This recipe will have everyone cheering at the dinner table. With the sweetness of apricot it's almost like a dessert dinner...well, you can tell your kids that at least. The recipe serves 2, but can easily be doubled to serve 4 (or quadrupled to serve 6). Enjoy!
1/2 tbsp butter or margarine
1 tbsp cider vinegar
1/2 tsp cornstarch
1/2 cup sugar free apricot preserves - room temperature
1/2 tbsp dry onion soup mix
Added by Tara Perry on May 10, 2010 at 10:44am —
Here is a quickie recipe to get dinner on the table that will also leave your children with smiles on their little adorable faces because they will LOVE it...promise.
2 1/2 cups cooked chicken (I usually grab a rotisserie chicken from Costco & shred it)
1 can condensed cream of chicken soup
1 8 oz package of shredded cheese (I use the Mexican mix pack)
1 cup sour cream, divided
1 can olives, chopped
1 cup canned… Continue
Added by Tara Perry on May 7, 2010 at 9:09am —
Every SINGLE time I make Sloppy Joes - I can't help but break out into the Adam Sandler, Lunch Lady song. It's seriously annoying and I know this, and I don't care. I usually mix in a little dancing, such as the running man, cabbage patch and my all time favorite: the sprinkler. So, needless to say, I enjoy making a Sloppy Joe dinner and I the kids, well...they wonder what the heck is wrong with me (this is potentially video making worthy, hmmmm).… Continue
Added by Tara Perry on April 25, 2010 at 2:00pm —
This is a shout out to my vegetarian friends. My family does tend to eat some type of meat with most of our meals, but this tasty little gem is so good, healthy & filling, the meat won't be missed. Although, I have to admit, this probably is not going to be a kid favorite, my kids enjoyed eating the grilled veggies just by themselves. Enjoy!
1 medium sized eggplant, peeled & sliced diagonally
1-2 zucchinis, sliced… Continue
Added by Tara Perry on April 16, 2010 at 9:00am —
In an effort to eat healthier, we usually opt for Turkey Burgers in our house versus Ground Beef. Turkey has always been a bit tasteless to me, so I fell in love with the recipe from Rachel Ray that brings a lot of flavors to your otherwise boring Turkey Burger. You can serve it with all your favorites, I like putting them on Artisan Rolls with red-leafed lettuce, red onions and thousand island dressing. It is also great to eat protein style with no… Continue
Added by Tara Perry on April 15, 2010 at 12:32pm —
We have been enjoying the sunny weather here in So Cal and today it took a turn for the worse...a bit chilly with threats of rain, so what to make for dinner. I am not in the mood for soup, but I want something warm. How about some sizzling fajitas! This is a Rachel Ray recipe and it's "Yum-O!" (ugh, love her recipes but I want to smack myself for quoting that!) Hope you enjoy it.
You're going to want to marinade some meat first. You can either use 4 boneless, skinless chicken… Continue
Added by Tara Perry on March 31, 2010 at 9:17am —
A new take on Taco Tuesday and a for sure hit with the kiddies!
4 oz penne
1 lb ground chicken
1/2 cup chopped onion
3/4 c water
1 package taco seasoning (1 oz)
1 can corn, drained (11 oz)
1 cup sliced black olives
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 c salsa
1 can diced green chiles (drained)
4 cups shredded lettuce
1 medium roma tomato, sliced into wedges
Added by Tara Perry on March 30, 2010 at 10:06am —
Feel like Chili for dinner but didn't start the crock pot at the crack of dawn to get it on the table in time for dinner tonight? Well then...here is a cheater chili recipe for you.
2 lbs ground turkey
1 large onion, chopped
2 tbsp chili powder
1/2 tsp ground cumin
3 cups Vegetable Juice (such as V8 or Clamato)
1 green bell pepper, chopped
2 cans (15oz) kidney beans, drained and rinsed
In a large… Continue
Added by Tara Perry on March 29, 2010 at 11:30am —
Found this recipe on KraftRecipes.com
. It's a good, quick recipe to get dinner on the table that's kid friendly.
3 cups penne pasta, uncooked
1/4 cup KRAFT Sun-Dried Tomato Dressing, divided
4 small boneless skinless chicken breasts (1 lb.)
1 cup fat-free reduced-sodium chicken broth
1/2 tsp. each garlic powder and black pepper
4 oz. (1/2 of 8-oz. pkg.)… Continue
Added by Tara Perry on March 28, 2010 at 9:22am —
One of my favorite dishes to make is fresh Halibut and I have to admit, I am spoiled with a free halibut supply thanks to my dad who likes to fish in Alaska and brings back a freezer full of fresh caught, vacuum packed halibut. Sadly, my dad has not been to Alaska in a while and our fresh fish supply is high and dry (no pun intended). Two great places I get halibut for a pretty good price is Trader Joes (Frozen) and Costco (fresh). In the meantime, I… Continue
Added by Tara Perry on March 26, 2010 at 11:30am —
This recipe can be cut in half for smaller families, but I doubled it because...well, we have 3 growing bodies that lately can't seem to get enough food. The meal is complete on it's own or I like to serve it over brown rice.
2 lbs. beef flank steak - cut across the grain into 1/4 inch thick slices.
2 lbs. Baby Bok Choy - cut in half lengthwise & cut larger pieces in quarters
6 tsp finely minced fresh ginger root… Continue
Added by Tara Perry on March 25, 2010 at 12:30pm —
This recipe is a quickie to get dinner on the table fast using pre-made ingredients to make a complete meal in a matter of minutes! You can pair it with a side salad and some garlic toast to complete or eat it as is.
1 package fresh cheese tortellini (you can find this in the fridge section of your grocery store near the cheese usually - I buy the family size or 2 packs of the small since I have 5 people to feed).
1 Rotisserie chicken - shredded to bite size pieces (found in… Continue
Added by Tara Perry on March 23, 2010 at 9:56am —
Super simple recipe to make meat loaf that cooks in half the time.....kid tested, kid approved too.
1/2 cup ketchup
1 1/2 tbsp dijon mustard
1 lb ground sirloin
3/4 c finely chopped onion (Pampered Chef Chopper, can't live without)
1/4 c seasoned breadcrumbs
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/8 tsp black pepper
1 large egg, lightly beaten
Preheat oven to 400… Continue
Added by Tara Perry on March 22, 2010 at 11:00am —
This is a great healthy recipe that I got from GreenLiteBites.com, but I changed up the ingredients a bit to accommodate feeding my family of 5 and our tastes. I like to use Harvest Grains Blend from Trader Joes, I realize this might be hard to find for some folks, so you can also use brown rice or orzo in it's place (use one serving of the package in place of Harvest Grains). This recipe also makes a lot
. If you're not feeding a family of 5, then you can use less or make leftovers. This… Continue
Added by Tara Perry on March 14, 2010 at 11:15am —
Since the Avocado & Goat Cheese sandwiches were such a hit, I thought I would share this recipe by Ina Garten that I make often for Tony & me. I use a French Baguette instead of Ciabatta and I also like to toast my halves a bit too. I also omit the onions myself and usually make the sandwiches open faced, but this is the recipe as Ina makes it. You could probably add the onion slices to the marinating peppers too, bet that would taste good. This recipe may sound time consuming (with… Continue
Added by Tara Perry on March 6, 2010 at 12:39pm —
I saw this on TV this week and tried it last night, it was delicious! Thought I would share it with you.
1 box Rigatoni pasta
1 medium eggplant - cut into 1 inch cubes
1 pint cherry tomatoes
3 whole cloves garlic
3 tbsp olive oil (for roasting)
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1 tsp red pepper flakes
1/4 c toasted pine nuts
1/4 c torn fresh mint leaves
3 tbsp olive oil (for… Continue
Added by Tara Perry on March 6, 2010 at 10:35am —
Quick "Chicken McNuggets" you can make at home & feel good about feeding your kids (No pink oozy meat mush here folks!) Also, some of you may ask, "Why organic?" Organic is not necessary and I certainly understand if you choose not to use organic, but the cost (especially if you buy at Trader Joe's) is comparable to non-organic chicken and once you use organic chicken you will notice right away the difference in taste & quality.
1-2 pounds organic boneless, skinless… Continue
Added by Tara Perry on February 6, 2010 at 12:30pm —
This is a recipe I got from a friend. It's super quick prep time, easy to make and you have a healthy almost complete meal in a matter of 35 minutes.
4-5 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast
12-16 oz. Mozzarella Cheese, sliced (I prefer Precious brand, you will need about 3-4 wedges per chickent breast)
3-4 zucchinis (sliced either lengthwise or I cut diagonally)
3-4 Roma Tomatoes (Sliced lengthwise or diagonal)
Fresh Basil,… Continue
Added by Tara Perry on January 26, 2010 at 3:36pm —
This recipe was provided to me by Kirk Leins....It has been kid tested with 3 thumbs up (for those who don't know me, that equates to all my kids) and makes for damn good leftovers (if you have any...tonight, not so much). I personally omit the chili powder and paprika for the sake of my picky eaters, but miss it oh so much....so, if you like "flavor" keep it in! Hope you enjoy it as much as we… Continue
Added by Tara Perry on October 12, 2009 at 10:30pm —
4-5 boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into bite size pieces
1 red bell pepper diced
1 carrot, peeled and diced
1 8 oz can sliced water chestnuts, diced up
2-3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
2 tbsp sesame oil
2 tbsp rice wine vinegar
2 tbsp hoison sauce
1 1/4 cups cashews unsalted, coarsely chopped
2 green onions, sliced thinly at an angle
1 tsp red pepper flakes - optional
Added by Tara Perry on April 5, 2009 at 11:39pm —