2 tbsp. of olive oil, stir well
serve in a bowl

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