Monday, August 26, 2013

Recipes: Tried and True

So nearly every mom I know is always looking for good, easy recipes. And easy to me = crock pot. So I thought I'd share a good one we've enjoyed lately, plus one other that isn't a crock pot one, but equally as easy. I'm also including some good "kid friendly" recipes/snacks that sneak in a nutrient or two. If your kid willingly shoves broccoli and spinach into his/her mouth, then don't worry about scrolling down that far. Brat. 

Crock Pot Chicken Teriyaki 

This is seriously the BEST Teriyaki Chicken recipe I've tried to date. The sauce is thick and super flavorful. Using chicken thighs is totally the key to good crock pot chicken, in my humble opinion. This recipe does involve removing the chicken from the liquid and then cooking the liquid separately, adding the cornstarch that makes the sauce thicker and yummier. We eat this with rice and brocolli. 

Recipe found HERE

Honey-Pecan Chicken Thighs

Ok so this is not a crock potter, but it is still really easy. Again, chicken thighs are far superior in taste to me than breasts. I have a sneaking suspicion it's because they are probably fattier and more unhealthy than the breasts (I'm afraid to google this to confirm my suspicions, so please don't tell me otherwise). We all loved this recipe (even the kiddos) and I even ate it on a salad with the dressing for lunch for several days after. 

Recipe found HERE.

No-Bake Energy Bites 

These are by far my kids' favorite snack. I call them cookie balls because they taste like no-bake cookies and the girls will eat ANYTHING that has the word cookie in it. We eat them for snacks, breakfast on the go, and when Kyle gets real desperate for something sweet and we're all out of oreoes, he reaches for these. They are basically a mix of peanut butter, honey, coconut, flax seed (doesn't this make me sound super healthy?), oatmeal, and chocolate chips.

Recipe found HERE. 

Toddler Muffins

I'm pretty sure I've pinned this one before, but I'll share again. I've recently had to start making these again for my picky little chunk-a-munk, Burke. He isn't thrilled about any type of produce that isn't a banana or avocado, and would mostly prefer to eat carbs, cheese, and meat (wouldn't we all?). These sneak in grated carrots, zucchinni, and applesauce. I even put about half a head of chopped broccoli in the last batch. Basically you can just throw in whatever you can get away with. I make a batch and freeze them to last longer. 

Recipe found HERE

Deceptively Delicious English Muffin Pizza

So Burke is not my only picky eater. Since turning approximately two and eight months, the girls have gradually become pickier and pickier. I will credit this to the fact that they are wisening up and realizing that mommy and daddy are ex.haust.ed. by the time dinner rolls around and have been too hot and lazy to enforce the vegetable eating (while sipping on their glass of wine).  Lesson learned. And a fun little twin fact? Campbell is pretty awesome at eating her vegetables, but is not a big fruit fan; and Sophie would eat fruit all day long, but looks at me like a pissed off fourteen year old when I insist she eat ONE FRIGGIN BITE of a vegetable. Of course they would be this way, right? 
With all this said, I've had to get creative and borrow my mom's Deceptively Delicious cookbook. So far I'm a fan of the English Muffin Pizza, Quesadillas, and am going to try the Mac-n-Cheese later this week. We all know the basics of these easy meals, but to add more nutrients, you sneak in vegetable purees. It's annoying to make the purees beforehand, but I now have a pretty good stock of them in our freezer, so I just thaw one before I make it and it hasn't been too bad. For the English muffin pizza, mix whatever vege puree you have on hand with tomato sauce, spread on muffin with mozzarella and mini pepperonis (or just plain cheese) and broil in the oven until cheese is melted. 

I also came across this really great piece of advice via Pinterest, and will be giving some of these ideas a legit shot this week in hopes of expanding my little picky eaters' palettes. 

Happy Eating! 


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