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Valentine’s Day dinner for the kiddos. The pic isn’t the prettiest but it tastes so yummy I wanted to share the recipe so you can recreate at home. ❤️Pizza Pie Tart ❤️ Pie crust, (you can use store bought) cut into hearts Filling: mix together Ricotta cheese Spinach, chopped very small (let the kiddos pull it apart into “confetti size” pieces Fresh basil, finely chopped Fresh thyme, kiddos can pick the leaves off the stems Add in any mix ins, chopped pepperoni, bell pepper, etc. - Spoon 1 TB of the filling into the center of a heart. Use water or egg wash to brush around the edge and top with another heart. Press down edges to seal. Brush top with olive oil and sprinkle on Parmesan cheese. Bake 375° for 10 min. Serve with a side of pizza sauce to dip. Enjoy!
My kind of #superbowl52 food. Let’s be honest I could eat this all day everyday. Finger foods and dips are my favorite. Recipe for Olive Tapenade: 1 jar garlic stuff olives 1/2 cup Kalamata olives 2 anchovy filets 2 TB tomato paste 1 TB capers Drizzle of olive oil (1/8 cup) S&P to taste Blend all together in food processor. You can sub in more salt for anchovies. Garnish with feta cheese and pomegranate arils.
Wednesday night is usually Dinner ala #slowcooker. Does anyone else rely on their crock pot weekly? ????????‍♀️ Exciting News to share: Today I had the opportunity to host my very first mobile meal prep workshop at @fresnochristianschools - Alongside a group of women, we prepped 350 meals. Each person donated a meal to a family in need as well as prepped a set of meals for some of the teachers and staff while they taught. I love to help facilitate getting healthy meals on the table for dinnertime. Life is so busy and sometimes we just need 1 less thing to think about. Would you like to see a meal prep workshop at your school?! Let’s plan it!
Easy like a Sunday morning... we are making up for all the meals my hubby missed out on while his mouth was wired shut for 6 weeks. He said the hardest thing he watched up eat without getting to enjoy was cinnamon rolls on Christmas morning so we are recreating that today. #sundayfunday #cinnamonrolls
It’s Friday, so it’s time #treatyourself... with this delicious orange, cranberry, pistachio Fudge. I do not like fudge or white chocolate but I LOVE this tasty treat. The best part is that it is super easy to make so you can’t really mess it up. Recipe: 1 14oz can sweetened condensed milk 24oz white Choc chips 1tsp orange zest 1 tsp orange oil Pinch of salt - combine ingredients in sauce pan and stir continuously until chocolate is melted and smooth. The stir in: 1 cup dried cranberries 1 cup shelled pistachios (I used unsalted). Pour into a baking dish lined with aluminum foil and let sit for min 3 hours. Remove and cut & share before you eat it all! #enjoy
The harvest party continues... Citrus Bruschetta is my new favorite. I definitely suggest giving this recipe a try. Since I’m very behind on posting recipes to my site I’ll leave the recipe below for you. Enjoy! 2 oranges, supreme & dice 1 cup diced cherry tomatoes 1/4 cup fresh basil, diced 2 TB minced red onion 4 cloves garlic, minced 1/2 cup kalamata olives, diced 2 TB good Olive Oil Salt & Pepper, to taste Mix all ingredients together in a bowl. crostini: Slice bread, drizzle with OO & Sprinkle w salt. Bake 400° Spread goat cheese on crostini, layer on Bruschetta mix and garnish with fresh basil.
Is it dinnertime yet? Did you catch my video from last night? This is a fun meal for kiddos and is nutritious. You can’t beat Meatloaf Cupcakes with Whipped Cauliflower “frosting.” I always intent to post recipes to my website but am so far behind.. this winter, I’ve been choosing sleep. So I’ll post recipe here instead: 1 lb ground beef (yields 9) 1/2 cup breadcrumbs 1/2 cup mozzarella 1/2 cup grated Parmesan 1tsp oregano 1/2 tsp each basil and parsley 2 TB ketchup 1tsp salt 1/2 1/2 tsp pepper Mix and together with hands. Form into small balls to fill spray muffin tin. Top with ketchup. In oven 375 for 12-15 min.
My favorite Friday of the month- the 2nd Friday when I host Big & Lil Chef. Today we read a fun book that even had the parents giggling. The kiddos made homemade fettuccine noodles and baked ravioli. It was a hit! Tag a friend that would love this activity with their toddler. To recreate Baked ravioli at home use square Wonton wrappers for a quick “pasta dough.” To fill 48 wrappers mix the following in a bowl: 15oz ricotta cheese 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella 1/2 cup grated Parmesan 1/2 cup finely chopped spinach 1 egg Add whatever herbs (basil, oregano) Scoop 1 TB of filling into center of a wrapper. Use finger to brush water around border and fold and seal into Triangle. Use pastry brush to brush on melted butter and sprinkle with Parmesan. Bake at 375° for 10 min until golden brown edges. Make sure to take time to talk about the colors, smells, and shapes with your kiddos as they get to make this fun dish. Letting them take charge will empower them to want to gobble it all up. Enjoy!
Looking for a dinner idea to add to your meal prep plan? This is a great go to for an easy weeknight bite. It only takes 25 minutes to make and can even be prepped in advance to be popped into the oven at the end of the day. My girls love these tasty Meatloaf cupcakes with whipped cauliflower “frosting.” Add peas and carrots for “sprinkles.” Do you think this is something you might make at home?